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Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Crowned Chart Leader In Australia

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Kanye West attends Jim Moore Book Event at Ralph Lauren Chicago on Oct. 28, 2019 in Chicago.

Tones And I holds off a strong start from Selena Gomez to extend her reign over Australia’s singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony), while Kanye West nabs a third No. 1 album with Jesus Is King (Def Jam/Universal). 

“Dance Monkey” smashes more records en route to a 14th consecutive week atop the ARIA Singles Chart. It’s the longest-ever streak atop the survey, beating even Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” which managed to hold the top spot for 13 straight weeks, then returned to the summit for two more weeks, according to ARIA.

Tones And I (real name Toni Watson) becomes the Australian female artist with the second longest stint at No. 1 over her entire career, equaling the 14 weeks put up by Delta Goodrem but still a long way behind Kylie Minogue’s 30 weeks.

Should “Dance Monkey” take top spot on the next survey, it’ll equal the all-time record set at 15 weeks by Sheeran’s 2015 hit “Shape Of You.” 

Meanwhile, Gomez collects two debuts on this week’s ARIA Singles Chart as “Lose You To Love Me” (Interscope/Universal) starts at No. 2 and “Look At Her Now” opens at No. 29. 

Lizzo’s “Good As Hell” (Atlantic/Warner) heats up, rising 13-6 for a new chart peak, while Kanye’s “Follow God” (Def Jam/Universal), lifted from his new gospel album, starts at No. 7. “Follow God” is one of 10 tracks from Kanye’s Jesus Is King to impact the top 50 this week.

Kanye’s ninth solo studio album bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and it’s also the king Down Under. Jesus opens atop the ARIA Albums Chart for the rapper’s third crown after ye (June 2018) and Yeezus (June 2013).

Also this week, Rex Orange County (aka as Alexander O’Connor) scores a No. 4 debut with the British singer-songwriter’s third studio set and major label debut, Pony (RXO/Sony). The followup to 2017’s Apricot Princess,  Pony is Rex Orange County’s first appearance on the national chart.

“You’re Beautiful” singer James Blunt earns a seventh top 10 album as Once Upon A Mind (Atlantic/Warner) opens at No. 5, while new albums by Van Morrison (Three Chords And The Truth at No. 11 via Universal), Aussie rockers Airbourne (Boneshaker at No. 14 via Caroline/Universal) and Melbourne metalcore outfit Thornhill (The Dark Pool at No. 20 via UNFD/Sony) crack the top 20.

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