Hello there and welcome to edition 439 of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s.
Who’s at No.1 on the singles and albums charts? Who’s jumped? Who’s tanking? And who’s scored the all-important certifications?
We’ll tell you all you need to know starting… now.
Taylor Swift was knocked from her No.1 perch last week by UK soul/pop singer Sam Smith and his new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’. And wouldn’t you know it, he’s still there this week.
In fact, it seems Taylor’s latest single isn’t as big a hit as many may have predicted, given it’s also been overtaken this week by Dua Lipa’s new single ‘New Rules’, which creeps from No.4 to No.2, at the same time achieving its first certification… platinum, for more than 70,000 units sold.
It’s been on the charts for 21 weeks, but Imagine Dragon’s ‘Thunder’ is finally rolling in the ARIA top five, improving from No.7 to No.5 on this week’s countdown.
Good news also for Macklemore and Skylar Grey’s single ‘Glorious’, which notches up a new double platinum certification (140,000 units); steady at No.6.
Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ goes platinum and is up three more places to No.7 and Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ premieres at a very respectable No.8.
Lauv’s single ‘I Like Me Better’ also gets a platinum adornment this week, at the same time as leaping into the ARIA top ten for the first time (No.13 to No.10).
Demi Lovato’s ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ also goes platinum (No.12), as does Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready For It’, despite tumbling from No.3 to No.17.
The new certifications keep coming… Calvin Harris gets a second platinum one to call his own for ‘Feels’ (No.15 to No.19).
US outfit Portugal. The Man finally gets a little bit of mainstream love in the Australian market; ‘Feel It Still’ leaping another 15 places this week to give the band their first ever top 20 hit down under (No.35 to No.20).
Niall Horan’s new single ‘Too Much To Ask’ spends its first week in the ARIA top 100 at No.23, just two places above his last single ‘Slow Hands’ (No.22 to No.25).
Despite some good gains in recent weeks, the latest Vance Joy single, ‘Lay It All On Me’, slides eight spots to No.26.
There’s a new double platinum gong for Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ (No.36), a debut at No.40 for Lorde’s ‘Homemade Dynamite’ and a jump into the top 50 for Skrillex and Poo Bear’s ‘Would You Ever’ (No.52 to a new peak of No.42).
Dean Lewis crashes back into the top 50 with ‘Waves’ (No.51 to No.46), while just outside the top 50, Morgan Evans’ track ‘Kiss Somebody’ edges ever higher towards the upper half of the top 100 (No.60 to a new peak of No.53).
It may be ‘Fake Magic’, but Australia’s love for the track was oh so real. The Peking Duk/AlunaGeorge collaboration this week hits a new platinum certification, though it falls eleven places to No.54.
Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ loses tune (No.49 to No.62), but Major Lazer’s ‘Know No Better’ tumbles further (down 14 to No.67).
Halsey’s ‘Bad At Love’ is up (22 to No.69), but Zedd and Liam Payne’s ‘Get Low’ is down (13 to No.71). Selena Gomez also loses 14 this week with ‘Bad Liar’ (No.61 to No.75).
Halsey’s back, but her previous single ‘Now Or Never’ has fallen out of favour as her previously mentioned new single lifts. ‘Now Or Never’ is down 20 places to No.77.
Justin Timberlake’s earworm ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ is spending its 72nd week on the ARIA chart in the No.80 position and it does so sporting a fresh new eighth platinum certification, meaning it’s sold in excess of 560,000 units in Australia to this point.
Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Chateau’ is open for business in the top 100 again – and scores a new chart peak on re-entry (No.82).
Fall Out Boy are into the countdown with ‘The Last Of The Real Ones’ (No.83 on debut), Ziggy Alberts’ ‘Heaven’ is new at No.85 and there’s a No.88 debut for the new Nick Jonas single ‘Find You’.
Gucci Mane also joins the parade of lower position debuts; ‘Curve’ with The Weeknd premiering at No.93.
U2’s ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ spent just one week in the ARIA top 100 – at No.83 on debut – but is gone this week.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Love So Soft’ is also out of the top 100 after debuting last week at No.88.
Could the No.1 position in Australia really have gone to anyone other than the Foo Fighters this week?
The band has enjoyed an unbroken run of No.1 albums in this country stretching back 15 long years. And they do it again with their ninth studio album ‘Concrete And Gold’.
Not only do the Foo Fighters claim the No.1 spot on debut, but they do so with an impressive gold sales certification, meaning Sony has managed to ship 35,000+ copies out the door.
Angus & Julia Stone have claimed the No.1 spot with their last two albums, but up against the might of the Fooies, they didn’t stand a chance. That said, a No.2 debut is still incredibly respectable.
It’s seemingly the week for certification upgrades and Ed Sheeran joins the party with his massive album ‘÷’, which achieves its fifth platinum certification, having now sold in excess of 350,000 units in Australia.
Gang Of Youths’ ‘Go Father In Lightness’ jumps from No.10 to No.4, while Anthony Callea’s ‘ARIA Number 1 Hits In Symphony’ falls from top spot to No.5.
There’s a No.8 debut for BTS’s ‘Love Yourself : 承 Her’, a massive No.46 to No.9 leap for the Neil Finn album ‘Out Of Silence’ now that the physical edition of the album comes online and a No.11 debut for the self-titled Prophets Of Rage album.
Elvis Presley’s ‘The 50 Greatest Hits’ is new at No.14, The National lose ground with ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (No.2 on debut to No.15), we’ve got a big jump from London Grammar’s ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’, which is up 49 to No.17.
Foo Fighters’ new album release results in a halo effect around their ‘Greatest Hits’ package, which re-enters the top 100 at No.18.
Madonna scores a top 20 debut with her ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ (new at No.20), while local WA favourites Tired Lion premiere right behind her with their LP ‘Dumb Days’.
The ‘Sunday Night’ story with the members of ABBA results in their ‘ABBA Gold & More’ re-entering the ARIA top 100 at No.27 (and the original ‘ABBA Gold’ re-entering at No.81).
P!nk’s ‘Greatest Hits… So Far’ is also back in the chart mix, re-entering at No.29 and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Greatest Hits’ also surges again, rocketing from No.87 to No.34.
‘The Aviary’ from Galantis enters at No.40, Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ loses 19 places post-tour and we’ve got two more top 50 debuts; from Touch Sensitive (‘Visions’ at No.48) and Caligula’s House (‘In Contact’ at No.50).
The news isn’t crash hot for Odesza’s album ‘A Moment Apart’, which spent a moment as a part of the ARIA top 50. Just one week, as it so happens. It debuted at No.13 last week but falls to No.51 in week two.
Superfruit claim the No.55 position on debut with ‘Future Friends : Part Two’ and Yusuf/Cat Stevens is in at No.59 with ‘The Laughing Apple’.
The news also isn’t great for both Kip Moore and Lana Del Rey. The former’s album ‘Slowheart’ plunges 58 places after debuting at No.6 last week, while the latter’s ‘Lust For Life’ tumbles 49 places to No.68. Zara Larsson’s ‘So Good’ is down 19 to No.73.
We’ve got a No.76 debut for Gary Numan’s ‘Savage (Songs From A Broken World)’, there’s a massive 67 place second week drop for Nothing But Thieves’ ‘Broken Machine’ (No.12 to No.79) and a 27 place drop for Nickelback’s ‘Feed The Machine’ (No.53 to No.80).
Halsey’s ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ loses 30 places (No.57 to No.87), but even bigger drops are to come; Neil Young’s ‘Hitchhiker’ plummets 66 to No.88 and LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’ is down 61 to No.92.
Vera Blue’s ‘Perennial’ also loses ground against the competition, dropping 38 to No.93.
But Catsplay suffers the biggest fall of them all, losing more than 84 places to be out of the top 100 after last week’s No.16 debut.
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