Chart Watch is back for your Saturday night’s entertainment, with our weekly look at what’s been happening on the Aussie singles and albums charts.
Like, for example, a new number one on the ARIA singles chart and a debut at No.1 over on the albums chart! Throw in new certifications and six, yes… count them… SIX new entries in the albums chart top ten… and what a time to be alive! Yes, it’s time for another serve of Chart Watch!
Kicking things off, as we always do, with the singles chart and we have a new number one, Australia! And it’s The Chainsmokers who take the spoils this week, thanks to their new single ‘Closer’ featuring Halsey. It debuted at a very respectable No.2 on last week’s chart, but improves this week and picks up a gold sales certification in the process for sales in excess of 35,000 copies!
‘Closer’ also marks the US duo’s first ever No.1 hit here, having come close with their singles ‘Selfie’, ‘Roses’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, all of which were top five successes.
So that means that Major Lazer, MØ and The Bieb are down to No.2 with ‘Cold Water’, right ahead of the week’s highest debut from DJ Snake and – once again – The Bieb and their single ‘Let Me Love You’.
With the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack now at retail and the movie now in the theatres, Twenty One Pilots’ single ‘Heathens’, which features on the soundtrack, powers from No.19 to No.5, giving the band its second successive top ten hit down under. It also picks up a gold certification for its troubles this week.
After slamming No.1 with his cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’, Jonas Blue looks like he’s set for more top five success with his new single ‘Perfect Strangers’, which rises four places, nabbing a top ten berth (No.7 for the slow ones). Anne-Marie’s ‘Alarm’ goes gold (No.8) and Adele’s single ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ notches up a platinum accreditation, having sold in excess of 70,000 copies (No.14).
After bulleting from No.77 to No.53 last week, ‘Sucker For Pain’ (from the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack) with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Logic bullets again – and how – from No.53 to No.17.
Danish starlet MØ is into the top 20 with ‘Final Song’ (No.23 to No.18), but Ariana Grande’s ‘Into You’ tumbles nine spots to No.21. Imany’s ‘Don’t Be So Shy’ tumbles further, however (No.14 to No.26).
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners looked like they might have been out of the chart race for a while there, but they’ve bounced back with ‘This Girl’ this week, rising eight places to No.29.
As they claim a new top ten berth with ‘Heathens’, Twenty One Pilots’ previous single ‘Ride’ explodes into life with a fresh platinum certification at No.31 and Selena Gomez, who was in the country last week doing some live shows, sees her single ‘Kill ‘Em With Kindness’ rise nine places to No.36. It’s now just three spots away from its No.33 peak.
Skrillex and Rick Ross are racing up the chart in their ‘Purple Lamborghini’ (also from the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack), which parks at No.39 (up from No.72), but Snakehips’ new single ‘Cruel’, featuring Zayn Malik, falls seven despite the arrival of the music video during the week.
Dua Lipa might be ‘Hotter Than Hell’, but her single falls a dozen spots to No.42. It’s not quite as big a drop, however, as the new Kenny Chesney/P!nk collaboration ‘Setting The World On Fire’, which tumbles 17 from last week’s No.26 debut.
Though it’s not shining on ARIA’s official website for all to see (given it only goes up to the top 50), Tove Lo is back in chart action this week with her new single ‘Cool Girl’. It came close to premiering in the upper half of the hundred too; No.52.
Drake’s single ‘Controlla’ might have dropped from top 50 sight, but it’s done enough to claim a gold certification (No.53).
After cancelling their Aussie tour dates, Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ drops ten (No.47 to No.57), just ahead of a No.58 debut for Betty Who and her new cover version of the Donna Lewis ’90s hit ‘I Love You Always Forever’.
Panic! At The Disco are in at No.64 with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, DNCE brush up on their chart skills with a No.66 debut for ‘Toothbrush’ and Kehlani nabs the No.69 spot on debut with ‘Gangsta’.
Another new entry comes courtesy of Ta-Ku and Wafia at No.74 (‘Love Somebody’), Fergie’s ‘M.I.L.F $’ falls from No.67 to No.81 and there are more debuts at Nos.87, 90 and 100 from Banks (‘Gemini Feed’), Sticky Fingers (‘Our Town’) and Marc E Bassy (‘Groovy People’).
Chart time is almost over, however, for the Christine And The Queens, Era Istrefi and 5 Seconds Of Summer singles, which fall 28, 25 and 38 places respectively.
Delta Goodrem’s ‘Enough’ is gone from the top 100.
No more Human Nature at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week. After two weeks in the top spot, the Vegas locals have vacated, leaving the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack to claim the top spot for its own.
Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning premieres at a very respectable No.2 with his third solo album ‘Civil Dusk’ and Montaigne grabs the No.4 position on debut with her debut long player ‘Glorious Heights’.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis improve to No.6 with ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ and Skillet’s ‘Unleashed’ is… erm… unleashed on the Aussie charts at No.7, also on debut.
That’s just four new top ten entries this week. There are six in all; the others being Elvis Presley’s ‘Way Down In The Jungle Room’ and No.9 and DJ Snake’s ‘Encore’ at No.10.
But the debuts don’t stop there. Oh no. There’s another at No.13 from Dustin Tebbutt (‘First Light’).
The Avalanches slide out of the top ten with their long-awaited ‘Wallflower’ this week (No.7 to No.14), but Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ picks up the pace, jumping nine places to No.18.
Big drops for Gang Of Youths (‘Let Me Be Clear’ down 21 to No.23) and ‘The Voice’ winner Alfie Arcuri (‘Zenith’ down 19 to No.24), but more debuts let the light in; Play Schools ‘Famous Friends (Celebrating 50 Years)’ (No.27) and Storm The Sky’s ‘Sin Will Find You’ (No.30).
There’s a re-entry at No.34 for ‘The Eminem Show’ and more new entries; Jack Carty’s ‘Home State’ (No.36), Dinosaur Jr’s ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’ (No.38) and Alan Jackson’s ‘Genuine’ (No.41).
Selena Gomez’ Aussie tour pays dividends for sales of her album ‘Revival’, which leaps from No.93 to No.43.
Alex Lloyd’s ‘Acoustica’ debuts at No.45, Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ jumps 18 to No.46 and re-entries for Frank Ocean and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Nos.48 and 50 respectively).
The news isn’t good for Hellions, however. The album premiered last week at a very respectable No.4. But ba-bow… this week it’s down a huge 47 places at No.51. But wait… there’s more. You also get a 35 place drop for Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ (No.18 to No.53) and a whopping 50 place drop for DJ Khaled’s ‘Major Key’ (No.6 on debut to No.56).
But NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ rises (No.96 to No.58), The Brave’s ‘Epoch’ debuts (No.65) and there are re-entries for Dr Dre, Eminem and The Weeknd (Nos.68, 69 and 70 respectively).
ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Blank Face LP’ tumbles 29 places to No.73, Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ is down 20 to No.78, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s best-of is down 28 to No.79 and Billy Talent’s album? Well let’s just say a 56 position plunge to No.82 can’t auger well for the album’s longevity.
Also down this week; the series three ‘Love Child’ soundtrack (No.61 to No.83), Gang Of Youths’ ‘The Positions’ (No.54 to No.85) and the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ soundtrack (down a disastrous 53 places in week two to No.91).
Andre Rieu’s attempt to cash in on the Rio Olympics (‘Viva Olympia’) limps into the No.90 spot on debut, Sia’s ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’ drops 40 and The Rumjacks wrap the week’s debuts with a premiere at No.96 for ‘Sleepin’ Rough’.
Spare a thought for Descendents, however, whose album ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ is in freefall. After debuting at No.19 last week, it lost more than 81 positions in week two and is gone from the top 100.
ZHU’s album ‘Generationwhy’ and Jarryd James’ ‘High EP’, both of which debuted in the top 40 last week, have both gone from this week’s 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.