While the No.1 album may be blissfully unchanged on this week’s ARIA Chart Watch, the same can’t be said for the No.1 single.
Yes Australia, we have a new number one on the ARIA singles chart. Who could it be now?
Read on to find out.
After three successive weeks at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart, the dynamic coupling of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper has now been prised from the throne, ‘Shallow’ displaced as Australia’s No.1 single this week by the new Ariana Grande single ‘Thank U, Next’, which rises one position from last week’s No.2 debut.
Halsey and George Ezra do a swap in positions three and four (Halsey up to No.3), while the Marshmello/Bastille single ‘Happier’ remains unmoved at No.5.
The week’s first certification comes courtesy of our No.7 single, Benny Blanco’s track ‘Eastside’. Featuring Halsey and Khalid, the track is now three times platinum, meaning it’s sold in excess of 210,000 units in Australia.
Also scoring a new gong this week is the Dean Lewis single ‘Be Alright’. The former No.1 hit is steady at No.8 and has just blasted through a fourth platinum accreditation, meaning it’s sold in excess of 280,000 units.
The new Rita Ora single ‘Let You Love Me’ continues its ascent, gaining a further three places to a new peak of No.14.
But Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is really charging, thanks to the movie that takes its name doing so well at the Australian box office. It’s up another eight positions to No.18.
The Charli XCX/Troye Sivan number ‘1999’ makes more gains (No.28 to No.23), as does Ava Max’s ‘Sweet But Psycho’ (No.33 to No.28).
XXXTentacion has the week’s highest debut at No.31 (‘Bad’), but the new Imagine Dragons track ‘Bad Liar’ isn’t too far behind, entering the countdown at No.35.
There’s a new triple platinum certification for Post Malone’s ‘Better Now’ (No.36), a No.49 to No.38 jump for Ariana Grande’s ‘Breathin’ and a No.51 to No.39 leap for Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.
Queen’s ‘Somebody To Love’ also improves this week, gaining 13 places to hit the top 50 (at No.50).
Right behind Queens and just missing out on a top 50 berth is the new Zara Larsson single ‘Ruin My Life’. That’s up an impressive 20 places to a new peak of No.51.
Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ follows swiftly behind (No.65 to No.52), as do their ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (No.78 to another new peak of No.58) and ‘Under Pressure’ with David Bowie (No.85 to No.60).
Squidged right in between the latter is the Imagine Dragons track ‘Natural’ (No.89 to No.59).
The news isn’t so grand, however, for the Bazzi track ‘Beautiful’, which slumps 20 places from No.44 to No.64.
Similarly, Tiesto’s ‘Jackie Chan’ is also down substantially (No.53 to No.67), though it is now platinum certified (70,000 units), so swings and roundabouts…
Queen’s classic ‘We Will Rock You’ bullets 17 to No.69, Eminem’s ‘Venom’ continues to lose its bite (No.60 to No.76) and Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ improves 15 to No.78.
There’s a No.81 re-entry (and a new peak) for the Kygo / Sandro Cavazza single ‘Happy Now’ and a No.85 debut for Queen’s amazing ‘Killer Queen’.
Drake hits five times platinum (350,000 units sales) with ‘God’s Plan’ at No.87 and there are debuts in positions 96 and 97 respectively for Guy Sebastian’s ‘Before I Go’ and the Ellie Goulding/Diplo/Swae Lee track ‘Close To Me’.
‘Maybe It’s Time’ for Bradley Cooper’s former top 60 chart hit to disappear from the top 100. It certainly looks as though it’s on track to do so next week, losing 24 positions to No.98.
Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ loses its grip on a top 100 berth (having been at No.100 last week), but it bids the ARIA chart goodbye with a fresh new triple platinum accreditation.
While there’s no change atop the ARIA albums chart this week, there’s certainly a change to its status.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper lost their grip on the No.1 position over on the ARIA singles chart, but here on the albums side of things, they solidify their position at No.1 and score a fresh new gold sales certification to boot. This means the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack has now sold in excess of 35,000 units in its six week run.
No change to the top three this week, with the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ soundtrack holding at No.2 and Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ stationary at No.3.
But we do have back to back debuts to spice up the top five; Imagine Dragons’ new long player ‘Origins’ at No.4 and the Midnight Oil live album ‘Armistice Day’ at No.5.
Though Queen’s ‘The Platinum Collection’ is at No.6, the rest of the top ten gets a big shake-up. Muse’s ‘Simulation Theory’ debuts at No.7, Architects’ ‘Holy Hell’ debuts at No.8, Ziggy Alberts’ ‘Laps Around The Sun’ debuts at No.9 and the new repackage of The Beatles’ ‘The Beatles’ results in a re-entry at No.10.
His singles score the accreditation love last week, and now Eminem’s album ‘Kamikaze’ follows suit, hitting a gold certification (No.12).
Lil Peep’s ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.2’ is new at No.15, but Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Si’ loses seven to No.16.
Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ is another album scoring a long overdue certification this week (a gold one) at No.19).
Barbra Streisand’s ‘Walls’ comes crumbling down (No.7 on debut to No.21), but there are improvements from the 30s to the 20s for the latest albums for the ‘Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again’ soundtrack, Billie Eilish and David Campbell.
Matt Corby’s ‘Rainbow Valley’, sadly, is headed in the opposite direction, down from a No.4 debut to No.26.
XXXTentacion’s ‘?’ is now gold at No.27, Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas rockets into the top 50 (No.78 to No.30) and there are debuts for Kane Brown’s ‘Experiment’ (No.33) and Trippie Redd’s ‘A Love Letter To You 3’ (No.36).
Sam Smith re-enters the top 50 with ‘The Thrill Of It All’ thanks to his national tour (No.58 to No.39), but Disturbed’s ‘Evolution’ slides ten to No.40.
‘Triple J Like A Version 14’ is down 18 to No.42 and Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ loses 17 to No.44.
No need to be ‘Blue’, Jonas Blue… your album has premiered in the top 50 (albeit just… No.50).
Beyond the 50, there’s a No.59 debut for Psycroptic’s ‘As The Kingdom Drowns’, a huge 37 drop for Bob Dylan’s ‘More Blood, More Tracks : The Bootleg Series Vol.14’ and a 27 place fall for Joji’s ‘Ballads 1’ (No.43 to No.70).
Chillinit’s ‘Women Weed And Wordplay’ isn’t immune from the big falls (No.54 to No.81), nor is The Prodigy’s ‘No Tourists’ (plunging from No.19 to No.90).
Spare a thought for those King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard vinyls, however. Last week’s release had all five shining in the top 15. All are now gone from the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.