ARIA Chart Watch is here again for your Saturday evening’s reading pleasure!
As always, we’ll bring you the new entries, the big movers, the new certifications and much more in our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100 singles and albums charts.
So let’s kick it off (as we always do) with a look at the top 100 singles.
It’s week three atop the Australian singles chart for British singer songwriter George Ezra and his single ‘Shotgun’.
Not only does the single remain wedged atop the Aussie countdown (with no movement to the other top four entries behind it), it also picks up a new double platinum certification, for sales in excess of 140,000 units.
But it’s not just George scoring the certification cream this week; Benny Blanco also hits double platinum for his single ‘Eastside’ (with Halsey and Khalid) at No.2 and Dean Lewis bags a fresh new triple platinum accreditation for his former No.1 smash ‘Be Alright’ (that’s 210,000 copies sold) at No.3.
The Marshmello/Bastille collaboration ‘Happier’ edges into the top five (No.6 to No.5) at the expense of the Calvin Harris/Sam Smith collaboration ‘Promises’ (No.5 to No.6). Though the latter does achieve a new platinum accreditation this week (70,000 copies sold), so swings and roundabouts…
After falling from No.7 to No.9 last week, Jonas Blue’s ‘Rise’ is back in favour and back from No.9 to No.7.
Khalid’s ‘Better’ is hot on its heels, however, improving from No.12 to a new peak of No.8.
Loud Luxury join the top ten party with their single ‘Body’ (No.14 to No.10), while Dynoro’s ‘In My Mind’ is up five to No.13.
Also shifting higher this week – and with designs on a position within the ARIA top 20 – are Silk City and Dua Lipa’s ‘Electricity’ (No.26 to No.22) and The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini’s ‘This Feeling’ (No.49 on debut to No.23).
The week’s highest debuts just miss the top 40.
DJ Snake’s ‘Taki Taki’ (with Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B) enters the ARIA countdown at No.41, while Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mona Lisa’ premieres right below at No.42.
Alesso finally creeps into the ARIA top 50; ‘Remedy’ spending its fifth week on the local countdown up from No.51 to No.49.
Lil Wayne scores another top 50 debut – albeit just – with ‘Don’t Cry’ at No.50.
Outside the top 50 this week, there’s a No.64 to No.54 jump for the Morgan Evans single ‘Day Drunk’, as well as a No.72 to No.57 improvement for the new Lukas Graham single ‘Love Someone’.
But the Gucci Mane/Bruno Mars/Kodak Black single ‘Wake Up In The Sky’ tumbles 13 from last week’s No.46 debut.
Lauv’s back with another chart hopeful (‘There’s No Way’; new at No.61), while the Shawn Mendes track ‘Lost In Japan’ has some wind in its sails again thanks to the new Zedd remix. It’s back into the ARIA top 100 at No.69.
Drake’s ‘Nonstop’ is down ten (No.60 to No.70), Lil Wayne’s ‘Let It Fly’ is new at No.71 and Eminem’s ‘The Ringer’ has run for the final time in the top 50, dropping from No.48 to No.76.
Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ also dives this week, losing 26 places to No.78.
The news isn’t so good for Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Rap Devil’, meantime. It peaked a couple of weeks back at No.45, but is now on the way out – and how. This week it loses 32 places and is now at No.89.
Lil Wayne’s ‘Dedicate’ is new at No.91, his ‘What About Me’ enters at No.95 and ‘Uproar’ enters at No.100.
Over on the albums chart this week and there are five new entries in the ARIA top ten.
But it’s the John Butler Trio who find their ‘Home’ at No.1 this week; it’s their first album to make number one in eight years, after their previous long player (2014’s ‘Flesh & Blood’) peaked at No.2. ‘Home’ is also the band’s fourth number one album.
She might have missed the No.1 spot on debut, but Cher will no doubt be happy with a No.2 premiere for her ABBA covers set ‘Dancing Queen’ which, staggeringly, is her second highest Australian albums chart position ever (1989’s ‘Heart Of Stone’ made it to No.1).
With all this fierce competition, The Living End find themselves in the No.3 position on debut with their latest long player ‘Wunderbar’.
Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ parachutes from No.1 to No.4 as a result of the new entries, while the repackage of Cold Chisel’s best-of does the trick, sending that release soaring from No.46 to No.5.
Right behind Cold Chisel is a No.6 debut for Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’; Logic the other entry to the ARIA top ten this week with ‘YSIV’ (No.8).
The Australian television premiere of Jimmy Barnes’ ‘Working Class Boy’ on Monday night sends its soundtrack soaring from No.68 to No.11. Its rise might also have something to do with Jimmy’s appearance as the pre-game entertainment at last weekend’s AFL Grand Final.
And in its 23rd week of Aussie chart action, the Post Malone album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ scores its first accreditation. It’s now platinum at No.13.
It’s not quite the No.1 debut it achieved in the UK overnight, but Rod Stewart’s ‘Blood Red Roses’ enters the Aussie countdown at No.15.
Heading down under for the local leg of her ‘Reputation’ world tour shortly, Taylor Swift’s album after which the tour is named is up from No.22 to No.16.
Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cry Pretty’ also rebounds slightly after last weekend’s appearance at the Deni Ute Muster (No.26 to No.20).
But there’s a big 17 place drop for Brockhampton’s ‘Iridescence’ (No.6 on debut to No.23); drops also for Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’ (No.17 to No.26) and David Guetta’s ‘7’ (No.15 to No.27).
Luke Combs’ album ‘This One’s For You’ is on the up (No.39 to No.29), 6lack’s ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ falls 13 to No.32 and Aled Jones’ ‘One Voice : Believe’ is up from No.50 to No.33.
Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ is wilting (No.25 to No.37), but nowhere near as much as Slash’s ‘Living The Dream’. It was living the dream last week (premiering at No.4), but it finds itself a huge 38 places lower in week two.
After their performance at the NRL Grand Final last Sunday, Gang Of Youths rocket from No.69 to No.43 with ‘Go Farther In Lightness’.
P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ is down from No.27 to No.45, ABBA’s ‘ABBA Gold & More’ is up from No.71 to No.47, but Tash Sultana’s ‘Flow State’ loses 18 places to No.50.
Outside this week’s top 50, the Mac Miller album ‘Swimming’ plunges from No.34 to No.52.
But ‘ABBA Gold’ is up from No.78 to No.56.
There’s a debut for ‘Infinite Games’ from Black Queen at No.60 and a 19 place drop for Vance Joy’s ‘Dream Your Life Away’ (No.42 to No.61).
New entries in the 60s? Sigala’s ‘Brighter Days’ (No.63), Beartooth’s ‘Disease’ (No.66) and Elevation Worship’s ‘Hallelujah Here Below’ (No.69).
Only Eves Karydas’ album ‘Summerskin’ makes it into the countdown on debut in the 70s (No.75). But Jimmy Barnes’ ‘Hits’ and Cher’s ‘Greatest Hits 1965 – 1992’ make their re-entries (No.77 and No.78 respectively).
Tom Petty misses the 70s with ‘An American Treasure’, but premieres at No.80.
Not brilliant news for Thundamentals, however, whose album ‘I Love Songs’ plummets from its No.9 debut to 84 in week two. Yes, that a massive 75 place drop in one week. Yikes!
Human Nature’s 22 place slide for ‘Romance Of The Jukebox’ (No.66 to No.88) pales in comparison.
The Amity Affliction’s ‘Misery’ is compounded by another 29 place drop (No.65 to No.94).
But Josh Groban… poor Josh Groban. He needs an Aussie promo visit stat. His new album ‘Bridges’ will need some serious rebuilding from here, plunging 83 places from last week’s No.14 debut.
Spare a thought for the other albums disappearing from the top 100 after debuting in last week’s top 50; The Paper Kites’ ‘On The Corner Where You Live’ down more than 52 places, Prince’s ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ down more than 67 places and the self-titled set from Dead Letter Circus down more than 90 positions after last week’s No.10 debut.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEST.
AND just a quick reminder that ARIA Chart Watch will shift to 5pm AEDT as of next Saturday. The clocks head forward one hour overnight tonight as daylight savings kicks in.