Pharrell Williams notches up four weeks on the trot this week (and ten weeks in the top spot overall) with his global monster ‘Happy’, keeping all comers at bay for another week. But how much longer can he hold it up, with the likes of David Guetta and Clean Bandit nipping at his heels?
Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ gets its platinum accreditation this week in position No.2, but David Guetta is ready for more chart success with his Skylar Grey collaboration ‘Shot Me Down’, which improves to No.3 at the expense of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’, which is now platinum.
It’s a far cry from his No.1s during his time on last year’s edition of ‘The X Factor’, but Taylor Henderson will still be pleased with a No.5 debut for his lovely new single ‘When You Were Mine’. But how will the chips fall next week in his battle with Coldplay and their new single ‘Magic’, which bullets from No.17 to No.6? Taylor’s single is already out of the top 10 on iTunes, while Coldplay show signs of sticking around for a while.
Rudimental’s ‘Free’ (with Emeli Sandé) is back into the top ten – at No.10 – and Cash Cash will have a golden smile this week, with ‘Take Me Home’ scoring the accreditation for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘The Power Of Love’ surges (No.25 to No.15); ditto Jason Derulo’s new single ‘Stupid Love’ (No.39 to No.17).
Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ scores a top 20 debut (No.19), Jess Mauboy’s ‘Never Be The Same’ enters the countdown at No.21; both enjoy their Peking Duk sandwich, with the Canberra duo’s single ‘High’ spookily ‘higher’ from No.29 to No.20.
Rihanna’s ‘Jump’ drops. But it’s now platinum, so we guess that’s okay.
The Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’ spends its third week in the top 100 bulleting from No.53 to No.30, but Nathaniel’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ suffers the second week sales blues, just as he heads to the US in an attempt to crack that market with his previous single ‘You’. It’s down from a No.14 debut last week to No.31 this week.
OneRepublic hits platinum with ‘If I Lose Myself’ (No.33), so too Tiesto’s ‘Red Lights’ at No.37 and Christina Perri’s ‘Human’ bullets from No.66 into the top 50 to No.39.
In the lower half of the 50, it’s a re-entry for One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ single at No.45, a debut at No.47 for Route 94’s ‘My Love’ featuring the vocals of Jess Glynne (who’s also on Clean Bandit’s smash ‘Rather Be’) and a 15 place drop from INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’.
Beyond the ’50’ walls, a big move for Swedish vocalist John Martin’s debut solo single ‘Anywhere For You’ (No.85 to No.56), Demi Lovato’s ‘Let It Go’ drops ten (No.58) and Rüfüs’ ‘Take Me’ (previously used in a Qantas sync) is back into the top 100 at a new peak of No.61.
With his album now in the stores, Mikhael Paskalev’s ‘I Spy’ plunges 20 spots, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Can’t Hold Us’, Savage’s ‘Swing’ and Tracy Chapman’s classic ‘Fast Car’ re-enter and a debut for the infectious ‘Calling All Hearts’ by DJ Cassidy ftg. Robin Thicke and Jessie J at No.90.
Foxes’ ‘Let Go For Tonight’ drops from No.59 to No.94 and INXS’ ‘Need You Tonight’ slides from No.69 to No.98.
He missed out on the top spot last week, suffering because of only four days of sales. But with a further seven days of sales, Pharrell Williams is now rocking the No.1 spot on both singles and albums chart; his album ‘GIRL’ making it to No.1 in its second week.
‘The Very Best Of INXS’ must have done something very right during its chart reign, however, with the album picking up a new triple platinum accreditation this week as it drops from No.1 to No.2.
‘Glee’ starlet Lea Michele scores the week’s highest debut with her debut album ‘Louder’, which comes in at No.4. It’s followed by the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack (now gold certified), Rudimental’s ‘Home’, Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ and Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’, which improves four places off the back of the tour announcement.
A couple more top 20 debuts come courtesy of Elbow at No.12 (‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’) and Buried In Verona at No.15 (‘Faceless’).
Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey’s ‘The Great Country Songbook’ surges from No.38 to No.20, Paloma Faith’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ debuts at No.22 and Lior’s new LP ‘Scattered Reflections’ premieres right behind her at No.23.
Hillsong United stumbles a little this week with their ‘The White Album (Remix Project)’, which falls from a No.9 debut to No.24.
More debuts follow; Calling All Cars’ ‘Raise The People’ at No.26 and Planetshakers’ ‘Endless Praise’ at No.30. Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’ continues to shine, this week improving from No.47 to No.35.
There’s a big jump for The Rolling Stones’ ‘GRRR!’ (No.96 to No.40) ahead of their Aussie visit, but a 21 place drop for Dolly Parton’s ‘Blue Smoke’ after hers.
Boyband JTR touches down with ‘Touchdown’ at No.44 on debut, plus re-entries from 30 Seconds To Mars (No.46), Justin Timberlake (No.48) and Ellie Goulding (No.50).
There are quite a number of debuts beyond the 50 this week, the highest placed of which is Bob Dylan’s ’30th Anniversary Concert Celebration’ at No.54.
Shortly thereafter, it’s The Viper Creek Band (No.59 with ‘Kickin’ Up Dust’), Dierks Bentley (No.62 with ‘Riser’) and The Wiggles (No.63 with ‘Hot Potato : The Best Of The Wiggles’).
INXS’ ‘Live A Wembley Stadium 1991’ plunges from No.24 to No.64 and there’s a debut for Eli Young Band’s ‘10,000 Towns’ at No.67.
But spare a thought for ScHoolboy Q, whose album ‘Oxymoron’ debuted at No.11 last week. It’s plummeted 57 spots this week to No.68.
The debuts continue, with Metronomy (‘Love Letters’ at No.71) and Architects (‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ at No.76), a 31 place drop for INXS’ ‘The Swing’ (No.50 to No.81) and a debut for Savo’s ‘Focus EP’ at No.84.
‘The Very Best Of Dolly Parton’ is in freefall (No.40 to No.91) and Mikhael Paskalev’s ‘What’s Life Without Losers’ scrapes into the top 100 with a No.97 debut.
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