Chart Watch is here for your Saturday night’s reading pleasure and as suspected, there’s plenty happening, including a new No.1 album, new certifications, plenty of movements and a chart record falling thanks to one David Bowie.
All the details on that and so much more in this week’s Chart Watch.
There’s still no slowing Justin Bieber on the ARIA singles chart. His latest hit ‘Love Yourself’ continues to notch up the weeks in the No.1 position, this week making it six on the trot. Not only that, but the single also gets its accreditation updated this week, now double platinum (140,000 copies).
Jonas Blue continues to make strides with his version of ‘Fast Car’. It’s spent time at No.1 on the iTunes chart across the week and now moves up from No.4 to No.2 on the official countdown. This in addition to a new gold sales certification (35,000 copies).
Also hitting gold this week is Snakehips’ single ‘All My Friends’ with Tinashe and Chance The Rapper, which moves up from No.6 to No.3.
The accreditation updates continue in position four too; Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ also hits the double platinum mark.
Zara Larsson blasts into the top ten in her own right with her new single ‘Lush Life’. After peaking at No.3 alongside MNEK with ‘Never Forget You’ recently, she’s flying high again, up from No.15 to No.8.
DJ Snake goes gold with ‘Middle’ (No.7 to No.9) and Alessia Cara’s single ‘Here’ also makes its move, bulleting from No.19 to No.12.
Another certification update, this time for Duke Dumont’s former top five smash ‘Ocean Drive’, which hits double platinum (No.13), Rachel Platten’s ‘Stand By You’ bullets again (No.26 to No.16) and Troye Sivan’s latest single ‘Youth’ edges its way into the top 20 (No.23 to No.18).
As revealed in THE PURGE this morning, Hilltop Hoods’ single ‘Higher’ bags a gold certification this week, breaking through the 35,000 sales mark after little more than six weeks of chart action. Charlotte Devaney achieves the same (gold) with ‘Flip It’ (No.16 to No.20), while Tobtok’s ‘Fasr Car’ and Charlie Puth’s ‘One Call Away’ bullet (No.33 to No.21 and No.35 to No.23 respectively).
With a little help from its appearance in the Channel 10 promos, Fleur East blasts her way into the top 30 with ‘Sax’. It’s up a rather spectacular 43 places to No.25, ahead of the debut of the new Mashd N Kutcher single ‘My Sunshine’ in position 26.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Out Of The Woods’ is now a gold certified Aussie single at No.27 (up two), One Direction’s ‘Perfect’ goes platinum at No.29, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ drops 12 to No.30 and the first of the David Bowie entries on the singles chart (‘Space Oddity’) is into the chart as a re-entry at No.31.
The Weeknd’s latest single ‘In The Night’ looks like it’s quickly falling from favour, dropping from No.20 to No.34, but it’s done enough in its seven week chart run to achieve a gold sales certification.
David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ re-enters the countdown at No.36. His duet with Queen (‘Under Pressure’) is also back in – at No.42 – just one spot below a fast-charging Selena Gomez single ‘Hands To Myself’ (No.87 to No.41).
LDRU is up into the top 50 with ‘Keeping Score’ (No.59 to No.45), Diplo pops his head back in with ‘Be Right There’ (No.49) and Guy Sebastian’s ‘Black & Blue’ now has a shiny gold mark next to it, down from No.44 to No.50.
Just beyond the 50, it’s a re-entry for David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ (No.54), a six place jump for Tracy Chapman’s original ‘Fast Car’ (No.61 to No.55) and a re-entry for Mister Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ (No.63).
Big drops for One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ (No.45 to No.66) and Selena Gomez’ ‘Same Old Love’ (No.40 to No.67) and another for Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up & Dance’ (No.51 to No.70).
David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ is a new entry at No.72, The Chainsmokers’ ‘Roses’ is another new entry at No.75 and Disturbed’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ is a re-entry at No.76; a new peak.
Major Lazer’s ‘Be Together’ drops 23 spots (No.54 to No.77), there are debuts for KSI’s ‘Keep Up’ (No.78), David Bowie’s ‘Changes’ (No.80), a re-entry for Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’ (No.88) and two more debuts; Kiiara’s ‘Gold’ (No.92) and Sia’s ‘Reaper’ (No.93).
Troye Sivan’s ‘Wild’ hits platinum at No.96 (down from No.79).
Yes, the albums chart is all about David Bowie this week, with the legendary British performer – who passed away on Sunday – nabbing his first No.1 album in Australia in 33 long years. Not since his album ‘Let’s Dance’ way back in 1983 has the singer topped the charts down under, but he does so this week with album ‘Blackstar’ (★), which debuts at No.1, knocking Adele from her perch of seven weeks.
But the Bowie chart stats continue further down the countdown, with 13 of his albums occupying the top 50 (the same number as Michael Jackson achieved in his posthumous week) and a spectacular 17 albums in the top 100; the highest number of albums in the top 100 by a single performer in Australian chart history.
So Adele… She finally relinquishes the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart, but ’25’ keeps on selling. In fact, this week it ticks over the eight times platinum mark, meaning it’s now sold more than 560,000 copies in Australia in just eight weeks.
She’s sandwiched in the No.2 position by Bowie, whose ‘Nothing Has Changed’ best-of collection bullets from No.73 to No.3.
Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ also continues to sell. Though it’s down two to No.4 this week, the album picks up a double platinum certification (140,000 copies).
Country music is taking over Tamworth this week and Adam Brand And The Outlaws kick off the festivities in fine style with their self-titled album premiering at No.6.
‘Best Of Bowie’ is back into the countdown at No.9, as mentioned in the midweek edition of THE PURGE on Wednesday, the soundtrack to ‘Molly’ hits a gold accreditation (No.10) and Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ is newly platinum at No.11.
The David Bowie chart action continues in position 14, with a debut for ‘The Best Of David Bowie : 1969 – 1974’, just ahead of a debut for the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ soundtrack (No.15).
‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ is back into the top 100 mix for David Bowie at No.21, followed closely behind by entries for ‘The Next Day’ (re-entry at No.23), ‘The Best Of David Bowie : 1980 – 1987’ (new at No.30), ‘Aladdin Sane’ (re-entry at No.35) and ‘Let’s Dance’ (re-entry at No.37).
Rachel Platten’s position in the top 20 with her new album ‘Wildfire’ was incredibly brief. After debuting at No.12 last week, her album is 26 places lower at No.38 in amongst the the chorus of Bowie releases.
Bowie’s back at No.41 on re-entry with ‘Diamonds Dogs’ and again at No.42 with ‘Heroes’.
Louise Adams’ album drops from No.23 to No.43, but Disclosure’s ‘Caracal’ is up from No.59 to No.44; both ahead of a re-entry for David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ (No.45). Bowie also shines with ‘The Best Of David Bowie : 1974 – 1979’ – a re-entry at No.49.
Outside the top 50, Courtney Barnett’s album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ drops 22, David Bowie’s ‘Scary Monsters’ re-enters in the No.52 spot, ‘The Very Best Of INXS’ is down 25 to No.53 and Tina Arena’s ‘Eleven’ (the accreditation for which hasn’t been updated on the ARIA charts, despite EMI confirming the release was now gold – HERE) slides 25 to No.58.
Conrad Sewell’s ‘All I Know’ EP drops 20 to No.63, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ slumps 38 to No.64, Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’ is down 26 to No.66 and Little Mix’s album ‘Get Weird’ tumbles 31 to No.69.
The David Bowie set ‘Sound + Vision’ premieres at No.72. It’s just ahead of more bit drops courtesy of Florence & The Machine’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ (No.39 to No.73) and 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ (No.44 to No.74).
Phil Collins’ ‘Hits’ loses 25 places, David Bowie’s ‘Low’ re-enters at No.83, drops for Ellie Goulding’s ‘Delirium’ (down 36 to No.88) and Fleetwood Mac’s ’25 Years : The Chain’ (down 31 to No.89) and another Bowie re-entry; ‘Station To Station’ at No.95.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.