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Robbie Williams, Tones And I Rules Australia’s Charts

Robbie Williams got the Christmas present he was after.

On its release, the British hitmaker’s double-LP The Christmas Present (Columbia/Sony) missed out on top spot in Australia to Coldplay’s Everyday Life (Parlophone/Warner), but it climbs 2-1 on this week’s chart, earning Williams his fourth No. 1 as a solo artist in these parts. 

The Christmas Present is Robbie’s first chart leader in a decade, since Reality Killed The Video Star from 2009.

Meanwhile, the Frozen 2 Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records/Universal) is on a hot streak, rising 22-2 after the Disney film opened in cinemas nationwide. The soundtrack to the original animated film from 2013 reached No. 1 in May 2014, five months after its release.

Following their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame last month, vocal group Human Nature see their latest collection Still Telling Everybody: 30 Years Of Hits (Sony) fly 10-3. According to ARIA, the Las Vegas-based outfit have logged 348 weeks on the ARIA Albums Chart since their formation 30 years ago.

This week’s top 5 is completed by Paul Kelly’s Songs From The South: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits 1985-2019 (GAWD/EMI), holding at No. 4, and Tones And I sees her debut EP The Kids Are Coming (Bad Batch/Sony) climb 8-5 after she opened the ARIA Awards on Nov. 27 and snagged four honors.

The holiday season comes early to the ARIA charts. Michael Buble’s makes his regular return to the ARIA Albums Chart top 10 with Christmas (Reprise/Warner), up 19-6. The Canadian crooner’s holidays classic has reentered the top 10 each December since its release in 2011 and is now certified 13-times platinum.

Also, Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (Columbia/Sony) lifts 36-19, Human Nature’s The Christmas Album (Sony) gains 35-20, John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s Friends For Christmas (Sony) reenters the chart at No. 27, The Seekers We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Decca/Universal) reenters at No. 33 and Bing Crosby’s Bing at Christmas (Decca/Universal) is up 44-42.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Mariah Carey’s perennial “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) reenters at No. 20, and Wham’s “Last Christmas” (Sony) is back on the survey, at No. 38, and is rewarded with triple-platinum certification.  

The star attraction at the top of the chart is Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony) which continues its record-breaking run with a 19th week at No. 1. The global star’s follow-up single “Never Seen The Rain” improves 9-8 this week for a new peak. 

The highest new entries come from The Weeknd, whose “Heartless” (Republic/Universal) opens its account at No. 10 for the Canadian artist’s seventh top 10, while “Blinding Lights” bows at No. 16.


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