Adele is still sitting pretty atop the ARIA albums chart again this week, joining elite company, while there are changes atop the ARIA singles chart. Let’s break it all down as part of this week’s Chart Watch.
Yes indeed, those Gym Class Heroes (along with Neon Hitch) may have taken four weeks to do it, but they now find themselves atop the ARIA singles chart with their single ‘Ass Back Home’. The track tumbles into the No.1 position, swapping positions with last week’s pole-sitter – the double platinum ‘Wild Ones’ by Flo Rida & Sia.
360 and Gossling’s ‘Boys Like You’ is down one spot but also picks up a double platinum gong, while fun. featuring Janelle Monae is now officially a top ten Aussie hit – surging 17 places to No.6.
A One Direction frenzy hit Australia this week with the band’s upcoming east coast shows selling out within three minutes. No doubt fans were more than happy to snap up their new single ‘One Thing’ at the same time… The track has bulleted another 11 spots this week and is now the band’s second top ten hit, placing at No.9.
Also scoring a top ten placing this week is Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ (No.10) and just two positions behind, Skrillex is seemingly in a rush to join her with ‘Bangarang’. It’s up ten places to No.12.
Train’s ‘Drive By’ edges up to No.20 Labrinth & Tinie Tempah’s ‘Earthquake’ shakes into the top 30 – up 12 spots to No.29 – and the highest debut of the week comes from US R&B superstar Usher and his new single ‘Climax’, which debuts at No.37.
Taio Cruz’s ‘Troublemaker’ surges on the back of his visit. It’s back into the top 50 and re-emerges at No.38.
New at No.42 is Far East Movement ftg. Justin Bieber and ‘Live My Life’, Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Mirrors’ enters the top 50 at No.45 and one spot behind, also appearing in the top 50 for the first time, is Sean Paul’s new tune ‘She Doesn’t Mind’.
Outside the top 50, Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is down to No.52 (from No.24 last week), the Glee Cast and 2 Cellos premiere at No.59 with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’, We The Kings are in at No.70 with ‘Say You Like Me’ and Outasight debut at No.72 with ‘Tonight Is The Night’.
‘Ni**as In Paris’ by Jay-Z and Kanye is back again (it’s like a boomerang) – at No.77, Carly Rae Jepsen debuts at No.79 with ‘Call Me Maybe’, Matt Redman’s in at No.88 with ‘Twenty Seven Million’ and another debut down at No.97 from Tyga and ‘Rack City’.
Whitney’s ‘I Have Nothing’, ‘Greatest Love Of All’ and ‘How Will I Know’ all drop out of the top 100 this week.
On the ARIA albums chart, Adele notches up another milestone this week while maintaining her No.1 heading. ’21’ has now spent 30 (non-consecutive) weeks in the ARIA No.1 position and according to chart guru Gavin Ryan, she’s now surpassed Delta Goodrem’s 2003 album ‘Innocent Eyes’ (29 weeks) and moves into the third longest-serving No.1 album in Australian chart history, tied with The Beatles’ 1967 album ‘Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (30 weeks).
The top four stays exactly the same this week, with Skrillex’ ‘Bangarang’ EP the only movement into the top five.
One Direction’s album ‘Up All Night’ re-enters the top ten, moving up seven spots to No.6, while the highest debut of the week comes courtesy of British outfit Passenger, who score themselves a No.9 debut with ‘All The Little Lights’.
Ryan Adams’ LP ‘Ashes & Fire’ re-enters the fray at No.16, beating its previous peak of No.25 on release late last year and Pink Floyd’s iconic ‘The Wall’ benefits from the deluxe repackages, bulleting from No.64 to No.20.
Dirty Three’s album ‘Toward The Low Sun’ debuts at No.31, Sleigh Bells’ ‘Reign Of Terror’ begins at No.33 and Bon Iver’s self-titled LP is up 22 positions to No.36.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ re-engages with the top 50, edging an impressive 33 places higher at No.38, but Van Halen and The Bodyguard soundtrack suffer from a different kind of truth, down 15 and 16 spots respectively.
Outside the top 50, The Ting Tings’ new album ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ can only manage a No.51 debut, The Fray’s ‘Scars & Stories’ drops a worrying 26 places (to No.55), The Beatles’ ‘1’ is up 28 spots and Steel Panther get their ‘Balls (back) Out’ at No.64.
Also re-entering the top 100 fold is Josh Pyke’s album ‘Only Sparrows’ (No.69), Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ (No.82) and Damien Leith’s ‘Roy’ (No.85).
Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Grace And Gratitude Renewed’ premieres at No.86 and the Alvin & The Chipmunks ‘Chipwrecked’ soundtrack re-enters at No.95.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to www.ariacharts.com.au each and every Sunday.