The new releases are starting to drop at retail, they’re starting to appear on the charts and making their presence felt. Those new releases are this week responsible for a singles chart re-entry at No.8 and an albums chart No.1 debut. Who are they and what do they want with us? Check out this week’s Chart Watch!
You know how ‘Uptown Funk’s gon’ give it to you? Well it continues to give it to you in the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart; Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ blend of noughties funk still flying high on the Aussie charts, now with a triple platinum certification and six weeks strong in the top spot.
Hozier remains at No.2, but things are churning behind them; Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ regains chart ground (up from No.5 to No.3) and picks up a gold certification after just three weeks in.
Brit Awards’ Critics Choice James Bay might be a relative newcomer for us Aussies, but that hasn’t stopped us from taking him to heart; his breakthrough single ‘Hold Back The River’ bullets further from No.13 to No.4. And labelmate Taylor Swift’s reign as our chart darling continues via her single ‘Blank Space’ which, although down one spot this week, gets its accreditation updated in a big way… last week platinum, this week triple platinum (210,000 copies down and counting).
Ed Sheeran hits four times platinum with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (No.6 to No.7).
Sia’s ‘Elastic Heart’ first hit the ARIA charts at No.67 back in October 2013 when it was featured as part of the soundtrack to the ‘Hunger Games’ movie ‘Catching Fire’. Its stay in the countdown was brief, however; just the one week. But it’s back this week, and how. Now given a proper single release, complete with a video that’s polarised opinions, ‘Elastic Heart’ re-enters the countdown at a very respectable No.8.
George Ezra hits the top ten with ‘Blame It On Me’ (No.19 to No.10) and Meghan Trainor, who announced live shows in Sydney and Melbourne during the week, might have dropped two positions with her hit ‘Lips Are Movin’, but she picks up a second platinum certification for her troubles.
Nicki Minaj’s ‘Bed Of Lies’ is now platinum, Taylor Swift’s Hottest 100 favourite ‘Shake It Off’ ploughs through the five times platinum barrier (No.15), Charli XCX’s ‘Break The Rules’ goes platinum (No.16) and Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s newbie ‘Real Love’ continues to regain lost ground; clawing another six places back this week (No.23 to No.17) to be just four places lower than its peak thus far. It’s also been gold certified.
Speaking of gold certified, hi Yolanda Be Cool & DCup! Yes, ‘Sugar Man’ has been rather sweet for your respective bank balances; notching up gold sales after seven weeks in (No.18). Ariana Grande also celebrates a gold certification for her latest choon ‘Love Me Harder’.
Labrinth continues his charge up the charts with ‘Jealous’ (No.36 to No.20). Timmy Trumpet’s ‘Freaks’ hits quadruple platinum (No.22), Jeremih’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ goes platinum (No.24) and bullets for both Guy Sebastian’s ‘Linger’ (No.35 to No.25) and Calvin Harris & HAIM’s collaboration ‘Pray To God’ (No.49 to No.26).
Debuts follow for Meghan Trainor (‘Dear Future Husband’ at No.27), Robin Schulz (‘Sun Goes Down’ at No.30) and Chris Brown ftg. Tyga (‘Ayo’ at No.32).
Sam Smith’s Grammy and Brit-nominated smash ‘Stay With Me’ drops from No.21 to No.36, but Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ keeps picking up chart positions, rising from No.61 to No.38 in its seventh week of Aussie action.
One Direction occupy positions 40 and 41 with ‘Night Changes’ and ‘Steal My Girl’ respectively. And it seems fans of Kanye West might have short attention spans. After claiming the No.8 position on debut last week with his new single ‘Only One’ (with Paul McCartney), Kanye finds himself heading south… in a big way. The track drops from No.8 to No.44.
Heading north, however, is Avicii’s new tune ‘The Nights’ (No.83 on debut to No.45) and Parra For Cuva’s cover of ‘Wicked Games’ hits gold in the No.50 position.
Beyond the 50, Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ hits gold at No.57, Tinashe’s ‘2 On’ re-enters (No.59) and Hillsong Young & Free’s ‘This Is Living’ premieres at No.61.
Taylor Swift’s success rubs off on metal outfit I Prevail, whose cover of her recent smash ‘Blank Space’ debuts at No.67.
The Weeknd jumps from No.93 to No.68 with ‘Earned It’, Peking Duk’s ‘High’ drops from No.55 to No.74 and Odd Mob are back in chart contention with ‘Is It A Banger?’ at No.78 on re-entry.
Mashd N Kutcher are in at No.80 with ‘Do It Now’, Fall Out Boy premiere with ‘Immortals’ at No.82 and Philip George debuts in the No.96 position with ‘Wish You Were Mine’.
Here comes the first big debut of 2015. After conquering the local charts with her smash singles ‘All About That Bass’ and ‘Lips Are Movin’, plus another one seemingly on the way in the form of single three ‘Dear Future Husband’ and just-announced Aussie shows, Meghan Trainor makes a big impact on the ARIA albums chart with her debut LP ‘Title’. It premieres in the No.1 position on this week’s ARIA albums chart, knocking Taylor Swift from her perch.
We suspect Taylor won’t mind too much, however, given that her hit album ‘1989’ has had its accreditation updated this week from double platinum to quadruple platinum, which means that it’s now in more than 280,000 homes around the country.
The ‘Frozen : The Songs’ soundtrack also hits the four times platinum mark this week, proving Australians just can’t let it go. But there’s also some cracking good news for Chet Faker, whose album ‘Built On Glass’ shatters the platinum sales mark (No.14 to No.10).
Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ surges on the back of the release of new single ‘Elastic Heart’ (No.34 to No.11), the ‘Into The Woods’ soundtrack is new to the countdown at No.13, but The Veronicas slide ten places with their self-titled LP (No.9 to No.19).
The new 2Cellos album ‘Celloverse’ premieres in the No.24 position, Babs’ ‘Partners’ drops from No.15 to No.27 and The 1975 re-enter at No.29 with their eponymously titled album as a result of their Australian visit.
Alt-J’s ‘This Is All Yours’ is now gold (No.31), Flight Facilities’ ‘Down To Earth’ soars from No.55 to No.35 and The Preatures’ ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ is up from No.53 to No.39.
Ellie Goulding’s position on the soundtrack for the new movie adaptation of ’50 Shades Of Grey’ sees her album ‘Halcyon Days’ achieving 44 Shades of Chart Position on re-entry, while Paul Kelly’s ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’ re-enters at No.47. Guns N Roses’ ‘Greatest Hits’ package tips over the eight times platinum mark (No.49).
Outside the top 50 this week, Sheppard’s ‘Bombs Away’ leaps from No.70 to No.51, Rodriguez’ ‘Cold Fact’ is up from No.84 to No.53, but Neil Diamond’s ‘Melody Road’ slips 28 spots to No.55. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ also tumbles; down 21 to No.67.
But it’s the greatest hits packages that suffer most this week. After a post-Christmas chart resurgence, collections from Michael Jackson, Crowded House, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Elvis Presley, Cold Chisel, Fleetwood Mac and more all tumble; in Fleetwood Mac’s case by 48 spots (No.50 to No.98).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.