It’s all steady at the very top of both the singles and albums charts in this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
And there are just two debuts in the ARIA top 100 singles chart and just one on the albums chart.
No doubt there’s plenty more to get our teeth stuck into though, so let’s crack on with edition #507 of ARIA Chart Watch!
Right at the very beginning, it’s Post Malone and Swae Lee extending their run at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart with their track ‘Sunflower’. After eleven weeks on the countdown, the due nabbed top spot last week following the massive drop from Mariah Carey’s festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. They’re there again in week 12.
Ava Max also holds steady with ‘Sweet But Psycho’, but with Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ sliding from No.3 to No.5 and George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ down from No.4 to No.6, Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ (No.5 to No.3) and Post Malone’s ‘Wow’ (No.6 on debut to No.4).
Not that it’s all bad news for George Ezra, mind you. He picks up the week’s first new certification with his former No.1 smash ‘Shotgun’, now five times platinum having sold in excess of 350,000 units.
As always, Sony’s the first out of the gate with the new accreditation updates, heading into the new year with a new gold award for the Mark Ronson/Miley Cyrus single ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ (35,000 units sold) and a double platinum certification for Khalid’s ‘Better’ (140,000 units sold).
But EMI’s got a little bit of the certification pie this week, with a new seventh platinum accreditation for 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Youngblood’, 2018’s best-selling single down under.
Imagine Dragons creep into the ARIA top 20 with their latest ‘Bad Liar’ (No.23 to No.20), while Lukas Graham’s ‘Love Someone’ is edging back up (No.26 to No.21), but not quite level thus far to its No.20 peak.
With very little in the way of new releases, things are relatively steady elsewhere, though Guy Sebastian finally cracks the ARIA top 50 with his latest single ‘Before I Go’. It’s up an impressive 15 places to kick-start the new year at a new peak of No.43.
After bulleting from No.79 to No.53 last week, the NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts track ‘So Close’ improves another eight places and is now also top 50 (No.53 to No.45).
Former chart favourites ‘Lovely’ by Billie Eilish’ and ‘Psycho’ by Post Malone’ also pop their heads back into the top 50.
One of only two debuts for the week, the new Chris Brown single ‘Undecided’ pops into the countdown at No.58.
Dominic Fike is taking full advantage of the slightly quieter chart conditions with his single ‘3 Nights’, bulleting 20 places to a new peak of No.63.
But the Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa single ‘One Kiss’, which jumped from No.91 to No.52 last week, is down again from No.52 to No.66.
The new Hayden James track is also on the improve; ‘Better Together’ (with Running Touch) up from No.75 to No.67, a new peak.
The Chainsmokers nab the only other new entry into the top 100 this week with their latest track ‘Hope’. Featuring Winona Oak, the song leaps into the countdown at No.70 on debut.
An interesting little chart tid-bit right at the very bottom; The Chainsmokers’ former No.1 smash ‘Closer’ (with Halsey’ dipping out of the top 100 this week, but doing so armed with a mammoth 15 times platinum certification. That means it’s now sold in excess of a million units in Australia (1,050,000 units to be precise).
Just like over on the singles side of things, there’s a slightly quieter week atop the ARIA albums chart this week too.
The top three remains unchanged; all of them soundtracks.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at No.1, ‘A Star Is Born’ at No.2 and ‘The Greatest Showman’ at No.3.
The power of Queen continues to shine in positions four and five, with ‘The Platinum Collection’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ respectively.
Then it’s ‘The Greatest Showman : Reimagined’, giving us some indication of the power of movies over our record buying habits.
Taylor Swift is back into the top ten with her album ‘Reputation’, however. It’s up another seven places from last week to No.10.
Now that it’s shining brightly in the school holidays cinemas, the soundtrack to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ also soars, up from last week’s No.48 debut to No.15.
Probably not as a result of the school holidays (moreover post-Christmas discounting and gift voucher redeeming), however, Guns N’ Roses ‘Greatest Hits’ is also a great deal higher, bulleting from No.66 to No.19.
Also on the up this week, Post Malone’s ‘Stoney’ (No.37 to No.26), Rita Ora’s ‘Phoenix’ (No.35 to No.27) and Cat Stevens’ ‘The Very Best Of’ (No.76 to No.28).
Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ is up ten (to No.32), Neil Diamond’s ‘All Time Greatest Hits’ is back in the top 100 at No.33 and Ziggy Alberts’ ‘Laps Around The Sun’ bullets from No.69 to No.34.
Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Si’ is headed in the opposite direction, however, down 22 to No.38.
Michael Bublé’s ‘Love’ also tumbles, down 21 to No.43. Vance Joy’s ‘Nation Of Two’ is down 13 to No.44 and Mumford & Sons’ ‘Delta’ slumps 16 to No.49.
Even the soundtrack to ‘Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again’ isn’t immune this week, plunging 26 places to No.51.
The only debut on this week’s top 100 comes from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and his ‘Hoodie SZN’. It’s new at No.53 and just ahead of a No.54 re-entry for the Bee Gees ‘Timeless – All Time Greatest Hits’.
Benny Blanco’s ‘Friends Keep Secrets’ improves from No.74 to a new peak of No.55. And there’s a No.72 to No.56 improvement in the chart fortunes of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’.
‘ABBA Gold & More (Anniversary Edition)’ dips 17 (to No.70), but Jonas Blue’s ‘Blue’ is up 15 (to No.73). ‘The Best Of The Wiggles’ also improves this week (from No.96 to No.77).
But Bon Jovi’s ‘Greatest Hits’ is over and out, losing 24 places to No.78, along with the 14th edition of Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ (down 25 to No.80). Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Trench’ also slides this week, down 30 places to No.86.
Troye Sivan’s ‘Bloom’ tumbles 21 to No.98, but it’s Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Springsteen On Broadway’ that tumbles most this week; a huge 71+ position drop from No.29 out of the top 100 entirely.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.