Though Taylor gave the race for No.1 a red hot crack with his ‘X Factor’ cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’, he didn’t quite do enough to dislodge Miss Katy Perry from the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart, settling for a No.2 debut.
‘Roar’ continues to do so from its No.1 mantle, clocking up nine non-consecutive weeks in the top spot (six in a row), while last week’s No.2 – Avicii’s ‘Hey Brother’ – drops from No.2 to No.3, picking up a gold sales accreditation in the process.
Also achieving their gold nods this week are Nathaniel’s ‘You’ (No.6) and Ylvis’ ‘The Fox’ (No.9) for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
Imagine Dragons’ ‘On Top Of The World’ soars from No.37 to a new peak of No.10 off the back of their ‘X Factor’ appearance; One Republic’s ‘Something I Need’ hits platinum, steady at No.13.
The new Eminem track ‘Rap God’ is finding favour, in a rush for the top from a No.40 debut to No.15 this week, but Lady Gaga just misses the top 20 with her new track ‘Do What U Want’ with R.Kelly. It’s into the countdown on debut at No.21.
Haim’s ‘The Wire’ hits platinum at No.23, but Redfoo’s ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous’ spends its seventh week in the charts a whole lot lower, down from No.7 last week to No.25 this week.
Lorde’s ‘Team’ hits gold at No.28, Little Mix are on the ‘Move’ with a No.33 premiere for their new single and Britney’s ‘Work Bitch!’ also sports a gold sheen to it this week, though it’s seven places lower at No.34. Will Sparks & Joel Fletcher’s ‘Bring It Back’ is also gold (No.35).
Tina Arena notches up her first top 40 Aussie hit in nine long years, with sales of ‘You Set Fire To My Life’ benefiting from her appearance on ‘The X Factor’ last week. It’s into the countdown at No.38, right ahead of another reality TV showing in Uncle Jed’s cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’, which is in at No.39.
Eminem’s ‘Survival’ is short-lived, dropping from No.18 to No.41, Iggy Azalea’s ‘Change Your Life’ debuts at No.44 and there’s a re-entry for Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ at No.45.
Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ pops its head into the top 50 for the first time at No.46 (No.63 last week), Justin Bieber’s ‘Hold Tight’ premieres at No.48 and a re-entry for Jason Mraz’ ‘I Won’t Give Up’ at No.50.
Beyond the top 50 castle walls, a No.53 debut for Imagine Dragons’ ‘Demons’, a gold accreditation at No.56 for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘White Walls’, a rush for Classified’s ‘Inner Ninja’ (No.82 to No.60) and a re-entry for Uncle Jed’s cover of Matt Corby’s ‘Brother’ at No.68.
Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ drops from No.54 to No.71, Mike Will Made-It’s ’23’ is down from No.47 to No.72 and Justin Bieber overtakes all of them with ‘All That Matters’ – down from No.41 to No.73 – right ahead of his Tyga collaboration ‘Wait For A Minute’, which debuts at No.73.
Debuts at Nos.75, 77 and 81 for Bella Ferraro (‘Forgot You’), Avril Lavigne (‘Let Me Go’) and The Jezabels (‘The End’) respectively. The Amity Affliction joins the debut party at No.84 with ‘Born To Die’, but there are 20+ place drops for Paramore’s ‘Ain’t It Fun’, Rihanna’s ‘Stay’, 2 Chainz’ ‘We Own It’, James Arthur’s ‘Impossible’ and YG ftg. Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan’s ‘My Ni**a’.
THE X FACTOR
As revealed in the singles section, Taylor Henderson just missed the top spot on the ARIA singles chart this week with his cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’. It debuts in the No.2 spot, beating all other ‘X Factor’ contestants’ entries convincingly. In fact, the closest ‘X Factor’ entry to his this week is his own cover of Augie March’s ‘One Crowded Hour’ from last week, which is 21 spots lower at No.59.
Dami Im’s cover of ‘Wrecking Ball’ is the closest debut to Taylor this week, coming in at No.61, but Taylor’s there again at No.70 with his cover of ‘The Horses’, again at No.82 with ‘I Will Wait’, again with ‘Wake Me Up’ (No.87) and again at No.90 with ‘Against All Odds’.
Dami’s ‘Saving All My Love For You’ pops in at No.85 on debut, Jai Waetford premieres at No.89 with ‘Dynamite’ and Third D3gree ‘Pound The Alarm’ at No.96.
For the third week in succession, there are four top ten debuts on the ARIA albums chart. Last week it was Pearl Jam, Havana Brown, John Newman and Trivium taking their top ten bows. This week it’s Tina Arena, James Blunt, AFI and the latest edition of Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’.
And it’s the latter who wins the battle in the race for No.1. The ninth edition of the popular Triple J compile series becomes the first in the franchise to hit the No.1 spot, with 2012’s ‘Volume 8’ peaking at No.3 and 2011’s ‘Volume 7’ managing No.5.
From there, it’s James Blunt who’s the best of the rest, with his ‘Moon Landing’ landing at No.2 on debut ahead of Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ at No.3 and a premiere for Tina Arena’s ‘Reset’ at No.4, her first top five collection of originals in 15 years.
Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ flickers from No.1 to No.5, Imagine Dragons’ ‘Night Visions’ improves from No.35 to No.9 and AFI’s ‘Burials’ rounds out the top ten debuts at the even No.10.
Former ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ winner Mark Vincent sees his ‘The Quartet Sessions’, filled with covers of more contemporary songs, debut at No.16, but the second week blues for John Newman’s ‘Tribute’ (No.7 to No.21), Havana Brown’s ‘Flashing Lights’ (No.6 to No.23) and Trivium’s ‘Vengeance Falls’ (No.8 to No.27).
Reunited Melbourne band Bodyjar’s ‘Role Model’ drops into the countdown at No.30, becoming their first top 30 album in 13 years and down at the bottom end of the fifty, Guns N Roses and Katy Perry pop their heads back in.
Beyoncé’s Aussie tour kicked off this week in between glamorous photo shoots in the suburbs of Melbourne; her album ‘4’ re-enters the countdown at No.51.
Stonefield’s ‘Stonefield’ drops from a No.21 debut to No.54, Fall Out Boy’s ‘Pax Am Days’ debuts at No.59 and Danny Brown’s surely not that ‘Old’, premiering at No.61.
Further debuts come courtesy of Georgia Fair (‘Trapped Flame’ at No.66) and the ‘About Time’ soundtrack (No.68), but there are drops for Andre Rieu’s ‘Magic Of The Movies’ (No.50 to No.71), Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ (No.54 to No.74), Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2’ (No.49 to No.75) and John Mayer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ (No.42 to No.77).
The drops continue further down the list; Michael Jackson’s ‘The Essential’ (No.55 to No.83), Harrison Craig’s ‘More Than A Dream’ (No.47 to No.85), Panic At The Disco’s ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ (No.48 to No.91) and Chase & Status’ ‘Brand New Machine’ (No.38 to… gone from the top 100).
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