This Week in Pop – April 21, 2022

Welcome to This Week in Pop.

This week, Wet Leg debuts at No. 1 on the albums chart, while Jack Harlow’s new single reaches No. 1. Short Stack’s new album cracks the top ten.

Chartifacts for this week’s album

#1: Wet leg ‘Wet leg’ – Releasing their self-titled debut album, British indie rock duo Wet Leg debut at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Formed on the Isle of Wight in 2019 by guitarists/singers/songwriters Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, Wet Leg released their debut single, ‘Chaise Longue’, in June 2021. They are due to tour Australia in July , performing on Splendor In The Grass, a number of flagship shows and as support for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
#8: ‘Maybe There’s No Heaven’ Short Stack – Australian pop punk band Short Stack debut at number 8 with ‘Maybe There’s No Heaven’. The Sydney trio’s fourth album is their first to be released since announcing in February 2020 that they would be reuniting for the second time. Originally slated for a February 2022 release, the album has been delayed to coincide with the band’s nationwide tour which kicks off in June. “Maybe There’s No Heaven” is the band’s fourth placement on the ARIA Top Ten Album Chart, after charting with “Stack Is The New Black” (#1 August 2009), “This Is Bat Country” (#6 November 2010) and ‘Retrouvailles’ (#5 August ’15).

This week’s single chartifacts

#1: Jack Harlow “First Class” – American rapper Jack Harlow claims his first-ever number 1 in Australia as he reaches No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Charts with “First Class”. It’s the second single from Harlow’s sophomore album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, due out May 6. It became Harlow’s second solo Top Ten entry after ‘Whats Poppin’ (#8 July ’20). “First Class” is one of two Harlow Top Ten entries this week, with its collaboration with Lil Nas X, “Industry Baby” sitting at No. 10.

top 10 albums

1. ‘Wet leg’ – Wet leg
2. ‘SOUR’ – Olivia Rodrigo
3. ‘Unlimited Love’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. ‘Planet Elle’ – Doja Cat
5. ‘Encanto’ – Soundtrack
6. ‘=’ – Ed Sheeran
7. ‘The Highlights’ – The Weeknd
8. “Maybe There’s No Heaven” – Short Stack
9. “Fine Line” – Harry Styles
10. “Consumer Vending” – Machine Gun Kelly

Top 10 singles

1. “First Class” – Jack Harlow
2. “As It Was” – Harry Styles
3. “Heat Waves” – Glass Animals
4. ‘Stay’ – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
5. “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran
6. ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ – Elton John & Dua Lipa
7. “Where Are You Now” – Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott
8. “Chills” – Ed Sheeran
9. ‘ABCDEFU’ – Gayle
10. “Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow

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