Welcome to ARIA Chart Watch edition #414.
Could Ed Sheeran still be flying the UK flag at No.1 on the ARIA singles and albums charts? Who scored the week’s highest debuts on both? How has Drake fared in his second week with ‘More Life’?
You’ll discover all you need to know in this week’s edition of ARIA Chart Watch.
Make that 12 weeks for Ed Sheeran at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart.
The British superstar retains the chart crown for another week ahead of The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (No.2) and Zedd and Alessia Cara (No.3). And he notches up a fourth platinum certification (280,000 copies) in the process.
Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ makes its move this week, however. After premiering at No.16 last week, the single rockets its way to No.4, while the new Bruno Mars single ‘That’s What I Like’ is up from No.6 to a new peak of No.5, complete with a new gold certification (35,000 copies).
It may have slipped from No.5 to No.8, but Kygo and Selena Gomez’ single ‘It Ain’t Me’ has sold enough in its six week chart reign to achieve a platinum certification (70,000 copies).
Seriously on the move this week is the new Clean Bandit single ‘Symphony’. With Zara Larsson on vocal duties, the band’s new track bullets from a No.42 debut to No.18.
The week’s highest debut pops into the countdown just three places lower; Zayn’s new tack ‘Still Got Time’, featuring PartyNextDoor. It’s new at No.21
The week’s second highest debut is ‘Light My Body Up’, the new collaboration from David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. It enters the Aussie countdown at No.29.
Stargate, P!nk and Sia’s single ‘Waterfall’ continues to cascade down the chart, down a further five places to No.31 this week.
But Future’s ‘Mask Off’ improves 23 to No.32.
Adele’s first Australian tour is over (she mentioned it might also be her last), so her latest single ‘Water Under The Bridge’ drops as a result (No.23 to No.34).
Kendrick Lamar scores a No.35 debut with ‘The Heart Part 4’.
‘Believers’, the new single from Imagine Dragons, improves a further eight places to No.42 this week. The track is now only nine away from its peak thus far. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Supermarket Flowers’, meantime, droops 11 paces to No.43.
James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ is also down this week (No.33 to No.45), but Drake’s ‘Fake Love’ picks up the pace as his new LP makes its impact felt on the ARIA albums chart. It’s up 36 places to No.47.
The Ed Sheeran drops continue; ‘New Man’ down 14 to No.50, ‘What Do I Know?’ down 12 to No.51 and ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ down 18 to No.53. Though the latter (which peaked at No.2) does pick up a gold certification on its way out the top 50 door.
In amongst them all is a ten place rise for Jason Derulo’s latest single ‘Swalla’ (No.62 to No.52).
Milky Chance drop 11 with ‘Cocoon’ (No.44 to No.55), but Sage The Gemini hits platinum with ‘Now And Later’ (No.56) and Future and Rihanna pick up nine with ‘Selfish’ (No.66 to No.57).
We’ve got debuts in the 60s from Chris Brown (‘Privacy’ at No.61) and Iggy Azalea (‘Mo Bounce’ at No.63), along with a re-entry for John Legend and Ariana Grande’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ at No.64; a new peak.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Nancy Mulligan’ tumbles 17 to No.68 and ‘Barcelona’ also tumbles 17 – to No.69. His ‘Hearts Don’t Break Around Here’ is down 15 to No.75, while ‘Eraser’ is down 13 to No.78.
Sia goes gold with her latest, ‘Never Give Up’, at No.80. Nevada, Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap hit double platinum (140,000 copies) with ‘The Mack’ (steady at No.84).
The latest grat track from Lorde – ‘Liability’ – suffers quite the second week tumble. Though her album’s lead single ‘Green Light’ continues to flourish in the upper half of the countdown (No.7 and steady this week), ‘Liability’ plunges. It premiered at No.42 a couple of weeks back, dropped 11 last week to No.53 and is down another 32 places to No.85.
The Adele drops continue, with ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ sliding 26 places to No.93.
Zara Larsson drops 23 with ‘I Would Like’ (No.72 to No.95), Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello drop 22 with ‘Bad Things’ (No.75 to No.97) and Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson are down 27 with ‘Just Hold On’ (No.71 to No.98).
G-Eazy and Kehlani scrape into the countdown with a No.100 debut for their single ‘Good Life’.
Drake threw everything he had at Ed Sheeran last week, but his best still wasn’t good enough to topple the British favourite.
And the same’s gone for Lee Kernaghan this week. Celebrating his 25th anniversary in the business, the Aussie country favourite premieres in the No.2 position, missing the No.1 achieved by his last album ‘Spirit Of The ANZACs’. That said, he can take solace in the fact it’s his second highest ARIA albums chart placing in his 25 year career.
Ed’s blocking also prevents Sydney metal outfit Northlane from claiming a second No.1 album in a row. The band’s fourth album ‘Mesmer’ premieres at a still respectable No.3.
Now that the movie is showing across the country, the ‘Beauty And The Beast’ soundtrack shows an improvement in its chart fortunes. It’s up from No.9 to a new peak of No.4.
James Blunt’s album ‘The Afterlove’ is new at No.7. It’s his lowest Aussie chart debut thus far, but we’ll cut him some slack, what with all the action above him.
The ‘Moana’ soundtrack improves from No.12 to No.8 and Steel Panther get some top ten love with their latest album ‘Lower The Bar’; their second top ten album in a row.
The ‘Sing’ soundtrack is up from No.20 to No.12.
More debuts… this time from Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves and a No.15 premiere for ‘Made Of Breath Only’ (their highest chart placing yet) and Melbourne’s Ali Barter, whose ‘A Suitable Girl’ debuts at No.17.
We get a re-entry for the Dixie Chicks (‘The Essential’ at No.21); no surprise given the band’s appearance on our shores in the past week.
There’s a huge 46 place jump for Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ (No.69 to No.23), a No.24 debut for Trey Songz’ ‘Tremaine The Album’ and a 19 place drop for Milky Chance’s ‘Blossom’ (No.8 on debut to No.27).
It seems Take That… could be back for good. The British pop band debuts at No.28 with their new album ‘Wonderland’. It’s the band’s highest chart position in Australia since their album ‘Nobody Else’ (remember ‘Back For Good’?) some 22 years ago. That could auger well for the band’s return to Australia for live shows later this year.
Kip Moore is back into the countdown with his album ‘Wild Ones’ – and at a new peak of no.29, which is two places higher than its debut.
We’ve got debuts for Mindsnare’s ‘Unholy Rush’ (No.33) and Dixie Chicks’ ‘The Classic Album Collection’ (No.35). But Zara Larsson’s time towards the top was brief. After debuting at No.7 last week, her album ‘So Good’ is down 31 places to No.38.
The ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ soundtrack is also down (No.22 to No.41), but so are Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ (No.18 to No.46), Depeche Mode’s ‘Spirit’ (No.14 on debut to No.48) and Spoon’s ‘Hot Thoughts’ (down 30 to No.51).
A big week of debuts continues with new entries for Mark Seymour & The Undertow (‘Roll Back The Stone’ at No.55) and Betty Who (‘The Valley’ at No.58).
Graeme Connors’ ’60 Summers’ is back in at No.59. Michael Ray’s self-titled release is new at No.60. The Shires’ ‘My Universe’ is new at No.63. There’s a No.66 debut for Tyler Farr’s ‘Suffer In Peace’ and a No.68 debut for Granger Smith’s ‘Remington’.
But there are also major drops for Hillsong Worship’s ‘Let There Be Light’ (down 54 to No.69) and Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ (down 39 to No.70).
The Jesus And Mary Chain’s first album in 19 years – ‘Damage And Joy’ – premieres at No.72, while Lewis Watson’s ‘Midnight’ enters the top 100 at No.81.
But Elvis’s ‘The Wonder Of You’ slumps 24 to No.79 and Gary Clark Jr’s ‘Live North America 2016’ plunges 53 places to No.85.
More new entries (Human Nature’s ‘Jukebox & Gimme Some Lovin : Jukebox II’ package at No.88 and the Original Broadway Cast of ‘Kinky Boots’ at No.89.
But Vera Lynn’s ‘Vera Lynn 100’ plummets 64 places to No.93.
Last week’s new entries from both Elevation Workshop (No.33) and 2Cellos (No.35) are both gone from the top 100.
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