Welcome to edition 417 of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s.
There’s plenty of movement on the charts this week, particularly on the singles side of things, where our No.1 has changed for the second time in two weeks and Kendrick Lamar pops up with a few tracks from his new album ‘Damn’.
But have all the debuts been enough for said album to knock Ed Sheeran off No.1 on the album chart?
And are we the kind of people to leave you hanging on that kind of question?
Last week it was all about Harry. Former One Direction supremo Harry Styles and his debut solo single ‘Sign Of The Times’.
He worked the promo trail hard to get the best possible outcome… No.1s both here and in the UK.
And, just like in his native UK, his time at the top here in Australia has also already come to an end.
Yes, Harry relinquishes No.1 after just one week, allowing the door to swing back open for Ed Sheeran’s monster ‘Shape Of You’ to retake pole position and spend a 14th non-consecutive week there.
In moving back to No.1, Ed equals ABBA’s record (with ‘Fernando’ 41 years ago) of 14 weeks in the No.1 position.
With his new album firing at retail, Kendrick Lamar’s single ‘Humble’ gets a good bump, shifting from No.7 to No.2, ahead of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ and The Chainsmokers/Coldplay collaboration ‘Something Just Like This’ (No.3 and No.4 respectively).
Harry’s down to No.5.
The rest of the top ten is relatively stable, apart from a three place rise to No.6 for Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’, while down in position 14, Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos pick up the first of the week’s certifications; platinum for sales of 70,000 copies.
That’s followed by a trio of debuts within the top 20. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DNA’ is the best of the bunch (No.16), followed closely by Lady Gaga’s ‘The Cure’ (No.17) and Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna’s ‘Loyalty’ (No.20).
Dean Lewis’s rise towards the upper reaches of the ARIA chart continues; ‘Waves’ gaining four more spots to No.21.
There’s a fresh double platinum certification (140,000 copies) for The Chainsmokers’ ‘Paris’ (No.22).
Snakehips and MØ’s ‘Don’t Leave’ is leaving (No.19 to No.26), but Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Love’ is entering (No.29 on debut) and G-Eazy and Kehlani’s ‘Good Life’ is coming back (No.31 on re-entry).
Katy Perry’s ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ just seemingly hasn’t had the traction of her previous singles. Yes, it’s platinum, but it’s also out of the top 30 after just ten weeks (No.22 to No.33).
Amy Shark’s ‘Adore’ gets a second platinum accreditation (No.34) and Kylie ‘iSpy’ shuffles from No.42 to a new peak of No.36.
The Weeknd’s ‘I Feel It Coming’ is down nine, Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ and Future & Rihanna’s ‘Selfish’ are down seven apiece.
After peaking at No.49 on debut, Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato’s single ‘No Promises’ dropped out of the top 50 last week (to No.57). But it’s back. Not quite equal to its peak, but the signs are encouraging (No.50).
Beyond the walls of the top 50 this week, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’ loses eight positions (No.44 to No.52).
Adele’s ‘Water Under The Bridge’ is down further (No.39 to No.55), while the new Sheppard single is seemingly stalling (down nine to No.56).
Andy Grammer, who yesterday announced East Coast live shows later this year, falls eight places with his double platinum smash ‘Fresh Eyes’ and Ed Sheeran takes a ‘Dive’ (No.49 to No.62).
The Chainsmokers’ single ‘The One’ continues its tumble. A No.36 debut, No.43 in its second week and all the way down to No.64 this week.
But Pat Malone’s ‘Congratulations’ spends its seventh week of ARIA top 100 action in the No.65 position, a new peak.
There are further falls for Ed Sheeran deeper down into the top 100; ‘What Do I Know?’ drops 15 to No.83 and ‘New Man’ is down 12 to No.84.
Lord Huron sees a little bit of chart action with ‘The Night We Met’ (No.86 on debut), Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ is new at No.93 and the new DNCE single ‘Kissing Strangers’ makes its entry into the ARIA top 100 – just – at No.96.
Despite his best efforts and deciding that ‘now’ was the right time to drop his new album ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar still can’t knock Ed Sheeran off the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart.
Ed’s ‘÷’ is still flying high, with Kendrick premiering at a (still respectable) No.2.
Australian performer Mark Vincent debuts at No.3 with his new album ‘A Tribute To Mario Lanza’; perfect timing with Mother’s Day just around the corner.
Tina Arena’s ‘Greatest Hits/Interpretations’ is down from No.2 to No.4, with the new John Mayer album ‘The Search For Everything’ scoring a No.5 debut.
Also on debut this week, albeit just outside the top ten, is the soundtrack for the new movie ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ (No.13).
Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is up from No.27 to No.16, but The Smith Street Band’s ”More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me’ tumbles from a No.3 debut to No.17.
Sydney hip hop outfit Spit Syndicate score a No.19 debut for their album ‘One Good Shirt Had Us All Fly’, ahead of a nine place improvement for the ‘Remembrance’ compilation (No.29 to No.20).
On the up are Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ (No.37 to No.24) and the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack (No.35 to No.25), but James Blunt’s ‘The Afterlove’ loses ten places (No.18 to No.28).
The improvements continue for Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ (up 25 to No.29), Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ (up 41 to No.30) and Bruno Mars’ ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ (up 16 to No.32).
But the new Pentatonix EP takes a tumble. After debuting at No.10 last week, ‘PTX Vol.4’ dives to No.36.
Good news this week for the ladies of Little Mix, with their album ‘Glory Days’ picking up a gold sales certification (No.37).
The Guns N’ Roses best-of comes bounding back into the top 50 (up 20 to No.39), Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ is headed in the opposite direction (down 28 to No.42), Flume’s ‘Skin’ is back in (No.51 to No.46) and Kasey Chambers’ ‘Dragonfly’ soars from No.94 to No.47.
A couple of albums re-entering the top 100 close out this week’s top 50; Rhiannon Giddens’ album ‘Freedom Highway’, which spent a solitary week in the top 100 at No.93 on debut back on March 04, is back with a new peak of No.49. And The Lumineers’ album ‘Cleopatra’ pops its head back into the 100 at No.50.
Beyond the 50, Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Blurryface’ is down 15 (No.36 to No.51), Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ re-enters at No.55, Jon Stevens’ ‘Starlight’ drops 28 to No.56 and Busby Marou’s ‘Postcards From The Shell House’ is back in the top 100 at No.57.
The to-ing and fro-ing continues through the rest of the 50s and 60s; Deep Purple’s ‘Infinite’ down 38 from last week’s No.20 debut, Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’ back in the top 100 (No.59), Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ up 13 to No.61, Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Love & Hate’ back in the countdown (No.62 on re-entry) and Bethel Music’s ‘Starlight (Live)’ plunging 49 places from last week’s No.15 debut.
Zac Brown Band’s ‘Greatest Hits So Far’ re-enters at No.67, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry’s ‘Shine A Light’ is back at No.68. But Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’ is down 33 to No.75.
We’ve got a bit of chart action for St Paul & The Broken Bones, with a No.80 debut for their long player ‘Sea Of Noise’.
Body Count’s ‘Bloodlust’ plunges from No.33 to No.88, Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ loses 35 places to No.93 and Steel Panther’s ‘Lower The Bar’ lowers its chart position by 34 (No.62 to No.96).
There are three big falls out of the top 100 this week; Rachael Leahcar’s ‘Shadows’ loses 75 places and Joey Bada$$’s ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’ loses 81. But nothing beats the fall for the Falling In Reverse album ‘Coming Home’, which plunges more than 84 positions to be gone from the top 100 after just one week.
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