It’s a result that will kick off her Australian visit in fine style… British songstress Paloma Faith has claimed her first Australian No.1 single with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. After appearing in a TV sync for Channel 7’s ‘Winners & Losers’ the track quickly found an audience, bulleting from No.82 to No.7 last week and ascending from No.7 to No.1 this week.
‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ has been No.1 on the iTunes chart for almost all of the past two weeks and now finally cracks the top spot on the official charts, also bagging a gold sales accreditation in the process.
Of course, Paloma’s rise to the No.1 spot means that The Madden Brothers have had to relinquish it. But they had to put up quite the fight to even keep the No.2 position; surviving a major challenge by Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ (up from No.86 to No.3, thanks to Rachael Thompson’s performance of the track on ‘The X Factor’) and G.R.L.’s ‘Ugly Heart’ (No.16 to No.4).
Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’ may have lost a little ground this week (down two spots), but the single is shining with a new gold sales accreditation. And Will.I.Am’s performance of ‘It’s My Birthday’ on ‘The Voice’ finale sees the track soaring from No.29 to No.6.
Also improving this week is George Ezra’s breakthrough single ‘Budapest’. After debuting at No.58 a couple of weeks back, the track’s jumped from No.32 to No.21 this week, just behind The Vamps’ ‘Somebody To You’ (ftg. Demi Lovato) and a few spots ahead of a newly platinum ‘Nobody To Love’ by Sigma (No.26).
It looks like Iggy Azalea’s taste of success with ‘Fancy’ and ‘The New Classic’ is set to continue with her new single ‘Black Widow’. The second track lifted from the album, ‘Black Widow’ features guest vocals by UK pop starlet Rita Ora and improves from No.85 to No.28 on this week’s chart.
Bonnie Anderson loses a little ground with ‘Blackout’ (No.26 to No.31), but Usher gains with his new track ‘She Came To Give It To You’ (No.40 on debut to No.34).
It’s US songstress Meghan Trainor who scores the highest debut of the week, however. She’s in at No.36 on the top 100 with her debut single ‘All About That Bass’, which has been performing strongly across the digital media market throughout the past seven days.
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Pyramid Building’ debuts at No.42, Cheryl Cole’s ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ debuts at No.43, but Dami Im’s ‘Super Love’ drops ten spots to No.45 this week in preparation for the release of her next single, rumoured to be announced tomorrow via her social networks (see our news wrap earlier today for more info).
Also dropping ten positions this week; Johnny Rollins’ ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ (No.38 to No.48), Emeli Sandé’s ‘Clown’ (No.43 to No.53) and Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ (No.45 to No.55).
Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ shines again (No.80 to No.57) and Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ re-enters the countdown at No.59 (both thanks to TV singing show covers).
Taylor Henderson’s latest single ‘Already Gone’ slides by 21 places to No.70 this week (see how his album fared in its second week below), while the Oliver Heldens/Becky Hill collaboration ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ debuts at No.71.
A debut too for Darryl Bowen’s ‘Alex (Day By Day)’, a drop for Sheppard’s ‘Something’s Missing’ (No.63 to No.80), Daughter’s ‘Youth’ premieres at No.87 and Go Comet!’s ‘Worlds Apart’ is new at No.92.
Not such good news for the new Broods single ‘Mother & Father’, however. After debuting at No.54 last week, the track is languishing down at No.98 this week. Ricki-Lee’s ‘Happy Ever After’ and Ricky Martin’s ‘Vida’ both exit the top 100 after one week.
Yep, there’s a new No.1 here on the ARIA albums chart too, but in this case it’s a familiar face reclaiming his throne. It’s Ed Sheeran and his sophomore album ‘x’ that retakes top spot this week, with Taylor Henderson’s already gold-accredited album ‘Burnt Letters’ dropping to No.3. Sheppard remains wedged between the two at No.2.
Hot on the heels of his first No.1 album over in the US, Weird Al Yankovic proves he still has universal appeal with his latest album ‘Mandatory Fun’. Here in Australia, it might not quite have matched the position Stateside, but we’re sure Sony will still be pretty chuffed with a No.8 debut.
The halo effect has worked wonders for Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’ this week. After a performance of the single ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ on ‘The X Factor’ earlier in the week saw it rocket up the singles chart, ‘English Rain’ has done the same on the albums side of things; bulleting from No.86 to a new peak of No.10.
The same can be said for Paloma Faith’s album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’. With ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ jumping into the top spot on the singles chart, the album’s also having a good time of things, rising from No.26 to No.15; Paloma’s first Aussie top 20 album. Also up this week is London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’.
Jess Mauboy’s ‘iTunes Session EP’ premieres at No.25, Russell Morris’ ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ improves to No.27 (from No.51) and La Roux’ ‘Trouble In Paradise’ lands on the Aussie charts at No.28.
Improvements too for Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’ (No.56 to No.32), Paul Kelly’s ‘Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2’ (re-entering at No.34), Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.48 to No.35) and Foster The People’s ‘Supermodel’ (back in the top 100 at No.39).
But with so many albums improving, inevitably there must be some that fall. Jason Mraz’ new LP ‘Yes!’ is one of those; falling from a debut of No.17 to No.43. But it’s by far not the biggest drop this week… more on that later.
More best-ofs pepper the lower half of the top 50… Cold Chisel, Nickelback, The Angels, Red Hot Chili Peppers… they’re all there. P!nk’s best-of kicks off the lower half of the top 100 at No.51.
Pharrell’s ‘GIRL’ makes up some lost ground (No.77 to No.55), Jungle’s self-titled debut drops from its No.20 premiere to No.63 in week No.2 and further falls for Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ (No.42 to No.66) and deadmau5’s ‘While (1/2)’ (No.45 to No.67).
Suicide Silence’s ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ drops 39 places to No.69 in its second week; Pennywise’s ‘Yesterday’ falls even further… 54 places to No.70. And the Fleetwood Mac best-of is also down by more than a handful of positions… No.44 to No.76.
Even Andy Bull’s not immune from the second-week sales blues… ‘Sea Of Approval’ was met with a sea of approval last week when it came into the countdown at No.23. This week, however, it’s 58 places lower at No.81. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ drops 29 spots, The Vamps’ ‘Meet The Vamps’ falls 41 and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ is in virtual freefall; down 63 places to No.98.
Albums in the top 50 last week that are entirely out of the 100 this week are D At Sea’s ‘Anchors & Diamonds’, Pierce Brothers’ ‘The Night Tree’ and Jason Derulo’s ‘Tattoos’.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.