Seriously though… what else would you rather be doing on a Saturday night than sitting down and checking out what’s happening on the ARIA charts with our weekly Chart Watch segment!? Bullets, debuts and so much more! Hold onto your hat…
Wiz Khalifa makes it four weeks on the fly, keeping the No.1 mantle with his international smash ‘See You Again’. It’s not just Wiz staying steady this week; the top three remains unchanged (Major Lazer in two and Jamie Lawson in three).
But Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up & Dance’ edges one position closer to the peak (No.5 to No.4) and picks up a gold sales accreditation in the process, while Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s collaboration ‘Marvin Gaye’ is no doubt helped into the top ten by the latter’s Aussie tour. It bullets from No.14 to No.5.
David Guetta is back in the local top ten too, this time courtesy of ‘Hey Mama’, his collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, which jumps from No.27 to No.10.
Despite hitting gold (35,000 copies), Years & Years’ ‘King’ slips back out of the top ten. Ditto Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ (No.10 to No.12).
Grace bags the highest debut of the week in the No.14 position. No doubt helped along by a high profile TV sync, ‘You Don’t Own Me’ (a cover of the Leslie Gore track from the ’60s), premieres rather healthily.
And proving that the ‘Uptown Funk’ is still giving it to us, the single smashes through the seven times platinum barrier this week, its 24th of local chart love.
Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’ hits a sweet double platinum at No.17, new peaks for both James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’ (No.20) and Sia’s ‘Big Girls Cry’ (No.21), a platinum accreditation for Olly Murs and Demi Lovato’s ‘Up’ (No.22) and third platinum gongs for Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ (No.23) and Rihanna, Paul & Kanye’s ‘Four Five Seconds’ (No.24).
Hermitude’s newbie ‘The Buzz’ premieres at No.26, Kygo and Conrad Sewell’s smash ‘Firestone’ jumps from No.42 to No.30 and it may not have troubled the chart for long, but Iggy Azalea’s ‘Trouble’ has done enough to achieve a platinum certification, down ten positions to No.31.
New at No.33 is Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘Anchor’, jumping 41 places is Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The ANZACS’ (No.79 to No.38) and Tori Kelly’s into the Aussie top 40 with her breakout single ‘Nobody Love’ (No.45 to No.40).
The 100th ANZAC commemoration sees Redgum’s iconic ‘I Was Only 19’ re-enter the countdown (No.42), but the new Hozier single ‘Someone New’ is seemingly mis-firing. It’s been as high as No.24 in its six week chart run, but finds itself an alarming 19 places lower at No.50 this week.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You’ is another track that’s seemingly stalled. Despite all the hype, the song managed to peak at No.37, but this week is down 12 from last week’s No.39 spot.
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Live And Let Go’ rebounds ten places (No.63 to No.53), Jessie J’s ‘Masterpiece’ is down from No.41 to No.57 and Florence & The Machine’s ‘Ship To Wreck’ stumbles by 13 (No.52 to No.65).
Vance Joy’s ‘Mess Is Mine’ leaps 20 places to No.70 and the chart bad luck for Rihanna continues with ‘American Oxygen’. After debuting at a worrying No.65 last week, the single is down to No.71.
More worrying still would be the sudden plunge for Conrad Sewell’s rather good breakout solo single ‘Hold Me Up’. It’s down from No.49 to No.76 this week, its chart hopes potentially smashed by his vocal appearance on the Kygo track.
New entries for Ed Sheeran (‘Photograph’ at No.84) and What So Not (‘Gemini’ at No.85), a 25 place drop for YG’s ‘Ride Out’ and a debut (only just) for Ricky Martin’s ‘Mr Put It Down’ (No.97).
Despite the cancellation of his tour during the week due to vocal stress, Sam Smith still holds the No.1 mantle on this week’s ARIA albums chart. EMI mentioned during the week that the album had tipped over the triple platinum sales mark (and there was even a plaque presentation), but this is yet to be reflected on the ARIA charts, which still has ‘In The Lonely Hour’ at the double platinum level.
Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The ANZACS’ album has done incredibly well for itself over the past seven weeks. Not only has it claimed the No.1 album spot (the first Aussie artist of 2015 to do so), but it’s slammed through the platinum sales barrier this week, still at No.2.
There are two top ten debuts and they’re back to back at Nos.5 and 6; Blur’s ‘The Magic Whip’ just beating out Josh Groban’s ‘Stages’ for top five bragging rights.
Proof us Aussies still love a little bit of Bette Midler (and no doubt with Mothers Day approaching), the Divine Ms M’s ‘It’s The Girls’ reaches the top ten (No.10), besting its debut peak of No.12. And Human Nature’s album ‘Jukebox’ is also back in favour, leaping 33 places to No.12.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ is up seven, Millencolin’s ‘True Brew’ is new at No.16, drops for Stan Walker’s ‘Truth & Soul’ (No.7 to No.18) and Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ (No.6 to No.19) and a premiere at No.20 for Deez Nuts’ ‘Word Is Bond’.
Gang Of Youths drop 18 places from last week’s No.5 debut with their latest long player ‘The Positions’, The Script’s Aussie tour pays dividends for the album it’s named after (‘No Sound Without Silence’), which bullets from No.65 to No.24 and there’s a re-entry for First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’ at No.26.
Marlon Williams’ self-titled set premieres at No.31, Beccy Cole’s ‘Sweet Rebecca’ gets a second chart wind, leaping back into the top 50 (No.39) and she’s followed by The Eagles, who jump from No.51 to No.40 with ‘Selected Works : 1972-1999’.
The latest David Guetta single’s performance over on the singles chart translates into interest for his latest long player ‘Listen’, which re-enters the chart at No.44. Reba McEntire’s ‘Love Somebody’ just misses a top 50 berth, debuting at No.51.
Shawn Mendes’ star maybe bright right now, but its burn is seemingly fleeting. As it’s done over in the US, his album ‘Handwritten’ continues to tumble from favour here in Australia. It debuted at No.18 a couple of weeks back, dropped to No.27 last week and is down another 27 places to No.54 this week.
The 20th Anniversary celebrations of Silverchair’s ‘Frogstomp’ were also seemingly short-lived; the album down 24 places.
It’s ‘Emma!’ by Emma! that debuts at No.56, Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ re-enters at No.59, drops for All Time Low’s ‘Future Hearts’ (No.32 to No.61) and Neil Diamond’s best-of (No.39 to No.62), but a re-entry for the Foo Fighters’ best-of at No.63.
Miami Horror explore ‘All Possible Futures’ in the No.65 podium on debut, Patrizio Buanne’s ‘Viva La Dolce Vita’ drops 28 places from last week’s No.44 debut and Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’ loses 21 spots.
Neil Finn and Paul Kelly’s ‘Goin’ Your Way’ eases 29, Ellie Goulding’s ‘Halcyon Days’ by 33, The Angels’ best-of by 35 and The Prodigy’s ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ by 37.
Debuts for Rick Price’s ‘Tennessee Sky’ at No.97 and John Williamson’s ‘Diggers Of The ANZAC’ at No.100.
Last week’s top 50 debuts from Dallas Frasca (No.29), Passion Pit (No.30) and Nana Mouskouri (No.41) are 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.