Yes, we love to tizzy things up a bit for your Christmas week edition of ARIA Chart Watch. Nothing like a few sprinkles of (fully biodegradable, planet-friendly) glitter to get you through your Christmas week.
But before the plum pudding, the turkey, the Christmas cake, the fruit mince tarts, the ham off the bone, brandy snaps, the prawn cocktails, the stuffing… sorry… we lost track.
Crack on! (And Merry Christmas).
It’s a very merry Christmas for Tones and I, who spends a huge 21st week atop the ARIA singles chart with her international smash ‘Dance Monkey’.
Amazingly, the entire top six on the ARIA singles chart this week is completely steady. No movements, no new certifications. All entirely still.
From two to six; Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’, Arizona Zervas’s ‘Roxanne’, Maroon 5’s ‘Memories’, Post Malone’s ‘Circles’ and Regard’s ‘Ride It’.
The release of the new Harry Styles record pays dividends for ‘Adore You’. After premiering last week at No.14, it jumps a lucky seven places to a new lucky peak of No.7.
The Weeknd’s new single ‘Blinding Lights’ is also now an ARIA top ten hit, edging from No.13 to No.9, followed by perennial festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey (No.11 to No.10).
Harry Styles’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’ could only manage a peak of No.20 on its original release, but add the new album drop into the mix and it’s up from No.32 to a new peak of No.12.
Another viral star shines in the No.14 position. This time it’s US singer Trevor Daniel and his late 2018 track ‘Falling’, which has found fame online. It’s on debut this week.
It’s a Lewis Capaldi double at Nos.16 and 17. ‘Someone You Loved’ is down six places to No.16, but new single ‘Before You Go’ is up from No.26 to a new peak of No.17.
Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is up a little higher (No.30 to No.23).
But Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ is down a little further (No.18 to No.27). Not that he’ll mind too much, mind you, because this week, the former No.1 global smash picks up a mammoth tenth platinum certification in Australia, meaning it’s sold in excess of 700,000 copies.
Michael Bublé’s ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ is up even further this pre-Christmas week, achieving another Aussie chart high of No.32 (up from No.38).
It’s ‘Lights Up’ for Harry Styles, with his former top ten hit re-entering the ARIA top 50, jumping 18 spots to No.34. Harry also owns the No.35 position (on debut) with ‘Falling’.
Camila Cabello rockets into the top 50 with her newbie ‘My Oh My’. After a No.77 debut seven days ago, the track roars to life, bulleting 41 places to No.36.
Freya Ridings scores some platinum love with her single ‘Castles’. It’s now sold in excess of 70,000 units in Australia.
The release of the new Stormzy album sees interest in his latest single ‘Own It’ (with Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy) piqued. It rises from No.62 to a new peak of No.40, its first ever week inside the ARIA top 50 (previous peak No.55).
Halsey’s ‘Graveyard’ is a smash. It scores a new platinum accreditation (down five to No.42).
There’s a new entry at No.46 for Harry Styles (‘Golden’), but an 11 place drop for Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ (No.39 to No.50).
Harry’s back just the other side of the top 50 barrier this week, with a No.52 debut for ‘Cherry’.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ is down ten (No.43 to No.53) and Don Toliver’s ‘No Idea’ bullets from No.78 to a new peak of No.54.
Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ is also on the up (No.81 to No.57) as anticipation builds for the jolly red-suited man’s arrival via our chimneys.
But Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ is headed in the other direction; down 16 to No.58.
Band Aid 30 are up again with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (No.89 to No.59), there’s a No.62 debut for Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Futsal Shuffle’, a 22 place jump for Riton and Oliver Heldens’ ‘Turn Me On’ (No.85 to No.63) and a No.91 to No.64 jump for Noah Cyrus’s ‘July’. But Post Malone’s ‘Wow’ is down 19 to No.66.
Joel Corry is ‘Sorry’ at No.67. That’s a 16 place improvement on last week’s chart fortunes and a new Aussie chart peak.
More Harry Styles follows; ‘To Be So Lonely’ new at No.69, ‘She’ new at No.70 and ‘Sunflower Vol.6’ new at No.73.
Dominic Fike’s former top five hit ‘3 Nights’ tumbles 23 places to No.78, while Michael Bublé’s ‘Holly Jolly’ Christmas’ re-enters the ARIA chart fray at a new peak of No.80.
John Lennon’s festive classic ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ re-enters the ARIA chart at No.82, just two places ahead of the No.84 debut for The Chainsmokers and Amy Shark’s ‘The Reaper’.
More drops though; Jonas Brothers’ ‘Only Human’ down 15 to No.85, Ellie Goulding’s ‘Hate Me’ down 18 to No.86, Drax Project’s ‘Woke Up Late’ down 25 to No.88 and Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ down a huge 35 to No.89. Though some consolation for Halsey will come from the fact that ‘Without Me’ is now a seven times platinum hit (490,000 unit sales).
Another Christmas classic joins the ARIA countdown this week. And it’s one that’s never appeared on the ARIA chart before! ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ for Andy Williams; a No.91 debut.
Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ slips 32 to No.92 and there’s a 21 spot drop for Travis Scott and Drake’s ‘Sicko Mode’ (No.72 to No.93).
The title track from Harry Styles’ album ‘Fine Line’ enters the chart at No.95, a huge No.55 to No.98 slump for Khalid’s ‘Better’ and a new entry in the even No.100 spot for LadBaby and his UK Christmas No.1, ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’.
Ten songs in the ARIA top 100 singles chart for Mister Harry Styles this week has all but guaranteed a No.1 debut for the former One Direction star’s sophomore album ‘Fine Line’.
Its debut atop the Aussie chart follows on from the No.1 debut for his debut self-titled set from 2017.
The rest of the Aussie Christmas week top ten is thus;
No.02 : Robbie Williams – The Christmas Present
No.03 : Michael Bublé – Christmas
No.04 : Cold Chisel – Blood Moon
No.05 : Soundtrack – Frozen 2
No.06 : Paul Kelly – Songs From The South 1985-2019 : Greatest Hits
No.07 : Rod Stewart – You’re In My Heart (With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
No.08 : Human Nature – Still Telling Everybody : 30 Years Of Hits
No.09 : Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
No.10 : Tones And I – The Kids Are Coming EP
The second highest debut of the week comes just outside the top ten. It’s the sophomore Stormzy record ‘Heavy Is The Head’, new at No.11. It equals the No.11 peak of his debut ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ back in early 2017.
The new Camila Cabello album has suffered a second week slump. ‘Romance’ is fleeting, seemingly. And is down from No.6 on debut to No.20.
Jess Mauboy has a bump with ‘Hilda’ (No.32 to No.22) and Tool’s ‘Fear Inoculum’ bullets from No.89 to No.24.
There’s also a slight improvement for the Cold Chisel best-of (No.36 to No.28) and a No.29 debut for the Furnace And The Fundamentals album ‘A Very Furnace Christmas’.
‘The Best Of Pentatonix Christmas’ joins the seasonal festivities, up into the top 50 (No.53 to No.38).
But Khalid’s ‘Free Spirit’ is down from No.28 to No.46 and The Chainsmokers’ ‘World War Joy’ dips from No.29 to No.47.
Queen’s best-of and the Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Rumours’ are back into the top 50 (at Nos.48 and 49 respectively), while the new Kaytranada album ‘Bubba’ just misses out on a top 50 berth, lobbing at No.53.
Not so flash news for Kylie fans. Second week sales of her ‘Golden : Live In Concert’ DVD/CD have tanked, resulting in a chart drop of 42 places (to No.55).
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Later Years : 1987-2019’ is back a little higher (No.85 to No.58), but Juice WRLD’s ‘Goodbye & Good Riddance’ is down again (No.39 to No.60).
Even Roxette’s best-of ‘The 30 Biggest Hits’ takes a tumble, down from its No.38 re-entry to No.66.
Similarly, the posthumous chart bump for Juice WRLD was short-lived; ‘Death Race For Love’ down from No.46 to No.68.
From there, there’s not a whole lot more to report. There’s a 27 place fall for Jimmy Barnes’ ‘My Criminal Record/Modus Operandi’ to No.86. And there’s a No.95 debut for the Blake Shelton album ‘Fully Loaded : God’s Country’.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.