Welcome to your first December edition of ARIA Chart Watch… and there’s change in the air, with the new month ushering in new number ones on both the singles and albums chart; the latter on debut.
But who’s nabbed pole position on each of our charts? What effect did post-ARIAs week have? Where did ‘X Factor’ winner Isaiah’s single end up in its second week? And just how many Christmas releases make the top 100 on the albums chart?
Discover all you need to know below.
James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ has finally let go of the No.1 spot in Australia after seven impressive weeks.
It’s been replaced at No.1 this week by Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, whose collaboration ‘Rockabye’ edges into pole after jumping from No.14 to No.2 last week. It’s now officially the band’s biggest hit in Australia, having previously peaked at No.2 with ‘Rather Be’ a couple of years back.
The release of the new album for The Weeknd results in a bump for its title track ‘Starboy’, which improves from No.4 to an equal high peak of No.2, just ahead of Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’, James Arthur’s former No.1 and Neiked’s ‘Sexual’, which is up one to No.5.
Bruno Mars may not have achieved the No.1 single he craved with ’24K Magic’, but the track’s done enough within its eight week chart run to notch up a shiny new platinum certification this week (70,000 copies sold) in at No.6.
Speaking of six… The Chainsmokers’ former No.1 smash ‘Closer’ bags its sixth platinum certification this week. It’s now sold more than 420,000 copies in Australia (No.7).
Little Mix’s ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ is now platinum (No.10), Peking Duk’s ‘Stranger’ improves to a new peak of No.11 and, with the movie it’s lifted from (‘Trolls’) now in cinemas, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ is back into the top 20 (No.23 to No.18).
It’s taken a hell of a long time to do so, but the Major Lazer and Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Cold Water’ finally breaks through the triple platinum barrier after 19 weeks on the chart. It’s now officially sold in excess of 210,000 copies in Australia and is steady at No.22.
Alessia Cara has designs on the top 20 with her latest single ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’, which is up five to No.23. But the release of The Weeknd’s new album ‘Starboy’ results in a halo effect for new radio track ‘I Feel It Coming’, which bullets from a No.41 debut to No.24.
Zara Larsson’s ‘I Would Like’ is up six (No.33 to No.27), Flume’s new ‘Skin Companion EP’ nabs the week’s highest debut (No.29) and, post-ARIAs, The Veronicas’ single ‘On Your Side’ loses 12 positions, down from No.19 to No.31.
There’s more love for The Weeknd (‘Party Monster’ up from No.63 on debut to No.33) and Charli XCX (‘After The Afterparty’ rocketing from No.81 to a new peak of No.37) and Twenty One Pilots get their double platinum on for ‘Heathens’ (down four to No.42).
Andy Grammer is back into the top 50 with his latest ‘Fresh Eyes’. Up from No.51 to No.45 this week, it’s now just one place shy of its chart peak thus far.
Milky Chance get ready to spice up your summer with ‘Cocoon’ (which jumps from No.67 to No.46) and Mike Perry’s ‘The Ocean’ is now double platinum (No.47).
Outside the top 50 this week, poor Niall Horan’s solo career takes a tumble; ‘This Town’ down 17 places to No.52.
But there’s some good news for Crowded House at No.53, with the ARIAs performance (also featuring Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning) premiering at No.53.
We’ve got a No.61 debut for the Robin Schulz, David Guetta and Cheat Codes single ‘Shed A Light’ (No.61), but there’s a big drop for the latest Robbie Williams single ‘Love My Life’ (No.36 to No.64) after his brief promotional visit and ‘X Factor’ appearance.
Speaking of ‘X Factor’, a massive 39 place drop (No.26 to No.65) for winner Isaiah’s single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ doesn’t auger well, though his fanbase may well be waiting to purchase until his album drops at retail this Friday.
Like the festive season, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is back for another year, re-entering the countdown at No.69, The Weeknd’s ‘False Alarm’ is new at No.72 and Bebe Rexha’s ‘I Got You’ re-enters the countdown at No.73 – a new peak.
Adele’s latest single ‘Water Under The Bridge’ also hits a new peak this week… up 17 places to No.75.
Pnau’s ‘Chameleon’ is new at No.81, Crowded House’s classic ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ is back in at No.82 (‘Better Be Home Soon’ is also a re-entry this week… No.89), Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ hits five times platinum (350,000 copies) at No.94 (down from No.80) and there’s a trio of debuts to wrap the top 100; Noah Cyrus’s ‘Make Me (Cry)’ at No.95, Sage The Gemini’s ‘Now And Later’ at No.97 and Train’s ‘Play That Song’ at No.99.
John Mayer’s ‘Love On The Weekend’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Versace On The Floor’ were new at Nos.65 and 84 respectively last week. Both are now gone from the top 100.
We want to make special mention to Joel Adams’ track ‘Please Don’t Go’ too; Though it was never a major chart hit, the single has spent an impressive 31 weeks within the ARIA top 100 and finally falls out of the chart this week.
After just two weeks (No.45 and No.98), Samantha Jade and Cyrus’s single ‘Hurt Anymore’ is gone from the top 100.
And we’ve got a big debut at No.1 this week from The Weeknd and his new album ‘Starboy’; the Canadian R&B/pop superstar’s sophomore effort notching up his second No.1 album in little more than a year.
Metallica’s album ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’ loses its No.1 mantle after just one week, but the band did so well with first week sales that they’ve already achieved a gold sales certification for it (35,000 copies).
Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ is back again. It’s slowly been ascending the charts again over the past few weeks and it’s now back up to No.3.
But Michael’s not the only one getting festive in the top five this week, with John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s festive set, ‘Friends For Christmas’, moving up two places to No.4, ahead of a bullet from No.14 to No.5 for ‘The Very Very Best Of Crowded House’.
AB Original’s politically-fuelled album ‘Reclaim Australia’ premieres at No.10, but Little Mix’s ‘Glory Days’ has already vacated the top ten after debuting at No.2 last week (it’s down to No.12).
Susan Boyle continues her succession of chart entries with ‘A Wonderful World’ (new at No.14), just two places ahead of the new Garth Brooks LP ‘Gunslinger’.
Keith Urban’s currently on tour across the country. That, combined with ongoing sales of his album ‘Ripcord’ and a fresh new repackage have resulted in the album achieving a shiny new platinum certification this week.
The ‘Trolls’ soundtrack surges (No.35 to No.21), ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ adds some chart sparkle to the No.24 position (up from No.34), but James Arthur’s ‘Back From The Edge’ drops from No.16 to No.28 after his promotional visit.
The ‘Kylie Christmas’ repackage does the job, sending the LP flying from No.86 to No.30. But Mariah Carey’s seminal ‘Merry Christmas’ might hang around for a bit longer – as it tends to do – back into the top 50 at No.31 (up from No.51).
We’ve got debuts for Kate Bush’s ‘Before The Dawn’ (No.35) and Prince’s ‘4Ever’ (No.36) and a bullet (No.52 to No.37 for Pentatonix’s ‘That’s Christmas To Me’.
Human Nature are also in the Christmas spirit this week; ‘The Christmas Album’ up from No.49 to No.38.
But Kerser’s ‘Tradition’ tumbles 39 places to No.43 in week two.
The Butterfly Effect get three albums back into the top 100 this week; ‘Begins Here’ re-entering at No.47, ‘Imago’ re-entering two places lower and ‘Final Conversation Of Kings’ at No.56.
The Dolly Parton/Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris collaboration ‘My Dear Companion’ leaps from No.81 to No.53, but Sting’s ’57th & 9th’ tumbles 24 to No.54.
Hillsong Worship’s ‘Let There Be Light’ drops 27 to No.66, Rüfüs’ ‘Bloom’ is down 24 to No.68 and Tash Sultana’s ‘Notion’ EP slumps 33 to No.69.
A number of former chart favourites and best-ofs come back into the chart as the record buying public start thinking about their stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts.
One of those that doesn’t appear to be on many Christmas wish lists this year is Miranda Lambert’s album ‘The Weight Of These Wings’, which plummets 60 places from last week’s No.26 debut.
Andre Rieu’s ‘Best Of Christmas’ is back at No.93, DD Dumbo’s ‘Utopia Defeated’ plunges 53 to No.94 and A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ slumps 49 to No.95.
Latest albums for Sixx:AM, DNCE and Disturbed spent just one week in the ARIA charts (Nos.23, 32 and 43 respectively); all three are gone from this week’s top 100.
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