It’s Saturday night, which means that for chart aficionados, it’s the perfect time to sit down with a nice mug of Milo and sift through the intricacies of chart information coming at you as part of our weekly Chart Watch.
As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, Wiz Khalifa is flying atop the ARIA singles chart. After bulleting last week from No.59 to No.1 with his single ‘See You Again’ (lifted from the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack), he’s maintained his lead on all others and picked up a very handy platinum certification in the process.
That’s not to say that Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ is the slouch here either. The former number one maintains its No.2 position and also picks up a platinum accreditation.
And those accreditations keep coming; Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber are in on the action; gold with ‘Where Are U Now’ at No.3. Galantis too; ‘Runaway (U&I)’ bulleting from No.12 to No.4, also now gold.
Jason Derulo’s new single ‘Want To Want Me’ lifts to No.6 and also hits the 35,000 sales mark (gold), while Jamie Lawson and Years & Years bullet into the top ten; Jamie’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ from No.20 to No.7 and Years & Years’ ‘King’ from No.27 to No.9.
Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up & Dance’ is also on the move in a hurry; it’s up from No.41 to No.17 in just its third week of ARIA chart action.
The announcement of Hozier’s forthcoming Aussie tour hasn’t done the chart fortunes of his breakout smash ‘Take Me To Church’ any favours thus far; it’s down from No.10 to No.19, though to be fair, it has spent 23 weeks in.
Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ is also down (only six), but it picks up a fourth platinum certification in the process.
Despite not being the massive hit his previous singles have been, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ goes gold at No.23 (down from No.17).
He’s followed by big shifts for Hozier’s ‘Someone New’ (No.45 to No.24), Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s ‘Marvin Gaye’ (No.38 to No.25) and Jess Glynne’s current UK chart-topper ‘Hold My Hand’ (No.35 to No.27).
Zedd and Selena Gomez’ collaboration ‘I Want You To Know’ is right there in the middle of them all and is another single hitting the gold mark (No.26, down four).
Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest single ‘I Really Like You’ might not be firing to quite the same extent as her earworm ‘Call Me Maybe’, but it’s still hanging in there; No.46 to No.40 this week and just three places shy of its peak thus far.
Kendrick Lamar’s into the 50 with ‘King Kunta’ (No.54 to No.43). So too Dillon Francis & DJ Snake’s ‘Get Low’ (No.52 to No.44), but Sia’s ‘Big Girls Cry’ suffers a fourth week setback, losing 12 places to No.48.
Kygo’s enormous club banger ‘Firestone’ (featuring the vocals of Australia’s Conrad Sewell) is coming along in leaps and bounds, albeit still outside the walls of the top 50 at this stage. It improves from No.73 to No.51 and at that rate is guaranteed a spot in next week’s top half.
Mumford & Sons’ ‘The Wolf’ is the week’s highest debut, though it’s all the way down at No.53.
Redfoo’s ‘Juicy Wiggle’ is down eight, Deorro and Chris Brown’s ‘Five More Hours’ premieres at No.61 and the new Justice Crew single is way off the pace of their former No.1 ‘Que Sera’, debuting at No.68.
Katy Tiz’ single ‘Whistle (While You Work)’ looked like being a top 50 hit only a couple of weeks ago, but is now starting to make its way out of the chart race; down from No.62 to No.70. But Japanese Wallpaper is headed in the opposite direction with ‘Forces’, which rises 27 places to No.72.
Nero’s ‘The Thrill’ is new at No.75, Tame Impala’s ”Cause I’m A Man’ is new at No.80 and the new Fifth Harmony single ‘Worth It’ gets a little down under chart love, with a debut at No.86.
Also debuting this week are David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack’s ‘Hey Mama’ (No.90) and Florence & The Machine’s ‘Ship To Wreck’ (No.93).
Once again there’s no budging Lee Kernaghan from the No.1 spot as ANZAC Day approaches. ‘Spirit Of The ANZACs’ is now flying the Aussie flag for the fourth consecutive week in pole position. But The Wombats gave it their all in their search for that No.1 crown, settling instead for a No.2 debut for ‘Glitterbug’.
The rest of the ARIA top ten albums chart is a relatively stress-free affair, with albums moving only one or two positions.
All Time Low’s ‘Future Hearts’, however, slips seven places from last week’s No.4 debut.
Despite being released in Australia months after everywhere else in the world, Bette Midler’s homage to some of the planet’s biggest girl groups, ‘It’s The Girls’, debuts at No.12. It’s followed right behind by Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’, which explodes onto the charts at No.13.
AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ bounds back into the top 100 at No.17, Shawn Mendes’ ‘Handwritten’ is new at No.18 and Beccy Cole’s ‘Sweet Rebecca’ is another new entry at No.19.
Ed Sheeran was flying high with two albums in last week’s top ten. But it’s his debut offering ‘+’ that tumbles out this week; down from No.6 to No.20. Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’ is down from No.11 to No.25.
Smokie’s ‘Gold : Smokie Greatest Hits (40th Anniversary Edition)’ is new at No.38, Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ slumps from No.15 to No.39 and the top 50 debuts wrap with Judith Durham’s ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ (No.44) and Dwight Yoakam’s ‘Second Hand Heart’ (No.46).
Halestorm just misses out on a top 50 debut, premiering at No.51 on this week’s chart. Damien Leith’s ‘Songs From Ireland’ is down a further 13, The Script’s ‘No Sound Without Silence’ re-emerges at No.67, Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ is still hanging around (No.73 to No.68) and The 1975 drop 17 to No.70 in what’s a relatively uneventful week of chart action.
The No.74 debut of Andre Rieu’s ‘Magic Of The Violin’ suggests that perhaps his audience maybe tiring of his relentless schedule of releases.
Nightwish’s ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ tumbles 27 and Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox’ slumps 26; as does Little River Band’s ‘The Definitive Collection’.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ suffers one of the week’s biggest falls, however. It debuted at No.5 seven weeks ago and is down a huge 41 places this week to No.87.
Winterbourne’s ‘All But The Sun’ rounds out the top 100 debuts with a premiere at the even No.100.
Albums by Architects, Violent Soho, Sheppard, Kendrick Lamar and Paolo Nutini, which were all in the top 50 last week, are now 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 AEST.