We’re still in disbelief that Justice Crew are not only spending their sixth successive week atop the ARIA singles chart with their latest track ‘Que Sera’, but that it’s now been certified double platinum after just six weeks in. It’s obviously struck a chord with audiences across the country and has no doubt been helped along by its sync placement on the ‘House Husbands’ commercials.
Sam Smith breaks into the top five this week (No.8 to No.5) with ‘Stay With Me’, which has now been re-branded as “featuring Mary J Blige” and picks up a shiny new platinum accreditation to mark the new peak. Sheppard’s ‘Geronimo’ also resurges; No.10 to No.6.
Persistence pays off for the team at Universal Music with the Tove Lo single ‘Stay High (Habits Remix)’, which is finally on the verge of cracking the ARIA top ten, improving from No.17 to No.12 this week, while 360 scores the week’s highest debut at No.19 with his new Gossling-featuring single ‘Price Of Fame’ and Nicki Minaj tips over into the top 20 with ‘Pills N Potions’ (No.22 to No.20).
A promotional visit and the video reveal help The Vamps’ new single ‘Somebody To You’ bullet from a No.49 debut last week to No.23 in week No.2. Peking Duk’s ‘High’ hits the high notes with a second platinum accreditation (140,000 copies), The Madden Brothers’ track ‘We Are Done’ shows they’re anything but, bulleting from last week’s No.65 debut to No.28. JT’s ‘Not A Bad Thing’ hits platinum at No.29.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Brooklyn Baby’ succeeds where official single ‘West Coast’ couldn’t – in cracking the ARIA top 40. It’s at No.35 on debut, with Sia’s ‘Eye Of The Needle’ bulleting into the top 50 from a No.57 debut last week to No.36.
Austin Mahone’s ‘Mmm Yeah’ jumps from No.51 to a new peak of No.39, Linkin Park’s ‘Masquerade’ debuts at No.43 and the new Imagine Dragons single ‘Battle Cry’ premieres at No.44.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ might not have been able to crack that top 40, but it improves to No.45 – one place shy of its peak – ahead of the release of the album yesterday. Rudimental’s ‘Free’ jumps back into the top 50 (No.78 to No.48), but Sammy Jade’s ‘Up!’ is sadly down. From No.32 to No.50.
Beyond the 50, Broods’ ‘Bridges’ re-enters at a new peak of No.51, Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ bullets form No.98 to No.57 and Nero’s ‘Satisfy’ is up from No.83 to No.59.
Birdy’s ‘Not About Angels’ (from the ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ soundtrack) premieres at No.63, but it’s not such good news for ‘The Voice’ coach Will.I.Am, with his new single ‘It’s My Birthday’ plunging 22 places from last week’s No.43 debut. Beyonce’s ‘Pretty Hurts’ is also down (No.47 to No.66); so too The Collective’s new single ‘Burn The Bright Lights’, which loses a worrying 35 spots on last week’s No.34 debut.
Lana is on the charts twice more; but both ‘Shades Of Cool’ and ‘Young And Beautiful’ are on their way down… the former down 23 spots to No.73 and the latter down 20 spots to No.75. London Grammar’s ‘Strong’ loses 20 places and is now sandwiched between the two Lana tracks.
Lorde’s version of the Tears For Fears classic ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ debuts at No.76.
Even Angus & Julia Stone can’t seem to get their single ‘Heart Beats Slow’ to fire; it loses 40 places in its third week of chart action… down from No.37 to No.77.
Benny Tipene’s ‘Make You Mine’ is in at No.88, Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Salvation’ drops 32 to No.92, deadmau5’s ‘Phantoms Can’t Hang’ premieres at No.97 and there are big drops for Keith Urban’s ‘Shame’ and Emeli Sandé’s ‘Clown’… both were in the top 50 last week and both are gone from the top 100 this week.
Albums-wise, as mentioned in the opening paragraph, Coldplay has lost their No.1 mantle this week, with ‘Ghost Stories’ dropping to No.4. It’s all because of the three albums debuting in the top three positions, with The Amity Affliction scoring their second Aussie No.1 album with ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’. It’s the second consecutive No.1 for the band, following on from a No.1 placing for their 2012 release ‘Chasing Ghosts’.
Spookily, Passenger’s No.2 debut for new album ‘Whispers’ also matches the peak chart position for his previous album ‘All The Little Lights’, which reached the No.2 spot early last year.
But Jack White’s No.3 debut for ‘Lazaretto’ can’t quite match the No.2 success of his previous album – 2012’s ‘Blunderbuss’.
Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ bullets from No.32 to No.6; Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ is up seven spots to No.7 and two more top ten debuts come courtesy of Miranda Lambert (‘Platinum’ at No.8) and First Aid Kit (‘Stay Gold’ at No.9).
Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ drops to No.10, the ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ soundtrack bullets from No.33 to No.11 and Glass Animals will no doubt be celebrating the No.12 debut of their album ‘Zaba’.
Repackages of Led Zeppelin’s albums ‘I’, ‘II’ and ‘III’ see them all re-entering the top 50 this week, with ‘I’ performing the best (No.16), ‘III’ re-entering at No.23 and ‘II’ coming in at No.24.
Jason Derulo’s ‘Tattoos’ jumps 20 spots to No.17, but John Butler Trio’s ‘Flesh & Blood’ rockets 78 spots to No.19. Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’, however, loses ground from No.6 to No.22 ahead of his Australian tour.
Also dropping this week; The Black Keys’ ‘Turn Blue’ (No.10 to No.25), Ellie Goulding’s ‘Halcyon Days’ (No.4 to No.26) and Chet Faker’s ‘Built On Glass’ (No.12 to No.27). But The Vamps’ album ‘Meet The Vamps’ bullets from No.47 to No.28.
A debut for Remi’s ‘Raw X Infinity’ follows at No.29, The Eagles’ ‘The Complete Greatest Hits’ re-emerges in the countdown at No.30 with tickets going on sale for their upcoming concert tour and bullets for Eminem and One Direction (‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’ from No.66 to No.36 and ‘Midnight Memories’ from No.65 to No.37 respectively).
Hellyeah’s ‘Blood For Blood’ is new at No.41, Michael Bublé’s ‘To Be Loved’ drops from No.17 to No.42, the Baby Animals’ repackage of ‘This Is Not The End’ sees the album back in the top 100 at No.43 and drops for both Russell Morris (‘Van Diemen’s Land’ down 21 to No.44) and London Grammar (‘If You Wait’ down 21 to No.45).
Avicii’s ‘True’ drops 20 to No.47, MKTO and The Beatles’ ‘1’ both re-enter the top 100 and 50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’ plunges from a No.16 debut to No.50.
Outside the top 50, Lucy Hale’s ‘Road Between’ debuts at No.57, drops for Asgeir’s ‘In The Silence’ (No.39 to No.61) and Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’ (No.31 to No.62) and Mariah’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’ continues tumbling down the charts. After a No.5 debut and a second week at No.29, it’s all the way down to No.68 this week, losing 39 places.
Dan Sultan’s ‘Blackbird’ is down 29 (No.70), Thundamentals’ ‘So We Can Remember’ loses 27 (No.72), ‘The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac’ drops 25 (No.77), Kiss’ ‘Kiss 40’ slumps 42 (No.80) and Die Antwoord’s ‘Donker Mag’ is seemingly in freefall, losing 70 spots on last week’s No.11 debut.
The big falls continue; Dune Rats’ self-titled set (No.22 to No.86), Rudimental’s ‘Home’ (No.55 to No.87), Bliss N Eso’s ‘Circus In The Sky’ (No.56 to No.88), Cliff Richard’s ‘The Fabulous Rock N Roll Songbook’ (No.44 to No.92) and Michael Jackson’s ‘The Essential’ collection (No.54 to No.100).
Spare a thought for the Pierce Brothers though… their album ‘The Night Tree’ debuted at a respectable No.21 last week, but is completely out of 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.