One of this week’s charts features a new No.1. Could it be that P!nk has been knocked off the album top spot after two weeks? Or has the allure of a K-Pop novelty hit proved too strong for the record buying public? Welcome to this week’s Chart Watch.
It’s finally happened. Australia, we have a K-Pop track on top of the ARIA singles chart. Yes, Psy has done enough with ‘Gangnam Style’ this week to edge in front of Guy Sebastian to claim the No.1 position. And how. It arrives in the top spot newly adored with a platinum accreditation.
Guy drops to No.2, but Birdy’s ‘Skinny Love’ streaks ahead, having its accreditations updated from platinum last week to triple platinum this week. Flo Rida’s ‘I Cry’ also hits platinum and after their performance on ‘The X Factor’, The Script move back into the top five with ‘Hall Of Fame’.
Ne-Yo’s now top ten with ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself’, her ‘X Factor’ performance sees Rita Ora’s ‘R.I.P.’ up from No.15 to No.10 and though they drop out of the top 10, Maroon 5’s single ‘One More Night’ hits triple platinum sales.
Alicia Keys’ new single ‘Girl On Fire’ is now at No.15, Havana Brown’s ‘When The Lights Go Out’ edges from No.30 to No.18 and the week’s highest debut comes courtesy of Taylor Swift, whose new single ‘Begin Again’ premieres at No.20.
Another ‘X Factor’ performance sees James Morrison’s ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ surging from No.49 to No.21, while P!nk’s single ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ rebounds from its 59 place plunge last week to re-enter the top 50 at No.29 (up from No.75).
Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ edges from No.40 to No.30, Of Monsters And Men’s ‘Little Talks’ is up from No.41 to No.32 and ‘X Factor’ boyband The Collective debuts at No.41 with their version of Kenny Loggins’ ‘Footloose’.
Re-entering the top 50 this week are Mumford & Sons, Cher Lloyd, The Veronicas and Rita Ora’s ‘How We Do (Party)’, but is it all over for The Janoskians? Their debut single ‘Set This World On Fire’ came in at No.22 last week. This week it’s plunged to No.50.
Outside the top 50, Example’s ‘Say Nothing’ comes in at No.54, Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Finally Found You’ is in at No.57 and Bella Ferraro’s version of One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ premieres at No.62.
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom’ re-enters the countdown at a new peak of No.63, Karmin’s new single ‘Hello’ enters at No.72 and Vandalism’s latest club hit ‘Coming Alive’ does just that in the countdown at No.76.
The news isn’t good for Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber’s duet ‘Beautiful’, which dives from No.48 to No.89 and evicted boyband What About Tonight sees their cover of ‘Year 3000’ debut at No.97.
So P!nk debuted on top of the ARIA albums chart last week with double platinum sales. This week she faced challenges from Green Day, No Doubt and Mumford & Sons. Turns out, however, they were no challenge at all as she holds steady for a second week with ‘The Truth About Love’. Amazingly, the album achieved a third platinum accreditation this week (yeps – that’d be 210,000 copies in just two weeks).
Not to say that Mumford & Sons’ figures weren’t anything to write home about. In virtually any other release week of the year, they’ve had streaked it in for a No.1 debut. But against P!nk, they have to settle for No.2 instead. They’ll take plenty of comfort from the fact that their album was accredited gold on debut (35,000 copies).
Green Day’s ‘¡Uno!’ debuts at No.3 and Birdy’s eponymously-titled album is now platinum at No.4.
Kanye West’s new album ‘G.O.O.D. Music : Cruel Summer’ improves from No.20 to No.7, while No Doubt manage a No.8 debut for their first album in 11 years ‘Push And Shove’ (also their highest studio album placing in 17 years).
deadmau5 just misses the top ten with his new album ‘Album Title Goes Here’ (No.11), The Script and James Morrison both improve and Michael Jackson’s repackaged and re-released ‘Bad’ re-enters the countdown at No.14.
Illy’s ‘Bring It Back’ is in at No.15, Mumford & Sons’ previous album ‘Sigh No More’ improves from No.37 to No.22 and the new Ben Folds Five long player premieres at No.24.
Not such good news for Carly Rae Jepsen, however, whose debuted album might have been handed the ‘Kiss’ of death – down from No.8 to No.27 in its second week. Bob Dylan’s ‘Tempest’ also falls (No.13 to No.34), but not as far as Clare Bowditch’s new album ‘The Winter I Chose Happiness’ (No.11 to No.44).
Up into the top 50 this week is ‘The Ultimate Bee Gees’ (No.100 to No.41) and there are debuts from Dwight Yoakam (‘3 Pears’ at No.46) and Conor Maynard (‘Contrast’ at No.48).
In the ‘other half’, TZU’s ‘Millions Of Moments’ is in at No.57, Bee Gees’ ‘Live : One Night Only’ re-enters at No.58, followed closely thereafter by their ‘The Number Ones’ (No.60).
Band Of Horses’ ‘Mirage Rock’ slumps from No.21 on debut to No.66, the ‘Puberty Blues’ soundtrack is in (perhaps ironically) at No.69 and Big & Rich’s ‘Hillbilly Jedi’ premieres at No.76.
The Beach Boys’ ‘Greatest Hits’ debuts at No.95 and a large decline in sales for Usher’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’ – down from No.59 to No.97.
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.