British starlet Paloma Faith consolidates her position atop this week’s ARIA singles chart; ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ maintaining the No.1 heading for a second successive week, while facing off stiff competition from G.R.L. and Meghan Trainor, whose singles ‘Ugly Heart’ and ‘All About That Bass’ rise to No.2 and No.3 respectively. G.R.L. in particular will be happy with a fresh new gold sales accreditation ahead of their upcoming Australian promotional visit, while Meghan will be encouraged by a huge 33 spot jump.
Will.I.Am’s ‘It’s My Birthday’ rises a couple more spots this week to a new peak of No.4 and also achieves a gold certification for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
UK singer songwriter Sam Smith was on the ground for his promotional visit this week. It paid dividends, with his single ‘Stay With Me’ rising again from No.13 to No.8 (his album also improves… but more about that in the ‘Albums’ section below).
George Ezra enters the ARIA top ten with ‘Budapest’, bulleting from No.21 to No.9 and although the new Ariana Grande single ‘Break Free’ might only have been on the charts down under for four weeks, it’s done enough to hit a gold sales accreditation (down one spot to No.10).
Also enjoying their first week with a golden glow are Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ (No.11) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t’ (No.12).
Perth’s Troye Sivan looks like taking the global charts by storm with his upcoming ‘TRXYE’ EP, which slammed the No.1 spot on iTunes charts globally when it went up for pre-sale recently. The lead single from it – ‘Happy Little Pill’ – is this week’s highest debut on the ARIA singles chart at No.16.
Nico & Vinz hit double platinum with ‘Am I Wrong?’ at No.18, a debut for Jessie J’s new collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (‘Bang Bang’) at No.22 and another for The Script’s new single ‘Superheroes’ at No.25.
At No.28 this week is Coldplay’s ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’; the single dropping six places from last week’s position, but hitting a new platinum accreditation.
The new Vance Joy track ‘Mess Is Mine’ improves to a new peak of No.36, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ hits double platinum at No.39 and Klingande’s ‘Jubel’ is new into the top 50 (and indeed into the top 100) at No.41.
Two more top 50 debuts come courtesy of Lily Allen (‘As Long As I Got You’ at No.45) and Lil Jon ftg. Tyga (‘Bend Ova’ at No.48), followed by a resurgent ‘Addicted To You’ by Avicii, which is up 34 places to No.49 (no doubt thanks to its use in the Bootcamps on ‘The X Factor’).
Cheryl Cole drops out of the top 50 this week with ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ – albeit by only one position – but she’s down eight on last week’s No.43 debut.
Peking Duk’s ‘High’ surges, Katy Perry’s ‘This Is How We Do’ will have to make do with a No.54 debut and more debuts for AJR (‘I’m Ready’ at No.58), Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz (‘Prayer In C’ at No.59) and Pharrell Williams ftg. Miley Cyrus (‘Come Get It Bae’ at No.61).
Tiesto’s ‘Wasted’ slips back down the countdown (down 13 to No.64), but Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Heart Beats Slow’ picks up 31 places to No.68 after being on the precipice of the top 100 last week.
Andy Grammer’s ‘Back Home’ loses ground, however. It’s down 31 places to No.70 on this week’s countdown, ahead of a No.72 debut for the new Hilary Duff single ‘Chasing The Sun’.
Sia’s ‘Burn The Pages’ debuts at No.82, Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ drops from No.59 to No.84, One Day’s ‘Mainline’ is new into the countdown at No.85 and Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Pyramid Building’ drops from No.42 to No.89 in its second week of chart action.
The Kite String Tangle (‘Arcadia’ at No.96) and Jason Derulo ftg. Tyga (‘Bubblegum’ at No.99) wrap up this week’s top 100 debuts. All ‘The Voice’ contestant tracks have now deserted the top 100.
It’s been a great accreditations week for Ed Sheeran. ‘Sing’, the lead single from his latest album ‘X’ hits the double platinum mark this week, second single ‘Don’t’ goes gold and here on the albums chart, ‘X’ itself achieves a new level of success; now officially platinum-accredited after selling more than 70,000 copies in six weeks.
But the album accreditation party continues, with the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack also having its certification updated; now double platinum and up three places to No.2.
Paloma Faith’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ continues its rise up the charts; now at a new peak of No.4 (up 11), Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ bullets from No.14 to No.6 thanks to his promotional visit and Lily Allen’s appearance on our shores for Splendour In The Grass last weekend sees ‘Sheezus’ bullet from No.32 to No.9.
The week’s highest debut is at No.11 from John Williamson (‘Honest People’), Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’ eases slightly and the INXS best-of hits four times platinum in the No.19 position.
Icelandic performer Asgeir benefits from his ‘Splendour In The Grass’ performance (and sideshows), with ‘In The Silence’ bulleting from No.64 to No.20 this week, but no such luck for Weird Al Yankovic, with ‘Mandatory Fun’ down 12 positions to No.21 in its second week of chart action.
Splendoured success sees First Aid Kit’s album ‘Stay Gold’ also rising this week (No.42 to No.25) and the Splendour bug seems to have bitten for George Ezra, whose album ‘Wanted On Voyage’ bullets from No.73 to No.31, slap bang in the middle of debuts for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (‘Hypnotic Eye’ at No.30) and Anberlin (‘Lowborn’ at No.32).
Avicii’s ‘True’ is back in the top 50 (up from No.52 to No.36), so too The 1975’s self-titled set (No.45) and Rudimental’s ‘Home’ (No.46). Not such good news for British girl group Neon Jungle, however. Their debut album ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ barely scrapes into the top half of the 100 with a No.48 debut.
Beyond the pearly gates of the ’50’, it’s a re-entry for John Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ (No.56) and for James Blunt’s ‘Moon Landing’ (No.60), bullets for Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’ (No.97 to No.61) and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ (No.98 to No.62), another re-entry for the ‘Pitch Perfect’ soundtrack (No.67), but a big drop for Paul Kelly’s ‘Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2’ (No.34 to No.70).
Also down this week… Nickelback’s best-of (No.48 to No.76), Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best-of (No.50 to No.77) and Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ (No.38 to No.78).
Dan Sultan’s ‘Blackbird’ also falls (No.47 to No.86); so too Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ (No.66 to No.89).
Fozzy wraps the top 100 debuts with ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ (No.98).
Albums in last week’s top 50 who are out of the top 100 this week (last week’s position in brackets)? Jess Mauboy’s ‘iTunes Session EP’ (No.25), La Roux’s ‘Trouble In Paradise’ (No.28) and Jason Mraz’ ‘Yes!’ (No.43).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.