ARIA Chart Watch is back for your Saturday evening’s edification, albeit now an hour earlier, after ARIA decided to switch things up on us this week.
We might be screaming head-first towards the end of the year, but believe it or not, the No.1 positions on both the singles and albums charts remain entirely steady this week. But what else have this week’s charts served up?
Best you read on and find out.
James Arthur makes it four weeks on top with his smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, holding off the rest of the pack to maintain position for another week.
In fact, that rest of the pack is relatively settled this week, at least in the top ten, where positions one through six are unchanged safe for a few new certifications; The Weeknd ftg. Daft Punk’s ‘Starboy’, which is now platinum (70,000 copies sold) at No.2, Little Mix’s ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, which is now gold (35,000 copies) at No.4 and Calum Scott’s cover of ‘Dancing On My Own’, which is now double platinum (140,000 copies in the bag) at No.5.
After jumping from No.21 to No.11 last week, Maroon 5 make it into the top ten with their latest single ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ (No.11 to No.9), while Nevada ftg. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap make a similar jump – from No.20 to No.11 – with ‘The Mack’.
Seven weeks in and the new Calvin Harris single ‘My Way’ maintains its No.13 heading, albeit with a shiny new platinum certification, and there are big bullets for both Drake’s ‘Fake Love’ (No.40 to No.18) and Neiked’s ‘Sexual’ (No.33 to No.21).
It’s taken him five weeks on the charts to do so, but former One Directioner Niall Horan scores a gold certification for his debut solo effort ‘This Town’, despite it slipping six spots to No.22.
Jonas Blue’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ is now double platinum (No.25) and Guy Sebastian’s latest single ‘Set In Stone’ is already a much bigger hit than his previous, ‘Candle’, landing in the No.29 spot on debut.
It seems Justin Timberlake really ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’. It’s still in the charts after six months on the dot and is steady at No.30 this week. Not only that, but it celebrates its six month mark by achieving a shiny new fourth platinum accreditation, meaning it’s now sold through 280,000 copies.
Drake’s ‘One Dance’ hits five times platinum (350,000 copies) at No.35, Frenship’s ‘Capsize’ is up from No.46 to No.38 and Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ bullets into the top 50; from No.61 to No.45.
Also making their presence felt in the top 50 this week are Cashmere Cat ftg. Selena Gomez & Tory Lanez (‘Trust Nobody’ up from No.57 to No.46) and Rag N Bone Man, whose Aussie promo visit does wonders for his single ‘Human’, which debuts at No.48.
Just outside the gates of the top 50 is Jonas Blue, with his new single ‘By Your Side’ debuting at No.51.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ has to make up more than 13 places to regain a top 50 berth (No.65 to No.52). Same for Empire Of The Sun, whose single ‘High And Low’ re-enters the countdown at No.68, just two places shy of its No.66 peak thus far.
Fifth Harmony’s ‘That’s My Girl’ seems to have peaked too. It’s down nine places to No.69 this week, having previously peaked at No.54.
Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Wake Me Up’ plunges from No.44 to No.71, Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’ improves 13 to No.76 and Twenty One Pilots’ single ‘Tear In My Heart’ has lost seven places to No.81, having previously peaked at No.60.
Some chart love for British starlet Charli XCX, whose new single ‘After The Afterparty’ makes its Australian chart entry in the No.87 positions. Same too for Clean Bandit with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie and their newbie ‘Rockabye’, which debuts at No.93.
Little Mix debut at No.96 with ‘You Gotta Not’, Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ gets its fourth platinum certification at No.97 and an even No.100 debut for Bebe Rexha’s ‘I Got You’.
Dami Im’s ‘Fighting For Love’ leaves the top 100 after just one week (No.64), Throttle ftg. LunchMoney Lewis & Aston Merrygold are also gone from the top 100 having peaked at No.65 with their ‘Money Maker’ and Little Mix may be letting their ‘Hair’ out of the top 100 this week, but it leaves with a shiny new double platinum certification as it closes the door behind it.
A quick trip through the albums top 100 sees no real change at the top, with Jessica Mauboy’s ‘The Secret Daughter’ soundtrack still firing on all cylinders in the No.1 position, but Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ has already made way for the likes of Michael Bublé’s ‘Nobody But Me’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘The Wonder Of You’ to improve (Bublé from No.3 to No.2 and Elvis from No.4 to No.3).
Avenged Sevenfold get their butts into the countdown at No.4 on debut with their new long player ‘The Stage’, with Gaga down from No.2 to No.6, ahead of debuts for Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Two Vines’ (No.7) and James Arthur’s ‘Back From The Edge’ (No.8).
Roy Orbison’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ is the next highest debut, but he’s under attack from Delta Goodrem, whose national tour is helping sales of her album ‘Wings Of The Wild’ sail out the door; it’s up from No.49 to No.13.
Shawn Mendes improves six places with ‘Illuminate’ (No.22 to No.16), then a trio of debuts bridges the teens the low 20s; Kenny Chesney’s ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’ at No.19, Tkay Maidza’s debut album ‘Tkay’ (No.20) and Tove Lo’s newbie ‘Lady Wood’ (No.21).
John Farnham’s ‘Whispering Jack : 30th Anniversary Edition’ re-enters the countdown at No.22 and have a look at that enormous certification figure. Yes, that’s a staggering 24 times platinum – or 1.68 million copies.
Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ falls after last week’s post-repack jump (No.12 to No.23) and Testament debut at No.24 with ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’.
Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’ loses 12 places (No.14 to No.26), Drake’s ‘Views’ gains 26 (No.54 to No.28), but I Prevail also loses with ‘Lifelines’ (No.8 on debut to No.31).
Also falling this week are the new Pentatonix album ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ (NO.16 to No.32) and Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ (No.19 to No.35).
A chart comeback for DMA’s ‘Hills End’ at No.37, a 21 place drop for Andre Rieu’s ‘Falling In Love’ (No.20 to No.41), but a jump for Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ (No.61 to No.42) and Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ (re-entering at No.43).
There’s another big drop; this time for The Koi Boys and their album ‘Meant To Be’ (No.13 to No.44) and a 20 place drop for Dolly & Co’s ‘My Dear Companion’.
Passenger’s ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ loses 16; ditto Sticky Fingers’ ‘Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)’.
A$AP Mob just makes it into the top 50 on debut with ‘Cozy Tapes Vol.1’ (No.50), but Superheist just misses with ‘Ghosts Of The Social Dead’ (No.52).
Human Nature drops 21 with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ (No.35 to No.56); ditto again for Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ (No.36 to No.57) ahead of a debut for Meek Mill’s ‘DC4’ (No.58), a re-entry for ‘The Very Best of Prince’ (No.59) and a bullet for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.85 to No.60).
Frank Iero & The Patience score some chart love with ‘Parachutes’ (No.62 on debut), but the party’s seemingly over for Lisa Mitchell’s ‘Warriors’ (down 27 to No.67) and Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen’s ‘Death’s Dateless Night’ (down 24 to No.68).
Bernard Fanning’s ‘Civil Dusk’ also loses 24 (No.51 to No.75), Alter Bridge’s ‘The Last Hero’ is down 25 (No.56 to No.81), the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack plunges 37 to No.84 and there’s a debut for Helmet’s ‘Dead To The World’ at No.85.
Other top 100 debuts this week come courtesy of Memphis May Fire (‘This Light I Hold’ at No.90), David Gray (‘The Best Of’ at No.91), Avi Avital (‘Vivaldi’ at No.93) and Phil Collins (‘The Singles’ at No.100).
With lots of debuts, Julia Jacklin’s album ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ tumbles 57 places to No.99, but the likes of Katy Steele, Jimmy Eat World, Graves, The Pretty Reckless and Ange Boxall all suffer bigger falls, plunging from the top 100 after debuting last week at Nos.23, 27, 29, 33 and 29 respectively.
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