Happy new year – and happy new ARIA Chart Watch!
Yes, edition #506 is the first of the year. So who’s bagged the first No.1s of 2019?
Is Mariah still queen of the singles chart? Are Gaga and Bradley Cooper still shining on the albums chart?
Read on to find out!
Well first things first, Mariah Carey’s seminal festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ has indeed relinquished its hold on the No.1 spot down under. In fact, it’s suffered possibly the largest fall we’ve ever seen in almost ten years of writing ARIA Chart Watch!
But who’s replaced Mariah?
Why that’d be Post Malone and Swae Lee with their single ‘Sunflower’. It improves one place to No.2 this week; Ava Max’s ‘Sweet Bus Psycho’ and Ariana Grande’s former No.1 ‘Thank U, Next’ also improving one place apiece to Nos.2 and 3 respectively.
George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ is up from six to four, Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ from seven to five. Post Malone’s ‘Wow’ premieres highest in the first week of the new year, debuting at No.6.
The new Mark Ronson/Miley Cyrus single ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ is back in the top ten again (No.11 to No.8), while Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’ improves from No.13 to No.9.
There’s also a good gain for Khalid’s ‘Better’ (No.19 to No.14), while the Calvin Harris/Sam Smith track ‘Promises’ rises ten to No.17. Ditto Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s ‘1999’ (No.28 to No.18 – a new peak).
Kian’s ‘Waiting’ hit a new peak of No.24 on last week’s countdown. It surpasses that again this week, climbing to No.20.
There’s a No.32 to No.21 improvement for the Maroon 5 hit ‘Girls Like You’ and a No.34 to No.23 improvement for Imagine Dragons’ ‘Bad Liar’ (a new peak).
Even Morgan Evans is getting in on the post-Christmas new chart peak thing this week; his platinum smash ‘Day Drunk’ jumping nine places to No.27.
Jonas Blue’s ‘Rise’ rises (No.39 to No.30) and the Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee track ‘Close To Me’ really starts hitting its chart strides, leaping from No.53 to No.32 (its previous best being No.49).
Even Swedish pop starlet Zara Larsson scores the new peak love this week, with her latest single ‘Ruin My Life’. Previous best was No.36. After jumping 16 places this week, it’s up to No.34.
There are also decent jumps for Meek Mill’s ‘Going Bad’ (No.48 to No.36), Khalid’s ‘Saturday Nights’ (No.51 to No.37) and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Lost In Japan’ (No.55 to No.38).
Shack Wes’s ‘Mo Bamba’ is up from No.52 to No.40, Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ soars from No.64 to No.41 and Anne-Marie’s ‘2002’ is up from No.70 to No.42.
But the big improvements don’t stop there… Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ is up 18 to No.44, Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ is up 15 to No.45 and The Chainsmokers soar 19 to No.47 with ‘This Feeling’.
Speaking of feelings, Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ bullets 21 to No.48, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ is up 19 to No.49 and Lil Pump & Kanye are up 15 with ‘I Love It’ (to No.50).
Beyond the 50, those jumps keep coming; Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’ up 22 to No.51, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’ up 39 to No.52, NOTD’s ‘So Close’ up 26 to No.53 and Peking Duk’s ‘Fire/Reprisal’ up 30 to No.84.
Silk City’s ‘Electricity’ charges back up (No.87 to No.63), Little Mix’s ‘Woman Like Me’ improves from No.81 to No.64 and the Queen classic ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ jumps 26 to No.67.
Bazzi’s ‘Beautiful’ is up from No.96 to No.73, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ rises from No.95 to No.74 and Hayden James’ ‘Better Together’ leaps 25 to No.75.
Among the plethora of re-entries throughout the latter 20 places of the countdown (all former chart favourites making their way back as the Christmas songs make their way out) are two new entries; Dominic Fike’s ‘3 Nights’ at No.83 and 21 Savage’s ‘Monster’ at No.97.
All Christmas songs have vacated the top 100 entirely. And yes, that includes last week’s No.1 single from Mariah Carey!
Though not quite as dramatic as the changes on the ARIA singles chart, there are changes on the ARIA albums chart this week, including to the No.1 position.
After 11 long weeks, the soundtrack to the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ finally claims the No.1 album spot down under, knocking off the soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’.
Not that the latter has gone too far. It’s down to No.2, just ahead of the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and two best-ofs from Queen; ‘Greatest Hits’ and ‘The Platinum Collection’ in positions four and five.
Three albums moving back into the top ten this week are Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ (No.19 to No.8), George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ (No.15 to No.9) and Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ (No.31 to No.10).
Other movers this week include the ‘Spider-Man : Into The Spiderverse’ soundtrack (No.23 to a new peak of No.12), Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ (No.21 to No.14) and Shawn Mendes’ self-titled set (No.29 to No.15).
Also up are Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ (No.37 to No.17), Billie Eilish’s ‘Don’t Smile At Me’ (No.55 to a new peak of No.18) and Eminem’s best-of (No.33 to No.20).
But the ‘Love’ for Michael Bublé is seemingly waning. No longer is the Canadian crooner ruling the roost down under; his latest album ‘Love’ slumping from No.8 to No.22.
Up? Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ (No.43 to No.23), the best of INXS (No.40 to No.24), Luke Combs’ ‘This One’s For You’ (No.47 to No.26) and XXXTentacion’s ‘?’ (No.58 to No.28).
But Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ is down (No.11 to No.29).
Albums from Rüfüs Du Sol, Rita Ora, Post Malone, ABBA, AC/DC, Cardi B, Adele, XXXTentacion and Taylor Swift are back into the top 50.
The highest debut for the first week of 2019 belongs to the soundtrack to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.
Khalid’s ‘American Teen’ is up from No.92 to No.49, but Paul Kelly’s ‘Nature’ is down 26 to No.50.
Khalid may be down at the tail of the top 50, but he’s also at the head of the latter half of the top 100; No.51 on re-entry with ‘Suncity’.
Albums from Morgan Evans and ABBA soar (No.82 to No.52 and No.98 to No.53 respectively), but Triple J’s ‘Like A Version Vol.14′ tumbles from No.32 to No.55 and Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Trench’ is down from No.36 to No.56.
P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ takes a tumble (No.52 to No.75) and ‘The Very Best Of The Eagles’ is down from No.60 to No.86.
Coldplay’s ‘Live In Buenos Aires’ slumps 43 positions to No.94 and there’s another drop for the new Zayn album ‘Icarus Falls’ (No.74 to No.97).
And Christmas is totally over. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ plummets from No.3 and is now gone from the top 100. The rest of the Christmas releases also fall out of 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.