It’s week eight on the trot for the Justice Crew boys and their single ‘Que Sera’ this week, holding off a fast-charging Coldplay with ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ and equalling a chart reign shared only by Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ and Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. According to chart guru Gavin Ryan, only LMFAO’s ‘Sexy And I Know It’, Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ have spend longer in the ARIA No.1 spot this decade; no mean feat.
They’re still on double platinum, however, while the Coldplay boys move to a gold accreditation with ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’, which bullets from No.24 to No.2.
Also making a big move this week are the Madden Brothers and their infectious new single ‘We Are Done’. It’s up from No.16 to No.4, while Nico & Vinz and Mr Probz lose ground.
5 Seconds Of Summer have spent the better part of the last week battering the No.1 spot on iTunes with various tracks from their debut album and it’s ‘Amnesia’ that fares best of the lot, debuting at No.7. It’s one of five tracks from the lads that occupy this week’s top 50.
Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ improves two after Sabrina Batshon’s cover on ‘The Voice’ earlier in the week and Ed Sheeran’s new track ‘Don’t’ debuts at No.9.
The 5SOS chaps are back at No.11 with a new entry… ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’, followed closely behind by the debut of ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ (No.14). Sheppard’s ‘Geronimo’ is sandwiched between at No.13 (down from No.7), but picks up a third platinum accreditation (210,000 copies).
Sigma’s ‘Nobody To Love’ hits gold (No.17), Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pills N Potions’ loses a little lustre (No.14 to No.21), but Coldplay’s Aussie visit sees ‘Magic’ on the up and up… regaining from No.30 to No.22 and hitting double platinum.
There’s a big drop for 5 Seconds Of Summer’s now gold-selling official single ‘Don’t Stop’ ahead of the album’s release (No.3 to No.27), but Pharrell will no doubt be increasingly ‘Happy’ that his global smash has smashed through the eight times platinum barrier (560,000 copies).
Add Idina Menzel to the artists gaining in the accreditations department this week, with ‘Let It Go’ achieving a double platinum certification at No.31.
Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ gains and there are debuts for Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’ (No.35) and Sia’s ‘Big Girls Cry’ (No.36). Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’ improves from its No.50 debut – to No.37.
No.37 is where this year’s series of ‘The Voice’ starts to make its presence felt on the mainstream charts. Sabrina Batshon is the best of ‘The Voice’ bunch thus far, with her rendition of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ premiering at No.39. She’s the only one of ‘The Voice’ contestants to premiere in the upper half of the top 100.
To put that into context with last year’s competition; Harrison Craig was the highest of the debuts from episode one of last year’s live results shows – at No.6 with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. There were five ‘The Voice’ debuts in the top 50 that week; eight more between positions 50 and 100.
Andy Grammer’s ‘Back Home’ improves from No.55 to No.40 and last year’s ‘X Factor’ runner-up Taylor Henderson debuts at No.42 with his new single ‘Already Gone’.
A debut too for T.I.’s ‘Mediocre’ at No.46, but a drop for John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ – from No.31 to No.50.
Outside the top 50 this week, Jackson Thomas is the second best from ‘The Voice’ crop, popping in with his cover of ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ at No.53.
Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ bullets from a No.95 debut to No.54, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Good Girls’ receives a bump (up from No.92 to No.58) and Sheppard’s self-titled EP re-enters at No.59.
A debut for ‘The Voice’ at No.60 (Holly Tapp’s ‘Bang Bang’), but drops for A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something’ (No.40 to No.61), Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ (No.46 to No.62) and Stan Walker & Ginny Blackmore’s ‘Holding You’ (No.43 to No.64).
More action from ‘The Voice’ at Nos.67 and 68, thanks to Kat Jade’s ‘Brave’ and Robbie Balmer’s ‘By My Side’ respectively, followed by a debut for Rise Against’s ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ (No.69).
More debuts follow; Alt-J’s ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ (No.75), ZK’s ‘With Or Without You’ (No.76), Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (No.78) and Psy’s ‘Hangover’ (No.81).
But Sammy Jade’s ‘Up!’ is down (No.54 to No.79), as is Rüfüs’ ‘Sundream’ (No.47 to No.82).
Talia Gouge’s cover of P!nk’s ‘Who Knew’ debuts at No.84, Lorde’s cover of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ drops back from No.53 to No.85 and Birdy’s ‘Not About Angels’ stumbles from No.63 to No.91.
Elly Oh is the last of ‘The Voice’ top 100 debuts, with her cover of ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ coming in at No.96.
Route 94’s ‘My Love’ slumps from No.59 to No.100. Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Your Love’, conversely, tumbles out of the top 100 after just one little week at No.51.
While Justice Crew march on unchallenged in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart, on the albums front, we’re onto our third new No.1 album in three weeks.
This week it’s all about Ed Sheeran and the all-important follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut ‘+’. His all-important sophomore album ‘x’ debuts in the No.1 spot, making it two No.1 albums in a row.
But Coldplay’s visit sees ‘Ghost Stories’ bump up from No.4 to No.2, while Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’, which occupied the top spot last week, is down to No.3.
There are further top ten debuts from Mastodon (‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’ at No.7) and Milky Chance (‘Sadnecessary’ at No.8), while Pharrell Williams’ ‘GIRL’ improves from No.27 to No.14 and Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ jumps from No.25 to No.17.
New entries from Confession (‘Life And Death’), David Gray (‘Mutineers’) and Jennifer Lopez (‘A.K.A.’) follow at Nos.19, 22 and 24 respectively, with bullets awarded to Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ and Keith Urban’s best-of ‘The Story So Far’.
First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’ loses its sheen (No.15 to No.34); so too Kasabian’s ’48:13′ (No.11 to No.35), but there’s a glimmer of light for the David Campbell album ‘Sings John Bucchino’. It debuted at a lowly No.98 on last week’s chart, but improves by 61 to claim position No.37 as its very own this week.
Outside the top 50, James Blunt’s ‘Moon Landing’ drops 25 (No.30 to No.55), Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ re-enters at No.58, Kim Cesarion’s ‘Undressed’ debuts at No.59 and Harrison Craig’s ‘L.O.V.E.’ is rescued from chart oblivion, jumping 33 spots to No.60.
Not such brilliant news for Tiesto, however, with his new album ‘A Town Called Paradise’ plummeting from a debut of No.18 to No.61.
Led Zeppelin also lose out this week, with all three of their recently-released repackages dropping heavily. ‘Led Zeppelin III’ from No.41 to No.74, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ from No.43 to No.79 and ‘Led Zeppelin’ from No.38 to No.86.
But it’s not just Led Zeppelin dropping… The Vamps also lose ground with ‘Meet The Vamps’. It’s down from No.46 to No.77.
Mariah’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’ is out of the top 100 after four weeks.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.