Yes, The Veronicas are still on top of the Aussie singles chart and yes, Ed Sheeran’s still on top of the Aussie albums chart. But Nico & Vinz score some chart love after their ‘X Factor’ appearance, ditto Train, who played the NRL Grand Final and there are new accreditations and debuts to speak of. So much happening, so let’s crack on with this week’s Chart Watch.
Yes, The Veronicas make it three weeks on the trot in the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart, but the sales continue to mount for the DNA co-penned track. After smashing through the gold sales barrier (35,000 copies) on last week’s chart, this week Lisa and Jess break through the platinum barrier (70,000 copies)… not bad for just three weeks of sales.
Ed Sheeran’s steady at No.2 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’, Meghan Trainor’s still at No.3 with ‘All About That Bass’ (though it’s now four times platinum) and it seems Australians still can’t shake off the good vibes from Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’, which remains at No.4.
Timmy Trumpet’s single ‘Freaks’ (now double platinum) swaps places with Nathaniel’s ‘Live Louder’ (now platinum) and a little further down, Becky G’s ‘Shower’ improves five places to No.14.
As mentioned in the header, Nico & Vinz’ appearance on ‘The X Factor’ earlier in the week has paid dividends for both their new single ‘In Your Arms’ and for their previous smash ‘Am I Wrong?’. Not surprisingly, it’s the latter which fares better, improving from No.60 to No.17. But ‘In My Arms’ is no chart slouch either. It debuted on the ARIA charts last week at No.83, but rockets to No.21 after their performance.
The new Alesso single ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ with Tove Lo splits the Nico & Vinz singles, bulleting from No.30 to No.18. And Hilary Duff gets a little love from Australia in the form of a gold sales accreditation for ‘All About You’ (steady at No.23).
The best of this week’s ‘X Factor’ bunch is Dean Ray, whose cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ debuts at No.26. Beau Ryan & Justice Crew’s novelty single ‘Where You From?’ jumps eight to No.30, Pitbull’s ‘Fireball’ goes gold at No.32 and the new Lorde single edges 19 places higher, into the top 50 at No.33.
Brothers 3’s take on Justice Crew’s ‘Que Sera’ premieres at No.42, just below the original, which is steady at No.40. Their cover of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ also makes the top 50 – just – debuting at No.48.
But J-Lo’s ‘Booty’ pops… down from a peak of No.27 last week to No.44 this week. Also sliding is The Madden Brothers’ ‘We Are Done’ (No.28 to No.46). Avicii’s ‘These Days’ just makes the top 50 on debut… debuting at No.50!
Beyond the 50, new entries from Fergie’s ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ at No.53 and Taylor Henderson’s ‘Host Of Angels’ at No.55 and somehow, Idina Menzel’s ‘Frozen’ classic ‘Let It Go’ jumps from a double platinum accreditation to four times platinum (280,000 copies) in the space of a week. It’s at No.59.
Thanks to its controversial video, Maroon 5’s ‘Animals‘ re-enters the chart at No.62, piggybacking the band’s ‘Maps’ at No.61.
Cobra Starship are back with their new single ‘Never Been In Love’ (which features Icona Pop in a guest role) at No.66. Dean Ray’s ‘Into My Arms’ drops from No.36 to No.71, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’ slides 31 places to No.79 and American Authors’ ‘Best Day Of My Life’ slumps 34 spots to No.80.
From there, a smattering of debuts pepper the chart ’til the No.100 position; Flo Rida’s ‘GDFR’ (No.86), Dami Im’s ‘Heart Beats Again’ (No.92), Marlisa Punzalan’s ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ (No.93), Marlisa’s cover of ‘Titanium’ (No.96) and Dean Ray’s ‘Lonely Boy’ (No.99).
Australia’s love for Ed Sheeran knows no bounds, with his album ‘X’ sitting pretty in the No.1 spot for the second successive week, while the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack and Barbra’s album ‘Partners’ swap places.
Lady Antebellum’s new album ‘747’ lands at gate 4, while Taylor Henderson’s album ‘Burnt Letters’ returns to the top ten – no doubt helped along by a) his ‘X Factor’ performance of ‘Host Of Angels’ and b) the fact it’s currently ten dollars (No.14 to No.8).
The new Augie March album debuts at No.14, Stevie Nicks is in at No.16 with ’24 Karat Gold : Songs From The Vault’ and Nico & Vinz premiere at No.17 with ‘Black Star Elephant’.
The Preatures drop 16 places in their second week of chart action (No.4 to No.20), debuts for Childish Gambino (‘Kauai EP’) and Caribou (‘Our Love’) at Nos.25 and 26 respectively and a ten place drop for Chris Brown’s ‘X’ (No.19 to No.29).
A trio of debuts kick off the 30s; The Beautiful Girls’ ‘Dancehall Days’ at No.30, Sixx AM’s ‘Modern Vintage’ at No.31 and Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone’ at No.32.
No doubt thanks in part to his success in the ARIA nominations field, Chet Faker’s ‘Built On Glass’ jumps from No.45 to No.33 in preparation for what we reckon will be pretty much a whitewash at next month’s awards ceremony.
SBTRKT drop from 20 to 40 with ‘Wonder Where We Land’, but Train picks up some chart pace. After their NRL Grand Final performance and the announcement of upcoming shows in Sydney and Melbourne, the band jumps 36 places to No.41 with their LP ‘Bulletproof Picasso’.
Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ is new at No.45. Flying Lotus’ ‘You’re Dead!’ is new at No.48, but Prince’s ‘Art Official Age’ suffers the ol’ faithful second week sales slump, dropping from No.15 to No.49.
Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and the ‘Rock Of Ages’ soundtrack span the divide between the upper and lower halves of the 100, re-entering at Nos.50 and 51, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ is down 33 spots to No.58, Guns N Roses’ best-of jumps 35 to No.59 and ahead of her Aussie performances, Miley Cyrus gets her ‘Bangerz’ out (No.64 on re-entry) to keep her tongue company.
Jamie T doesn’t look like he’ll be able to ‘Carry On The Grudge’ for long… the album’s down from No.35 on debut to No.65. Steve Aoki’s ‘Neon Future I’ premieres in the No.67 slot, but a number of big drops follow;
Bluejuice’s ‘Retrospectable’ is down 42 – from No.27 on debut to No.69. Kenny Chesney’s ‘The Big Revival’ was short-lived, down 39 (No.31 on debut to No.70). Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ drops 32 places to No.71 and Gerard Way’s ‘Hesitant Alien’ packs up its saucer after two weeks, falling 43 places to No.72.
Robin Gibb’s ’50 St.Catherine’s Drive’ only manages a No.77 debut, Prince’s ‘PlectrumElectrum’ tumbles 49 spots to No.82 and the Nickelback best-of is down 40 spots to No.89.
Tove Lo’s ‘Queen Of The Clouds’ is out of the top 100 after debuting at No.47 last week.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.