Ellie Goulding notches up four weeks in the top spot on the Aussie singles chart, while Madonna conquers all to claim her fourth consecutive No.1 on the albums chart. Yep, it’s this week’s Chart Watch!
As mentioned in the opener, it’s still all about Ellie Goulding on the ARIA singles chart, with her ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ anthem ‘Love Me Like You Do’ maintaining its lead over all others for a fourth successive week.
The entire top four (Ellie, Rihanna etc, Mark & Bruno and Omi) remain steady this week, with only the latter’s ‘Cheerleader’ picking up an extra accreditation… its third.
But Australians are falling for the spell of LunchMoney Lewis and his ‘Bills’. The track’s been on a steady climb over the past few weeks and this week it’s four places higher and into the top five (No.9 to No.5).
Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’ hits a sweet spot… a platinum sweet spot. And Sam Smith’s new single ‘Lay Me Down’ bullets from No.20 to No.8, gifting the British singer his second Australian top ten hit.
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Trouble’ edges from No.13 to No.10, but Sia’s (now platinum) ‘Elastic Heart’ snaps back from No.8 to No.11.
Olly Murs and Demi Lovato’s new single is ‘Up’ in more ways than one, rising a further seven places to No.14, just ahead of Nick Jonas’ ‘Jealous’, which rises two to No.15.
Jarryd James is on the verge of a big hit with ‘Do You Remember’, which continues its steady climb up the ARIA charts. In its sixth week of chart action, it rises ten places to No.17.
As revealed in The Purge this morning, James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ claims a second platinum accreditation as his new Aussie single ‘Let It Go’ gets sent to media and Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ pops into the top 20 (No.24 to No.19).
Major Lazer scores the week’s highest debut (No.23) with ‘Lean On’, The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ hits gold (35,000 copies), but drops from No.18 to No.26 and there are bullets for Skrillex’ ‘Where Are U Now’ (No.63 on debut to No.28) and Vance Joy’s ‘Georgia’ (No.39 to No.30).
Even Redfoo’s on the rise with ‘Juicy Wiggle’ (No.47 to No.35); so too Prince Royce’s ‘Stuck On A Feeling’ (No.51 to No.37), while Kanye debuts at No.42 with ‘All Day’.
Timmy Trumpet and Chardy’s collaboration ‘Hipsta’ drops 16 places from last week’s No.34 peak.
Outside the walls of the 50, The Veronicas’ ‘Cruel’ picks up eight spots to be at No.57 (just four places below the track’s peak thus far), but George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’ drops 11 (No.50 to No.61).
G.R.L’s ‘Lighthouse’ get a little chart spark (No.76 to No.64), so too Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Live And Let Go’ (No.78 on debut to No.65).
A trio of debuts follows; No.69 for Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’, No.70 for Galantis’ ‘Runaway (U & I)’ and No.71 for Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You’.
Chris Brown’s ‘B****es N Marijuana’, however, seems like it’s been smoked out for the time being, dropping 24 places from last week’s No.49 peak.
Drake’s ‘Energy’ is drained… dropping from No.68 to No.86, San Cisco’s ‘Too Much Time Together’ debuts at No.98 and Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’, which last week premiered at No.32, is now gone from the top 100.
40% of the ARIA top ten this week is made up of new releases. But it’s Madonna who proves she’s still the reigning Queen Of Pop, debuting in the No.1 position with her 13th album ‘Rebel Heart’. It’s the singer’s 11th No.1 album in Australia (including compilations and soundtracks) and comes off the back of super-strong pre-orders and, no doubt, strong physical sales.
But credit also has to go to Fremantle indie-poppers San Cisco, who put up quite the fight to premiere right behind Madge at No.2 with their sophomore album ‘Gracetown’.
Taylor’s at three, ‘Fifty Shades’ at four and Mister Smith at five.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ occupy the oasis that is the No.8 spot, while former ‘X Factor’ star and Sony signing Jason Owen proves he’s still got some pull, debuting at No.9 with his sophomore album ‘Friday Night’.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ drops from five on debut to ten and The Eagles jump nine places to an equal peak of No.11 with ‘Selected Works : 1972-1999’.
Chris Brown & Tyga’s ‘Fan Of A Fan’ drops from No.3 on debut to No.16, the Foo Fighters best-of is down from No.8 to No.18 and their latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ slumps from No.9 to No.24.
The new Skrillex album ‘Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü’ drops from a No.12 debut to No.26, Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ is down from No.10 to No.27, but London Grammar picks up the pace in spectacular style with ‘If You Wait’, which jumps from No.76 to No.28.
The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.1’ soundtrack gets a major accreditation adjustment at No.32. It was gold this time last week and now it’s double platinum (score!).
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ deluxe repackage did the trick for the fans, re-entering at No.13 last week, but now the fans have it, the appeal dulls slightly; it’s down from No.13 to No.37.
Nick Jonas debuts at No.40 with his self-titled album (no doubt thanks in part to his promotional visit last week), First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’ re-enters the countdown at No.45 and Guns N Roses’ best-of jumps from No.69 to No.47. The Fleetwood Mac best-of follows it into the top 50 (No.94 to No.50).
Beyond the 50 this week… Royal Blood’s album drops (No.36 to No.59); so too Rise Against’s ‘The Black Market’ (No.29 to No.63), Robin Schulz’ ‘Prayer’ (No.37 to No.64) and Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ (No.42 to No.66).
Jazz supremo James Morrison proves he’s still got some mainstream chart pull with ‘A To Z Of Jazz’ (No.67 on debut), but more drops follow; Bob Dylan’s ‘Shadows In The Night’ (No.52 to No.71), Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ (No.45 to No.72) and The Avener’s ‘The Wanderings Of The Avener’ (No.35 to No.75).
Shania Twain’s ‘Still The One : Live From Vegas’ is new at No.78, Falling In Reverse’s ‘Just Like You’ plunges from No.41 to No.83 and Roxette’s ‘The 30 Biggest Hits XXX’ plummets 60 places to No.93.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.