Ed Sheeran’s appearance on our soil in the past week or so (as well as the announcement of his national tour) has sent his music rocketing towards the top of the charts. He nabs the No.1 spot on the albums chart again with ‘X’, but has he done enough to knock our favourite Brisbane siblings off top spot on the singles chart? Best you read on through this week’s Chart Watch.
No sir, though Ed Sheeran’s new single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has indeed bulleted this week (all the way from No.12), it hasn’t done quite enough to knock The Veronicas from their No.1 mantle on this week’s ARIA singles chart. The Brisbane duo continues their reign and after premiering at No.1 last week, they notch up a gold sales accreditation this week, for sales in excess of 35,000 copies. Not bad going after just two weeks.
Ed Sheeran can perhaps take a little comfort from the fact that although his track didn’t quite get to No.1, it did manage to pick up ten places and a gold sales certification for its troubles. It’s now at No.2.
The Nos.2 through 6 spots all drop back one position, while Echosmith makes it into the top ten with their now-gold selling ‘Cool Kids’ (No.13 to No.8) and AJR is back in top ten favour with ‘I’m Ready’ (No.17 to No.9), which is now certified platinum.
Calvin Harris and John Newman’s ‘Blame’ also hits gold (No.11), Klingande’s ‘Jubel’ is now double platinum (No.13) and ditto George Ezra, ‘Budapest’ also now double platinum, though down three positions to No.14 this week.
The week’s highest debut comes courtesy of the One Direction boys and their new track ‘Steal My Girl’ (No.15), Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t’ is boosted by his visit (No.35 to No.21), Itch’s ‘Another Man’ hits platinum at No.22 and Jennifer Lopez’ ‘Booty’ bounces into the top 50. After premiering at No.59 last week, J-Lo and Iggy bullet 32 places to No.27.
The best of this week’s ‘X Factor’ debuts comes courtesy of Dean Ray, whose cover of ‘Into My Arms’ premieres at No.36. A debut too for Mary Lambert’s new single ‘Secrets’ (No.39). A bullet for Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ (No.76 to No.41).
In further top 50 action this week, Marlon Roudette’s ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ bullets from No.88 to No.44, Labrinth’s new single ‘Let It Be’ premieres in the top 100 at No.47 and Kendrick Lamar picks up 44 places with his new track ‘i’ (No.92 to No.48).
Beyond the walls of the 50, Lorde’s new track ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ had only a couple of days on sale before the end of the Aussie sales week, so debuts outside the top 50 at No.52.
Ella Henderson will be hoping to regain some chart ground after her new single ‘Glow’ flounders a little this week after its No.49 debut last week. It’s down 24 spots to No.73. Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ is off 29 to No.76.
More ‘X Factor’ love, this time for Reigan Derry, whose cover of ‘Burn For You’ premieres at No.78.
There’s new Andy Grammer (‘Honey, I’m Good’) at No.81, new Nico & Vinz (‘In Your Arms’) at No.83, but a 24 place drop for Tove Lo’s ‘Stay High (Habits Remix)’.
Steve Aoki’s new track ‘Delirious (Boneless)’ debuts at No.94.
It was a huge bunfight on the ARIA albums chart last week, with six new entries in the ARIA top ten, including Barbra Streisand’s album ‘Partners’, which came in at No.1. It’s not quite so crazy this week, with only two new entries in the top ten, but… Barbra has lost her No.1 standing, to a man who spent plenty of time on the ground down under in the past week, Ed Sheeran.
It’s probably not only Ed’s visit that’s paid dividends for sales of his new album, but the announcement of his 2015 Australian tour through the week. ‘X’ jumps from No.6 to No.1 on this week’s album chart, displacing Barbra to No.2.
Not that Babs will mind too much. She’ll hold onto the memories of No.1 like the corners of her mind and will take some comfort from the fact that after just two weeks, the album has been gifted a gold sales certification.
The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack bullets from No.17 to No.3. The week’s highest debut comes at No.4… it’s from The Preatures and it’s their debut album ‘Blue Planet Eyes’.
New at No.6 is Leonard Cohen’s new album ‘Popular Problems’ and Taylor Henderson’s ‘Burnt Letters’ jumps from No.40 to No.14, no doubt thanks in part to appearances at the Melbourne show and the fact the album’s price has been reduced to under ten dollars.
Prince debuts at No.15 with his new album ‘Art Official Age’. It’s the better performing of his two releases last week, with ‘Plectrumelectrum’ (with 3rdEyeGirl) having to settle for a No.33 debut.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ jumps from No.56 to No.18, Chris Brown’s ‘X’ drops from No.4 on debut to No.19 and the new SBTRKT album ‘Wonder Where We Land’ is new into the countdown at No.20.
The Script suffers the second week sales blues; ‘No Sound Without Silence’ dropping from a No.5 debut to No.21. But Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ is up 25 to No.25 and Bluejuice’s ‘Retrospectable’ premieres at No.27.
Tim McGraw’s ‘Sundown Heaven Town’ drops from No.11 to No.28, Gerard Way’s ‘Hesitant Alien’ is new at No.29 and the new Kenny Chesney LP ‘The Big Revival’ comes in at No.31.
There’s a new entry at No.35 from Jamie T’s ‘Carry On The Grudge’, a 20 place jump for Sheppard’s ‘Bombs Away’ (No.58 to No.38) and more top 50 debuts for Blake Shelton and Tove Lo at Nos.46 and 47 respectively. Megan Washington’s ‘There There’ is off 23 places to No.48.
Beyond the 50, Robbie Williams is down down (and staying down) from No.28 to No.54 with ‘Swings Both Ways’, Kingswood’s ‘Microscopic Wars’ dives 28 spots to No.62 and the new John Mellencamp album debuts at No.66.
Justin Timberlake loses ground with ‘The 20/20 Experience : 2 Of 2’ (No.52 to No.76), but his drop’s not quite as big as those for Train’s ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ (No.38 to No.77) and Linkin Park’s ‘The Hunting Party’ (No.48 to No.78). None is quite as big, however, as the drop for Pentatonix’s latest album ‘PTX Vol.III’, which plunges 76 spaces from No.19 on debut to No.95.
Lenny Kravitz’ ‘Strut’, Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Passione’ and Amber Lawrence’s ‘Superheroes’, which were all in the top 50 last week, are gone 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.