Chartifacts: Jack Harlow Crashes Harry's Party with #1 Debut

16 April 2022 | 4:22 pm | Gavin Ryan

Jack Harlow's 'First Class' smashes into the top spot in its first week, taking Harry Styles' crown

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Jack Harlow book-ends the Top 10 this week, as "First Class", the second single from his May 6th second album, debuts at No.1 in Australia this week. 

"First Class" (Generation Now/Atlantic)" is the 1,112th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2022), the 547th for ARIA (1983 to 2022), the 132nd song to debut at No.1, the sixth No.1 for 2022 (and the second new one), plus it's also back-to-back #1 debuts, the last time this occurred was on July 25th and August 1st, 2016 between Katy Perry (Rise) and Major Lazor with Justin Bieber (Cold Water) respectively. 

The Atlantic Record Company has now achieved it's 31st No.1 Single in Australia with this new chart-top-entry, with their last being "Bad Habits" for Ed Sheeran on July 5th, 2021, while it's the first time that the word 'Class' has appeared in a No.1 song title, but it's now the second for the word 'First', with the other being June 1972's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for Roberta Flack for two weeks. 

Jack Harlow's new entry has also entered at No.1 in New Zealand, while it lands at No.2 in England, Ireland, Germany and Lithuania (so far) and this is now his third Top 10 single in Australia after "What's Poppin' "(HP-8, July 2020) and the current No.10 track this week, guesting on the Lil' Nas X song "Industry Baby" (HP-4, Oct, 2021), while this new entry is the second track lifted from his forthcoming second album "Come Home the Kids Miss You" (due May 6th) after "Nail Tech" (HP-22), which thanks to this new entry has rebound from last weeks No.56 to No.26 this week, plus his debut album "That's What They All Say" gets pulled back up from #90 to a new peak of No.36 this week too (it initially peaked at No.40 in January of 2021). 

"First Class" also features a interpolation loop of the 15 year old Fergie track "Glamorous", which started charting this week in 2007 (April 16th, 2007) and would peak at No.2 in late May of that year. Jack Harlow's new No.1 single also becomes the 197th chart-topper in Australia by an American Solo Male Artist, the 422nd by an American Act (solo male or female, duo or group) and the 714th song by an American Artist. Plus Jack is the first solo U.S. Male to hit No.1 here since Lil' Nas X's' "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" 50 weeks ago (26th of April, 2021), in between then and now we've seen four solo U.S. Female acts hits the top in Miley Cyrus {on the Kid Laroi track 'Without You'}, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey on January 3rd of this year. 

Last week's No.1 entry for Harry Styles drops back down one spot to No.2 this week, keeping his record of three-for-three-single-week-No.1's (two solo and one from 1D), but the song does stay for a second week at the top in England and Ireland, plus it debuted at the top this past week in both The U.S.A. and Canada. And with Jack Harlow the only Top 50 debut this week, there is a lot of single place drops down the chart this week, recommencing with "Heat Waves" for Glass Animals, dipping one spot to No.3, having also lost the top spot on both the U.S. and Canadian singles chart this week to Harry Styles, but the former two-time #1 is logging it's 63rd overall week within the Top 10, still the outright leader of all time in Australia. 

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The top six tracks are all current or former No.1 Singles, plus six of the Top 10 tracks have logged 30 or more weeks within the Top 10, as the first of two non-movers within the ten is at No.4 for Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber with "Stay" (WI10-40, equal third longest of all time), followed by a two place dip to No.5 for Ed Sheeran and his "Bad Habits" track, which notches up it's 41st week within the Top 10, now equal second on the listing for 'Longest Running Top 10 Singles' alongside "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I from 2019/20. 

Down one place apiece are "Cold Heart" (PNAU Remix)" for Elton John and Dua Lipa (WI10-35, 4th longest of all time), "Where Are You Now" for Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott, "Shivers" for Ed Sheeran (WI10-30, equal sixth longest) and Gayle with "abcdeFU" (WI10-20, WI50-21) to No.6, No.7, No.8 and No.9 respectively, while remaining on hold at No.10 is "Industry Baby" (WI10-30, equal sixth longest alongside #8) for Lil' Nas X and Jack Harlow, giving Jack book-ended Top 10 entries this week. 


Thanks to her third studio album debuting at No.27 this week called "Familia", the Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran duet "Bam Bam" jumps up three places to a new peak of No.11, with the only other climber within the Top 20 being a one place rise to No.17 for The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" track.

Rebounding back up two spots to it's position from three weeks ago is the SUPER-HI and Neeka track "Following the Sun'' (HP-21) to No.22, while the high new entry for Jack Harlow sees his eight week old song "Nail Tech'' (HP-22) rebound thirty places to back within the Top 30 at No.26. 

Tate McRae's "She's All I Wanna Be" and the new entry from last week for Dean Lewis called "Hurtless" remain stable at No.28 and No.29 this week (two of the nine stable tracks within the Top 50 this week), after which the next movers are again single place climbs for "Woman" by Doja Cat to No.35 and "Blinding Lights" for The Weeknd to No.36. 

Charlie Puth dims less this week by moving back up to No.41 with "Light Switch'', while a new viral hit from 2015 makes it's first Top 50 appearance ever at No.47, up fourteen spots from last week, is the Willow track "Wait a Minute!" spending it's third week within the Top 100, having first started selling locally back in August of 2020 it has now gone 69-61-47 in the past three weeks, while returning the Top 50 this week is "Better Days" for NEIKED with Mae Muller, up four to No.50. 


After scoring his first Top 10 entry in Australia, the DAVE track "Starlight" (HP-8x2, WI10-3) drops down three spots this week to No.12, while JB's "Ghost" drops back down two spots to No.13 after it's second and third week's at No.11. Lil' Nas X's "That's What I Want" drops three spots to No.15 and Adele's "Easy on Me" is down two chart-rungs to No.19 and notching up it's half-year chart anniversary at 26 weeks. 

The German dual acts AnnenMayKentereit and Giant Rocks' cover of "Tom's Diner" drops down four places to No.24, with two five places drops with the Top 30 for last week's new entry by Shawn Mendes and "When You're Gone" and the ACraze and Cherish remix of "Do it To it" to No.27 and No.30 respectively. 

Two place slips occur for "Middle of the Night" for Elley Duhe to No.32 and "Lost" by Frank Ocean to No.37, while bigger drops happen for "Boyfriend" by Dove Cameron, down five to No.38, and another of last week's new entries in the Lil' TJay single "In My Head", falling twelve spots to No.39. Three place slips occur with "Fingers Crossed" by Lauren Spencer-Smith and Olivia Rodrigo's breakout single "Driver's License" to No.44 and No.46 respectively, with last weeks No.39 returned Foo Fighters single "Everlong" departing the Top 50 this week. 


HP = Highest Position

LW = Last Week

WI10 - Weeks in Top 10 

*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 8th to the 14th of April, 2022.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.