Our sincere apologies for the delay in getting our weekly Chart Watch live tonight. Due to the delay in us receiving the information from ARIA, we’ve been unable to bring you the Chart Watch in a timely fashion.
But what we do know is that Taylor Swift continues her run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Blank Space’ and rises to No.1 on the ARIA albums chart, denying The Veronicas a No.1 album.
Ms Taylor Swift is doing alright for herself with the ‘1989’ project so far. No only has the lead single ‘Shake It Off’ been a global hit (reaching triple platinum sales here in Australia), but the album’s sold millions globally already and her new single ‘Blank Space’ is taking over the planet in much the same way its predecessor did, thanks in part to a sensational video clip.
Here in Australia, ‘Blank Space’ remains in the top spot for a second successive week and grabs a gold sales accreditation to boot. But how long can she hold the number one position for? Not long, if Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have their way…
Mark and Bruno’s collaboration ‘Uptown Funk’ premiered at No.11 on last week’s chart, but has been quick to find its fans; bulleting nine spaces to No.2 this week.
Hilltop Hoods’ performance of ‘Cosby Sweater’ on the ARIAs pays dividends; it’s up one spot to No.4 and sports a shiny new platinum certification for its troubles.
The award for this week’s highest entry goes to The Veronicas. A No.5 debut for ‘If You Love Someone’ is pretty decent, when you consider the album dropped at precisely the same time, meaning most of the girls’ fans would have purchased the long player rather than the single.
Will Sparks, Wiley & Elen Levon’s collaboration ‘Ah Yeah So What’ drops from four to eight in week No.2. Calvin Harris, One Direction and David Guetta singles are all down by one.
New at No.12 is James Newton Howard’s single ‘The Hanging Tree’, the new edition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ looks like being quickly forgotten (No.3 on debut to No.14), Peking Duk and Safia’s ‘Take Me Over’ is now gold (No.15) and the new Nicki Minaj collaboration with Skylar Grey (‘Bed Of Lies’) is new into the countdown at No.18.
Sam Smith’s run of success here in Australia looks set to continue with his new single ‘Like I Can’. It improves five spaces from last week’s No.28 debut. Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ is also higher (No.38 to No.25) and with a performance on the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ finale, Charli XCX bullets into the countdown with ‘Break The Rules’; a new entry at No.26.
Singles from Becky G, Alesso ftg. Tove Lo, Calvin Harris ftg. John Newman, Sam Smith and Avicii drop from the top 20, though the latter picks up a gold certification (for the single ‘The Days’).
Selena Gomez’ ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ bullets from No.69 to No.37 and Samantha Jade’s ‘Sweet Talk’ premieres at No.38.
She scooped this week’s ARIA Awards with four gongs, but it seems Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ hasn’t quite finished shining just yet. It’s back into the top 50 this week; up 12 to No.40. Klingande’s ‘Jubel’ drops 18 spots to No.50.
Beyond the top 50 this week, Redfoo’s ‘New Thang’ tumbles from No.43 to No.57, Beyoncé debuts at No.59, presumably with ‘7/11’, though due to a coding error, we can’t be sure. Carmada’s ‘Maybe’ is up 15 (No.78 to No.62) and Chet Faker’s stunning performance of ‘Talk Is Cheap’ at this week’s ARIAs sees the track re-entering at No.70.
Despite opening the show, however, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Good Girls’ plunges from No.34 to No.78.
Fergie’s ‘LA Love (La La)’ is back in the chart mix (No.84), George Ezra’s ‘Blame It On Me’ debuts at No.86 and Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’ is also new at No.94.
James Blunt’s ‘When I Find Love Again’, which was at No.48 last week, has disappeared entirely from the top 100.
On the albums side of thing, Taylor Swift has managed to hold off The Veronicas’ push for a No.1 album debut by ascending to top spot on this week’s ARIA albums chart. But The Veronicas won’t be too worried, given that their self-titled set debuts in the No.2 position with a gold sales accreditation in its first week.
One Direction’s ‘Four’ hits platinum at No.3, Dean Ray debuts at No.5 with his eponymously-titled post ‘X Factor’ set and Guy Sebastian scores a top ten debut with his new album ‘Madness’ (No.6).
The Human Nature boys hit platinum with ‘Jukebox’ (No.9), Michael Bublé rises again with his festive set ‘Christmas’ and Chet Faker gets some post-ARIAs love for his album ‘Built On Glass’, which is up 15 places to No.15.
Marlisa’s debut album goes gold (No.18), the repackage of Jess Mauboy’s album sees ‘Beautiful’ re-enter the countdown at No.19 and there are rises for ARIA performers 5SOS (No.38 to No.23) and Paul Kelly with Neil Finn (No.64 to No.24).
Olly Murs’ new album ‘Never Been Better’ premieres at No.27. Angus & Julia Stone’s self-titled set jumps from No.52 to No.29 and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Reclassified’ premieres at No.32.
With the festive season almost upon us, Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ is up from No.49 to No.33. Sheppard gets a little ARIAs love with their album ‘Bombs Away’ (No.90 to No.35); ditto Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’, which bullets from No.98 to No.37. Even Dan Sultan feels the post-ARIAs chart love, with ‘Blackbird’ soaring from No.80 to No.39.
Boyzone pops in at No.43 with their covers set ‘Dublin To Detroit’, but Kerser’s ‘King’ has all but vacated the throne… down from No.9 on debut to No.49.
Outside the top 50, Pentatonix’ Christmas set ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ re-enters at No.54, the new David Bowie best-of is new at No.58 and with a tour now in the offing, Kingswood’s album ‘Microscopic Wars’ sees a little renewed interest, re-entering the countdown at No.69.
The Foo Fighters’ best-of falls (No.32 to No.73), Deadmau5’s best-of enters at No.77 and Cold Chisel’s ‘Live Tapes Vol.2’ plunges from a No.19 debut to No.83 in just its second week of chart love.
Ben Abraham’s ‘Sirens’ pops in at No.92 and Beyoncé’s album re-enters at No.99 as a result of last week’s repackage.
Spare a thought for last week’s top 50 debuts who’ve disappeared from this week’s top 100 (last week’s figures in brackets); The Ghost Inside’s ‘Dear Youth’ (No.16), Brooke Fraser’s ‘Brutal Romantic’ (No.23), Queen’s ‘Queen Forever’ (No.35), TV On The Radio’s ‘Seeds’ (No.42) and U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence +’ (No.44).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.