It’s Saturday night, so it’s time once again for ARIA Chart Watch.
Who’s ruling the roost on this week’s ARIA singles and albums charts? Will Ed be back at No.1 on the albums chart? Or will a former One Directioner follow his UK lead by debuting in top spot?
And just how many new certifications can we notch up in one week?
Naturally, we’ll have all the answers and so much more in edition No.421 of ARIA Chart Watch
Bizarrely, the ARIA singles chart seems to have mirrored its UK cousin this week, with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ replacing DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ in the No.1 position.
Of course, you’re no doubt aware that Canadian superstar Justin Bieber provides guest vocals on both tracks; the latter only dropping to No.2. The latter also picks up a fresh new gold certification this week, having sold through 35,000 units in Australia.
Miley Cyrus has been doing the rounds at media in the US big time throughout the week. Though it probably didn’t have too much bearing on her chart position here, ‘Malibu’ does premiere at a rather respectable No.3.
As such, it immediately becomes her second highest Australian chart position to date, bettered only by the No.2 peak of ‘Wrecking Ball’ back in 2013.
With his new album hitting retail last week, ‘Sign Of The Times’ (the lead single from Harry Styles’ debut solo album) jumps from No.9 to No.4, achieving a shiny new platinum accreditation (70,000 units) in the process.
Speaking of new accreditations, Ed Sheeran’s singles cop a couple this week. Though it’s down two, his latest single ‘Galway Girl’ hits double platinum (140,000 copies), while his former No.1 megahit ‘Shape Of You’ slams an impressive sixth platinum certification (420,000 copies).
Clean Bandit & Zara Larsson now have a platinum hit on their hand with ‘Symphony’ (No.7 to No.9), Dean Lewis’s ‘Stay’ improves to a new peak of No.12 and also hits platinum, while Kygo & Selena Gomez are steady in the No.13 position, but achieve a new double platinum certification.
Though we’re not hearing too much about it these days, Lady Gaga’s latest single ‘The Cure’ has maintained within the top 20 for the fifth straight week and is now at No.14.
Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ hits platinum (No.15), Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’ slow in the sales race (No.11 on debut to No.17) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle On The Hill’ joins this week’s accreditation procession, hitting four times platinum (280,000 copies) at No.18.
The new certifications continue with Jason Derulo’s ‘Swalla’ – now gold at No.20.
Charlie Puth cracks the Aussie top 30 with ‘Attention’ (No.32 to No.30) and though Katy Perry’s latest single ‘Bon Appetit’ arrests some of last week’s slide in numbers, she’s not quite back up to her peak of No.35 (No.46 to No.36).
Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’ also surges (No.45 to No.37), Calvin Harris’s ‘Rollin’ (with Future & Khalid) premieres at No.40 and Harry Styles’ ‘Sweet Creature’ bullets from No.63 to a new peak of No.42.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ pops back into the top 40 this week (No.51 to No.44) and achieves a new gold certification at the same time. Zayn & PartyNextDoor also score some gold sales love for ‘Still Got Time’ (No.39 to No.47).
And though it disappears from this week’s ARIA top 50, the Clean Bandit/Sean Paul/Anne Marie former No.1 smash ‘Rockabye’ achieves a new fourth platinum certification.
In the second half of the top 100 countdown, Imagine Dragons are seemingly in a real hurry with their single ‘Believer’, which rockets from No.92 to No.53, almost impacting the top half of the top 100.
Their single ‘Thunder’ is also starting to rumble this week, improving ten places to a new peak of No.58.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’ goes gold (No.59). Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ bullets from No.95 on debut to No.64. And the Ed Sheeran certifications keep coming, with a new gold accreditation for ‘Dive’ (No.66).
Oddly, Isaiah’s ‘Don’t Come Easy’ gets a debut this week (No.69) instead of a re-entry following on from his ninth place finish at the Eurovision Song Contest. His is the best performed of all the tracks in this year’s competition and the only Eurovision track to place in the top 100.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Supermarket Flowers’ also goes gold this week (No.70), but there’s a bit of a setback for the new Haim campaign, with their single ‘Want You Back’ slumping 17 places from last week’s No.54 debut.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is up 20 (No.94 to No.74), Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’ (with PartyNextDoor and Nicki Minaj) is now certified gold (No.76) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘New Man’ pops its head back into the top 100 (No.88 on re-entry).
There’s a No.89 debut for the new Illy single ‘Oh My’ with Jenna McDougall.
Migos & Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Bad And Boujee’ goes gold (No.95) and there’s a fresh new double platinum certification for Mura Masa’s ‘Love$ick’ in the No.98 position.
Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ has been bouncing all over the charts in the past couple of weeks, but it’s down – and how – this week, falling from No.38 to out of the top 100 entirely; the kind of drop usually associated with the album chart.
So… lots happening there on the singles chart. Got all that? Here comes the albums side of the draw.
And we kick off this week with a brand new No.1 album. And yes, it comes from former One Direction superstar Harry Styles.
Not only does Harry premiere in the No.1 position with his self-titled debut, Sony have ensured that they’ve shipped enough copies out to retail and there have been enough purchases and streams throughout the week to have him also achieve a gold sales certification in the process. Result.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’, therefore, moves down one position to No.2, leaving Paramore to the No.3 position on debut with ‘After Laughter’. It becomes their first album to miss the No.1 position in Australia in ten years.
The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.2’ soundtrack and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ make up the rest of the top five.
Ed Sheeran’s in action again in position six, with ‘X’ improving from No.10, while Zac Brown Band premieres at No.8 with their new album ‘Welcome Home’.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ also shifts higher this week. It’s up five places to No.14.
But it’s the Eurovision Song Contest album that really hits its strides, bulleting from No.59 to a new peak of No.15 in the competition’s wake.
The new Dead Letter Circus album ‘The Endless Mile’ struggles to hit the heights of the Brisbane band’s previous album, entering the countdown at No.17. The Ten Tenors are up eight with ‘Wish You Were Here’ (No.26 to No.18).
The ‘Sing’ soundtrack surges 14 places this week, moving from No.36 to No.22. It also picks up a gold sales certification in its 23rd week on the ARIA albums chart.
Dean Lewis’s ‘Same Kind Of Different’ EP premieres at No.27 and Seether’s ‘Poision The Parish’ is new at No.29, but the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds best-of drops just as it does in the UK. It’s down from a No.8 debut to No.36.
New entries up at Nos.37 and 38 for Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Bloom’ and Midnight Oil’s ‘The Full Tank’ respectively.
But big second week drops occur for both Chris Stapleton’s ‘From A Room : Volume 1’ (No.20 to No.47) and Mac DeMarco’s ‘This Old Dog’ (No.23 to No.48).
Beyond this week’s top 50, Asgeir’s ‘Afterglow’ suffers a big second week sales slump, dropping 32 places to No.54.
‘ABBA Gold & More’ rears its head in the top 100 again (No.56 on re-entry), ahead of a 20 place jump for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ (No.78 to No.58), a 38 place second week drop for Kasabian’s ‘For Crying Out Loud’ (No.21 to No.59) and a new entry for Post Malone (‘Stoney’ at No.62).
The news isn’t grand for San Cisco. Despite premiering at a respectable No.17 on last week’s ARIA chart with their new album ‘The Water’, it sinks this week; down 50 places to No.67.
Logic’s ‘Everybody’ continues the succession of tumbles; down 43 to No.68. So too At The Drive In’s ‘In-Ter A-Lia-A’, which plunges 58 places to No.73.
Paul Weller manages to scrape into the top 100 with his latest album ‘A Kind Revolution’ (No.93 on debut).
But Russ’s ‘There’s Really A Wolf’ tumbles 46 to No.100.
And last week’s top 50 entries from Blondie (No.29), Pond (No.33) and Motionless In White (No.35) are all gone from the top 100.
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 AEST.