Yes, Guy Sebastian is in the No.1 spot for the third week running with his single ‘Battle Scars’ and after notching up a gold accreditation last week, this week the single hits platinum (70,000 copies).
It’s obvious that Australia has fallen in love with Birdy, however, with two of her singles placed in the top ten this week. Firstly is the track ‘Skinny Love’, which got a great start through an audition on this year’s ‘The X Factor’. After slamming the top 50 for the first time last week (rising from No.74 to No.4), the single edges even higher to No.2 this week and picks up a gold accreditation.
Taylor Swift’s also gone gold with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, Maroon 5’s ‘One More Night’ gets one more platinum nod and Far East Movement’s ‘Turn Up The Love’ also goes gold.
Also gold this week is the second of the top 10 Birdy tracks… ‘People Help The People’, which is up three spots to No.10.
Rocketing from its No.93 debut last week is David Guetta and Sia’s new collaboration ‘She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)’, which is now placed just outside the top 10 at No.11. Florence & The Machine’s ‘Spectrum’ EP is now platinum, while P!nk’s ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ gets the double platinum treatment.
Already double platinum and getting a second breath of wind thanks to another ‘The X Factor’ audition is James Morrison’s ‘I Won’t Let You Go’, which is up 20 places to No.18 (four shy of its peak so far).
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Drunk’ drops three, but hits platinum and Ne-Yo’s ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)’ is up 24 places to No.22.
The week’s highest debut comes courtesy of Rita Ora, whose new single ‘R.I.P.’ (which features Tinie Tempah in a guest-star role) premieres at No.29.
Delta drops ten with ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’, Marina & The Diamonds goes gold with ‘Primadonna’, Jess Mauboy’s ‘Gotcha’ is up to a new high of No.43 and Pitbull’s ‘Back In Time’ is back in the top 50 at No.49.
Outside the top 50, Flo Rida and Sia’s ‘Wild Ones’ is up from No.80 to No.57, Evermore gets a No.58 debut for ‘Follow The Sun’, followed directly behind with Marvin Priest’s ‘Are You Ready’ (premiering at No.59).
Pitbull and Shakira’s ‘Get It Started’ gets a second breath of wind thanks to the tour (up from No.91 to No.68) and Taio Cruz’ ‘Fast Car’ pulls into the top 100 garage at No.72.
Train’s classic ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ re-enters at No.79 and there are further re-entries for Maroon 5, Paramore, The Killers, David Guetta/Sia and Avicii.
Gypsy & The Cat’s new single ‘Sorry’ drops from No.60 to out of the top 100 after one week.
Right. Albums. The soundtrack to the hit movie ‘The Sapphires’ has slid from the No.1 position, giving way to the all-conquering Birdy, who’s in danger of becoming this year’s version of Adele. Not that Warner would mind that comparison one little bit. Birdy’s self-titled album has only been in the top 100 for nine weeks, but it’s hit the top spot this week and has been certified gold.
Timomatic’s self-titled long player has debuted in the No.3 position, with improvements within the top 10 by Missy Higgins and Karise Eden (up to Nos.4 and 6 respectively).
Keith Urban’s best-of ‘The Story So Far’ shuffles up from No.24 to No.12 this week, with James Morrison’s ‘The Awakening’ also improving – to a new high of No.13.
360’s ‘Falling & Flying’ is up from No.26 to No.17, Trey Songz’ ‘Chapter V’ debuts at No.18 and Pitbull’s ‘Planet Pit’ is soaring on the back of his Australian tour – up 22 spots to No.19.
Not such good news for Bloc Party and Ricki-Lee, however, with their respective albums dropping from No.3 to No.20 and from No.7 to No.25. Oh Mercy’s album ‘Deep Heat’ is in at No.21.
Slash’s ‘Apocalyptic Love’ and Neil Diamond’s ‘Hot August Night’ both surge back into the top 50 (25 and 26 places respectively), Bob Seger’s ‘Ultimate Hits’ is up from No.83 to No.42 and Tim Rogers’ ‘Rogers Plays Rogerstein’ debuts at No.45.
Outside the top 50, debuts from Elbow (‘Dead In The Boot’ at No.52) and Jane Rutter (‘An Australian In Paris’ at No.54), with re-entries for The Beach Boys’ ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ (a new peak of No.60) and Adam Lambert (‘Trespassing’ at No.65).
The Bee Gees’ ‘One Night Only’ rushes from No.100 to No.70, Rebecca Ferguson’s album ‘Heaven’ re-enters the chart mix at No.75 and the Katie Noonan/Karin Schaupp collaborations manages a No.81 debut.
Last week’s new releases from Hand Of Mercy, Yeasayer, Tim Hart and Mia Dyson all drop out of the top 100.
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.