ARIA Charts: Its All About Sam Smith This Week -
Sam Smith photo by Ros O'Gorman

Sam Smith photo by Ros O'Gorman

ARIA Charts: Its All About Sam Smith This Week

by Gavin Ryan on September 18, 2017

in News

The lead single from the forthcoming second Sam Smith album (date or title unknown atm) entitled “Too Good at Goodbyes” not only debuts at the top in Australia, but enters at the No.1 position in England, Scotland and New Zealand (so far), plus it becomes his first chart-topper down under too.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” becomes the 1066th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2017) and the 501st for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the 118th song to debut in the No.1 spot, and the third in a row, plus the eighth No.1 for 2017, of which six have debuted first week in the top spot, and finally this new No.1 is also the 59th for the Capitol Record label (their last was ‘Rise’ for Katy Perry in July 2016). This new entry not only becomes Sam’s highest charted single in Australia, but also his fourth Top 10 too after “La La La” with Naughty Boy (2013), “Stay With Me” (2014) and “Lay Me Down” (2015).

This is the sixth time that a song title has featured the word ‘Too’ in its title, plus the seventh ‘Good’ and now the third ‘Goodbye’, with previous farewells being by The Beatles (Jan 68) and the first was for actor James Darren and “Goodbye Cruel World” (late Nov 1961). Sam Smith also becomes the 45th English Solo Male Artist to hit No.1 in Australia and overall he is the 125th English Artist (solo, duo or group) to make it to the top here, and of those this is the 204th English performed No.1 and the fourth for this year after Clean Bandit led at the start of the year, followed by Ed Sheeran (Jan) and Harry Styles (April).

So Sam’s debut at the top pushes Taylor Swift and her two week running former No.1 “Look What You Made me Do” to No.2, but the song picks up its first certification achieveing ▲Platinum after three weeks of sales, whilst she remains at No.3 with last weeks debut “…Ready for it?”. Last week we had an all female Top 3, and now this week its four of the Top 5, as the recent UK and current Irish No.1 single by Dua Lipa in “New Rules” breaks free of its two weeks at No.6 and climbs two places to land at a new peak of No.4, now Dua’s highest charted single in Australia, whilst rounding out the Top 5 is Pink with her recent No.1 “What About Us!” down three spots this week to No.5.

Macklemore’s first and only No.2 single in Australia in “Glorious” is down two spots to No.6, and on hold at No.7 are Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder”. The biggest drop within the Top 10 is the current Justin Bieber and BloodPop track “Friends”, which is down four places this week to No.9 and after four weeks scores a Gold (●) sales certification. The second Top 10 debut for the week is a duet for former One Direction member Zayn who has teamed with local singer Sia for this weeks No.8 entry “Dusk Till Dawn”, becoming her tenth Top 10 and his third Top 10 in Australia, and his third collaboration for 2017 after his ’50 Shades Darker’ duet with Taylor Swift from January in “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (HP-3, TW-87) and “Still Got Time” (HP-20) with PartyNextDoor. And finally jumping up seven places to land at No.10 is Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid and their U.S.A. suicide prevention hotline track “1-800-273-8255” which becomes the second Top 10 entry for Logic (his first as a lead artist), the third for Alessia Cara and now the first for Khalid who has four songs within the Top 50 this week.

* Lauv is on hold this week at No.13 with “I Like Me Better”, which is now Gold (●) in sales too.
* Vance Joy enjoys a second week of a sales surge, as “Lay it on Me” jumps up seven places to a new peak of No.18, becoming his/their fourth Top 20 single in Australia.
* Khalid is up one spot to a new peak of No.20 with “Young, Dumb & Broke” (#2 in NZ this week), whilst his appearance on the Marshmello track “Silence” is on hold at No.27 for a second week.
* Last weeks debut for Maroon 5 and SZA with “What Lovers Do” is up six to No.28.
* Portugal. The Man move up four places to a new peak of No.35 with “Feel it Still”.
* The current No.1 in Germany is the Axwell/\Ingrosso track “More Than You Know”, which here is up four places to a new peak of No.41 and it is newly certified Gold (●) in sales.
* After slowly climbing up the chart for the past six weeks, this week the Skrillex & Poo Bear track “Would You Ever” jumps up ten places to a new peak of No.52.
* Five weeks ago John Gibbons debuted with his cover of the M.J. track “P.Y.T.”, which this week jumps back up twelve places to land at a new chart height of No.54.
* Cardi B is still Top 3 in the USA with “Bodak Yellow”, here it’s up four places to a new peak of No.66.
* Drake’s “Passionfruit” is back up five places to No.81 after last weeks announcement of his pending end-of-2017 national tour, whilst his former entries returning to the chart this week are “One Dance” at No.98 and “Signs” at No.100.
* The third and final re-entry is for the ‘Longest Charted Single’ holder in Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, which is back in at No.96 for its 142nd week within the Top 100. (Last weeks returned “Riptide” by Vance Joy leaves the Top 100 and is in second place at 124 weeks, but the longest for an Aussie act).

* After a single week within the Top 10 the Demi Lovato track “Sorry, Not Sorry” (HP-8, WI10-1) is back down three places to No.11, whilst the two other Top 10 evacuees are the French Montana and Swae Lee track “Unforgettable” (HP-7×3, WI10-5) down two to No.12 and “Feels” (HP-3×2, WI10-10) for Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, which is down six places to No.15, with Katy’s “Swish Swish” down nine to No.80.
* Justin Bieber has four songs within the Top 40 this week (again), all of which are dropping, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track with JB is down five to No.16, whilst his guest on the David Guetta track “2U” is down four to No.39 and his vocals on the DJ Khaled song “I’m the One” are down three to No.40, whilst DJ Khaled’s other entry with Rihanna in “Wild Thoughs” drops six to No.24.
* Three former One Direction members land new certifications this week, and all songs are dropping too; firstly Liam Payne with “Strip That Down” is down five to No.19 and now 3x▲Platinum followed by “Back to You” for Louis Tomlinson, down six to No.21 and newly ▲Platinum in sales, whilst also scoring a 3x▲Platinum cert is Niall Horan with “Slow Hands”, down three to No.22.
* Shawn Mendes drops six places to No.30 with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ me Back”.
* A new Jessica Mauboy track was released over the weekend, and her recent No.11 single “Fallin'” drops nine places this week to No.38.
* Post Malone loses some of his “Congratualtions” this week, as the song is down six to No.44.
* Alessia Cara might be scoring a new Top 10 entry this week with Logic, but her last Top 10 entry with Zedd and “Stay” drops seven places to No.59.
* Selena Gomez sees all three of her chart entries move down this week, with “Bad Liar” down twelve to No.61, “Fetish” drops ten to No.71 and “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo is down thirteen to No.85.
* Miley Cyrus has teen-drops for both of her entries, with “Malibu” down fifteen to No.65 and her more recent entry “Younger Now” drops seventeen places to No.77.
* Last weeks entry for Jason DeRulo and “If I’m Lucky” is down this week nine places to No.68.
* The last big drop for the week goes to Charli XCX with her track “Boys”, down seventeen places to No.99, but with new remixes just released it could rebound next week.

* #50 – Let Me Go by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat Florida Georgia Line & watt is the follow-up to Hailee’s recent No.18 track “Most Girls” (TW-29) and is the second track from a forthcoming second album too, plus this is her sixth Top 100 and fourth Top 50 entry in Australia.

* #73 – Lost My Mind by Dean Lewis is the second entry and third track released from the local singer/songwriters debut album “Same Kind of Different” (HP-27, TW-99), following on from “Waves” (HP-12), which drops eight places this week to No.51.

* #83 – You’re the Best Thing About Me by U2 is the lead single from the upcoming fourteenth studio album for U2 entitled “Songs of Experience” (out Dec 1st), and it gives the Irish four piece their 47th Top 100 entry and their first since “Ordinary Love” (from ‘Mandela’) (HP-88) in March of 2014.

* #88 – Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson is the 21st Top 100 entry for the first American Idol winner, and it’s the lead single from her forthcoming eighth studio album “Meaning of Life” (due Oct 27th).

* #91 – Bad at Love by Halsey becomes the second single to chart from her second album “hopeless kingdom fountain” (TW-57) and follows on from “Now or Never” (HP-16, TW-57), and overall this is her tenth Top 100 entry (solo and guest artists total).

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