After five weeks atop the ARIA singles chart, Pharrell Williams’ global smash ‘Happy’ has finally succumbed to chart pressure and it’s taken four young chaps from Sydney who are seemingly intent on taking over the planet one country at a time to do it.
Following on from their No.1 in New Zealand this week, Aussie foursome 5 Seconds Of Summer have claimed the No.1 mantle in Australia with their smash ‘She Looks So Perfect’, which bullets from No.6 to No.1 on this week’s chart after the EP took over from the single’s stats. And what a week it was too; the “track” rising from no accreditation to a platinum accreditation in just one week.
Pharrell won’t be entirely un-‘Happy’, however, with his track picking up a sixth platinum accreditation this week (420,000 copies) as it shifts to No.2.
The Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’ rises from No.7 to No.5, Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’ drops from No.4 to No.6 and bounding into the top ten this week are Canberra natives Peking Duk with ‘High’ (No.13 to No.8) and Calvin Harris’ ‘Summer’ (No.21 to No.9). Pitbull’s new tune ‘Wild Wild Love’ also makes it into the top ten this week, rising two spots to No.10.
But new entries into the ten means that some tracks suffer and it’s seemingly Coldplay that’s suffered most, with their new single ‘Magic’ losing a little of its shine, dropping from No.5 to No.11. That said, drops for Kim Cesarion’s ‘Undressed’ (No.9 to No.17) and Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man’ (No.10 to No.18) were slightly more dramatic.
Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ is now shining in the top 20 as her biggest solo hit to date. This week it bullets from No.39 to No.13, ahead of a big (Jump) for Dvbbs ftg. Borgeous & Tinie Tempah’s ‘Tsunami (Jump)’ (No.27 to No.15) and a 15 place improvement for Zendaya’s ‘Replay’ (No.37 to No.22).
British girl group Neon Jungle achieve gold sales for their breakout Aussie hit ‘Braveheart’ (No.21).
This week’s highest debut is down at No.28 and it belongs to Brisbane outfit Sheppard and their new single ‘Geronimo’, not quite matching the success of their 2012 EP, which peaked ten places higher. But there’s still time.
Duke Dumont’s track ‘I Got U’ suffers a second week fall (No.17 to No.32), but there’s a big improvement for Route 94’s ‘My Love’ with the vocals of Jess Glynne, which bullets from No.52 into the top 50 at No.34 in its third week of top 100 action.
A debut at No.39 for Illy’s new single ‘Tightrope’ (just one place shy of the No.38 peak for previous single ‘Youngbloods’), Nathaniel’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ doesn’t look like generating the same level of excitement as its near-identical predecessor ‘You’ (No.35 to No.40) and top 50 debuts for British boyband Rixton and their breakout single ‘Me And My Broken Heart’ (No.43) and MKTO’s new single ‘American Dream’ (No.45).
Further down, it’s relatively settled within the 50s and 60s, apart from a debut from Chris Brown’s new track ‘Loyal’, which enters at No.63.
Jason Mraz’ gorgeous ‘I Won’t Give Up’ re-enters at No.71, there’s a 17 spot fall for INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ (No.60 to No.77) and the new Justin Timberlake single ‘Not A Bad Thing’ spends its first week on the ARIA top 100 in position No.85.
Dustin Tebbutt’s ‘Bones’ debuts at No.90, Will Sparks’ ‘Catch’ drops from No.73 to No.97 and ‘Somewhere New’ from 5 Seconds Of Summer’s EP debuts in its own right at No.98. But it’s bad news for Little Mix, with their cover version of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’ tanking. It debuted at No.45 last week, but spends its second week of chart action… out of chart action, gone from the top 100 altogether.
No more Kylie in the top spot, with our pop princess relinquishing the No.1 mantle after just the one week in top spot. And it’s those familiar faces of INXS who’ve retaken the ARIA albums chart, edging back from No.2 to No.1. Pharrell’s album ‘GIRL’ edges back from No.3 to No.2, while the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack is up three positions to No.3. Kylie’s ‘Kiss Me Once’ falls from No.1 to No.6.
Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’ rises from No.16 to No.7 and there’s clearly a buzz surrounding Asgeir’s album ‘In The Silence’, which jumps from a No.18 debut to No.8.
Kate Miller-Heidke’s ‘O Vertigo!’ drops from No.4 to No.10, My Chemical Romance’s new album ‘May Death Never Stop You’ is the week’s highest debut at No.11 and there are three further top 20 debuts; Avicii’s ‘True : Avicii By Avicii’ (No.16), Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’ (No.19) and The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Going To Hell’ (No.20).
Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Sex + Love’ just misses a top 20 berth, premiering at No.23 ahead of Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’, which jumps from No.38 to No.24 off the back of her Australian promotional visit.
Foster The People’s ‘Supermodel’ seems to have worked its last work, falling from No.8 to No.25 in its second week of chart action.
Josh Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ and The Wiggles’ ‘Hot Potatoes! : The Best Of’ both improve (No.50 to No.31 and No.55 to No.32 respectively), Lea Michele’s ‘Louder’ loses another 11 places and jumps for Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ (No.54 to No.35) and Taylor Henderson’s self-titled debut (No.62 to No.37).
La Dispute round out the top 50 debuts with ‘Rooms Of The House’, which comes in at No.43.
Beyond the 50, an Aussie promotional tour results in a re-entry for A Great Big World’s album ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ at No.51.
There’s an improvement for Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’ (No.83 to No.53), Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ 40th anniversary repackage is back in the top 100 at No.55, but the sun that shines on some doesn’t quite do so for others.
Elbow’s ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’ drops another 25 places this week to No.58, Tina Arena’s ‘Reset’ is back out of the top 50 – down 15 to No.59 – and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die : The Paradise Edition’ falls from No.47 to No.65. More, more impactful drops are to come, but YG’s ‘My Krazy Life’ is in at No.68.
So those bigger drops? How about Architects’ album ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’… down 59 places to No.72. Or The Audreys album ”Til My Tears Roll Away’… down 42 places to No.74. Hillsong’s ‘We Are Young & Free’… down 43 spots to No.77 (more to follow).
Memphis May Fire’s ‘Unconditional’ enters the countdown at No.75, Opiuo’s ‘Meraki’ is in at No.89, a debut from the ‘Play School’ team, with ‘Big Ted, Prince Of Bears’ at No.91 and Kari Jobe’s ‘Majestic’ comes in at No.96.
More drops come from Bruno Mars’ ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’… down 49 places to No.94 and Morgan Evans’ self-titled set… down a mammoth 77 places in just its second week to No.97.
And while Elvis Presley’s ‘Live On Stage In Memphis’ scrapes into the countdown at No.100 on debut, spare a thought for Toby Keith and his ’35 Biggest Hits’, which debuted at No.19 last week. It’s plummeted more than 81 places this week to be gone from the top 100 in week No.2. His ‘Drinks After Work’ album was at No.37 last week and is also gone from this week’s top 100. The country singer was touring Australia recently.
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