It’s a mammoth jump for Brisbane popsters Sheppard this week as mentioned in the header; their single ‘Geronimo’ has rocketed from No.18 to No.1 in the space of a week, knocking Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ from its perch after its one week sojourn back in the top spot and displacing Clean Bandit’s now double platinum ‘Rather Be’ to No.3.
It’s a pretty good week for Aussies on the charts, with Sia’s spectacular ‘Chandelier’ swinging its way from No.10 to No.4 and Peking Duk’s addictive ‘High’ improving from No.7 to No.5; in the process picking up a gold sales accreditation.
Calvin Harris proves that he’s lost none of his chart sparkle. ‘Summer’ climbs a further two places this week and has also hit gold after just four weeks on the charts. The Chainsmokers’ ‘#Selfie’, meanwhile, snaps its winning streak, dropping seven places to No.10.
Zendaya’s ‘Replay’ improves from No.17 to No.11, Jess Mauboy’s ‘Never Be The Same’ strikes gold as it improves from No.19 to No.17 (we hear bigger plans are afoot for the single) and Rita Ora’s ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ debuts at No.19, gifting the UK songstress her third Aussie top 20 hit.
There’s a debut for 360’s new single ‘Live It Up’ (ftg. Pez) at No.21, a post-promo tour drop for A Great Big World’s now triple platinum ‘Say Something’ (No.15 to No.24), but an improvement for Justin Timberlake’s new single ‘Not A Bad Thing’ (No.39 to No.25).
Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’ is back in chart favour this week, improving to No.38 (from No.57), just four places shy of the track’s peak thus far. Glass Animals’ ‘Gooey’ follows Chet into the top 50, improving 14 places to No.40.
Also broaching the top 50 this week are John Martin’s ‘Anywhere For You’ (No.51 to No.42), Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ (No.60 to No.43), Illy’s ‘Tightrope’ (re-entering at No.45) and the Enrique Iglesias/Kylie Minogue duet ‘Beautiful’, which jumps from No.78 to No.47.
Just missing their chance at top 50 stardom this week with debuts just outside the gates are Ellie Goulding with ‘Beating Heart’ (No.52) and Magic!’s likeable ‘Don’t Kill The Magic’ (No.53).
But the magic may sadly be over for Havana Brown. Her new single ‘Whatever We Want’ enjoyed a respectable No.35 debut last week, but slides to No.57 in its second week. No doubt her label has plenty of plans in place to have the track spinning across radio playlists nationwide in the weeks ahead in the hope of arresting the slide.
Sam Smith’s former UK No.1 ‘Money On My Mind’ improves from its No.76 debut to No.59 and Chet Faker’s ‘Melt’ re-enters the countdown at a new peak of No.60.
Boyband Rixton’s single ‘Me And My Broken Heart’ drops 17 (No.45 to No.62), Skrillex’ ‘Recess’ is on the slide (No.49 to No.67) and ‘X Factor’ third place getter Jai Waetford suffers a second week sales slump with his ‘Get To Know You’ EP, which falls from No.32 on debut to No.69. Alarm bells will be sounding.
Lily Allen’s ‘Air Balloon’ deflates by 26 places, 360 debuts at No.76 with ‘Sixavelli’ and Tonight Alive improves 22 places on last week’s No.100 debut with their new track ‘The Edge’.
Shakira & Rihanna’s ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ drops 34 spots (No.48 to No.82) and the plan that people would buy your new single if it sounds virtually identical to your previous single seems to have backfired for Nathaniel. His track ‘You’re Beautiful’ plunges from No.59 to No.92 after just six weeks in.
Austin Mahone wraps up the top 100 debuts with a No.94 premiere for his single ‘MMM Yeah’, featuring Pitbull.
The bands of Brisbane have done rather well for themselves on this week’s ARIA charts. Though they might not have been able to knock INXS from the top spot on this week’s ARIA albums chart, Brisbane’s Ball Park Music have premiered at No.2 with their new album ‘Puddinghead’, bettering the No.9 debut of their 2012 release ‘Museum’. Last week’s No.2 debut from Steel Panther finds itself all the way down at No.11 this week.
Melbourne’s Dan Sultan debuts at No.4 with his latest long player ‘Blackbird’ – his highest chart position to date by a long shot.
More debuts just outside the top ten from The Used (‘Imaginary Enemy’ at No.12) and ABBA (‘ABBA Gold Anniversary Edition’ at No.13), followed by a bullet for Violent Soho’s ‘Hungry Ghost’ (No.26 to No.17).
A swag of best-of collections and classic albums re-enter the countdown this week (thanks to some savvy pre-Easter discounting to keep sales ticking along); ‘The Very Best Of The Eagles’ jumps from No.68 to No.20, Nirvana’s classic ‘Nevermind’ re-enters the top 100 at No.21 and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Very Best Of’ bullets from No.45 to No.23.
Bliss N Eso’s ‘Circus In The Sky’ jumps from No.37 to No.24, Tim Campbell’s ‘High School Disco’ gets down at No.25 on debut and Marcia Hines’ ‘Amazing’ premieres at No.27.
Sales of Kylie’s ‘Kiss Me Once’ ease this week, with the album falling from No.11 to No.29 (it’s by no means the biggest drop of the week – more about that later).
P!nk’s best-of jumps 13, Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ is up 29, The Bee Gees’ ‘Number Ones’ rockets 56 places and Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ collection is up 13.
Improvements too for Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’ (No.50 to No.37) and Chet Faker’s ‘Thinking In Textures’ (No.74 to No.38).
Of Monsters And Men’s ‘My Head Is An Animal’ re-enters at No.41, Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ jumps 54 places to No.43 and Phil Collins’ best-of ‘Hits’ is up 50 spots to No.45. Top 100 re-entries too for Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2’ and a Jimi Hendrix best-of.
Shakira’s self-titled album, however, suffers a rather stunning second week fall from grace, plunging 40 spots from its No.8 debut last week.
Outside the 50, it’s a debut for Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Cope’ at No.51 and a No.54 debut for the ‘Divergent’ soundtrack, but another fall for Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey’s ‘The Great Country Songbook’ (No.19 to No.55), which continues its bouncing all over the top 100.
Taylor Henderson’s self-titled set also falls this week, down 28 places to No.58, but Sohn’s ‘Tremors’ debuts at No.60 ahead of best-of re-entries for Bruce Springsteen, The Doors, Divinyls and Hunters & Collectors.
The ‘Ronnie James Dio : This Is Your Life’ compile debuts at No.70, the soundtrack to ‘The Lego Movie’ is in at No.82, but The War On Drugs’ album ‘Lost In The Dream’ slides 42 places in its fourth week of chart action.
More re-entries; Cliff Richard, Russell Morris, Billy Joel, Alt-J and Bob Dylan. Foster The People’s ‘Supermodel’ is perilously close to falling off the top 100 catwalk, dropping 58 places to No.100 in its fourth week.
But the big fall of the week (and one of the biggest we can remember) is from The Aston Shuffle. Their album ‘Photographs’ premiered at No.12 last week; this week it’s gone entirely from the top 100 countdown.
They’re not alone in their alarming chart slide, however. New albums to debut in the top 50 last week from Christina Perri, Band Of Skulls, Architecture In Helsinki, ‘Glee’, Mr Little Jeans and Karmin have all vanished from the top 100 after just one week.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.