Alright, settle down please. It’s time to grab yourself a nice hot cup of tea, perhaps even a nice wedge of your favourite flan (what are we, 90?) and clap your eyes around everything that’s going on on this week’s ARIA charts. Yes, it’s six o’clock on a Saturday and your Chart Watch is here.
It’s all steady at the top of this week’s ARIA singles chart, with Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth maintaining their No.1 spot and Major Lazer, MO and DJ Snake holding on to position number two.
Relative chart newcomer and UK native Jamie Lawson is making his chart intentions clear. Despite his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ being four years old, it’s still pretty new to us and moves a further four places northbound into the No.3 position.
Jason Derulo’s ‘Want To Want Me’ improves two, but it’s Walk The Moon who jump furthest into the top ten this week; ‘Shut Up & Dance’ leaping from No.17 to No.5.
With two songs bulleting into the top five, it’s the Skrillex/Diplo/Justin Bieber collaboration and Galantis who suffer, both down four while Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ pops its head back into the top ten (no doubt thanks to that impending sold out tour, starting tonight), right behind Years & Years’ ‘King’.
Former number one ‘Bills’ by LunchMoney Lewis is now out of the top ten, US hit ‘Somebody’ by Natalie La Rose edges a little higher and Charlie Puth’s ‘Marvin Gaye’, with Meghan Trainor in guest vocal guise, bullets from No.25 to No.14.
Jess Glynne’s another who’s bulleting this week. Her breakout solo single – and former UK number one – ‘Hold My Hand’ is up from No.27 to No.16, while a slew of former chart favourites start to slowly nudge their way down the list behind her.
A trio of bullets in the 20s follows; Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ (No.32 to No.25), James Bay’s newbie ‘Let It Go’ (No.34 to No.26) and, trumping them both, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack’s collaboration ‘Hey Mama’, which bullets from a No.90 debut to No.27.
Sia’s ‘Elastic Heart’ now comes with a shiny new double platinum certification (steady at No.28), ‘Big Girls Cry’, meantime, bullets from No.48 to No.37, just ahead of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, which is back into the top 50 at No.38.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You’ clearly hasn’t been the great white hope she and her label thought it was going to be. It’s stalled just inside the top 40 and hasn’t been any higher than No.37 at this stage of the game.
Meghan Trainor’s ‘Dear Future Husband’ drops ten places as her new single ‘Title’ hits radio, EMI’s hot new thing Tori Kelly debuts at No.45 with her single ‘Nobody Love’, Paloma Faith’s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ bullets from No.89 to No.48 and Sam Smith’s ‘I’m Not The Only One’ jumps from No.71 to No.50.
UK producer Alex Adair just misses out on a top 50 debut with his new tune ‘Make Me Feel Better’. It premieres at No.51, right ahead of Florence & The Machine’s latest ‘Ship To Wreck’, which improves massively from last week’s No.93 debut to place at No.52.
Tinashe’s ‘All Hands On Deck’ jumps 18, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’ drops 13 and Rihanna’s ‘American Oxygen’ stumbles into the chart at No.65 on debut. Clearly alarm bells will be going off in the Ri-Ri camp about the under-performance of the past two singles.
Another single from the Sam Smith catalogue – ‘Like I Can’ – jumps ahead of his national tour. It’s up 18 spots to No.66. But the YG, Wale, Tyga, Rich Homie Quan and Kid Ink collaboration stumbles by 21.
Even the new Mumford & Sons track ‘Believe’ is finding things tough in a competitive chart environment. It’s been in the top 100 for just six weeks, peaked at No.29 and this week finds itself another eight places lower at No.72.
Prince Royce’s ‘Stuck On A Feeling’ is down 19, Redfoo’s ‘Juicy Wiggle’ is down 16, but Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ re-enters at No.79 and the new Martin Solveig track ‘Intoxicated’ is new at No.81.
Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’ just can’t compete with his No.1 hit ‘See You Again’, so it’s going home rather than going hard, down 31 spots to No.91.
Usher’s ‘I Don’t Mind’ is new at No.95 and the new Tame Impala campaign takes a hit, with new single ‘Cause I’m A Man’ slumping from a No.80 debut to No.100.
No love for Justice Crew, however. ‘I Love My Life’ debuted at a lowly No.68 on last week’s chart and is already gone from the top 100. So just how did ‘Que Sera’ maintain its No.1 position for so long again…?
This week’s chart love for Sam Smith spills over onto the ARIA albums chart this week. It might have taken him 48 long weeks to achieve it, but the British star’s double platinum album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is finally No.1 in Australia.
Even with ANZAC Day commemorations in full swing, Sam still managed to displace Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The ANZACs’ from the No.1 position after four successive weeks.
There’s a trio of back to back debuts in the top ten, however; Gang Of Youths’ ‘The Positions’ at No.5, Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ at No.6 and Stan Walker’s ‘Truth & Soul’ at No.7, showing that despite his absence, there’s still plenty of love for the former ‘Australian Idol’ winner down under.
The Wombats’ ‘Glitterbug’ is down eight from last week’s No.2 debut, Passenger’s ‘Whispers II’ debuts at No.17 and Yelawolf’s ‘Love Story’ premieres at No.19.
There’s a re-entry for Paul Kelly’s ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’ at No.23, a ten place drop for Van Morrison’s ‘Duets : Re-Working The Catalogue’ (No.15 to No.25) and a nine place tumble for Shawn Mendes’ ‘Handwritten’ (No.18 to No.27 and a long way shy of the LP’s US No.1 debut).
Dallas Frasca’s ‘Love Army’ invades the charts at No.29 on debut, while the new Passion Pit album finds itself ‘Kindred’ with the No.30 position.
All Time Low’s debut at No.4 on the ARIA albums chart a few weeks back is now but a faded memory, as the LP slumps by 21 places to No.32 this week. Drops also for Alison Wonderland, Sufjan Stevens and Ariana Grande, though nowhere near as big.
Nana Mouskouri still holds sway with her audience; her ‘Happy Birthday Tour’ release debuting at No.41, three places ahead of Patrizio Buanne’s ‘Viva La Dolce Vita’.
The Veronicas’ self-titled set drops 16, Maroon 5’s ‘V’ drops 15 and Dr Hook prove they’re ‘Timeless’, with a debut at No.50.
Beccy Cole would have been celebrating the No.19 debut of her latest release ‘Sweet Rebecca’ last week. She might not be celebrating its No.52 chart position quite so much this week, however.
Human Nature’s tour sees ‘Jukebox’ jump (No.80 to No.55), The Prodigy continues their chart fall (No.37 to No.56) and Imagine Dragons’ ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ drops 19 to No.59.
Further down, Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘Freedom Ride’ drops 22 (No.49 to No.71), Air Supply’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ gains 15 (No.89 to No.74), but it’s Tyler The Creator whose album bombs the most. ‘Cherry Bomb’ debuted at a relatively respectable No.13 last week, but this week is a huge 68 places lower in the No.81 spot.
Drops for Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ (26 places), Damien Leith’s ‘Songs From Ireland’ (29 places) and Mark Knopfler (32 places) pale in comparison.
Frank Sinatra’s ‘Ultimate Sinatra’, meanwhile, is bound to pick up a few pre-Mothers Day sales, debuting at No.92.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.