ARIA Chart Watch is back on your Saturday night, with our weekly in-depth look at the ARIA top 100 singles and albums charts.
Eminem dropped a surprise new album last Friday and everything looked on track for the rap superstar to claim another No.1 album down under? But could Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ spoil Marshall’s party? Or was Tash Sultana this week’s dark horse?
Read on to find out.
First things first, however, and the Dean Lewis show rolls on atop the ARIA singles chart.
Our all-conquering Aussie enjoying his fourth week from the top of the Aussie top 100 countdown and doing so this week with a fresh new double platinum certification, meaning that ‘Be Alright’ has now sold in excess of 140,000 units.
There’s no changing the guard at No.2, with Benny Blanco holding steady with ‘Eastside’. But George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ has momentum behind it and is now charging towards the top of the ARIA singles chart.
In its eighth week in, the track jumps three more places to No.3 and now sports a platinum accreditation for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
As mentioned in the opener, the Eminem show rolled into town last week; a new album called ‘Kamikaze’ parachuted its way to digital service providers across the planet and had an immediate impact, rocketing to No.1 on most digital charts.
Two of the tracks from it – ‘Lucky You (featuring Joyner Lucas) and ‘The Ringer’ – make the greatest impact down under this week, debuting in positions four and five respectively.
Though it slips three places this week, the DJ Khaled/Justin Bieber collaboration ‘No Brainer’ hits platinum sales (No.10).
And while the new Calvin Harris and Sam Smith track ‘Promises’ cracked No.1 in the UK overnight, it edges slightly higher here, up from No.14 to No.12.
More new Eminem entries; ‘Kamikaze’ new at No.13 and ‘Greatest’ into the countdown at two places behind.
There’s a new gold certification (35,000 unit sales) for Travis Scott and Drake’s ‘Sicko Mode’ (No.13 to No.17) and another jump for Marshmello and Bastille’s ‘Happier’ (No.25 to No.19).
The certifications keep coming this week; a platinum gong for Martin Garrix and Khalid’s ‘Ocean’.
As do the Eminem debuts… ‘Fall’ entering at No.22 and ‘Not Alike’ following at No.23.
Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’ drops nine (No.17 to No.26), Dennis Lloyd’s ‘Nevermind’ is down 11 (No.16 to No.27), while the Kygo/Imagine Dragons track ‘Born To Be Yours’ adds its name to the list of new accreditations this week… it’s now platinum at No.28 (down eight).
Eminem’s back in positions 33 and 34 (debuts for ‘Normal’ and ‘Stepping Stone’ respectively) and also in position 37 (a debut for ‘Venom’).
Anne-Marie’s ‘2002’ tumbles 12 to No.38 and the Clean Bandit/Demi Lovato track ‘Solo’ is down 13 to No.41.
There’s more Eminem debuting in positions 46 (‘Good Guy’ featuring Jessie Reyez) and 48 (‘Nice Guy’ featuring Jessie Reyez), while the Noah Kahan and Julia Michaels single ‘Hurt Somebody’, which is a former top 20 hit, spends its 29th week of ARIA chart action in position 49 and with a new double platinum certification to call its own.
Beyond the top 50, without Eminem in the picture this week, Lithuanian producer Dynoro would’ve had a top 50 hit on his hands. With Eminem in the picture, however, his latest single ‘In My Mind’ has to settle for a No.53 debut.
Hayden James and Boy Matthews’ ‘Just Friends’ is gone from the top 50, losing 11 places to No.55.
Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ is down 12 to No.57. And Selena Gomez’s ‘Back To You’ is down 20 to No.59.
Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ loses 17 (No.46 to No.63), Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’ loses 15 spaces (No.49 to No.64) and after jumping from No.80 to No.55 last week, Dean Lewis’s ‘Waves’ eases again, down to No.72.
Alesso scores the love with ‘Remedy’ (No.81 on debut), but the love for Travis Scott’s ‘Stargazing’ is just about done; it loses 26 places to No.83.
Troye Sivan’s ‘My My My’ and ‘Dance To This’ (with Ariana Grande) are back into the top 100 as his new album ‘Bloom’ impacts. They re-enter in positions 85 and 87 respectively.
But Amy Shark’s ‘All Loved Up’ loses 18 places from last week’s No.72 peak.
Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande’s ‘Bed’ has been tucked in, losing 23 to No.91. Though it does pick up a gold accreditation during its slide.
Vance Joy’s nine times platinum ‘Riptide’ re-emerges in the ARIA chart at No.97.
But the BTS track ‘Idol’ only spent a short time in the ARIA top 50. It debuted at No.35 last week, but is down a huge 63 places to No.98 this week.
The Weeknd’s ‘Call Out My Name’ popped its head back into the ARIA top 100 at No.99 last week. One week on, it’s gone again, but it waves goodbye armed with a new double platinum certification to its credit.
Precisely half of this week’s top ten albums chart is made up of new entries.
Some of them are home-grown favourites. But who’s taken the No.1 spoils?
Naturally that would be Eminem, whose new album ‘Kamikaze’ took music lovers by surprise last Friday.
It subsequently shot to the top of digital charts the world over and has conquered the official charts one week on.
It’s Eminem’s eighth successive No.1 studio album in Australia, a run that dates back to his 2000 album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’.
Sony stable star Tash Sultana takes the runner up spoils this week with her debut long player ‘Flow State’.
And right in behind her is fellow homegrown star Troye Sivan and his sophomore album ‘Bloom’. Its No.3 debut easily eclipses the No.6 peak of his debut long player ‘Blue Neighbourhood’.
From there, it’s Ariana, Drake and Ed before UK troubadour Passenger scores a top ten placing; a No.7 debut for ‘Runaway’.
The final top ten debut this week comes at No.10 – and it’s courtesy of US boyband Why Don’t We. The local chart performance of their EP ‘8 Letters’ was no doubt bolstered greatly by having the boys on ground down under for a promotional visit during release week.
Into the teens and there are a couple of sizeable drops from the top ten; Human Nature’s ‘Romance Of The Jukebox’ losing 12 places to No.16 and last week’s No.1 (‘Misery’) from The Amith Affliction dropping to No.17.
Vance Joy’s ‘Nation Of Two’ improves (No.35 to No.19) just as his national tour kicks off later tonight. Not only that, but the album also scores its first certification… a gold one for sales in excess of 35,000 copies.
The Wiggles score some chart love with ‘Wiggle Pop!’, which debuts at No.24.
But the BTS album ‘Love Yourself : Answer’ takes a dive, losing 17 places to No.26.
What with the new album shining so brightly at No.1 this week, ‘Curtain Call : The Hits’ from Eminem leaps from No.39 to No.27.
And with tickets to his Aussie concerts now on sale, Phil Collins’ ‘The Singles’ jumps nine to No.31.
Keith Urban scores some more accreditation love this week. His latest long player ‘Graffiti U’ hits gold, though loses nine places to No.34.
As we revealed in The Purge this morning, the Taylor Swift album ‘Reputation’ has finally hit double platinum sales in Australia, popping through 140,000 copies just a month before her tour hits our shores.
Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ leaps from No.73 to No.41, The Kooks premiere at No.43 with ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’, but the Celine Dion best-of ‘The Best So Far’ loses 17 places to No.44.
Just scraping into the top half of the 100 this week is Alice Cooper’s ‘A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris’ (No.49 on debut).
Speaking of Alices… Alice In Chains scored a No.15 debut with their latest album ‘Rainier Fog’ last week. This week, however, it’s all over red rover, plunging 37 places to No.52.
Aled Jones’ album ‘One Voice : Believe’ also slides (No.34 to No.57), as does Dean Lewis’s ‘Same Kind Of Different’ (No.36 to No.61).
Eminem’s ‘Revival’ is back (No.69), Florence & The Machine’s ‘High As Hope’ is down 28 to No.87 and Trippie Redd’s album ‘Life’s A Trip’ continues its slide, losing another 25 places to No.90.
Not great news for two top 30 debuts last week, who’ve lost their grips on a top 100 berth; Interpol’s ‘Marauder’, which debuted at No.26 and the Neil and Liam Finn album ‘Lightsleeper’, which loses more than 79 places after debuting last week at No.21.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEST.