Australia, just one week out from the Christmas chart and you’ve served up two new No.1s this week. On the singles front, a new kind of funk has taken over the top spot, while on the albums side of things, it’s chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir and a Canadian everybody knows. Enough of our lame attempts at rhyme, however… let’s crack on with this week’s Chart Watch!
It’s taken them four weeks to do it, but Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have taken their brand of ‘Uptown Funk’ all the way to the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart, displacing Ms Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ after its three week reign. Beyond claiming this week’s top position, the two gentlemen have also notched up a fresh new platinum accreditation (i.e. people are really liking the song).
Ms Swift hasn’t gone too far, however. She’s right there, sitting underneath them in the No.2 position, but she’s coming under fire from AronChupa’s novelty hit ‘I’m An Albatraoz’, which climbs three positions from last week’s No.6 debut.
There’s a serve of Peking Duk in position No.6; their latest tune ‘Take Me Over’ hitting the top ten for the first time (No.12 to No.6) and Ms Nicki Minaj’s latest single ‘Bed Of Lies’ does the same; improving from No.15 last week to a new peak of No.10.
So with artist claiming top ten positions this week, two artists have had to relinquish them; and they are One Direction (‘Steal My Girl’ is down from No.9 to No.15) and James Newton Howard (‘The Hanging Tree’ tumbles from No.5 to No.16).
The ’90s are back with the catchy new Clean Bandit single ‘Real Love’ (up from No.37 to No.18) and Ariana Grande’s single ‘Love Me Harder’ also feels the Aussie chart love, improving from No.35 to a new peak of No.25.
Two new entries follow; Ed Sheeran’s ‘Make It Rain’ (No.26) and Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Drown’ (No.27). Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ charges from No.55 to No.33 and George Ezra’s ‘Blame It On Me’ jumps nine spots to No.35, but the 2014 edition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ tumbles 14 to No.39.
Mariah Carey reminds us what time of year it is again with her evergreen ‘All I Want For Christmas’, which is back in the top 50 at No.43 (up from No.60), Yolanda Be Cool and DCup’s ‘Sugar Man’ finds favour with savvy shoppers (No.66 to No.44), but Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ is almost snuffed out of the top 50; down 19 positions to No.48.
Beyond the 50, the beat’s seemingly dropped out for Marlon Roudette’s ‘When The Beat Drops Out’, which falls from No.36 to No.51. Carmada’s ‘Maybe’, however, is headed in the other direction (No.40 to No.53). Beyoncé’s ‘7/11’ is down (No.41 to No.58) and The Avener strolls into the countdown at No.61 with ‘Fade Out Lines’.
Watermat’s ‘Bullit’ is up 30 places (with, wouldn’t you know it, a bullet) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘One’ debuts a long way from the number of its title… at No.72.
Justice Crew’s latest single ‘Rise & Fall’ does a little less of column (a) and a lot more of column (b); down 19 places to No.75.
The charity single ‘This Woman’s Work‘, featuring the likes of Darren Hayes, Nathaniel, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Il Divo’s Sébastien, debuts at No.79, but Guy Sebastian’s ‘Mama Ain’t Proud’ continues its chart tumble… down 21 places to No.80.
Iggy Azalea might have to ‘Beg For It’ some more to get her latest single firing; it drops from No.63 to No.93 and poor Sammy Jade; ‘Sweet Talk’ is sinking without a trace, down 31 places to No.98.
It’s beginning to look a lot like ‘Christmas’ atop the ARIA albums chart. Well, to be completely truthful, it IS ‘Christmas’ atop the ARIA albums chart. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’, which jumps back to the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. This is the album’s 13th week in the No.1 Aussie position and it’s likely to be there again next week.
As mentioned in our Midweek News Wrap, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ hits its double platinum strides this week, despite falling to No.2. And you know it’s Christmas when all but one of the top ten albums have a platinum or multi-platinum accreditation next to them. The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack and Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ join the platinum top ten party. It’s only The Veronicas’ self-titled album that remains in the top ten without a platinum accreditation, but given its only been out for three weeks (and it’s gold), we’ll cut them some slack.
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Walking Under Stars’ is up from No.16 to No.11, Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ is now gold (week number four at No.14) and the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack improves from No.23 to No.15.
Festive season jumps for Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ (No.27 to No.20) and Pentatonix’ ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ (No.36 to No.21).
The INXS best-of jumps, Justice Crew’s ‘Live By The Words’ tumbles from a No.7 debut to No.23 and albums by The Eagles and Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga improve in the pre-Christmas sales race.
The week’s highest debut belong to Will Sparks, who parachutes into the countdown’s No.35 spot with ‘Another Land’. J Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ enters at No.40 and Andre Rieu’s ‘Best Of Christmas’ follows with a No.46 premiere.
Beyond the albums 50, Idina Menzel is desperate to send you her ‘Holiday Wishes’, so she’s sent them packing from No.97 to No.55, with delivery to your door on-track for next week’s top 50 countdown.
Chet Faker’s ‘iTunes Session’ tumbles 40 places from last week’s No.18 debut and there are re-entries for Andre Rieu’s ‘Love In Venice’ (No.60) and, with thanks to his Aussie visit, John Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ (No.64).
She & Him’s ‘Classic’ premieres at No.77 and Pentatonix’ ‘PTXMAS’ debuts at No.87.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.