This week’s Chart Watch is helmed by No.1 debuts on both the singles and albums chart. But who are they – and what do they want with us? We plot the ‘Rise’ (and fall) of Katy Perry’s new single, find out who else debuted, who jumped, who tanked and who’s picked up new certifications. All in a (Satur)day’s Chart Watch.
Katy Perry crossed the line in spectacular style this time last week with her new single ‘Rise’. The theme song for the US Olympics broadcast on an American TV network fared better here than it did even in Katy’s native USA, where it’s also taken a tumble on the charts.
So Katy’s been sent flying by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ, whose new single ‘Cold Water’ backs up its No.1 debut in the UK with a No.1 debut down under. Katy, amazingly, is already out of the top ten after just one week (No.12 to be precise).
After bagging his first ever top ten hit last week, Illy solidifies his position on the Aussie charts this week, bulleting to No.2 with ‘Papercuts’ (featuring Vera Blue).
Shawn Mendes may have relinquished one chart spot this week with his latest single ‘Treat You Better’, but he does pick up a platinum certification for it, meaning it’s now sold through 70,000 copies down under.
The Veronicas’ former No.1 ‘In My Blood’ loses six positions (No.2 to No.8) this week, but after bulleting from No.30 to No.12 last week, UK starlet Anne-Marie scores her first top ten hit – anywhere – with ‘Alarm’ (No.12 to No.10).
Ariana Grande’s freshly platinum-minted ‘Into You’ finally looks like it’s headed in the direction it should have been all along… towards the Aussie top ten. It’s up from No.18 to a new peak of No.11.
Kent Jones’ track ‘Don’t Mind’ (which is now gold – 35,000 copies sold) rises from No.26 to No.19, while the new DJ Mustard single ‘Don’t Hurt Me’ follows him right into the top 20 (No.28 to No.20).
Fifth Harmony and their single ‘All In My Head (Flex)’ might be down three spots to No.22 this week, but the laydees do pick up a gold accreditation for it.
Fellow Sony girl group Little Mix, however, have their ‘Hair’ cut. Cut from the top ten. Cut from the top twenty too; it’s down from No.10 to No.25 this week.
But labelmate MØ continues to fire with ‘Final Song’, which is up nine to No.26.
Sia’s No.1 success over in the US with ‘Cheap Thrills’ looks as though it’s rubbing off on us back here in Australia… the track jumps eight positions to No.28 this week, while right behind her, fellow Aussies Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners bag a platinum gong for their top 20 hit ‘This Girl’.
Twenty One Pilots fly higher with ‘Heathens’ (No.48 to No.33), Fergie’s ‘M.I.L.F. $’ rebounds slightly (No.45 to No.37), Mike Perry sails into the top 50 with ‘The Ocean’ (No.56 to No.39) and Jonas Blue proves he wasn’t just a one-hit-wonder, with new track ‘Perfect Strangers’ climbing from a No.64 debut to No.42.
It looks as though Delta Goodrem’s latest single may have just about had ‘Enough’ of life in the top 50; falling a further eight places to No.48 this week, but fellow Aussies 5 Seconds Of Summer just can’t take a trick with their latest single ‘Girls Talk Boys’ from the ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack. It slumps from a No.21 debut… 32 places lower this week at No.53.
The new Macklemore & Ryan Lewis single ‘Brad Pitt’s Cousin’ is headed in the other direction in its second week of chart action, however, bounding up 31 places to No.54.
Britney Spears’ ‘Make Me’ loses 19 places from last week’s No.39 debut, Skrillex and Rick Ross take their ‘Purple Lamborghini’ out for an Aussie chart spin with a No.68 debut and Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’ tumbles 15 to No.75.
Further down still, there’s a debut at No.78 for Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Starving’ and another all the way down at No.98 for Montaigne’s latest ‘Because I Love You’.
Good Charlotte’s single ‘Life Can’t Get Much Better’ spent just two weeks on the Aussie charts; a No.53 debut, a No.51 second week and… gone.
Like the ARIA singles chart this week, the ARIA albums chart also has a new No.1 to call its own – and it’s Vegas residents and loveable locals Human Nature who claim the top spot with their new covers set ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ : Jukebox Vol.II’. It’s the boys’ fourth No.1 album – and their first in ten long years!
Flume, however, gave them a run for their money this week; his former No.1 album ‘Skin’ almost returning to its peak position, bulleting from No.15 to No.2.
The Avalanches are hanging in the top five, as are both Adele and Delta Goodrem. Periphery’s ‘Periphery III : Select Difficulty’ is new at No.8 and there are drops for Hillsong United’s ‘Of Dirt And Grace’ (No.8 to No.14) and Peter Garrett’s ‘A Version Of Now’ (No.3 to No.16).
But, just like they did with ‘Life Can’t Get Much Better’ on the ARIA singles chart this week, Good Charlotte tanks on the albums chart; After debuting in pole position with ‘Youth Authority’ last week, the album loses 16 places, dropping to No.17.
ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Blank Face LP’ rises from No.34 to No.19, Matt Corby’s ‘Telluric’ re-enters at No.22, Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox’ re-enters at No.24 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jump seven places with ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’.
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ jumps from No.45 to No.29, which places it slap bang in the middle of two more top 100 re-entries this week (The Cure’s ‘Greatest Hits’ at No.27 and Jack Garratt’s ‘Phase’ at No.31). Gang Of Youths join the re-entry party (No.35) with ‘The Positions’.
Sia takes a running leap back into the top 50 this week with ‘This Is Acting’ (No.52 to No.38), but Jimmy Barnes and Ariana Grande both have something in common (their albums both drop 10 spots – to Nos.39 and 40 respectively).
Phil Collins’ classic album ‘No Jacket Required’ re-enters the top 100 at No.42, Dami Im loses 11 places with her ‘Classic Carpenters’ set (No.33 to No.44), Michael Kiwanuka tumbles 13 with ‘Love & Hate’ (No.35 to No.48) and DMA’s are back in top 100 chart action with ‘Hills End’ (re-entering at No.50).
Beyond the walls of the top 50, it’s good news for Crown The Empire, whose new album ‘Retrograde’ premieres at No.53. But not such good news for Brisbane pop starlet Emma Louise, whose album ‘Supercry’ loses 41 positions from last week’s No.14 debut.
Broods’ ‘Conscious’ loses 19 (No.39 to No.58), but Rise Against The Machine’s self-titled set picks up 31 (No.93 to No.62).
It’s a bit of a mixed bag further down the charts too; a re-entry at No.66 for Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’, but a mammoth 48 place plunge for the ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack (No.21 on debut to No.69). The Temper Trap’s ‘Thick As Thieves’ also loses 17, but there are debuts for Warren H Williams & Dani Young (‘Desert Water’ at No.71), Relient K (‘Air For Free’ at No.72) and Aaradhna (‘Brown Girl’ at No.73).
The drops keep coming; Diesel’s ‘Americana’ down 16 to No.74, Fifth Harmony’s ‘7/27’ down 19 to No.76, Slim Dusty’s ‘Prime Movers’ down 47 in its second week to No.90, Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ down 26 to No.93, Steven Tyler’s ‘We’re All Somebody From Somewhere’ down a staggering 57 places to No.94, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ down 53 to No.95, NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ down 19 to No.96 and Jeff Beck’s ‘Loud Hailer’, which takes the cake; down a huge 61 places from last week’s No.38 debut.
But even that 61 place drop pales into comparison with that of Stonefield’s album ‘As Above, So Below’, which plummets more than 81 positions right out of this week’s ARIA top 100.
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 AET.