Pharrell Williams and A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera played a game of “chart swapsies” last week with their respective hits ‘Happy’ and ‘Say Something’, the latter moving into the No.1 position after eleven weeks in. One week on, however, and the songs’ fortunes have reversed again; Pharrell reclaiming the top spot from A Great Big World for another crack at No.1.
John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ is still everywhere, especially with a number of TV syncs and the lead-up to Valentines Day, so its stocks rise again this week, edging to No.3 and dropping the newly double platinum ‘Swing’ from Joel Fletcher back down to No.4.
Rihanna’s ‘Jump’ does so again – up from No.9 to No.5 in its third week – while achieving a gold sales accreditation… not bad going.
One of the week’s biggest movers, however, is Cash Cash and their single ‘Take Me Home’. Featuring the vocals of Bebe Rexha, the track has been on the ARIA charts for only four weeks, but it’s already found such favour with local audiences that it finds itself rocketing from No.33 last week to a very respectable No.8 position tonight.
London Grammar’s ‘Strong’ eases five places, then there’s a sextet of successive bulleting chart beauties…
Kim Cesarion’s ‘Undressed’ up from No.19 to No.13 (now gold accredited), OneRepublic’s ‘If I Lose Myself’ up from No.41 to No.14 (also now gold), Clean Bandit’s excellent former UK No.1 ‘Rather Be’ (No.54 to No.15), off the back of the hit TV show… INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ rises from No.45 to No.16, Sara Bareilles’ excellent ‘Brave’ bullets from No.40 to No.17 and American Authors’ ‘Best Day Of My Life’ improves from No.24 to No.18.
But with so many songs rocketing into the top 20, some songs have had to make way. MKTO’s ‘God Only Knows’ drops six (No.20), Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ loses ten spots (No.21), Pitbull’s ‘Timber’ drops seven (No.22), Eminem’s ‘The Monster’ also down seven (No.23), Lorde’s ‘Royals’ slips eleven (No.13 to No.24) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’ is down eight spots to No.25.
Idina Menzel’s version of ‘Let It Go’ gets its gold on at No.28, the INXS classic ‘Need You Tonight’ re-enters the top 100 at No.33 on the back of Channel 7’s ratings smash an Guy Sebastian’s ‘Like A Drum’ picks up a third platinum accreditation at No.36.
Ryan Keen’s single ‘Old Scars’ scrapes into the top 50 by the skin of its chart teeth, premiering in the No.50 position.
Outside the top 50, it’s a big ol’ bullet for Mickhael Paskalev and his single ‘I Spy’, which after debuting at No.96 last week, rockets to No.51 this week. The INXS love continues to flourish at No.56 with a re-entry for their smash ‘New Sensation’ (‘Original Sin’ following it into the charts five places lower).
Afrojack scores a No.62 debut with ‘Ten Feet Tall’, another INXS re-entry with ‘By My Side’ at No.67 and another debut; Zedd’s new single ‘Find You’ at No.68.
INXS’ ‘Beautiful Girl’ re-enters at No.77, debuts for U2’s ‘Invisible’ (No.79), Neon Jungle’s ‘Braveheart’ (No.80) and Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ (No.82), but a couple of rather large drops; The Presets’ ‘Goodbye Future’ from No.58 to No.84 and Kylie’s ‘Into The Blue’ from No.46 to No.96 among them.
MKTO were all over the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart last week with their self-titled debut album. But their four little letters have been replaced at the top by four other little letters… INXS. Following on from the first part of Channel 7’s ratings smash ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ (which we’ve heard describes as like “‘Home & Away’ with boobs”), the band’s best-of occupied three of the top ten places on iTunes throughout the week and subsequently bullets on the official chart from No.4 to No.1.
John Butler and his trio show they’ve lost none of their spark when it comes to chart placings, debuting spectacularly at No.2 with their new long player ‘Flesh & Blood’ and while Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’ might be falling from favour on charts across the globe, its fortunes locally are being boosted by the fact the legendary performer is on Australian soil right now as part of a national tour. It’s up from No.6 to No.3.
Neil Finn’s ‘Dizzy Heights’ premieres at No.6, INXS’ seven times platinum classic album ‘Kick’ re-enters the countdown at No.7, Dolly Parton’s ‘Blue Smoke’ improves two spots on last week’s No.10 debut (she’s also in the country) and Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ shuffles from No.19 to No.9
Broken Bells’ ‘After The Disco’ is in at No.14; INXS’ ‘Live At Wembley Stadium 1991’ premieres at No.17 and Rudimental’s ‘Home’ improves nine places to No.18.
But MKTO is the story here in the top 20; also one of the week’s biggest chart falls. Their self-titled album plunges spectacularly from a No.1 debut last week to No.19 this week. The Jezabels’ ‘The Brink’ suffers a similar chart fate… dropping 19 places from its No.2 debut last week to No.21 this week. But they’re not the biggest of the falls… more to come on that in the lines below.
Gold Coast outfit Prepared Like A Bride’s album ‘Overcomer’ debuts at No.30, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘The Heist’ improves from No.55 to No.34 and Bombay Bicycle Club are in at No.36 with ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’.
There are re-entries from Dolly Parton (‘The Very Best Of’ – No.38), INXS (‘Shabooh Shabooh’ at No.41 and ‘The Swing’ at No.43) and Bee Gees (‘One Night Only’ at No.44), divided by a debut for The Dead Daisies’ self-titled set at No.42.
Rüfüs’ ‘Atlas’ slumps from No.16 to No.51, INXS’ ‘Listen Like Thieves’ re-enters at No.53 and Temples’ ‘Sun Structures’ is in at No.55 on debut.
But there are more big drops. Try You Me At Six’ ‘Cavalier Youth’ in just its second week of chart action, tumbling from a No.14 debut to No.60. Or Of Mice And Men’s ‘Restoring Force’ dropping 24 places to No.61 in week three. More later.
The Wiggles’ go nuts for ‘Apples And Bananas’ at No.68 on debut, The Glitch Mob is in at No.70 with ‘Love Death Immortality’ and Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘In A Time Lapse’ is in at No.73. Debuts too for Tim McGraw’s ‘Love Story’ (No.77) and Behemoth’s ‘The Satanist’ (No.78).
But you want more big drops, you say? Try Dami Im’s album… down 38 to No.87. The Lumineers’ self-titled set… down 35 to No.88. Within Temptation’s new album ‘Hydra’… down 66 places form last week’s No.26 debut to No.92, Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’… down 49 spots to No.93 and Broods’ EP… No.30 on debut last week; this week down a mammoth 64 places to No.94.
Sky Ferreira’s ‘My Night, My Time’ falls out of the top 100 after placing at No.40 on debut last week.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.