Welcome to edition #453 of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s.
And while it’s not new year’s officially ’til tomorrow night, this is officially the first chart of 2018.
Who’s number one? Will Eminem have made gains? Or will old familiar faces reign?
Best you read on in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
No, no Eminem here at the top of the ARIA singles chart, where Ed Sheeran continues to shine brightly with his latest single ‘Perfect’, which both ends 2017 and begins 2018 as our No.1.
Eminem’s ‘River’, which also features Ed Sheeran, actually drops back to No.3 this week, allowing Camila Cabello’s track ‘Havana’ to improve to number two. Post Malone occupies the other top five positions with ‘Rockstar’ and ‘I Fall Apart’ respectively.
Though it’s no longer Christmas, Mariah is back in a big way, bulleting to No.6 with her festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. By improving from No.11 to No.6, the single reaches its highest point on the ARIA singles chart since its original release way back in 1994.
Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is also back in a big way this week, bulleting from No.37 to No.11 as us Aussies got into the festive spirit.
Elsewhere, as to be expected at this time of the year, it’s relatively steady.
Though there are a few notable moves, including P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’, which leaps from No.36 to No.26 and is now just one place shy of its No.25 chart peak in Australia thus far.
Sheppard hit the top 30 with ‘Coming Home’ (No.33 to No.30) and Imagine Dragons’ ‘Whatever It Takes’ bullets from No.48 to No.34.
Imagine Dragons’ previous smash ‘Believer’ re-enters the top 50, jumping from No.58 to No.44.
But Calum Scott’s new single ‘You Are The Reason’ is on the slide. Helped along in recent weeks by its use in a high profile TV sync deal, the track plunges 19 places to No.46.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ re-enters the top 50 (No.61 to No.50) and ‘Castle On The Hill’ almost joins it (No.60 to No.51).
Paul Kelly enjoys one of only two debuts for the week – and the highest – at No.54 with ‘How To Make Gravy – Rather Be Blind’.
Eminem’s ‘Walk On Water’ (with Beyoncé) drops back from No.44 to No.61 as the buzz surrounding the album’s release slowly subsides.
Kita Alexander’s ‘Hotel’ is down 13 to No.67 and the other new entry this week comes in at No.79. It’s ‘This Is Me’ from Keala Settle and ‘The Greatest Showman’ Ensemble, lifted from the soundtrack to (you guessed it) ‘The Greatest Showman’.
There are top 100 re-entries for Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ (No.91), Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ (No.93), DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ (No.96), Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘The Horses’ (No.98), Pnau’s ‘Chameleon’ (No.99) and Dean Lewis’ ‘Waves’ (No.100).
How’d Eminem go second week after debuting at No.1 last week with ‘Revival’?
Well he’s swapped places with Ed Sheeran, actually; Ed ascending from No.3 to No.1 and Eminem descending from No.1 to No.3.
P!nk, of course, is right there in the middle ground of No.2, with Michael Buble and Taylor Swift in positions four and five.
It’s ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack that really makes an impact this week, rocketing from No.77 to No.8.
Imagine Dragons’ album ‘Evolve’ also enjoys the high life, climbing from No.21 to No.15 this week as the singles all perform on the other chart.
There are also post-Christmas improvements for ‘The Very Best Of INXS’ (No.24 to No.18) and Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ (No.25 to No.19), along with Cold Chisel’s best-of (No.32 to No.24), ‘Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2’ from Paul Kelly (No.37 to No.25) and the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.1’ (No.34 to No.26).
Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ is also up (No.43 to No.32), but Elton John’s ‘Diamonds’ loses its sparkle (No.16 to No.35).
Niall Horan’s ‘Flicker’ also slides slightly this week (No.29 to No.37), as do the Human Nature Christmas album (No.15 to No.39), Guy Sebastian’s ‘Conscious’ (No.35 to No.46) and Linkin Park’s recently-released ‘One More Night Live’ (No.20 on debut to No.49).
But the best-ofs are firing… The Killers’ up from No.95 to No.58, Foo Fighters’ up from No.84 to No.60, Crowded House’s up from No.82 to No.61, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ up from No.85 to No.62… you get the general gist.
The Wiggles’ ‘Wiggly Wiggly Christmas’ takes a big tumble (No.50 to No.71), but ‘The Eminem Show’ takes a giant leap (No.100 to No.72).
G-Eazy, however, is out of there… Having debuted at a respectable No.38 last week with ‘The Beautiful & Damned’, he’s lost 45 positions and finds himself at No.83 in week two.
Seal’s ‘Standards’ also continues to falter (No.62 to No.84) and Barbra Streisand’s ‘The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!’ drops 28 to No.94.
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