Right then. So this week the albums No.1 remains unchanged (that’d be Lee Kernaghan for the slow ones), but there a change has brewed on top of the ARIA singles chart. This week’s Chart Watch starts here;
LunchMoney Lewis’ two week reign atop the ARIA singles chart is over. But it wasn’t, as many may have suspected, rising independent force Jarryd James who took the crown from him; moreover Major Lazer and his new tune ‘Lean On Me’.
The track’s only been in the ARIA charts for four weeks, but it’s been making its presence known in a very raucous way, this week edging from No.4 to the top spot.
Jarryd remains steady, LunchMoney drops to three (albeit with a shiny new platinum accreditation), Sam Smith’s also now platinum with ‘Lay Me Down’ (No.4) and Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber’s combined pop powers head into the top ten with ‘Where Are U Now’ (No.13 to No.7).
After stumbling a little on last week’s top 50 (down seven), the Ed Sheeran/Rudimental collaboration ‘Bloodstream’ regains ground – and then some, jumping ten places to No.13.
The new Rihanna single probably didn’t make quite the impact she’d have hoped; though ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ still manages a respectable No.14 debut.
Pitbull’s ‘Time Of Our Lives’ hits gold (No.15), Vance Joy’s ‘Georgia’ is up from No.28 to No.18, Galantis’ ‘Runaway (U & I)’ leaps from No.27 to No.19 and with success beckoning Stateside, Natalie La Rose’s track ‘Somebody’ follows suit down under, jumping 11 places to No.21.
Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ (though now gold) is off a little (No.15 to No.22), Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s ‘Marvin Gaye’ is up nine to No.32 and further leaps for both Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ (No.70 on debut to No.35) and Years & Years’ ‘King’ (No.47 to No.36).
Up and coming local success story Conrad Sewell impresses with his catchy breakout hit ‘Hold Me Up’ (No.82 on debut to No.40) and Redfoo’s back in the top 50 with his ‘Juicy Wiggle’.
Hozier’s ‘Someone New’ is something new in this week’s top 50. After debuting at No.75 last week, it’s up 25 places to make it into the top half of the countdown.
Beyond the 50 palace walls, Katy Tiz jumps 15 with ‘Whistle (While You Work It)’, Safia’s up 35 while ‘Counting Sheep’ and Walk The Moon is no doubt hoping to follow on their success Stateside, premiering at No.58.
Wretch 32’s ‘6 Words’ might very well be; “a freefall from the ARIA chart”, given the track slumps 23 places. Omarion’s ‘Post To Be’ jumps 21.
There’s a debut from Florence & The Machine (‘St.Jude’ at No.90) and a huge fall for Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ single; down from No.39 last week to out of the top 100 this week.
Over on the albums front, it’s still Aussie country singer Lee Kernaghan who holds the crown, with his album ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ – his first ever number one album – maintaining its No.1 mantle, with our national day of commemoration approaching. It’s also seemingly selling rather well too; notching up an impressive gold sales accreditation after just four weeks of chart love.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ is up to No.2, Hozier’s self-titled debut is up from No.11 to No.3 and there are two top ten debuts this week; The Prodigy’s ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ at No.8 and Van Morrison’s ‘Duets : Re-Working The Catalogue’ at No.10.
Despite the burgeoning international success, Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’ drops from her No.4 debut to No.11, just ahead of Aussie trio Short Stack; back in the top 100 with their new EP ‘Dance With Me’; a No.12 debut.
Ee Sheeran’s ‘+’ hits five times platinum (No.13), Nightwish’s ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ is new at No.16, there’s a re-entry for Silverchair’s ‘Frogstomp’ at No.19 (albeit this time in 20th Anniversary guise) and Death Cab For Cutie’s newbie ‘Kintsugi’ premieres in the No.21 position.
Further down the list, latest albums for Mark Knopfler, Troy Cassar-Daley and Damien Leith are off 11, 12 and 13 spots respectively, but there’s a re-entry for Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love’ (No.29) and a debut for Madeon’s ‘Adventure’ (No.31).
With their tour now on sale, interest in Fleetwood Mac albums is soaring; ‘The Very Best Of’ leaps from No.70 to No.37 as fans no doubt refamiliarise themselves with their work.
Rose Carleo’s ‘Time Is Now’ and it’s clearly in the No.38 spot.
Up? Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ (No.63 to No.43). Down? Xavier Rudd & The United Nations’ ‘Nanna’ (No.18 to No.45). San Cisco’s ‘Gracetown’ also takes a tumble (No.28 to No.47), as does Little River Band’s ‘The Definitive Collection’ (No.31 to No.50).
Further down, a few best-of re-entries, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ plummets from No.39 to No.62 and debuts from Three Days Grace (‘Human’ at No.63) and Antagonist AD (‘Haunt Me As I Roam’ at No.64).
Roxette’s ‘Roxbox’ drops 28, Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ loses 31 positions, Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ is off 24 places and Diana Krall’s ‘Wallflower’ parachutes from No.52 to No.81.
Spare a thought for Laura Marling, however, whose new album ‘Short Movie’ debuted at No.30 last week. This week it’s a huge 55 places lower.
That said, last week’s top 50 entries from Earl Sweatshirt, Sleeping With Sirens and Modest Mouse are all 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.