• Singles: Billie Eilish close to the top, but Ariana rules again
• Albums: Billie Eilish v the soundtracks – soundtracks win!
US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish had a good crack at top spot this week with Bury A Friend debuting in the top 10. Ellish had a stab at grabbing top spot, but she couldn’t get past either Post Malone or Ariana Grande. The latter’s 7 Rings spends its third consecutive week at #1 after three weeks on the chart. Watch for Ariana to shake up the album chart next week with the release of Thank U, Next.
Ellish’s arrival in the top 10 gives Universal Music the top four tunes this week.
Ellish was making a mark also via Lovely with Khalid, which was an ARIA bullet performer, jumping from #43 to #34.
In a week devoid of many big moves, the only other top 50 debut was Look Back At It from the US rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at #45. The album this comes from, Hoodie SZN, was a big mover this week too from #45 to #26.
There was a respite briefly from soundtracks at the top last week, but we warned they hadn’t dropped far from the top. And they are back…with a vengeance, taking three of the top four spots.
A Star Is Born has returned to #1, also moving up are Bohemian Rhapsody to #2 and The Greatest Showman to #4.
Queen is also having another chart moment with three albums back in the top five, all of them climbing this week.
Billie Eilish is the biggest album mover with her debut EP Don’t Smile At Me lodged in the top 10 at #6, up from #14 in its 21st week charting.
The highest new entry is Resist at #13 from Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation.
Just two other albums found their way into the 50 on debut:
#17 New Zealand brother and sister duo Broods with Don’t Feed The Pop Monster.
#50 Kidz Bop Kids with Kidz Bop 2019, a compilation of compilations.