As expected, Taylor Swift's sixth studio LP, Reputation, has topped the ARIA album charts, knocking Pink from that perch for the first time since she debuted at #1 in late-October. Reputation is the pop star's fourth straight chart-topping album, matching the peak of 2010's Fearless, 2012's Red and 2014's 1989 (which incidentally has jumped up two spots to #20 for its 132nd chart week.)
The other notable debut of the week is Kerser's seventh LP, Engraved In The Game, which starts at #5. It's the Sydney rapper's fifth top ten LP, falling just one spot short of 2016's Tradition, which remains his highest chart result.
Between those two big debuts: Pink slips only as far as #2, with Ed Sheeran's Divide and Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All filling the other two spots. Further back, Pnau's new one, Changa, debuts at #11, two spots behind Cold Chisel's latest Live Tapes collection (The Last Stand Of The Sydney Entertainment Centre, December 17 and 18, 2015) debuts on the chart at #9, a likely mainstay over the next month as kids across the country desperately search for the perfect gift for their rock dads.
Speaking of, seasonal albums have started their surge, with Michael Buble's 2011 album, Christmas, leaping seventeen spots to #7 in it's 54th week on the charts, while Chris Issak's album of the same name gets an update and debuts at #46. Other stocking stuffers likely to do well over the Xmas period include compilations by Elton John (Diamonds, a collection celebrating the 50th anniversary of John's songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin) - debuting this week at #33, INXS (#25), Fleetwood Mac (#19), Midnight Oils (#16) and Roy Orbison's team-up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (#10). Not to be outdone, Paul Kelly's chart-topping 2017 LP, Life Is Fine, catches a second wind (likely buoyed by a new ABC live special) jumping eight places to #24.
While Swift looks set to hold onto the top spot for at least another week (Morrissey?), the traditional December dry period looks to be anything but this year, with Bjork set to release her new LP, Utopia, this Friday (November 24th) and U2's Songs of Experience set to arrive December 1st.