There’s no change atop either the ARIA singles or albums chart this week. But the charts are anything but boring, with a number of new accreditations and plenty of debuts dotted across the top 100s. But who’s debuted where? Best you get your chompers into this week’s Chart Watch.
It’s another week in the top for Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’; the single maintaining its dominance over all comers, including Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’, which improves from No.3 to No.2 as her album ‘1989’ continues to fire.
Meghan Trainor is no one hit wonder, it would seem. New single ‘Lips Are Movin’ is also on the move; up from its debut of No.7 last week to No.3, but Marlisa’s ‘Stand By You’ drops three to No.5.
Surging into the top ten this week are Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding’s ‘Outside’ (No.14 to No.8) and Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Cosby Sweater’ (No.17 to No.9). And though it dropped a few spots last week, Becky G’s ‘Shower’ ups the pressure on the top ten, edging from No.16 to No.11.
Alesso and Tove Lo are on the rise with ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ (No.20 to No.13), but Jess Mauboy’s ‘Can I Get A Moment’ drops five.
Also on their way up this week… Avicii’s ‘The Days’ (No.23 to No.15), One Direction’s now gold-accredited ‘Steal My Girl’ (No.25 to No.17) and the Calvin Harris/John Newman collaboration ‘Blame’ (No.28 to No.19).
Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’ has an accreditation update while it’s steady at No.21… from zip last week to platinum this week.
The Magician looks like weaving his spell over summer-loving audiences, with ‘Sunlight’ beaming into the No.22 spot (up 15 from No.37). Also improving are Nico & Vinz’ ‘In Your Arms’ (No.35 to No.24) and Peking Duk & Safia’s ‘Take Me Over’ (No.40 to No.25). Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ (not a euphemism) edges 28 spots higher to No.29.
But Justice Crew’s new single ‘Rise & Fall’ does none of the former and plenty of the latter. The anticipated follow-up to ‘Que Sera’ tumbles 20 places from last week’s No.11 debut. But their fall is nothing compared to that of ‘X Factor’ runner-up Dean Ray’s debut single ‘Coming Back’. He’d want to do what it says on the box soon, ’cause it’s down 27 places from last week’s No.5 debut (No.32).
Imagine Dragons’ new tune ‘I Bet My Life’ jumps 17 from last week’s No.53 debut and into the top 50 for the first time, James Blunt scores the highest debut of the week in the No.38 spot with the poppy ‘When I Find Love Again’ and Waze, Odyssey and R.Kelly ‘Bump & Grind’ their way ten places higher in week three.
‘The Voice’ winner Anja Nissen’s long-awaited debut single ‘I’m So Excited’ can only manage a No.42 debut, despite a more than decent film clip. And Parra For Cuva’s ‘Wicked Games’ premieres right behind her in the No.43 spot.
Paloma Faith’s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ crosses over the triple platinum threshold (No.45) and Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ edges back into the top 50 after 48 weeks on the chart.
Outside the fifty, there’s a debut for Ariana Grande’s new single ‘Love Me Harder’ at No.53, a gold accreditation for Sigma and Paloma Faith’s ‘Changing’ (No.56) and a fifth platinum accreditation for Justice Crew’s ‘Que Sera’ at No.57.
‘Baby Don’t Lie’ is new at No.61 for Gwen Stefani, Labrinth’s ‘Let It Be’ drops 17 places to No.64 and Watermat sends a ‘Bullit’ into the countdown at No.66 on debut.
If Iggy Azalea wants another top 50 hit, she’s going to have to ‘Beg For It’; her latest single managing only No.73 on debut. Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ re-enters at No.74, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’ is new at No.76 and Calvin Harris’ ‘Open Wide’ is into the countdown at No.77.
Flight Facilities spread a little ‘Sunshine’ in the lower half of the chart; their new tune (featuring Reggie Watts) premiering in the No.85 position.
Alarm bells will be ringing in the Sony camp over the mammoth 69 place plunge for Brothers3’s debut single ‘The Lucky Ones’, however. Despite being favourites on the show, their fan base clearly hasn’t connected with the song and it’s down from No.29 on debut to No.98 in week No.2.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over on the ARIA albums chart. Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989’ smashed the No.1 position on debut last week and it’s done particularly well for itself for a second successive week, not only maintaining its No.1 spot, but picking up a platinum sales certification after just two weeks in. i.e. it IS selling.
Also seemingly selling is the new Human Nature album ‘Jukebox’. The chaps have been everywhere in the past couple of weeks on the campaign trail for the LP and it’s paid off; ‘Jukebox’ bagging a gold accreditation, also after just two weeks of chart action.
Calvin Harris settles for a No.3 debut for his new album ‘Motion’ ahead of his appearances at Stereosonic later this month.
With new single ‘Cosby Sweater’ now firing on the singles chart, Hilltop Hoods receive a boost in their album sales, with ‘Walking Under Stars’ improving four places to No.8.
As mentioned earlier in the week, Sam Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is one of the success stories of the year, picking up a platinum accreditation in the No.11 spot.
With excitement building ahead of the release of the new Foo Fighters album, their best-of bullets from No.64 to No.15 on this week’s albums chart, just ahead of debuts for Annie Lennox (‘Nostalgia’ at No.16) and The Smith Street Band (‘Throw Me In The River’ at No.18)
Ed Sheeran gets a ‘+’ in the top 20 to add to his ‘x’, the repackage of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ does the trick for the album (re-entering at No.21) and Black Veil Brides’ eponymous set is new at No.23, just ahead of Yusuf’s ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ (No.24).
‘Houses Of The Holy’ is another Led Zeppelin repackage rediscovering some chart favouritism this week (No.33 on re-entry). James Blunt finds love in the No.36 spot on the ARIA countdown with a debut for his ‘When I Find Love Again’ EP and Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ jumps from No.56 to No.39 in preparedness for chestnuts roasting ’round an open esky on the beach.
Dami Im’s ‘Heartbeats’ drops from No.20 to No.41; U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ is down from No.24 to No.43.
Debuts from Hand Of Mercy (‘Resolve’) at No.45 and Lee Kernaghan (‘Driving Home For Christmas’) at No.46, ahead of top 50 re-entries for Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac and Arctic Monkeys.
More best-ofs surge after the jump, including those from Crowded House, The Eagles and Bee Gees. Neil Young’s ‘Storytone’ is new at No.55.
Ben Howard’s album ‘I Forget Where We Were’ (reminder, Ben… the top ten) forgets where it was, plunging 49 places to No.58 in week two, while Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ also loses ground (down 21).
CW Stoneking’s ‘Gon’ Boogaloo’ is down 30 from No.38, Devin Townsend Project’s ‘Z²’ debuts at No.72, but Neil Diamond’s best-of drops 30 (No.50 to No.80) and The Eagles’ ‘Selected Works’ drops 21 (No.61 to No.82).
Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Anything Goes’ drops from No.58 to No.90, but how’s about these drops…; Maroon 5’s ‘V’, down 66 places to No.92. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Sings The Great Diva Classics’, down 63 places to No.93 and Rancid’s ‘Honor Is All We Know’ (to be fair, they also know to spell ‘honor’ incorrectly for their Australian audiences), down 63 places to No.97.
Last week’s top 50 debuts for Dillon Francis (No.33), Lanie Lane (No.42) and T.I. (No.43) are all gone from the top 100.
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