Chart Watch this week is all about Drake, who not only debuts at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart, but bullets four places on the singles chart to claim it for his own too!
But there’s plenty more to get your pop chart chops into, including more new entries, this week’s Prince positions, new accreditations and much more. It’s Saturday night… it’s Chart Watch.
Yes, it’s not just the albums chart where Drake triumphs this week (more about that below); he’s also flying high in the No.1 spot on the Aussie singles chart; his single ‘One Dance’ (featuring Wizkid and Kyla) jumping from No.5 to No.1 on the countdown, picking up a gold sales certification (35,000 copies) in the process. It’s also the first ever Aussie No.1 for the Canadian star, after ‘Hotline Bling’ went oh so close late last year.
But it’s not just Drake grabbing the headlines this week, with the new Calvin Harris/Rihanna collaboration ‘This Is What You Came For’ debuting in the runners-up position, having dominated on the iTunes singles chart for most of the past week.
P!nk’s ‘Just Like Fire’ drops from No.1 to No.4 and The Chainsmokers are down one spot to No.5, though their single ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ now has a lovely new platinum certification next to it, meaning they’ve blasted through the 70,000 sales mark.
Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ is now double platinum at No.11 (140,000 copies), as is Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’, just two places below.
After conquering the US charts, Desiigner looks like he’s about to do the same here in Australia, with ‘Panda’ bulleting from No.34 to No.16 in its fifth week of local chart action. Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ follows his lead, rising seven places to a new peak of No.17.
Hilltop Hoods notch up a second platinum certification for ‘1955’ (No.19), Meghan Trainor’s ‘No’ hits platinum at No.20 and, after eight weeks in, Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ finally ticks over the gold certification mark (No.24).
Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’ is up from its No.51 debut last week to No.25 this week, Luke Christopher’s ‘Lot To Learn’ edges a little higher (No.32 to No.26), Alessia Cara’s ‘Wild Things’ goes gold at No.29 and speaking of gold, Kiiara’s ‘Gold’ (which is platinum) is six places higher this week.
The Adele TV special did the trick for the British songstress’ songs on digital platforms throughout the week, but it was lead single (and opening number in the show) ‘Hello’ that did best for her, jumping from No.65 to No.36.
It’s been a hell of a slow build for Joe Jonas’ band DNCE, but ‘Cake By The Ocean’ just rebounded into the top 50; to a new peak of No.37 (up from No.53). Topic ftg. Nico Santos are up 11 places to No.38 with ‘Home’.
Ghost Town DJs premiere at No.42 with ‘My Boo’, Anne-Marie’s ‘Do It Right’ is up from a No.73 debut to No.47, Kungs leaps from their No.70 debut to No.48 with ‘This Girl’, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Amnesia’ gets a big No.49 re-entry all thanks to the song’s writers (the Madden brothers) performing the track on ‘The Voice’ and Blink 182 wrap the top 50 action with a No.50 debut for ‘Bored To Death’.
Beyond the top 50, there’s a big 23 place jump for Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’ (No.74 to No.51). It’s now just three places shy of its Aussie chart peak thus far.
Australians (like the Brits) seem to have quickly tired of the posthumous Prince tributes and celebrations, sending his classic hit ‘Purple Rain’ plummeting from its No.3 highs last week down to No.53 this week.
They’ve not been quite so cruel to Nick Jonas’ new single ‘Close’, which only drops 11 places to No.56.
Rihanna’s ‘Needed Me’ improves from a No.75 debut to No.61, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ is back (No.69) and Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ re-enters the countdown at No.70, again thanks to that TV special during the week.
Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ plunges 60 places to No.71 and a few debuts follow; Zedd & Kesha’s ‘True Colors’ at No.76, Odd Mob’s ‘Into You’ at No.77 and Radiohead’s ‘Burn The Witch’ at No.81.
Adele’s classic ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is back in at No.83 and ‘Someone Like You’ follows at No.92.
New entries round out the countdown at Nos.94 and 98 (Florida Georgia Line’s ‘H.O.L.Y’ and Cheat Codes ftg. Kris Kross Amsterdam’s ‘Sex’).
All the other Prince classics (‘Kiss’, ‘1999’, ‘Cream’, ‘Raspberry Beret’ etc) are gone entirely from this week’s top 100, including ‘Little Red Corvette’, which was highest at No.22 last week.
Was there really ever any doubt that Drake was going to debut at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week? His chart performance locally has been getting stronger with each album release; No.81 for his first album, No.15 for his second, No.2 for his third and now, with album number four, Drake is enjoying his ‘Views’ at the top.
Of course, that means Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ has already lost a little of its fizz, dropping to No.2, but picking up a gold sales certification.
That Adele TV special we wrote of above? It’s seen the fortunes of the British singer’s album ’25’ improve this week (No.8 to No.3), Dami Im’s ‘Classic Carpenters’ is down one to No.4, while TV appearances plus the approach of Mother’s Day have helped Mark Vincent and Marina Prior to jump to a new peak of No.5 with their album ‘Together’.
Deep breath for this album title; Rob Zombie’s ‘The Electric Warlock Acid With Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’ is new at No.8 and Sixx:AM’s ‘Prayers For The Damned’ is new at No.9.
Graeme Connors’ ’60 Summers’ is new at No.11 and Adele’s mammoth seller ’21’ (again, off the back of that TV special) is up from No.66 to No.12.
There’s a drop for Prince’s ‘The Hits/The B-Sides’ (No.4 to No.14). Those wanting physical copies of Prince’s classic albums and best-ofs will have to wait for re-printed stocks to arrive, which his label Warner is expecting will be this Friday (check our constantly updating NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE).
Luca Brasi scores a No.18 debut for ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard bags No.19 on debut for ‘Nonagon Infinity’.
Prince’s ‘Ultimate’ drops 15, ‘Purple Rain’ is down 17.
Violent Soho’s ‘Waco’ is headed in the other direction, however, as they prepare to embark on their national headline dates (No.45 to No.24).
Paul Kelly’s ‘Seven Sonnets And A Song’ loses 16 from last week’s No.9 debut, Olympia’s ‘Self Talk’ is new at No.26 and Charlie Puth’s ‘Nine Track Mind’ improves from No.44 to No.29.
Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ also improves (No.47 to No.36) ahead of a debut for ‘The Ultimate Collection’ from Richard Marx (No.37) and a No.38 re-entry for Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Cinema’. Adele’s ’19’ is also back in chart action (No.41 on re-entry).
Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ collection eases 22, but an Aussie promo visit for Patrizio Buanne just in time for Mother’s Day has his album ‘Bravo Patrizio’ reaching higher (No.45 from last week’s No.68 debut). Bette Midler’s ‘A Gift Of Love’ also reaches a new peak of No.46 on re-entry.
Melody Pool scores a No.49 debut for her album ‘Deep Dark Savage Heart’, but Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ finds itself 22 places lower.
Ronan Keating’s new position a swivel chair on ‘The Voice’ has his album ‘Time Of My Life’ re-entering just before Mother’s Day at No.53, Bethel Music’s ‘Have It All (Live)’ is back at No.54, but ‘The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac’ slumps 25 spots to No.56.
There’s a debut for Tremonti’s ‘Dust’ (No.58), followed by a re-entry for Rudimental’s ‘We The Generation’ (No.59), followed a little further down by a big 37 place drop for PJ Harvey’s ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ (No.29 to No.66).
Deftones aren’t immune from the sliding (‘Gore’ down from No.43 to No.69). Neither are Ed Sheeran (‘+’ down 33 to No.70), Hilltop Hoods (‘Walking Under Stars’ down 21 to No.71), The Lumineers (‘Cleopatra’ down 24 to No.73) or Prince (‘The Hits 1’ down 35 to No.75).
John Williamson’s ‘Looking For A Story’ falls further, down a massive 51 places from last week’s No.32 debut. But A$AP Ferg’s ‘Always Strive And Prosper’ takes the cake, plummeting 70 positions after debuting last week at No.16.
Amber Lawrence’s kids LP ‘The Kid’s Gone Country’ is new at No.88, the original London cast of ‘Matilda The Musical’ tumble 24 and Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit Of The ANZACs’ is down 55 from last week’s No.41.
Prince’s ‘Sign O The Times’, ‘Diamonds And Pearls’ and ‘HitNRun Phase One’, which were all in last week’s top 30, are all gone from the top 100.
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