‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the charts, not an artist was stirring, not even Justin Bieber and Adele, who maintain their positions at the top of the singles and albums charts respectively.
Yes, it’s Saturday night and it’s time for Chart Watch.
Justin Bieber holds onto the No.1 mantle for a second successive week this week with ‘Love Yourself’. He again sandwiches Adele in the No.2 position with his previous single ‘Sorry’ maintaining its No.3.
But though Adele’s ‘Hello’ is now the second most popular single in the country, it’s still selling strongly, ticking over the four times platinum barrier this week for sales of more than 280,000 copies.
Also having a certification tweak this week is Shawn Mendes’ single ‘Stitches’, which is now platinum and steady in the No.4 spot, right ahead of a charging DJ Snake and ‘Middle’ (No.7 to No.5).
Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s collaboration ‘Lay It All On Me’ also bags a platinum certification this week, down one position to No.9, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Downtown’ moves back into the top ten (No.12 to No.10), hitting a fresh new triple platinum mark.
A trio of bullets follow; Charlotte Devaney & Snoop Dogg’s ‘Flip It’ (No.24 to No.12), The Weeknd’s ‘In The Night’ (No.41 to No.13) and Rachel Platten’s ‘Stand By You’ (No.31 to No.14).
The new Hilltop Hoods single ‘Higher’, which debuted at No.9 last week, finds itself lower. Eleven places lower. And things are all sweet in the Nos.21 and 22 positions for Dawin’s ‘Dessert’ and Robin Schulz’ ‘Sugar’.
Brisbane’s Conrad Sewell scores a gold sales accreditation for ‘Who You Lovin’ in position 23 (down four), the new Snakehips single ‘All My Friends’ rockets from No.63 to a new peak of No.27 and Troye Sivan’s ‘Youth’ bullets from No.45 to No.31, also a new peak.
More bullets follow; Elle King’s ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ (which grammatically could’ve done without the apostrophes) leaps from No.84 to No.33 and that 99 Souls mashup of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Girl’ and Brandy & Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ (‘The Girl Is Mine’), which jumps 21 places to No.35.
Also up are Major Lazer’s ‘Be Together’ (No.55 to No.39), Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ (No.50 to No.40) and Alessia Cara’s ‘Here’ (No.52 to No.42).
Sia’s ‘Alive’ takes a hit this week, dropping 19 places to No.51 and Los Frequencies’ latest ‘Reality’ slumps 18 to No.53.
The second single to be lifted from Adele’s ’25’ is ‘When We Were Young’ and that’s also down this week (No.39 to No.59); so too Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’, losing 31 places to No.68.
Ahead of the release of his album early in the new year, Warner Music gets the ball rolling on Charlie Puth’s ‘One Call Away’, which is the week’s highest debut – at No.77.
The Jonas Blue cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ enters the countdown at No.82 (it’s already top five on iTunes) and there’s a trio of debuts in the 90s – from Matt Corby (‘Smooth Lady Wine’ at No.93), Urthboy ftg. Bertie Blackman (‘Long Loud Hours’ at No.95) and Chris Brown (‘Back To Sleep’ at No.99).
Marcus Marr and Chet Faker’s ‘Work’ EP, which debuted at No.42 last week, loses its grip on the top 100.
It’s four weeks in a row on top of the ARIA albums chart for British singer Adele, who continues to smash the sales race with ’25’. Staggeringly, the album smashes through the seven times platinum barrier this week, meaning the LP is already in 490,000 Australian homes inside a month.
With Christmas less than a week away, Michael Bublé is making his move… ‘Christmas’ edges one spot higher to No.2, displacing Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’, which tumbles from its debut there last week to No.8.
We all know that diamonds are reputedly a girl’s best friend and now Taylor Swift has one of her very own. After notching up 500,000 sales of her album ‘1989’, she’s become the second artist (after Ed Sheeran a few weeks back) to be afforded a diamond certification. No doubt Adele will be sharing the honour by next weekend.
The ‘Very Best Of Richie’ compile from The 12th Man is up from No.7 to No.5, now with a gold certification to call its own, while ‘X Factor’ winner Cyrus Villanueva jumps from No.14 on debut to No.9 with his winner’s album; no mean feat at this time of the year.
Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ drops from No.6 on debut to No.15, Justin Bieber’s ‘Under The Mistletoe’ is now platinum at No.27 and the ‘X Factor’ albums from both Jess & Matt and Louise Adams appear on the countdown, premiering at Nos.29 and 32 respectively. Look for interviews with Jess & Matt, Louise and Cyrus appearing on auspOp over the Christmas/New Year period.
Cold Chisel bullet from No.42 to No.33 with ‘The Perfect Crime’, the Christmas special edition of Josh Groban’s ‘Stages/Noel’ proves popular (No.56 to No.39) and Grimes’ ‘Art Angels’ re-enters the top 100 at No.56, after spending a solitary week at No.30 on debut.
Marlon Williams’ self-titled set is back in the chart mix (No.68 on re-entry), but Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ is floating towards the chart precipice, dropping from No.40 to No.77.
There’s a debut for Julie Anthony’s ‘Memories : The Ultimate Collection’ at No.89 and a 23 place drop for Cilla Black’s ‘The Very Best Of’ (No.74 to No.97). G-Eazy’s ‘When It’s Dark Out’, which debuted at No.36 last week, is gone from 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.