It seems like there’s plenty of movement on this week’s ARIA top 100s, plenty of new entries, some big jumps (and drops), a new No.1 album, plus a few accreditation updates. So let’s not muck about… Let’s get straight into this week’s Chart Watch.
LunchMoney Lewis overtook Ellie Goulding in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart last week with his smash single ‘Bills’ and, though Jarryd James put up a big challenge (including overtaking him on the iTunes chart), it wasn’t quite enough to prevent ‘Bills’ from spending a second week in pole position.
Credit where it’s due, however… Jarryd’s done an incredible job in bulleting a further six positions to No.2 this week and all completely independently. We hear rumour he’s already the result of a bidding war between the major labels.
Sam Smith maintains his No.3 position with ‘Lay Me Down’, which now has that golden glow about it after smashing through the 35,000 sales barrier in the past week.
And Major Lazer’s in a big hurry. ‘Lean On’ debuted at No.23 only two weeks ago, bulleted to No.10 last week and is now flying in the No.4 position.
Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney pick up a second platinum accreditation for ‘FourFiveSeconds’ (No.6); ditto Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ (No.2 to No.7). And if you needed any proof that us Aussies love Jason Derulo, just look how his latest single ‘Want To Want Me’ flies! It debuted at a respectable No.27 last week, but is 17 places higher this week and into the top ten.
Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ is down a couple of spots, but we suspect the Irish performer won’t mind too much, given it’s now sporting a fourth platinum accreditation.
Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s latest (‘Time Of Our Lives’) jumps from No.18 to No.12, the Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Where Are U Now’ leaps from No.24 to No.13 and Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ improves from No.20 to a new peak of No.15.
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson may have dropped seven places, but they’ve had no ‘Trouble’ bagging a gold sales certification in the process.
Taylor Swift, however, seems to all of a sudden gone out of ‘Style’; her latest single dropping (erm) swiftly from No.13 to No.21 this week. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ is also off the boil this week, down seven places, but Nick Jonas’ ‘Jealous’ and Jessie J’s ‘Masterpiece’ both pick up gold sales accreditations (positions 24 and 25 respectively).
The Galantis single ‘Runaway (U & I)’ jumps from No.38 to No.27, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’ tumbles into the top 30 (No.29) and the new James Bay single ‘Let It Go’ bullets from No.58 on debut to No.30.
Natalie La Rose’s single ‘Somebody’ (featuring Jeremih, don’t you know) premieres at No.32, Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’ bursts through the doors of the top 50, up from No.52 to No.35 and Carly Rae Jepsen does pretty much the same thing with her new tune ‘I Really Like You’ (No.53 to No.37).
Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ single re-enters the countdown just seven places below where it debuted (No.39) as the lead up to the 100th anniversary commemorations approaches. Though it’s on the albums chart where he’s really making his impact felt.
Charlie Puth’s Meghan Trainor collaboration ‘Marvin Gaye’ leaps from No.66 on debut to No.41, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’ (which has to be sailing close to the wire for the censors?) debuts at No.43 and Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Blank Space’ are back to back at Nos.44 and 45 respectively (the latter now sporting a fourth platinum accreditation).
We’re thrilled to see some Aussie chart love for Years & Years’ former UK No.1 ‘King’. After debuting last week at No.79, it’s into the top 50 this week; 32 places higher at No.47.
Labrinth’s ‘Jealous’ is 16 places lower at No.50.
Outside the 50, Hilltop Hoods’ latest, ‘Live And Let Go’ has done a little more of the latter than the former in its chart journey this week, slipping 14 places.
Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ leaps from No.73 to No.57 and, with her album now in-stores, Alison Wonderland’s ‘U Don’t Know’ re-emerges in the top 100 at a new peak of No.63.
Debuts follow from Hillsong United (‘Touch The Sky’ at No.67), Katy Tiz (‘Whistle (While You Work It)’ at No.69) and Rachel Platten (‘Fight Song’ at No.70).
But it seems the comeback of Daniel Johns has taken a bit of a hit. There’s no denying his talent, but, given his ‘Aerial Love’ EP plummets 50 places from last week’s No.21 peak, it’s clear his appeal is so far limited.
Mashd N Kutcher’s ‘Do It Now’ also drops (though not quite as substantially) – No.56 to No.74 – there’s a debut for Hozier (‘Someone New’) at No.75 and another for Wiz Khalifa at No.77 (‘See You Again’).
Local pop performer Conrad Sewell scores a No.82 debut for his breakout single ‘Hold Me Up’, Guy Sebastian’s ‘Linger’ drops from No.61 to No.85, The Veronicas’ ‘Cruel’ is down 17 to No.87, G.R.L’s ‘Lighthouse’ flickers out (No.45 to No.88) and the time in the spotlight for Muse’s ‘Psycho’ is incredibly short lived. It premiered at No.44 last week, but finds itself 47 places lower in week two.
Of Monsters And Men’s ‘Crystals’ debuts at No.94, the new Martin Garrix track ‘Don’t Look Down’ premieres at No.95, Delta Goodrem’s ‘Only Human’ plummets 50 places from last week’s No.46 debut and Omarion’s single ‘Post To Be’ is new to the countdown at No.100.
Aussie country singer Lee Kernaghan would have already taken some comfort from the fact that his latest album ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ debuted at No.2 last week, right behind Kendrick Lamar’s latest. After all, even though it wasn’t No.1, it was the highest chart position of his 20 plus year career.
But this week the tables have turned, Kendrick’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ relinquishing its hold on the top spot, allowing Lee to claim not only the first No.1 album of his career, but the mantle as the first Aussie artist to top the ARIA albums chart in 2015.
The first of three top ten debuts follows right behind them, however… James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ the best of the bunch (new at No.3).
Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’ is new at No.4 and local DJ extraordinaire Alison Wonderland debuts rather respectably at No.6 with ‘Run’.
The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack picks up a gold sales accreditation (No.10), Hozier’s self-titled set rises to No.11, Mark Knopfler’s ‘Tracker’ debuts at No.12, Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘Freedom Ride’ drop from No.4 on debut to No.13 and Ed Sheeran’s Aussie tour pays dividends for his previous album ‘+’, which leaps from No.44 to No.14.
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations’ ‘Nanna’ (nothing to do with frozen berries, thankfully) drops ten, Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ jumps eight and British India’s ‘Nothing Touches Me’ is down from a No.5 debut to No.23.
There are debuts for Action Bronson (‘Mr Wonderful’ at No.26), Laura Marling (‘Short Movie’ at No.31), Little River Band (‘The Definitive Collection’ at No.31) and Earl Sweatshirt (‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’ at No.33).
Luke Bryan’s ‘Spring Break… Checkin’ Out’ drops 18 places from last week’s No.16 debut and the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack jumps in for a No.36 premiere.
A tour announcement has done wonders for Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits package, which bullets 54 places to No.40. Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole’s former top ten album ‘Great Women Of Country’ re-enters the top 100 at No.41 and big second week drops for Sleeping With Sirens (‘Madness’ down from No.13 to No.42) and Modest Mouse (‘Strangers To Ourselves’ from No.15 to No.43).
A bigger drop still comes from Marina & The Diamonds’ latest LP ‘Froot’, which plunges from a No.12 debut to No.51. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a lemon!
Björk’s ‘Vulnicura’ drops 28 spots to No.60, the Celtic Thunder best-of is down 22 to No.61, but Seasick Steve enters at No.64 with his ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’.
More love for Fleetwood Mac at No.67 (‘Rumours’ on re-entry) and No.70 (‘The Very Best Of’, up four).
There’s a 32 place drop for Purity Ring’s ‘Another Eternity’ , a debut for the ‘Home’ soundtrack (No.72) and a freefall for Lady Antebellum’s ‘747’, which plunges from No.20 to No.76.
Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ is down from No.56 to No.80, London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ is down from No.45 to No.84 and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ will face chart oblivion in its tomorrows… down 33 spots to No.88.
There’s a debut for Kylie Minogue’s ‘Kiss Me Once : Live At The SSE Hydro’ at No.97. $70 for the BluRay at the show? She should be so lucky.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.