Oooh what chart deliciousness will we be serving up for you this eve? We’ll certainly be kicking things off with a brand new number one on the singles chart, we’ll scour the charts for new accreditations and will bring you the week’s big movers. It’s all systems go for this week’s Chart Watch.
New number one on the singles chart, you ask? Yes indeed. LunchMoney Lewis was displaced from the top spot last week by Major Lazer. But not even Major Lazer (aka Diplo) has been replaced; this time by Wiz Khalifa, whose new single ‘See You Again’ rockets from No.59 to claim the No.1 position.
Major Lazer is down to No.2, independent superstar Jarryd James is bumped down to No.3, but the Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Where Are U Now’ edges a little higher; No.7 to No.4.
Galantis’ single ‘Runaway (U & I)’ also picks up pace this week, gaining seven places to No.12, Vance Joy’s ‘Georgia’ has a bit of a golden glow about it this week after smashing through 35,000 sales (No.15), Natalie La Rose’s ‘Somebody’ edges into the top 20 (No.21 to No.19) and a debut for Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ at No.20.
Rihanna’s latest single is off a bit, however. After debuting at No.14, ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ spends its second week of Aussie chart action 12 places lower, suggesting that (at first listen at least), we’re not really liking it that much.
Years & Years continue their climb into the upper reaches of the chart with ‘King’ (No.36 to No.27) and Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ is up from No.35 to No.29.
Sia now has two top 40 positions to her name. Firstly ‘Elastic Heart’ is floating in the No.24 position, but now there’s a video for ‘Big Girls Cry’, she’s getting a little love for it too; the single re-entering the chart at a very healthy No.36.
Walk The Moon are up 17 with ‘Shut Up & Dance’ (No.58 to No.41), Flo Rida’s ‘GDFR’ bullets 40 to No.42 and YG’s ‘Ride Out’ premieres at No.44.
Beyond this week’s 50, there’s a re-entry for Dillon Francis and DJ Snake (‘Get Low’ at No.52), the ‘Sun Goes Down’ on Robin Schulz’ single (No.39 to No.55) and Mumford & Sons’ comeback track ‘Believe’ hasn’t quite got the traction they may have been expecting at this stage. It’s down from No.43 to No.59 after just four weeks in.
Wiz Khalifa may have bagged the No.1 spot this week, but he’s into the mix again in the sixties; No.61 on debut for ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’, as it happens.
Tinashe is also in the sixties mix; new with ‘All Hands On Deck’ at No.67.
But Safia’s ‘Counting Sheep’ has caused it to fall into a chart coma, losing 14 places; ditto Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’ (No.56 to No.70).
David Guetta and Emeli Sandé’s collaboration ‘What I Did For Love’ peaked at No.20 just a few short weeks ago. Now it’s languishing in the lower reaches of the chart, down another 21 places to No.78.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t’ is down 15, debuts for Bebe Rexha (‘Gone’ at No.87), Asta ftg. Allday (‘Dynamite’ at No.88), Sevyn Streeter (‘How Bad Do You Want It’ at No.91) and Snoop Dogg (‘Peaches N Cream’ at No.93).
There’s a 22 place drop for Wretch 32’s ‘6 Words’ and a 16 place slide for Ariana Grande’s ‘Love Me Harder’ and the top 100 is all wrapped up with a corn silk bow thanks to debuts for Japanese Wallpaper (‘Forces’) and Skylar Grey (‘I Will Return’) at Nos.97 and 100 respectively.
With the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs landing at Gallipoli now just two weeks away, Lee Kernaghan’s got the No.1 albums spot all sewn up with ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’. The album spends its third successive week on top of the ARIA albums chart and, for a second week, holds Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ at bay.
The ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack accelerates from No.33 to No.3, while All Time Low’s new album ‘Future Hearts’ debuts in the No.4 spot, giving the band its first Australian top ten album.
Ed Sheeran’s albums are multiplying in the top ten this week with the addition of (see what we did there?) his previous release ‘+’, which improves from No.13 to No.6.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ sags a little and Sufjan Stevens just misses out on a top ten berth; he premieres in the No.11 position with ‘Carrie & Lowell’.
Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ bullets (No.20 to No.14), but not by quite as much as Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ (No.65 to No.15).
The Prodigy is headed in the opposite direction, however, dropping from last week’s No.8 debut to No.21.
Architects re-enter at No.23 with ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’, Fleetwood Mac’s best-of rises again (No.37 to No.24), so too Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ (No.43 to No.25) and The Veronicas’ self-titled release (No.36 to No.27).
There are bullets flying everywhere on this week’s albums countdown; the ‘Pitch Perfect’ soundtrack (No.61 to No.29), Violent Soho’s ‘Hungry Ghost’ (re-entry at No.30), ‘The Best Of’ Neil Diamond (No.83 to No.32), Sheppard’s ‘Bombs Away’ (re-entry at No.34) and Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ (No.59 to No.36).
Bullets too for Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’ (No.54 to No.39), Jimmy Barnes’ ’30:30 Hindsight’ (No.57 to No.40), and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Halcyon Days’ (No.70 to No.42).
With all these bullets flying, there are bound to be some artists caught in the crossfire and Damien Leith is one of them; his ‘Songs From Ireland’ falling from No.26 to No.43. Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love’ also falters (No.29 to No.45), but not as much as Mark Knopfler’s ‘Tracker’ (No.23 to No.48).
Neil Finn and Paul Kelly’s ‘Goin’ Your Way’ jumps from No.82 to No.49 and Milky Chance’s ‘SadNecessary’ leaps 41 to No.50.
But Nightwishes dreams of enduring in the top 50 are already over. After premiering at No.16 last week with ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, they’re already gone from the top 50, down 35 spots to No.51.
Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox’ falls 19 to No.54 and British India’s ‘Nothing Touches Me’ plunges 31 to No.59.
Van Halen score a second half debut with ‘Tokyo Dome : In Concert’ (No.67), Jess Mauboy re-enters with ‘Beautiful’ (No.68), right ahead of Justice Crew’s ‘Live By The Words’ (No.69) and Blink 182’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.70).
Xavier Rudd’s ‘Nanna’ continues to fall (No.45 to No.72), as does Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ (No.44 to No.73) and Chris Brown & Tyga’s ‘Fan Of A Fan’ (No.52 to No.74).
Luke Bryan’s ‘Spring Break’ has indeed checked out (No.51 to No.77), but not in quite as spectacular fashion as Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Kintsugi’, which plummets from No.21 on debut to No.80.
Gorillaz’ ‘Singles Collection : 2001 – 2011’ makes a spectacularly late entry into the ARIA charts; a debut four years after its release at No.85. And the same could be said for ‘The Best Of Talking Heads’, which enters at No.87, also on debut.
Though there may have been high hopes for Brian Wilson’s new album ‘No Pier Pressure’, clearly those hopes will have been dashed, as the album premieres at a lowly No.98.
Action Bronson’s ‘Mr Wonderful’ plunges 58 places to No.99, but the week’s biggest fall from chart grace has to go to the boys from Short Stack.
Stack was indeed back last week – at No.12 on debut with their new EP ‘Dance With Me’. But just one week later and the Budgewoi boys have vanished without a trace entirely from the top 100.
Last week’s top 40 debuts for Madeon and Rose Carleo are also gone from the countdown.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.