It’s edition #450 of ARIA Chart Watch!
And this week, it’s all about the new number one single in Australia. Hints? Superstar meets superstar? Collaboration? A perfect chart topper? Have we gone too far?
That number one single we speak of is, of course, ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran which now features Beyoncé’s vocals on a newly reworked version.
The track had previously peaked at No.3, but now surpasses that easily and ascends to the No.1 spot, overtaking Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ in the process.
Our first new certification of the week comes courtesy of Marshmello and Khalid’s ‘Silence’, which blasts into double platinum territory, having sold in excess of 140,000 units in Australia.
Moving into the top ten for the first time are NF with ‘Let You Down’ (No.11 to No.7) and Bebe Rexha and Florida Goergia Line with ‘Meant To Be’ (No.26 to No.8).
Khalid might be ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ no longer, given he’s just notched up a new triple platinum certification (210,000 units) at No.9.
You know Christmas is just around the corner when Mariah Carey’s seminal classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ returns to the countdown. It re-entered the countdown last year at No.39, but goes much better this year, re-entering the top 100 at No.18.
Post Malone scores more ARIA chart love with ‘Candy Paint’, which is the week’s highest new entry at No.24.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ edges from No.32 to No.25, Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ ‘I Miss You’ bullets from No.46 to No.28 and French Montana picks up a fourth platinum accreditation (280,000 units) at No.30 with ‘Unforgettable’.
More love for local dance superstars Pnau in the wake of their ARIAs performance; new single ‘Go Bang’ up another 11 places to a new peak of No.31.
New this week is the G-Eazy and Halsey track ‘Him & I’ (No.37), but the Eminem/Beyoncé track ‘Walk On Water’ suffers another little fall, dropping from No.24 to No.38 after debuting in the No.10 spot just two weeks ago.
Peking Duk’s ‘Let You Down’ now has a golden glow, having sold through in excess of 35,000 units in Australia.
Pink’s ‘What About Us’, however, takes a tumble, losing 15 places to No.43.
Another certification, this time for Kygo’s ‘Stargazing’ EP, which is now gold (No.44).
Beyond the walls of the 50 this week, there’s a new entry at No.58 for Martin Garrix and David Guetta (featuring Jamie Scott and Romy) and their new single ‘So Far Away’.
Guy Sebastian’s ‘Bloodstone’ continues its ascendancy, improving from No.63 to a new peak of No.59.
Re-entering this week’s top 100 (and with new peaks for both tracks) are Sheppard’s ‘Coming Home’ (No.61) and Calum Scott’s ‘You Are The Reason’ (No.62).
DJ Snake and Lauv’s ‘A Different Way’ claws back some chart ground (No.79 to No.65) and Louis Tomlinson’s new single ‘Miss You’ makes it into the Australian charts at No.66.
Camelphat & Elderbrook improve by 20 on last week’s No.89 debut for ‘Cola’, but Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready For It?’ is down 21 (No.58 to No.79). ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ is also stumbling, down 25 places to No.85.
Daryl Braithwaite’s induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame last week saw his classic single ‘The Horses’ back into the top 100 at No.62. And though it does drop 32 places to No.94 this week, the little burst of sales was enough to tip the classic single over into the five times platinum realm, meaning it’s now sold more than 350,000 copies.
Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Fallin’ also picks up a new certification this week… double platinum. Though it’s down 20 places to No.98.
Falling further, however, is the BTS & Desiigner track ‘Mic Drop’, which plunges 49 places to No.99.
Though there’s change atop the Aussie singles chart this week, the same can’t be said for the albums chart, with Pink holding for a second successive week with her new smash long player ‘Beautiful Trauma’.
The rest of the top five is made up of Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift and a debut for the new U2 album ‘Songs Of Experience’ at No.5.
The deluxe edition of John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Friends For Christmas’ holds in the top ten, improving from No.8 to No.6. It also picks up a new double platinum certification for sales in excess of 140,000 units.
It dropped out of the top ten last week, but Sia’s new festive set ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ is back into it, albeit only just (No.14 to No.10).
Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ is also back in the December chart mix, re-entering the countdown at No.13 and Imagine Dragons are up with ‘Evolve’ (No.23 to No.15),
Elton John’s ‘Diamonds’ debuted at No.33 a couple of weeks back, but with Christmas on the way, copies are flying out the door and it bullets from No.68 to a new peak of No.19.
Christmas is definitely in the air; ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ up from No.66 to No.21 and Human Nature’s double platinum ‘The Christmas Album’ re-entering at No.22.
Chris Stapleton scores a No.25 debut for ‘From A Room : Volume 2’, there are bullets for Shawn Mendes (‘Illuminate’ from No.42 to No.28) and The Wiggles (‘Wiggly Wiggly Christmas’ from No.49 to No.29), along with a No.30 debut for Five Finger Death Punch’s ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ and a No.31 debut for Van Morrison’s ‘Versatile’.
Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ is down 16 to No.33, Foo Fighters’ ‘Concrete And Gold’ is up 13 to No.37 and there’s a No.44 debut for the new Miguel album ‘War & Leisure’.
With his ‘Diamonds’ sparkling higher up the countdown, Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man : The Definitive Hits’ also finds some time in the sunshine, improving from No.80 to No.46.
The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ jumps from NO.81 to No.49, but Seal’s ‘Standards’ doesn’t look like it’ll spend Christmas inside the top 100 at the rate it’s going, losing 20 places to No.32.
The Rolling Stones see ‘On Air’ premiere at No.54, Hilltop Hoods are back into the top 100 at No.56 with ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung’ and there’s a 22 place drop (No.35 to No.57) for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Greatest Hits’.
Poor Little Mix, however. Their fandom clearly rushed out to buy the new deluxe repackage of their album ‘Glory Days’ last week, sending it soaring back into the top 20 (No.11 on re-entry). Seems like the fans were the only ones who wanted it, however; it’s down 49 places to No.60.
Paul Kelly’s ‘Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2’ is down 25 (No.36 to No.61), Green Day’s ‘Gods Favourite Band’ is down 24, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ slides 23 and Amy Shark’s ‘Night Thinker’ EP drops 24 to No.70 after her ARIAs triumphs.
In amongst a slew of re-entries, there are new entries for Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real’s ‘The Visitor’ (No.85) and for the ‘Trolls Holiday’ soundtrack (No.97).
Top 50 debuts last week for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (No.18), Björk (No.22) and Hopsin (No.37) have all vacated the top 100 entirely.
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