Saturday night means it’s time again for Chart Watch and this week, we see Adele maintaining her chart lead on the ARIA singles chart, but will it be 1D or The Bieb who nab the all-important No.1 on the albums chart? It’s been a hard-fought battle, but there can only be one winner.
We’ll tell you who in this week’s Chart Watch.
Adele maintains her advantage in the No.1 spot on this week’s ARIA singles chart; ‘Hello’ dominating for a fourth successive week, holding off Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’, which remains at No.2.
But it’s a double whammy of The Bieb in the top five this week, with ‘Love Yourself’ following the lead of the UK chart and debuting at No.3.
In fact, Justin has a top ten trifecta on his hands this week, with ‘Sorry’ at No.2, ‘Love Yourself’ at No.3 and his previous No.1 smash ‘What Do You Mean?’ still in the top ten; edging from No.9 to No.7.
Shawn Mendes scores himself a top ten Aussie hit with ‘Stitches’, which is up from No.13 to No.10, but songs from Drake and Dawin fall from the ten – only just.
The second highest entry for the week comes courtesy of Guy Sebastian and his latest tune ‘Black & Blue’. He performed the track on ‘The X Factor’ stage earlier in the week, resulting in a jump into the top five on iTunes, but that wasn’t enough to get the single any higher than No.17 on debut on the official ARIA chart.
The Amity Affliction joins him in premiering in the top 20 (No.19 with ‘Shine On’) and Justin Bieber scores a little more local chart love with ‘The Feeling’, which debuts at No.22.
Conrad Sewell’s ‘Who You Lovin’ improves (No.35 to No.26), Jess & Matt’s cover of ‘You’re The One That I Want’ proves to be the week’s favourite ‘X Factor’ moment (a No.30 debut), but Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘I’d Go Anywhere With You’ slips 19 places from No.19.
More Justin Bieber, this time the title track of his new album ‘Purpose’, which is new at No.40, making that six entries J Bieb has in this week’s top 40 (‘Sorry’ at No.2, ‘Love Yourself’ at No.3, ‘What Do You Mean?’ at No.7, ‘I’ll Show You’ at No.20, ‘The Feeling’ at No.22 and ‘Purpose’ at No.40).
Now that ‘Spectre’ is in cinemas, its theme from Sam Smith – ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – improves from No.81 to a new peak of No.43. A few debuts follow; Troye Sivan’s ‘Youth’ (No.44), Missy Elliot’s ‘WTF (Where They From)’ (No.45) and Justin Bieber’s ‘Mark My Words’ (No.49).
The Justin Bieber effect is so great this week that even his collaboration with Skrillex, ‘Where Are U Now’, re-enters the top 50 – at No.50 from No.63, followed by debuts for his songs ‘Children’ and ‘Company’ (Nos.52 and 54 respectively).
Rob Thomas’ performance on ‘The X Factor’ wasn’t enough to get his single ‘Hold On Forever’ any higher than No.55 on debut on the official chart and the Bieber march continues with ‘No Pressure’, which is new at No.60.
On the other side of the coin, the One Direction boys’ track ‘History’ slumps now that the album is in stores, dropping from No.29 to No.62. Sia’s ‘Bird Set Free’ is also down; 31 places lower than last week’s No.36 debut.
Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ drops from No.43 to No.71 and Pia Mia’s ‘Do It Again’ is 17 places lower.
More debuts in the lower reaches of the charts, including One Direction’s ‘What A Feeling’ (No.77) and Justice Crew’s ‘Good Time’ (No.79).
Pia Mia’s ‘Touch’ drops 33 spots to No.80, Naughty Boy’s ‘Runnin’ (Lose It All)’ is down 30 to No.82 and Rüfüs’ ‘Like An Animal’ slumps 41 to No.85.
A little chart love for Gin Wigmore’s latest ‘Willing To Die’ (new at No.88), but Jess Mauboy’s ‘This Ain’t Love’ drops 26 to No.92.
Also premiering this week – just – are Charlotte Devany’s ‘Flip It’ (No.98) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Touch And Go’ (No.100).
Given Justin Bieber holds ten songs (not including the Skrillex collaboration) in the ARIA top 100 this week, it’s clear he’s at the top of his game. And one Canadian star at the top of his game seemingly outweighs four British stars ready for a break from their band. In Australia, at least.
Whereas One Direction beats Bieber to the punch in their native UK, it’s the latter who triumphs in Australia; ‘Purpose’ is Australia’s number one album. In the process, it prevents 1D from claiming their fifth straight number one album down under.
The team at Sony will take some consolation, however, from the fact that ‘Made In The A.M.’ premieres in the runners-up spot with a gold certification for sales into stores of more than 35,000 copies.
Two big debuts means that last week’s No.1 from Elvis Presley (‘If I Can Dream’) drops to No.3. But it too now sports a fresh gold certification.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ improves from No.13 to No.4 thanks to a repackage, Kerser’s ‘Next Step’ is new at No.5, Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ is up from No.10 to No.6 and our own Kylie scores a top ten chart position with her ‘Kylie Christmas’, new at No.7.
Conrad Sewell’s EP also cracks the top ten, premiering at No.9.
All this top ten action means, naturally, that some albums must relinquish their spots. Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is one of those albums (down from No.7 to No.11), but it picks up its fourth platinum certification, meaning it’s found its way into more than 280,000 homes across the country.
The new Little Mix album ‘Get Weird’ is down from No.2 to No.13.
There’s a debut for ‘Alone In The Universe’ by Jeff Lynne’s ELO (No.15) and, thanks to a promotional visit and tour announcement, a re-entry for Rob Thomas’ album ‘The Great Unknown’ (No.16).
Ellie Goulding’s ‘Delirium’ is down 14 places (No.3 to No.17) in week number two. Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ picks up a second platinum certification (No.20) and Tina Arena’s ‘Eleven’ is down ten (No.11 to No.21).
Birds Of Tokyo’s new best-of ‘Playlist’ suffers the ol’ second week sales slump, dropping from a No.4 debut to No.23.
Slim Dusty’s ‘The Den Tapes’ is new at No.27, Dream On Dreamer’s ‘Songs Of Soulitude’ is new at No.29 and there’s a big second week drop for Sarah Blasko’s album ‘Eternal Return’, which plunges 26 places from last week’s No.6 debut.
Three more debuts occupy this week’s top 40; Chris Young’s ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ at No.36, Andre Rieu’s ‘Roman Holiday’ at No.39 and the new Jackie Onassis album ‘Pristine Alley’ at No.40.
Logic hits with ‘The Incredible True Story’ at No.43 on debut, but drops for Tim McGraw’s ‘Damn Country Music’ (No.19 to No.44) and Hillsong Worship’s ‘Open Heaven/River Wild’ (No.14 to No.46).
More worrying, however, will be the drop for ‘The Voice’ runner-up Joe Moore’s album ‘A Thousand Lifetimes’. It premiered respectably at No.5 last week, but finds itself a huge 54 places lower in week two.
Another drop – this time for Bob Dylan’s ‘The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966 : The Bootleg Series Vol.12’ (No.26 to No.63). Another for Hozier’s self-titled set (No.44 to No.68). And another for Neil Diamond’s ‘All Time Greatest Hits’ (No.48 to No.73).
The new Kurt Cobain release ‘Montage Of Heck : The Home Recordings’ pops in at No.75, but it’s a long way from the No.1 albums of yesteryear for Il Divo. They used to be flavour of the month in Australia, with their first two albums making number one. But their latest, ‘Amor & Pasión’ limps into the countdown at No.80 on debut.
There’s a mammoth 66 place plunge for You Am I’s latest LP ‘Porridge & Hotsauce’ (No.20 to No.86), a debut for Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Free TC’ (No.87), a huge 63 place drop for City Calm Down’s ‘In A Restless House’ (No.25 to No.88) and a debut at No.89 for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’.
Two more debuts make their top 100 presence felt; Josh Groban’s ‘Stages (Christmas Special Edition)’ (No.94) and ‘The Essential’ James Taylor (No.98).
Grimes’ ‘Art Angels’ loses more than 70 places. After debuting at No.30 last week, it’s gone from the top 100 entirely.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.