For the fourth week in succession, it’s Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne-Marie who are at the top of the ARIA singles chart tree, once again holding off the challengers, including The Weeknd (No.2), Bruno Mars (No.3) and Zayn with Taylor Swift (No.4).
Sony obviously decided to do some certification tweaking prior to the Christmas break, so James Arthur gets a new triple platinum certification for ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, having passed through the 210,000 sales mark.
Labelmates Peking Duk also score a new certification this week; platinum for their track ‘Stranger’, which improves from No.10 to No.7.
Also bagging another accreditation this week are The Chainsmokers, who’ve blasted through the seven times platinum ceiling (490,000 copies) with ‘Closer’ and are seemingly just days away from cracking the magical half a million mark.
Universal Music gets in on the certification act with Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’, which is now platinum, but down four places to No.10.
Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ stalled earlier in its chart run, but with the help of the new Ryan Riback remix, it’s back and bigger than ever, leaping from No.31 to No.12 this week, seemingly with designs on a top ten berth for New Year’s.
Mariah’s back. It would seem punters are once again ready to embrace the diva’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ as the original and still the best. It’s up an impressive 21 places to No.15.
Steve Aoki and former 1Der Louis Tomlinson premiered at No.25 last week, but they’ve improved five this week to hit the top 20 (No.20). There’s a six place fall for Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’, a ten place jump (No.35 to No.25) for Mura Masa’s ‘Love$ick’ and an 11 place bullet for The Veronicas’ ‘On Your Side’ (No.43 to No.32 and now gold certified for 35,000 sales).
Milky Chance achieves a new peak with ‘Cocoon’ (No.42 to No.36), Aussies are seemingly turning their noses up at the viral hit ‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’ (down seven to No.44) and The xx are into the top 50 with ‘On Hold’, improving from No.58 to No.45.
Better still is the huge 24 place jump for the new Train single ‘Play That Song’, which soars from No.71 to No.47.
There’s a Flume double at Nos.48 and 49 and a 12 place drop for Guy Sebastian’s ‘Set In Stone’, now out of the top 50 and down to No.53.
They might have lost 20 places on last week’s chart, but New York duo Sofi Tucker gain them back – and more – with ‘Drinkee’. It bullets from No.98 to No.59, suggesting we may not have seen the last of the track yet.
You know it’s the festive season when Wham’s seasonal favourite ‘Last Christmas’ is back in the countdown (re-entering at No.60 – it’s platinum).
Good things are starting to happen for ‘Bad Things’; Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello seeing their collaboration shifting from No.70 to No.62 this week.
There’s a re-entry from Bruno Mars’ ‘Versace On The Floor’ and a jump for his ‘Uptown Funk’ (No.86 to No.72) (‘Carpool Karaoke’, anyone?).
Zara Larsson’s ‘Ain’t My Fault’ loses 13 places (No.63 to No.76), Mike Posner’s former top five hit ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ jumps 12 (No.90 to No.78) and Chris Brown gets his ‘Party’ on (and into the countdown) on debut at No.82.
It’s not good news for J Cole’s ‘Immortal’, which seems to be dying a quick chart death, plunging 30 places to No.87. Anne-Marie’s ‘Alarm’ drops 20 (No.69 to No.89) and Pon Cho’s ‘Frozen’ thaws in the No.91 position on debut.
So did Bublé get his Christmas wish and ascend to No.1 on the ARIA albums chart again this festive season?
Nah! John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John and their label Sony pulled out all the stop to ensure they wear the Christmas crown in 2016, remaining in the No.1 position for a second successive week.
The rest of the top five goes… Bublé, The Rolling Stones, Adele and Keith Urban.
Clearly anticipating it being one of the season’s biggest hits, Sony’s been able to shift more than 35,000 copies of the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack into stores, meaning that it goes gold this week, edging from No.10 to No.6.
Thanks again no doubt to his ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ improves four places to No.7 and Michael Bublé’s new album ‘Nobody But Me’ is up six places to No.10.
Bulleting back into the top 20 this week are Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris with ‘My Dear Companion’ (No.43 to No.14). Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ follows them in (No.24 to No.17), while Human Nature also improves with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ : Jukebox Vol.II’ (No.32 to No.21).
‘X Factor’ winner Isaiah Firebrace sees his debut album drop 14 places from last week’s No.12 debut, Guy Sebastian’s ‘Part 1 EP’ re-enters the countdown at No.33, but can’t quite match its No.31 peak and J Cole’s new album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ suffers a 28 place fall after debuting last week at No.6.
The ‘Sing’ soundtrack is back in the top 50 (No.77 to No.42), as are ‘The Very Best of INXS’ (No.66 to No.43) and Neil Diamond’s ‘Acoustic Christmas’ (No.57 to No.46).
Roy Orbison’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ slips 14 to No.52, Cliff Richard’s ‘Just… Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is down 12 to No.57, but ‘The Best Of Cold Chisel’ bullets 30 places to No.65.
’50 Best Songs’ from ‘Play School’ doesn’t look like it’ll be finding its way into too many Christmas stockings (No.56 to No.76), but Slava Grigoryan’s ‘Bach : Cello Suites Vol.1’ is up 19 to No.77.
The ‘Rogue One : A Star Wars Story’ score is new at No.80. Kid Cudi’s ‘Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ is new at No.88.
Hillsong Worship’s ‘Let There Be Light’ slumps 29 places to No.92 and AB Original’s ‘Reclaim Australia’ loses 24 to No.96.
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