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Taylor Swift Holds Off Dua Lipa In Australia’s Albums Chart Race

By Michael May 10, 2024

Taylor Swift makes it three straight, as The Tortured Poets Department (via Universal) holds on for another week at No. 1 in Australia, while Sabrina Carpenter nabs her first leader on the singles survey with “Espresso” (Island/Universal).

Tortured Poets reigns over the ARIA Chart, published Friday, May 10, and is her 13th chart-topper, more than any other female artist in Australia’s chart history.

The hottest debut this week belongs to Dua Lipa, whose third studio album Radical Optimism (Warner U.K./Warner) starts at No. 2. That’s the British artist’s third consecutive top 10 album in the land Down Under after Dua Lipa peaked at No. 8 in 2017 and Future Nostalgia logged three non-consecutive weeks atop the tally in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Radical Optimism has a strong Aussie connection. Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker co-wrote and produced seven tracks on the collection, including the three hit singles “Houdini,” “Training Season” and “Illusion.”

SZA’s SOS (RCA/Sony) completes the ARIA Chart podium, down 2-3.

The top ranked homegrown release this week belongs to superstar singer Sia Furler whose Reasonable Woman (Atlantic/Warner) debuts at No. 14. Hailing from Adelaide, Sia has previously led the national chart on two occasions, with 1000 Forms Of Fear from 2014 and This Is Acting from 2016.

Over on the singles frame, Sabrina Carpenter’s Australian chart story perks up as “Espresso” lifts 2-1, for the U.S. singer and actor’s first leader in these parts. “Espresso” is also the current No. 1 in the U.K.

Rising U.S. singer and rapper Tommy Richman has a hit on his hands in Australia, as “Million Dollar Baby” (CONC) cashes from its viral turn on TikTok, up 33-2 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Shaboozey’s country-leaning number “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” (EMP) completes the top three on the ARIA Singles Chart, unmoved at No. 3.

Finally, Kendrick Lamar has the top debuts as his Drake diss tracks, “Euphoria” (at No. 8 via Universal) and “Not Like Us” (at No. 9), both debut in the top 10.

Those controversial songs lift Lamar’s tally of Australian top 10 hits to 12, including his contribution to Taylor Swift’s 2015 chart-leader “Bad Blood.”

By Michael

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