What’s all this then? Adele has finally relinquished her hold on the No.1 spot. On the singles chart at least. But she’s still flying high over on the albums chart, notching up another impressive certification and holding a long-time chart favourite at bay.
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After six successive weeks flying high in the No.1 position on the ARIA singles chart, Adele’s ‘Hello’ has finally slipped. Though the single has notched over into triple platinum territory this week, it edges one place lower, finally succumbing to the pressure and popularity of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’.
Justin too achieves a new certification; ‘Love Yourself’ is now platinum, matching previous single ‘Sorry’, which remains at No.3, creating an Adele sandwich of sorts.
Nos.4, 5 and 6 remain steady this week (Shawn Mendes, Duke Dumont and Zara Larsson with MNEK), though the latter does pick up a platinum gong for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
DJ Snake’s ‘Middle’ leaps from No.19 to No.7 and Hilltop Hoods bag a top ten on debut with their latest single ‘Higher’, featuring the vocals of James Chatburn (new at No.9).
Sigala’s ‘Sweet Lovin’, featuring the vocals of Bryn Christopher (2008’s Ricki-Lee-penned single ‘Smilin’) debuts at a totally respectable No.11.
The Weeknd’s hit ‘The Hills’ climbs into double platinum territory, despite sliding to No.14 (down five), Conrad Sewell is back into top 20 territory with ‘Who You Lovin’ (No.24 to No.19) and there are bullets for Coldplay and WSTRN (‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ from No.36 to a new peak of No.20 and ‘IN2’ from No.43 to No.21 respectively).
Though his popularity on the show was undeniable, Cyrus Villanueva’s debut single ‘Stone’ doesn’t look like it’s sticking around for long. It drops from No.12 to No.22 this week (the results are worse for the winners singles for fellow contestants Jess & Matt and Louise Adams – see below).
Charlotte Devaney and Snoop Dogg’s single ‘Flip It’ bounces from No.38 to No.24, but Vance Joy’s ‘Fire And The Flood’ drops nine spots post-ARIAs.
Lost Frequencies’ ‘Reality’ re-enters the countdown at a new peak of No.35, Mariah Carey’s festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ leaps from No.59 to No.36, Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ punches its ticket back into the top 50 (No.74 to No.37) and, with the singer in the country on her national tour, Taylor Swift’s ‘Out Of The Woods’ re-emerges in the top 100 at No.38.
Another big move comes from The Weeknd’s ‘In The Night’, which bullets from a No.95 debut to No.41. The Marcus Marr/Chet Faker ‘Work’ EP premieres at No.42 and, ahead of the release of his new album, Troye Sivan’s ‘Youth’ bullets from No.96 to No.45, just four places ahead of his previous hit ‘Wild’, which re-enters at No.49.
Now that it’s starting to fire Stateside, Alessia Cara’s ‘Here’ is doing the same here. It re-enters this week’s top 100 at No.52; its fourth week of Aussie chart love.
That Destiny’s Child/Brandy mash-up ‘The Girl Is Mine’ (by 99 Souls) bullets from a No.80 debut to No.56, Taylor Swift’s seven times platinum ‘Shake It Off’ is up 11 to No.62, but Snakehips are up more with ‘All My Friends’ (No.98 to No.63).
The news isn’t so sparkly this week, however, for X Ambassadors, whose single ‘Renegades’ is down 25 places to No.73. Nor is it for ‘X Factor’ third place getters Jess & Matt, whose winner’s single ‘Nothing Matters’ plummets 47 places to No.76.
Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ is down 21 to No.79, his track ‘Company’ down 20 to No.82 and his other track ‘Mark My Words’ is also down 20 to No.87.
New entries follow for both Kygo ftg. Maty Noyes (‘Stay’ at No.88) and Illy (‘Swear Jar’ at No.89), but Jarryd James’ ‘Do You Remember’ plunges 40 positions (No.52 to No.92).
Michael Bublé’s new Christmas track ‘The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)’ premieres at No.97.
The Tina Arena/The Veronicas/Jessica Mauboy version of ‘Chains’, which wowed audiences at the ARIAs, has already exited the top 100 after one week at No.14. Conrad Sewell’s ‘Start Again’ is also out, after being at No.28 last week.
‘X Factor’ runner-up Louise Adams’ debut single ‘History’, which premiered at No.91 last week, is already… well, history.
She may have relinquished her spot on the singles chart, but Adele makes it three on the trot on this week’s ARIA albums chart.
And ’25’ keeps selling in bucketloads. From four times platinum last week, the album has catapulted ahead in the sales race; it’s now a staggering six times platinum (420,000 copies). To put that in context, it took Taylor Swift’s album 58 weeks to hit the same target. It’s taken Adele three.
With Adele continuing to rule the roost on the albums chart, Coldplay follows their lead from the UK in premiering at No.2 with their new LP ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’. It’s the first time the British band has missed the Aussie No.1 spot since their 2000 debut ‘Parachutes’ in 2000. But they’ll take some consolation from the fact they’ve done so with a gold sales certification on debut.
It looks like Adele might also prevent Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ from returning to the top spot at Christmas for the first time since it was released back in 2011. It’s steady at No.3.
Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ is down from No.2 to No.4 and the currently-touring Taylor Swift is steady at No.5, which leaves home-grown pop star Troye Sivan to debut at No.6; an incredibly respectable effort, given the competition.
The Elvis Presley release ‘If I Can Dream’ drops two places to No.9, but is now platinum, Human Nature‘s ‘The Christmas Album’ is now double platinum, steady at No.10 and Cyrus Villanueva’s debut LP ‘Cyrus’ debuts with a gold certification at No.14.
It’s clearly the season for accreditation updates; The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ also scores a new one; gold (35,000 sales) after 15 weeks.
Pentatonix’s ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ bullets from No.40 to No.25 and Rudimental’s ‘We The Generation’ is up from No.37 to No.29. But Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ slides backwards (No.17 to No.30).
Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Cinema’ rises from No.51 to No.34 (we know what some mums and dads are getting for Christmas) and the G-Eazy album ‘When It’s Dark Out’ premieres at No.36.
Re-entries from Bruce Springsteen (‘The River’) and Rod Stewart (‘Merry Christmas, Baby’) kick off the 40s (Nos.40 and 41 respectively) and Roy Orbison almost ends them (‘One Of The Only Ones’ new at No.48).
In the pre-Christmas chart mire, Conrad Sewell’s ‘All I Know’ EP loses ground (No.26 to No.55), but there are bullets for compilations ‘Get On With It Macca’ and ‘We Love Disney’ (No.85 to No.57 and No.87 to No.56 respectively), plus ‘Two Strong Hearts’ from John Farnham & Olivia Newton John (No.79 to No.59).
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Walking Under Stars’ re-enters at No.62, Rudimental’s ‘Home’ re-enters at No.64. Elton John’s ‘The Definitive Hits’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ also re-enter (Nos.66 and 67 respectively).
Kerser’s ‘Next Step’ is 21 places down and there are debuts at Nos.79 and 83 from Teddy Tahu and Hillsong Young & Free.
The Amity Affliction’s ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’ plunges 52 places to No.87, James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ is down 45 and albums from Sarah Blasko and Jeff Lynne’s ELO are down 26 and 34 places respectively.
Jarryd James’ album ‘Thirty One’ plummets 50 spots, Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ is down 36 and The Vamps… well The Vamps’ album ‘Wake Up’ debuted at No.23 last week, but it’s gone entirely from this week’s top 100.
As has ‘Nine’ from Samantha Jade, having debuted at No.11 just two weeks back.
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