ARIA Chart: It’s a Cold Chisel Christmas as Blood Moon takes over chart

• Singles: Harry Styles + Mariah, Wham! and that Dance Monkey song!


It’s the week before Christmas and just one new entry on the chart this week.

Most of the chart movement was from tunes that have been hanging around the chart for the best part of the year.

And speaking of hanging around…Tones and I remains on top spot – now 30 weeks on the chart and 20 at #1. Dance Monkey has now topped the UK chart for 10 weeks, setting a new record after passing time spent at #1 by Whitney Houston and Rhianna.

The new entry came from Harry Styles with Adore You new at #14. The track comes from his forthcoming album Fine Line.

The other interest perhaps are the major Christmas singles making their mark this week:

#20 to #11: Mariah Carey with All I Want for Christmas is You
#38 to #30 Wham! with Last Christmas


Jimmy Barnes has made his traditional chart attack late this year – and he brought his Cold Chisel (pictured) colleagues along for the sleigh ride. Chisel’s Blood Moon has debuted in top spot, pushing Robbie Williams from the top of the chart and stopping Michael Bublé from claiming another #1 with his Christmas album. The Canadian crooner still has one well to go to get his Christmas collection back to #1, something Graham Norton boasted about on his UK TV show last week which Bublé guested on.

Blood Moon has been well-reviewed and the band’s release of a ninth album comes three weeks prior to the Cold Chisel summer tour that starts off at what should be a memorable New Year’s Eve gig in Fremantle. Over 175,000 tickets to the outdoor Blood Moon Tour 2020 have been sold in Australia and New Zealand with A Day on the Green shows at Sirromet Wines in Queensland (1st show), Victoria’s Mt. Duneed Estate and Rochford Wines, Heifer Station in Orange, NSW and NZ’s Wharepai Domain show all sold out.

Blood Moon is the fifth #1 Chisel album on Australian charts, and the first since 1998’s The Last Wave of Summer. Chisel now also sets a new record for the longest time between #1 hits – 38 years – from Swingshift in 1981 until now.

Three other albums debuted in the top 50 this week:

#6 Camila Cabello with Romance. The second album from the Cuban-American singer/songwriter.

#13 Kylie Minogue with Kylie – Golden – Live in Concert. This is Kylie’s 19th time in the top 20 albums and is her third live collection to chart.

#50 Liam Payne with LP1. Payne’s first album post-One Direction. The album follows successful solo careers for Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Zayn.

There is a lot of chart Christmas traffic causing gridlock from #19 to #23 with five festive albums ranked together. The releases are from Mariah Carey (#19), Human Nature (#20), The Seekers (#21), George Michael & Wham! (#22) and John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John (#23).

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