ARIA Chart Watch is here again for your Saturday evening’s reading pleasure, packed with all your favourite chart tid-bits.
Yes, there are new entries. Yes, there are new certifications. And yes, there are big moves.
But there’s more than a smattering of Christmas thrown in there just to keep things merry and bright.
So let’s dust off the baubles and get stuck right in to edition #555 of ARIA Chart Watch.
There’s change right from the get-go this week; not so much who’s No.1, mind you, moreover just how many copies they’ve sold.
Yes, it’s a massive 20 weeks on the fly for Tones And I atop the ARIA singles chart with her mammoth global smash ‘Dance Monkey’. Not only does it blast through the 20 week mark, it also clicks over into seven times platinum territory, meaning it’s sold more than 490,000 copies during its chart run.
Dua Lipa’s Aussie visit has seen her ‘Don’t Start Now’ equal 2017’s ‘New Rules’ as her biggest ever hit down under. It’s up one spot to No.2, swapping places with Arizona Zervas’s ‘Roxanne’.
Not that Arizona will mind too much, given the latter has just ticked over into gold sales territory; 35,000 units.
Regard’s top ten hit ‘Ride It’ also scores an accreditation update this week. Though steady at No.6, it’s now a double platinum hit in Australia, having sold in excess of 140,000 units.
Tones And I’s ‘Never Seen The Rain’ is up another spot to another new peak of No.7.
There’s more success for Lewis Capaldi, with his single ‘Someone You Loved’ making it back into the ARIA top ten (No.17 to No.10), ust ahead of a fast-charging ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey (No.20 to No.11) and ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish (No.22 to No.12).
A slight three spot improvement for the second chart week of The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ (No.16 on debut to No.13), while the new Harry Styles track ‘Adore You’ enters the countdown at No.14.
Following his untimely death during the week, Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’ is back in the ARIA top 100 – at No.16.
And those Spotify end-of-year playlists have also worked wonders for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s ‘Señorita’ (No.25 to No.17) and Lil Nas X’s former No.1 smash ‘Old Town Road’ (No.29 to No.18).
Post Malone and Swae Lee’s former No.1 ‘Sunflower’ is also back to brighten up the end-of-year charts, jumping 15 places to No.21.
But though some tracks are up, others are down; Ed Sheeran’s ‘South Of The Border’ down seven to No.22, The Weeknd’s ‘Heartless’ down 14 to No.24 and Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’ down 14 to No.25. Flume and Vera Blue’s ‘Rushing Back’ also eases, dropping 11 to No.29.
There is, however, an improvement for the Wham classic ‘Last Christmas’, which jumps eight places to No.30. Good news also for the Meduza track ‘Piece Of Your Heart’, which celebrates its 32nd week of Aussie top 100 action with a fresh new quadruple platinum certification (that’s 280,000 units to you and us).
Travis Scott’s ‘Highest In The Room’ is 12 spots lower, Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’ is 11 spots higher. And Freya Ridings’ ‘Castles’ is nine spots lower.
Michael Bublé’s festive favourite ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ rises to another chart peak of No.38 (up four), but Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ is down again (16 places to No.39).
Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ also makes it back into the top 50 (No.58 to No.42), as does ‘Shallow’ from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (No.57 to No.43).
Another posthumous chart jump for Juice WRLD; ‘Bandit’ leaping from No.93 to No.45, meaning it’s two places higher than its previous chart peak of No.47.
Post Malone’s ‘Wow’ bullets from No.80 to No.47, Juice WRLD’s ‘Robbery’ is back into the countdown at No.49 and Khalid’s ‘Up All Night’ is down all 13 places to No.50.
Beyond this week’s top 50, there are more previous chart favourites making a comeback on end of year playlists.
For example; Dominic Fike’s ‘3 Nights’ (No.76 to No.53), Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ (No.98 to No.54), Khalid’s ‘Better’ (No.78 to No.55), George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ (No.70 to No.58), Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ (re-entry at No.60).
Drax Project’s ‘Woke Up Late’ is also back up (No.85 to No.63), as is Marshmello and Bastille’s ‘Happier’ (No.84 to No.65 and Khalid’s ‘Talk’ (No.77 to No.66); the latter now four times platinum.
Ellie Goulding and Juice WRLD’s ‘Hate Me’ scores a new chart peak of No.68 on re-entry. But there are big drops for Miley Cyrus’s ‘Slide Away’ (down 15 to No.69) and Jonas Brothers’ ‘Only Human’ (down 22 to No.70).
Loud Luxury’s ‘Body’ is up 19 (No.90 to No.71). Ditto Travis Scott and Drake’s ‘Sicko Mode’ (No.91 to No.72).
But Ali Gatie’s ‘It’s You’ tumbles 17 to No.73 and Kygo and Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’ is down 22 to No.74.
Billie Eilish will re-start the party with ‘When The Party’s Over’ (up 20 to No.76), while Camila Cabello starts the party with ‘My Oh My’ (on debut at No.77).
But the big drops keep coming; Drax Project’s ‘Catching Feelings’ slumping 33 places to No.80 and Camila Cabello’s ‘Liar’ down 29 places to No.82.
Riton’s ‘Turn Me On’ is down 20 (to No.85). And Martin Garrix’s ‘Used To Love’ slumps 38 places to No.88.
There’s a little No.89 re-entry for Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, a No.63 to No.91 drop for Noah Cyrus’s ‘July’ and new entries at Nos.96, 97 and 98 for Taylor Swift’s ‘Christmas Tree Farm’, Juice WRLD’s ‘Legends’ (gold accredited) and Juice WRLD’s ‘All Girls Are The Same’ (platinum certified) respectively.
Just the one week. That’s all that Robbie Williams could manage atop the ARIA albums chart with his festive favourites collection ‘The Christmas Present’. He’s been bumped to No.2 this week by legendary Aussie group Cold Chisel and their first album in four years, ‘Blood Moon’.
It’s Cold Chisel’s first No.1 album in Australia in 21 long years (1998’s ‘The Last Wave Of Summer’ was their last LP to achieve the feat) and only their third ARIA No.1 studio album overall!
Robbie’s not gone too far, however. He’s basking beneath the glow of the ‘Blood Moon’, with Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ jingling up the No.3 position.
If those two albums don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, maybe the ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack will in the No.4 spot?
Paul Kelly rounds out the top five with his new best-of.
That leaves Camila Cabello to pick up the No.6 spot on debut with her sophomore album ‘Romance’.
The second highest debut of the week comes courtesy of Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue, whose ‘Golden : Live In Concert’ premieres in the No.13 spot.
But Coldplay’s ‘Everyday Life’ is getting lost in the pre-Christmas mire, dropping nine places to No.17.
There are five Christmas albums back to back between positions 19 and 23; Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’, Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’, The Seekers’ ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ (up to a new peak of No.21), the ‘Last Christmas’ soundtrack and John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Friends For Christmas’.
There’s a No.29 re-entry (and a new highest peak to boot) for The Chainsmokers’ ‘World War Joy’ and a No.42 to No.30 jump for Bing Crosby’s ‘Bing At Christmas’ (also a new peak).
After the death of lead singer Marie Fredriksson during the week, the Roxette best-of ‘The 30 Biggest Hits’ re-enters the Aussie top 100 at No.38. Similarly, the death of Juice WRLD sees his ‘Goodbye & Good Riddance’ re-enter right behind Roxette at No.39.
Hilltop Hoods are back in the top 100 at No.41 with ‘State Of The Art’, while Juice WRLD is back again; a No.46 re-entry for ‘Death Race For Love’.
The news isn’t great for former One Direction star Liam Payne, however. With no top ten hit in Australia since his debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’ back in 2017, his debut album ‘LP1’ limps into the Aussie countdown at No.50.
Dua Lipa’s self-titled set drops 17 to No.51.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo comes marching into the ARIA countdown at No.55, with the recording of their event in Sydney recently.
Khalid’s ‘American Teen’ is down 19 to No.63, The Who’s ‘Who’ is new at No.64 and David Campbell’s ‘Baby It’s Christmas’ re-enters the countdown at No.66.
The Teskey Brothers’ ‘Half Mile Harvest’ bulleted from No.57 to No.39 last week off the back of the ARIAs. This week, it’s down 31 plces to No.70.
New stuff for Roddy Ricch (‘Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial’) at No.74. But more big drops follow.
Kylie’s ‘Step Back In Time : The Definitive Collection’ loses 23 spots to No.78. Lady Antebellum’s ‘Ocean’ parts ways with the top 60, also losing 23 places to No.81.
It’s just ahead of the compilation ‘Christmas With The Stars & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, which is new at No.82.
But another drop. This time Trippie Redd’s ‘A Love Letter To You 4’, which plunges 37 places from last week’s No.47 debut. And another from Pink Floyd; ‘The Later Years : 1987-2019’ slumping 40 places from last week’s No.45 debut.
And though it was No.1 just a few short weeks ago and it’s the season to be talking about the big guy, Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ plummets 44 places to No.94.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.