It’s a big week on ARIA Chart Watch this week, with a new No.1 single and a new No.1 album. In fact, the albums chart top ten is peppered with no less than seven new entries, including an entirely new top four.
So who’s triumphed on both charts this week? Who’s bagged the new certifications? Who’s jumped? Who’s dropped? We’ll tell you all you need to know… in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
Nine weeks. That’s the length of time that The Chainsmokers spent an unbeaten run in the No.1 position on the ARIA singles chart with their track ‘Closer’. It was a record for longest stay in top spot in 2016, but that stay is now over.
British singer James Arthur has claimed his first ever Aussie No.1 single with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, eclipsing his previous chart peak of No.2 down under, which he achieved with his ‘X Factor UK’ winner’s single ‘Impossible’ back in early 2013.
Edging two places higher to No.2 this week is The Weeknd and his latest single ‘Starboy’; now his equal highest chart hit down under (‘Can’t Feel My Face’ also peaked at No.2).
They may no longer be in the No.1 position on the ARIA singles chart (falling to No.3), but The Chainsmokers wave goodbye to top spot with a new fourth platinum certification (280,000 copies sold) for their smash hit ‘Closer’.
Sia’s ‘The Greatest’ is back into the top five (No.8 to No.5) and the new Calvin Harris song ‘My Way’, which is up one position to No.9, is now gold certified, popping across the 35,000 sales line.
The Chainsmokers’ new single ‘All We Know’ hits the top ten, increasing incrementally from last week’s No.11 debut to No.10.
The week’s highest debut comes courtesy of US R&B/pop star Bruno Mars, whose latest single ’24K Magic’ spices up the No.12 position on debut, ahead of a nine place drop (No.5 on debut to No.14) for Niall Horan’s ‘This Town’ and a new gold certification for Zara Larsson’s ‘Ain’t My Fault’ (No.21).
John Legend scores himself another Aussie top 50 hit with his new track ‘Love Me Now’, which enters the Aussie countdown at No.26 and Lady Gaga premieres 11 places below with ‘Million Reasons’ from her upcoming album ‘Joanne’.
Sony hasn’t been able to get the Jess Mauboy cover of ‘Wake Me Up’ into the top 30 at this stage. It’s peaked thus far at No.37, but drops back six places this week, even though her new TV series has gone to air.
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Fighter’ tumbles 18 places to No.49 after jumping 29 places last week to rediscover a place in the top 50. Rihanna is also back in top 50 chart action with ‘Needed Me’ (No.52 to No.50).
Producer Cashmere Cat, Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez are on the precipice of a top 50 hit with their collaboration ‘Trust Nobody’, which edges eight places higher to No.51, ahead of Marc E Bassy’s ‘You & Me’ (up three to No.52) and a big bullet for the new Fifth Harmony single ‘That’s My Girl’ (No.79 to No.54 second week in).
Heading in the opposite direction for its second week of ARIA chart action, however, is the new single from Bliss N Eso, ‘Dopamine’, which tumbles 17 places to No.55. DNCE’s ‘Cake By The Ocean’ is down nine to No.56.
After a staggering 25 weeks on the chart, Joel Adams’ single ‘Please Don’t Go’ is still hanging around the lower reaches of the ARIA top 50. The single has peaked at No.55 thus far and is still hovering around the mid 50s, this week steady at No.57.
There’s a new entry at No.59 from Timmy Trumpet & MAKJ ftg. Andrew WK (‘Party Till We Die’), a big 24 place jump for the new Andy Grammer single ‘Fresh Eyes’ (No.85 to No.61) and a rise of 27 position for DJ Khaled’s ‘Do You Mind’ (No.92 to a new peak of No.65).
DNCE’s ‘Toothbrush’ is out of there (down 21 to No.66), the release of the new Bruno Mars single results in a halo effect for his smash ‘Uptown Funk’ with Mark Ronson (it’s up 20 places to No.70) and the stay of Black Eyed Peas’ ‘WheresTheLove’ in the top 50 was a relatively short one; it’s down 30 places to No.72 this week.
Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ is back into the countdown at No.80, Hey Violet’s ‘Guys My Age’ is new at No.81 and Tory Lanez’ ‘Luv’ leaps ten places to No.84.
We have new entries in positions 88 and 89 from Zayion McCall & Zay Hilfigerr (‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’) and Twenty One Pilots (‘Tear In My Heart’) respectively, a worrying 28 place stumble for the new DNCE single ‘Body Moves’, a 16 place fall for Imany’s ‘Don’t Be So Shy’ and a post AFL Grand Final slump for Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’, which is down 28 places to No.93.
Little Mix’s ‘Hair’ drops 20 spots and there’s a debut at No.98 for Mura Masa ftg. A$AP Rocky and ‘Love$ick’.
Shannon Noll’s ‘Who I Am’ is gone after debuting at No.56 last week and Delta Goodrem’s ‘The River’ has seemingly done its time in the ARIA top 100, out of there after peaking last week at No.58.
Last week, the ARIA top ten albums chart featured four new entries. This week, there are seven new entries in the ARIA top ten and only one of those that debuted there last week is still in top ten action.
But let’s turn our attention first to the debuts… The entire top four is made up of new entries this week and they debut as follows;
No.1… The 12th edition of Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’.
No.2… Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’ (their highest chart in seven years).
No.3… Barry Gibb’s ‘In The Now’
No.4… Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ (the singer’s second successive top ten album and her highest chart position in nine years).
The ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack is the only album not to debut in the top five this week, dropping just one position to No.5.
New at No.6 is Alter Bridge’s new LP ‘The Last Hero’ (the band’s highest ever Aussie chart position).
New at No.8 is ‘Oh My My’, the fourth album from OneRepublic. The No.8 debut equals the peak of their previous album ‘Native’ three years ago.
And new at No.9 is the latest release for Swedish metal outfit Meshuggah, ‘The Violent Sleep of Reason’.
Only Sticky Fingers’ album ‘Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)’ remains in the top ten after debuting there last week, which Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ falling ten places to No.12 and the two others falling further. More about them later.
With the tour announcement made and tickets to his shows flying out the door (his Etihad Stadium gig in Melbourne is already sold out), Justin Bieber’s album ‘Purpose’ bullets from No.27 to No.11.
Canadian outfit Sum 41 scores their equal highest Australian chart placing with their new album ’13 Voices’, which debuts (rather ironically) in the No.13 spot.
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Chapter And Verse’ is down ten places to No.15, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen’s ‘Death’s Dateless Night’ is new at No.16, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ jumps nine to No.17 and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’ tumbles eight to No.18.
Ed Sheeran’s album ‘X’ also finds favour with audiences again this week, improving nine places to No.19.
But Passenger’s ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ slumps 15 to No.21.
There’s a debut at No.22 of DD Dumbo’s ‘Utopia Undefeated’, an 11 place fall for Barbra Streisand’s ‘Encore’ (No.12 to No.23) and a 13 place jump for Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ (No.37 to No.24).
Californian outfit NOFX score a little love for their new album ‘First Ditch Effort’, which lobs at No.27 (their highest chart position here in seven years), but there are drops for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (‘Skeleton Tree’ down 12 to No.28) and Van Morrison (‘Keep Me Singing’ down 20 from last week’s No.11 debut).
The Weeknd is up (‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ from No.53 to No.32), but last week’s top ten debuts for Opeth and Banks are both down 27 (Opeth’s ‘Sorceress’ down from No.7 to No.34 and Banks’ ‘The Altar’ down from No.8 to No.35).
The Sunny Cowgirls also take a tumble with their new album ‘Here We Go’, which falls 26 places after debuting last week at No.13.
Speaking of debuts… Melissa Etheridge scores one at No.40 with ‘Memphis Rock And Soul’. But Anthony Callea’s ‘Backbone’ begins its descent, losing 25 places to No.43.
Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ plunges 31 places to No.48 after his recent AFL Grand Final performance and Julia Jacklin wraps the top 50 debuts with ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’, which enters the countdown at No.49.
Beyond the top 50, it’s a new entry at No.52 for The Panics’ ‘Hole In Your Pocket’ (their lowest charting album in more than 11 years), it’s an 18 place fall for Tash Sultana’s ‘Notion’ EP (No.36 to No.54), it’s a 19 place slump for Jason Aldean’s ‘They Don’t Know’ (No.38 to No.57) and a worrying 40 place second week plunge for Pixies’ new album ‘Head Carrier’ (No.23 to No.63).
Even bigger still is the drop for the new Regina Spektor album ‘Remember Us To Life’. It’s down 47 places from last week’s No.20 debut. Bernard Fanning’s ‘Civil Dusk’ loses 28 to No.71.
Olivia Newton-John’s career continues to ‘Liv On’ with her latest LP. The collaboration with Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen-Chapman enters the Aussie chart fray at No.72, just ahead of a re-entry for Ellie Goulding’s ‘Delirium’ (No.73) and falls for Dolly Parton’s ‘Pure & Simple’ (No.49 to No.74) and Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ (No.33 to No.76).
More drops this week; Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’ (down 24 to No.79), A Day To Remember’s ‘Bad Vibrations’ (down 20 to No.80), Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ (down 19 to No.81), Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘Things I Carry Around’ (down 31 to No.82), Little Mix’s ‘Get Weird’ (down 21 to No.85), The Beatles’ ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ (down 31 to No.87) and Craig David’s ‘Following My Intuition’ (down a whopping 60 places to No.89).
We’ve got a few new entries to close out this week’s top 100… they come courtesy of Phantogram (‘Three’ at No.93), Hillsong Live (‘Let Hope Rise’ at No.94) and The Devil Wears Prada (‘Transit Blues’ at No.100).
New top 50 entries last week falling from the top 100 (last week’s position in brackets) are from Yellowcard (14), Planetshakers (25), Melissa Helser & Jonathan David (32), Amber Lawrence (44), Epica (46) and Danny Brown (48).
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