Seems that the ‘Happy’ vibe shows no signs of slowing, with Pharrell Williams spending a fifth consecutive week atop the ARIA singles chart with his infectious track. It’s seemingly still selling by the bucketload too, with a brand new triple platinum accreditation meaning he’s sold in excess of 210,000 copies of the track in just eight weeks.
But seemingly the biggest challenge to Pharrell’s chart crown over the coming weeks will be A Great Big World’s single ‘Say Something’, featuring the vocals of Christina Aguilera. Ten weeks in, it’s finally finding its feet with Aussie audiences and bullets a further seven spots from No.9 to No.2.
London Grammar’s ‘Strong’ and Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ both do very nicely as a result of their placings either end of the Hottest 100 top ten; ‘Strong’ up from No.7 to No.4, Vance’s ‘Riptide’ bulleting from No.35 to No.6. Magic!’s ‘Rude’ drops from No.4 to No.9 but picks up a third platinum accreditation.
Another favourite of the J’s… Lorde is up 18 places to No.10 with ‘Royals’, which is badged as ‘The Love Club EP ftg. Royals’. Avicii’s national tour pays dividends for his single ‘Addicted To You’, which is up two, but Tiesto’s ‘Red Lights’ (now gold accredited) falls four to No.12.
It’s platinum for MKTO’s third single ‘God Only Knows’ on the eve of the release of their debut album, Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man’ bullets from No.23 to No.16 and there’s more Hottest 100 action, with the Flume/Chet Faker collaboration ‘Drop The Game’ (which placed at No.5 on the Australia Day countdown) rising from No.31 to No.18.
Rihanna bags the week’s highest debut with ‘Jump’, which lands at No.21.
Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’ ‘Young & Beautiful’ remix jumps from No.34 to No.23 (again thanks to Triple J), Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ slips from No.17 to No.24 but hits the nine times platinum mark (630,000 copies); Imagine Dragons’ ‘Demons’ is now double platinum.
The Hottest 100 placegetters continue to shine; Lorde’s ‘Team’ up from No.48 to No.30 and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ up from No.68 to No.33, while the Cash Cash collaboration with Bebe Rexha, which debuted at No.52 last week, it up to No.34.
American Authors’ ‘Best Day Of My Life’ jumps from No.56 to No.37, Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’ debuts at No.41 after her Grammy’s performance, and there’s a big jump for the new Enrique Iglesias single ‘I’m A Freak’… No.87 on debut to No.45.
More Triple J goodness in the last few spots of the fifty… The Preatures’ ‘Is This How You Feel’ up from No.90 to No.46 (a new peak), Fatboy Slim’s ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ re-entering at No.47 (also a new peak) and Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ up from No.97 to No.48.
On the other side of that top 50 wall, the combined talents of Dami, Jess Mauboy, Nathaniel, Sammy Jade, Justice Crew and Taylor Henderson couldn’t quite get their rendition of ‘I Am Australian’ in the league of the big boys; it premieres at No.51 and will likely disappear altogether next week. The other patriotic anthem ‘Australiana’ from Austen Tayshus re-enters the countdown at No.55.
Lorde’s ‘Tennis Court’ is back for another serve – up from No.100 to No.57 (No.12 on the Hottest 100), The Vamps’ ‘Wild Heart’ arrives at No.63 and re-entries for Matt Corby’s ‘Resolution’ and Haim’s ‘The Wire’ at Nos.64 and 65 respectively.
Not such good news for 360, however, with his Daniel Johns collaboration ‘Impossible’ slumping from a No.25 debut last week to No.66 this week.
Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ re-enters at No.70 and the Eminem/Nate Ruess collaboration ‘Headlights’ debuts at No.74.
With so many tracks heading up or re-entering, however, a few must come down. These include Jams Blunt’s ‘Heart To Heart’ (No.43 to No.77), Samantha Jade’s ‘Soldier’ (No.39 to No.78) and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ (No.55 to No.79). Nathaniel’s ‘You’ drops from No.59 to No.84 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ falls from No.61 to No.85. Will.I.Am’s ‘Feelin’ Myself’ also takes a massive dip; No.54 to No.95.
Sara Bareilles’ glorious single ‘Brave’ finally makes it into the top 100 countdown (albeit nine months late) thanks to a high profile TV sync.
And before you ask, no, no Kylie premiere for ‘Into The Blue’.
Bruce Springsteen claimed the No.1 mantle last week with his new album ‘High Hopes’, but sadly for Brucie’s local fans, he’s gone after just one week. And probably with good reason… Sweden’s No.1 DJ Avicii was touring the country, so his album ‘True’ has hit No.1 for the first time in 20 weeks and Lorde enjoyed a good showing in Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown with three tracks in the top 20, so her ‘Pure Heroine’ charges from No.5 to No.2, leaving Bruce to the No.3 place.
Australian Crawl’s newly released ‘Greatest Hits’ collection premieres at No.4 and Of Mice And Men notch up their first Aussie albums chart success with their third album ‘Restoring Force’, which is into the countdown on debut at No.9.
Though EMI told us late this week that the Arctic Monkeys album ‘AM’ had hit platinum, their accreditation on the ARIA chart is still showing gold. Katy’s ‘Prism’ falls from No.4 to No.11 (it’s now triple platinum), Flume’s up from No.21 to No.14, Daft Punk’s all-conquering ‘Random Access Memories’ (which contains four of Triple J’s Hottest 100) bullets from No.52 to No.16 and Rüfüs’ ‘Atlas’ jumps from No.36 to No.17.
John Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ drops from No.15 to No.20 but is now gold certified (35,000 copies), Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ fires with the help of Triple J (No.48 to No.26) and the ‘Juliette EP’ from Jackie Onassis is new at No.30.
‘All For You’, the best of Cold Chisel, jumps from No.59 to No.35 (patriotism at work, anyone?), Periphery’s ‘Clear’ is in at No.37, but Robbie Williams’ latest album swings the other way, down from No.26 to No.38.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘The Heist’ re-enters the top 50 (No.69 to No.44), as do The Lumineers and their self-titled set (No.87 to No.48).
Beyond the top 40, it’s the ‘Spirit Of Akasha’ soundtrack that does best – in at No.51. ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ soundtrack tumbles from No.33 to No.58, Illy’s ‘Cinematic’ jumps from No.92 to No.60 and Chvrches’ ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ improves 32 spots to No.63.
Plunging, however, are Kid Ink’s ‘My Own Lane’ (No.38 to No.65), McAlister Kemp’s ‘Harder To Tame’ (No.18 on debut to No.66), Jess Mauboy’s ‘Beautiful’ (No.55 to No.81) and Little Mix’ ‘Salute’ (No.68 to No.88)
Against Me’s ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ premieres at No.89. Warpaint’s ‘Warpaint’ plummets from No.35 to No.95 in its second week on sale and last week’s top 50 debuts from The Angels (‘Talk That Talk’ at No.46) and Switchfoot (‘Fading West’ at No.50) are gone from the top 100.
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