Helped along by the inclusion of superstar Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran reigns at the top of the ARIA singles chart for a second successive week with his latest single ‘Perfect’.
Will his new rendition ‘Perfect Symphony’ with Andrea Bocelli achieve similar success next week? Don’t count it out… it’s number one on iTunes as we speak.
Not only is Ed steady in the No.1 spot, the entire top five is unchanged this week; Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Post Malone and Marshmello & Khalid occupying positions two through five.
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line and Selena Gomez and Marshmello swap places with their respective singles; Bebe & FGL up to six from eight and Selena & Marshmello down from six to eight.
Slap bang in the middle of them both is NF and his single ‘Let You Down’, which achieves the week’s first certification… a shiny new gold one, for sales in excess of 35,000 units down under.
Portugal The Man is back in the top ten with ‘Feel It Still’, which improves four places to No.10.
Mariah Carey’s classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ improves again – to No.16 and also picks up its fourth platinum accreditation in doing so. That’s now sold through more than 280,000 units in Australia.
Pnau’s ‘Go Bang’ goes ‘pop’, up from No.31 to No.21, as does G-Eazy and Halsey’s ‘Him & I’ (No.37 to No.25).
Its use in a high profile TV sync campaign on Channel 7 continues to pay big dividends for Calum Scott’s new single ‘You Are The Reason’, which bullets from No.62 to No.36.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ also receives a bump this week. It’s up nine to No.37. As does Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready For It?’, though it’s up much further – 40 spots to be precise – to No.39.
P!nk’s former No.1 smash ‘What About Us’ blasts its way through the triple platinum barrier, for sales in excess of 210,000 units. It’s up one to No.42.
And Sheppard also benefit from the TV sync thing, jumping from No.61 to No.43 with their latest single ‘Coming Home’.
Outside the top 50 and the week’s highest debut belongs to Camila Cabello, whose latest track ‘Never Be The Same’ enters the countdown at No.52.
Wham’s double platinum ‘Last Christmas’ re-enters at No.55, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s ‘Something Just Like This’ improves six places and notches up a sixth platinum certification (420,000 copies) and Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ makes up some ground after last week’s losses, improving from No.85 to No.59.
Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Chateau’ is now gold accredited (No.60), Eminem and Beyoncé’s ‘Walk On Water’ is cascading (No.38 to No.64) and Morgan Evans enters the charts with his latest single ‘I Do’ at No.72.
Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Jamie Scott and Romy slide 23 places from last week’s No.58 debut for ‘So Far Away’, DJ Snake’s ‘A Different Way’ is headed south (No.65 to No.89) and Louis Tomlinson’s new single ‘Miss You’ is gone from the top 100 after debuting last week at No.66.
Right… that’s singles done and now to the albums.
And, just like the singles chart, there’s a familiar looking red head at the very top.
Yes, Ed Sheeran overtakes P!nk this week to reclaim the No.1 spot on the ARIA albums chart.
It’s the usual suspects in the top five (P!nk at No.2, Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ album at No.3, John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s Christmas album at No.4 and Taylor Swift at No.5), with a No.6 debut for the new Luke Bryan album ‘What Makes You Country’ to spice up the pre-Christmas countdown.
Elton John’s ‘Diamonds’ continues to sparkle in the lead-up to the silly season. It’s up another six places to a new peak of No.13.
Triple J’s ‘Like A Version 13’ is up eight to No.27 and Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ is up ten to No.33. Paul McCartney’s ‘Pure McCartney’ also surges this week after his Australian visit; it’s up from No.67 to No.35.
We’ve got a 20 place jump for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ (No.59 to No.39) and a 28 place jump for Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ (No.71 to No.43). There’s also a No.45 debut for the new Barbra Streisand release ‘The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!’.
But there also falls in amongst the hundred. Take Shawn Mendes’ album ‘Illuminate’, for example, which dulls a little this week, falling 23 places to No.51.
There’s a No.53 for ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack.
Hilltop Hoods take a 20 spot tumble with ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung’ (No.56 to No.76), Katy Perry’s gold certified ‘Witness’ is up from No.92 to No.80, but there are big drops for Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man : The Definitive Hits’ (down 36 to No.82) and Five Finger Death Punch’s ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ (down 53 to No.83).
Even Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ can’t escape the slump this week, down 35 places to No.86.
The last debut of the week belongs to Aled Jones and his new festive collection ‘One Voice At Christmas’ (No.88).
The Rolling Stones’ ‘On Air’ tumbles 43 to No.97.
Miguel’s ‘War & Leisure’ is out of the top 100 after just one week, dropping more than 56 places from last week’s No.44 debut.
Van Morrison’s ‘Versatile’ also plunges; more than 69 places after debuting last week at No.31.
But it’s Chris Stapleton who takes the biggest dive; his album ‘From A Room : Volume 2’ was flying high with a No.25 debut last week. It’s lost more than 75 places in its second week, however, and is now gone from the top 100 entirely.
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