It’s New Year’s Eve and while you’re ready to go out partying for the last time in 2016 (and, let’s not deny it, the first time in 2017), we’re here readying our last 2016 edition of ARIA Chart Watch.
What effect will the post-Christmas week have had on our charts? Will we still have the same number ones? What impact will the death of superstar George Michael have? So many questions, but we have the answers in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
Happy new year to you.
It’s a fifth uninterrupted week at No.1 for Clean Bandit and co with their single ‘Rockabye’ and, to be honest, there’s seemingly nothing on the radar at this stage that seems capable of knocking it off.
The top three is steady (The Weeknd at No.2 and Bruno Mars at No.3), but The Chainsmokers prove they’re going nowhere with their massive former No.1, which edges ‘Closer’ towards the top (No.9 to No.4).
With the movie ‘Trolls’ impacting across the school holidays, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ (which features on its soundtrack) bullets back into the top ten; it’s up from No.16 to No.9 and scores itself a shiny new fifth platinum certification (350,000 copies sold).
Headed the other way is Alessia Cara’s ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ (No.8 to No.14), but Zara Larsson’s ‘I Would Like’ improves slightly (No.22 to No.18).
Wham’s inimitable ‘Last Christmas’ is the track most punters snapped up in the days after the death of George Michael; it seemed fitting given the timing of his passing. The single bullets from No.60 to a new Aussie chart peak of No.23 (it previously hit No.46 for one solitary week in the top 50 on its own accord back in 1997).
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Mercy’ jumps from No.35 to No.26, Nevada’s ‘The Mack’ is on the slide (No.19 to No.32) and there are improvements for both Train’s ‘Play That Song’ (No.47 to No.35) and Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ (No.50 to No.36).
The last week of 2016 has also been good for Pnau, whose latest single ‘Chameleon’ bullets into the top 50 (No.57 to No.43). The Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ follows them back into the top 50 (No.54 to No.46), as does Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ (No.75 to No.49) and George Michael’s ‘Faith’ (re-entry at No.50).
Beyond the 50 this week, Sage The Gemini’s ‘Now And Later’ seems to want to join the upper half fray now rather than later (No.98 to No.52), John Legend’s ‘Love Me Now’ is headed the other way (No.42 to No.54), but Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Sucker For Pain’ enjoys a post-Christmas bump (No.71 to No.56).
That improvement for Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ has been lost; the latest track from her album ‘Joanne’ is down 24 places to No.61.
George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ also makes it into the top 100 in the days surrounding his demise (No.64).
Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Stressed Out’ jumps 18 to No.66, Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’ drops 15 to No.70 and Guy Sebastian’s ‘Set In Stone’ is sinking (down 19 to No.72).
But Pon Cho’s ‘Frozen’ improves 18 to No.73, Gnash’s ‘I Hate U, I Love U’ jumps 20 to No.74 and George Michael’s ‘Freedom ’90’ re-enters the ARIA top 100 at No.75.
In the lower reaches of this week’s top 100, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Fighter’ loses 18 places to No.87, Wham!’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ is back in the countdown at No.88, J Cole’s ‘Deja Vu’ plunges 37 places to No.89 and Mark and Bruno’s ‘Uptown Funk’ loses 19 places to No.91. George Michael and Elton John’s duet of the latter’s ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ re-enters at No.93.
But Cashmere Cat’s ‘Trust Nobody’ is almost over, losing 22 places to No.95 and The Weeknd’s ‘Party Monster’ slumps 33 places to No.98.
So John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John spoiled Michael Bublé’s party last week, preventing him from getting to No.1 on the ARIA albums chart for the first time since 2014.
But clearly John and Livvy spent some much-needed nap time after the festivities, because the Canadian crooner has snuck into the No.1 position post-Christmas with ‘Christmas’; the first time since December 21, 2014 that the album’s held the top spot.
John and Olivia are down to No.2, with Adele up to No.3 with ’25’.
Positions five through nine are completely unchanged, with the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack improving from No.13 to No.10.
There’s plenty of love for George Michael’s albums this week. But the best of the bunch is his collection ‘Twenty Five’, which re-enters the countdown at No.11 (just two places shy of its original chart peak).
‘Ladies & Gentlemen : The Best Of…’ also re-enters this week – at No.14.
Now that the school holidays have kicked in proper, soundtracks to the season’s biggest kids movies have started impacting on the charts. Of course, the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack is the biggest of them all at No.6, but props go to both ‘Sing’ (No.42 to No.21) and ‘Moana’ (re-entering at No.25).
We’re spending our last week of 2016 rocking out to best ofs from both Cold Chisel (No.65 to No.27) and Guns N Roses (No.49 to No.29).
But they’re not the only ones improving with a bullet… Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’ is up from No.47 to No.34 and Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ bullets from No.60 to No.35.
Human Nature’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ is down 15, however. Isaiah’s ‘X Factor’ winner’s album loses 13 places (No.26 to No.39).
Headed back into the top 50 this week, we’ve got Illy’s ‘Two Degrees’ (No.51 to No.43), Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ (No.55 to No.44), Drake’s ‘Views’ (No.74 to No.45), Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ (No.70 to No.47) and Disturbed’s ‘Immortalized’ (No.53 to No.50).
Beyond the 50, there’s a 16 place drop for Garth Brook’s ‘Gunslinger’ (No.35 to No.51) and a 20 place drop for Cold Chisel’s ‘The Live Tapes Vol.3’ (No.32 to No.52).
George Michael’s classic album ‘Faith’ re-joins the top 100 fray at No.53, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is back (No.55), ‘The Very Best Of Prince’ jumps from No.78 to No.56 and Norah Jones’ latest album ‘Day Breaks’ is back in the countdown at No.57.
After wrapping the Keith Urban tour, Carrie Underwood’s ‘Storyteller’ loses 23 places to No.61, but Melanie Martinez’s ‘Cry Baby’ regains a foothold in the top 100 (No.62 on re-entry).
Could SuBo be over? Yes, her latest album ‘A Wonderful World’ still debuted in the top 10, but after just five weeks in, it’s starting to falter, plunging 36 places to No.60 this week.
Pentatonix’s ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ also takes a tumble (No.39 to No.68), as do The Ten Tenors’ ‘Our Christmas Wish’ (No.36 to No.70), Guy Sebastian’s ‘Part 1 EP’ (No.33 to No.74 – ouch) and Andre Rieu’s ‘Falling In Love’ (No.44 to No.75).
Wham!’s ‘The Final’ re-joins the countdown at No.80, George Michael’s ‘Symphonica’ is back (No.83) and there are big drops for The Wiggles (‘The Best Of’ down 20 to No.84), Cliff Richard (‘Just… Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll’ down 30 to No.87), Rod Stewart (‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ down 29 to No.90) and Sting (’57th & 9th’ down 25 to No.96).
Neil Diamond’s ‘Acoustic Christmas’ was sitting pretty at No.46 last week, but is now gone entirely from the top 100.
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