Welcome to ARIA Chart Watch #468 in which Drake maintains his No.1 on the singles chart and an Aussie pop queen rules the albums chart.
Let’s work through all the highlights on this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
It’s now eleven weeks on the trot in the No.1 position for Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’, which continues to hold all comers at bay.
But could Khalid and Nomani be the ones to knock him off his perch next week? The potential is there, given their single ‘Love Lies’ bullets from No.8 to No.3 and picks up a fresh platinum certification for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
Drake’s new single ‘Nice For What’ did the business in the UK this week, debuting at No.1, but the Canadian star has to settle for a No.7 debut here in Australia. Not bad, however, having two singles within the ARIA top ten.
XXXTentacion will no doubt be happy that his single ‘Sad’ notches up a gold accreditation this week, for sales in excess of 35,000 units.
The news is good for Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, who see their new collaboration ‘One Kiss’ land smack bang in the top 20 on debut (No.17 to be precise).
The good news continues for Delta Goodrem, whose single ‘Think About You’ bullets from No.68 to a new peak of No.19 thanks to some canny marketing from her label Sony. The No.19 peak easily eclipses the No.32 position of the track’s debut.
The Noah Kahan/Julia Michaels single ‘Hurt Somebody’ continues its ascension. After improving five places to No.38 last week, it’s on the up again… this time to No.22, a new peak.
Also continuing to climb this week is New Zealand pop starlet Robinson, whose single ‘Nothing To Regret’ leaves the memory of last week’s No.48 position in the dust. It’s up 17 places to No.31.
Headed in the other direction this week is Keala Settle’s ‘This Is Me’, from the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’. It’s down 15 places to No.35.
But on the up is Bad Wolves’ ‘Zombie’, which shoots into the top 50 for the first time, up 16 places to No.36.
Calum Scott’s ‘You Are The Reason’ scores a new platinum certification (down eight to No.42), Kygo’s ‘Remind Me To Forget’ is into the top 50 (up from No.59 to No.43) and King Princess follows him in with ‘1950’ (up from No.54 to No.44).
But Liam Payne and Rita Ora’s ‘For You’, from the soundtrack to ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ continues its decline, losing 17 places to No.47.
Rich The Kid wraps the top 50 debuts, premiering at No.48 with ‘Plug Walk’.
Just outside the top 50, Alison Wonderland’s single ‘Church’ continues to impress. It’s slowly edging its way up the chart, improving 11 to No.54.
But it would appear that the public had a little taste of The Weeknd’s ‘Try Me’ on debut at No.24 last week and decided that it wasn’t to their taste; the track losing 31 places to No.55.
N.E.R.D’s ‘Lemon’ gets fresh with a new platinum accreditation (No.56).
Some good action for Cardi B now that her new album is at retail; ‘Drip’ performing the strongest of the newbies, debuting at No.60. It’s followed by debuts for ‘Be Careful’ at No.65 and ‘Bartier Cardi’ at No.77.
Her former top 40 hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ also re-enters the countdown this week at No.67.
We’ve got a debut for A$AP Rocky’s ‘A$AP Forever’ at No.72 and an 11 place jump for the 5 Seconds Of Summer single ‘Want You Back’ (No.84 to No.73).
But The Weeknd’s ‘Hurt You’ tanks. After debuting last week at No.37, the song loses a huge 39 places in week two.
Cardi’s back at No.79 as part of the collaboration with J Balvin, ‘I Like It’.
But sliding back slightly this week are Logic & Marshmello’s ‘Everyday’ (No.66 to No.80) and Zac Efron and Zendaya’s ‘Rewrite The Stars’ (No.67 to No.81).
Kyle’s ‘Playinwitme’ premieres at No.85, just ahead of another massive drop for The Weeknd; this time ‘I Was Never There’ plummeting 46 places to No.86.
Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ is down 19 to No.91. Kylie Minogue’s ‘Dancing’, meantime, re-enters the chart at No.93.
But XXXTentacion’s ‘Changes’ drops 27 to No.97 and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Everybody Hates Me’ is down 25 to No.98.
The Weeknd’s ‘Privilege’ plunges more than 55 positions and is now gone from the top 100.
Kylie Minogue’s 14th studio album ‘Golden’ becomes her fifth to top the Australian albums chart, premiering at No.1 on this week’s ARIA albums chart.
It’s a result that mirrors the position achieved on the UK chart overnight and it comes despite a threat from the new album from Hillsong Worship.
‘There Is More’, from the religious organisation, was (according to Kylie publicists) a threat to her No.1 crown throughout the course of the week. But Kylie did enough to hold Hillsong at bay.
Hillsong debuts at No.2, ahead of Ed Sheeran and ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack in positions three and four, followed by a No.5 debut for the Elton John/Bernie Taupin covers set ‘Revamp’.
Cardi B scores the Aussie chart love with her album ‘Invasion Of Privacy’, new at No.6.
And Australia’s own Alison Wonderland is in the top ten mix with her sophomore album ‘Awake’, which is No.7 on debut.
30 Seconds To Mars caps what’s a busy week in the ARIA top ten with a No.10 debut for their latest long player ‘America’.
A little further down, we have top 20 debuts for the Johnny Cash set ‘Forever Words’ (No.19) and City Calm Down’s ‘Echoes In Blue’ (No.20).
Vance Joy loses 13 places with his ‘Nation Of Two’ (No.11 to No.24).
We’ve got a new entry at No.30 for Aunty Donna’s ‘The Album’, a No.53 to No.32 bullet for ‘The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac’ and a 15 place drop for George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ (No.18 to No.33).
Dami Im’s ‘I Hear A Song’ also eases considerably this week, slumping 22 places to No.34.
But Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ is up (No.77 to No.36) and Cosmic Psychos’ ‘Loudmouth Soup’ makes a splash at No.37 on debut.
Camila Cabello is among the acts feeling the pain of big drops this week; her album ‘Camila’ losing 19 places to No.45. Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ is down 14 to No.50.
Just outside the top 50, Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill Of It All’ also loses 14 (to No.51), ahead of a No.52 debut for Underoath’s ‘Erase Me’.
The Killers’ ‘Direct Hits’ leaps 19 to No.54, the country Elton John/Bernie Taupin covers set ‘Restoration’ enters at No.57 and Flatbush Zombies score the chart love with a No.59 debut for ‘Vacation In Hell’.
‘The Best Of The Wiggles’ drops 19 (No.44 to No.63), Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’ plunges 42 (No.23 to No.65) and Lionel Richie’s ‘The Definitive Collection’ eases 28 (No.38 to No.66).
We’ve got a No.72 debut for the soundtrack to Elvis Presley’s ‘The Searcher’, a troubling No.74 debut for the new Gin Wigmore album ‘Ivory’ and a No.76 debut for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Sex & Food’.
But the drops keep coming; Luke Bryan’s ‘What Makes You Country’ down 30 to No.88, Metallica’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ down 38 to No.89 and Jack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ plummeting 57 places to No.90.
The ‘Molly’ soundtrack (No.64 to No.95), Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ (No.62 to No.96) and Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Snow’ (No.66 to No.99) can’t escape the avalanche.
Spare a thought for Hayley Kiyoko and her album ‘Expectations’, however… it premiered at a respectable No.20 last week, but plummets more than 80 places to be gone entirely from the top 100 in week two.
Not that Kacey Musgraves and Escape The Fate could (ahem) escape the same fate; their albums (which were at Nos.25 and 39 respectively on debut last week) are also gone from the ARIA top 100.
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