It’s another Saturday afternoon and that means another edition of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s.
There’s no change at the top of the ARIA singles chart again this week, but the same can’t be said over on the albums side of the slate, with a new No.1 album, thanks to an Aussie legend.
But who IS that Aussie legend?
You’ll have to read on to find out.
British singer songwriter George Ezra makes it five from five for his smash hit ‘Shotgun’.
The track remains at the pinnacle of the ARIA singles chart for a fifth successive week, again holding out Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’ (steady at No.2) and this week Marshmello and Bastille’s ‘Happier’ (No.4 to No.3 at the expense of Dean Lewis’s ‘Be Alright’ with swaps with it).
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s ‘Promises’ swaps places with Lil Pump and Kanye West’s ‘I Love It’ (the former up from No.6 to No.5).
Dynoro scores the first certification of the week – a gold one (35,000 unit sales) – for ‘In My Mind’, despite the track slipping one place from last week’s No.7 peak.
Halsey edges from No.11 on debut to No.10 with ‘Without Me’.
The week’s highest debut belongs to Kodak Black and his single ‘Zeze’, which also features Travis Scott and Offset. It enters the countdown at a respectable No.15.
Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s ‘Falling Down’ is doing precisely what its title promises, falling down two positions to No.16, albeit with a shiny new gold accreditation to call its own.
From there, it’s an eight place jump for the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper track ‘Shallow’ (No.25 on debut to No.17). We expect this to improve more in the coming weeks as the arrival of ‘A Star Is Born’ into cinemas begins to make its presence felt.
Rita Ora also enjoys a bump for her latest track ‘Let You Love Me’, which is up nine places to No.18.
Good news for Little Mix also, with their comeback single ‘Woman Like Me’ entering the ARIA countdown at No.23. They’ll no doubt be hoping for an improvement in the track’s fortunes next Saturday.
Eminem’s ‘Venom’ is up 12 to a new peak of No.25, but Drake’s former No.1 hit ‘In My Feelings’ loses nine places to No.27 and Eminem’s ‘Killshot’ drops ten to No.34.
It looks as though Lukas Graham might not be a one hit wonder after all. They seduced Aussie audiences a couple of years back with their track ‘7 Years’. Now the band’s latest single ‘Love Someone’ becomes their second to crack the Aussie top 40, up ten to No.36.
Morgan Evans also scores the love this week with his track ‘Day Drunk’. It’s up eleven places to No.37 and becomes his first ever top 40 hit.
There’s a No.40 debut for Bad Bunny and Drake’s ‘MIA’, but a huge 24 place drop for DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance The Rapper’s ‘No Brainer’ (No.21 to No.45). Someone’s sure flicked that switch off.
Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Willy William say ‘Goodbye’ to the ARIA top 50, dropping nine places to No.51.
Charli XCX and Troye Sivan are headed in the opposite direction, however, up eight places from last week’s No.60 debut with their collaboration ‘1999’ (no doubt thanks in part to its cool music video – HERE).
Ariana’s ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ drops from No.51 to No.62, Alesso’s ‘Remedy’ is down from No.54 to No.66, but French Montana gets his ‘No Stylist’ back into the Aussie chart – and at a new peak – at No.69.
Hayden James and Boy Matthews’ run in the Aussie countdown looks to be limited; their single ‘Just Friends’ dropping 19 places to No.77 after an almost six month stay on the chart (it notches that milestone next week).
Ella Mai and Chris Brown debuted at No.66 last week with their single ‘Whatchamacallit’, but they’re down 16 places to No.82 in week two.
Avril Lavigne’s comeback single is keeping its ‘Head Above Water’, improving six places to No.84. It’s not quite back at its No.75 peak, which it scored on debut two weeks ago.
6ix9ine’s ‘Stoopid’ drops from No.63 on debut to No.91, Sheck Wes enters the countdown at No.92 with ‘Mo Bamba’ and the superstar collaboration of Gucci Mane, Bruno Mars and Kodak Black isn’t enough to guarantee a top 40 hit; ‘Wake Up In The Sky’ stalling, dropping from No.69 to No.95 having peaked at No.46.
Right… so to the albums chart where that ‘Aussie legend’ premieres at No.1 on the ARIA albums countdown.
That Aussie legend, of course, is Paul Kelly.
Staggeringly, last year’s ‘Life Is Fine’ album was Paul’s first ever No.1 album in a career dating back almost four decades. Now he’s got two in succession under his belt, with ‘Nature’ joining the No.1 club.
Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ is steady at No.2, the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack is steady at No.3.
But then we’ve got two more debuts; Hands Like Houses’ ‘Anon’ at No.4 and Morgan Evans’ ‘Things That We Drink To’ at No.5.
If that wasn’t enough for you, the repackaged anniversary edition of Powderfinger’s classic album ‘Internationalist’ re-enters the Aussie chart at No.8.
Twenty One Pilots’ album ‘Trench’ drops from last week’s No.1 debut to No.9, with the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ rounding out the top ten.
Cher’s ‘Dancing Queen’ waltzes its way out of the top ten in week three (No.4 to No.14), but there’s another trio of debuts in the teens to follow.
Quavo’s ‘Quavo Huncho’ enters at No.16, Jess Glynne’s ‘Always In Between’ is new at No.18 and Ella Mai’s self-titled album enters at No.19.
Lil Wayne’s former top ten album ‘Tha Carter V’ drops 14 places from No.11; John Butler Trio’s ‘Home’ is down 11 from No.15.
But there’s improvement from Queen’s best-of (No.37 to No.29) and also for the Tony Bennett/Diana Krall album ‘Love Is Here To Stay’ (No.39 to No.30).
A little further down, there are drops for the ‘Working Class Boy’ soundtracks from Jimmy Barnes (down 24 to No.38) and for the ‘Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again’ soundtrack (down 19 to No.40).
‘YSIV’ also suffers a big double digit fall this week for Logic (No.27 to No.49).
But Sticky Fingers gain with ‘Caress Your Soul’ (No.68 to No.48).
Trove Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ fades again, down 20 to No.60.
There’s a debut at No.66 for Kurt Vile’s ‘Bottle It In’ and a No.90 to No.67 jump for the Anne-Marie album ‘Speak Your Mind’.
But Rod Steward’s ‘Blood Red Roses’ is another album taking a tumble this week, losing another 29 places to No.73.
Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cry Pretty’ is down 19 to No.78, Tom Morello hits the top 100 with ‘The Atlas Underground’ (No.90) and it’s all over red rover for the following five albums, all of which debuted in last week’s top 50 and all of which have gone entirely from the top 100 (last week’s positions in brackets);
Last Dinosaurs’ ‘Yumeno Garden’ (No.26), Behemoth’s ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ (No.34), Cat Power’s ‘Wandered’ (No.42), Lil Baby & Gunna’s ‘Drip Harder’ (No.45) and Coheed & Cambria’s ‘The Unheavenly Creatures’ (No.49).
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.