Will the power of four (One Direction) beat out the power of one (Adam Lambert) in the race for the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart? And has Aussie favourite Josh Pyke done enough to claim the No.1 position on the albums chart with his new LP?
There’s plenty to get your chart chops around in this week’s Chart Watch.
It seems that, even without the added firepower of Zayn Malik, a new One Direction single still packs considerable firepower when it comes to singles sales. The boys are back – and in a big way – with their new single ‘Drag Me Down’ debuting at No.1 on this week’s ARIA singles chart. Staggeringly, despite all the hype and their huge global appeal, like in the US, this is the first time that the 1D boys have managed a No.1 single in Australia.
Big props have to go to Adam Lambert, however. His performances of ‘Ghost Town’ on Aussie TV during his visit were phenomenal and have helped propel the single all the way to the No.2 position on this week’s ARIA chart (up from No.16). The track now becomes Adam’s highest ever charting single in Australia, bettering the efforts of ‘Whataya Want From Me’ and ‘If I Had You’, both of which peaked at No.4.
Last week’s No.1 from Los Frequencies faced all sorts of battles and drops from the top spot to No.4, leaving The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ in the No.3 position.
Selena Gomez tumbles into the top ten with her latest single ‘Good For You’ (No.12 to No.10), marking the first time she’s ever hit the top ten down under.
Robin Schulz’ ‘Headlights’ is down from six to 12, Vance Joy’s new tune ‘Fire And The Flood’ improves seven places from last week’s No.21 debut and the new Years & Years single ‘Shine’ is headed in the same direction as its predecessor ‘King’ did (top ten), bulleting from No.28 to No.15.
The new Little Mix single ‘Black Magic’ may look like being on the slide now, but despite not reaching the dizzying heights it did in the UK, it’s still done enough locally to smash through the platinum sales barrier (70,000 singles).
Former JLS player Aston Merrygold’s Aussie promotional visit during the week should see ‘Get Stupid’ improve on its No.22 placing (steady) next week, while Jessie J’s ‘Flashlight’ jumps from No.30 to No.23 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Cheyenne’ jumps from No.33 to a new peak of No.25 (one better than its previous best).
Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings’ are clipped, dropping from No.8 on debut to No.26. But positively, it’s back in the iTunes top ten as of today, with a performance of the track on tomorrow night’s edition of ‘The Voice’ expected to have it placing a little higher come next Saturday’s chart.
James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’ is up eight, Disclosure and Sam Smith’s new collaboration ‘Omen’ is new at No.31, Sam Feldt’s ‘Show Me Love’ improves from a debut of No.43 to No.33 and the new Nico & Vinz single ‘That’s How You Know’ enters the countdown at No.37.
Years & Years’ ‘King’ pops its head back into the ARIA top 50 (No.57 to No.48), Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s single ‘Marvin Gaye’ hits its strides with a shiny new double platinum certification (No.57), Sia’s ‘Fire Meets Gasoline’ premieres at No.60 and there are further debuts at Nos.67 and 69 for Tigerlily’s ‘Paradise’ and Kygo/Will Heard’s ‘Nothing Left’ respectively.
Ginuwine’s classic ‘Pony’ is down from No.46 to No.72, Samantha Jade’s ‘Shake That’ is down from No.59 to No.73 and the new R City single ‘Locked Away’ (with Adam Levine guesting) locks away a No.77 berth on debut.
The Rubens get a look in with ‘Hoops’, slam-dunking into the No.84 position on debut and Kita Alexander’s ‘My Own Way’ is new at No.95.
Sydney metalcore outfit Northlane were rocking the No.1 position on last week’s ARIA top 100 albums chart, but they’ve been displaced (to No.12 no less), by chart favourite Meghan Trainor, whose album ‘Title’ ascends back into the No.1 position from No.5 last week.
Meghan’s enduring popularity is too great for Aussie favourite Josh Pyke to overcome; the singer having to settle for a No.2 debut for his new album ‘But For All These Shrinking Hearts’. Though it’s not quite No.1 for Josh, it is his highest ever chart position.
Gurrumul continues his run of good form on the charts with ‘The Gospel Album’, which premieres at No.3, ahead of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
Adam Lambert’s promotional visit did more than just improve the chart fortunes of his smash hit ‘Ghost Town’. It also sent sales of his album ‘The Original High’ through the roof; the album languishing at No.72 on last week’s top 100, but bulleting 66 places this week to No.6.
Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ drops from No.3 to No.10, Jason Derulo’s ‘Everything Is 7’ bullets from No.70 to No.13 now that ‘Cheyenne’ is finally starting to kick in, but Lamb Of God’s ‘Sturm Und Drang’ drops 14 from last week’s No.2 debut.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is up from No.51 to No.20, Led Zeppelin’s repacks see ‘Presence’ re-enter at No.21, ‘Coda’ at No.23 and ‘In Through The Out Door’ at No.25.
Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Special’ picks up 14 places (No.42 to No.28), there’s a debut from Lianne La Havas (‘Blood’) at No.30 and the new Holy Holy album ‘When The Storms Would Come’ drops 20 places from last week’s No.11 debut.
The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Born In The Echoes’ drops from No.18 to No.35, but the ‘Furious 7′ soundtrack (No.49 to No.37), Galantis’ ‘Pharmacy’ (No.66 to No.38) and Zac Brown Band’s ‘Jekyll + Hyde’ (No.100 to No.39) are headed in the opposite direction.
Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ is also on the improve this week (No.77 to No.43), ahead of debuts for The Internet (‘Ego Death’) and Buddy Guy (‘Born To Play Guitar’) at Nos.45 and 47 respectively.
People were loving the ‘Southpaw’ soundtrack last week. Not quite so this week, however. The album drops from a No.13 debut all the way out of the top 50. We find it this week at No.51.
Debuts follow for the ‘Descendants’ soundtrack (No.57), the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s ‘Brandenburg Celebrates’ (No.59) and Bethel Music’s ‘Without Words : Synesthesia’ (No.60).
There’s a re-entry for Imagine Dragons’ ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ (No.64), a 44 place drop for Roger Waters’ ‘Amused To Death’ (though it is now gold certified), a 32 place drop for the ‘Magic Mike XXL’ soundtrack (No.34 to No.66) and, following her death during the week, a debut for ‘The Very Best Of Cilla Black’.
Flight Facilities gains last week (No.51 to No.22) have already been lost – and then some. The album ‘Down To Earth’ plunging 47 places to No.69.
The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack is down 26 (No.53 to No.79), the ‘Home’ soundtrack loses 20 (No.74 to No.94), The Maccabees can’t quite replicate their No.1 UK debut for ‘Marks To Prove It’ down under (debuting at No.97) and Joe Satriani’s ‘Shockwave Supernova’ shocks with a huge 75 place drop from No.23 on debut to No.98.
Hopsin’s fall was even greater. After debuting at No.15 last week, the album lost more than 85 places to tumble entirely out of the top 100. Last week’s top 50 albums from Suze DeMarchi, We Came As Romans, Blur and Katie Noonan’s Vanguard are also gone from the hundred.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.