Sony Music’s campaign during the week to get Delta Goodrem’s new single ‘Wings’ to No.1 has worked. She pips Adam Lambert to the post on this week’s ARIA top 100 singles chart.
On the albums front, there’s a trio of debuts in the top five. But only one of them has snared the No.1 position on debut. Who?
These and more scintillating chart tid-bits are contained within this week’s Chart Watch. Off we go, then…
Sony pulled out all the stops this week to ensure Delta Goodrem was able to score her ninth number one single in ‘Wings’. They threw everything at it post her performance of the track on last week’s episode of ‘The Voice’… interviews, instores, giveaways. And it worked.
‘Wings’ bullets from No.26 to No.1 on this week’s ARIA singles chart, notching up Delt’s ninth No.1 single and her first since 2007’s ‘In This Life’.
From what we hear, it was an uphill fight, with Adam Lambert leading the sales race for much of the week; ‘Ghost Town’ maintaining its No.2 heading on this week’s chart, but by no means disgraced, after picking up a platinum certification for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
The rest of the top seven remains where they were last week. The only update coming in position seven, where Calvin Harris and Disciples gain a gold sales certification for their single ‘How Deep Is Your Love’.
One Direction’s time at the top was incredibly brief, but their latest single ‘Drag Me Down’ (which tumbles from No.1 to No.8 this week) did enough in its first two weeks in the chart sunshine to bag a gold sales certification (35,000 copies).
Pia Mia is also gold this week with ‘Do It Again’ (No.9); so too Selena Gomez and A$AP Rocky with ‘Good For You’ (No.10).
Aston Merrygold’s Aussie promotional visit (no interview love for auspOp, it has to be said) results in his single ‘Get Stupid’ bulleting from No.22 to No.12 and although Fifth Harmony’s single ‘Worth It’ drops five places to No.14, it does pick up a platinum certification.
Robin Schulz’ ‘Headlights’ is also platinum this week (No.15), the new Nico & Vinz single ‘That’s How You Know’ bullets from No.37 to No.16, Demi Lovato’s performance of ‘Cool For The Summer’ on ‘The Voice’ last weekend does the trick (not quite to the same extent as Delta, of course); the single bulleting from No.68 to No.20. And Major Lazer’s ‘Powerful’ also smashes through the platinum ceiling at No.21.
Sam Feldt’s ‘Show Me Love’ improves ten places to No.23, Avicii’s ‘Waiting For Love’ is now platinum at No.26, The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ is up from No.46 to No.33, R City and Adam Levine’s ‘Locked Away’ bullets from No.77 on debut to No.35 and the new Meg Mac single ‘Never Be’ premieres at No.39.
There’s a re-entry from Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ at No.43 (a new peak) and a debut for Hardwell’s collaboration with Jason Derulo (‘Follow Me’) at No.44.
Skrillex, Diplo and Bieber’s collaboration ‘Where Are U Now’ gets its double platinum on at No.46, but 5 Seconds Of Summer continue to slide with their single ‘She’s Kinda Hot’. After debuting at No.6 just four weeks back, this week it’s down from No.38 to No.47.
Flo Rida’s ‘I Don’t Like It, I Love It’ hits platinum (No.48) and Jason Derulo’s ‘Cheyenne’ plunges 24 places to No.49.
Beyond the top 50 this week, Lana Del Rey just misses the top half of the countdown with her new single ‘High By The Beach’. The song, which has been in the top 40 on the iTunes chart in recent days, premieres at No.51.
A new entry too for Havana Brown’s new single ‘Battle Cry’ (No.59). Look for our latest chat with Havana on the site early next week.
Pharrell Williams’ single ‘Freedom’ is looking less and less likely to reach the same dizzying heights as ‘Happy’, dropping 18 places from last week’s No.45, but Jamie Lawson gets a little more ARIA action via his latest single ‘Ahead Of Myself’, which debuts at No.72.
Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ is new at No.75, Felix Jaehn’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ is new at No.80, James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ hits triple platinum at No.81 and there’s a new entry from Madcon (‘Don’t Worry’) at No.82.
Rita Ora’s ‘Poison’ continues to slide (No.64 to No.85), debuts for Jarryd James (‘Regardless’ at No.90) and Rita Ora (‘Body On Me’ at No.91) and another for Dr Dre (‘Talking To My Diary’) at No.98.
Another change at the top on this week’s ARIA albums top 100, with Dr Dre following up his No.1 debut in the UK with a No.1 debut here. The producer’s first album in 16 long years debuts in the No.1 spot ahead of ‘Hoops’ by The Rubens (No.2 on debut), Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ (No.1 to No.3) and Luke Bryan’s ‘Kill The Lights’ (No.4 on debut).
Josh Groban’s ‘Stages’ not only improves from No.9 to No.7 this week, but it picks up a gold certification for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ improves (No.14 to No.8) to coincide with his tour announcement, Greta Bradman’s ‘My Hero’ premieres at No.11 and Fear Factory are in at No.15 with ‘Genexus’.
But more debuts follow; Shane Nicholson’s ‘Hell Breaks Loose’ (No.16) and Buried In Verona’s ‘Vultures Above, Lions Below’ (No.17).
Josh Pyke’s ‘But For All These Shrinking Hearts’ tanks in its second week (No.2 on debut to No.21), while Mac DeMarco and The Jungle Giants see their new babies premiere (‘Another One’ at No.24 and ‘Speakerzoid’ at No.25 respectively).
With his new album shining at No.1, Dr Dre’s previous LP ‘2001’ re-enters the charts at No.30, ahead of a debut for the new Tommy Emmanuel record ‘It’s Never Too Late’ (No.31).
Hozier’s ‘Hozier’ is down 18 (No.29 to No.47), Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The ANZACS’ is up (No.71 to No.48), Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Special’ is down (No.28 to No.50) and Paul Simon’s ‘The Ultimate Collection just misses a top 50 berth, premiering at No.51.
Frank Turner’s ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’ enters the countdown at No.55 and there are drops for Holy Holy’s ‘When The Storms Would Come’ (No.31 to No.56) and Hillsong United’s ‘Empires’ (No.40 to No.57).
5 Seconds Of Summer have just announced the forthcoming release of their second album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’, but their first (self-titled) album has gotten itself a second breath this week, improving from the even No.100 to No.71.
Buddy Guy slumps 32 places in his second week of chart action with ‘Born To Play Guitar’ (No.47 to No.79), Florence & The Machine is 34 places lower with ‘Ceremonials’ (No.53 to No.87) and those Led Zeppelin repackages (‘Presence’, ‘Coda’ and ‘In Through The Out Door’) sink like a stone; at Nos.21, 23 and 25 (respectively) last week, they’re all gone from the top 100.
Also leaving the top 100 after placing top 50 last week are; Lianne La Havas’ ‘Blood’ (No.30), Zac Brown Band’s ‘Jekyll + Hyde’ (No.39) and The Internet’s ‘Ego Death’ (No.45).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEST.