News 12 January 2024

A Swift start to the new year

Saltburn surfaces a classic single

A Swift start to the new year

Taylor Swift’s chart dominance rolls on, with 1989 (Taylor’s Version) holding at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for its 11th straight week. Another three weeks on top and it will draw level with Midnights as her longest-running #1 album in Australia. 


1989 (Taylor’s Version) is Taylor’s 12th chart-topping album here, putting her in a tie with Madonna for the act with the third highest number of #1 albums. Jimmy Barnes tops the list with 15 #1 albums as a solo artist (he had another five as part of Cold Chisel), followed by the Beatles with 14. 


More than eight years after it was released, Maroon 5’s Singles Collection hits a new peak of #13 (it was previously stalled at #14). The American pop-rock band has had six top 10 albums here, with Songs About Jane going to #1 in 2002. 


Jack Harlow reigns supreme on the ARIA Singles Chart, with Lovin On Me racking up its eighth non-consecutive week at #1. It’s the first song with “lovin” or “loving” in its title to top the chart since Elvis Presley’s Ain’t That Loving You, Baby in 1964. (The 1979 KISS classic, I Was Made For Lovin’ You, stopped at #2.)


American singer-songwriter Noah Kahan continues his march up the chart, with Stick Season rising from #6 to #3. He hit #14 in 2017 with Hurt Somebody, while Dial Drunk topped out at #45 last year. 


The Saltburn effect sends British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 23-year-old hit Murder On The Dancefloor rocketing back onto the chart at #25. The song, which features in the hard-to-forget final scene of the hit Amazon Prime movie, peaked at #3 in 2001 and was one of Ellis-Bextor’s three top five hits here, including Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), which went to #1 in 2000.