ARIA Chart Watch is back for 2017; today we venture into the charts for the first time this year, as always looking at all the big moves, the new certifications, the debuts and more.
Next week’s bound to be all about the new Ed Sheeran singles, so before he makes a big impact, here’s what’s happening on this week’s top 100s countdowns.
Kicking off with the No.1 spot (as always) and there’s no movement for Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, with ‘Rockabye’ still rolling in pole position; its sixth successive week at the pinnacle down under.
The Weeknd and Daft Punk, however, make lovely bridesmaids, steady at No.2.
There is movement, however, for the Zayn and Taylor Swift collaboration ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, which improves from No.5 to No.3 and equals its highest position thus far.
In jumping from No.7 to No.5, Peking Duk’s ‘Stranger’ becomes the band’s equal highest chart hit (‘High’ also hit No.5 back in 2014).
Into the top ten this week are The Weeknd ftg. Daft Punk’s ‘I Feel It Coming’ (No.11 to No.7) and Australia’s own Starley with ‘Call On Me’ (No.12 to No.8). Andy Grammer, meantime, follows them in, edging from No.13 to No.9.
Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’ has relinquished its top ten placing this week, however, dropping from No.8 to No.15, but Mura Masa’s ‘Love$ick’ leaps from No.25 to No.18.
Continuing their recent run of chart form are both Pnau’s ‘Chameleon’ (No.43 to No.22) and Train’s ‘Play That Song’ (No.35 to No.23), while Nevada’s ‘The Mack’ reverses a downward trend, up from No.32 to No.25.
Things are starting to click into gear also for both Milky Chance’s ‘Cocoon’ (No.40 to No.29) and Robin Schulz & David Guetta’s ‘Shed A Light’ (No.48 to No.31) as well as Rag’N’Bone Man’s ‘Human’ (No.42 to a new peak of No.34). But Shawn Mendes’ ‘Mercy’ loses 12 positions, sliding from No.26 to No.38.
Tracks also into or returning to the top 50 this week also include Sage The Gemini’s ‘Now And Later’ (No.52 to No.40), Calvin Harris’s ‘My Way’ (No.51 to No.46), Flume & Tove Lo’s ‘Say It’ (No.55 to No.48), Calvin Harris & Rihanna’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ (No.57 to No.49) and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Setting Fire’ (No.53 to No.50).
Sofi Tukker’s ‘Drinkee’ almost joined the top 50 party this week, but not quite. The single is up an impressive 16 places to No.51, however.
Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ is up 11, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello’s ‘Bad Things’ jumps from No.68 to a new peak of No.54, Amy Shark’s ‘Adore’ also hits a new peak (No.69 to No.56) and Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’ improves from No.70 to No.57.
Bruno Mars’ ‘Versace On The Floor’ is up (No.65 to a new peak of No.60), but Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s ‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’ and Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ are both out of the top 50 with a bang (No.39 to No.61 and No.49 to No.62 respectively).
There’s just one debut in the entire top 100 this week and it comes courtesy of Alessia Cara and her newbie ‘How Far I’ll Go’ (new at No.67).
The Vamps’ ‘All Night’ improves 13 places to No.69 and is now just three places shy of its peak Aussie position thus far.
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & co lose 15 positions to No.71 and George Michael’s ‘Faith’ is still hanging in there, albeit 36 places lower this week (No.50 to No.86).
George & Wham’s other tracks have all disappeared from this week’s top 100 (‘Last Christmas’ was at No.23 last week). And speaking of Christmas, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ performs a post-season chart dummy spit, plummeting from No.16 and now gone entirely from the top 100.
No more ‘Christmas’ for Michael Bublé in the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart. But, with families flocking to cinemas across the country, there’s plenty happening for the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack, which edges from No.6 into the top spot.
Adele joins the improvement party (No.3 to No.2) with ’25’, but also picks up a ninth platinum certification (630,000 copies) to celebrate the beginning of the new year.
If you needed more proof that our new year’s music spending habits are based largely on what we’re seeing at the cinemas during the school holidays, check the ‘Sing’ soundtrack (up from No.21 to No.3) and the ‘Moana’ soundtrack (up from No.25 to No.4).
Australians continue to show the love for George Michael in the wake of his passing, sending his ‘Ladies & Gentlemen : The Best Of’ soaring into the top ten for the first time in 18 years. The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ is also back into the top ten (No.13 to No.10).
More George at No.13 with ‘Twenty Five’ (No.11 to No.13), but an improvement for Little Mix’s ‘Glory Days’ (No.19 to No.14), jumps for best ofs from Guns N’ Roses and INXS (No.29 to No.18 and No.37 to No.19 respectively).
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’ is up (No.34 to No.24); so too are Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ (No.47 to No.25), Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ (No.35 to No.26) and ‘The Very Best Of Prince’ (No.56 to No.30).
More movie love, with the soundtrack of ‘La La Land’ in at No.31, ahead of a 13 place improvement for Drake’s ‘Views’ and jumps for Childish Gambino, George Michael’s ‘Faith’ and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Greatest Hits’.
On the slide, conversely, are Coldplay’s ‘4CD Catalogue set’ (No.32 to No.48) and Robbie Williams’ ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ (No.33 to No.49).
Rüfüs kick start the new year in spectacular style, rocketing 41 places to No.50 with their LP ‘Bloom’. Halsey follows the band’s lead in jumping 21 places to No.52.
But the news isn’t good for John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John, whose ‘Friends For Christmas’ slumps 51 places to No.53 now that the festive season is over.
‘X Factor’ winner Isaiah’s self-titled debut is out of the top 50 (No.39 to No.54), ‘The Best of The Wiggles’ jumps from No.84 to No.55 and there are big improvements for both Hillsong Worship’s ‘Let There Be Light’ (re-entering at No.58) and A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ (No.98 to No.59).
ABBA’s ‘ABBA Gold & More’ re-enters the countdown (No.65), Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ loses 20 spots (No.57 to No.77) and Cold Chisel’s ‘The Live Tapes’ is down another 28 to No.80.
If you think we’ve been missing something however, fear not. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ album is still in the top 100. However, it’s a rather spectacular fall from the No.1 position. Yes, the season’s over for another year, but doesn’t Michael’s album know it, plummeting from No.1 to No.85.
Cezary Skubiszewski’s ‘Red Dog : True Blue’ score enters at No.89.
Those other Christmas albums have all disappeared from the top 100 now; Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ dropping more than 80 places to vanish, followed by albums from Pentatonix, Human Nature, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle, Pentatonix (again), The Ten Tenors and Rod Stewart.
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