ARIA Chart Watch is back on your Saturday night, with our regular weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s. Will Ed Sheeran knock Ed Sheeran off top spot? Who’s nabbed themselves a top 40 debut? And who’s missed out?
Over on the albums chart, meantime, we have a new No.1 album. And a new No.3 album. But who’s come out on top?
Read on, discover… It’s all in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
Ed Sheeran will be pretty pleased with himself this week, holding on to the No.1 position on the ARIA singles chart with his smash hit ‘Shape Of You’.
In doing so, he’s managed to fend off a spirited challenge from himself and his new track ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’, which premieres at No.2, knocking himself out of the No.2 spot with ‘Castle On The Hill’, which settles at No.3.
Yes, that’s right… Ed Sheeran occupies the top three places on the ARIA singles chart this week. That said, there are no changes to any of his certifications.
One track that does enjoy a certification tweak this week is the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ duet from Zayn and Taylor Swift, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’. It’s dropped from No.3 to No.4 on account of Ed’s debut at No.2, but picks up a new second platinum certification this week, meaning it’s now sold through in excess of 140,000 copies down under.
Julia Michaels continues to kick goals with her breakout smash ‘Issues’. It’s up again this week (two places to a new peak of No.5) and earns itself a shiny new gold certification for sales of more than 35,000 copies.
The new Katy Perry single ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ slips two spots from last week’s No.4 debut and the Chainsmokers’ track ‘Paris’ is also down two (albeit with a new platinum accreditation – 70,000 copies).
Spookily, mirroring its debut in the UK this week, the new Kygo/Selena Gomez collaboration ‘It Ain’t Me’ premieres at a very respectable No.9, giving the US starlet her highest Aussie chart position so far.
Jon Bellion’s ‘All Time Low’ reaches an all time high, improving from No.16 to No.12, while Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’ eases five places to No.14.
Alessia Cara’s single ‘How Far I’ll Go’ (from the ‘Moana’ soundtrack) dips just one position (No.18 to No.19), but picks up a new gold certification this week. Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky also pick up a new certification; platinum for ‘Love$ick’, which is down three to No.20.
The accreditations keep coming thanks to the title track from The Weeknd’s album ‘Starboy’, which hits a new quadruple platinum milestone, smashing through 280,000 sales.
Alessia Cara’s ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ is now double platinum (No.22 to No.27).
It’s been gently climbing the charts over the past seven weeks, but the Jax Jones and Raye collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ finally hits the lights of the top 30 (No.38 to No.30). Milky Chance’s ‘Cocoon’, meantime, dips six despite picking up a new platinum accreditation.
We’ve got back to back debuts in the Nos.32 and 33 positions this week; the best of them being for Maroon 5’s new single ‘Cold’. Linkin Park and Kiiara’s ‘Heavy’ picks up the slack, premiering in position 33.
The Chainsmokers’ former No.1 megahit ‘Closer’ may be slowly making its way down the charts (after 30 weeks in), but it’s still selling and still notching up the chart accolades. This week at No.36 it picks up a massive ninth platinum certification, meaning it’s now smashed through more than 630,000 sales down under).
The team at Remote Control will be buoyed by the new gold certification given to Adele’s latest single ‘Water Under The Bridge’, just weeks out from the superstar’s arrival on Australian soil for her first ever tour here.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Love’ just misses a top 40 berth, premiering at No.41.
Have The Vamps peaked with their latest single ‘All Night’? It certainly appears that way; the British boyband’s track easing five places this week, but picking up a gold certification as consolation.
Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ moves into the top 50 (No.51 to No.47).
Last week, Justin Bieber scored a fourth platinum certification for his Major Lazer collaboration ‘Cold Water’. This week, he gets another fourth platinum certification… for his DJ Snake collaboration ‘Let Me Love You’ (No.58).
Drake joins the fresh accreditation list, picking up a sixth platinum nod for his single ‘Once Dance’ (420,000 copies).
Tash Sultana’s ‘Jungle’ takes a tumble; down 19 places to No.64, just ahead of a No.67 debut for Flume’s new ‘Skin Companion EP II’.
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Side To Side’ hits triple platinum (No.71), but Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ takes a tumble, slumping 35 places to No.82.
There’s a new entry for Vera Blue’s ‘Private’ at No.84, a big drop for The Chainsmokers’ ‘All We Know’ (No.60 to No.88) and a debut for DJ Khaled’s ‘Shining’, featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z, at No.93.
And those Justin Bieber accreditation tweaks we were talking about before? They’re not just saved for his collaborations, seemingly. Ahead of his national tour, Universal has finally given his single ‘Sorry’ a long overdue certification update; the former No.2 smash blasting from four times to seven times platinum.
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Mercy’ is now double platinum (No.97) and, though it’s now out of the top 100 altogether, we can inform you that The xx single ‘On Hold’ has picked up a gold certification.
Queensland outfit Busby Marou have been slowly building throughout the past decade.
The band’s 2011 self-titled breakout peaked at No.24. Their sophomore album ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ peaked at No.5 two years later. Now, more than three years on again and they’ve scored themselves their first ever No.1 album in ‘Postcards From The Shell House’, which premieres in the top spot this week, knocking the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ soundtrack from its perch.
Ryan Adams also scores his highest ever Aussie chart placing this week, with his new album ‘Prisoner’. It lands in the No.3 position on debut, easily besting his 2015 Taylor Swift cover album ‘1989’, which peaked at No.9.
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’ drops four from last week’s No.3 debut and we’ve for a No.15 debut for The Wiggles’ ‘Nursery Rhymes’, proof that there’s no dulling the appeal of four brightly coloured skivvies, no matter who fills them.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ is back into the top 20 (No.23 to No.16) as the countdown progresses to the release of his new album ‘÷’.
Adele’s ’21’ is also back into the top 20 (No.28 to No.17) as the countdown progresses to the UK superstar’s Aussie tour.
There’s a mighty big 19 place drop for the new Thundamentals album ‘Everyone We Know’, which premiered last week at a respectable No.2. There’s a 14 place drop for Human Nature’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ : Jukebox Vol.II’ (No.8 to No.22).
Middle Kids score a No.26 debut for their debut self-titled EP and, with the band on the live comeback trail, Midnight Oil’s best-of (‘Essential Oils’) re-enters the ARIA top 100 at No.31.
Adam Brand’s ‘Get On Your Feet’ slumps 26 places to No.33, Future’s ‘Future’ debuts at No.42 and Tania Kernaghan premieres right behind him at No.43 with ‘All Australian Girl’.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ is once again out of the top 50 now that the Superbowl buzz has died down. It sits 15 places lower this week at No.51.
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ also loses 15 this week (No.38 to No.53) after the conclusion of his national tour.
Just outside the walls of this week’s top 50 we have a few new entries… Holly Throsby’s ‘After A Time’ in at No.56, Jack Savoretti’s ‘Sleep No More’ at No.58 and Route 33’s ‘The Switch’ at No.59.
Melody Pool’s ‘Deep Dark Savage Heart’ re-enters at No.63, the ‘T2 Trainspotting’ soundtrack premieres at No.66 and Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘Things I Carry Around’ is back in top 100 chart action at No.67.
The new entries continue at Nos.70 and 72, thanks to Alison Krauss (‘Windy City’) and Daniel O’Donnell (‘Back Home Again’) respectively.
Things aren’t so bright and shiny this week, however, for former ‘X Factor’ favourites Jess & Matt, whose ‘Belmont Street’ EP plummets 59 places from last week’s No.20 debut.
James Blundell’s 23 place drop for ‘Campfire’ (No.58 to No.81) pales in comparision. But ‘The Very Best of Prince’ is right up there for placement drops this week, losing 44 places to No.89. So too Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘Elements’, which is also down 44 (to No.98)
But spare a thought for Sydney rapper Jay UF. His album ‘Final Notice’ was flying high at No.22 on debut last week, but has plunged more than 78 places and is now out of the top 100.
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