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Oh no… no change to the No.1 and No.2 spots on this week’s ARIA singles chart, with Ed Sheeran holding onto both with his singles ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’ respectively.
Having sold bucketloads in the past two weeks, the tracks both achieve a gold sales certification in their second week of chart action.
Positions three, four and five still belong to Clean Bandit, Zayn & Taylor and Andy Grammer respectively, while The Chainsmokers are back in a big way for 2017, notching up their sixth top ten Aussie chart hit with ‘Paris’; the week’s highest debut at No.6.
The Weeknd’s single ‘I Feel It Coming’ joins the certification parade this week, going gold (sales in excess of 35,000 copies), while its predecessor ‘Starboy’ (down from No.6 to No.8) achieves its third platinum gong (210,000 copies).
She peaked at No.8 with ‘Call On Me’ a couple of weeks ago, but Starley dropped to No.12 last week. Thankfully she’s made up some of the ground this week, improving to No.9, ahead of Pnau’s biggest ever hit ‘Chameleon’, up from No.15 to No.10.
Having raced its way into the top ten last week, Train’s ‘Play That Song’ is halted in its tracks, dropping six to No.14.
But Bruno Mars scores a second platinum accreditation (140,000 copies) for his single ’24K Magic’ (down from No.10 to No.15), Rag ‘N’ Bone Man is into the top 20 with ‘Human’ (up from No.21 to No.17) and Milky Chance has sold more than 35,000 units of ‘Cocoon’ in their ten week chart run; enough to go gold.
We see a big bullet for the new Alessia Cara single ‘How Far I’ll Go’ this week. The single leaps from No.52 to No.27 in just its third week of ARIA chart action.
Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello’s ‘Bad Things’ also improves to a new peak (No.31 to No.28) and the Steve Aoki/Louis Tomlinson single ‘Just Hold On’ goes gold after six weeks, having earlier peaked at No.20.
They’ve already conquered No.1 on the US charts, but now Migos ftg. Lil Uzi Vert have designs on Aussie chart action with their single ‘Bad And Boujee’, which bullets from a No.51 debut to No.34.
Drake. Fake Love. Real platinum. The track picks up three places this week, as well as a shiny new platinum certification (70,000 copies).
The Charli XCX single ‘After The Afterparty’ is another picking up a new accreditation this week. It’s gold after ten weeks on the chart (No.47 to No.40). Ditto Amy Shark’s ‘Adore’, which achieves the same certification after 11 weeks (No.40 to No.42).
The ladies of Little Mix suffer a 16 place tumble with their former top five smash ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ (No.30 to No.46), but The xx is ‘On Hold’ and on the way up; the single bulleting from No.63 to No.49, just four places shy of the track’s peak thus far.
UK band The Vamps could be on the verge of breaking the top 50 down under for the first time since 2014 with their new single ‘All Night’. It’s been sauntering around the lower reaches of the top 100 for the past seven weeks, but this week improves from No.62 to No.51, suggesting top 50 action isn’t far away.
Sofi Tukker’s ‘Drinkee’ drops 11 from last week’s No.42 peak. Snakehips and MØ drop 11 from last week’s No.45 peak. Halsey’s new single ‘Not Afraid Anymore’ premieres between them both (No.55).
Sia suffers a setback with her newbie ‘Move Your Body’. The single premiered at a respectable No.41 last week, but finds itself struggling; 19 places lower in week two.
Guy Sebastian’s ‘Set In Stone’ is up ten (No.72 to No.62), Flume and Kai’s ‘Never Be Like You’ smashes through its fifth platinum certification (350,000 copies) at No.64 and the Jax Jones/Raye collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (which is already doing big things over in the UK) is up from No.100 to No.76.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ has been a bit of a stayer and despite losing 13 places (No.67 to No.80) this week, the track notches up a gold sales certification.
Little Mix’s ‘Touch’ hits a new peak of No.86 (up eight from last week’s debut), Slumberjack and Vera Blue are new at No.89 with ‘Fracture’ and Adele’s ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ is down 19 to No.100.
After spending the last couple of weeks atop the ARIA albums chart, the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack has been toppled. And it’s been toppled by The xx. The UK outfit came close to hitting the top spot with their previous album ‘Coexist’ back in 2012, but four and a half years on, they’ve notched up their first ever Aussie No.1 album with ‘I See You’.
The ‘Trolls’ are only down to No.2, however, sandwiched between the debuts of The xx (No.1) and Aussie country trio The McClymonts, whose new album ‘Endless’ premieres at No.3. It’s the girls’ second highest album peak, following on from ‘Wrapped Up Good’, which hit No.2 back in 2010.
The soundtrack to ‘Sing’ and ‘Moana’ are still in the top five (albeit lower at Nos.4 and 5 respectively), while the ‘La La Land’ soundtrack hits the top ten for the first time, improving from No.13 to No.7 in just its third week of ARIA top 100 action.
The Rolling Stones prove they’ve lost none of their sheen… ‘Blue & Lonesome’ premiered at No.1 late last year and they’ve sold enough copies since for the album to achieve a gold sales certification (No.8).
Bonobo’s ‘Migration’ shifts into the No.12 position on debut, George Michael’s ‘Ladies & Gentlemen… The Best Of’ blasts through its seventh platinum certification at No.17 (that’d be 490,000 copies sold down under) and Triple J’s ‘Like A Version 12′ also scores some new accreditation love; it’s now gold (down from No.17 to No.21).
Big jumps this week come from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Skeleton Tree’ (No.55 to No.22), George Michael’s ‘Twenty Five’ (No.41 to No.23) and Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ (No.33 to No.25). Also with a bullet this week are Robbie Williams’ ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ (No.49 to No.28), ‘The Best Of The Wiggles’ (No.42 to No.29) and Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ (No.40 to No.30)., along with ‘Play School : 50 Best Song’ (No.48 to No.35).
Run The Jewels’ album ‘Run The Jewels 3’ premieres in the No.36 position ahead of more big movements; Human Nature’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin : Jukebox Vol.II’ (No.47 to No.37), Mirusia’s ‘This Time Tomorrow’ (re-entry at No.38), Disturbed’s ‘Immortalized’ (No.51 to No.39) and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Chapter And Verse’ (No.86 to No.40).
Conversely, INXS’s ‘The Very Best’ loses 20 places to find itself at No.42, Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’ is down 16 to No.44 and Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ drops 21 to No.47.
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ makes it back into the top 50 – just – up from No.64 to No.49.
Beyond the top 50 this week, we’ve got a No.51 debut for Saviour’s ‘Let Me Leave’, but a rather large 37 place second week drop for Dropkick Murphys’ ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ (No.15 on debut to No.52).
One OK Rock’s ‘Ambitions’ for a top 50 berth on debut didn’t come to fruition; a No.57 debut is theirs instead.
‘All For You : The Best of Cold Chisel’? It’s down 36 spots to No.61. Drake’s ‘Views’? Down 23 to No.67. And Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Greatest Hits’? That loses 38 places to No.72.
There’s a No.82 debut for Sepultura’s ‘Machine Messiah’, a 21 place drop for ‘The Essential Leonard Cohen’ (No.70 to No.91) and a 22 place drop for David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ (No.78 to No.100).
Of course, nothing beats the drop for the You Me At Six album ‘Night People’, which plummets more than 80 places from last week’s No.20 debut.
Halestorm’s ‘Reanimate 3.0 : The Covers EP’ doesn’t fare much better though, losing more than 70 positions to also be out of this week’s top 100.
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