The singles chart top ten features an unchanged top four, a debut and three singles creeping up into it for the first time. The albums chart top ten features three debuts within the top five, plus one album that jumps thirty places to place within it. Who could they all be? Your patience will be rewarded and questions answered in this week’s Chart Watch.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz all remain wedged together in the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart with their single ‘Downtown’. It’s the third successive week in pole position and once again, they’re holding off a still-strong Justin Bieber with ‘What Do You Mean?’ (No.2), Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ (No.3) and Robin Schulz’ ‘Sugar’ (No.4).
Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ buzzes its way into the top five, right ahead of the week’s highest debut, which belongs to ‘X Factor’ star Cyrus Villanueva and his cover of judge Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’, which was a standout on the show a couple of weeks back. Staggeringly, Cyrus’ cover of the track has charted higher than the original did all the way back in 1991 (it peaked at No.15). There’s plenty of air between him and the second best ‘X Factor’ contestant to chart this week, Mahalia Simpson (more about that later).
Rudimental’s into the top ten – alongside Ed Sheeran – with ‘Lay It All On Me’ (No.11 to No.7), Dawin’s ‘Dessert’ sweetens the deal, edging from No.17 to No.8, while The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ tips over to No.10 from No.12.
A performance of the track on this week’s ‘The X Factor’ does wonders for Jess Glynne’s single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’. It bullets from No.24 to a new peak of No.12, while her album also improves (see the albums section below).
Omi’s ‘Hula Hoop’ is down from No.8 to No.13, but manages a gold certification and Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ slides six to No.15. But the slide’s a little bigger for Jessica Mauboy’s single ‘This Ain’t Love’, which drops a worrying 14 places from last week’s No.5.
With their new single ‘Perfect’ now doing the rounds (and rather nicely indeed, it would seem), One Direction’s previous single ‘Drag Me Down’ drops nine to No.25, but Fetty Wap’s ‘679’ is picking up the pace – and how – bulleting from No.70 to No.27 in its 13th week on the charts.
Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘I’d Go With You Anywhere’ is up eleven (No.42 to No.31), The 1975’s ‘Love Me’ is new at No.35 and after almost stalling last week, an ‘X Factor’ performance and Aussie promotional visit sees Little Mix’ latest single ‘Love Me Like You’ rescued from chart oblivion, bulleting from the precipice of No.100 to No.36.
Jarryd James’ ‘Do You Remember’ re-enters at No.39 after Jess & Matt’s sublime ‘X Factor’ cover, Selena Gomez’ ‘Same Old Love’ is back in the top 50 and just two shy from its No.42 peak thus far (No.76 to No.44), but P!nk’s ‘Ellen’ theme, ‘Today’s The Day’ tumbles 17 to No.49.
Diplo’s ‘Be Right There’ improves eleven places, but not quite enough to re-enter the top 50 (No.62 to No.51). Conrad Sewell similarly just misses a top 50 berth, though on debut with his new single ‘Who You Lovin’, which enters the countdown at No.52.
Shawn Mendes achieves his highest Aussie chart position to date with ‘Stitches’, which improves from No.77 to No.55, but Matt Corby’s return to the musical sphere hits a chart snag, dropping from No.45 on debut to No.58.
Also down this week is One Direction’s grat track ‘Infinity’ (No.44 to No.59), Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings’ (No.46 to No.63) and Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ (No.47 to No.66).
Cyrus Villanueva’s cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ on ‘The X Factor’ pays dividends for the original this week too. It re-enters the countdown at No.69 24 years after it was released.
It’s a worryingly low No.70 debut for the new 5 Seconds Of Summer single ‘Hey Everybody’. It could be, however, that the fans are instead holding onto their cash and waiting for the release of the album this Friday.
James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ is back in at No.78, Violent Soho’s ‘Like Soda’ is fresh and new at No.81, but there are drops for Major Lazer’s ‘Powerful’ (No.56 to No.83), Peking Duk’s ‘Say My Name’ (No.50 to No.84) and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ (No.55 to No.85).
Lost Frequencies’ new single ‘Reality’ debuts at No.86 and there are two more ‘X Factor’ debuts… Mahalia Simpson’s cover of ‘Hello’ (No.88) and Louise Adams’ ‘People Help The People’ (No.91).
The Vamps’ ‘Wake Up’ is gone from the top 100 after just one week in – at No.65.
Champagne corks will be popping for Aussie indie outfit Boy & Bear, with their new album ‘Limit Of Love’ following on from the No.1 debut of 2013’s ‘Harlequin Dream’ by premiering in the top spot on the ARIA albums chart.
They edge Triple J’s ‘Like A Version Vol.11’ from the No.1 position, though it’s only down to No.2, leaving Selena Gomez to claim the No.3 position on debut with her new album ‘Revival’. It’s her highest Aussie chart position to date – singles or albums, bettering the No.8 peak for her 2013 album ‘Stars Dance’.
Canada’s City And Colour makes it three top five albums on the trot with ‘If I Should Go Before You’, which is new at No.5.
Jess Glynne’s emergence in the Aussie market for a promotional visit, along with an ‘X Factor’ performance, sees her debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ re-enter the top ten, bulleting from No.40 to No.10. It’s just three places shy of the LP’s No.7 peak thus far.
Reece Mastin’s new album ‘Change Colours’ misses the top ten on debut (No.12), but we’re pretty sure he’ll still be over the moon with the chart position, as the album is one he’s much prouder of as a body of work.
Cold Chisel’s best-of jumps six to No.15, but Rudimental’s ‘We The Generation’ drops 15 from last week’s No.4 debut.
The Rubens’ ‘Hoops’ jumps 13 to No.21, but Bryan Adams’ ‘Get Up’ drops 16 to No.22. Also up this week are Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ (No.84 to No.26) and James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ (No.36 to No.28).
Mayday Parade scores a top 40 debut at No.32 with ‘Black Lines’, Trivium’s ‘Silence In The Snow’ tumbles 28 from last week’s No.7 debut and Avicii’s ‘Stories’ suffers a drop of the same magnitude; No.10 to No.38.
Little May pick up some top 50 chart love for their album ‘For The Company’ – a debut at No.40, followed by new entries by Toby Keith’s ’35MPH Town’ (No.43) and Sol3 Mio’s ‘On Another Note’ (No.45).
The rest of the top 50 is highlighted by a big drop (NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ down 29 to No.46), a big jump (the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack up 24 to No.49) and a debut (Art vs Science’s ‘Off The Edge Of The Earth And Into Forever, Forever’ at No.50).
Just missing the top 50 on debut this week is The Dead Daisies’ newbie ‘Revolucion’ (No.52 on debut), but Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ suffers quite the second week fall. After debuting handsomely at No.11 last week, Ms Janet finds herself a worrying 45 places lower this week at No.56.
Though Hurts’ new album ‘Surrender’ debuts at No.57, it’s actually the British duo’s highest Aussie album chart to date. And it’s followed by debuts from Slum Sociable’s ‘TQ’ (No.58) and R City’s ‘What Dreams Are Made Of’ (No.59).
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ leaps (No.97 to No.60), but Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.43 to No.61), Dr Dre’s ‘2001’ (No.32 to No.62) and Clutch’s ‘Psychic Warfare’ (No.23 on debut to No.64) all fall.
The new self-titled St.Germain album premieres at No.67, Maroon 5’s ‘Singles’ drops 33 to No.71, ‘Faithless 2.0’ boots up in the No.73 spot and Kurt Vile’s album title couldn’t be more apt… ‘B’lieve I’m Going Down’. (No.51 to No.79).
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s best-of slumps 40, British band Lawson, who are supporting Robbie Williams on tour, see their album ‘Lawson’ premiere at No.84, but there are plenty of big drops to follow…;
Albums from Courtney Barnett (down 20), New Order (down 24), Keith Richards (down 35), Drake & Future (down 41), Jimmy Barnes (down 31) and Eagles Of Death Metal (down a staggering 70) all tumble.
Dylan Joel’s ‘Authentic Lemonade’ falls greater than 72, however. From a No.28 debut last week all the way out of the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.