Things are steady on top of this week’s ARIA singles charts, but it’s a new entry on top of the albums chart, as two Aussie icons prove they’ve still got plenty of clout in the music sales department. Welcome to your first July instalment of Chart Watch.
Meghan Trainor and John Legend can do no wrong with their collaboration ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’. They parachuted into the No.1 position last week and have maintained their hold on proceedings again this week.
Rachel Platten is on the move with ‘Fight Song’, shifting up two places to a new peak of No.2. It’s probably an anomaly, but strangely, the chart we receive sees the track shifting from double platinum last week to platinum this week.
The Weeknd’s getting some serious Aussie chart love with ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, which bullets from No.13 to No.4 this week, but his isn’t the biggest jump into the ten; that honour goes to Robin Schulz’ single ‘Headlights’, which is shining in the No.6 position, after bulleting from No.22.
Slap bang in between them both, however, is Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up & Dance’, which blasts through the double platinum barrier.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ also hits double platinum (No.7), while British girl group Little Mix earn themselves a gold sales certification with their latest tune ‘Black Magic’ (No.9).
DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge’s ‘You Know You Like It’ improves from No.16 to No.11, Deorro and Chris Brown’s former top ten hit ‘Five More Hours’ earns one more accreditation (that be platinum) and there are three bullets into the top 20…
Selena Gomez bullets from No.41 on debut to No.16 with her latest ‘Good For You’, Silento’s US smash, ‘Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)’, looks like following suit here, leaping from No.28 to No.17 and Travie McCoy and Sia’s newbie ‘Golden’ shines, jumping from No.36 on debut to No.18.
While they may have claimed a No.1 with their latest album ‘Atlas’, Aussie outfit Rüfüs has never really glistened on the singles chart. Until now, that is. Their new tune ‘You Were Right’ scores the week’s highest debut, landing at No.22; in the process giving the band their biggest ever singles chart hit.
Galantis’ ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ soars from No.47 on debut to No.25, Rita Ora’s ‘Poison’ seeps into the top 30, Hermitude’s ‘The Buzz’ goes gold (No.32) and, after a contestant performance on ‘The Voice’ last week, London Grammar’s ‘Strong’ bounces back into the top 100 at No.35.
A few more big chart jumps follow; Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne’s ‘Not Letting Go’ (No.89 on debut to No.37), Lost Frequencies’ ‘Are You With Me’ from No.83 on debut to No.41) and Pia Mia’s ‘Do It Again’ (No.65 to No.42).
New Sony signing Little Sea get some top 50 chart love for ‘Change For Love’ (No.46 on debut), but Hozier’s ‘Someone New’ suffers a 17 place fall – No.38 to No.55.
New ‘Voice’ coach Jessie J impacts with ‘Masterpiece’ (a re-entry at No.62), Daniel Johns is back in the charts with ‘Cool On Fire’ (No.68 on re-entry and the track’s highest chart peak thus far) and there’s a 16 place drop for Britney & Iggy’s ‘Pretty Girls’ as they prove via social media during the week that they might not be quite so pretty after all.
Tori Kelly’s ‘Nobody Love’ bounces back slightly (No.97 to No.80) as her album impacts on the other chart, but it’s not such good news for Golden Features, whose single ‘No One’ (which debuted at No.58 last week) plunges 27 places.
Chet Faker’s ‘Bend’ falls further, however; from a debut of No.48 last week to No.89 this week… 41 places.
Golden Features’ other chart action last week was through ‘XXIV’, which debuted at No.56. It’s now gone from the top 100.
Who can deny the clout of two Aussie music industry legends when they still have sufficient pulling power to debut in the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart? We’re talking John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, whose live album, captured during their ‘Two Strong Hearts’ tour, claims the No.1 mantle this week, relegating last week’s No.1 – Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ – to No.3.
Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ improves to No.2, while the Hillsong United album ‘Empires’ jumps 16 places, no doubt helped along by their getting pop star Justin Bieber into the country during the week.
There are three other top ten debuts this week… There’s ‘Holy Way’ by Thy Art Is Murder’ coming in at No.7, ‘Unbreakable Smile’ by Tori Kelly premiering at No.8 and Refused’s album ‘Freedom’ enjoying the view from No.10.
Muse’s ‘Drones’ drops back from No.5 to No.12, London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ re-enters at No.13 and drops out of the top ten from Leon Bridges (‘Coming Home’ from No.8 to No.17) and Seth Sentry (‘Strange New Past’ from No.9 to No.20). Hilary Duff’s album ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’, however, suffers the biggest fall out of the ten… plunging 21 places to No.25.
A debut for Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ at No.26, another debut for Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Pageant Material’ at No.33 and oh why not… there’s another one at No.43 for August Burns Red’s ‘Found In Far Away Places’.
Most of the movement to follow isn’t particularly exciting, generally with movements of less than 15 places. Galantis’ ‘Pharmacy’ re-enters the top 100 at No.64 to break up proceedings, while Hillsong’s ‘No Other Name’ does precisely the same, re-emerging at No.66.
The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ repack only did the trick for so long, dropping another 23 places this week to No.70. And the ‘Rebel Heart’ tour announcement also only did the trick for Madonna for so long; the album dropping 25 places from last week’s No.50 re-entry ahead of tickets going on sale on Monday.
There’s a huge drop for Lindemann’s album ‘Skills In Pills’. It claimed the No.17 position on debut last week, but finds itself a massive 61 places lower this week at No.78.
Savage Garden’s ‘The Singles’ was indeed savaged in the sales race, down 34 places to No.79. And Everything Everything followed suit with ‘Get To Heaven’. A No.29 debut last week, but a mammoth 52 places lower this week – No.81.
Just one more debut on this week’s albums chart – and that comes from Lifehouse and their new LP ‘Out Of The Wasteland’, which stumbles into the countdown at a lowly No.96.
Speaking of “stumble”, however, Oh Mercy’s album ‘When We Talk About Love’ does it too… It debuted last week at No.28. It’s a staggering 72 places lower this week, just managing to hold onto a top 100 spot for a second week (No.100).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.