Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Extends Streak Atop Australia’s Singles Chart


Lil Nas X extends his stay atop the Australian singles chart as “Old Town Road’ (Columbia/Sony) logs a 12th week at No. 1, while Billie Eilish’s debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal) rebounds to the top of the national albums tally.

Old Town Road joins some elite company. Two other songs have spent 12 weeks at the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (from December 2002) and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (January 2014). 

Since the ARIA Charts were first published in 1983, just three tracks have spent more time at No. 1: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (2017) and Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995) both clocked up 13 week, while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” (from 2017) is the chart king, at 15 weeks. 

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (No. 2 Sony/Universal), Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (No. 3 Universal/Warner) and Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People” (No. 4 Atlantic/Warner) are unchanged, while Post Malone collects his eighth top 10 on the chart with “Goodbyes” (Universal) featuring Young Thug. It’s new at No. 5 and is the highest debut on this week’s chart frame.

Also this week, Guy Sebastian's “Choir” (Sony) climbs 10-7, a new high in its seventh week on the survey, after the Aussie pop veteran performed at last Wednesday night’s State Of Origin rugby league decided contest in Sydney. 

Melbourne indie act Tones And I have their first top 10 with “Dance Monkey” (BAD/Sony) which rises 17-10. It’s their follow up to “Run Away Johnny,” which this week holds at No. 16 and has a peak position of No. 12. 

On the ARIA Albums Chart, Billie Eilish rises one place to net a seventh non-consecutive week at No. 1, while J. Cole’s all-star Dreamville album Revenge Of The Dreamers III (Interscope/Universal) starts at No. 2 and Elton John’s career retrospective Diamonds (Universal) continues to sparkle, improving 6-3. 

Finally, legendary Aussie new wave act INXS is impacting the national albums chart off the back of the cinematic release of the Michael Hutchence documentary, Mystify. Hits set The Very Best (Petrol/Universal) spikes 39-19 and the Mystify soundtrack starts at No. 28.