Just like last week, everything’s again steady on top of both the Australian singles and albums charts this week, but as our chart boffins will know all too well, it’s never too dull in the 99 places below.
The movers, the shakers, the improving accreditations, the big drops… it’s all in this week’s Chart Watch.
Jamaican performer Omi proves that his success here in Australia is no fluke, maintaining his lead on the ARIA singles chart for a third successive week.
Mark and Bruno are still hovering, however; maintaining their No.2 position, while Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney bullet from No.13 to No.3 with ‘FourFiveSeconds’.
James Bay’s Australian promotional visit this week hasn’t helped his chart fortunes so much (the single ‘Hold Back The River’ drops from No.4 to No.6), but it has seemingly helped in the sales department; the track picking up a fresh platinum accreditation during his time on our shores.
Ellie Goulding’s ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ track ‘Love Me Like You Do’ edges a little higher, while Taylor Swift’s now gold-certified ‘Style’ jumps from No.17 to No.11.
Maroon 5 sweetens up the top 20 with a hit of ‘Sugar’. The track, with its video of the band surprising couples at their weddings, has officially crossed over into the world of chart success here, following its lead in the US. It’s up from No.27 to No.13.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ hits five times platinum (No.16), Peking Duk’s ‘Take Me Over’ smashes through the double platinum barrier (No.17) and Guy Sebastian’s new single ‘Linger’ improves to No.18 and achieves a shiny new gold certification.
Even the latest Calvin Harris single, ‘Pray To God’ featuring Haim, is in the accreditation mix this week. It’s also now gold, despite falling five spots to No.20.
George Ezra’s ‘Blame It On Me’ is now platinum (No.24).
Philip George is seemingly in a hurry with his single ‘Wish You Were Mine’. It’s been in the charts for four weeks only, but has improved week on week. This week, it’s up another 15 places to No.28.
Top 50 entries this week are from Big Sean (‘I Don’t F**k With You’, up from No.53 to No.48), Hayden James (‘Something About You’, up from No.62 to No.49) and Daniel Johns (‘Aerial Love’), which is the week’s highest chart debut at the even No.50.
Beyond the 50, Chris Brown and Ayo rebound from No.84 to No.52, but Charli XCX’s ‘Break The Rules’ stumbles (No.39 to No.54).
John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ bullets from No.91 to No.59, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’ hasn’t had its life support switched off yet, rebounding from No.78 to No.60 and Australia looks like it may finally getting behind Nick Jonas’ brilliant ‘Jealous’, which enters the countdown at No.65.
Kanye and Paul’s ‘Only One’ re-enters the top 100 at No.67, Imagine Dragons take pot ‘Shots’ at the No.73 position on debut, but Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ is seemingly all but flickered out, losing 19 places to No.80.
Kid Ink’s track ‘Hotel’, featuring Chris Brown, slumps from No.60 to No.85, ‘Do You Remember’ premieres at No.91 for Jarryd James and in the post-Hottest 100 haze, Meg Mac’s ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ drops from last week’s peak of No.73 to No.96.
It’s three weeks on the trot for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ on the ARIA albums chart today. Actually, it’s the usual suspects in the Nos.1 and 2 positions; Taylor and Ed. Both artists have quadruple platinum accreditations for their respective LPs and both are number one albums (in Ed’s case, former number one).
Meghan, Mark and Chet complete this week’s top four, while despite EMI confirming during the week that Sam Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ had hit the double platinum mark here in Australia, its official accreditation – at this stage – remains unchanged.
With a new top five single under her belt in ‘Elastic Heart’, Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ improves from No.11 to No.7 and there are chart gains for George Ezra (No.16 to No.11) and Triple J’s ‘Like A Version Vol.10′ (No.17 to No.12) and a big one for Flight Facilities’ ‘Down To Earth’ (No.55 to No.13).
Gains too for Alt-J’s ‘This Is All Yours’ (No.28 to No.16), Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ (No.49 to No.17) and The Veronicas’ self-titled set (No.24 to No.18).
The week’s highest debut is courtesy of Sydney punk outfit Hellions, whose album ‘Indian Summer’ premieres at No.19.
Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ jumps ten to No.22, Banks’ ‘Goddess’ is back into the top 100 at No.23 (just six shy of the album’s peak thus far), but Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ dives from a No.6 debut to No.24.
Even Bethel Music’s new album seems like it’s been shaken by the second week blues, down from No.14 to No.25.
In the opposite direction, however, we have Royal Blood’s self-titled set (No.76 to No.27), Guy Sebastian’s ‘Madness’ (No.38 to No.28) and FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’ (re-entry at No.30).
More big movements follow; Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ re-enters at No.35, The Preatures’ ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ drops from No.18 to No.36, Angus & Julia Stone’s self-titled album jumps 15 to No.37 and Barbra Streisand’s ‘Partners’ improves from No.50 to No.39. But Pond’s ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’ tumbles from No.15 on debut to No.44.
Chet Faker’s ‘iTunes Session’ improves from No.61 to No.48 and Title Fight’s ‘Hyperview’ premieres at No.50.
Beyond the top 50, however, there are more re-entries; ‘Sounds Of The 80s’ is back (No.51). So too Jungle’s ‘Jungle’ (No.54).
‘The Best Of Cold Chisel’ tumbles from No.35 to No.56, but Papa Roach’s ‘F.E.A.R’ clearly doesn’t have one of falling (No.29 on debut to No.59).
Future Islands’ ‘Singles’ is new at No.60, Sticky Fingers’ ‘Land Of Pleasure’ climbs 35 spots to No.65 and The War On Drugs’ ‘Lost In The Dream’ re-emerges in the No.67 position.
Björk. The new album ‘Vulnicura’ debuted at No.28 a couple of weeks back after the album was released digitally to combat leakage. After a full week of sales in its second week, it improved to No.26. But the fans now have their copies and the wider community…? Well they seem like they’re past caring. The LP plunges from No.26 to No.70.
O’Shea’s ‘The Famine And The Feast’ suffers a similar chart fate, down 45 places to No.81.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are in at No.82 with ‘Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third’, The 1975 drop 23 spots with their self-titled LP, but Periphery are this week’s biggest chart losers. Their twin releases, ‘Juggernaut : Alpha’ and ‘Juggernaut : Omega’ both debuted in last week’s top 30. ‘Alpha’ debuted at No.22. This week it’s a staggering 72 places lower at No.94. ‘Omega’ premiered at No.25. It’s gone entirely from this week’s top 100.
Last week’s top 50 debuts from Leo Sayer (No.39) and Hardwell (No.41) are also gone from the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.