We literally could save ourselves a bunch of time this morning, by simply cutting and pasting the opening paragraph from last week’s Chart Watch, which says, “It’s steady at the top on the ARIA singles chart this week, but a new entry claims the No.1 position over on the albums chart. It’s one of four new entries in this week’s albums chart top ten.
Plus new accreditations, big moves and more, all in this week’s Chart Watch.” So we did.
Lukas Graham notches up five weeks on top of the Australian singles chart with their smash hit ‘7 Years’. But the Danish outfit was under real threat this week from Norwegian performer Alan Walker, whose single ‘Faded’ continued its march towards the summit, improving from No.14 to No.2, picking up a gold certification along the way (35,000 sales).
He’s not the only one with a new certification in the top ten this week; last week’s No.2 from Twenty One Pilots (‘Stressed Out’) is now at No.4, but hits platinum, after selling more than 70,000 copies in its nine weeks of ARIA chart action.
The Fifth Harmony ladies have a new Aussie top ten hit under their belts, after ‘Work From Home’ climbed from No.13 to No.6. Flo Rida’s ‘My House’ is now platinum (No.8) and, into the teens, there are northwards movements from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (‘Dance Off’ up from No.19 to No.19), Yo Preston ftg. Kelly Kiara (‘Love Yourself vs F@*k Yourself’ up from No.28 to No.16) and Mike Posner (‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ up from No.23 to No.17).
After a relatively soft start on the Aussie chart, Meghan Trainor’s new single ‘No’ finally starts to hit its strides, jumping from last week’s No.58 debut to No.20.
Zara Larsson’s ‘Lush Life’ slides seven to No.23, ahead of a No.24 debut for Ariana Grande’s new single ‘Dangerous Woman’.
Samantha Jade enjoys a little time in the ARIA top 30 with ‘Always’ (No.36 to No.28). It’s the singer’s first track to hit the ARIA top 30 since ‘Up’ back in 2014.
Zayn scores a new entry with his new single ‘Like I Would’ (No.31), Disturbed’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ is up from No.55 to No.32 and the new Little Mix single ‘Secret Love Song’ edges its way into the top 40 (No.41 to No.35), though it’s by no means in a hurry.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ suffers a 13 place fall to No.40, there’s a debut for Alessia Cara’s ‘Wild Things’ at No.43 and, ahead of their just-announced Australian visit next month (HERE), The Chainsmokers’ new single ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ bullets 17 places to No.45.
Conrad Sewell’s single ‘Remind Me’ was well within the top 50 last week (No.32), but finds itself on the outer this week (No.51) after dropping 19 positions.
Justin Bieber joins him for ‘Company’ in the 50s; a debut at No.52.
Rüfüs drop back 11 with ‘You Were Right’ (No.46 to No.57) and Dami Im’s Eurovision single ‘Sound Of Silence’ is yet to set the local charts on fire, with its debut at No.68. Let’s hope that the Europeans get behind it a little more in May.
Cyrus drops from No.59 to No.71 with ‘Keep Talking’, there’s a new entry from Gwen Stefani at No.74 (‘Misery’) and, given it loves company, more new entries at No.77 (Dua Lipa’s ‘Be The One’), No.80 (King Social’s ‘Big Man’) and No.81 (Tinie Tempah ftg. Zara Larsson’s ‘Girls Like’).
A Day To Remember get a week in the ARIA charts (No.86 on debut) with ‘Paranoia’, but Joel Adams’ hopes of chart domination with ‘Please Don’t Go’ seem to have taken a hit; the single plunging from No.65 to No.88.
New Ladyhawke (‘A Love Song’) enters the countdown at No.94, but Zayn’s ‘It’s You’ drops again; No.38 on debut to No.69 to No.96.
It would appear that Matt Corby has lost none of his pulling power in the three years since his smash ‘Resolution’ hit the ARIA top five; with his long-awaited debut album ‘Telluric’, he scores his first ever No.1 on either chart.
Matt’s debut in top spot makes it four times in four weeks that the ARIA albums chart has been helmed by a new No.1.
Jeff Buckley fans were obviously out in force too, sending ‘You And I’ into the countdown at No.2, ahead of the ‘Molly’ soundtrack and Adele’s ’25’.
Killswitch Engage bag a top ten debut for their new LP ‘Incarnate’ (No.5), as does Bethel Music, who premiere at No.8 with ‘Have It All (Live)’.
Last week’s No.1 from The Cat Empire (‘Rising With The Sun’) tumbles to No.9, while last week’s No.3 from Kendrick Lamar (‘Untitled Unmastered’ tumbles to No.14.
Alessia Cara’s album ‘Know-It-All’ does pretty well for itself, popping its head into the Australian countdown on debut at No.16, just ahead of a six place jump for Jon English’s ‘Six Ribbons : The Ultimate Collection’ (No.23 to No.17).
Elle King’s ‘Love Stuff’ is up from No.40 to a new peak of No.20, Madonna’s tour results in her album ‘Rebel Heart’ screaming back into the top 50 (No.53 to No.22) and Chase Rice’s LP ‘Ignite The Night’ is up from No.45 to No.23.
The 1975’s album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ continues its fall from grace. Just two weeks ago, it was sitting at No.1. Now it’s down to No.27 after falling a further 14 places this week.
Sara Storer debuts at No.30 with ‘Silos’, Kip Moore re-enters at No.31 (a new peak) with ‘Wild Ones’ and Urthboy drops 25 places from last week’s No.7 debut for ‘The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat’.
Kelsea Ballerini is up with ‘The First Time’ (No.71 on debut to No.33), 3 Doors Down debut with ‘Us And The Night’ (No.34), Brian Fallon premiere with ‘Painkillers’ (No.36), Madonna’s 12 times platinum ‘The Immaculate Collection’ is back in the top 100 (No.37) and Flatbush Zombies shuffle in at No.39 on debut for ‘3001 : A Laced Odyssey’.
More top 50 re-entries follow; ‘The Eminem Show’ at No.44, Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Anything Goes’ (No.45) and Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ (No.46).
Melissa Etheridge’s ‘This Is M.E.’ scores a No.48 debut, Amy Winehouse is ‘Back To Black’, re-entering the top 100 at No.49, but Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ is down 19 places from No.31.
Also dropping this week is Miike Snow’s ‘iii’, which falls 33 from last week’s No.18 debut. Hands Like Houses’ ‘Dissonants’ is down 31, DMA’s ‘Hills End’ is down 29, but Tonight Alive’s album ‘Limitless’ clearly has boundary issues. It stayed in the top ten, 20 and 50 for one week only, plunging a worrying 53 places in week two.
There’s a debut for Cam’s ‘Untamed’, new at No.61, a 35 place drop for Anthrax’s ‘For All Kings’ and new entries for Florida Georgia Line (‘Here’s To The Good Times’) at No.65, Ray Chen (‘Tchaikovsky And Mendelssohn : Violin Concertos’) at No.66 and Aurura (‘My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’) at No.73.
Big drops follow from Jason Derulo (‘Everything Is 4’ down 26 to No.77), the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ soundtrack (down 39 to No.78) and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Delirium’ (down 31 to No.79).
Albums just scraping into the top 100 on debut are Tim Hicks’ self-titled set (No.94) and Jon English’s ‘Black Label’ (No.96).
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ slumps 58 places to No.100, while The Rubens’ album ‘Hoops’, which was at No.25 last week, loses more than 75 places to be out of this week’s countdown.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE (now with a fresh new look, with fresh new features) every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.