Ms Swift keeps her No.1 crown on the singles chart this week, but she’s under attack. On the album chart, meanwhile, we’ve got three new entries in the top five, including a new No.1! Who bagged top spot? Check out this week’s Chart Watch to discover…;
You know Taylor Swift has to be doing something right when her latest single ‘Bad Blood’, which parachuted into the No.1 position last week, notches up platinum sales in just four weeks of Aussie chart action. But that’s precisely what she’s done this week, holding onto top spot for the second successive week.
But new ‘The Voice’ coach Jessie J is firing on all cylinders with her new single ‘Flashlight’, which improves from No.5 to No.2, in the process hitting the gold sales mark and becoming her equal highest chart hit in Australia (‘Price Tag’ also achieved the feat back in 2011).
Brisbane’s Conrad Sewell joins his sister Grace in the Aussie top ten; ‘Start Again’ bullets from its No.60 debut last week to a very respectable No.6, giving him the top ten action its predecessor ‘Hold Me Up’ could not.
Deorro and Chris Brown’s single ‘Five More Hours’ is steady at No.7, but hits gold (35,000 copies sold), while James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’ is back to its No.8 peak.
Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision single ‘Tonight Again’ loses six places from last week’s No.12 debut, but how’s the movement for Avicii’s new tune? ‘Waiting For Love’ was seemingly just waiting for its time in the chart spotlight and after debuting at No.92 last week, it rockets to No.19.
Maroon 5’s single ‘Sugar’ gets another breath, edging from No.30 to No.21, the new Little Mix single ‘Black Magic’ is headed in the right direction, already weaving its spell on the ARIA top 30 and, on current trajectory, poised to break next week’s top 20 (No.55 to No.25).
The new Flume single ‘Some Minds’ scores the week’s highest debut, entering at No.27 and Adam Lambert’s ‘Ghost Town’ pops its head into the ARIA top 30 (No.32 to No.29).
Anja Nissen’s cover of ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ bests its No.40 debut by ten places this week, while Hozier’s ‘Someone New’ is up 16 to No.32.
Years & Years’ ‘King’ might have lost ten places (No.25 to No.35), but it picks up a platinum certification for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
Natalie La Rose’s ‘Somebody’ also gets a platinum shine this week (No.21 to No.36), LunchMoney Lewis’ ‘Bills’ hits double platinum and Cold War Kids’ ‘First’ bullets from No.82 to a new peak of No.38.
DJ Snake’s new single hits the top 50 (No.53 to No.41), Major Lazer’s newbie (with Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley on vocal duties) premieres at No.42, Tinashe’s ‘All Hands On Deck’ remix is up from No.83 to No.45 and Dami Im scrapes into the top 50 on debut with her latest single ‘Smile’ (No.48).
EMI have been pumping the Tori Kelly bandwagon over the past few months. Their hard work was starting to pay off, with ‘Nobody Love’ looking like it was headed for the top 20. But it seems to have stalled and is now headed in the opposite direction, losing 17 places this week to be on the precipice of falling out of the 50 (No.33 to No.50).
New at No.52 is Jason Derulo’s ‘Cheyenne’, Pia Mia’s ‘Do It Again’ bullets from No.100 to No.58, Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerlow’s stay in the top 50 was brief with the amazing ‘Heroes’ (No.19 to No.61) and Andie Case’s mashup of ‘Want To Want Me’ and ‘I Want You To Want Me’ loses 19 places from last week’s No.44 debut.
Florence & The Machine lose ground with ‘Delilah’ (No.41 to No.68), but let’s face it… who needs a single when the album’s out in the shops, right?
Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’ is also off, down 20 places to No.69.
Debuts at Nos.76 and 77 for Drapht’s ‘Dancin’ John Doe’ and Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’ respectively, another at No.80 for Meghan Trainor ftg. John Legend’s ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ and another at No.83 for A$AP Rocky’s ‘L$D’.
The Weeknd’s ‘Hills’ is new at No.88 and Jamie xx scores a No.90 chart debut with ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. Fetty Wap wraps the week’s premieres, with top ten US hit ‘Trap Queen’ making its presence felt down under at No.95.
Big drops for A$AP Rocky’s collaboration with Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson (‘Everyday’), which slumps from No.62 to No.96, plus Nick Jonas’ ‘Jealous’ (No.73 to No.97) and Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ (No.75 to No.98).
Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ finally exits the top 100 this week (after a staggering 109 consecutive weeks on the chart).
Here we go then… three debuts in the ARIA top five this week. And it runs like this;
No.1 : Florence & The Machine score their second Aussie No.1 album with ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, after previous LP ‘Ceremonials’ also achieved the feat back in 2011.
No.2 : It’s Jamie xx and his second album ‘In Colour’ debuting in the No.2 position, no doubt giving the team at indie label Inertia plenty of reason to smile.
No.3 : Is the ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack, holding steady.
No.4 : Mister Ed Sheeran climbs two places to edge back into the top five.
No.5 : Your third top five debut this week comes courtesy of Major Lazer and their new LP ‘Peace Is The Mission’.
Hillsong United’s ‘Empires’ crumbles from its No.1 debut of last week to No.6 this week; Daniel Johns’ ‘Talk’ drops from No.2 to No.10.
We reckon Warner might be a bit disappointed with the No.12 debut of the fourth Jason Derulo album ‘Everything Is 4’, especially given each of the three albums that preceded it have placed top ten here in Australia.
The ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ compilation drops 17 places to No.21 this week; understandable, given the competition is now over and seemingly just a distant memory.
Courtney Barnett’s album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’, meanwhile, is headed in the opposite direction, bulleting from outside the top 50 to just outside the top 20 (No.51 to No.22).
New at No.23 is The Darkness’s ‘Last Of Our Kind’, new at No.25 is Paulini’s long-overdue album ‘Come Alive’ and new at No.30 is Make Them Suffer’s ‘Old Souls’.
There’s a debut at No.38 for Jetty Road (‘Hearts On Fire’), a 26 place bullets for the original ‘Love Child’ soundtrack (No.66 to No.40) and a debut for Mark Seymour & The Undertow (‘Mayday’ at No.43).
Mariah Carey’s new best-of ‘#1 To Infinity’ has gone from ‘#18 To Forty Four’, while Ben Howard’s ‘I Forget Where We Were’ improves 30 places to No.47.
Tim Rogers & The Bamboos’ album drops from a No.26 debut to No.51, Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ is down from No.29 to No.54, Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ is down from No.33 to No.55 and Brandon Flowers’ ‘The Desired Effect’ drops from No.24 to No.60.
There’s a re-entry for Florence & The Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ at No.61 and another for Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’ at No.68, but Ben Lee’s new LP ‘Love Is The Great Rebellion’ looks like it’s found only a small number of homes, debuting at No.71.
Melody Gardot’s newbie ‘Currency Of Man’ finds even fewer; No.80 on debut.
The Story So Far’s self-titled set drops out of the top 100 after debuting at No.35 last week. Other top 50 debuts last week that have disappeared from the top 100 are from Alesso, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and The Vaccines.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.