No change atop the ARIA singles chart this week; Ed Sheeran continues to fly high with his latest single ‘Thinking Out Loud’, but he’s under fire from one track in particular which makes a rather swift rise up the rankings. But it’s a different story on the albums chart, with a new number one album one of five debuts within the top ten.
This is, of course, the last week of the ARIA charts before next week’s addition of streaming data, so expect a little bit of movement as that info is added in.
In the meantime, you’ll be wanting to know who debuted where this week, so pull up a seat and marvel at the thing of beauty that is this week’s Chart Watch.
Yes, Ed’s still ‘Thinking Out Loud’ in his ivory tower atop the ARIA singles charts. But as mentioned in the opener, he’s under attack. From Taylor Swift and her new tune ‘Blank Space’, which bullets from No.29 to No.2 to edge her previous single ‘Shake It Off’ to No.3.
It’s clear that other tracks in the top ten are still shifting decent numbers, however, as Meghan Trainor’s second single ‘Lips Are Movin’ achieves a gold certification after just three weeks (No.4) and Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Cosby Sweater’ does the same, improving from No.9 to No.5. David Guetta’s ‘Dangerous’? Yep, that too picks up a gold accreditation this week, stationary at No.7.
And the certifications keep coming, with the Timmy Trumpet smash ‘Freaks’ picking up a third platinum accreditation in position No.8.
Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Four’, One Direction’s ‘Steal My Girl’ jumps six places to a new peak of No.11, just ahead of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’, which now has a fifth platinum gong to call its own.
There’s a ten place drop for The Veronicas’ ‘You Ruin Me’ this week (No.4 to No.14), however. Not that they’ll mind, with the song going gangbusters over on the UK iTunes chart.
Jessica Mauboy hits gold with ‘Can I Get A Moment?’ (No.17); so too Marlon Roudette with ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ (No.19) and bullets for Parra For Cuva’s ‘Wicked Games’ (No.43 to No.26), James Blunt’s ‘When I Find Love Again’ (No.38 to No.27) and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Beg For It’ (No.73 on debut to No.29).
Lil’ Selena Gomez’ tears in the video for her new single ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ has the single premiering in the No.33 position on this week’s countdown, scoring the highest debut in the process.
Lilly Wood’s ‘Prayer In C’ hits double platinum at No.36, after 20 weeks on the Australian charts, Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ finds a new peak of No.40 (up from No.74), Ariana Grande’s new single ‘Love Me Harder’ pokes its head into the top 50 after last week’s No.53 debut (No.46) and now that she’s in the country with her ‘Prismatic’ world tour, Katy Perry’s ‘This Is How We Do’ finds another lease on life, improving from No.54 to No.47.
Beyond the 50, Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ picks up pace (No.79 to No.52), Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’ leaps from No.76 to No.62 in its second week of chart action, but a big drop for Imagine Dragons’ new single ‘I Bet My Life’ in only its third week in. It plunges from No.36 to No.68.
Not quite so dramatic is the fall for Taylor Swift’s ‘Out Of The Woods’ (No.52 to No.70) and Sia’s ‘Annie’ tune ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile’ begins its chart journey in the No.71 position.
‘The Voice’ winner Anja Nissen won’t be too excited with the performance of her debut single thus far; ‘I’m So Excited’ with Will.I.Am and Cody Wise limped into the countdown at No.42 last week and this week finds itself floundering in the No.74 spot.
Sigma and Paloma’s ‘Changing’ drops 21 spots to No.77, Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome To New York’ is down from No.55 to No.90 and Labrinth’s ‘Let It Be’ tumbles from No.64 to No.91.
A trio of debuts rounds out the singles section of our Chart Watch; Chvrches’ ‘Dead Air’ (No.94), Vance Joy’s ‘First Time’ (No.95) and Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ (No.96).
Half of this week’s top ten is made up of new entries, but with a solid lead-in campaign, the Foo Fighters were always going to have the No.1 spot in the bag. In premiering in the No.1 position, they knock Ms Swift from her perch and they pick up a gold sales certification in the process.
The first Pink Floyd album in more than 20 years, ‘The Endless River’, makes its entry into the ARIA charts at No.3.
‘X Factor’ winner Marlisa’s debut effort premieres at No.6, the Melinda Schneider/Beccy Cole collaboration ‘Great Women Of Country’ is new at No.9 and Machine Head rounds out the top ten debuts with ‘Bloodstones & Diamonds’ (No.10).
With her Aussie tour now in full swing, Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ fires again, jumping from No.32 to No.11, but Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’ loses 12 places from last week’s No.3 debut.
Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’ jumps from No.71 to No.19, Knife Party’s ‘Abandon Ship’ debuts at No.20, Spandau Ballet’s ‘The Story : The Very Best Of’ premieres at No.22 and the new Röyksopp album ‘The Inevitable End’ becomes the band’s highest ever charting album in Australia at No.23 on debut.
Despite TV advertising, You + Me’s album ‘Rose Ave’ loses ground (down 11 to No.24), Damien Rice scores his highest ARIA chart position ever with ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (No.25 on debut) and the eleventh volume of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Basement Tapes Raw’ debuts at No.29.
Is all ‘Hope’ gone for Susan Boyle, however? Always a favourite around Christmas time, SuBo’s latest album continues to lose ground after its No.11 debut a couple of weeks back. Its chart trajectory thus far has been No.11, No.14 and No.31.
Karise Eden’s ‘Things I’ve Done’ (No.17 to No.33) and Annie Lennox’ ‘Nostalgia’ (No.16 to No.37) are among other titles losing ground this week as things start to shift in the lead-up to the festive season rush.
Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream : The Complete Confection’ jumps from No.74 to No.38 thanks to the tour, there’s a No.42 debut for Ne Obliviscaris’ ‘Citadel’, a 26 place drop for The Smith Street Band’s ‘Throw Me In The River’ (No.44) and debuts for Echosmith’s ‘Talking Dreams’ (No.45), Matthew Garwood’s ‘The Tattooed Tenor’ (No.47) and Azealia Banks’ ‘Broke With Expensive Tastes’ (No.49).
Beyond the gates of the 50, The Madden Brothers’ ‘Greetings From California’ is down 27 to No.53, Lady Antebellum’s ‘747’ loses 20 spots (No.54) and Dan Sultan’s ‘Dirty Ground’ EP pops its head in at No.66 on debut.
U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ drops another 25 spots (No.43 to No.68), The New Basement Tapes’ ‘Lost On The River’ is in at No.69 and ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ soundtrack loses 20 spots (No.51 to No.71).
But the big drops follow; Yusuf’s ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ is down 52 to No.78. Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV’ is down 57 to No.58, Sheppard’s ‘Bombs Away’ drops 24 to No.80.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is in at No.85 with ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, Andre Rieu’s ‘Love In Venice’ premieres at No.88 and Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders are in at No.91 with ‘Playmates’.
Albums in last week’s top 50 that are now gone from the top 100 are; Black Veil Brides’ self-titled set (No.23 debut), Led Zeppelin’s repack of ‘Houses Of The Holy’ (No.33), James Blunt’s ‘When I Find Love Again’ EP (No.36 on debut) and Hand Of Mercy’s ‘Resolve’ (No.45 on debut).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.