Omi has had the No.1 spot in the bag for three weeks on the trot here in Australia with his earworm ‘Cheerleader’, but four in a row proved a little too much to handle, especially against the pressure of Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney. And it’s they who have broken this week’s Aussie chart record with their collaborative smash ‘FourFiveSeconds’.
At 72 years old (four months shy of 73), Sir Paul becomes the oldest person ever to make it to No.1 on the ARIA singles chart, bettering Cher, who was just 52 when she hit the top spot with ‘Believe’ back in 1999, by a long, long way. Beyond that, it’s also 37 years since he was last in the top spot in Australia… with his iconic ‘Mull Of Kintyre’ way back in 1978.
As for Rihanna, it’s her seventh No.1 single in her decade-long recording career and Kanye’s second, after 2005’s ‘Gold Digger’.
But it’s not just a No.1 mantle ‘FourFiveSeconds’ can now claim… It’s also been granted a gold certification this week for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
Mark and Bruno are still spreading their brand of ‘Uptown Funk’ in the No.2 spot; Omi dropping to No.3 with ‘Cheerleader’, but he’ll take some solace from the fact the song’s now certified double platinum.
Ellie Goulding’s single ‘Love Me Like You Do’, from the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack, is now the singer’s highest charting single in Australia, moving a further three spaces higher on this week’s singles chart (No.7 to No.4). It’s also now got a gold accreditation next to it.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ is into the top ten, gaining three places to No.8, while Avicii’s ‘The Nights’ hits gold, but slips back two spots and out of the top ten.
Everything’s relatively calm through the teens, but Philip George’s ‘Wish You Were Mine’ bounds into the top 20, rising eight places to No.20.
After conquering the Grammys last week, Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ regains chart ground, leaping from No.45 to No.23. Incidentally, it seems his Grammys win has spurred a number of punters into life; ‘Like I Can’ rises six places to No.33 and ‘I’m Not The Only One’ is also up (No.47 to No.40). The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ is also up; 13 places to No.29
The top 50 chart story is seemingly almost over for Nicki Minaj’s single ‘Bed Of Lies’. It had been hovering in the 30s, but this week tumbles 12 places to No.43.
And in the final few places of the top 50; Redfoo’s ‘Juicy Wiggle’ debuts at No.48, Nick Jonas FINALLY has a top 50 hit on his hand with ‘Jealous’ (No.65 to No.49), but Peking Duk’s ‘High’ stumbles 14 places (No.36 to No.50).
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’ has only managed to peak in the No.51 spot on the ARIA charts at this stage and though it seems the song’s finally starting to find favour (or her fans have rushed out to buy the video, which dropped earlier in the week), because it’s up nine places and reclaims the No.51 position; equalling its highest place thus far.
The Veronicas’ new single ‘Cruel’ debuts at No.53, Milky Chance’s ‘Stolen Dance’ drops from No.44 to No.59, Daniel Johns’ excellent ‘Aerial Love’ is down 12 spots from last week’s No.50 debut, but picking up places this week are Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ (No.86 to No.64) and Jarryd James’ ‘Do You Remember’ (No.91 to No.65).
The new Ella Henderson track ‘Empire’ debuts at No.66, but Charli XCX’s ‘Break The Rules’ is down 13. Pitbull’s ‘Time Of Our Lives’ (with Ne-Yo) jumps up 24 places to No.68, Olly Murs’ duet with Demi Lovato (‘Up’) belatedly graces the countdown with its presence, debuting at No.75 and Vance Joy’s ‘Georgia’ is also into the countdown; new at No.81.
Will Sparks’ ‘Ah Yeah So What’ drops 21, Chet Faker’s ‘Gold’ drops 27, Jessie J’s ‘Masterpiece’ debuts at No.91, Carmada’s ‘Maybe’ slumps from No.66 to No.93, Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ debuts at No.94 and Alison Wonderland’s ‘U Don’t Know’ loses 23 positions (No.72 to No.95).
The film’s out, Ellie Goulding’s single is now in the top five, The Weeknd’s track from it continues to head up the charts and its official soundtrack has nabbed the No.1 spot on the Australian albums chart. Yes, on this Valentine’s Day, it seems the whole country has fallen for ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’. No pressure to impress the ladies this year, then!
Taylor Swift’s not been knocked too far from her perch, however, dropping to No.2, while Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ picks up three places in the wake of his Grammys success.
Meghan Trainor’s album ‘Title’ must have done rather well in the post-Christmas haze… It’s still knocking about in the top five (No.5) and has picked up a gold sales certification.
Diana Krall’s ‘Wallflower’ betters its US chart debut down under (premiering at No.7), with Bob Dylan’s newbie ‘Shadows Of The Night’ right behind her at No.8 on debut.
Their Aussie tour now in operation (we’re off to review tonight), One Direction’s ‘Four’ bullets from No.21 to No.12, Kid Ink’s ‘Full Speed’ is new at No.15 and, despite not really garnering any mainstream chart success here in Australia, it seems there’s a lot of love here for US girl group Fifth Harmony, whose album ‘Reflection’ debuts at No.16. The girls arrive in Australia for a promotional visit this week.
Roxette’s Aussie tour pays dividends for their hits collection ‘The Roxbox’, which debuts at No.20, Triple J’s ‘Like A Version Vol.10’ drops from No.12 to No.23 and Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ is back in the top 100 (No.24) after his Grammys win.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ is up from No.46 to No.29, Fall Out Boy’s ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ tumbles from No.14 to No.30 and the new iTunes session from Neil Finn premieres at No.31.
Also down this week is Alt-J’s ‘This Is All Yours’ (No.16 to No.36), but Kodaline’s ‘Coming Up For Air’ debuts (No.37) and Paul Kelly’s ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’ gains (No.52 to No.38).
There’s a bit of ‘Rock & Roll Preschool’ from The Wiggles at No.43, but Bethel Music’s ‘We Will Not Be Shaken’ drops another 21 places to No.46 after debuting at No.14 just a couple of weeks back.
Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ also slumps (No.17 to No.48) and Father John Misty just scrapes into the upper half of the hundred, debuting at No.50 with ‘I Love You Honeybear’.
The touring effect continues to be felt just on the other side of the 50 too; 1D’s ‘Midnight Memories’ is back into the countdown at No.51, while Roxette’s ‘The 30 Biggest Hits XXX’ is new at No.52.
But it’s not such good news for Banks’ ‘Goddess’ which, after bulleting back into the top 100 to No.23 last week, now finds itself 32 places lower at No.55. Joey Bada$$ also feels the heat after four weeks on the charts; his album ‘B4.DA.$$’ drops from No.31 to No.56.
The ‘Pitch Perfect’ soundtrack is back (No.57 on re-entry), McBusted’s self-titled album debuts at No.62, but The Preatures’ ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ is down from No.36 to No.65.
Nirvana’s classic ‘Nevermind’ drops from No.42 to No.78, FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’ plunges 51 places to No.81, Asgeir’s ‘In The Silence’ is down from No.47 to No.84 and Dean Ray’s self-titled debut is still in the countdown, though this week it’s 29 places lower at No.86.
Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream : The Complete Confection’ might have taken the title for the week’s biggest drop (all 61 places to No.96), but for Hellions, whose album ‘Indian Summer’ freefalls from a debut of No.19 all the way out of 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.