Strap yourself in, because we’ve got another scintillating serve of ARIA Chart Watch coming your way.
This week, not only is Katy Perry back with a new groove (find out where she debuted), but there are four new entries on the ARIA top ten albums chart. Including a new number one. Who are they? And what do they want with us? Find out in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
The No.1 and No.2 positions on the ARIA singles chart have been unmoved now for six straight weeks. And again, it’s Ed Sheeran who owns them both with his singles ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’ respectively. It’ll be interesting how his just-dropped new grat track ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ will change that dynamic next weekend.
Zayn & Taylor Swift improve to No.3 with ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, equalling the track’s highest peak thus far.
And this is where Katy Kerry makes her move, premiering in the No.4 spot with her new single ‘Chained To The Rhythm’. It’s not the No.1 she may have been expecting, but the lead singles from Katy’s albums all seem to have a tendency to premiere within the top five before making their way into the No.1 spot in the weeks following. So that might happen. Or it might not.
As mentioned in The Purge this morning, the boys from Pnau now have a platinum smash on their hands with ‘Chameleon’, which notches up the 70,000 sales mark this week while remaining steady in the No.6 spot.
Amy Shark’s Triple J Hottest 100 favourite ‘Adore’ slides five positions (No.3 to No.8), while our former No.1 from Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne-Marie (‘Rockabye’) scores a major accreditation adjustment, soaring from a mere platinum last week to triple platinum (210,000 copies) this week.
The new Snakehips & MØ single ‘Don’t Leave’ doesn’t look like budging for the time being; steady at No.12 and with a fresh new gold certification (35,000 copies) to its name.
Little Mix also scores a bit of gold love this week with their single ‘Touch’, despite it slipping slightly from No.13 to No.15.
On the way up, however, is US performer Jon Bellion (a man we first featured on the site back in 2011 – HERE), whose new single ‘All Time Low’ reaches an all time high on the ARIA singles chart; up from No.28 to No.16.
Train’s ‘Play That Song’ looks as if it’s just about run its course in the ARIA top 20, sliding three positions to No.21, but picking up a fresh new platinum certification on the way out.
Frenship’s ‘Capsize’ (with Emily Warren) is now double platinum (140,000 copies) at No.23, Sia’s ‘Never Give Up’ improves from No.35 to No.30 and, with the album now in the stores, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’ improves seven places to No.34.
Ahead of her Australian tour in just a few weeks time, Adele’s ‘Water Under The Bridge’ continues its creep up the ARIA singles chart. It’s been in the top 100 for 14 weeks thus far and edges a few places higher again this week for another new peak (No.38 to No.35).
Also reaching a new high this week is Jax Jones and Raye’s single ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (No.44 to No.38) and The Vamps continue their climb with ‘All Night’ (No.43 to No.41).
But singles from Steve Aoki ftg. Louis Tomlinson, Imagine Dragons and Childish Gambino are all on the slide from the 30s to the 40s.
You might not know it from looking at the official top 50 singles chart, but Bruno Mars is on the charge with his new track ‘That’s What I Like’. It’s also reached a new peak this week – No.51 – after improving from No.60 last week.
Big Sean’s ‘Bounce Back’ is up from No.58 to No.52, Major Lazer and Justin Bieber’s single ‘Cold Water’ maintains its No.54 placing and smashes through a fourth platinum certification (280,000 copies) and Marian Hill’s ‘Down’ is, conversely, up; No.76 to No.56.
Also with a new accreditation this week is The Chainsmokers’ ‘All We Know’ which is now double platinum, despite sliding eight spots to No.60.
Post Hottest 100, Illy and Anne-Marie’s ‘Catch 22’ takes a tumble, down 18 places to No.65.
Sigrid’s ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ enters the countdown at No.85, Adele’s ‘Hello’ is back at No.89 (as is ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ at No.94) and the new Anne-Marie single ‘Ciao Adios’ is new at No.93.
They might have debuted at No.1 on last week’s ARIA albums chart, but Brisbane band Dune Rats have already left the building – and the entire top ten in the process.
They’ve been replaced in the No.1 spot this week with the soundtrack to the upcoming ‘Fifty Shades’ film ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, which features Australia’s No.3 single from Zayn and Taylor Swift.
And it’s that very album tying up the top spot that’s prevented Western Sydney hip hop outfit Thundamentals from claiming their first No.1, though we presume they’ll still be grateful for a No.2 debut for their new album ‘Everyone We Know’, which becomes their highest charting album to date.
Continuing the tradition of top five debuts this week is British soul performer Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, whose debut album ‘Human’ claims the No.3 spot on debut.
Adele climbs back from No.7 to No.4 as her Australian tour approaches and, with their tour in full swing (hello Sydney!), Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Greatest Hits’ bullets from No.10 to No.5.
Adam Brand scores the only other top ten debut for the week; he’s new at No.7 with ‘Get On Your Feet’.
Thanks, no doubt, to Adele’s amazing live advertisement for it at the Grammys last week, Beyoncé’s album ‘Lemonade’ soars from No.42 to No.12, just ahead of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, which earns a fresh new gold certification for sales of 35,000 units.
As mentioned earlier, Dune Rats have vacated the No.1 position and the top ten. They find themselves at No.17 second week in with ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’.
More love for Guns N’ Roses at No.19 with a 21 place bullet for ‘Appetite For Destruction’. That’s ahead of a No.20 debut for the new Jess & Matt EP, ‘Belmont Street’.
Jay UF wraps up No.22 on debut with ‘Final Notice’, Adele’s ’21’ is up from No.38 to No.28 and more love for the Gunners, with bullets for both ‘Use Your Illusion II’ (No.63 to No.33) and ‘Use Your Illusion I’ (No.59 to No.35).
With his national tour all but wrapped up (save for tonight’s show in the Hunter Valley), Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ tumbles 15 places to No.38. Train’s ‘A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat’ is down 14 (No.27 to No.41).
‘The Very Best Of Prince’ re-enters at No.45, QSP’s self-titled LP loses 15 places (No.32 to No.47), but Adele’s ’19’ gains 27 to re-enter the top half of the countdown at the even No.50.
Ludovico Einaudi hits a new high of No.54 with ‘Elements’ (up from No.85), Overkill’s ‘The Grinding Wheel’ premieres at No.55 and Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ leaps from No.73 to No.56 as his tour approaches.
Headed the other way this week, however, is Twenty One Pilots’ album ‘Blurryface’, which tumbles from No.33 to No.57.
They’re going to have to try much harder if they really want to plunge down the charts, however. Take Ocean Grove, for example. Their album ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’ debuted at No.5 this week. It’s down 58 places to No.63 this week. Now that’s how you take a dive.
Similarly Sampha and Elbow. Sampha’s ‘Process’ debuted at No.28 last week and is now 42 places lower. Elbow’s ‘Little Fictions’ scored a No.16 debut last week and is now 55 places lower at No.71.
I Prevail’s 27 place fall for ‘Lifelines’ pales in comparison; so too the 26 place drop for Violent Soho’s ‘Waco’.
Big Sean does give the megafall thing a mighty crack, however, plummeting 68 places to No.82 with ‘I Decided’.
Michael Bolton’s ‘Songs Of Cinema’ is new at No.81, Anderson .Paak’s ‘Malibu’ surfs into the countdown at No.85 on debut and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness score a No.100 debut with ‘Zombies On Broadway’.
Bigger drops, however, come from Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra, who lose more than 80 places from last week’s No.20 debut to tumble out of the top 100 entirely.
Also gone from this week’s countdown is the ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Broadway cast recording, after a No.34 debut last week.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE (now with a fresh new look, with fresh new features) every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.