News 13 October 2023

Drake does it again

Three Aussie debuts break the top 10

Drake does it again

For All The Dogs by Drake debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, marking five #1 albums in Australia for the Canadian rapper, while The Screaming Jets, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, and Russell Morris make it three Aussie debuts in the top 10.

Featuring a drawing by his six-year-old son, Adonis, on the cover, For All The Dogs is Drake’s eighth studio album. He hit #1 in 2016 with Views, in 2018 with Scorpion, in 2020 with Dark Lane Demo Tapes and in 2021 with Certified Lover Boy. The new album includes collaborations with Bad Bunny, 21 Savage, SZA (on the lead single Slime You Out, which peaked at #12 last month and rebounds from #65 to #13 this week), J. Cole and Lil Yachty.

A total of 20 of the 28 tracks on the album have made it into the top 100 singles this week, with 10 in the top 50 and three landing in the top 10: First Person Shooter (featuring J. Cole) at #4, Virginia Beach at #9 and IDGAF (featuring Yeat) at #6.

Four-time ARIA Award nominees The Screaming Jets make a top 5 debut at #3 with their ninth studio album, Professional Misconduct. Until now, they have had four top 10 albums: All For One, which hit #2 in 1991, Tear Of Thought (#3 in 1992), The Screaming Jets (#5 in 1995) and All For One 30th Anniversary Edition (#4 in 2021). 

I Love You by Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers also arrives in the Top 10 at #6. The Australian band, who featured on Triple J’s Like A Version this morning, formed in 2015. This is their debut album.

Russell Morris debuts at #5 with The Real Thing: Symphonic Concert, recorded in Melbourne in July with the 54-piece Southern Cross Symphony and his 10-piece band. The veteran Australian singer has released 15 studio albums, three live albums and six compilations since 1971. His highest charting album was Van Diemen’s Land – which peaked at #4 in 2014 – while his career stretches back to 1969, when the classic The Real Thing perched at #1 for two weeks. 

Also breaking the top 10 is NCT Dream’s Fact Check, new at #9. It’s the fourth studio album from the sub-unit of South Korean boy band NCT. The group hit #20 in August this year with ISTJ – The 3rd Album, while another NCT sub-unit – NCT 127 – has charted twice here, with 2 Baddies reaching #3 last year.

Paint The Town Red by Doja Cat clocks its eighth week at #1 on the Singles Chart this week, meaning it is now tied with Morgan Wallen’s Last Night for the second longest-running #1 single of 2023. Miley Cyrus’ Flowers is still well ahead, with 12 weeks. 

Doja’s mega hit samples Dionne Warwick’s 1964 classic Walk on By, which was her second hit here and peaked at #28. Australian singer Jo Jo Zep’s version of Walk On By got to #55 in 1983, while British singer Seal’s cover stopped at #94 in 2005. 

The only non-Drake new entry on the Singles Chart is You & Me by Jennie, which lands at #69. It’s the first solo hit here for the BLACKPINK megastar, arriving after the group wrapped their massive BORN PINK world tour in Seoul this month. The tour holds the record for the most-attended tour by a female K-pop group in history with 1,485,245 tickets sold across 56 countries.