Birdy’s single ‘Skinny Love’ has spent the best part of the week at No.1 on iTunes. Ricki-Lee Coulter was after her first No.1 album. So where did both of them end up. Or are things still the same at No.1? You’ll just have to read on and find out, won’t you? Yes – it’s our weekly Chart Watch.
Guy’s sixth No.1 single is still kicking goals – and how. After debuting at No.1 on last week’s ARIA singles chart, ‘Battle Scars’ (featuring a guest appearance by Lupe Fiasco) not only extends its reign atop the charts this week, but it’s certified gold (35,000 copies sold) after just two weeks. Mightily impressive, Mister Sebastian.
But what about Justice Crew! Even they’re kicking goals too, with their latest single ‘Boom Boom’ now certified double platinum (140,000 copies) after just eight weeks.
Two big improvers slam the top five this week, with Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ rising from its No.13 debut to No.3 and the aforementioned Birdy single ‘Skinny Love’ rocketing into the upper echelons after a performance on Monday night’s ‘The X Factor’. It’s up from No.74 last week to No.4 this week.
Highest debut of the week comes at No.7 courtesy of The Script and Will.I.Am and ‘Hall Of Fame’, which becomes the band’s third top ten hit here after ‘Breakeven’ and ‘Before The Worst’.
Far East Movement’s ‘Turn Up The Love’ also finds itself in the top ten – up from No.14 to No.8 – Calvin Harris’ latest single goes gold and Birdy’s other single ‘People Help The People’ also improves, rising seven places to No.13.
Chiddy Bang and Icona Pop hit the top 20, with ‘Mind Your Manners’ reaching a new peak of No.17, Havana Brown’s ‘When The Lights Go Out’ goes gold, but Delta’s ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’ drops from No.15 to No.23.
Elsewhere, Maroon 5’s ‘Payphone’ hits the four times platinum mark, Jason Derulo’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ is up from No.63 to No.37 in its second week of chart action, Marina & The Diamonds now has a top 40 Aussie hit on her hands, with ‘Primadonna’ edging to a new peak of No.39 and Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ is back in chart action – re-entering the countdown at No.41.
Johnny Ruffo’s ‘On Top’ goes platinum, Wiley’s ‘Heatwave’ debuts at No.44 and Ne-Yo’s ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)’ rises five spots to No.46.
Outside the top 50, Avicii’s ‘Silhouettes’ is firing (up 39 places to No.59), Gypsy & The Cat debut at No.60 with new single ‘Sorry’, The Rubens are in at No.70 with ‘My Gun’ and Muse’s ‘Madness’ descends into the countdown at No.82 on debut.
Not such good news for 3OH!3, however, with their new single ‘You’re Going To Love This’ seemingly not living up to its name. It slumps 42 places this week to No.83.
David Guetta and Sia’s ‘She Wolf’ premieres at No.93 and there are re-entries in the last ten of the hundred from We The Kings, British India, J-Lo and Pitbull and Jay-Z with Kanye West.
The soundtrack to new Aussie hit flick ‘The Sapphires’ continues to fire this week, maintaining its No.1 heading and, like Guy over on the singles chart, the album is now certified gold for sales of more than 35,000 copies.
Birdy’s flown into the No.2 position with her self-titled set.
There are three top ten debuts this week. The best of them is Bloc Party’s new album ‘Four’, which premieres at No.3, just ahead of the new ‘Elvis By Request’ compilation.
Ricki-Lee has her first ever top ten album with ‘Fear & Freedom’, debuting (hopefully ominously) at lucky No.7, with four previous top ten albums sliding out (One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Adam Brand).
The Darkness debuts at No.15 with ‘Hot Cakes’, Xavier Rudd’s national tour is doing good things for his album sales, with ‘Spirit Bird’ rising from No.52 to No.17 and there are debuts at No.29 and No.30 from Owl City (‘The Midsummer Station’) and Yellowcard (‘Southern Air’) respectively.
Alpine’s album ‘A Is For Alpine’ drops from a No.11 debut to No.35 in its second week and there are four debuts between No.40 and No.50; Hand Of Mercy (‘Last Lights’ at No.44), Yeasayer (‘Fragrant World’ at No.47), Tim Hart (‘Milling The Wind’ at No.48) and Ry Cooder (‘Election Special’ at No.49). Mia Dyson’s ‘The Moment’ just misses a top 50 debut, placing at No.51.
New at No.80 is Steve Vai’s ‘The Story Of Light’, but debuts last week from London 2012 (‘A Symphony Of British Music’) and Catherine Britt (‘Always Never Enough’) are now both out of the top 100.
And checking in on ‘The Voice’ stars for you this week… Karise Eden’s ‘My Journey’ sits at No.10, Darren Percival’s ‘Happy Home’ is at No.28, Rachael Leahcar’s ‘Shooting Star’ is down 14 places to No.46 and Sarah De Bono’s ‘No Shame’ drops from No.42 to No.73.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to www.ariacharts.com.au each and every Sunday from 6:30pm AEST.