It’s all steady on top this week, but new No.2s appear on both the singles and albums charts. Who are they? And what do they want with us? The answers, my friend, are
blowing in the wind below… in this week’s Chart Watch!
Let’s kick things off as usual with the ARIA singles chart, where Korean superstar Psy holds onto top spot for the second week in a row with his international smash ‘Gangnam Style’. And to say it’s doing rather well would be an understatement… Last week it hit the top spot and platinum sales in the process. This week it’s double platinum (140,000 copies).
New at No.2 this week and missing out on that coveted No.1 position (so far) is One Direction with their new single ‘Live While We’re Young’, and while Guy Sebastian’s ‘Battle Scars’ slides to third, it picks up a respectable fourth platinum accreditation, meaning it’s now equal with his debut single ‘Angels Brought Me Here’.
Rihanna’s new single ‘Diamonds’ is shining in the top ten, premiering at No.8 this week, while P!nk’s ‘Try’ rebounds back into the top ten thanks to her Aussie promotional visit.
Rita Ora’s ‘R.I.P.’ goes gold and Ke$ha’s new single ‘Die Young’ just misses the top ten, debuting at No.11.
Owl City & Carly Rae’s ‘Good Time’ hits triple platinum, Justice Crew’s ‘Boom Boom’ hits four times platinum and the latest releases for David Guetta and Sam And The Womp both enter the top 20 (Nos.16 and 17 respectively).
Debuting at No.23 this week is the new Pitbull single ‘Don’t Stop The Party’, with a further top 30 debut for Taylor Swift (‘Red’ at No.30).
Havana Brown’s ‘When The Lights Go Out’ EP is now platinum, but drops from No.18 to No.31 this week, while closely behind Labrinth’s single ‘Treatment’ is in at No.33, Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ re-emerges at No.34 on the back of their tour, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Va Va Voom’ premieres at No.36 and a re-entry (and new peak) for The Temper Trap’s ‘Trembling Hands’ on the back of their AFL Grand Final performance.
Cher Lloyd’s ‘Want U Back’ is back into the top 40 (No.39) and is now platinum, but Justin Bieber’s ‘As Long As You Love Me’ has suffered an 18 place fall from No.23 to No.41.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s ear worm ‘Call Me Maybe’ is now eight times platinum (560,000 copies), Icona Pop pop their head back into the top 50 and The Temper Trap’s double platinum ‘Sweet Disposition’ re-enters the countdown at No.50.
Outside the top 50, Katy Perry’s ‘Wide Awake’ drops 20 places, Rizzle Kicks’ ‘Down With The Trumpets’ rises 15 spots to No.56, Usher’s ‘Numb’ debuts at No.66 and Lloyd ftg. Andre 3000’s ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ re-enters at No.76.
There’s more chart action from The Collective. Their cover of New Kids On The Block’s ‘You Got It (The Right Stuff)’ debuts at No.78.
Karmin’s ‘Brokenhearted’ slumps 22 spots, Bella Ferraro’s cover of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ hits the charts at No.84, Jay Sean’s ‘I’m All Yours’ drops from No.53 to No.87 and there’s a debut at No.92 from Grinspoon (‘Passerby’).
P!nk holds for a third week atop this week’s ARIA albums chart, but she was under fire, with three top ten debuts hoping to spoil her party. The best of the bunch was Muse, whose new album ‘The 2nd Law’ premiered (quite ironically) in The 2nd Spot.
Next up with a top ten premiere is Something For Kate and their new album ‘Leave Your Soul To Science’, which premieres at a respectable No.5. It’s followed shortly thereafter by another Aussie outfit – Grinspoon – whose new album ‘Black Rabbits’ scores a No.8 debut.
The Tempter Trap’s eponymous set rockets on the back of their AFL Grand Final performance. It rose from last week’s No.45 to No.14 this week, but The Killers’ ‘Battle Born’ (now certified gold) drops from No.6 to No.15.
Lupe Fiasco’s new album ‘Food & Liquor II’ debuts at No.17 and both P!nk’s greatest hits package and Timomatic’s self-titled Sony debut are in a hurry, shuffling to Nos.20 and 21 respectively.
Kanye’s compile ‘G.O.O.D. Music : Cruel Summer’ slides from No.7 to No.23, No Doubt’s ‘Push And Shove’ suffers the second week blues – down from No.8 to No.29 – but Cody Simpson’s sailing into ‘Paradise’, with his new album debuting at No.31.
Lady Antebellum’s tour pays dividends at retail with their ‘Own The Night’ album surging 40 places to No.37 (their ‘Need You Now’ album re-enters the countdown at No.42), but deadmau5’s ‘Album Title Goes Here’ drops 30 spots to No.41.
Diana Krall’s ‘Glad Rag Doll’ debuts at No.44 and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ re-enters the top 50 at No.49.
On the other side of the top 50 barrier, Illy’s album ‘Bring It Back’ slumps from No.15 on debut to No.53 this week, The Temper Trap’s ‘Conditions’ and John Mayer’s ‘Born And Raised’ both re-enter (Nos.57 and 58 respectively) and the INXS ‘Kick’ repackage does the business – it’s back in the chart mix at No.67.
Ben Folds Five’s new album ‘The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind’ suffers a big second week fall, plunging from No.24 to No.68, Papa Roach’s new LP ‘The Connection’ is in at No.70 and Heroes For Hire’s ‘No Apologies’ premieres at No.75.
Further top 100 debuts come courtesy of Devin Townsend Project (‘Epicloud’ at No.80), Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ at No.95), Flying Lotus (‘Until The Quiet Comes’ at No.97) and Diafrix (‘Pocket Full Of Dreams’ at No.98).
Poor Conor Maynard though. His album debuted at No.48 last week. This week, it’s gone from 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.