It’s a huge week on the ARIA charts, what with a new No.1 single, lots of new accreditations, debuts, big drops and six, count them SIX new entries in the albums top ten, including an entirely new top five! We might need a lie down to cope. Let’s instead crack on with this week’s Chart Watch.
It would appear that time hasn’t dulled Australia’s love for Brisbane sister duo The Veronicas who, after an elongated absence from the music business, are back on top of their game, with their single ‘You Ruin Me’ premiering in the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart.
It’s their second number one and their first since 2007’s ‘Hook Me Up’.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ is still selling. Even though it’s down to No.3 this week (behind Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’), it picks up a new double platinum accreditation.
Nathaniel’s proved he’s no one-hit-wonder, with ‘Live Louder’ moving slightly higher this week to No.4. The single, which has been heavily promoted on Channel 7 via its use in the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ promos and an appearance on ‘The X Factor’, has also notched up a gold certification this week, meaning 35,000 copies have shifted since it was released three weeks ago.
G.R.L’s ‘Ugly Heart’ hits triple platinum at No.8 and Ed Sheeran’s promotional visit does wonders for his new track ‘Thinking Out Loud’, which rockets from No.41 to a new peak of No.12.
Though down from No.11 to No.15, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ hits platinum, there’s a new gold accreditation and a top 20 position for Becky G’s ‘Shower’ (No.18) and the boys from Justice Crew score another top 20 hit, albeit on the Beau Ryan novelty single ‘Where You From?’, which debuts at No.19.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s ‘Black Widow’ spins a platinum certification at No.24, the Alesso/Tove Lo collaboration ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ rockets from No.70 on debut to No.27, there’s a 14 place rise for Milky Chance’s now triple platinum ‘Stolen Dance’ and The Script’s ‘Superheroes’ improves from No.50 to No.37.
Jason Heerah’s the best of the ‘X Factor’ bunch this week, with his cover of Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ premiering at No.38. Disclosure’s own version also sees an improvement in its fortunes as a result, bulleting from No.95 to No.47.
Dean Ray’s cover of Milky Chance’s ‘Stolen Dance’ (the catalyst for its rise up the charts) is new at No.40 and Ella Henderson’s second single ‘Glow’ gets a bit of Aussie chart love, debuting at No.49.
American Authors’ ‘Best Day Of My Life’ re-enters at No.52, Troye Sivan’s ‘Happy Little Pill’ goes gold, but drops out of the top 50 (No.55) and the new rump-a-licious single ‘Booty’ from Jennifer Lopez debuts at No.59.
More ‘X Factor’ chart love for Reigan Derry at No.61 (‘Dog Days Are Over’), a debut for the new Enrique Iglesias single ‘Bailando’ at No.64, Yelawolf’s ‘Till It’s Gone’ is new at No.70 and The Collective have to settle for a No.74 debut for their single ‘The Good Life’.
Brothers 3’s cover of The Proclaimers on ‘The X Factor’ sees ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ debut at No.75, but a 20 place drop for The Madden Brothers’ new single ‘Dear Jane’ (No.57 to No.77).
The top 100 debuts are wrapped by Marlon Roudette’s ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ (No.88), Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’ (No.92) and Ricki-Lee’s ‘In The Mood’ (No.97).
Fall Out Boy’s ‘Centuries’ and Delta Goodrem’s ‘Love… Thy Will Be Done’ both fall from the top 100.
It’s a huge week on the ARIA albums chart. A battle royale for the top spot, plenty of debuts, plenty of enormous drops, but only one No.1 album.
She may have scored a history-making debut atop the US albums chart this week, but it’s possible that no-one could have predicted that Barbra Streisand would be able to nab a No.1 album down under in 2014. But that’s precisely what she’s done with ‘Partners’. Yes, it’s her first No.1 album down under since ‘Guilty’ 34 long years ago, but Babs has held out some strong competition to do so.
New at No.2 is Alt-J’s ‘This Is All Yours’. New at No.3 is Missy Higgins’ ‘Oz’. New at No.4 is Chris Brown’s ‘X’. New at No.5 is The Script’s ‘No Sound Without Silence’.
Yes, that’d be an all-new top five. From there it’s Ed Sheeran’s ‘x’, helped along by an Aussie promo visit, followed by another top ten debut; Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ (No.7).
The Madden Brothers owned the No.1 spot last week with their new album ‘Greetings From California’, but it’s been sent all the way down to No.9 this week under the sheer chart weight of the new releases above them.
Even Tim McGraw debuts strongly (No.11 with ‘Sundown Heaven Town’), but not quite strongly enough to challenge those above him.
Paloma Faith’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is now gold certified (35,000 copies) at No.13, Slash’s album ‘World On Fire’ drops from No.2 to No.14 and Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ falls from No.6 to No.15.
New entries for Pentatonix and Aphex Twin at Nos.19 and 21 respectively (‘PTX Vol.III’ and ‘Syro’), but a worrying second week drop for Megan Washington’s ‘There There’ (No.5 to No.25).
Lenny Kravitz debuts at No.31 with ‘Strut’, JT’s Aussie tour pays dividends for his album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ (No.54 to No.32) and the ‘Jersey Beat’ best-of by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons rises 15 places to No.35.
Train’s ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ drops to No.38 from its No.15 debut last week, Andrea Bocelli’s Aussie tour results in his ‘Passione’ album leaping 53 places to No.39 and there’s a re-entry for Justin Timberlake’s ‘Future Sex/Love Sounds’ (No.42).
New at No.43 : Amber Lawrence’s ‘Superheroes’. A 34 spot jump for ‘The 20/20 Experience : The Complete Experience’ for Mister Timberlake to No.46; a 38 place jump for Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party’ to No.48 and the Justin Timberlake love continues at No.52, with his ‘The 20/20 Experience : 2 Of 2’ jumping from No.100.
Gary Clark Jr’s live album premieres at No.55, 360’s ‘Utopia’ is off 28 spots to No.60 and Ryan Adams’ eponymous set drops from No.27 to No.62.
There are more drops too… Robert Plant’s ‘Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar’ is down 28 to No.64, Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’ drops 39 to No.67 and P!nk’s ‘Greatest Hits… So Far’ slides 34 to No.68.
Blackjack Billy’s ‘Rebel Child’ pops in at No.69, but the big drops continue below…;
Rodriguez’ ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – down 26 to No.75. Queen’s ‘Platinum Collection’ – down 31 to No.77. Banks’ ‘Goddess’ – down 34 to No.78. The Wolfe Brothers’ ‘Nothin’ But Trouble’ – down 41 to No.80. Motionless In White’s ‘Reincarnate’ – down 63 to No.82. Broods’ ‘Evergreen’ – down 28 to No.88.
A trio of debuts in the 90s from Highasakite (‘Silent Treatment’ at No.90), Tweedy (‘Sukierae’ at No.91) and Andrea Bocelli (‘Love In Portofino’ at No.92) ahead of a couple more big drops from The Tea Party’s ‘The Ocean At The End’ (No.42 to No.95) and Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘English Rain’ (No.63 to No.96).
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ might have been basking in the No.31 position last week due to his tour, but it’s fallen fast; gone entirely from the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.