Even though the No.1 on the singles chart remains unchanged this week, there are new accreditations that follow, some big moves and debuts. On the albums chart, 50% of the top ten is new, including a new No.1 album.
Scratch the surface on this week’s ARIA charts with our weekly Chart Watch.
The Danes reign for another week on the ARIA singles chart; there’s seemingly no slowing down Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’, which spends its third week in the No.1 position down under.
But it would seem a challenge is on the cards, with our own Hilltop Hoods rising four places to No.2 with their latest track ‘1955’. Featuring Montaigne and Tom Thum, the single’s only been doing the rounds for four weeks, but is already flying impressively high.
Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Stressed Out’ rises to No.3 (equalling its peak thus far) and Rihanna’s ‘Work’ rises to a new peak of No.5. Ri-Ri’s single also bags a new gold sales certification this week, having passed through 35,000 sales.
Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’ is down from three to eight and The Chainsmokers are down from five to nine. Though they pick up a new platinum certification for ‘Roses’ (70,000 copies).
Daya leaps nine places with ‘Hide Away’ (No.24 to No.13) and though it may be down one spot from last week’s No.15 chart placing, Selena Gomez’ sexy single ‘Hands To Myself’ earns itself a gold accreditation.
Norwegian producer Alan Walker is flying high with ‘Faded’. The track premiered just outside last week’s top 50 (No.54), but is seemingly in a hurry towards the top, improving 34 places to No.20, just ahead of the new Macklemore & Ryan Lewis single ‘Dance Off’ (featuring Idris Elba and Anderson.Paak), which is the week’s highest new entry (No.21).
Kelly Clarkson’s emotional performance of ‘Piece By Piece’ on ‘American Idol’ results in the song entering the ARIA charts at No.24, making it her highest charting song in Australia since 2012’s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’.
LDRU’s ‘Keeping Score’ is now platinum (No.27), there are new entries from Zayn (‘It’s You’) and Fifth Harmony (‘Work From Home’) at Nos.38 and 39 respectively and a big jump for Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’, which rockets from No.87 on debut to No.46.
Taylor Swift wraps the top 50 debuts this week; her latest track ‘New Romantics’ debuting in the No.47 position.
Tobtok’s cover of ‘Fast Car’, which didn’t do quite as well as that of Jonas Blue, has still done pretty well for itself during its chart run. Though it got no higher than No.19, it’s done enough to earn itself a gold sales certification (No.50).
The Rüfüs single ‘You Were Right’ jumps from No.66 to No.52, Cyrus’ newbie ‘Keep Talking’ rebounds from its chart precipice (No.92 to No.55) and, with their new album now rolling in the stores, The 1975’s single ‘The Sound’ re-enters the countdown at No.56 – just three places shy of its chart peak thus far.
Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ goes double platinum (No.60), Major Lazer’s ‘Light It Up’ improves from No.73 to No.62, Sia’s ‘Alive’ is down 21 (No.43 to No.64) after last week improving 23 (No.66 to No.43) and Ellie Goulding’s latest single ‘Something In The Way You Move’ slides 20 to No.67.
Ellie’s 20 place drop is nowhere near as big as that for The 1975’s ‘Somebody Else’, which plunges 35 places from last week’s No.34 debut.
New at No.70 is 360’s ‘My Favourite Downfall’, Rudimental’s ‘Rumour Mill’ and Chris Brown’s ‘Back To Sleep’ re-enter (Nos.73 and 74 respectively) and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ enters the countdown at No.82.
DMX’s ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ finds itself 20 places lower this week (No.63 to No.83), but lower still is Tim Minchin’s ‘Come Home (Cardinal Pell)’, which is down 57 places to No.89.
Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ is also down (No.67 to No.93), while the new singles for Missy Higgins (‘Canada’) and In Stereo (‘Honest’), which debuted in positions 46 and 51 last week respectively) are now both gone from the top 100.
Another week, another new No.1 album. This time around it’s The 1975 who bag the top spot with their new LP (long title alert!) ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. It’s the first time the band has bagged the No.1 spot in Australia, with their 2013 debut only managing No.29.
The ‘Molly’ soundtrack’s at No.2, ahead of a debut for Hillsong Young & Free’s ‘Youth Revival’ (No.3).
Last week’s No.1 – from the Hilltop Hoods – drops to No.5, ahead of a trio of top ten debuts; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ (No.6), Hands Like Houses’ ‘Dissonants’ (No.7) and DMA’s ‘Hills End’ (No.8).
Bowie, Bieber and Sia drop as a result of the five top ten debuts.
Anthrax achieve their highest ever Australian chart position with ‘For All Kings’ (No.12 on debut). In fact, it’s the band’s only album in their 32 year history to make the Aussie top 20.
Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’, Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ are all out of the top ten this week.
The deluxe repackage of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ pays dividends for the late pop king’s classic LP, which re-enters the countdown at No.17, just two ahead of Steel Panther’s ‘Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage’.
After the aforementioned performance on ‘American Idol’, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ re-enters the top 100 at No.23.
James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ is up from No.36 to No.27, Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ improves from No.37 to No.29 after his Oscars win and Celtic Thunder debut at No.32 with ‘Legacy Vol.1’.
The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack surges again (No.66 to No.37), Chase Rice ignites the charts with ‘Ignite The Night’ at No.39 and a compilation to celebrate the music of George Harrison premieres in the No.41 position.
There are drops for Sia (‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ down 17 to No.42), The Jezabels (‘Synthia’ down 22 to No.45) and Bring Me The Horizon (‘That’s The Spirit’ down 17 to No.47), but Jack Garratt’s ‘Phase’ tumbles further; down 40 places from last week’s No.9 debut.
Wolfmother’s ‘Victorious’ also suffers the second week sales blues, plunging 33 from last week’s No.17 debut.
Ronan Keating’s star is obviously on the wane. ‘Time Of My Life’ might have debuted at No.6 a couple of weeks back, but it’s already out of the top 50, having dropped a further 32 places this week.
A little bit of chart action in the early 60s, with the eternal return of Sarah Blasko’s ‘Eternal Return’ (No.62), a 31 place jump for Dr Dre’s ‘2001’ (No.94 to No.63), a debut for Santigold’s ’99 Cents’ (No.64) and a re-entry for David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (No.65).
The Rubens’ ‘Hoops’ is down 25, Selena Gomez’ ‘Revival’ is down 45, Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Dig In Deep’ is new at No.70 and Van Halen’s ‘Deluxe’ debuts right behind her.
How about the drop for Simple Plan’s album ‘Taking One For The Team’ though? It was new at No.12 last week, but this week finds itself a worrying 63 places lower. Quite the drop.
The Eagles’ 21 place fall for ‘Selected Works : 1972 – 1999’ pales in comparison (No.55 to No.76). Ditto Conrad Sewell’s ‘All I Know’ EP (No.57 to No.77) and The Wiggles’ ‘Wiggle Town’ (No.58 to No.78).
Willie Nelson’s Gershwin project ‘Summertime’ debuts at No.82, with Tina Arena’s tour now over, ‘Eleven’ drops a huge 53 places to No.93 and Jess & Matt’s eponymous debut is on the precipice; down from No.69 to No.96.
But if Simple Plan’s 63 place drop for their album was a worry, what about that for Rod Stewart’s ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’. Last week it was flying high at No.14. This week’s it’s lost more than 86 places; gone from the top 100.
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