It’s Saturday night, it’s ARIA Chart Watch night and we’re here to take a look at what’s happening on tonight’s ARIA top 100s. Can Ed Sheeran really top the ARIA singles chart with one of his two new singles? Whose releases are sinking fast? And who’s picking up the pace as the new year kicks into gear?
Find out in this week’s edition of ARIA Chart Watch!
It was never really in doubt, was it? Ed Sheeran’s two new singles have been gobbling up sales and streams like no-one’s business, easily debuting ahead of the rest of the pack at Nos.1 and 2 on the ARIA singles chart.
Not only does ‘Shape Of You’ nab the No.1 spot in the country on debut this week, it also becomes the 1000th No.1 down under since the charts here went weekly back in 1949.
Mister Sheeran also bags the No.2 spot on debut with his other new track ‘Castle On The Hill’; both songs plucked from his just-announced third studio album ‘÷’.
So Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne-Marie are No.1 no more. With Ed shining in the top two spots, they fall to No.3 this week, followed by Zayn & Taylor Swift and Andy Grammer’s ‘Fresh Eyes’, which picks up four places to hit the top five for the first time.
Train are back in a big way with their new single ‘Play That Song’. It’s been steadily climbing the charts over the past few weeks and this week enters the top ten, giving the US outfit their first top ten hit down under in eight long years. The track, which leaps from No.23 to No.8, also picks up a shiny new gold certification, having sold through 35,000 copies.
Peking Duk’s ‘Stranger’ drops four, Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ drops six and both Starley and The Chainsmokers lose their hold on top ten places.
There’s some good news for Pnau, however. Their new single ‘Chameleon’ has also been picking up the chart pace in recent weeks and it now occupies the No.15 position, improving from No.22.
Sony’s latest ‘it artist’ Rag’N’Bone Man jumps from No.34 to No.21 with his breakout single ‘Human’, but Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ drops 12 places to No.23.
There’s also a surge for Sage The Gemini’s ‘Now And Later’, up with a bullet from No.40 to No.24, and another for Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello’s collab, ‘Bad Things’, which bullets from No.54 to a new peak of No.31.
Amy Shark jumps into the top 50 this week with her breakthrough single ‘Adore’. It’s up from No.56 to a new peak of No.40, just ahead of the No.41 debut for Sia’s new single ‘Move Your Body’.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of their Aussie tour, US duo Sofi Tukker score some top 50 chart love with their single ‘Drinkee’. It’s up from No.51 to No.42 this week and scores a gold certification on entry.
John Legend is back in a top 50 position this week (No.58 to No.44) with ‘Love Me Now’, ahead of a new entry for Snakehips ftg. MØ (‘Don’t Leave’ at No.45) and a new peak for Adele’s ‘Water Under The Bridge’ (No.68 to No.46).
Poor Alessia Cara, however. Her lead single (‘How Far I’ll Go’) from the ‘Moana’ soundtrack, which jumps from No.67 to No.52 this week, is being outperformed by the original film version, performed by actress Auli’i Cravalho, which debuts at No.49.
It’s No.1 in the US this week, but it’s not quite top 50 here in Australia at this stage. It’s Migos ftg. Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Bad And Boujee’ and it’s a new entry at No.51.
Further down this week’s list, Drake’s ‘Once Dance’ loses 20 places to No.55, suggesting it may have tangoed with the top 50 for the final time. The Veronicas suffer an even greater drop with ‘On Your Side’, losing 27 places to No.57.
Illy and Vera Blue’s ‘Paper Cuts’ drops 16 (No.43 to No.59), The Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ is down 16 (No.44 to No.60) and Flume and Kai’s ‘Never Be Like You’ tumbles 19 (No.42 to No.61), at the same time notching up its 12 month anniversary on the ARIA singles chart.
UK boyband The Vamps are gaining some traction beyond the top 50 with their single ‘All Night’. It’s up seven to a new peak of No.62 this week, ahead of an 18 place drop for The xx’s ‘On Hold’ (No.45 to No.63).
Also dropping 18 this week is Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ (No.47 to No.65), Jonas Blue’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ loses 13 (No.55 to No.68), Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ drops 17 (No.53 to No.69) and the Calvin Harris/Rihanna collaboration ‘This Is What You Came For’ plunges 26 places to No.75.
As the buzz surrounding Ed Sheeran’s new tracks intensified this week, his nine times platinum ‘Thinking Out Loud’ re-enters the charts at No.76 (his triple platinum ‘Photograph’ just four places below).
Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson probably never envisaged scoring some love on the music charts, but thanks to his appearance in ‘Moana’, his track ‘You’re Welcome’ premieres at No.77 down under.
Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’ is down 21 places (No.62 to No.83), Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s ‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’ is all but over and out (No.61 to No.91) and there are debuts for Little Mix’s ‘Touch’ (No.94) and Jax Jones ftg. Raye’s ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (No.100).
Now that Ed Sheeran has confirmed his album release date as March 03, you can bet your bottom dollar that in eight weeks from now, we’ll be telling you ‘÷’ has premiered at No.1.
But for this week, the season’s biggest kids films are taking over with their respective soundtracks.
‘Trolls’ shines at No.1, ‘Sing’ is in at No.2 and ‘Moana’ occupies this week’s No.3 position.
The buzz surrounding Ed Sheeran’s two new singles (and that aforementioned album announcement) has seen his previous LP ‘X’ bullet from No.45 to No.9.
The soundtrack to ‘La La Land’ is also on the rise this week, improving 18 places to No.13, just two spots ahead of the week’s highest debut (Dropkick Murphys’ ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’).
You Me At Six score the chart love with ‘Night People’ (No.20 on debut), Halestorm’s ‘Reanimate 3.0 : The Covers EP’ is in at No.30 and Ed Sheeran’s six times platinum debut album ‘+’ makes its way back into the top 100 with a No.32 re-entry.
Co-inciding with the 12 month anniversary of his death, David Bowie’s ‘Legacy’ jumps from No.61 to No.37, but George Michael’s ‘Twenty Five’ takes a dive (No.13 to No.41).
Seemingly keeping the kiddies entertained on those school holiday road trips are The Wiggles (‘The Best Of’ up from No.55 to No.42) and Play School (’50 Best Songs’ up from No.83 to No.48). Twenty One Pilots are not, seemingly (‘Blurryface’ down from No.26 to No.43).
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Skeleton Tree’ leaps from No.82 to No.55, but ‘The Very Best Of Prince’ loses 26 positions to No.56.
J Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ drops 16 (No.46 to No.62), Ashleigh Dallas’s ‘Lighthouse’ comes to life at No.63 on debut, but Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ takes a tumble (No.52 to No.77).
So great is the buzz surrounding Ed Sheeran’s new album that his 2010 EP ‘Loose Change’ (released prior to his deal with Atlantic Records) enters the Australian chart this week at No.83.
Rüfüs’ ‘Bloom’ fades from No.50 to No.85, ‘The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac’ is down 15 and it seems Australians’ grief at the passing of George Michael was completely brief; his classic album ‘Faith’ plummeting 53 positions to No.88.
A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ jumped from No.98 to No.59 last week, but loses almost all of the ground it picked up again this week, slumping from No.59 to No.91.
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