• Singles: Ariana Grande still the only artist who can debut at #1
• Albums: Maggie Rogers manages to crack top 10 club on debut
We are already nearly done with the first month of 2019 and Ariana Grande has managed to do what only happened once last year – get a new single to debut at #1. And the artist who managed that feat last year…Ariana Grande. Last year Ariana was #1 first week in with No Tears Left To Cry in April. This year she has done it again with 7 Rings landing at #1 on debut.
The only other change to the top 10 is Sam Smith and Normani with Dancing With A Stranger, which climbs from #19 to #10 in its second week on the chart.
This week’s only other chart debut is 7 Minutes from Dean Lewis, which lands at #16. (The number 7 is certainly the chart’s lucky number this week.) The song is the second from his much-anticipated first album due to be released later this year. The first single from Lewis, Be Alright, is still on the chart at #19 after 30 weeks.
5 Seconds Of Summer have snuck into the top 50 with Lie To Me, which lifts to #42 after three weeks. Not quite so much love for this single after Youngblood spent eight weeks at #1 in 2018.
Queen maintains a vice-like grip on the chart this week with three albums in the top five at #1, #3 and #5. The soundtrack to Bohemian Rhapsody has been #1 for four weeks and the movie was nominated for an Academy Award in five categories last week. Rami Malek also won a SAG Award on Monday for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
Newcomer Maggie Rogers did a great job getting her new release Heard It In A Past Life into a top 10 where the other albums have been on the chart for between 10 weeks and 322 weeks. After initially releasing indie albums when aged 18 and 20, the now 24-year-old singer/songwriter has her first major release.
After 44 weeks on the chart, a tour by Phil Collins has lifted his album The Singles back into the top 10 at #9, just short of its previous peak at #6.
Brisbane’s Cub Sport was not far off a top 10 debut with its third album new at #12. This is the first time the band has cracked the top 50.
This week’s other chart debuts inside the top 50:
#22 James Blake with Assume Form
#33 Future with Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd
#42 Papa Roach with Who Do You Trust?
Top Photo: Ariana Grande via Shutterstock