We’re back on your Saturday evening with edition #457 of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s.
Who’s number one? Who’s bulleted? Who’s slumped? And, of course, where did Kylie debut?
We’ll answer all of those questions and more in the scintillating paragraphs below.
Ed Sheeran maintains his ‘Perfect’ record in 2018 by holding in the ARIA No.1 position with his latest global smash.
But it appears he could be in for a bit of a challenge in the coming weeks as Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line come charging back into the equation with their single ‘Meant To Be’.
That track has been part of the ARIA singles chart picture now for 14 weeks, but it’s up to a new peak of No.2 this week, two places higher than its previous best.
The big news this week, however, was the return of Drake, whose latest single ‘God’s Plan’ shakes up the ARIA top ten by premiering at No.5.
The new Camila Cabello single ‘Never Be The Same’ is on track to join its predecessor in next week’s ARIA top ten, having bulleted from No.17 to No.12 on this week’s countdown.
G-Eazy and Halsey score the week’s first certification – a platinum one (sales in excess of 70,000 units) for their former top ten smash ‘Him & I’.
Rudimental are back in ARIA chart contention this week, with a little help from Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen and their collaborative single ‘These Days’. The track, which debuts at No.18, becomes their seventh top 20 hit in Australia.
As mentioned yesterday, Brisbane’s Sheppard are celebrating the gold sales success (35,000 units) of their latest single ‘Coming Home’, which maintains its No.22 position.
Dua Lipa is flying high with her new single ‘IDGAF’. The track premiered at No.53 on last week’s countdown and has been quick to make an impact, bulleting 30 places to No.23.
The new Troye Sivan single suffers a second week setback, losing 13 places from last week’s No.14 debut.
A little further down, The Chainsmokers score a No.42 debut for their latest track ‘Sick Boy’ and Kylie Minogue is back into the ARIA top 50 with her single ‘Dancing’ (a No.46 debut, which bizarrely matches the debut position for ‘Into The Blue’, the lead single from her last originals album ‘Kiss Me Once’).
Keith Urban follows Kylie into the countdown with a No.47 debut for his new single ‘Parallel Line’.
SZA scores a new gold accreditation for her single ‘The Weekend’ (No.51), Drake’s ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ premieres at No.54 and there’s a 12 place fall for Macklemore and Skylar Grey’s ‘Glorious’ (No.43 to No.55).
Kygo’s ‘Stargazing’ EP is now platinum (No.56), Hayden James and Graace’s ‘Numb’ climbs ever higher (No.62 to No.59), but P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ is down 13 to No.60.
There’s a big 17 place fall to No.62 for Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me’ this week. It’s now piggybacking his new single ‘We’re Going Home’, which sits one place higher.
The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ is down 17 to No.75, Lil Pump’s ‘Gucci Gang’ loses 15 places to No.76 and Big Shaq’s ‘Man’s Not Hot’ is also down 15 (to No.79).
We have debuts for both Cashmere Cat (‘Miss You’ featuring Major Lazer and Tory Lanez) and Kesha (‘This Is Me’) in positions 91 and 93 respectively.
The Cranberries’ ‘Linger’ didn’t. It’s out of the top 100 after re-entering last week at No.59 following the sudden death of the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Riordan.
No change here at the top of the ARIA albums chart either, with ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack holding court for another week.
Ed Sheeran’s steady at No.2, while the No.3 position this week belongs to a new entry from Fall Out Boy.
This releasing their albums at the top of the year thing really pays dividends for them; new album ‘M A N I A’ matching the No.3 debut of their 2015 album ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’.
Sam Smith’s promotional visit has done wonders for sales of his album ‘The Thrill Of It All’, which bullets six places to No.4.
Foo Fighters’ visit to Australia for their national tour means that their best-of is also flying high. It’s up 19 places to No.11 this week, four places higher than the album they’re touring ‘Concrete And Gold’.
First Aid Kit get their new LP ‘Ruins’ into the ARIA top 20 with a No.13 debut.
More new entries this week come courtesy of Missy Lancaster (‘Piece Of Me’ at No.26), Of Mice & Men (‘Defy’ at No.29) and Black Label Society (‘Grimmest Hits’ at No.30).
Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ improves from No.46 to No.38. But the original cast recording of ‘Muriel’s Wedding : The Musical’ takes a second week tumble, down 24 from last week’s No.17 debut.
Albums from The Weeknd and Dua Lipa are back in the top 50 mix. Drake’s ‘More Life’ almost joined them there (No.70 to No.51), as did AC/DC’s ‘Live’ (No.68 to No.52).
K21 chose ‘Any Given Day’ to get a No.58 debut down under.
There’s a huge fall for the Harry Styles album. Ir’s down a huge 37 places on last week. The Cranberries’ ‘Gold’ also plunges (No.40 to No.78).
The biggest fall within the top 100, however, belongs to Tonight Alive, whose new album ‘Underworld’ plummets 74 places, from a No.11 debut last week to No.85 this week.
‘Good News’ for Rend Collective, whose new album premieres at No.97.
Not such good news, however, for Black Veil Brides, Joe Satriani, Tiny Little Houses and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, whose albums all disappear from the top 100 having debuted last week in positions 13, 20, 39 and 45 respectively.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE (now with a fresh new look, with fresh new features) every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.