Here comes Chart Watch again for your Saturday night! Join us as we cast our eyes across the week’s ARIA top 100s to find out who’s risen, who’s debuted, who’s tanked and who’s picked up a shiny new certification.
Highlights this week include a new No.1 album and five debuts within the top seven on the albums side of things.
But let’s (as always) kick proceedings off with the singles side of things.
It’s now four weeks on top for The Chainsmokers and Halsey with their smash hit ‘Closer’. And, after four weeks as Australia’s best-selling single, one could imagine that the track is edging ever closer to a second platinum certification. Though it ain’t there just yet.
One track that has picked up the platinum gong this week, however, is Australia’s No.2 single, which once again is DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s collaboration ‘Let Me Love You’. It’s now sold through more than 70,000 copies locally.
Up to a new No.3 peak this week is Twenty One Pilots’ single ‘Heathens’ (from the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack), swapping places with Major Lazer’s Bieb-featuring single ‘Cold Water’, which is down to No.4.
Though Ms Betty Who remains wedged in the No.6 position this week with her Donna Lewis cover ‘I Love You Always Forever’, the track sports a golden sheen after blasting through 35,000 sales in just four weeks.
But there are two singles following closely behind that are in a real hurry towards the top of the chart. First and foremost is the new Martin Garrix single ‘In The Name Of Love’, which soars from No.23 to No.8, gifting the Dutch DJ his first ever top ten hit in Australia.
But if you thought a 15 place jump to No.8 was impressive, get Calum Scott, who rockets from No.45 to No.10 with his cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’.
MØ’s ‘Final Song’ continues its creep towards the top ten (No.15 to No.12), Drake and Rihanna’s ‘Too Good’ hits double platinum (140,000 copies sold) at No.20 and Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Starving’ starts its bite into the top 30, shifting nine places to No.24.
Also on the move northwards this week is the new Ellie Goulding single ‘Still Falling For You’ from the ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ soundtrack (No.36 on debut to No.28).
Kent Jones’ track ‘Don’t Mind’ might have dropped four places this week (No.27 to No.31), but it does pick up a shiny new platinum certification for its troubles, Tove Lo’s ‘Cool Girl’ is five places higher, Imany’s ‘Don’t Be So Shy’ loses eight positions and Meghan Trainor’s ‘Me Too’ hits double platinum (No.34).
Re-entering the countdown this week at a new peak of No.36 is the new Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj single ‘Side To Side’.
Combined with the buzz about her new album and her performance at the VMAs, Britney’s current single ‘Make Me’ re-enters the countdown at No.43, just four places shy of the track’s peak thus far.
After premiering at No.71 with his new single ‘Anywhere’ last week, England’s Passenger is now on the cusp (good word) of a top 50 berth; the single leaping 20 places to No.51.
But headed in the other direction is DJ Mustard’s single ‘Don’t Hurt Me’, featuring Nicki Minaj and Jeremih. Though we suspect he’ll be relatively happy with the fact the track’s done enough (including a top 20 berth) to achieve a new gold certification.
Marc E Bassy starts making an impact with his ‘Groovy People’ EP, which improves a very respectable 22 places to reach a new peak of No.70, but OneRepublic’s new single ‘Kids’ has dropped back after the gains it made last week, losing 13 places to No.76.
Olly Murs’ ‘You Don’t Know Love’ is up seven to No.80 (just three shy of the track’s peak thus far), Tory Lanez’ ‘LUV’ is (staggeringly) the week’s highest new entry, all the way down at No.83, but it’s followed by the new Stan Walker single ‘You Never Know (new at No.86), a re-entry for Beyoncé’s gold-accredited ‘Hold Up’ (No.92) and a big 15 place drop for David Guetta’s ‘This One’s For You’ (No.79 to No.94).
OneRepublic just can’t seem to take a trick at the moment. Not only does their new single ‘Kids’ drops this week, its predecessor ‘Wherever I Go’ goes the same, falling 24 places to No.98.
Kasey Chambers’ ‘Ain’t No Little Girl’ EP pops its head into the countdown on debut at No.99.
Lots of movement on the ARIA albums chart this week, with five new entries making up the top ten, including a new No.1.
And that new No.1 belongs to Ms Barbra Streisand, who scores only her second ever No.1 album in Australia with ‘Encores : Movie Partners Sing Broadway’.
In blasting her way into the No.1 position, she prises out Frank Ocean’s latest album ‘Blonde’. He drops two places to No.3, leapfrogging the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack, which remains steady at No.2.
Britney Spears claims her highest chart position in five years with her new album ‘Glory’, which debuts in the No.4 spot, vastly outperforming the No.12 peak for her previous LP ‘Britney Jean’ a few years back.
Right behind her are debuts at Nos.5, 6 and 7 for Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘Things I Carry Around’, Twelve Foot Ninja’s ‘Outlier’ and Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Dig Your Roots’.
Just missing a top ten debut with their latest album is British outfit Glass Animals. Though if it’s any consolation, ‘How To Be A Human Being’ (which premieres at No.11) just bests the performance of their debut album ‘Zaba’, which entered at No.12 a couple of years back.
Five new entries in the top ten means that five previous top ten albums have to make way. A few of those are The Amity Affliction’s ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’ (No.5 to No.14), Dolly Parton’s ‘Pure & Simple’ (No.5 to No.14) and Bernard Fanning’s ‘Civil Dusk’ (No.10 to No.17).
Just outside the top 20, new entries lob for Ol’ 55 (‘Time To Rock N Roll : The Anthology’ at No.21) and The Delta Riggs (‘Active Galactic’ at No.22).
Another album to fall from top ten grace this week (and how) is the latest long player from Drapht, which tumbles 20 places from last week’s No.4 debut. Falling further still, however, is last week’s No.3, but more about that shortly.
New at No.25 is the long-awaited new studio album from De La Soul, ‘And The Anonymous Nobody’. It becomes the band’s second highest charting album of their career locally, after only 1991’s ‘De La Soul Is Dead’, when the band was at its peak.
Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings Of The Wild’ tumbles ten places to No.26, the ‘Play School’ compilation ’50 Best Songs’ is also down ten (No.20 to No.30), but falling further is Ball Park Music’s newbie ‘Every Night The Same Dream’, which slumps 31 positions from last week’s No.3 debut.
New at No.35 is ‘Prima Donna’ from Vince Staples. Down 21 positions is Frank Ocean’s previous album ‘Channel Orange’ (No.19 to No.40), but up 12 is Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (No.57 to No.45) and there’s a debut for The Viper Creek Band’s ‘Just Press Play’ at even stevens No.50.
‘The Best Of INXS’ is down 30 (No.22 to No.52), the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ is down 23 (No.32 to No.55) and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ tumbles 27 (No.30 to No.57).
Columbus makes it in with their album ‘Spring Forever’ with a debut at No.59, ahead of Elvis Presley’s ‘Way Down In The Jungle Room’, which is way down in the charts (well, 24 places down, anyway).
Just A Gent scores some love with his ‘Stories To Tell’ EP at No.66, the Original Broadway Cast of ‘Aladdin’ are back in at a new peak of No.68, but The Temper Trap lose 32 places with ‘Thick As Thieves’ this week (No.41 to No.73).
‘E.Mo.Tion : Side B’, the new digital-only release from Canadian pop starlet Carly Rae Jepsen, is new at No.74.
A few more drops to report; Lindsey Stirling’s ‘Brave Enough’ (down 38 to No.77), Little Mix’s ‘Get Weird’ (down 23 to No.79), Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ (down 21 to No.80), DJ Snake’s ‘Encore’ (down 19 to No.81), Dami Im’s ‘Classic Carpenters’ (down 22 to No.88), David Brent’s ‘Life On The Road’ (down a staggering 60 places to No.91) and Melanie Martinez’ ‘Cry Baby’ (down 26 to No.93).
Just sneaking into the top 100 on debut is ‘Live As One’, the new album from Gold Coast singer songwriter Casey Barnes. It’s new at No.97.
Disappearing from this week’s top 100 after debuting in the top 50 last week are (last week’s position in brackets); Sabaton’s ‘The Last Stand’ (29), Tory Lanez’ ‘I Told You’ (37) and Eden’s ‘I Think You Think Too Much Of Me’ (44).
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