Finally there’s a bit of action on the ARIA charts – with plenty of movement on both albums and singles charts this week, including a new No.1 on the latter. Let’s have a look at what’s gone on with this week’s Chart Watch;
SINGLES : It’s a brand new No.1 this week on the ARIA singles chart – and on debut, something that hasn’t happened on the Aussie singles chart since Vanessa Amorosi’s ‘This Is Who I Am’ back in October. Jason Derulo nabs the top spot with his new single ‘In My Head’ – but only 712 copies separated him from last week’s No.1, Iyaz.
Jason sold 16,129 copies of ‘In My Head’ as opposed to 15,417 copies of Iyaz’ ‘Replay’.
Australia’s love affair with Taylor Swift continues – her single ‘Today Was A Fairytale’, lifted from the soundtrack to Australia’s No.1 movie ‘Valentine’s Day’, moves up three places to No.3 this week with 14,830 sales.
Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ drops two to No.4 (13,674 sales), while The Midnight Beast’s parody of Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok’ continues to impress on the charts, selling 10,365 copies last week to rise from No.16 to No.5.
Rihanna’s new single ‘Rude Boy’ continues it’s charge up the charts – up from No.17 to No.8 this week with 8668 sales, while Cheryl Cole now has a top ten hit in Australia on her hands with single ‘3 Words’. It’s up to No.9 this week in only it’s second week on the chart. 7924 people snapped it up last week.
Gabriella Cilmi’s new single ‘On A Mission’ moves up to No.16 (5624 sales) and there are top 20 debuts for the new version of ‘We Are The World’ (No.18 with 5523 sales) and k.d.Lang’s stirring version of the Leonard Cohen classic ‘Hallelujah’ which the singer performed at the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It debuted at No.19 with 5014 sales.
Another song for Haiti comes in at No.28 – it’s Simon Cowell’s cover version of ‘Everybody Hurts’, featuring vocals from Kylie, Take That, Robbie etc etc. 3349 sales last week.
Pitbull’s into the top 50 at No.37 with new single ‘Shut It Down’ (2614 sales), Alicia Keys debuts at No.42 with ‘Put It In A Love Song’ (2554 sales), John Mayer’s also into the top 50 action with new single ‘Heartbreak Warfare’ at No.46 (1994 sales) and Florence & The Machine enters at No.50 with ‘You’ve Got The Love’ (1859 sales).
Outside the top 50, Justin Bieber’s track with Ludacris (‘Baby’) has sunk from No.36 to No.61, Timbaland’s track with Katy Perry (‘If We Ever Meet Again’) has debuted at No.62 (1406 sales) and Chris Brown’s latest single ‘Crawl’ has popped in at No.67 (1359 sales).
Debuts further down for Train (‘Hey, Soul Sister’ at No.72 – 1270 copies), Operator Please (‘Logic’ at No.73 – 1235 copies) and T-Pain (‘Take Your Shirt Off’ at No.82 – 1126 sales), while Melbourne’s Miami Horror is back into the chart action at No.90 with ‘Sometimes’ (946 sales).
ALBUMS : It’s Mumford & Sons once again this week – holding on to the No.1 position on the ARIA album chart for a second week with a further 7305 sales of their album ‘Sigh No More’.
Susan Boyle holds steady at No.2 with ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ (6520 sales), while in the No.3 position, Canadian songstress k.d.Lang bullets from No.56 with her best-of ‘Recollection’. It sold 5753 copies in the last week.
Sade’s long-awaited new album ‘Soldier Of Love’ debuts strongly in the No.4 position – with 5235 sales under it’s belt.
With sell-out stadium shows across the country, it didn’t take long for AC/DC’s album ‘Black Ice’ to rocket back up the chart – it’s up to No.11 this week with 2390 more copies in the bag, while Brits success doesn’t seem to have done Florence & The Machine’s chart performance in Australia any harm – their album ‘Lungs’ is up to No.12 with 2156 copies sold.
Rob Thomas’ tour of the country has also helped sales of his latest album ‘Cradlesong’ – up four places to No.13 (2105 sales).
Jumps for John Mayer (No.28 to No.20) and Rihanna (No.35 to No.21), a debut for Fear Factory at No.24 (1398 sales) and a drop for Birds Of Tokyo (No.11 to No.27).
HIM’s new album ‘Screamworks’ debuts at No.36 (1067 sales), Phoenix’s album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ re-emerges in the top 50 at No.40 (905 sales) and the soundtrack to the hit movie ‘Valentine’s Day’ debuts in the No.41 position with 900 copies sold.
George Michael’s Aussie tour repackage of ‘Twenty Five’ has done the trick too – coming in at No.49 with 809 sales.
Outside the top 50, Gossip’s ‘Music For Men’ jumps twenty places to No.51 (788 sales), Peter Gabriel’s ‘Scratch My Back’ plops in at No.59 (713 sales) and Cliff Richard and The Shadows’ visit to our shores has seen their ‘Reunited’ set move back into the top 100 at No.63 (683 sales).
Further still and Story Of The Year’s album ‘The Constant’ debuts at No.88 (488 sales), while Lady Antebellum debuts at No.93 with ‘Need You Now’ (466 copies).