Plenty happening on this week’s ARIA charts, including a mass of new accreditations, debuts, big moves and the re-emergence of a festive season favourite. But who, what and where?
You’ll find the answers as part of our weekly Chart Watch!
Another super-strong week for Adele’s new single ‘Hello’, which maintains its heading at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart and, as reported on the site DURING THE WEEK, it’s already cracked the platinum certification in little more than a week.
Though Justin Bieber remains at No.2 with ‘Sorry’, the Canadian superstar still has 35,000 reasons to smile, bagging a gold accreditation after two weeks in.
The certifications keep coming, with a double platinum gong for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in position three with ‘Downtown’ and a platinum gong for ‘The Hills’ from The Weeknd at No.4.
More upwards movement for the Zara Larsson/MNEK collaboration ‘Never Forget You’. After improving from No.31 to No.9 last week, it’s up to No.5 this week; a position that can only improve, with the Swedish starlet booked in for an AUSTRALIAN PROMO VISIT in the days ahead.
Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ drops from three to six, but no biggie as it’s now platinum, Dawin’s ‘Dessert’ is up one to No.7 and is now gold certified and the Duke Dumont single ‘Ocean Drive’, which was on the precipice of top 100 oblivion just a few short weeks ago, is now top ten – up from No.13 to No.8.
Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ smashed through double platinum at No.9 and the new Ariana Grande single ‘Focus’ sets its sight on the No.10 spot on debut, the week’s highest.
There are more certifications, this time for Robin Schulz’ ‘Sugar’, which hits sweet platinum at No.12 and Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ , which is now gold (No.13).
Marcus Marr and Chet Faker’s collaboration ‘The Trouble With Us’ bullets from No.28 to No.14, Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lay It All On Me’ is gold at No.15 and bullets for both Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ (No.24 to No.16) and Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘I’d Go Anywhere With You’ (No.35 to No.18).
The new Conrad Sewell single ‘Who You Lovin’ loses a little steam, down 11 to No.28 and the Justin Bieber album campaign continues to gather pace, with his latest grat track ‘I’ll Show You’ showing its face in the No.29 position on debut.
David Guetta’s newbie ‘Bang My Head’ (with Sia and Fetty Wap) premieres at No.33 and Dj Snake’s ‘Middle’ re-enters the countdown at No.34 after debuting at a lowly No.74 two weeks ago.
Felix Jaehn’s ‘Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)’ is now platinum (No.37), Galantis’ ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ hits double platinum (No.40) and, off the back of her promotional visit and ‘X Factor’ appearance, Rachel Platten’s ‘Stand By You’ makes its Australian chart entry at No.41.
Lost Frequences’ ‘Are You With Me’ tips over into double platinum territory in the No.45 position, ahead of Major Lazer’s ‘lean On’, now four times platinum (No.46), Troye Sivan’s ‘Wild’ (now gold at No.47) and a No.50 debut for Pia Mia’s ‘Touch’.
X Ambassadors slip out of the top 50 after debuting at No.43 last week (No.52), Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’ continues the run of new accreditation updates, hitting platinum at No.54, Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ jumps from No.74 to No.56 (thanks ‘X Factor’) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ snaps over into the land of double platinum at No.59.
With the local buzz about the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ growing ahead of its premiere, Sam Smith’s theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ surges from the edge of the top 100; up from No.98 to No.61.
Adam Lambert’s ‘Ghost Town’ continues to slide downwards (No.55 to No.64), but the good news for Glamberts this week is that the single has hit double platinum in Australia (140,000 copies).
Wiz Khalifa’s former chart monster ‘See You Again’ keeps ticking over sales (No.67) and this week has ticked over the five times platinum mark, ahead of Sigala’s ‘Easy Love’ (now gold at No.69), Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ (now seven times platinum – 490,000 copies – at No.74) and a No.79 debut for Nathaniel’s new single ‘Always Be Yours’.
Who’s in at No.87? Ellie Goulding’s ‘Army’, that’s who.
Michael Jackson’s classic ‘Thriller’ clearly struck a chord with Halloween fans, re-entering at No.89 (can you believe such a classic song is only two times platinum?) and the Kita Alexander single ‘Like You Want To’ enters at No.90.
Kygo’s ‘Here For You’ is the last of the week’s debuts at No.99.
One Direction’s ‘Home’ and last week’s new entries from Skrillex, Gwen Stefani and DNCE are all gone from the top 100.
EMI was super-hopeful during the week that they’d done enough to get Tina Arena her first No.1 album in 18 years. Sadly, it’s The King, Elvis Presley, who stood between her and that No.1 spot.
‘If I Can Dream’, which saw Elvis teaming up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, debuts at No.1 in Australia this week, leaving Tina to claim the No.2 spot for her own.
If it’s any consolation for Tina, however, ‘Eleven’ still achieves her highest Aussie chart position in 18 years.
Triple J’s ‘Like A Version 11’ is still in at No.3 and Def Leppard’s self-titled set premieres at No.4.
The 5SOS boys drop from No.1 to No.6 with ‘Sounds Good, Feels Good’ and Chris Isaak’s ‘First Comes The Night’ is down from No.2 to No.7. The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ is up five to No.8.
Carrie Underwood’s ‘Storyteller’ loses ten spots (No.4 to No.14) and with Fleetwood Mac in the country for their national tour, it’s perhaps understandable that we have two of their greatest hits packages sitting back to back at Nos.15 and 16.
That collection of festive favourites we mentioned in the opener? Why that’d be Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’, of course, which re-enters the countdown with a sparkling 11 times platinum certification at No.17.
Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ anniversary repackage sees the classic album back in chart action in all its 14 times platinum splendour (980,000 copies).
Hozier’s national tour reignites interest in his self-titled LP (No.65 to No.22) and there are improvements for Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ (No.41 to No.26), AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ (No.77 to No.27), Fleetwood Mac’s ’25 Years : The Chain’ (No.47 to No.28) and Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’, which re-enters the top 100 at No.29.
Escape The Fate claim the No.32 position for their own on debut for new LP ‘Hate Me’, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ jumps from No.49 to No.34 and Skyhooks’ ‘Don’t Believe What You’ve Seen Or You’ve Heard’ is new at No.40.
Fat Freddy’s Drop drop from No.12 on debut to No.41 with ‘Bays’. Nathaniel plunges from No.4 on debut to No.45 with ‘Yours’. City And Colour are down 22 with ‘If I Should Go Before You’.
Puscifer’s ‘Money Shot’ arrives at No.51, Claptone’s ‘Charmer’ is up from No.81 to No.52, Courtney Barnett’s ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’ re-enters at No.53 and Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential Michael Jackson’ bullets from No.89 to No.54.
Beyond there, The Neighbourhood is ‘Wiped Out’ at No.57, Alison Wonderland’s ‘Run’ repackage does the trick (No.58 on re-entry), Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ is up from No.84 to No.59, but there are sizeable drops for Selena Gomez’ ‘Revival’ (No.32 to No.60), Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ (No.23 to No.62) and Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ (No.44 to No.64).
Jamie Lawson’s self-titled set also suffers a big chart stumble, plummeting 45 places to No.70.
A debut for El Vy (‘Return To The Moon’ at No.76), but a drop for Pentatonix (‘Pentatonix’ from No.34 to No.80).
James Morrison’s new album ‘Higher Than Here’ stumbles into the top 100 at No.94 on debut.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.