Welcome to ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s.
This week, there’s a little bit of movement in the top ten on the singles chart, along with nine top 100 debuts.
On the albums chart, we have a new number one and three other new entries in this week’s top ten, plus lots of big drops, re-entries and other movements.
We’ll try and summarise as best we can in edition 394 of ARIA Chart Watch.
So it’s now five weeks on top for former UK ‘X Factor’ winner James Arthur and his hit single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.
He’s still leading the pack from The Weeknd’s latest ‘Starboy’ (No.2) and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’; the latter achieving a shiny new fifth platinum certification this week, having now broken through the 350,000 sales barrier.
Also serving up some accreditation realness this week is Maroon 5, whose latest track ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ improves from No.9 to a new peak of No.6 and hits gold sales (35,000 copies).
But heading northwards with a much greater velocity is Neiked and his single ‘Sexual’; the Swedish producer’s latest track now just one place behind its No.6 peak in Britain (No.21 to No.7).
Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ is now certified 24K gold at No.8, Nevada’s reinterpretation of ‘The Mack’ with Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap, improves to No.9 and, though she drops four places to No.10, Hailee Steinfeld served up double platinum desserts (140,000 copies sold). Also hitting double platinum this week is Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj’s ‘Side To Side’ (No.11).
Canberra natives Peking Duk are headed in the right direction to claim their third top ten hit with their latest single ‘Stranger’, which improves from No.19 to No.12 in week three.
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Mercy’ is now platinum (70,000 copies) at No.15 and Guy Sebastian’s new single ‘Set In Stone’ might have ascended to the top of the iTunes chart after his ‘X Factor’ performance, but it’s not quite made it into the top 20 on the charts that really matter; up from No.29 on debut to No.21.
The Chainsmokers’ ‘Collage’ EP joins the sales race, premiering highest this week at No.23, ten places higher than the debut for Rae Sremmurd’s latest ‘Black Beatles’.
Proof that Anne-Marie’s ‘Alarm’ is still going off? That it rings to the sound of a double platinum beat in the No.35 position.
‘Juju On That Beat’ is a little higher (No.41 to No.36), Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’ is a lot higher (No.93 on debut to No.38) and there’s a No.41 debut for the new Alessia Cara single ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’.
Betty Who’s new single popped up at retail yesterday – and the timing seems perfect, given her cover of ‘I Love You Always Forever’ seems to now be on the way out. It’s down ten spaces to No.42.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ might be down eight positions to No.45 this week, but it notches up a fresh fifth platinum certification. And, with their performance on ‘The X Factor’, Disturbed bullet 38 places to No.46 with ‘The Sound Of Silence’.
Flying much lower this week is Flume’s single ‘Say It’ with Tove Lo. But it does so after smashing through the triple platinum barrier, having sold more than 210,000 copies.
Adele’s ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ drops five to No.49 to celebrate its six month anniversary on the ARIA singles chart.
It’s out of the top 50 already, but Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez earn themselves a second platinum accreditation with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ (No.54 to No.60), while D.R.A.M debuts right behind them with his US chart smash ‘Broccoli’.
The Veronicas’ latest single ‘On Your Side’ hasn’t set the charts on fire thus far, peaking at No.40, but the girls do get a little bit of good news this week; the single is up 16 places to No.63.
Mura Masa’s ‘Love Sick’ leaps from No.95 to a new peak of No.69, new Sony signing Amy Shark premieres at No.75 with ‘Adore’, Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ celebrates a year on the charts in position No.76, but Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ slides 28 places to No.80.
Galantis are into the chart mix this week with their new Hook N Sling collaboration ‘Love On Me’ (No.83 on debut).
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars celebrate their landmark second year on the ARIA charts with ‘Uptown Funk’ at No.85 (it’s 12 times platinum) and Big Sean gets a bit of ARIA chart love at No.86 with a debut for ‘Bounce Back’.
Empire Of The Sun’s ‘High And Low’ is 20 places lower (No.68 to No.88), Nick Murphy’s new single ‘Stop Me (Stop You)’ (the first not under his old ‘Chet Faker’ moniker) debuts at No.92 and Jess Mauboy’s cover of ‘Wake Me Up’ is all but gone; dropping 23 places to No.91.
We wrap the top 100 singles chart this week with a debut for Fifth Harmony starlet Camila Cabello’s ‘Bad Things’ (No.97), a 24 place drop for Usher’s ‘Crash’ (No.74 to No.98) and a 38 place dive for Drake’s ‘Sneakin’ (a No.62 peak to No.100).
Pentatonix’s ‘Hallelujah’ is gone from the top 100 this week having peaked at No.59 and Fifth Harmony’s ‘That’s My Girl’ is also gone after topping out at No.54.
It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas. The big name artists are starting to drop their new albums and, like a comet, Michael Bublé’s festive season set is back in the top ten for another year, joining his new album ‘Nobody But Me’ in the process.
But No.1 this week belongs to Bon Jovi. The US supergroup notches up its eighth No.1 studio album (10th No.1 overall down under) with ‘This House Is Not For Sale’.
Jess Mauboy’s ‘The Secret Daughter’ soundtrack clearly still has its fans, dropping only to No.2, ahead of debuts for Birds Of Tokyo’s ‘Brace’ (No.3) and Robbie Williams’ ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ (No.4).
Pez scores his first Aussie albums chart success with ‘Don’t Look Down’ (new at No.7) and that Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’ album we talked about bullets from No.43 to No.8.
Even Keith Urban wants in on the top ten action, improving from No.15 to No.10 with ‘Ripcord’; so too Disturbed, with ‘Immortalized’ up from No.34 to No.12.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ is down seven to No.13, Alicia Keys’ new album is ‘Here’ at No.14 on debut and there’s a No.15 premiere for the boys from business class (Client Liaison) and their debut album ‘Diplomatic Immunity’.
Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’ tumbles from No.9 to No.20, though sales of that album (and many other from his back catalogue) should improve in the coming week after the legendary singer songwriter’s death late this week.
James Arthur’s ‘Back From The Edge’ tumbles from a No.8 debut to No.21.
On the way up are Human Nature’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ : Jukebox Vol.2′ (No.56 to No.22) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ (No.39 to No.24), but on the way down are Roy Orbison’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ (No.12 to No.25), Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’ (No.4 to No.26) and Kings Of Leon’s ‘Walls’ (No.11 to No.27).
Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ is up & up (No.42 to No.29), but Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Two Vines’ has experiences highs and lows (No.7 on debut to No.31).
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Very Best Of’ bullets from No.78 to No.35, Harrison Craig’s new album ‘Kings Of Vegas’ enters the countdown at No.36 and there are bullets for ‘The Very Best of Prince’ (No.59 to No.40) and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Greatest Hits’ (No.72 to No.43).
Those Crowded House album repackages result in a number of the iconic Aussie outfit’s most cherished collections re-entering the chart this week, but none performs better than ‘Woodface’, which is back into the countdown at No.45. It’s just ahead of the band’s self-titled 1986 debut (No.46).
Pentatonix’s ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ slides from No.32 to No.48, I Prevail’s ‘Lifelines’ needs one badly (down 20 to No.51) and Kenny Chesney’s ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’ tumbles 33 places to No.52.
More Crowded House follows, with re-entries for both ‘Temple Of Low Men’ and ‘Together Alone’ (Nos.53 and 54 respectively), Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ slumps 21 places to No.56 and there’s more Crowdies love at No.61 with a re-entry for ‘Afterglow’ and at No.66 for ‘Intriguer’.
Passenger’s ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ looks like getting swamped in all the pre-Christmas releases, down another 22 places to No.68 this week.
Slava Grigoryan debuts at No.75 with ‘Bach : Cello Suites Vol.1’.
There are big drops for both DMA’s ‘Hills End’ (down 40 to No.77) and for Andre Rieu’s ‘Falling In Love’ (down 37 to No.78).
Neil Diamond shines with ‘Acoustic Christmas’ at No.84 on debut, Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ tumbles from No.64 to No.86 and Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ needs help, dropping another 31 places to No.88.
Though it’s one of this country’s all-time greatest albums, there was only fleeting success for the 30th anniversary edition of ‘Whispering Jack’; the album plunging 70 places to No.92.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ dives 34 (as the aforementioned ‘The Very Best’ picks up), the deluxe repack of Crowded House’s ‘Time On Earth’ sees it back into the chart at No.96 and Testament’s ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ is down a huge 75 places from last week’s No.24 debut.
Down even further, however, is Tkay Maidza’s debut album ‘Tkay’, which premiered at No.20 last week and is now gone entirely from the top 100. Ditto Tove Lo’s ‘Lady Wood’ after debuting at No.21 last week.
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