Welcome to edition #435 of ARIA Chart Watch.
As you’ll no doubt be aware by edition #435, this is our regular weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s, so expect debuts, big moves, new certifications and other tasty chart tid-bits over the next couple of paragraphs (and more).
The ARIA singles chart this week is still plastered in Pink; the US superstar’s latest single ‘What About Us’ still shining in the No.1 spot after debuting there last week.
But Pink’s stay in the top spot could be brief. A certain Taylor Swift may be along next week to spoil the party with her latest single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, which is already shining brightly in the No.1 spot on the iTunes singles chart.
But back to Pink… she’s clearly selling rather well with the new single, if the fresh new gold certification (35,000 units sold in just two weeks) is anything to go by.
Just missing the No.1 spot on debut this week is ‘Friends’, the latest single from Justin Bieber (with BloodPop). It premieres at No.2, knocking Macklemore into position three with ‘Glorious’.
Imagine Dragons and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber round out this week’s top five with ‘Thunder’ and ‘Despacito’ respectively.
UK pop starlet Dua Lipa scores her second Australian top ten hit with ‘New Rules’, which improves another five positions to No.10 this week. Only her smash ‘Be The One’ has charted higher thus far, peaking at No.6 in May last year.
Though it hasn’t quite cracked the Aussie top ten, Louis Tomlinson’s new single ‘Back To You’ has done enough in its five week chart run to notch up a gold sales certification (No.11 to No.13).
Demi Lovato’s in a hurry with ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ (No.21 to No.14), Jonas Blue and William Singe’s ‘Mama’ notches up its second platinum accreditation having sold through more than 140,000 units and Jessica Mauboy also scores in the certification department; ‘Fallin’ going platinum (No.18 to No.20) having sold more than 70,000 units.
Avicii’s latest ‘Without You’ improves seven places to No.26, Lauv’s ‘I Like Me Better’ is up 11 to No.29, but after bulleting last week, Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’ takes a tumble… a 12 place tumble to No.39.
Khalid continues his chart ascension with latest single ‘Young Dumb & Broke’. It’s got a new peak position this week (No.44), having bulleted eleven places to be within the top 50 for the first time.
The new Miley Cyrus single ‘Younger Now’ just scrapes into the top 50 on debut, premiering at No.49.
Beyond the ’50’ castle gates this week, we’ve got a No.56 debut for the new Chris Brown single ‘Questions’, along with a largish 37 place leap for the new Portugal The Man single ‘Feel It Still’ (No.95 on debut to No.58).
Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ enters the countdown at No.62, plus Marshmello x Khalid’s ‘Silence’ is golden… after debuting at No.100 last week, it’s up an impressive 36 places in week two to No.64.
Little Mix & CNCO are new at No.68 with ‘Raggaeton Lento (remix)’, but Camila Cabello’s previous track ‘Crying In The Club’ is in all kinds of chart trouble, sliding 24 positions to No.74.
Also on the slide this week (ironically) is Calvin Harris’s single ‘Slide’ (No.56 to No.75). Ditto Lady Gaga’s ‘The Cure’ (No.66 to No.83) and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Loyalty’ (No.72 to No.91).
‘Bodak Yellow’, the top ten US hit by rapper Cardi B, has entered the Australian singles chart at a lowly No.94. No doubt her team at Warner will be hoping for a big improvement in the coming weeks.
Another big week on the ARIA albums chart, with half of the top ten made up of new entries. And that includes another new No.1 album.
Last week, Paul Kelly was flying high with his first ever No.1 album ‘Life Is Fine’.
This week it’s Gang Of Youths who have triumphed, scoring their first ever No.1 with their sophomore album ‘Go Father In Lightness’. Their previous album ‘The Positions’ peaked at No.5 on its release two years back.
Paul Kelly is down to No.2, with Ed Sheeran at No.3. Then, we’ve got another succession of new entries.
At No.4, it’s the new long player from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’.
At No.5, it’s the new Thy Art Is Murder album ‘Dear Desolation’.
And at No.6, it’s a debut for the Brand New album ‘Science Fiction’.
Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’ loses its lustre slightly (No.3 to No.7), but then it’s another new entry, thanks to Neck Deep’s ‘The Peace And The Panic’ (No.8).
Further down, Sarah McLeod scores a very respectable No.20 debut for her new album ‘Rocky’s Diner’ and Grizzly Bear’s ‘Painted Ruins’ is new into the charts at No.26.
But after rocketing from No.91 to No.11 on last week’s countdown, Carole King’s iconic album ‘Tapestry’ loses some ground. It’s down from No.11 to No.27.
Another new entry at No.30 (Steven Wilson’s ‘To The Bone’) and another at No.35 (A$AP Ferg’s ‘Still Striving’).
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is up (No.47 to No.37), but Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’ is down (No.23 to No.40).
Pete Murray’s ‘Camacho’ also picks up some chart steam this week thanks to his tour. It’s up from No.84 to No.44; a fairly healthy jump.
But Vera Blue’s ‘Perennial’ is down 18 and is now on the precipice of the top 50 (No.32 to No.50).
Dan Sultan’s ‘Killer’ makes its exit from the top 50 this week (No.35 to No.51), while Amy Shark’s ‘Night Thinker’ EP makes another run for it (No.78 to No.52).
Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ continues to falter, losing another 26 places to No.62 after debuting at No.2 just four weeks ago. The Ten Tenors fall further, however. Their album ‘Wish You Were Here’ plunges 34 places to No.63.
Judah Kelly’s’ Count On Me’ drops 20 (No.44 to No.64), Meg Mac’s ‘Low Blows’ is down 19 (No.46 to No.65) and Avicii… poor Avicii; last week flying high with a No.14 debut for his new LP. This week, however, down a staggering 53 spots to No.67.
We’ve got a new entry for the Everything Everything album ‘A Fever Dream’ (No.68), we’ve got a 20 place drop for the new Haim album (No.62 to No.82) and Preatures… well the drop for their new album ‘Girlhood’ really takes the cake.
Last week The Preatures were on the precipice of the top ten with a No.13 debut for their new album. This week, however, it takes a tumble. Nay, plummets a staggering 76 places to No.89.
Glen Campbell’s ‘Adios’ is on the verge of saying goodbye to the top 100 (No.55 to No.98), as is his ‘Twenty Golden Greats’ (No.71 to No.99).
There are more big drops this week, however. And these four albums (which were all in the top 40 last week on debut) have fallen from the top 100 entirely.
Justice For The Damned lose more than 63 places having debuted at No.37 last week with ‘Dragged Through The Dirt’.
Kate Miller-Heidke drops more than 69 places having debuted last week at No.31 with her new live album.
Dodie’s ‘You’ EP premiered at a very respectable No.17 on last week’s chart, but has lost more than 83 places to be gone from the top 100.
But the biggest drop of all… and we’re struggling to think of an album that’s dropped so far in just one week… is Jen Cloher’s self-titled LP. Last week, it premiered at a spectacular No.5. This week, however, it’s a different story entirely. It’s dropped a staggering 96 places (or more) to be outside the top 100 in just its second week.
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