Taylor Swift and her “Bad Blood” with featured rapper Kendrick Lamar holds for a third week atop the ARIA Singles chart.
The track equals the three weeks her two previous No.1 singles “Shake it Off” (from 1-Sept-2014) and “Blank Space” (from 24-Nov-2014) achieved during their runs at the top, plus Taylor moves from 11th to equal 9th alongside Eminem for accumulating nine weeks at the top during this decade.
So if “Bad Blood” stays at No.1 next week it will become Taylor’s longest running No.1 here in Australia, but making a bid for that top spot is Conrad Sewell and his ballad “Start Again”, which is up four places to No.2 this week, helped by it being used in this past two weeks’ storyline for ‘Home & Away’ as a major character was farewelled. Conrad is just ahead of his sister Grace with her former No.1 “You Don’t Own Me”, which climbs back up a place to No.3 this week, making it a brother and sister back to back within the Top 3, something which has never been achieved by either a local or overseas siblings, and last week I noted that the Simpsons’ sisters (Ashlee & Jessica) along with the Jacksons (Michael and Janet) were within the Top 10 together, but not at the high end of the Top 10. One further family link I found this week were Frank and Nancy Sinatra on the week of 18th June, 1966 Frank was at No.10 with his future No.1 single “Strangers in the Night” and Nancy was dropping from her No.4 peak with her second single “How Does That Grab You Darlin’”, whilst a year later they would be at the top together with their duet “Something Stupid”.
“Shut Up and Dance” for Walk the Moon is also back up a place, to No.4 whilst falling two spots to No.5 is former No.1 “See You Again” for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, whilst last weeks No.2 track “Flashlight” for Jessie J falls four places to No.6 this week. David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack climb back up two spots to No.7 with “Hey Mama” and after two weeks at No.7, “Five More Hours” for Deorro and Chris Brown is down a spot to No.8, with last weeks entry to the ten for Ed Sheeran “Photograph”, is up one spot to a new peak of No.9. Returning to the Top 10, back up three places from No.13 is Major Lazer with M0 & DJ Snake on the current No.1 streamed track “Lean On”.
UP: Little Mix jump up fifteen places to land at a new peak of No.11 with “Black Magic”, which becomes the girl troupes’ third highest charting single after their two Top 10 entries “Wings” (HP-3) and “Change Your Life” (HP-8). “Firestone” for Kygo and Conrad is back up a couple of places to No.13, whilst the second entry this week for Major Lazer is up twenty-seven places to No.15 from last weeks new entry of No.42 with “Powerful”, helped by vocals by chart-darling Ellie Goulding. Avicii is up three places to a new peak of No.16 with “Waiting for Love” and after sneaking in at No.80 last week, the new Meghan Trainor and John Legend duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” blasts up sixty-one places to land at No.18 this week, giving Meghan her fifth consecutive Top 20 hit. Adam Lambert climbs four places to a new chart height of No.25 with his “Ghost Town” and holding at their No.28 peak this week are Birds of Tokyo with their “Anchor” EP. DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge jump up twelve spots to a new peak of No.29 with “You Know You Like it”, whilst Hozier is up two places to No.30 with this weeks only new certification in “Someone New” which is now Gold (●) in sales. Jason DeRulo climbs up eight spots to No.44 with his new single “Cheyenne” whilst also entering the Top 50 for the first time is The Weeknd with “The Hills”, up thirty-one spots to No.47, “Another You” for Armin van Buuren and Mr Probz is up six to a new peak of No.48 and returning to the Top 50 at No.50, up five places, is T-Wayne with “Nasty Freestyle”.
DOWN: After two broken weeks at No.8, James Bay again drops down with “Let it Go”, this week it falls six to No.14. Rachel Platten descends nine spots to No.21 with “Fight Song” and after two weeks within the Top 20, Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision song “Tonight Again” falls thirteen places to No.31. Jarryd James falls ten places to No.36 with “Do You Remember” and falling eight to No.39 are Britney and Iggy with “Pretty Girls”. Flume and Andrew Wyatt tumble eighteen places to No.45 with last weeks new entry “Some Minds” and falling out from last weeks fifty are Cold War Kids with “First” (38 to 58), Anja Nissen’s cover of “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (30 to 67), “Nobody Love” for Tori Kelly (50 to 75), “All Hands on Deck” for Tinashe and Iggy Azalea (45 to 98) and Dami Im leaves the Top 100 from last weeks No.48 debut with “Smile”.
Lower 50: Florence + the Machine jump back up twenty-one places to No.52 with “Ship to Wreck” and their current albums first release “What Kind of Man” returns to the chart at No.56. Fifth Harmony with Kid Ink on the track “Worth it” climbs ten places to a new peak of No.54, “Poison” by Rita Ora leaps up twenty-five to a new chart height of No.57 and a few places lower Robin Schulz is up twenty-eight places to No.59 with “Headlights”. “Stay With Me” for Sam Smith is back up sixteen places to No.70 and back up ten to No.74 is Flo Rida with “GDFR”, whilst Rihanna climbs back up twenty-two to No.76 with “Bitch Better Have My Money”. Carly Rae Jepsen is back up seventeen spots to No.77 with “I Really Like You” and Fetty Wap jumps up sixteen places to a new peak of No.79 with “Trap Queen”. The two further re-entries are “Ayo” for Chris Brown and Tyga at No.89 and back in at #100 is Omarion with “Post to Be”, which also features Chris Brown.
There are NO new entries to the upper fifty this week, and the highest new entry occurs at No.63 for Atlanta, Georgia rapper Silento with his former US No.15 single “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)”, and further US RnB acts to enter this week are the duo MKTO at No.80 with “Bad Girls” (not a cover of the Donna Summer song), the acts fifth singles chart entry, and coming in one place lower at No.81 is Eminem with a song from the film ‘Southpaw’ entitled “Phenomenal”, which becomes his 39th Top 100 entry.
Local masked producer and artist Golden Features sees his first chart entry occur this week as “No One” featuring vocalist Thelma Plum comes in at No.60, whilst two further Australian acts enter lower down. Coming in at No.93 is Karise Eden with her cover of The Shirelles (HP-4, peaked March 1961) song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and scoring only their second chart entry are Byron Bay hardcore group Parkway Drive with “Vice Grip”, which enters at No.95, the bands other entry was “Dark Days” (HP-71, Sept 2012), and this new entry is the first taste of the bands fifth album “Ire” which is due in late September.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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