The Weeknd bags a chart double in Australia, with After Hours (Universal) opening at the summit of the national albums survey and “Blinding Lights” reclaiming the singles title.
“Blinding Lights” enters week No. 10 at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, making the Canadian R&B singer just the first artist in nearly a year to nab the singles and albums crowns simultaneously. The last to do it was Billie Eilish in April 2019 with “Bad Guy” (Interscope/Universal) and its parent album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
The Weeknd also scores the highest new entry this week in Australia with “In Your Eyes” at No. 13, while “After Hours” leaps 48-17, and “Heartless” re-entered the Top 50 at No. 38.
Meanwhile, rapper SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (Sony) rises 7-2, its peak position.
Justin Bieber’s “Intentions” featuring Quavo is down 2-3 (Def Jam/Universal), while Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (down 3-4 via Warner UK) and Doja Cat’s “Say So” (down 4-5 via RCA/Sony) complete the Top 5.
Canadian artist Powfu powers into the Top 10 with the “Death Bed” (Sony), rising 13-7, after the viral track took flight on SoundCloud, YouTube and TikTok.
With The Weeknd’s After Hours debuting at No. 1, the singer (real name Abel Tesfaye) earns his third chart-topping album Down Under following Starboy (December 2016) and Beauty Behind The Madness (September 2015).
The all-star bushfire benefit album Artists Unite For Fire Fight (Sony) dips to No. 2 this week while Melbourne rockers The Smith Street Band earn a second Top Ten entry with Live At The Triffid (Inertia), starting at No. 4. Recorded last September in Brisbane, the album was released pay their crew during the coronavirus downturn.
Following his death March 20 at the age of 81, Kenny Rogers’ career retrospective All The Hits And All New Love Songs (EMI) reenters the ARIA Albums Chart at No. 10, his highest chart position since 20 Greatest Hits reached No. 2 in 1984.
The late singer also impacts the survey with 21 Number Ones (at No. 38) and The Best of (No. 50), and his signature song “The Gambler” returns to the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 31. The song peaked at No. 25 in Australia back in April 1979.