It’s a very happy new year to you! And a very happy new year to Chart Watch, which is here in its first edition for 2016, with everything steady in the No.1 spots.
In fact, there’s never really much movement at this time of the year, but we’re here to guide you through any seismic shifts that may have occurred. Yes, it’s Chart Watch – edition 349.
Justin Bieber holds the No.1 spot on the first ARIA singles chart for 2016 with ‘Love Yourself’. That track maintains its advantage, but his previous single ‘Sorry’ gives up the No.2 position to Adele’s ‘Hello’.
Shawn Mendes and Jonas Blue swap their positions (Shawn up to No.4), while Snakehips slithers into the top ten, edging from No.11 to No.8 with ‘All My Friends’.
One in means one out and the time in the top ten sunshine is all over for Duke Dumont’s ‘Ocean Drive’, which slides to No.12 (down five). Elle King’s ‘Ex’s And Oh’s’ is up five, meantime, to No.14.
Dawin’s ‘Dessert’ jumps six places in the post-Christmas haze (No.23 to No.17) and there are more sizeable improvements for Vance Joy’s ‘Fire And The Flood’ (No.35 to No.24), Zara Larsson’s ‘Lush Life’ (No.34 to No.25) and Alessia Cara’s ‘Here’ (No.43 to No.29).
One of last year’s hits – One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ – enjoys a bump, rising from No.47 to No.36, and one of 2014’s biggest – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ – enjoys an eleven place rise to No.38.
Into the upper half of the hundred this week are Disclosure’s ‘Magnets’ (No.63 to No.41), Ariana Grande’s ‘Focus’ (No.56 to No.42), Silento’s ‘Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)’ (No.70 to No.47), LDRU’s ‘Keeping Score’ (No.61 to No.49) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’, which improves three places to No.50.
Outside the 50, it’s a 24 place drop for Conrad Sewell’s ‘Who You Lovin’ (No.40 to No.64), a 16 place rise for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again’, but a plunge for Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, which is down 50 places to No.67.
The proliferation of ‘Fast Car’ covers sees the original from Tracy Chapman improving too – it’s up from No.93 to No.78 – though it’s not doing quite as well as those from Jonas Blue (No.5) and Tobtok (No.39).
ZHU’s ‘Working For It’; albeit 20 places lower this week at No.84, Fleur East’s ‘Sax’ is up eight to No.86 and Adam Lambert’s ‘Ghost Town’ re-enters the top 100 countdown at No.91, followed by re-entries for Fifth Harmony’s ‘Worth It’, Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’, Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’, Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ and Meghan Trainor’s ‘Better When I’m Dancin’.
On the albums front this week, all’s quiet again on the accreditations front while the labels enjoy their time out of the sunshine. So Adele’s seven times platinum certification – and her position at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart – remains unchanged in the post-Christmas wake.
Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ edges to No.2 now that Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ is out of the way (the latter down from No.2 to No.9).
It’s Taylor at three, Ed at four and Coldplay at five for the first chart of 2016.
One Direction’s ‘Made In The A.M.’ improves to No.7 as the kids splurge their Christmas cash, while The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ leaps from No.16 to No.8.
Jess & Matt’s album (check out our just-fresh interview with the pair HERE) impressively holds within the top ten, while Cyrus’s improves two places to No.13.
Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ enjoys a bump (No.26 to No.11); so too the ‘Molly’ soundtrack (No.17 to No.12), Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ (No.23 to No.15) and Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ (No.25 to No.17).
Christmas cash was also splashed on Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.70 to No.21), Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ (No.32 to No.22), ‘The Very Best Of INXS’ (No.38 to No.24) and Little Mix’ ‘Get Weird’ (No.47 to No.26).
5 Seconds Of Summer improves from No.45 to No.29 and The Beatles’ ‘1’ re-enters at No.31. But with Christmas over for another year, Kylie’s ‘Christmas’ slides from No.11 to No.32.
Top 50 re-entries follow for Bring Me The Horizon, Dr Dre, Halsey, Queen, Hozier, Red Hot Chili Peppeers and James Bay, but Mariah’s ‘Merry Christmas’ drops from No.20 to No.43. Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ suffers a similar fate, though their drop is much more pronounced (No.10 to No.47).
Beyond the gates of the 50, it’s a 36 place jump for The Rubens’ ‘Hoops’ (No.87 to No.51), while Neil Diamond joins them in jumping (No.80 to No.52).
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ is headed in the opposite direction (No.31 to No.53), but there are chart improvements for Mark Ronson, Kerser, Parkway Drive, Bon Jovi, NWA, Disturbed, Phil Collins and Sia (among others).
Cold Chisel’s ‘The Perfect Crime’ slumps 30 places to No.67, One Direction’s ‘Four’ re-enters at No.68, Fetty Wap’s self-titled set also re-emerges, back at No.70 and Selena Gomez’ album enjoys a chart ‘Revival’, back in at No.73.
But more drops follow for Pentatonix’s ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ (No.30 to No.83) and Tracy Chapman’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.58 to No.86), Adam Harvey’s ‘Harvey’s Bar’ (No.60 to No.98) and Chris Isaak’s ‘First Comes The Night’ (No.50 to No.100).
Albums that were in the top 50 last week no longer in the ARIA top 100 are;
The Ten Tenors’ ‘Our Christmas Wish’ (No.28), Justin Bieber’s ‘Under The Mistletoe’ (No.34), Josh Groban’s ‘Stages/Noel’ (No.35), Andre Bocelli’s ‘Cinema’ (No.39), Roy Orbison’s ‘One Of The Lonely Ones’ (No.40), AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ (No.41), Rod Stewart’s ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ (No.43) and Ariana Grande’s ‘Christmas & Chill’ (No.49).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.