Kendrick Lamar Is Absolutely Dominating The Aussie Charts Right Now

23 May 2022 | 11:23 am | Gavin Ryan

'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers' hits #1 on the Albums Chart, while its tracks consume the Singles Chart.

(Pic by Renell Medrano)

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It's a fifth week at the summit of the Australian Singles Chart for Harry Styles' As It Was track, just as his third album was issued on Friday. 

Harry's House for Mr. Styles is the first of three major projects to be issued for 2022 by the former 1D member, with his third studio album dropping on Friday (May 20th), which could see a slew of House tracks entering the chart next week, just like Jack Harlow last week and Kendrick Lamar this week. Harry's two other big releases for this year are the movies, Don't Worry Darling in September and My Policeman near the end of the year. 

As of this week As It Was has logged its fifth stay at #1, tying it as the equal longest-running #1 for 2022, alongside the five weeks achieved by Heat Waves for Glass Animals (March-April) and the five broken weeks for Cold Heart for Elton John and Dua Lipa (January and February), plus with his new album potentially keeping As It Was at the top for another week or two, as of next week the album's lead single could be the longest-running #1 for 2022. The song is also logging its seventh week at the top in both England (equal longest for 2022 alongside Bruno) and Ireland, plus a fifth week at the summit in Canada.

Jack Harlow's First Class remains in second position for a fourth week, while it regains the #1 spot in America for a second stay and spends a sixth straight week at the top in New Zealand, while last week's #3 peak for Lizzo's About Damn Time drops down one place this week to land at #4, while either side of Lizzo are two Kendrick Lamar tracks debuting from his new #1 album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, with the songs N95 (NZ #2) and Die Hard (featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer) debuting at #3 and #5 respectively, while he also lands a third Top 10 debut this week with the track United in Grief coming in at #7. This gives Kendrick his 7th, 8th and 9th Top 10 entries in Australia (5 as lead, 4 as a guest artist), and his first Top 10 entries since his Black Panther soundtrack singles All The Stars (HP-2, peaked late Feb 2018) and Pray For Me with The Weeknd (HP-9, peaked early March 2018). 

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With a fresh infusion of new songs to the Top 10, eight of the Top 10 singles have all racked up single figure tally for their stays, while the first and second longest Top 10 stays remain within the ten. Heat Waves for Glass Animals is pushed down two places this week to #6, it's first week outside of the Top 5 since the first chart for 2022 when it was sitting at #9. The track is racking up its 68th week within the Top 10, still the longest ever, while the song hasn't left the Top 10 for the past 40 weeks (only ever dropped out on August 30th, 2021).

After peaking at #6 for the past two weeks, Latto's Big Energy declines two places this week to #8, after which is the only local act within the Top 10, and he has two of them, as The Kid LAROI touched down in Sydney this past week to commence his national tour from Thursday the 26th of May in Sydney, touring until June 7th, ending in Brisbane, after which he starts his European tour in Denmark in late June. His latest single Thousand Miles falls five places to #9 and his long-running #1 single (17 weeks) Stay with Justin Bieber is down three spots to #10. Stay has spent its entries 45 weeks on the chart within the Top 10, and by racking up its 45th week it is now the equal second-longest-running Top 10 of all time in Australia, tying with this week's Top 10 dropout Bad Habits for Ed Sheeran


There is not a single track which rises within the Top 10 or even Top 50 this week, as Kendrick Lamar has 14 songs in the Top 50, which pushes all former entries down the chart.


Three long-term Top 10 entries depart this week, with the aforementioned Bad Habits (HP-1x2, WI10-45) dropping down two spots to #12, and leaving the Top 10 for only the second time in its 47 week chart run, plus this is the song's lowest ever chart position, as it fell to #11 on the January 3rd, 2022 chart. Ed also drops down with his Shivers entry, four spots to #15, and alongside Camila Cabello on Bam Bam, dropping seven to #25, while last week he seemed poised this week to land a Top 50 berth with his newest entry 2Step featuring Lil' Baby (LW-53), but the Kendrick tidal wave has pushed it back down.

Where Are You Now by Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott (HP-5x4, WI10-17, equal 20th longest Top 10 run) falls four spots to land at#13, followed by a six-place dive to #14 for first time Top 10 dropout Cold Heart for Elton John and Dua Lipa (HP-1x10, WI10-39), the song having never left the Top 10 since its debut back on August 23rd, 2021, plus its 39th week inside of the T10 makes it now the outright fifth longest of all time in Australia.

After jumping to #12 last week, this week the Future track Wait For U is back down six spots to #18, while leaving the Top 20 for the first time ever are abcdeFU by Gayle (14 to #23, cracking its half-year {26 weeks} on the chart and now its lowest ever chart position) and Ghost by Justin Bieber, dropping eight to #24 after 30 weeks within the Top 20 (and only peaking at #11 for three weeks). Also leaving the Top 20 and now landing at its lowest ever chart position of #26 (down from #15) is Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow with Industry Baby (it fell to #25 on Jan. 3rd), followed by drops by SUPER-Hi and Neeka with Following The Sun (21 to #28) and Save Your Tears by The Weeknd (20 to #29).

Jack Harlow is reduced to three Top 50 entries this week, one as a guest (#26) and two of his new tracks from last week; Dua Lipa (13 to #31) and Churchill Downs (17 to #47) with Drake. Dua Lipa herself follows on from her namesake song by Jack, as her single Levitating falls eight places this week to #32, followed by Adele's Easy On Me which plummets fifteen spots to land at #34, but the song does pick up a 4x▲Platinum sales certification. Special mention must also go to Tones & I with her Dance Monkey single, which is newly 17x▲Platinum in sales and also logging its three-year chart anniversary, having notched up 156 weeks (3 years) within the Top 100, only ever leaving the chart for a single week on January 3rd of this year (it last went 16xP on November 22nd, 2021).

Three nine-place drops occur for Willow and Wait A Minute, Lil Nas X's second Top 50 entry That's What I Want and Elley Duhe's Middle Of The Night to #35, #36 and #41 respectively, while Enemy for Imagine Dragons falls eight spots to land at #38, either side of which are two double-digit drops for last week's surging track 10 Things I Hate About You for Leah Kate (22 to #37) and good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo (39 to#28). 

Newcomer Benson Boone's first entry In The Stars dips six spots to #40, while DAVE's Starlight diminishes a massive seventeen solar-chart-rungs to #42, after which Mr. Brightside for The Killers dims six places to land down at #45. Dean Lewis' Hurtless drops down eleven places to land at #46, Doja Cat is reduced to only one Top 50 (lead) entry this week as her Woman track falls seven places to #49, while last week's Top 40 entries for Taylor Swift (#23), Lauren Spencer-Smith (#33) and Lady Gaga (#36) all leave the Top 50 this week, although once the new Top Gun: Maverick opens in cinemas this coming week (May 26th), it should boost Gaga's song back up.


* #3 - N95 by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #5 - Die Hard by Kendrick Lamar feat. Blxst and Amanda Reifer (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #7 - United in Grief by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #11 - Father Time by Kendrick Lamar feat. Sampha (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #16 - Rich Spirit by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #17 - Worldwide Steppers by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #19 - We Cry Together by Kendrick Lamar and Taylour Paige (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #20 - Count Me Out by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #21 - Silent Hill by Kendrick Lamar and Kodak Black (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #22 - Purple Hearts by Kendrick Lamar with Summer Walker and Ghostface Killah (Top Dawg /Aftermath/Interscope)

* #30 - Savior by Kendrick Lamar feat. Baby Kemm and Sam Dew (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #43 - Mr. Morale by Kendrick Lamar and tanna Leone (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #44 - Crown by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

* #48 - Auntie Diaries by Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) are fourteen of the eighteen tracks contained on the new Kendrick album called Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers which lands at #1 on the Australian Albums Chart this week. The four missing tracks not landing within the Top 50 this week include two interlude songs for Rich Spirit and Savior, while the album's final two tracks Mother I Sober and Mirror have most likely landed in the lower fifty this week. Kendrick's last two projects saw three singles chart from his Black Panther soundtrack in January and February 2018, with his last studio album Damn from late April 2017 seeing four songs chart after the album's lead single Humble (HP-2) in DNA (HP-16), Loyalty (with Rihanna) (HP-20) and Love (feat. Zacari) (HP-29), thus this new album gives him his most amount of first-week entries ever. 

* #27 - Cooped Up by Post Malone feat. Roddy Rich (Republic) is the second single lifted from the June 3rd due fourth studio album for the American singer and rapper called Twelve Carat Toothachewhich had its first release in the single One Right Now with The Weeknd, peaking at #9 upon entry on November 15th, 2021, plus this new entry becomes his 47th Top 100 placement (40 as lead, 7 as guest artist). 


Easy On Me by Adele ▲4

Dance Monkey by Tones & I ▲17

*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 13th to the 19th of May, 2022.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.