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A Great Big World

ARIA Singles: A Great Big World Lands Number One Song

by Gavin Ryan on February 8, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera has replaced Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ at the top of the ARIA singles chart.

There are new No.1’s on both the single and album charts this week and both are by duos, with the debut song for A Great Big World entitled “Say Something” taking over the top spot on the singles chart this week, and gaining a ▲ Platinum in sales too.

“Say Something” features Christina Aguilera as guest vocalist, which now becomes her third No.1 single in Australia, and her second multi-vocalist chart-topper, as her first was as a part of “Lady Marmalade” alongside Pink, Mya and Lil’ Kim (3 weeks in May 2001), and then she also had a single week at the top on the 3rd of March in 2003 with “Beautiful”, brining her tally of weeks at No.1 here now to five.

Australia is the first country in the world to make this song a No.1 hit, and it has been helped by being used in the Channel 7 promos for the returning ‘Revenge’ TV series (which returned to our screens this past week). “Say Something” becomes the 1015th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2014) and the 453rd for ARIA (1983 to 2014), and also the 38th chart topping single for the Epic label, with the last being back in late January of 2009, “You Found Me” by The Fray (4 weeks).

This is the seventh appearance at No.1 for the word ‘Say’, with the last one being “Just Say So” by Brian McFadden (April 2010) and the fourth time that ‘Something’ has made it to the top, with one track also containing both words, “Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart” by The Ink Spots in August 1949. As both acts are from the USA, they become the 665th American Act to reach No.1 in Australia, and also the 30th duo and 15th American duo to make it to the top, with the last being LMFAO back in 2011.

So after five weeks at No.1, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams drops back to No.2, but he’s up for an Oscar (end of Feb.) for the track from ‘Despicable Me 2’, and will be performing the track on the night also, so if it wins, it could push the song back to the top. But for now Pharrell has racked up fourteen accumulated weeks at No.1, moving him to equal third for ‘Most Weeks at No.1 this Decade’ alongside Flo Rida, whilst ahead of him are LMFAO (19 weeks) and Rihanna (20 weeks).

“Swing” for Joel Fletcher and Savage holds at No.3, whilst Rudimental and Emeli Sande with “Free” is spending a fourth week at their peak of No.5 (the record is five weeks for ‘Frozen’ by Madonna in 1998). Jumping up five places to a new peak of No.6 is Avicii with “Addicted to You”, becoming his third Top 10 from “True” (TW-7) and fourth Top 10 overall, plus it’s the first time that guest vocalist Audra Mae has made it into the Top 10 and Australia is the first country to place this song within the Top 10.

London Grammar fall three places to No.7 with “Strong”, whilst moving back up a place to No.8 are Magic with “Rude”. Former No.1 “Trumpets” by Jason DeRulo falls a couple of spots to No.10, but in-between those two is the second Top 10 entry for the week, “Jump” by Rihanna which is up twelve places to No.9, becoming her twenty-sixth Top 10 single in Australia, whilst her 25th entry (The Monster) and her potential 27th (due with Shakira) are both sitting within the Top 20 section this week.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Aloe Blacc is up four places to a new peak of No.12 with “The Man”, whilst halving their position this week are Shakira & Rihanna with “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, up eighteen places to No.18 helped by the songs video clip being released this past week. “Drunk in Love” for Beyonce and Jay-Z jumps up nineteen spots to a new peak of No.22, whilst American Authors climb thirteen places to No.24 with “Best Day of My Life”. “Adore You” for Miley Cyrus is back up a couple of places to a new peak of No.25, whilst Bliss N’ Eso cement their highest charting single as “My Life” is back up five places to a new chart height of No.26, picking up Gold (●) in sales also. Cash Cash rises a place to No.33 with “Take Me Home”, but Eminem and Nate Ruess leap a massive thirty-eight places to No.36 with “Headlights” ahead of his tour here in a couple of weeks. Ellie Goulding moves up three places to a new peak of No.39 with “Goodness Gracious” and after sneaking in at No.96 last week, Sara Bareilles lands her second Top 40 hit as “Brave” bullets up fifty-six places to No.40. Up eight places to a new peak of No.44 is “Legacy” for Nicky Romero vs. Krewella, with “Never Tear us Apart” for INXS back up fifteen places to No.45 ahead of this weekends TV mini-series screening, whilst after dropping out last week, “Tear it Down” for The Aston Shuffle re-enters the Top 100 at No.50, scoring a new peak in the process, and the boys from Canberra score their first ever Top 50 placing.

DOWN DOWN: After leaping back into the Top 10 last week, “Riptide” for Vance Joy (now 4x▲ Platinum) is back down five places to No.11, having now racked up five broken weeks within the Top 10, which is also the same for “The Love Club” EP (feat ‘Royals’) by Lorde which returned for a single week (also due to her Grammy wins) and is down to No.13 this week. A couple of other tracks which notch up 4x▲ Platinum in sales this week include “Timber” for Pitbull & Ke$ha (14 to 15) and “Hey Brother” for Avicii (19 to 21), whilst dropping eight places to No.20 is Tiesto with “Red Lights”. After cracking the Top 20 for the first time last week, “Drop the Game” for Flume & Chet Faker is back down five places to No.23, but it does achieve ▲ Platinum in sales this week too. Guy Sebastian drops seven places to No.29 with “Like a Drum”, with Beyonce also down seven to No.32 with “XO”. With a new Lily Allen track about to hit the charts (Air Balloons), her current single “Hard Out Here” is down nine places to No.38, whilst multi-Grammy winners Daft Punk see “Get Lucky” drop back down eight spots to No.41. Taylor Henderson is down eleven spots to No.49 with “Borrow My Heart”, and Justice Crew is also down eleven to No.51 with “Everybody”. Three songs which zoomed into the lower fifty last week are all down this week, with “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” for Fatboy Slim (47 to 65), “Do I Wanna Know” for The Arctic Monkeys (48 to 73) and “Is This How You Feel” for The Preatures (46 to 81) not dropping as hard as “I’m a Freak” for Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull (out from #45) and the ensemble of local Sony acts on “I Am Australian” (out from #51).

The highest entry of the week is at No.42, “If I Lose Myself” for OneRepublic vs. Alesso, which is a remix of their April 2013 song, which made it to No.53 and was the first single from their current album “Native” (TW-32). The other Top 50 debut is at No.46, “Into the Blue” for Kylie Minogue, which is the first single from her mid-March due album ‘Kiss Me Once’. This becomes Kylie’s 54th ARIA Top 100 and 48th Top 50 Singles chart entry and her first since “Timebomb” (HP-12) from June 2012.

Lower 50: With the Sochi Olympics starting on Friday (7th Feb), Channel 10 have been running their promos featuring “Hall of Fame” for The Script non-stop, which helps the song back up thirteen places to No.59 this week, whilst with MKTO taking out the new No.1 albums spot, their first two singles are back up this week; “Classic” is up six to No.61 and “Thank You” is up four to No.77. Passenger’s former No.1 here “Let Her Go” is back up twenty-four places after it featured in one of the most popular Super Bowl ads this year (the puppy and the horse ad), whilst Super Bowl half-time act Bruno Mars is back in at No.86 with “Locked Out of Heaven”. Also returning to the chart this week is “Bridges” by Broods (#83), “Sail” by Awolnation (#94), “Rap God” for Eminem (#97) and “Hold on, We’re Coming Home” by Drake (#99).

The current UK No.1 single debuts at No.54 here, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne which becomes their first chart entry, whilst local dance act The Presets enters at No.58 with “Goodbye Future” which is the duos eighth chart entry and first new material from their forthcoming fourth album.

UK singer Foxes debuts at No.74 with “Let Go for Tonight” which becomes her first solo single to chart and third entry overall, as she has appeared as guest vocals on two previous entries; “Clarity” with “Zedd (HP-13) and “Right Here” with Rudimental (HP-29). Current Laneway Festival tourists HAIM land their fourth chart entry by debuting at No.90 with “If I Could Change Your Mind”, whilst their biggest hit “The Wire” (HP-12) is sitting at No.78 this week. The final new entry is in at No.96 for Norwegian-Bulgarian singer Mikhael Paskalev entitled “I Spy”, his debut single (here and overseas), which sounds a little like Of Monsters and Men mixed with The Stray Cats (IMO).

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to

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