No movement in the No.1 positions on either the singles or albums chart this week, but beneath Meghan and John, John and Olivia, it’s another story entirely. Here’s your weekly wrap of what’s happening on the ARIA singles and albums chart; Chart Watch.
Meghan Trainor and John Legend continue to go from strength to strength in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart. They’ve kept their claws in pole position for three successive weeks now and have just popped over the platinum mark (70,000 copies) to celebrate.
But Robin Schulz clearly has his high beams on the prize, with his track ‘Headlights’ bulleting from No.6 to No.2, ahead of The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and a fast-charging ‘Golden’ from Travie McCoy and Sia, which leaps from No.18 to No.4.
Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ tumbles from No.2 to No.7, but more big moves in a northerly trajectory follow from Galantis (‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ up from No.25 to No.8) and Silento (‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) up from No.17 to No.9).
Conrad Sewell’s ‘Start Again’ is off a little this week, down from No.3 to No.11, but if it’s any consolation, it does pick up a platinum certification.
Fifth Harmony’s ‘Worth It’ jumps from No.27 to No.12 and goes gold, Grace joins her brother Conrad in exiting the top ten, but she also picks up a new certification; double platinum for ‘You Don’t Own Me’.
Major Lazer’s ‘Powerful’ gets a golden glow (No.15), Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ snaps over the platinum mark (No.16) and a gold certification apiece for DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge’s ‘You Know You Like It’ (No.17) and Avicii’s ‘Waiting For Love’ (No.18).
After bagging the No.1 spot on the UK charts last week in the wake of their Glastonbury appearance, Lost Frequencies pick up the pace down under with ‘Are You With Me’, bulleting from No.41 to No.19.
Adam Lambert improves two places to No.22 with ‘Ghost Town’ and picks up a gold accreditation, but the Selena Gomez track ‘Good For You’ stumbles a little, dropping back eight places to No.24.
Heading in the right direction, however, is the Tinie Tempah/Jess Glynne single ‘Not Letting Go’, which jumps 12 spots to No.25.
Pia Mia, Chris Brown and Tyga are up nine with ‘Do It Again’ (No.42 to No.33), that eternally happy Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars collaboration smashes through the eight times platinum barrier (that’s 560,000 copies to you and me), Jason Derulo hits double platinum with ‘Want To Want Me’ (No.37) and after the premiere of the official video last week, Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ leaps from No.72 to No.46.
Years & Years score the highest chart debut of the week; their new track ‘Shine’ premiering at No.48.
Just missing out on the upper half of the singles top 100 is Meek Mill, whose album topped the US charts this week. The new single ‘All Eyes On You’ features Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj and debuts at No.51.
A duo of new entries follow in the 50s; Pharrell Williams’ ‘Freedom’ at No.55 and Demi Lovato’s ‘Cool For The Summer’ at No.56.
Despite his former band JLS never really cutting through here in Australia, Aston Merrygold has a top 100 hit on his hands with ‘Get Stupid’, which debuts at No.63.
Little Sea’s ‘Change For Love’ drops from No.46 on debut to No.68, Pitbull’s new tune ‘Fun’ debuts at No.70, Flume’s ‘Some Minds’ drops from No.58 to No.73, but his remix of Collarbones’ ‘Turning’ is new at No.75.
L’Tric gets a No.94 debut for ‘This Feeling’.
John Farnham and Olivia Newton John blasted their way into the No.1 spot on last week’s ARIA albums chart with their ‘Two Strong Hearts Live’ album. And it’s clear they have a lot of fans, because they’re still there for a second consecutive week.
That said, the only debut in the top ten came from Miguel’s ‘Wildheart’ down in the No.8 spot, so things were pretty steady.
Florence & The Machine are the top ten standout this week, however, with their album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ being certified gold for sales of more than 35,000 copies.
Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’ edges up from No.14 to No.9 and The Getaway Plan’s new album ‘Dark Horses’ debuts at No.10.
Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ improves; so too the ‘Frozen : The Songs’ album and James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’.
The soundtracks for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ and ‘Furious 7’ are both back into the 20s (Nos.21 and 22 respectively), while Neil Young’s ‘The Monsanto Years’ is new at No.23.
More improvements – AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’, INXS’ ‘The Very Best’, Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Walking Under Stars’, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack etc, as those end of financial year offers allow punters to snap up former chart favourites at bargain basement prices.
Thy Art Is Murder suffers a big 23 place second week drop for ‘Holy War’ (No.7 on debut to No.30), Alabama Shakes are back in the top 50 mix with ‘Sound & Color’ (No.91 to No.32), but London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ drops after last week’s gain (No.13 to No.33).
David Bowie’s best of, ‘Nothing Has Changed’, re-enters the top 100 at No.38 – a new peak – while Breaking Benjamin’s ‘Dark Before Dawn’ loses 23 spots in its third week of Aussie chart love; No.16 to No.39.
Tori Kelly’s ‘Unbreakable Smile’ may be broken; her LP slumps 36 places from last week’s No.8 debut, but Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’ improves, up from No.83 to No.46.
Hilary Duff’s ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’ also stumbles this week, dropping from No.25 to No.56. But Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ improves (No.82 to No.59), George Ezra’s ‘Wanted On Voyage’ jumps (No.90 to No.63) and Blur’s ‘The Magic Whip’ is back in chart action, re-entering at No.65.
Poor Refused, though. Their album ‘Freedom’ debuted at a respectable No.10 last week, but this week, it’s plummeted a whopping 57 places, finding itself at No.67.
The ‘Love Child’ soundtrack is down 22 to No.72, The Wombats’ ‘Glitterbug’ is down 37 to No.75 and Fall Out Boy’s ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ is down 22 to No.79.
James Reyne & The Magnificent Few premiere at No.78 with their self-titled EP and there are re-entries to follow for Paolo Nutini, Adele and Sol3 Mio.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best-of, however, tanks from last week’s No.27 placing. It’s down a whopping 66 places to No.93.
Being As An Ocean just makes it into the top 100 on debut with their self-titled set; No.99.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.