ARIA Charts: The Weeknd turns it up with Dawn FM

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• Seventh week at #1 for Elton John & Dua Lipa


Elton John and Dua Lipa make it seven weeks at #1 on the ARIA singles chart with Cold Heart (PNAU Remix). It surpasses the six weeks in 1997 spent at #1 by John’s previous chart-topper Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind to become his longest reign in the top spot in ARIA charts history.

Despite Sydney’s PNAU being the ones to remix Elton John & Dua Lipa’s Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) at #1, the highest charting Australian artist this week is The Kid Laroi with Stay at #3. His single with Justin Bieber spent 14 weeks straight at the top of the chart before it was taken over by Adele’s Easy On Me.  

Lauren Spencer-Smith makes her ARIA singles chart debut at #8 with Fingers Crossed. The 18-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter first rose to prominence when she was a finalist in the 2020 series of American Idol. Fingers Crossed has been going viral on TikTok since a snippet of the track was first posted to the platform by Spencer-Smith in November. It’s since had 23 million views.

As Dawn FM debuts at #1 on the ARIA albums chart, The Weeknd scores eight new entries on this week’s singles chart, with Sacrifice the highest at #9. Debuts also come for Is There Someone Else? at #18, How Do I Make You Love Me? at #27, Gasoline at #28, Out Of Time at #29, Best Friends at #45, Here We Go… Again at #46, and Less Than Zero at #47. Meanwhile, previous single Take My Breath has re-entered the chart at #15 and Moth To A Flame with Swedish House Mafia has moved back up twelve spots to #30.

The Encanto buzz has spilled over onto this week’s chart. On top of the Disney film’s soundtrack hitting a new peak at #5, the track We Don’t Talk About Bruno by Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, and Stephanie Beatriz has climbed from #20 to #12, and Surface Pressure by Jessica Darrow is up 20 spots to #24.

After debuting at #48 last week, Gold Coast producer Luude’s reworking of Men At Work’s Down Under has jumped 29 spots to hit #19. The new version features reworked vocals by Colin Hay, the lead singer of ARIA Hall Of Fame members Men At Work.


Returning with fifth album, Dawn FM, Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd scores his fourth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Coming two years on from 2020 chart topper After Hours, Dawn FM features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Max Martin, Oneohtrix Point Never, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, plus actor Jim Carrey, legendary producer Quincy Jones and filmmaker Josh Safdie. The Weeknd also topped the ARIA Albums Chart with Beauty Behind The Madness in September 2015 and Starboy in December 2016. After Hours re-enters the chart this week at #36.

The highest ranked Australian album this week comes from ARIA Award-winning artist Angus Stone as he releases his fifth solo album and the third under the Dope Lemon moniker, Rose Pink Cadillac. It becomes the singer-songwriter’s third solo album to debut at #2 after previous Dope Lemon album Smooth Big Cat in July 2019 and Broken Brights in July 2012, which was released under Stone’s own name. Last year, Stone and his sister Julia released the album Life is Strange, which went on to win Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album at the 2021 ARIA Awards. 

American rapper Gunna takes out his second ARIA top 50 entry as he debuts at #12 with DS4EVER. The third studio album from the artist – real name Sergio Kitchens – comes as the follow-up to WUNNA which hit #17 in June 2020. The album includes guest appearances by Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Drake, Kodak Black, Chlöe, Lil Baby, and Roddy Ricch, among others.

Finally, this week marks 100 weeks in the top 50 albums for Taylor Swift’s 2017 album, Reputation.

2022 ARIA Chart Toppers

January 3 Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You
January 10 Elton John & Dua Lipa Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
January 17 Elton John & Dua Lipa Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)

January 3 Adele 30
January 10 Adele 30
January 17 The Weeknd Dawn FM

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