While in the United Kingdom, 1D beat out the Biebs in the albums race to number one and Justin dethroned Adele on the singles chart, it is the reverse situation in Australia this week. Justin Bieber’s Purpose debuts at #1 and One Direction settles for #2 on the official albums chart. On the singles chart, Adele’s “Hello” remains at #1 and Bieber’s “Sorry” at #2.
The Biebs Breaks an ARIA Chart Record
The Biebs has a total of 11 tracks on Australia’s singles chart this week, 8 of which are in the Top 50, and 3 in the Top 10. No other living artist has ever had 11 songs simultaneously in Australia’s Top 100. Michael Jackson’s passing landed 30 of his songs on the charts at once. This is the first time Bieber has had three simultaneous Top 10 singles down under.
Canadian Pop Royalty Down Under
Purpose is Justin Bieber’s third #1 album in Australia, the world’s sixth largest music market. ARIA noted that in terms of Canadian artists scoring number one albums in Australia, Michael Bublé and Céline Dion lead, each with five. Bieber is second with three. Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, and k.d. lang each have two.
Australia Gets Sutured by Shawn Mendes
It is good news for Shawn Mendes as he has scored his very first Top 10 hit in Australia with “Stitches”.
This week, Canadian artists have five tracks in Australia’s Top 10 singles. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is #2, “Love Yourself” #3, and “What Do You Mean?” #7. “The Hills” by The Weeknd is #6, and “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes is #10.
Canadians have three discs in Australia’s Top 10 albums. Justin Bieber’s Purpose is #1, Michael Bublé’s Christmas is #6, and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness is #10.
A Tribe Called Red at Sydney Opera House
In other exciting news, A Tribe Called Red is on tour in Australia for the first time. The JUNO-winning electric pow-pow group expressed feeling humbled and honoured to perform at the Sydney Opera House!