The Weeknd has constructed a good run at the top with Blinding Lights now #1 for three weeks. The track is sweeping the world too as it tops many of the European charts including the UK.
Dua Lipa has the highest new entry on the chart with Physical new at #30. The song, the latest to be released from her forthcoming album Future Nostalgia, seems inspired in part by the Olivia Newton-John classic and there is even a mash-up of the two hits now online. Also this week another track from that Dua Lipa album, Don’t Start Now, climbs again to #2, the third time it has peaked at that position since charting late last year.
New to the top 10 this week at new chart peaks are Halsey at #8 with You Should Be Sad, and Lewis Capaldi with Before You Go at #9.
Two other songs to debut in the top 50 this week:
#31 Taylor Swift with Only the Young, a track Swift works on during her Netflix documentary.
#46 The Rubens with Live in Life charts following a late 2019 release and a string of summer shows the band played along the north coast of NSW in January.
A big year from Brisbane trio Dune Rats has started in the best possible fashion with their third album Hurry Up and Wait opening its chart run at #1. The band last ruled at the top of the chart with their album The Kids Know It’s Bullshit in February 2017. The band spent the first week of release for their new album meeting fans at stores around Australia and later this month and next play at sold out shows around Australia. The focus is then global later in the year with US dates and shows in Europe too.
Just missing top spot this week was the chart debut of the second album, The Octagon, from Chillinit (Sydney rapper Blake James Turnell) which has entered the chart at #2. His first album Women Weed and Wordplay peaked at #18 at the end of 2018.
Also debuting in the top 10 this week was the solo album Walls from former One Direction member Louis Tomlimson. He is the final member of the pop outfit to release a solo album.
Also new to the top 50 this week:
#13 Meghan Trainor with Treat Myself. The third album from the US singer-songwriter is her first in four years. Her first album Title also debuted at #1 in 2015 while her second Thank You peaked at #3 in 2016.
#26 Kesha with High Road. The fourth album from the US singer-songwriter debuted well down the chart for an artist with two top 5 albums here and a third that peaked at #12.
#44 Russ with Shake the Snow Globe. The third major label album from the US rapper debuts top 50 after his previous releases peaked at #54 and then #43. The prolific performer though can count 11 earlier album releases as part of the Diemon Crew rap group that were released on their own label.
Top photo: Dune Rats celebrate a chart topper