Welcome to edition #437 of ARIA Chart Watch.
There’s still no dampening Australia’s appetite for the Taylor Swift single, seemingly; it remains at No.1 on this week’s countdown. Meantime, another familiar face is back at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart!
Read on to discover the whos, the whats the wheres and the whens of the Aussie charts in ARIA Chart Watch episode 437.
Yes, it’s another big week in the ARIA No.1 spot for Taylor Swift and her new global smash ‘Look What You Made Me Do’.
But although she’s still flying high at No.1 with that track, her other newbie (‘…Ready For It?’) premieres in the No.3 position, despite spending most of the past week at No.1 on the Aussie iTunes store.
Testament, perhaps, to the strength of the latest Pink single ‘What About Us’, which maintains position at No.2 and picks up a fresh new platinum certification, having sold more than 70,000 units down under in just four weeks.
Also rolling with a new certification this week – albeit double platinum (140,000 unit sales) – is Imagine Dragons’ top ten smash ‘Thunder’ (No.7).
Demi Lovato is into the top ten with ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ (No.11 to No.8), while French Montana strikes double platinum with his global smash ‘Unforgettable’ (No.10).
Speaking of global smashes, the all-conquering ‘Despacito’ finally falls from the top ten this week, but it hasn’t done so without notching up another certification. This one is five times platinum. More than 350,000 units down in Australia to this point.
Lauv continues his rise with ‘I Like Me Better’ (No.24 to No.13), Sam Hunt goes platinum with ‘Body Like A Back Road’ (No.16) and Logic’s number has finally come up… ‘1-800-273-8255’ that is. It’s up 20 places to a new peak of No.17.
The certification updates continue, with DJ Khaled’s ‘Wild Thoughts’ hitting double platinum (No.18) and Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me’ going gold; the latter up from No.40 to a new peak of No.25.
Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Most Girls’ is now platinum (No.28), the new Maroon 5 single ‘What Lovers Do’ enters the countdown at No.33 and Kendrick Lamar’s former top five smash ‘Humble’ gets a major certification tweak, racing from platinum sales last week to triple platinum sales (210,000 units) this week.
Dean Lewis continues to make ‘Waves’ with his former top 20 smash. Still in the top 50 after almost six months, the single this week achieves a shiny new double platinum certification.
Miley Cyrus’ ‘Malibu’ is on the turn, however. It spent last Saturday in the No.34 position but finds itself 16 places lower and on the precipice of top 50 chart oblivion.
Jason Derulo’s new single ‘If I’m Lucky’ starts its Australian chart journey in the No.59 position debut.
But Selena Gomez’s ‘Fetish’ falls from the top 50 in its eighth week of local chart action. It’s down from No.49 to No.61, but picks up a gold sales certification on its way out.
It’s not a brilliant start, meantime, for the new Guy Sebastian single. ‘High On Me’ is the track that will provide the lead-in to his new album, but its chart journey starts at a lowly No.73.
Julia Michaels’ ‘Issues’ is now triple platinum certified (No.81), Ricki-Lee’s new single begins its chart journey towards the opposite end of the countdown to where she’d no doubt like it to be – No.83 on debut.
Vance Joy’s eight times platinum certified ‘Riptide’ is back in the top 100 (No.93) and Galantis & Rozes debut at No.96 with ‘Girls On Boys’.
That’s the singles chart dispensed with for another week… now onto album matters.
And once again it’s Ed Sheeran’s time to shine in the No.1 position on the ARIA albums chart.
He’s been here before on numerous occasions, obviously, but he leaps from No.3 to No.1 this week, leapfrogging Paul Kelly’s ‘Life Is Fine’, which is steady at No.2.
Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘Villain’ falls from No.1 to No.3, the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.2’ soundtrack is steady at No.4 and then we have the week’s highest new entry, courtesy of Irish outfit The Script.
Danny and the boys notch up their second successive No.5 album, following on from 2014’s ‘No Sound Without Silence’.
There’s a big jump for Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ this week. Having dropped from No.55 to No.61 on last week’s countdown, the album rebounds – and how, rocketing from No.61 to No.8.
LCD Soundsystem round out the top ten with a debut for their latest long player ‘American Dream’.
Despite a high profile social media campaign which involved recording his new album live for all to see, Neil Finn’s latest long player creation (‘Out Of Silence’) fails to crack the top ten on debut. It’s new at No.12 on digital sales alone. The physical release comes later this month.
Carole King’s classic ‘Tapestry’ tumbled from No.27 to No.46 on last week’s countdown, but makes that difference up and then some this week, bulleting from No.46 to No.13.
The War On Drugs’ album ‘A Deeper Understanding’, however, loses ten positions in week two (No.5 to No.15).
We’ve got some top 20 love for Dixie Chicks with a No.20 debut for ‘DCX MMXVI Live’ and more love for Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album (No.49 to No.21) as the singer touches down in Australia for the local dates on her ‘Dangerous Woman’ world tour.
The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ is up (No.37 to No.24), but Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ is down (No.23 to No.33).
Two new entries (King Social’s ‘In Colour’ at No.40 and Jake Bugg’s ‘Hearts That Strain’ at No.44) sandwich a big drop for Lil Uzi Vert’s long player ‘Love Is Rage 2’ (No.22 on debut to No.43).
There are also new entries for both Cloud Control (‘Zone’ at No.53) and Motorhead (‘Under Cover’ at No.57), along with a re-entry for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’; the latter breaking back into the top 100 at No.58 after plummeting more than 98 places out of last week’s countdown following the previous week’s No.2 debut.
Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’ is down 14 to No.59, Meg Mac’s ‘Low Blows’ is down 14 to No.61 and there’s some love for the new Mogwai album ‘Every Country’s Sun’, which enters at No.65.
We’ve got a big 30 place jump for Roy Orbison’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’ (No.97 to No.67), a No.70 re-entry for Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’, a new entry for Mr Grevis’s ‘Game Over’ and a 37 spot slump for the Guns N’ Roses best-of (No.36 to No.73).
That slump, however, is nothing when compared to the one for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’, which plunges 51 places to No.77.
Stone Sour’s ‘Hydrograd’ is also on the way down in a hurry (down 37 to No.78), as are Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ (down 21 to No.83), Tyler The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ (down 21 to No.84) and Judah Kelly’s ‘Count On Me’ (down 30 to No.89).
There’s also a little girl group avalanche; the Little Mix album ‘Glory Days’ down 21 to No.91 and (yikes!) the new Fifth Harmony album down a staggering 84 places from last week’s No.9 debut.
The Jungle Giants’ ‘Quiet Ferocity’ also takes a tumble, down 35 to No.100.
But spare a thought for Kim Churchill, whose new album ‘Weight_Falls’ spent its debut week shining in the No.6 position. It might not be weighty, but it sure does fall… 95 spots or more to be outside the top 100 in week two.
Last week’s top 50 debuts from PVRIS (No.12), Gordi (No.20), A$AP Mob (No.24) and XXXTentacion (No.29) are all gone from this week’s top 100.
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