It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at ARIA Chart Watch, but who’s got the best-selling Christmas album?
Who’s number one on both countdowns? Are there new entries? New certifications? Big jumps and big falls?
We’ll answer all of those questions below in edition #503 of ARIA Chart Watch!
No surprises really to see Ariana Grande still shining brightly in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart this week. Her track ‘Thank U, Next’ maintains its position for a fifth successive week, ahead of an entirely steady top four of Halsey, George Ezra and Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper.
But Ava Max has come to play in the top five. Her hit single ‘Sweet But Psycho’ is now top five down under, edging three places higher to No.5.
After a surprisingly low debut of No.17 last weekend, the new Mark Ronson/Miley Cyrus single ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ gathers steam, jumping nine places to No.8.
Loud Luxury’s ‘Body’ hits double platinum (140,000 units sales down) at No.11 and Dynoro’s ‘In My Mind’ hits platinum (70,000 units sales) at No.18.
Good news too for Lukas Graham this week. The band’s latest single ‘Love Someone’ fell back four positions last week and looked like its time in the chart sunshine might have been over. But it’s gained this week, up six positions, and is now at No.20.
The Maroon 5/Cardi B single ‘Girls Like You’ still isn’t budging either. It’s up six places to No.21 and has just kicked over into four times platinum territory (that means 280,000 sales to you and us).
Panic At The Disco’s ‘High Hopes’ is up again (No.37 to No.24), Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Leave Me Lonely’ is up 12 to a new peak of No.26.
Though it overtook the mantle of being the most streamed song of the 20th century throughout the week, Queen’s classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is down four places to No.27.
There are jumps for Meek Mill’s ‘Going Bad’ (No.42 to No.33), Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ (No.47 to No.34) and XXXTentacion’s ‘Bad’ (No.78 to No.35), along with a new platinum certification for The Chainsmokers’ ‘This Feeling’ (No.44 to No.37).
Shawn Mendes’ track ‘Lost In Japan’ is also on the up late in the year, leaping 19 places to No.38.
The news isn’t so crash hot for Billie Eilish’s ‘Come Out And Play’, which loses 17 places to No.45.
Nor is it so crash hot for Little Mix’s ‘Woman Like Me’, which loses 14 places to No.47 or for 6ix9ine’s ‘Mama’, which slumps 28 places from last week’s No.22 debut.
Just outside the top 50, however, Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ is firing again, bulleting 35 places to No.51.
Post Malone’s ‘I Fall Apart’ is up 11 to No.55 and Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ improves 18 to No.58.
But really on the way up is the Band Aid 30 edition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, which soars from No.94 to No.59.
Really on the way down, however, is the 6ix9ine single ‘Kika’. After debuting at No.30 last week, the song’s lost a huge 33 places and is down to No.63.
An early Christmas present for Guy Sebastian, whose ‘Before I Go’ jumps from No.88 to No.64. It’s not quite back up to its No.62 peak, but it’s on the way.
Silk City’s ‘Electricity’ powers its way to a new platinum accreditation (No.65), Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’ leaps from No.95 to No.66 and Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ loses 16 places to No.72.
Even the Kygo/Sandro Cavazza single ‘Happy Now’, which has been on the way up in recent weeks, has taken a tumble, down 21 to No.73. Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ also down (20 places to be precise) to No.74.
There’s no way Lauv will be happy with a No.53 to No.80 drop for his single ‘There’s No Way’.
But Kygo and Imagine Dragons might be happy with a new double platinum certification for their single ‘Born To Be Yours’ (No.93).
Lil Peep’s ‘Falling Down’ does precisely what its title promises (No.68 to No.96), Zedd’s now triple platinum certified ‘The Middle’ is back in the countdown (albeit only just) at No.98 and John Lennon’s classic ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ is back in the countdown at No.100.
We don’t have to look too far for the week’s first certification… It’s right here at No.1. It’s a platinum one and it belongs to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and their soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’.
It holds in the No.1 spot again this week, ahead of the soundtrack to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which is now gold certified (35,000 copies sold).
In fact Queen has two entries within the top five this week (No.2 for the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ soundtrack and No.4 with ‘Greatest Hits’).
But so too does Michael Bublé; ‘Christmas’ up two spots to No.3 and ‘Love’ up one spot to No.5.
Queen’s ‘The Platinum Collection’ is steady at No.7, followed by a new entry for XXXTentacion’s ‘Skins’ (No.8 on debut).
There’s still a lot of love for the John Farnham/Olivia Newton John festive set ‘Friends For Christmas’ (No.12 to No.10), while the David Campbell festive collection ‘Baby It’s Christmas’ also picks up the pace (No.18 to No.12).
Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ is right there (No.15 to No.13), as are Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ (No.14) and Mark Vincent’s ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ (No.16).
Still in the top 20 and there’s a debut at No.18 for the new Coldplay record ‘Live In Buenos Aires’.
Sammi Jade’s ‘The Magic Of Christmas’ edges two places higher to No.26, while the new Carpenters album ‘With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ enters the Aussie chart at No.29.
Shawn Mendes’ self-titled set it up (No.47 to No.32), so too Andre Rieu’s ‘Romantic Moments II’ (No.73 to No.34) and Elvis Presley’s ‘Christmas With Elvis & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ (No.58 to No.35).
Also back into the top 50 this week are Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Trench’ (No.57 to No.39) and the 14th version of Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ (No.51 to No.40).
The news isn’t so crash hot for The 1975, however. Their new album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ was shining brightly at No.4 on debut just seven days ago. Tonight, however, it’s all the way down to No.48.
Just one place lower is the No.49 debut for Van Morrison’s ‘The Prophet Speaks’.
Beyond the fifty, Shania Twain’s best-of is flying high thanks to her Aussie tour (No.83 to No.54), while Ice Cube’s ‘Everythangs Corrupt’ enters at No.56.
There’s a 20 place drop for The Beatles’ ‘The Beatles’ (No.39 to No.59), a debut for Benny Blanco’s ‘Friends Keep Secrets’ at No.61 and a re-entry at No.64 for Shania Twain’s ‘Now’.
On the way down are Calum Scott’s ‘Only Human’ (down 33 to No.65) and Ski Mask The Slump God’s ‘Stokeley’ (down 34 to No.69).
John Legend’s ‘A Legendary Christmas’ re-enters the top 100 at a new peak of No.84 (four places higher than its one and only previous week on the Aussie countdown).
The top 100 is wrapped this week with a No.93 entry for Brett Young’s ‘Ticket To LA’, a massive 65 place drop to No.95 for Meek Mill’s ‘Championships’ and a 49 place fall for Clean Bandit’s ‘What Is Love?’ (to No.97).
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