There’s plenty happening as usual on this week’s ARIA Chart Watch, with seven debuts on the ARIA top 100 singles chart and seven debuts within the ARIA albums chart top 20, including a new No.1.
Who’s debuted? Who’s moved? And who’s bagged new certifications? We’ll give you all that info and more in ARIA Chart Watch.
James Arthur makes it six weeks in the Aussie No.1 position with his latest single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ this week. The song also notches up a second platinum certification (140,000 copies sold) and remains the No.1 most played song on Australian radio this week; all elements which will make it incredibly difficult for his label Sony to get its follow up ‘Safe Inside’, which was serviced to media on Thursday, away.
The Weeknd remains in at No.2, while Calum Scott edges to No.3 with ‘Dancing On My Own’. Neiked’s ‘Sexual’ is now a top five hit, up from No.7 to No.4.
Hitting the top ten in a big way this week (much as it’s done in the US and the UK) is Rae Sremmurd’s single ‘Black Beatles’, which bullets from No.33 to No.6, forcing songs from Little Mix, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and Nevada out of the way in the process.
Guy Sebastian’s latest single ‘Set In Stone’ finally gets that post-‘X Factor’ bump, improving ten places to a new peak of No.11. And after five weeks in, Illy’s single ‘Catch 22’ achieves a gold certification, meaning it’s now bagged more than 35,000 sales.
Also heading northwards with great velocity this week is the new Clean Bandit single ‘Rockabye’, featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie. Bulleting from No.38 to No.14, it becomes the band’s third Aussie top 20 hit, following on from 2014’s ‘Rather Be’ and ‘Real Love’.
Zara Larsson’s ‘Ain’t My Fault’ is down four places to No.24, but gets a shiny new platinum accreditation (70,000 copies).
Also on the up this week are the new John Legend single ‘Love Me Now’ (No.53 to No.25) and Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s ‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’ (No.36 to No.27). Illy’s ‘Papercuts’ joins his single ‘Catch 22’ in achieving a new certification this week; in the case of ‘Papercuts’, however, it’s triple platinum (210,000 copies).
Alessia Cara climbs up the chart ladder with ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’. After debuting at No.41 on last week’s countdown, the single improves eight places to No.33, ahead of a No.35 debut for Zara Larsson’s newbie ‘I Would Like’ and a 13 place drop for The Chainsmokers’ ‘Collage’ EP (No.23 on debut to No.36).
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ loses 11 places (No.26 to No.37), but The Veronicas’ ‘On Your Side’ leaps 24 to a new peak of No.39; just one place higher than its previous best.
Also hitting a new peak this week is the latest Jonas Blue single ‘By Your Side’, which leaps from No.54 to No.43.
Samantha Jade and Cyrus hit the stage on ‘The X Factor’ to perform their new single ‘Hurt Anymore’ this week – and subsequently went out to shopping centres across the country to perform it for fans – but the track premieres at a lowly No.45.
Fellow Sony stable star Rag ‘N’ Bone Man is up six places to No.46 with ‘Human’ and there’s a little bit of chart love for The xx’s new single ‘On Hold’, which debuts at No.49.
Outside the walls of the top 50, we’ve got a good northwards shift going on for Amy Shark’s single ‘Adore’, which bullets from a No.75 debut to No.57.
MØ’s ‘Final Song’ tumbles 15 to No.58, after his passing last week, the classic Leonard Cohen single ‘Hallelujah’ makes its ARIA Chart entry at No.59 (it’s gold certified) and the new Milky Chance single ‘Cocoon’ weaves its way into the top 100, with a No.61 debut.
Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’, which is down five positions to No.63 this week, gets an accreditation update; the single is now four times platinum, having sold in excess of 280,000 copies.
Galantis & Hook N Sling are up from No.83 on debut to No.72 with ‘Love On Me’, Pentatonix’s cover of ‘Hallelujah’ re-enters at No.74 (after a previous peak of No.59), Childish Gambino score some chart love with ‘Me And Your Mama’ at No.75 on debut and Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ ‘This Girl’ slumps from No.59 to No.83.
Now that we’re finally about to say ‘Hello’ to live shows from Adele, the lead single from the singer’s latest album rears its head in the ARIA top 100 again, re-entering at No.84 ahead of a No.97 to No.85 improvement for Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello with ‘Bad Things’ (a new peak).
Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Tear In My Heart’ tumbles 17 to No.90, while ‘Stressed Out’ is down ten to No.91.
Kid Cudi and Pharrell’s ‘Surfin’ debuts at No.95 and Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ tumbles 18 to No.98.
Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ is the week’s biggest loser on the ARIA singles chart, however, losing more than 53 places to disappear from the top 100 altogether.
This time last week, we were staring at Bon Jovi’s new album ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ in the No.1 position.
This week, that album is sitting at No.8, replaced in the No.1 position by homegrown hip hop supremo Illy and his new album ‘Two Degrees’.
It’s a great result for the Melbourne-based performer; his first ever No.1 album and the 19th No.1 album by an Australian performer throughout 2016.
Naturally, in the wake of his death on November 07, Leonard Cohen’s latest album ‘You Want It Darker’ bullets from No.20 to No.2, while the new John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John festive set ‘Friends For Christmas’ debuts in the No.3 position with a gold certification; Sony’s already sold 35,000 copies of it into stores.
Michael Bublé has designs on the No.1 spot again with ‘Christmas’. The album, released in 2011, visited the top spot in the Decembers of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, just missing last year (peaking at No.2).
Phil Collins’ ‘The Singles’ re-enters the countdown at a very respectable No.6 and we’ve got another top ten debut in the No.9 position from Sting and ’57th & 9th’.
Robbie Williams’ ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ slips six places (to No.10), as does Michael Bublé’s album ‘Nobody But Me’, but it’s only the latter that picks up a new certification this week… gold.
‘The Essential Leonard Cohen’ premieres at No.12, A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ is new at No.13, Cliff Richard’s ‘Just… Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is new at No.15 and, after the tour announcement, Adele’s ’25’ is back into the top 20 (No.28 to No.17).
We’ve got a 16 place drop for Birds Of Tokyo’s new album ‘Brace’ this week ahead of a No.20 debut for labelmate Emeli Sandé’s new album ‘Long Live The Angels’.
Celebrated Indigenous Aussie performer Archie Roach might have been releasing albums since 1989, but he gets his first ever top 30 Aussie album position this week with ‘Let Love Rule’, which premieres at No.24.
Delta’s ‘Wings Of The Wild’ is down 11 places to No.27, Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ tumbles 16 to No.29 and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’ dulls (No.19 to No.30).
But with the silly season encroaching, ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ surges from No.48 to No.31 and The Ten Tenors’ ‘Our Christmas Wish’ is back in the top 100 (No.35 on re-entry).
Despite holding the No.1 single in the country for a sixth successive week, James Arthur’s ‘Back From The Edge’ loses 15 places, but the gang from Hillsong Worship are down 26 to No.37 with ‘Let There Be Light’.
We’ve got a few new entries to follow; In Flames’ ‘Battles’ at No.38, David Bowie’s ‘Legacy’ at No.39 and Olly Murs’ ’24 HRS’ at No.42 (Olly’s lowest album debut in Australia in five years).
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Early Years : 1967-1972’ is new at No.47.
But poor Alicia Keys and her latest album ‘Here’. Though it debuted at a respectable No.14 on last week’s ARIA albums chart, it’s all the way down at No.49 this week, losing 35 places.
Beyond the walls of the top 50, we’ve for a re-entry for The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ at No.51 and a 17 place drop for Harrison Craig’s ‘Kings Of Vegas’ (No.36 on debut to No.53).
’50 Best Songs’ from ‘Play School’ is also down 17 (No.37 to No.54).
Re-entering the countdown this week, thanks to that aforementioned tour announcement, is Adele’s second album ’21’ (No.55). That’s ahead of a re-entry for Leonard Cohen’s ‘Live In London’ one place below.
Pez might be spending his Saturday night looking up at where his album ‘Don’t Look Down’ was last week. It debuted at No.7 on last week’s chart, but has slumped a stunning 51 places to No.58 in week two.
Avenged Sevenfold’s drop of 33 places (No.26 to No.59) for ‘The Stage’ pales in comparison; ditto Korn’s 28 place drop for ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ (No.32 to No.60).
Also falling this week are ‘The Best Of The Wiggles’ (down 21 to No.65), I Prevail’s ‘Lifelines’ (down 15 to No.66), Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Chapter And Verse’ (down 20 to No.67) and Client Liaison’s debut album ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ (down a staggering 55 places to No.70).
There’s a bit of chart love for Leonard Cohen’s ‘Popular Problems’, which re-enters at No.72, ahead of a No.73 debut for the new Enigma album ‘The Fall Of A Rebel Angel’ and a No.77 debut for Luella’s ‘Around Me’.
Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ is down 28, ‘The Very Best Of INXS’ is down 24 and ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ debuts (platinum) at No.81.
Though the ‘Snow Queen’ repackage hasn’t quite hit the stores yet, Kylie’s ‘Christmas’ album re-enters at No.86.
We’ve got 20 place drops for Safia’s ‘Internal’ and Passenger’s ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’. We’ve got a 33 place drop for Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ (No.56 to No.89).
Charlie Puth’s ‘Nine Track Mind’ is also down 20 (No.73 to No.93), but Kenny Chesney’s ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’ is down further (46 places to be precise) to No.98.
All the Crowded House repackages have left the ARIA top 100.
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