Despite solid challenges from both Clean Bandit and 5 Seconds Of Summer, US star Pharrell Williams has been able to maintain his lead atop the ARIA singles chart this week with his quadruple platinum smash ‘Happy’. But the challenge was certainly there and it appears that Pharrell’s time at the top may very well be numbered, with Clean Bandit’s former UK No.1 ‘Rather Be’ edging from No.3 to No.2 ahead of a big debut for Sydney outfit 5 Seconds Of Summer and their single ‘She Looks So Perfect’ at No.3.
Given the aforementioned chart dazzlers, A Great Big World’s single ‘Say Something’ drops back from No.2 to No.4 this week, but does pick up a consolatory double platinum accreditation.
Swedish singer Kim Cesarion’s Aussie promotional visit does the trick for his debut single ‘Undressed’, which rises from No.9 to No.5 and the Sara Bareilles track ‘Brave’ – the singer’s second biggest Aussie hit to date – moves from eight to six, picking up a gold accreditation along its travels.
American Authors also announced an Australian promotional visit this week and their single ‘Best Day Of My Life’ has responded swiftly to the news, picking up a further three positions (No.13 to No.10) and a fresh gold accreditation. BUT, Avicii’s ‘Addicted To You’ slides from No.5 to No.11.
Shakira and Rihanna’s collaboration ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ is also now gold (down two to No.22) and the burgeoning David Guetta track ‘Shot Me Down’ with Skylar Grey (which is already in the iTunes top ten) premieres on the official charts at No.27.
British songstress Gabrielle Aplin may have released her cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit ‘The Power Of Love’ back in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped it from debuting at No.34 on the Australian charts 15 months later.
The ARIA singles chart cops a spray from Major Lazer’s single ‘Aerosol’, which moves from No.79 to No.37, but Will Sparks’ single ‘Catch’ loses a little of its (shall we say) spark, dropping 20 places from last week’s No.22 debut. The latest Miley Cyrus single ‘Adore You’ improves four places to No.45 ahead of the release of the Cedric Gervais remix, which gives it a little more ‘oomph’.
INXS’ ‘Don’t Change’ and Ryan Keen’s ‘Old Scars’ come into the top 50; Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ drops from No.34 to No.50.
Further down, Alex Lloyd’s ‘Coming Home (To Richmond)’ debuts at No.62, Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ surges on the back of his Australian tour from No.99 to No.67 and the INXS bubble may finally have burst for ‘New Sensation’ at least, with a drop from No.54 to No.68.
Taylor Henderson’s ‘Borrow My Heart’ is down from No.65 to No.80 ahead of the release of his new single, DJ Snake’s ‘Turn Down For What’ debuts at No.81 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Stupid Love’ premieres at No.83.
More debuts further down the chart; Paloma Faith’s ‘Can’t Rely On You’ (No.88), The Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’ (No.98) and Dizzee Rascal’s ‘We Don’t Play Around’ (No.99).
The halo effect of the INXS telemovie and subsequent ‘Sunday Night’ interview keeps the band’s best-of shining bright at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week, but their classic album ‘Kick’ has been booted to the No.3 position by Robbie Williams’ album ‘Swings Both Ways’, which bullets from No.18 to No.2 on the back of his Australian promotional visit and tour announcement.
The week’s highest debut falls to Beck and his album ‘Morning Phase’, which instantly becomes his highest charting Australian album ever and his first ever top ten LP.
Katy Perry’s tour announcement also did wonders for sales of her album ‘Prism’, which improves from No.15 to No.9.
There’s a debut for Funkoars’ ‘Dawn Of The Head’ at No.18, a 19 place jump for Rüfüs’ ‘Atlas’ (to No.19) and a No.21 debut for The Fray’s ‘Helios’.
A Day To Remember’s ‘Common Courtesy’ jumps from No.59 to No.22, Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop’ races back into the top 100 at No.23 after her tour announcement and Eminem’s Aussie visit pays immediate dividends for his greatest hits package ‘Curtain Call’, which re-enters the top 100 at No.26.
Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ improves from No.44 to No.30 and with the TV series now rating quite well for Channel 9, the soundtrack to ‘Love Child’ premieres in the No.31 position.
It’s not such good news for I Killed The Prom Queen, however, with their album ‘Beloved’ plunging 27 places from last week’s No.6 debut. Papa vs Pretty follows with their own debut for new album ‘White Deer Park’ just two places lower. MKTO’s album continues its chart slide, down this week from No.24 to No.40.
Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’ re-enters the countdown at No.48.
Further down, St.Vincent’s ‘St.Vincent’ is in at No.54. Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ drops from No.37 to No.56. Chvrches’ ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ plunges from No.16 to No.59. Broken Bells’ ‘After The Disco’ also suffers a sizeable drop; No.30 to No.60.
The Holidays premiere at No.63 with ‘Real Feel’ and there are re-entries from Gabrielle Aplin (‘English Rain’ at No.71), Avenged Sevenfold (‘Hail To The King’ at No.72), Eminem (‘Recovery’ at No.86), Sara Bareilles (‘The Blessed Unrest’ at No.89), Hillsong Young & Free (‘We Are Young & Free’ at No.93), Tina Arena (‘Reset’ at No.94) and Robbie Williams (‘Greatest Hits’ at No.96).
Eric Church’s album ‘The Outsiders’, which managed a No.23 debut last week, is gone from the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEDT.