Billie Eilish Dethrones 'Sprinter' With 'Barbie' Ballad At #1

7 August 2023 | 1:43 pm | Gavin Ryan

Billie Eilish takes her 'Barbie' soundtrack song 'What Was I Made for?' to the top in Australia this week.

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Billie Eilish takes her Barbie soundtrack song What Was I Made for? to the top in Australia this week. 

What Was I Made for? (Darkroom/Interscope) becomes the 1126th #1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2023), the 561st for ARIA (1983 to 2023), the seventh #1 for 2023, and now the second for her record label Darkroom after Bad Guy logged two weeks at the top on April 8th and 15th in 2019, while for Interscope this is now their 37th #1 locally and first since Rockstar by DaBaby feat. Roddy Rich (6 weeks from May 25th, 2020). 

Five weeks prior to Billie Eilish landing her first #1 song here, we saw the last song from a movie soundtrack make it to the top of the singles chart, when an Oscar win for A Star is Born song Shallow returned it for a fourth and fifth week at #1 (March 4th & 11th, 2019). Since then we've only had a song from a TV soundtrack make it to #1, but no movie singles; that TV track being Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) (9 broken weeks from June 13th, 2022) from Stranger Things Season 4. This is also the sixth song from either a film or TV soundtrack to chart for Billie too, Ocean Eyes (HP-58 from Everything Everything), Bored (HP-53 from 13 Reasons Why)Lovely with Khalid (HP-5, from 13 Reasons Why Season 2), No Time to Die (HP-4, James Bond Theme), while her last was Lo Vas a Olvidar with Rosalia (HP-57, from Euphoria TV Soundtrack)

The last track to reach #1 with the word 'was' in its title was Harry Styles with As it Was (from April 11st, 2022), and this new #1 becomes the fourth such title, while the other words see 'what' (18 appearances), 'made' (6 times) and 'for' (21 times). The new #1 song also becomes the 722nd for an American Act (solo male or female, duo or group) to make it to the top in Australia, while the fourth for 2023 after Miley CyrusMorgan Wallen and Olivia RodrigoWhat Was I Made for? also climbs to the top in Ireland this week, and is at #2 in England and New Zealand, and it jumps up in both The U.S.A. (34 to #18) and Canada (21 to #13). 

Swapping places with Billie this week are Dave and Central Cee, who dip one place again to #2 with Sprinter (newly▲Platinum in sales), having previously fallen to this position on July 10th after Olivia Rodrigo debuted at the top with her vampire track, which this week is again down a single position to lay at #5, the track so far having travelled 1-2-3-4-5 in it's five chart weeks. Sprinter is holding for a ninth straight week at #1 in England, while it logs an eighth broken week at the singles summit in New Zealand

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Two further Barbie soundtrack entries are wedged in-between Dave, CC and Olivia this week, as the Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice and Aqua entry Barbie World is on hold at its peak of #3 for a second stay (UK #4, IRE #6, NZ #3, USA 27 to #8, CAN 24 to #7), while climbing two spots to a new peak of #4 is Dua Lipa with Dance the Night (now Gold (●) in sales), becoming her seventh Top 5 single in Australia, while it also jumps overseas, England and Ireland (both 4 to #3), New Zealand (8 to #7) U.S.A. (25 to #12) and Canada (12 to #5). 

Holding at #1 in Canada for a third week is Morgan Wallen's Last Night, which locally dips one spot to #6, logging it's 23rd week within the Top 10 and scoring it's half-year chart anniversary (26 weeks), while the track is at #2 in The U.S.A., with a new country song their #1 this week, Jason Aldean with Try That in a Small Town. Following is Taylor Swift with Cruel Summer, back up one spot to #7, while on hold are FukUMean by Gunna (newly Gold (●) in sales) and Fast Car by Luke Combs at #9 and #10 respectively. 

Debuting at #8 is the first of fifteen Top 50 placements for Travis Scott this week, all taken from his fourth studio album Utopia, which lands at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, with the track Meltdown featuring Drake as guest vocalist on the track. The song also debuts high in England, Ireland (both #10), New Zealand (#4), Norway and Lithuania (both #13), and in Australia the song becomes his eighth Top 10 placement (six as lead, two as guest). Drake has also scored a new entry down at #89 alongside Central Cee called On the Radar Freestyle

TOP 20: 

NEW PEAK: Post Malone landed at #2 on the Albums Chart this week with his fifth album AUSTIN, and it's current chart entry Chemical is this week up nine places to a new chart height of #13, while the albums other previous entry Mourning (HP-50) returns to the lower fifty at #81. 

The four other Top 20 entries this week that don't belong to new Travis Scott entries are The Weeknd with Playboi Carti and Madonna and Popular, down one from it's two weeks at #11 to #12 this week, while the only Top 10 departure is Seven by JungKook with Latto (HP-2, WI10-2), halving it's position from last week to land at #14 this week, followed by Daylight for David Kushner (12 to #15) and it's benefactor Flowers by Miley Cyrus, down four places to #17. 

TOP 30: 

NEW PEAKS: Last week we saw the first issued track from the new Travis Scott album Utopia enter at #27, K-POP featuring Bad Bunny and The Weeknd, which this week jumps up five places to a new peak of #22, while zooming up the chart seventy-three places to park at #24 is the fourth Top 50 entry from the Barbie soundtrack, Charli XCX with Speed Drive, becoming her ninth Top 50 placement in Australia (5 as lead, 4 as guest), while other songs charting from the soundtrack are first-time-entrant Ryan Gosling with I'm Just Ken (83 to #66; none of his songs from La La Land charted) and Pink by Lizzo (new entry at #99). 

The five further Top 30 non-Travis entries this week are all declining, starting with a small two place dip to #21 for Zach Bryan with Something in the OrangeRema's Calm Down (17 to #23), Anti-Hero by Taylor Swift (18 to #25), a ten place drop to #26 for Kill Bill by SZA and down eight to #28 are The Weeknd with Ariana Grande and Die for You

TOP 40: 

The final sales certification for this week sees PinkPantheress and Ice Spice on Boy's a Liar (pt.2) newly 3x▲Platinum and down ten places to #31, followed by the two smallest drops within the Top 40, I Ain't Worried by OneRepublic dropping seven places to #32 and As it Was for Harry Styles down nine to #33. After that everything has double-figure-drops, starting with two thirteen place falls for Karma by Taylor Swift (23 to #36) and Cupid by FIFTY FIFTY (26 to #39), and then twenty-plus-falls occur for Super Shy by NewJeans (14 to #35) and Rush by Troye Sivan (15 to #38). 

TOP 50: 

Eight of the ten tracks drop into the Top 50 this week, with single-figure declines seen by RAYE and 070 Shake with Escapism (36 to #44) and The Kind of Love We Make by Luke Combs (38 to #47). Down eleven to #42 is Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved, with thirteen place drops being for Heat Waves for Glass Animals (28 to #41), Miracle by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding (32 to #45) and Creepin' by Metro Boomin', The Weeknd and 21 Savage (33 to #46). Vance Joy has cracked three-accumulated-chart-years this week for their breakout track Riptide, cracking 156 weeks (3 years) and dropping fourteen places to #43, while the biggest slump is a twenty-place drop to #50 for All My Life by Lil' Dirk featuring J. Cole


* #8 - Meltdown - Travis Scott feat. Drake (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #11 - FE!N - Travis Scott feat. Playboi Carti (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #16 - Hyaena - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #18 - Thank God - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #19 - My Eyes - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #20 - I Know ? - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #27 - Modern Jam - Travis Scott feat. Teezo Touchdown (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #29 - Topia Twins - Travis Scott feat. Rob49 and 21 Savage (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #30 - Telekinesis - Travis Scott feat. SZA and Future (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #34 - Delresto (Echoes) - Travis Scott feat. Beyonce (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #37 - Sirens - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #40 - God's Country - Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #48 - Skitzo - Travis Scott feat. Young Thug (Cactus Jack/Epic)

* #49 - Circus Maximus - Travis Scott feat. The Weeknd and Swae Lee (Cactus Jack/Epic) are all taken from Travis' fourth album Utopia, which becomes his second #1 Album in Australia after his third set Astroworld (1 week on August 13th, 2018), with his new album also taking out the top spot this week in England, IrelandNew Zealand, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy so far. There are four further tracks from the album which land in the lower fifty this week; Til Further Notice (feat. James Blake and 21 Savage; #52), Lost Forever (feat. Westside Gunn; #71), Looove (feat. Kid Cudi; #73) and Parasail (feat. Yung Lean and Dave Chappelle; #91). 

* #62 - Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (EMI) returns to the chart after the Irish singer passed away last Thursday (our July 27th), the news coming on the final day of the chart week, so most of the sales would've occurred in the past week. The Prince penned track was the lead single from her second album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, which hit #1 upon entry in March of 1990, while at the time Nothing Compares 2 U was logging it's fourth of eight weeks as the top selling single in Australia (from Feb. 19th, 1990). 

New Certification: 

Sprinter - Dave and Central Cee ▲

Dance the Night - Dua Lipa 


Boy's a Liar (pt.2) - PinkPantheress feat. Ice Spice ▲3 (was 1P)

Baby Don't Hurt Me - David Guetta feat. Anne-Marie and Coi Leray ●

You're the Voice - John Farnham ▲8 (was 1P) 

HP = Highest Position
LW = Last Week
WI10 - Weeks in Top 10

*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 28th of July to the 4th of August 2023