Welcome to edition #426 of ARIA Chart Watch.
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Discover who’s topping the charts, who’s scored a new entry, who’s been making the big moves and who’s been selling enough to notch up new certifications.
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It all begins this week with the No.1 single on the ARIA singles chart. And it’s still ‘Despacito’ from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber outselling the rest of the chart crop, maintaining its No.1 heading for a sixth successive week.
Two former One Direction stars are on the move within the top five, however. Liam Payne’s debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’ edges from No.3 to No.2, while his former bandmate Niall Horan improves from No.5 to No.3 with ‘Slow Hands’; the latter picking up a shiny new platinum certification, having sold through more than 70,000 copies.
DJ Khaled shows that he doesn’t need Justin Bieber to score a chart hit down under. Though his new single ‘Wild Thoughts’ does feature both Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, so it’s not short of star power. It premieres highest this week – at No.4.
Speaking of DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber… their single ‘I’m The One’ is replaced by the aforementioned track in the No.4 spot (it’s down to No.5).
David Guetta’s No.2 debut for his Justin Bieber-featuring single ‘2U’ drops four places in its second week.
Miley Cyrus’ ‘Malibu’ is now platinum certified (No.7 to No.8), while the Jonas Blue/William Singe single ‘Mama’ improves from No.13 to No.11 while picking up its first certification; gold for sales of more than 35,000 units.
With her new album ‘Melodrama’ in the shops, Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ is on the go, jumping back into the top 20 from No.27 to No.15.
Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Most Girls’ also leaps into the top 20, though in its case it’s for the first time (No.37 to No.20).
Harry Styles’ ‘Sign Of The Times’ is down eight (No.15 to No.23), but Maggie Lindemann’s ‘Pretty Girl’ is up 13 (No.40 to No.27).
New singles from Macklemore and Calvin Harris miss the top 30 on debut; both are into the ARIA top 100 for the first time and are back to back, premiering at Nos.34 and 35 respectively. It’s Macklemore ftg. Skylar Grey’s ‘Glorious’ on top, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean in second place.
French Montana gets her ‘Unforgettable’ into the Aussie top 40. It improves from No.45 to No.37 in its third week of local chart action.
Julia Michaels’ former top ten single ‘Issues’ has spent almost six months in the Australian countdown, peaking at No.5. And in all that time it had only ever achieved a gold sales certification. Not anymore. Consider that adjusted – and how. It’s now double platinum certified, given it’s shifted in excess of 140,000 units.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle On The Hill’ tumbles 15 (No.25 to No.40) and though Jennifer Hudson’s performance of ‘Remember Me’ on ‘The Voice’ last weekend saw the track shoot into the top five on iTunes, it’s a lot further down the official charts, premiering at No.41.
As with ‘Green Light’, Lorde’s ‘Perfect Places’ improves as the halo effect around the release of the album takes place. It’s in the top 50 for just the second time this week, albeit at a new peak of No.44.
Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ edges into the top 50 again (No.52 to No.48), but Sam Hunt’s on the move with ‘Body Like A Back Road’, which bullets from No.64 to No.50.
Camila Cabello’s chart fortunes have improved slightly; her debut solo single proper, ‘Crying In The Club’ has arrested some of last week’s slide (No.58 to No.51).
Starley’s ‘Call On Me’ notches up a third platinum certification this week, having sold through more than 210,000 units in its 31 week chart run (No.56 to No.58).
And that Lorde halo effect we were talking about earlier…? It happens again a little further down the countdown; ‘Sober’ up from No.93 to a new peak of No.61 and ‘Liability’ back into the top 100 at No.63.
But The Veronicas’ new single has stalled. Yes, their performance of the song on ‘The Voice’ last week saw it improve from a No.79 debut to No.41, but its stay in the top 50 was far too brief. It falls back out of the top 50 this week to No.64.
It’s been about due for a certification tweak for a number of weeks, but James Arthur’s former No.1 smash ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ picks up its sixth platinum accreditation this week (420,000 copies). It’s down five spots to No.67.
Jax Jones, Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don are into the countdown with ‘Instruction’ at No.72 on debut.
Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appetit’ slumps again after a little rise last week because of the album release, plunging 29 places to No.77.
Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Starving’ is up 17 to No.83, Harry Styles’ ‘Sweet Creature’ is down 13 to No.89 and Fifth Harmony’s ‘Down’ continues to fulfil its title’s promise. It’s down 16 places to No.93.
Katy Perry’s ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ loses 19 places (No.78 to No.97), while Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Fallin’ is out of the top 100 after just one week (No.91 on debut). Expect that to change next week, however, after her performance of the track on ‘The Voice’ this weekend and the unveiling of its music video.
Katy Perry. London Grammar. Hillsong United. Rise Against. Lady Antebellum. All five acts threw everything they could at Ed Sheeran last week in the hope of dethroning him from the No.1 position. All failed.
But just one week on, one act has succeeded in knocking Ed Sheeran out of No.1. And that act is… Lorde.
The New Zealand songstress’s second album premieres in the No.1 position, giving her her second No.1 in two attempts. And, from what we understand, she did it by quite the margin too.
Ed’s down to No.2, with debuts in positions three and four for Nickelback’s ‘Feed The Machine’ and Royal Blood’s ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ respectively. It’s Nickelback’s seventh successive top five album in Australia.
London Grammar’s down from three to five, Katy Perry from two to six, Hillsong United from four to seven and Lady Antebellum from six to… well how does No.18 grab you?
Fleet Foxes grab the other top ten debut of the week; their new album ‘Crack-Up’ premiering in the even No.10 spot.
Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole are back into the ARIA top 50 with their album ‘The Great Country Songbook Vol.II’. It bullets from No.61 to No.23.
Lorde’s debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ is also on the move – and how. It rockets from No.75 to No.26 on this week’s countdown.
There’s a 13 place drop for Pete Murray’s ‘Camacho’ (No.14 to No.27), but a 23 place drop for Rise Against’s ‘Wolves’ (No.5 on debut to No.28). Alt-J’s ‘Relaxer’ is also down (No.17 to No.29).
We have a debut (No.30 for Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s ‘The Nashville Sound’), a 15 place drop (for Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie’s self-titled set – No.21 on debut to No.36) and a 21 place jump (No.59 to No.38 for the ‘Beauty & The Beast’ soundtrack).
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ improves from No.56 to No.48 after the tour announcement. But ‘The Very Best Of INXS’ falters, losing 20 places to No.48.
Just missing the top 50 on debut this week are both the ‘RWBY Vol.4′ soundtrack by Jeff Williams (new at No.51) and 2Chainz’ new LP ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ (new at No.52).
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ best-of is down 23 (No.31 to No.54), Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ is down 12 (No.45 to No.57) and Bernard Fanning’s ‘Brutal Dawn’ loses 20 (No.39 to No.59).
There’s a new entry for Belle Haven’s ‘You, Me And Everything In Between’ (No.63), a re-entry for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ (No.65) and a No.67 debut for the new Hey Violet album ‘From The Outside’.
But SZA’s ‘CTRL’ is down 28 (No.40 to No.68), Mark Vincent’s ‘A Tribute To Mario Lanza’ is down 18 (No.52 to No.70) and Tash Sultana’s ‘Notion’ loses 16 (No.55 to No.71).
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is down even further, however, losing 39 places to No.83.
The Bee Gees’ best-of also loses ground this week (No.64 to No.88). That’s ahead of a No.89 debut for Beth Ditto’s solo album ‘Fake Sugar’, which clearly just wasn’t sweet enough to enjoy some time in the top 50 sunshine.
Zac Brown Band’s ‘Welcome Home’ is about to say ‘TTFN’, dropping 26 places to No.95. But the biggest drop of the week surely has to be reserved for Elvis Presley, whose ‘The Wonder Of You & If I Can Dream’ package plummets from No.29 to out of the top 100 entirely.
Last week’s top 50 debuts from both Phoenix and Rancid also make their top 100 exits after premiering at Nos.36 and 41 respectively.
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