Chart Watch this week features a single that challenged strongly for the No.1 spot and a quartet of top ten debuts over on the albums chart, three of them inside the top five. Which of them debuted highest? Could one of them have gone straight in at No.1? And why are we asking to many questions when we should just get on with it?
There’s no change at the top of the ARIA singles chart this week, with Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ still doing amazingly with ‘Cold Water’. So amazingly, in fact, that they’ve picked up a gold sales certification (for sales of more than 35,000 copies) after just two weeks on the chart.
But they were under attack this week by The Chainsmokers and their new single ‘Closer’ (featuring Halsey), which explodes onto the charts with a big No.2 debut.
In doing so, they knock Illy’s single ‘Papercuts’ (featuring Vera Blue) down to No.3, but it too has done enough in the sales race to pick up a shiny new gold certification in just four weeks.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ loses its grip on a top five berth, dropping from No.3 to No.6 this week, but a fresh new triple platinum certification (210,000 copies) will ease the disappointment. And Usher scores his first top ten hit in Australia in six long years with ‘Crash’, which also bags a new certification (gold), while jumping from No.17 to No.10.
Speaking of jumps (and how), the new Jonas Blue track is in a big hurry towards the chart’s upper echelons this week. It’s only been on the ARIA charts for three weeks, but how does a 31 place jump to No.11 grab you?
The Veronicas’ former No.1 smash ‘In My Blood’ is a big loser this week, slumping ten places to No.18, but Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ is headed in the opposite direction, jumping 14 places to No.19.
Local hero Flume is certainly onto a good thing with the singles from his latest album ‘Skin’. Following in the footsteps of lead single ‘Never Be Like You’, second single ‘Say It’ now joins the multi-platinum club, going two times, for sales of more than 140,000 copies.
MØ’s ‘Final Song’ goes gold (No.23), Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ hits double platinum (No.25) and, proving anything P!nk turns to gold in Australia, Kenny Chesney’s single ‘Setting The World On Fire’, which features a vocal appearance by the US superstar, debuts at a very healthy No.26.
Making a splash in this week’s top 30 is Mike Perry’s ‘The Ocean’ (No.39 to No.27), DNCE’s ‘Cake By The Ocean’ hits double platinum (No.31) and Snakehips’ new tune ‘Cruel’ (with Zayn) is up to a new peak of No.34.
‘Brad Pitt’s Cousin’ pops into the top 40 for a cuppa and a chat; the latest single from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis leaps 14 places from No.54, while Drake’s ‘Controlla’ bobs its head back into the top 50 (No.52 to No.50).
A top 50 debut is just beyond the reach of the new Martin Garrix single ‘In The Name Of Love’ this week. It’s new at No.51, so it needs to pull its socks up to get over the line next week.
‘Sucker For Pain’ with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Logic (yes, really) bullets from No.77 to No.53, but Dua Lipa’s ‘Be The One’ is gone from the top 50, losing ten places to No.54.
Joel Adams’ track ‘Please Don’t Go’ has been hovering in the lower half of the top 100 for a great number of weeks, but it improves seven places this week to reach its highest chart position yet… No.55.
Kanye West’s latest track ‘Famous’ goes gold (No.62), Delta Goodrem’s latest single hasn’t done ‘Enough’ to keep its top 50 position (down from No.48 to No.65) and after a promising rise up the charts, Era Istrefi’s ‘Bonbon’ slides 14 to No.69.
Britney Spears’ latest single ‘Make Me’, which debuted at No.39 a couple of weeks back is pretty much over and out. The single slumps 27 places to No.85 in just week three, suggesting this may very well be the last time we see it in the top 100.
DJ Khaled’s ‘Holy Key’ premieres at No.99.
Aussie favourites Human Nature maintain their position atop the ARIA albums chart this week with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’. After debuting respectably in the top spot last week, The Naitch hold off a challenge from Gang Of Youths (who’s newbie ‘Let Me Be Clear’ premieres at No.2) to maintain position.
Adele’s at three, but following her is a trio of top ten debuts; Hellions’ ‘Opera Oblivion’ at No.4, ‘The Voice’ winner Alfie Arcuri’s debut album ‘Zenith’ at No.5 and DJ Khaled’s ‘Major Key’ at No.6.
With ‘Brad Pitt’s Cousin’ doing good things over on the singles chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ leaps from No.25 to No.11, but Flume’s ‘Skin’ tumbles ten to No.12.
Sia’s up 20 with ‘This Is Acting’ (No.38 to No.18), Descendents make their presence felt with ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ (No.19 on debut) and there’s a new gold accreditation next to Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ this week (No.22).
New at No.26 is Billy Talent’s ‘Afraid Of Heights’, Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ rockets 61 places to No.27, but sliding are Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ (down 13), Hillsong United’s ‘Of Dirt And Grace’ (down 15) and Good Charlotte’s ‘Youth Authority’ (down 17).
A few more debuts keep the lower part of the top 40 interesting (No.35 for ZHU’s ‘Generationwhy’, No.38 for the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ soundtrack and No.40 for Jarryd James’ new ‘High’ EP). But a big 25 place slump for ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Blank Face LP’ (No.19 to No.44), a 21 place drop for Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox’ (No.24 to No.45) and a 14 place slide for ‘The Very Best Of Prince’ keep the rest of the top 50 stimulating.
Beyond the walls of the top 50 this week, it’s a big bullet for Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ (No.87 to No.53), it’s a 19 place slide for Gang Of Youths’ ‘The Positions’ (No.35 to No.54), it’s a No.55 debut for Jake Owen’s ‘American Love’ and it’s a whopping 48 place drop for Periphery’s ‘Periphery III : Select Difficulty’ (No.8 on debut to No.56).
The best-ofs are back, with re-entries for hits collections for Neil Diamond and ABBA (Nos.60 and 63 respectively). Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ is up (No.97 to No.64), The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’ is down (No.37 to No.67).
Debuts further down the chart for Bryan & Katie Torwait’s ‘Champion’ (No.75) and Hillary Scott & The Scott Family’s ‘Love Remains’ (No.81), but Phil Collins’ ‘No Jacket Required’ takes a tumble (down 40 to No.82), Jack Garratt’s ‘Phase’ plummets (down 56 to No.87), Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Love & Hate’ plunges (down 40 to No.88) and Emma Louise’s ‘Supercry’ also slumps (down 34 to No.89).
Don Burrows and James Morrison are ‘In Good Company’ with the No.90 position on debut.
But how’s about Matt Corby’s ‘Telluric’! Flying high at No.22 last week, it’s lost more than 78 positions this week to now be once again gone from the top 100.
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