ARIA Chart Watch is back for your Saturday night and there’s action aplenty; a big bullet and a debut on the top ten singles chart, plus four new entries in the top ten albums chart, including an all-new top three! Who’s pipped who at the post though? All will be revealed in the bulging paragraphs below.
The Chainsmokers make it eight weeks on the fly with their global smash ‘Closer’ this week, tying with Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ as the longest-running No.1 of the year. Could they hold on to make it a nine week record next week?
They’re under challenge, that’s for sure. Not only from Calum Scott, whose cover of ‘Dancing On My Own’ remains in the No.2 position, but also from James Arthur, whose new single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ rockets from a No.25 debut to No.3.
The news is good for Sia this week, with her latest track ‘The Greatest’ (No.5) achieving a gold certification, after surpassing 35,000 sales locally.
And The Weeknd rounds out the single figures with his new single ‘Starboy’ (with Daft Punk), which premieres at a highly respectable No.9, just ahead of Major Lazer and Bieber’s ‘Cold Water’.
Good news too for Illy and Vera Blue, whose single ‘Papercuts’, though losing four places to No.14, bags its second platinum certification, sailing over the 140,000 copy mark.
Another track with a new accreditation to its name this week is Betty Who’s Donna Lewis cover ‘I Love You Always Forever’, which is now platinum (70,000 copies) at No.15.
Shawn Mendes single ‘Mercy’ eclipses its previous chart peak of No.26 by rising 13 places to No.22 this week, ahead of a 17 place jump for Artists Of Then, Now & Forever’s ‘Forever Country’ (No.43 to No.26) and an eight place drop for Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ (No.19 to No.27).
DNCE’s ‘Toothbrush’ loses six to No.39, Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’ loses six to No.40, but Passenger’s ‘Anywhere’ gains six to No.46.
Drake’s ‘Controlla’ has been wallowing, mostly around the lower reaches of the top 50, for 14 weeks now, but thanks to a renewed push by his label, the track pops its head back into the top 50 this week (No.61 to No.50), just one place shy of its No.49 peak thus far.
Kent Jones’ ‘Don’t Mind’ loses 12 places (No.47 to No.59), but Frenship’s ‘Capsize’ picks up ten (No.72 to No.62). Throttle’s track ‘Moneymaker’, which features LunchMoney Lewis and Aston Merrygold, bullets from No.86 on debut to No.65, but the latest Fifth Harmony single ‘All In My Head (Flex)’ (now platinum) falters, losing eight spots to No.74.
Kenny Chesney and P!nk’s single ‘Setting The World On Fire’ didn’t exactly set the charts on fire. After peaking at No.26, it spends this week in the No.80 spot, having lost 23 places on last week.
But Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ is back up 14 places to No.82 and Adele’s ‘Hello’ rises nine to No.84.
Delta Goodrem premieres at No.89 with her new single ‘The River’, Kanye West’s latest single ‘Fade’ does just what its title promises, losing 22 from last week’s No.69 debut and there are debuts at Nos.95 and 97 for Kings Of Leon’s ‘Walls’ and Jessica Mauboy’s cover of ‘Wake Me Up’.
The top three on this week’s ARIA albums chart are all made up of new entries, mirroring what happened on the UK charts overnight. And, just like on the UK charts, it’s a one-two-three for Passenger, Bruce Springsteen and Shawn Mendes.
Passenger premieres in the No.1 position with his new album ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ which, like in the UK, becomes his first ever No.1 album here in Australia.
Bruce Springsteen may have had ‘High Hopes’ for a No.1 debut with his new compilation album ‘Chapter And Verse’, but he’s had to settle for No.2 on debut.
And Canadian teen star Shawn Mendes scores more chart love down under with his new album ‘Illuminate’, which lights up the No.3 spot on debut. It’s only 15 months since he released his debut album, but the chart peaks for both are poles apart; ‘Handwritten’ peaking at No.18 and ‘Illuminate’ 15 places higher.
Anthony Callea’s ‘Backbone’, which premiered at No.1 last week, drops to No.6 and there’s a debut at No.9 for the Aussie cast recording of ‘Dream Lover : The Bobby Darin Musical’, starring David Campbell.
Independent Melbourne artist Tash Sultana is in at No.11 on debut with ‘Notion’, while fellow Victorian outfit Airbourne premiere at No.13 with ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’. Oddly, they debuted higher over in the UK. Gotta love that hometown support (or lack thereof)!
My Chemical Romance re-enter the countdown with the 10th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts’ at No.15 ahead of bullets for Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ (No.37 to No.17) and, thanks to her new single ‘The River’, Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings Of The Wild’ (No.42 to No.18).
Safia’s ‘Internal’ drops 12 spots to No.23, but Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’ falls harder, down 19 from a No.5 debut to No.24.
Every Time I Die’s ‘Low Teens’ debuts in the mid twenties (No.25 to be precise), The Beatles’ ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ tumbles 15 to No.31 and A Day To Remember’s ‘Bad Vibrations’ loses ten (No.23 to No.33).
Also suffering sizeable drops this week are Harts’ ‘Smoke Fire Hope Desire’ (No.22 to No.36) and Meat Loaf’s ‘Braver Than We Are’ (No.17 to No.40), but there are re-entries from Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ (No.41) and Marina Prior and Mark Vincent’s ‘Together’ (No.45).
Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ drops 14 to No.46 and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’ plunges 33 to No.48.
Just missing the top 50 this week is LA-based indie rock outfit Warpaint’s new album ‘Heads Up’, which comes in at No.51.
Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ loses 25 positions (No.28 to No.53), but Die Antwoord’s ‘Mount Ninja And Da Nice Time Kid’ plummets 47 from last week’s No.9 debut (No.56).
Jack White’s ‘Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016’ is down 31 (No.29 to No.60), Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ loses 28 (No.34 to No.62), but Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ and James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ both re-enter (Nos.67 and 69 respectively).
So drops… Red Hot Chili Peppers’ was big (33). Bastille’s (25) was also a fairly decent one. Die Antwoord’s 47? Huge. How’s about the one for Remi’s ‘Divas And Demons’ then… down a staggering 60 places from last week’s No.10 debut.
Joe Bonamassa is in at No.71 with ‘Live At The Greek Theatre’, Roy & HG lose 16 (No.59 to No.75), Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘That’s The Spirit’ loses 27 (No.49 to No.76) and the top 100 is wrapped by debuts for Billy Bragg & Joe Henry (‘Shine A Light : Field Recording’ at No.95) and Ty Dolla $ign (‘Campaign’ at the even No.100).
Mac Miller’s ‘The Divine Feminine’ plunges more than 87 places from last week’s No.13 debut and is now gone from the top 100.
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