Edition #460 of ARIA Chart Watch has ticked around and it’s steady all stations in the number one spots.
But there’s plenty of action elsewhere on the singles and albums charts, so let’s crack on and scratch beneath the veneer.
As mentioned in the opener, it’s steady as she goes at the top of the ARIA singles chart again this week, with a third week at No.1 for Drake’s single ‘God’s Plan’. Its standing ought to be solidified in the next seven days after the debut of the track’s music video.
But the superstar pairing of Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen is paying off; ‘These Days’ improving from No.4 to another new peak of No.2.
Kendrick Lamar and SZA do as they have done in the UK overnight and bulleted into the top ten here in Australia, jumping from No.19 to No.5 with ‘All The Stars’.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ finally starts to lose its lustre (No.2 to No.6), but Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ makes its move into the ARIA top ten, improving two positions to No.9.
Pnau’s ‘Go Bang’ explodes into certification territory with a its first accreditation… a platinum one, meaning that the track has shifted in excess of 70,000 units.
Bazzi’s ‘Mine’, meantime, continues its ascent on the domestic countdown, jumping from No.33 to No.17.
It’s just ahead of another big jump for the Liam Payne/Rita Ora single ‘For You’, from the ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ soundtrack. It was up 19 places from No.64 to No.45 last week and improves another 27 places this week to No.18.
Zedd & Grey’s ‘The Middle’ is also on the move after entering the ARIA top 50 last week. In its third week of Aussie chart action, the track jumps 23 positions to No.27.
The week’s highest new entry belongs to ‘Friends’, the new collaboration between Marshmello and Anne Marie; the track premiering in the No.32 position. Migos’ ‘Stir Fry’ enters the ARIA top 100 eight places below.
It’s been bouncing around the lower reaches of the ARIA top 100 for a couple of weeks now, but there’s still seemingly life left in Calum Scott’s single ‘You Are The Reason’, which bullets from No.100 to No.49, no doubt thanks in part to the addition of Leona Lewis on a new version.
Taylor Swift loses her grip on a top 50 position with her latest single ‘End Game’ (No.47 to No.55), despite featuring vocal appearances by two of the hottest artists in the world right now in Future and Ed Sheeran.
Justin Timberlake’s ‘Filthy’ is also gone from the ARIA top 50 (No.44 to No.59), while Ofenbach and Nick Waterhouse’s ‘Katchi’ is headed in the other direction, up 16 from last week’s debut to No.62.
In position 64 this week, French Montana scores a fifth platinum certification for ‘Unforgettable’ (350,000 units sold domestically). Cashmere Cat’s ‘Miss You’ is up five to a new peak of No.65 and Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake’s ‘King’s Dead’ enters the top 100 at No.66.
Sydney outfit Glades are up from a No.84 debut to No.68 with their new single ‘Do Right’, but Kylie’s down eight with ‘Dancing’ (No.64 to No.72).
Kesha’s version of ‘This Is Me’ (from ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack) improves from No.83 to a new peak of No.74, Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me’ eases 15 to No.77 and Jason Derulo’s new single ‘Tip Toe’ sneaks an 18 place rise to No.81 (a new ARIA chart peak).
Gang Of Youths score a gold certification for ‘Let Me Down Easy’ (No.83); ditto Migos’ ‘Motorsport’ (down 15 to No.95, but also now gold).
Missy Higgins’ new single ‘Futon Couch’ takes up its first position on the ARIA top 100 at No.100 on debut.
Over on the ARIA albums chart, there’s no slowing down the dominance of the soundtrack of ‘The Greatest Showman’, which maintains its No.1 heading.
Justin Timberlake’s album ‘Man Of The Woods’ is already gone from the No.2 spot – and the top five, as it happens.
It’s replaced at No.2 this week with the soundtrack to ‘Black Panther’.
Ed Sheeran maintains his No.3 spot, but he’s followed by three successive debuts; the ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ soundtrack (No.4), The Wombats’ ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ (No.5) and Hockey Dad’s ‘Blend Inn’ (No.6).
Gang Of Youths’ single ‘Let Me Down Easy’ scored a gold accreditation this week (see above in the singles section), but their album ‘Go Father In Lightness’ does the same, celebrating its six month anniversary on the ARIA albums chart by surpassing the 35,000 sales mark.
New at No.16 this week is Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont’s imaginatively titled LP ‘Adam & Brooke’.
Khalid’s ‘American Teen’ is another album scoring its first certification this week. It’s got a gold one against its name now at No.24.
Franz Ferdinand are ‘Always Ascending’ in the No.28 spot on debut. MGMT enter the top 100 at No.31 with ‘Little Dark Age’. And Celtic Woman’s ‘Voices Of Angels’ improves from No.57 to No.34 (a new peak).
He might be on our TV screens most nights at the moment as part of the cast of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’, but that hasn’t stopped Shannon Noll’s latest album ‘Unbroken’ from suffering quite the second week sales slump. After debuting well at No.7 last week, the LP is down 40 positions in week two.
DZ Deathrays’ new album ‘Bloody Lovely’ falls further, however. Down 46 places from last week’s No.4 debut.
Beyond the top 50 this week, there’s a re-entry at No.52 for Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’. No wonder really, given the band was in Australia the previous week for shows across the East Coast.
‘The Eminem Show’ leaps from No.86 to No.60, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ is down 14 to No.63 and the ‘Molly’ soundtrack rebounds from No.90 to No.67 after dropping from No.40 to No.90 last week.
Losing its sparkle this week is Elton John’s ‘Diamonds’ – down 20 to No.68 – but losing even more is Machine Head’s ‘Catharsis’, which slumps 36 places to No.71. The Eagles’ ‘Very Best Of’ is also down markedly… 37 places to be precise (to No.81).
First Aid Kit’s ‘Ruins’ also takes another tumble. It’s down 34 places to No.87 this week.
The Jungle Giants lose 25 with ‘Quiet Ferocity’ (No.67 to No.92), Niall Horan’s ‘Flicker’ is down 35 (No.60 to No.95) and Indonesian artist Rich Brian? Well his ‘Amen’ plunges more than 73 places from last week’s No.27 debut and is no longer within the ARIA top 100.
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