Welcome to edition #432 of ARIA Chart Watch; edition #432 of our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s both singles and albums charts.
We’ve got your number ones, the big movers, the new certifications, the new entries and more juicy tid-bits. Crack on.
And yes, wouldn’t you know it, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber are STILL at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart with their global anthem ‘Despacito’. This week is week No.12 in a row for the track at No.1 down under, with Imagine Dragons’ ‘Thunder’, Calvin Harris’ ‘Feels’ and Liam Payne’s ‘Strip That Down’ steady in positions two through four.
After a big move last week, Macklemore’s ‘Glorious’ edges into the top five (No.7 to No.5) and picks up a gold sales certification for its troubles, meaning it’s already blasted its way through 35,000 units in Australia.
Kesha’s comeback is complete; her new single ‘Praying’ sees her return solo to the top ten down under for the first time since ‘Die Young’ five years ago.
Sam Hunt hits the top ten also with ‘Body Like A Back Road’ (No.15 to No.10).
French Montana achieves a shiny new platinum certification for ‘Unforgettable’ (70,000 units down), Maggie Lindemann goes gold with ‘Pretty Girl’ (No.14) and despite falling three places to No.15, there’s also a new platinum accreditation for ‘Your Song’ by Rita Ora.
Like last week, the certifications keep rolling on. David Guetta and Justin Bieber score a platinum certification for ‘2U’ (No.16).
Hailee Steinfeld scores herself a top 20 hit with ‘Most Girls’, which rises from No.23 to No.18.
Former 1D star Louis Tomlinson improves on last week’s No.26 debut for his new single ‘Back To You’, cracking the top 20 – albeit just (No.26 to No.20).
Ed Sheeran’s sales numbers also keep ticking over. ‘Shape Of You’ achieves a new accreditation this week; that of eight times platinum, meaning it’s now gone over 560,000 units in Australia.
Dua Lipa looks like she has a hit on her hands with ‘New Rules’ (No.46 to No.26), ditto Selena Gomez and Gucci Maine’s ‘Fetish’ (No.38 to No.29).
Peking Duk and AlunaGeorge score some gold love for their new collaboration ‘Fake Magic’ (No.37 to No.34), while Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ hits a new triple platinum status (210,000 units).
Khalid dropped from No.41 to No.51 last week with his single ‘Location’, but it’s back in the top 50 this week, though not quite to its previous peak (No.51 to No.44).
Also re-entering the top 50 this week are Imagine Dragons’ ‘Believer’, Zedd & Liam Payne’s ‘Get Low’, Bliss N Eso’s ‘Moments’, Kygo and Selena Gomez’ ‘It Ain’t Me’ and Drake’s ‘Signs’ (at Nos.45 through 49 respectively). Lauv premieres highest this week with ‘I Like Me Better’ (No.50).
Another foreign language track that looks like following in the footsteps of ‘Despacito’ is ‘Mi Gente’ by Willy William and J Balvin. It makes its Australian chart entry at No.53 this week, just ahead of a newly five times platinum ‘Castle On The Hill’ by Ed Sheeran (350,000 units at No.54) and a No.55 debut for the new Skrillex/Poo Bear single ‘Would You Ever’.
It’s floundered around the lower reaches of the charts for the past five weeks, but it looks as though the new Rudimental single may finally be starting to hit its strides. It’s up from No.72 to a new peak of No.57 this week.
Charli XCX gets her ‘Boys’ into the No.61 position on debut. Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’ tumbles from No.10 to No.62, Snakehips’ new single ‘Either Way’ is new at No.64 and Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ plunges from No.18 to No.65.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’ will be much happier now it’s got a platinum certification against it (No.77). Ditto Kyle’s ‘iSpy’ (No.84). Between them both, however, is a No.82 for Macklemore’s ‘Marmalade’.
The Linkin Park tumbles keep coming, with ‘Heavy’ down from No.39 to No.87, there’s a new entry for Sigala and Ella Eyre’s ‘Came Here For Love’ at No.92 and Morgan Evans’ ‘Kiss Somebody’ just makes it into the countdown, premiering at the even No.100.
All other Linkin Park singles have departed the top 100.
Staggeringly, 60% of this week’s top ten albums chart is made up of new entries.
But the No.1 spot is not one of them. And no, Lana Del Rey did not hold for a second straight week with her new album ‘Lust For Life’ (she’s down to No.7).
No, but Ed Sheeran does return to the top of the pops for another week with his album ‘÷’.
Then it’s a cavalcade of new entries following him.
Arcade Fire do best with their new long player ‘Everything Now’ (new at No.2).
Then it’s ‘The Voice’ 2017 winner Judah Kelly and his debut album ‘Count On Me’ (new at No.3).
Alice Cooper scores some top five love with his latest ‘Paranormal’ (new at No.4).
Dan Sultan will no doubt be happy with a top five debut for his latest ‘Killer’ (new at No.5).
And Australians also got on board the new Passenger album this week; it’s new at No.6.
The new ‘Beautiful : A Tribute To Carole King’ is the week’s other top ten debut – and that’s into the countdown at No.8.
Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’ and the ‘Baby Driver’ soundtrack are the only other albums that remain in the hunt from last week’s top ten.
Though the former does lose touch with ‘Hybrid Theory’, which tumbles from No.2 to No.14.
There are more new entries, thanks to The Murlocs (‘Old Locomotive’ at No.15) and O’Shea (’61-615′ at No.16), but Vera Blue’s ‘Perennial’ is already out of the top ten (No.17), having debuted last week at No.6.
Good news for Halsey this week, with her album ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ gaining ground – and how. It’s rocketed from No.85 to No.19, no doubt spurred on from her Australian promotional visit during the week.
Linkin Park’s ‘Meteora’ is down 17 to No.22, Meg Mac’s ‘Low Blows’ is down 12 to No.27.
But there are more new entries, courtesy of Shane Nicholson (‘Love And Blood’ at No.28) and Make Them Suffer (‘Worlds Apart’ at No.29).
Into the lower reaches of the 30s, there’s a real mixed chart bag; a re-entry (The Ten Tenors’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ at No.36), a bullet (The Chainsmokers’ ‘Memories… Do Not Open’ up from No.54 to No.38), a big drop (Tyler The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ sodnw from No.8 on debut to No.39) and another big jump (Zara Larsson’s ‘So Good’ up from No.72 to No.40).
Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ slumps from No.22 to No.46 and London Grammar’s ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ is down 12 to No.48. ‘Gurrumul’ is also down this week – from No.27 to No.49.
Beyond the top 50, the drops keep coming (Stone Sour’s ‘Hydrograd’ down 18 to No.52 and Royal Blood’s ‘How Did We Get So Dark’ down 19 to No.54).
Linkin Park’s ‘Minutes To Midnight’ continues the procession, plunging 50 places to No.57.
Amy Shark’s ‘Night Thinker’ EP is also down (22 to No.67), as is Guns N Roses’ best-of (No.37 to No.70) and ‘The Descendants 2’ soundtrack (No.64 to No.85).
Julia Michaels is the week’s only other top 100 debut and she’s into the countdown at No.97 with ‘Nervous System’.
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