News 1 December 2023

Christmas season starts

Ocean Alley continue a meteoric rise

Christmas season starts

Taylor Swift makes it five weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week with 1989 (Taylor’s Version) – also scaling the top 10 with Lover, Midnights and Folklore – while Ocean Alley’s TikTok-fuelled comeback continues. But the biggest headline of all? ‘Tis officially the season: Mariah Carey is back on the Singles Chart (again). 

The Christmas albums are storming the charts thick and fast, with Jimmy Barnes’ former #1, Blue Christmas, re-entering at #14; Michael Buble’s 15-time #1, Christmas, staging its annual return at #45; and Mariah’s Merry Christmas lands at #74.

On the Singles Chart, Mariah’s modern classic All I Want For Christmas Is You returns, shooting straight in at #15. It peaked at #2 when it was released in 1994, first hitting #1 in 2018 and returning to the top spot every Christmas since for a total of seven weeks so far. Suffice to say, its eighth week is firmly in sight. 

WHAM!’s Last Christmas is also back, re-entering at #30. It hit #3 in 1984 and started returning to the top 50 chart in 2016. It matched its #3 peak in 2019, hit #2 in 2020 and again in 2021, and reached #3 last year. 

Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree returns at #42 after peaking at #2 in January of this year, more than six decades after it was first released.

At the top of the Singles Chart, it’s three weeks for Jack Harlow’s Lovin On Me, making it his longest-running chart-topper, while Ocean Alley’s Confidence jumps from #40 to #16 and the top of the Australian Singles Chart. It originally peaked at #9 in 2018. The track currently sits at #16 on Spotify’s Viral 50 – Global playlist and #5 on Viral 50 – USA.