Chart Watch is back for your Saturday night’s reading pleasure. And that familiar pattern of same old number one on the singles chart and brand new number one on the albums chart continues again for the sixth week in succession. Read on, friends… It’s our Saturday night tradition – and it’s your Saturday night Chart Watch.
It’s now an impressive seven weeks in the No.1 spot for ‘7 Years’, the breakout smash from Danish outfit Lukas Graham. Though they’ll be fighting hard to ensure they don’t remain one hit wonders, as frontman Lukas told us in our INTERVIEW, which went live yesterday morning.
It’s not just the No.1 spot remaining steady this week; Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ and Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ are also immobile in positions two and three, with Twenty One Pilots’ hit ‘Stressed Out’ improving from No.5 to No.4.
Mike Posner bullets into the top five, shifting up seven places from No.12 with ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’, which is now just one spot away from equalling the No.4 peak of his breakout smash ‘Cooler Than Me’ back in 2010. And Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ is also into the top ten (up five from No.11) and, as revealed LAST WEEK, has blasted through the platinum ceiling, selling in excess of 70,000 copies down under.
Meghan Trainor’s new single ‘No’ edges a little higher to settle on the precipice of the top ten (No.13 to No.11), but The Chainsmokers are charging towards the upper echelons, bulleting from No.25 to No.13 with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’; so too Disturbed, who bullets from No.23 to No.15 with ‘The Sound Of Silence’.
Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ is up two to No.18, Gnash nabs the week’s highest singles chart debut – at No.26 – with ‘I Hate U, I Love U’, while the new Tinie Tempah single (featuring the vocals of Swedish starlet Zara Larsson), jumps a further eight places to No.29.
With his new album in the shops, Zayn’s new single ‘Like I Would’ is up nine to No.33, Justin Bieber’s ‘Company’ improves six to No.35 and, no doubt thanks to her promotional visit, Hailee Steinfeld’s single ‘Rock Bottom’ re-enters the Aussie countdown at No.39, a new peak.
They’ve been bouncing around the ARIA singles chart for 28 weeks, peaking at No.22, but it would appear that the chart story’s still not over for Rüfüs’ single ‘You Were Right’, which a) was re-serviced to Australian media this week (again) and b) bullets 30 places to No.40.
Iggy Azalea’s ‘Team’ is up 36 places from last week’s No.79 debut and Troye Sivan’s ‘Youth’ trickles back over to the right side of the 50 mark (No.51 to No.49).
There’s not a lot in the way of seriously huge moves outside the top 50. Shakira’s ‘Try Everything’ leaps from No.72 on debut to a new peak of No.61, but predominantly the rises and falls are within ten places right through the rest of the top 100.
A few exceptions to this rule are Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ (down 16 to No.77), Joel Adams’ ‘Please Don’t Go’ (re-entry at No.78), Sia’s ‘Alive’ (up 20 to No.79) and re-entries for Rachel Platten’s ‘Stand By You’ and John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ in positions 86 and 87 rspectively.
The new Nick Jonas/Tove Lo collaboration ‘Close’ is new at No.90. The new Magic!/Sean Paul collaboration ‘Lay You Down Easy’ is new at No.91. And The 1975’s ‘The Sound’ slides 18 to No.99.
For the sixth week in a row, we have a new No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week. And it is, of course, former One Direction star Zayn Malik who takes the crown, debuting in the top spot with his debut solo record ‘Mind Of Mine’.
It shines this week over Adele’s ’25’ (No.2) and the ‘Molly’ soundtrack (No.3), both of which are ahead of a No.4 debut for British outfit Asking Alexandria’s new LP ‘The Black’. Incidentally, it’s the band’s highest ever chart position in Australia, even eclipsing the album’s No.15 debut in their native UK.
Hilltop Hoods crack a gold certification for their album ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung’ (No.5), while last week’s No.1 from Violent Soho (‘Waco’) slides to No.6.
Justin Bieber’s album ‘Purpose’ also enters new territory this week – triple platinum territory that is (210,000 copies sold) at No.7, but Matt Corby’s newbie ‘Telluric’ drops six to No.8.
The good news for Birdy is that her new album ‘Beautiful Lies’ becomes her third consecutive top ten album here in Australia. The bad news for Birdy is that it’s her first album to miss the top five and it came in what was an otherwise relatively quiet week due to the Easter break.
Disturbed’s ‘Immortalized’ jumps from No.19 to No.13, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ drops from No.9 to No.14 and Amon Amarth’s ‘Jomsviking’ debuts at No.15.
There are debuts at No.17 (for Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Blues Of Desperation’) and No.20 (for Planetshakers’ ‘Momentum (Live In Manila)’), but a 13 places drop for Jeff Buckley’s ‘You And I’ (to No.23).
Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ bullets (No.42 to No.28), but Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Untitled. Unmastered.’ drops (No.17 to No.29), as does Iggy Pop’s ‘Post Pop Depression’ (No.7 to No.30) and Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like’ (No.6 to No.33).
Melissa Etheridge’s ‘This Is M.E.’ is up (No.68 to a new peak of No.34) and Icehouse’s ‘White Heat : 30 Hits’ also improves (No.48 to No.35).
There’s a bit of top 50 chart love for The Bennies’ ‘Wisdom Machine’ (No.40 on debut) and Kiiara’s ‘Low Kii Savage’ (No.46 on debut), but not quite as much for Killswitch Engage’s album ‘Incarnate’, which tumbles 22 to No.50.
Outside the 50, there are positive moves for Aurora’s album ‘My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’ (No.67 to No.51) and Spice Girls’ ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.76 to No.52), but things aren’t quite so positive for Bethel Music’s ‘Have It All (Live)’, which drops from No.32 to No.55.
The Drones’ ‘Feelin Kinda Free’ will be feelin’ kinda defeated in its second week, plunging from a No.12 debut to No.58.
The King and Queen of pop both drop; Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ down 32 spots to No.59 and Madonna’s ‘The Immaculate Collection’ down 29 to No.60.
Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ picks up the pace a little (No.87 to No.62), but Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ loses ground (No.39 to No.67).
The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack cools (No.50 to No.73), Elliphant’s LP ‘Living Life Golden’ is new at No.76 and Baauer’s ‘AA’ drops 30 from last week’s No.52 debut.
The cast recording of ‘Matilda : The Musical’ enters at No.85 and there are sizeable drops for The Corrs’ ‘White Light’ (down 22 to No.91), DMA’s ‘Hills End’ (down 32 to No.93) and Urthboy’s ‘The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat’ (down 40 to No.99).
Koi Child’s self-titled LP suffers the indignity of dropping more than 75 places from last week’s No.25 debut, while Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ and Underworld’s ‘Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future’ are both gone from the top 100 entirely after being at Nos.33 and 36 respectively last week.
Annnnd just before we go, a reminder for our readers in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT… daylight savings ends tonight, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. Extra hour sleep! BOOYAH! (You’re welcome).
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