The boys from Danish outfit Lukas Graham have two reasons to smile this week, what with their single ‘7 Years’ still at No.1 on the singles chart and their self-titled debut international album premiering at No.1 on the albums chart.
But there’s so much more to get your chart aficionado pop chops around in this week’s Chart Watch!
Lukas Graham makes it an impressive eight weeks on the trot in the No.1 spot with their breakout hit ‘7 Years’, which again holds off all challengers to remain at the top of the pile ahead of Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ and Fifth Harmony’s newly platinum hit ‘Work From Home’ (Nos.2 and 3 respectively).
But things get interesting from there, with Disturbed’s cover of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and Gnash’s ‘I Hate U, I Love U’, tussling with each other for chart supremacy as they both make a charge for the top five. Disturbed’s single rises 11 spaces to No.4, while the Gnash track bullets 21 to No.5.
Mike Posner’s chart hit ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ falls one place to No.6, but achieves a gold sales accreditation after bursting through 35,000 copies. The Chainsmokers achieve the same with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, but they rise six places to a new peak of No.7.
Though it’s not been the mammoth hit she’s become accustomed to achieving in Australia, Meghan Trainor’s latest single ‘No’ has still managed to break through the gold accreditation barrier, rising to a new peak of No.9 in the process.
Daya’s ‘Hide Away’ is now platinum (No.11), Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Stressed Out’ drops eight places to No.12 and Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’, though down two places to No.18, achieves a double platinum certification, after selling more than 140,000 copies locally.
Interestingly, last week’s No.19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 all drop just one position each to Nos.20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.
The new Little Mix single (featuring Jason Derulo) ‘Secret Love Song’ jumps 11 places to a new peak of No.27 and, after nine weeks in the ARIA top 100, breaks through for a gold certification (35,000 copies).
New Zealand siblings Broods score the week’s highest debut with their new track ‘Free’ which, incidentally, is the duo’s first ever top 50 hit here. It’s new at No.35.
The accreditation for Adele’s former No.1 smash ‘Hello’ finally gets a little tweak, smashing the six times platinum mark this week (420,000 copies sold) at No.40. Dua Lipa’s ‘Be The One’ leaps into the top 50 (No.53 to No.41) and Drake’s newbie ‘One Dance’ debuts at No.43. Safia bullets into the top 50 with ‘Make Them Wheels Roll’, up from No.72 to a new peak of No.45.
The Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello duet ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ might not have been the mammoth chart smash it probably should have been, but it’s still done enough in its 11 weeks of Australian chart action to achieve a gold sales certification; dropping from No.46 to No.51 this week.
Also hitting gold this week is Adele’s second single ‘When We Were Young’, which is down five to No.56.
Future & Drake are new at No.59 with ‘Jumpman’, Drake’s ‘Pop Style’ is new at No.62 and Desiigner enters the countdown at No.64 with ‘Panda’.
Nick Jonas looks like he could make waves with his new single ‘Close’. Featuring Tove Lo on guest vocals, the sultry single shifts into a much higher gear this week after debuting at No.90 last week; up 23 to No.67.
Keith Urban debuts at No.72 with ‘Wasted Time’ and Vera Blue debuts at No.79 with ‘Settle’, but it’s not such good news for EMI dance darling Nicole Millar, whose breakout solo single ‘Tremble’ stumbles 29 places, down to No.83.
Still, she’s done better thus far than Rihanna’s latest single ‘Kiss It Better’, which enters the Aussie countdown at No.86.
Walk The Moon’s past top five smash ‘Shut Up & Dance’ hits five times platinum at No.89 and, though it’s dropped out of this week’s top 100, Hilltop Hoods’ single ‘Higher’, with James Chatburn, achieves a platinum certification as it closes the door behind it.
Could it have been our INTERVIEW with the band’s namesake and lead singer that got Danish outfit Lukas Graham over the line? Highly unlikely, of course, but every little bit has helped the band to claim their first No.1 album in Australia.
Their self-titled LP, a hybrid of their previous Danish album and a couple of older tracks, has debuted at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week, knocking Zayn’s ‘Mind Of Mine’ down to No.3, while Adele’s ’25’ remains steady at No.2.
With their version of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ now firing and tickets to their November tour going on sale just yesterday, Disturbed’s album ‘Immortalized’ improves seven places to No.6, ahead of a No.7 debut for Babymetal’s ‘Metal Resistance’ and a No.9 debut for The Last Shadow Puppets’ ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ is up nine to No.10, preventing former ‘X Factor’ favourites In Stereo from claiming a top ten debut for their ‘She’s Rock N Roll’ EP, which is (still impressively) new at No.11.
Legendary British pop act Pet Shop Boys score their highest charting Australian album since 1996’s ‘Bilingual’ with their new LP ‘Super’. It’s new at No.12.
Matt Corby’s ‘Telluric’ is down six, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is similarly down six. But Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ improves eight to No.16.
Violent Soho’s ‘Waco’ is down 11, Nathaniel Rateliff’s ‘Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ re-enters the top 100 at No.19 and Australian electronic outfit Rüfüs hit their strides with ‘Bloom’, which bursts through the gold sales accreeditation ceiling after selling in excess of 35,000 copies (No.23).
The news isn’t quite so chipper for Asking Alexandria though, with their album ‘The Black’ falling 21 places from last week’s No.4 debut.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ is up 11, Weezer’s ‘Weezer (White Album)’ is new at No.28, Little Mix’s ‘Get Weird’ leaps 49 places to No.29, Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ picks up the pace (No.57 to No.33) and a big rise too for Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ (No.80 to No.37).
But with big rises inevitably come big falls. There’s one for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ (down 21 to No.39), another for Birdy’s ‘Beautiful Lies’ (down 32 in its second week to No.42), Planetshakers’ ‘Momentum (Live In Manila)’ (down 23 to No.43) and Amon Amarth’s ‘Jomsviking’ (down 30 to No.45 in week two).
Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Walking Under Stars’ leaps 44 places to No.46, but Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Untitled. Unmastered.’ is down 18.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Very Best Of’ is back in the top 100 at No.48, but The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ is 17 places off the pace (No.32 to No.49).
Just outside the top 50, Joe Bonamassa’s album ‘Blues Of Desperation’ sinks 34 places to No.51, there’s a pair of debuts at Nos.52 and 53 from Kirsty Lee Akers’ ‘Burn Baby Burn’ and Bette Midler’s ‘A Gift Of Love’ respectively and a bullet for the original London cast recording of ‘Matilda : The Musical’ (No.85 to No.55).
But a little further down, those drops keep coming; The 1975’s ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is 24 places lower this week (No.43 to No.67) and the Spice Girls’ ‘Greatest Hits’ tumbles 21 places to No.73.
Killswitch Engage drops 25 with ‘Incarnate’ (No.50 to No.75), The Drones’ ‘Feelin Kinda Free’ is down 18 to No.76, but it’s Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like’ that seems to fall furthest. After debuting at No.6 two weeks back and falling to No.33 last week, it’s a rather worrying 46 places lower again this week in position 79.
Twenty88 debut at No.82 with their self-titled debut, Melissa Etheridge’s ‘This Is M.E.’ falls further than Gwen’s (down 53 to No.87), there’s a debut for ‘Us’ by Gnash at No.93 and a 38 place fall for Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ (No.59 to No.97).
Best-ofs for Icehouse and Phil Collins, which were within the top 40 last week, are gone from the top 100 entirely.
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