Everything’s steady in the No.1 positions on both the singles and albums charts this week, but there’s plenty of movement – and even a few debuts – happening not too far below them. So let’s cast our usual eye over the ARIA charts in our weekly Chart Watch!
It’s five on the fly for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars on top of the ARIA singles chart. Their blend of ‘Uptown Funk’ has seemingly got into our veins and we’re not letting it slide… at least not for this week, anyway.
Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ maintains the No.2 spot, with AronChupa’s ‘I’m An Albatraoz’ not going anywhere in a hurry; swapping places with Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’.
But it’s Omi who really makes his intentions clear this week, with ‘Cheerleader’ (Felix Jaehn remix) bulleting from last week’s No.22 debut to No.5.
Peking Duk & Safia’s ‘Take Me Over’ jumps up four to be just one spot behind its peak of No.6 and Kanye West’s collaboration with relative unknown (Really!?) Sir Paul McCartney scores a big debut at No.8.
Up and coming singer James Bay won the Brit’s ‘Critic’s Choice’ award back in early December and it seems like us Aussies are giving him a big tick of approval too, sending his breakout single ‘Hold Back The River’ soaring to the upper reaches of the charts. It bullets a mightily impressive 30 places this week; from No.43 to No.13.
Yolanda Be Cool & DCup’s ‘Sugar Man’ bullets from No.24 to No.15, The Avener’s ‘Fade Out Lines’ (which, as of last week, had peaked at No.32), rockets from No.42 to No.18; George Ezra’s ‘Blame It On Me’ following it into the top 20 (No.25 to No.19).
We’re not quite done with Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne’s ‘Real Love’ just yet either, it seems. It’s been as high as No.13 so far, but dropped to as low as No.31 last week. They’ve arrested the slide this week, moving from No.31 to No.23.
Last year’s chart hits from Sam Smith, David Guetta, Meghan Trainor, One Direction and Sia are all a little off the boil, relinquishing their top 20 places.
Sam Smith’s ‘Like I Can’ bounces back from No.44 to No.34, Guy Sebastian’s new single ‘Linger’ debuts at No.35 and Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’ jumps from No.56 to a new peak of No.36.
Even Lorde’s a-leapin’ this week; her single ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ flickers back to life; soaring from the chart precipice last week (No.94) to No.46.
Calvin Harris’ new tune ‘Pray To God’ just scrapes into the top 50 on debut (No.49).
Out in the beyond-50 wilderness, Big Sean re-enters at No.51 with ‘I Don’t F**k With You’, some of last year’s chart favourites are moved on (i.e.’Shower’, ‘Sing’, ‘High’, ‘Blame’ and ‘Fancy’), but Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ is seemingly eternal; it’s up from No.87 to No.61 and is now just ten places shy of its Aussie chart peak thus far.
Avicii’s ‘The Nights’ is new at No.83, Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ drops from No.66 to No.87, Nathaniel’s ‘Live Louder’ drops from No.61 to No.90 and Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ is down from No.70 to No.91.
Just a couple of debuts to wrap this week’s hundred; The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ at No.93 and Kongos’ ‘Come With Me Now’ at No.94.
The top three of Taylor, Ed and Sam remains immovable this week, but George Ezra’s making his mark on the top 100 albums chart. Despite his LP ‘Wanted On Voyage’ never seeing top ten action before in Australia, the new year is being rather kind to him; it’s up 16 places to No.4.
Hozier’s is another album garnering attention in 2015; last week’s position of No.18 was its peak thus far, but this week it’s flying in the top ten (up ten to No.8).
But it’s not all bad news for last year’s albums. It seems there are still people, people who need Barbra Streisand’s album ‘Partners’, which jumps from No.26 to No.15.
AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ does a little more of column ‘b’, dropping from No.6 to No.16, Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ climbs from No.27 to No.20 and jumps for Neil Diamond’s ‘Melody Road’ (No.64 to No.27) and Alt-J’s ‘This Is All Yours’ (No.44 to No.28).
A new single (and its controversial new clip) reignites the interest in Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ (No.52 to No.34) and a visit from Germany’s Milky Chance (don’t miss our interview with Clemens from the band HERE) sees their LP ‘Sadnecessary’ re-enter the countdown at No.35.
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (‘Who Let The Corgis Out’ etc etc) re-enters at No.49, the ‘Annie’ soundtrack jumps from a No.81 debut to No.52 and the ‘Begin Again’ soundtrack also re-finds form (No.93 to No.56).
Given the distinct lack of releases last week, it’s left to Robin Schulz to score the highest (and only) debut in this week’s top 100; ‘Prayer’ into the countdown at No.66.
Asgeir’s ‘In The Silence’ re-enters at No.68, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best-of re-enters at No.71 and London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ re-enters at No.74.
But Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ loses 22 places and Cold Chisel’s best-of loses 20. Pharrell’s ‘GIRL’ is down from No.63 to No.90 and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Reclassified’ plunges from No.51 to No.99.
‘Christmas’, however, is finally over for Michael Bublé, who’s packed his Bublé baubles away for another year; the album gone from the top 100 after placing at No.36 last week (and No.3 the week before).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.