Is It Over Now? ARIA’s Annus Horribilis For Aussie Acts Continues

6 November 2023 | 1:51 pm | Jeff Jenkins

Taylor Swift: 8, Australia: 0

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The stats are simple and startling: this week’s Top 10 features eight songs by Taylor Swift. How many Aussie entries? Zero.

Indeed, just three homegrown hits have made the Top 10 for the entire year – Flume’s Say Nothing (featuring MAY-A) and The Kid LAROI’s Love Again and Too Much.

This week’s chart features 14 Swift songs before the first Aussie entry arrives: Vance Joy’s Riptide, a song released a decade ago, which comes in at #32. Overall, there are 15 Swift songs in this week’s ARIA Top 40 – five times the number of local entries (Vance Joy followed by Troye Sivan’s One Of Your Girls at #37, and The Kid LAROI’s Too Much at #39).

Swift’s Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) is her first chart-topping single for 2023, and her 10th #1 overall. Swift, Rihanna and Kylie Minogue are now locked together in a battle to beat Madonna’s record of the most #1s released by a female artist (11), behind The Beatles (26) and Elvis Presley (14).

Swift also has 10 albums in the Top 40, led by her third 2023 chart-topper 1989 (Taylor’s Version), which is her 12th #1 album – matching Madonna in the tally, and behind only Jimmy Barnes (15) and The Beatles (14).

This week’s Top 40 features three Aussie albums (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s The Silver Cord at #5, Angie McMahon’s Light, Dark, Light Again at #6, and Troye Sivan’s Something To Give Each Other at #23). So, if you’re keeping score at home, combining this week’s Top 40 singles and albums, the result is:

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Taylor Swift: 25
Australia: 6

Believe it or not, this is not Swift’s most dominant week this year – in July, the combined score was Swift: 26, Australia: 2.