Cheerleader by Omi is the number one song on the ARIA singles chart.
The first new entry for the year now becomes the first new No.1 single of 2015, as Jamaican artist Omi takes his Felix Jaehn remixed track “Cheerleader” to the top of the ARIA Singles chart, plus the track picks up a ▲Platinum certification this week too.
“Cheerleader” becomes the 1028th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 463rd for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus it’s the first time at the top for Omi’s record label Oufah and also the first time that the word ‘Cheerleader’ has appeared in a No.1 song in Australia, in fact it’s the first time the word has ever charted here. Plus Australia becomes the fourth country in the world to make the song a No.1 after first Sweden (nine weeks), then Denmark (currently six weeks) and just last week it went to the top of the charts in The Netherlands.
Omi becomes the fourth artist from Jamaica to claim a No.1 single in Australia, the other three being Carl Douglas with “Kung Fu Fighting” (Dec 1974), then Boris Gardiner and his balled “I Wanna Wake Up With You” (March 1987) and landing three chart-topping singles here was Shaggy, first with “Boombastic” (Feb 1996) then in 2001 with “It Wasn’t Me” (March) and “Angel” (June).
Last week I mentioned about a unique occurrence happening on the ARIA Singles charts in the first month or two of the year, and this year is a return to that form. Back in 2005 US artist Nitty went to the top at the end of January with his track “Nasty Girl”, then two years later we had Hinder with “Lips of an Angel”, followed in 2008 by English singer Leona Lewis and “Bleeding Love”. At the start of this decade was Iyaz with “Replay” (Feb 2010), and then in mid-January 2011 we saw Wynter Gordon and “Dirty Talk” spend three weeks at the top and then 2013 the 1000th No.1 single went to Baauer with “Harlem Shake”. What I am surmising is that Australia seems to have one-hit-wonders as the first or earliest No.1’s at the start of the year, and then they might have one or two smaller chart entries after that, and then they never grace our charts again, so let’s see if Omi is now a part of that club.
After six weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles chart, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars drop a place to No.2 with “Uptown Funk”, the same position that Mark’s album debuts at over on the Albums chart. Bruno has now racked up ten weeks at the top of the Australian charts from his three No.1’s this decade, placing him at No.8 on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s Singles’, just ahead of Eminem’s nine weeks and Justice Crew with eleven weeks.
So after three weeks at No.2, Hozier drops back a place to No.3 with “Take Me to Church” which picks up a 2x▲Platinum in sales, whilst holding at its peak of No.4 for a second week is James Bay with “Hold Back the River”, which itself is now Gold (●) in sales, after which we see Sia jump up three places to No.5 with “Elastic Heart”, making Australia its highest placing this week, as it recently went to No.7 in Canada and peaked at No.7 in New Zealand back in December 2013 (when it was on the “Hunger Games 2” soundtrack); it’s currently No.15 there this week.
Down a place each are Taylor Swift with “Blank Space” and AronChupa with “I’m an Albatraoz” to No.6 and No.7 respectively, whilst dropping two places to No.9 is Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud”. The two new entries to the ten this week is The Avener with “Fade out Lines”, which is up six places to No.8 and makes Australia the sixth country to make it a Top 10 hit, as its currently sitting in the French and Swiss top tens. And also leaping up sixteen places to No.10 is Calvin Harris and HAIM with “Pray to God”, which becomes Calvin’s tenth Top 10 single here and the first for HAIM who previously peaked at No.12 with “The Wire” in October of 2013, plus the track also becomes Calvin’s fourth Top 10 single (from five charted) from his current No.21 album “Motion”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Robin Schulz is headed for a second Top 10 single here next week, as last weeks entry “Sun Goes Down” rises seventeen places to No.13 and another of last weeks new songs, Meghan Trainor and “Dear Future Husband” is up eleven to No.16 this week. Labrinth climbs a place to a new peak of No.19 with “Jealous” and the new Taylor Swift track “Style” leaps seventeen spots to No.21, whilst blazing up twenty-two spots to No.23 is the new Avicii track “The Nights”. After returning to the Top 100 last week Tinashe this week jumps into the fifty with “2 On”, up twenty-five places to No.34 and also new to the fifty is The Weeknd with “Earned it”, up twenty-four to No.44, and lastly Big Sean and E-40 climb up five to No.50 with “I Don’t F**k with You”.
DOWN DOWN: After one week at No.10 George Ezra drops back down five places to No.15 with “Blame it on Me” and the second Top 10 evacuee are Peking Duk with “Take Me Over”, which is down eleven spots to No.20 after five weeks within the ten. Nicki Minaj drops nine spots to No.22 with “Bed of Lies” and also out of the Top 20 is Ariana Grande with “Love Me Harder”, down five to No.24. Calvin and Ellie drop six to No.27 with “Outside” and the first Meghan Trainor single “All about that Bass” is down six to No.29 and newly certified 6x▲Platinum, whilst descending fourteen to No.30 is Charli XCX with “Break the Rules”. Sam Smith drops seven to No.43 with “Stay With Me” and after debuting at No.32 last week Chris Brown falls fifteen places to No.47 with “Ayo”, and Will Sparks drops twelve to No.49 with “Ah Yeah So What”.
The two new entries within the Top 50 this week occur at No.38 and No.39. Firstly are G.R.L. with their third chart entry “Lighthouse” at No.38, the follow-up to their No.2 single “Ugly Heart” (peaked August 2014), and right behind at No.39 is Maroon 5 with “Sugar”, which debuted in the Top 10 in the US this week, and becomes their twentieth Top 100 and the bands eighteenth Top 50 placement.
Lower 50: Chet Faker is back up eighteen places to No.52 with “Talk is Cheap” and another local act in Mashd N Kutcher leap twenty-four spots to a new peak of No.56 with “Do it Now”. Another of last weeks entries, the Stevie Wonder sampled “Wish You Were Mine” by Philip George leaps up thirty-seven to No.59. Peking Duk might have fallen with their current hit, but their former Top 5 single “High” is back up ten places to No.64 and down thirteen to No.79 but picking up a 3x▲Platinum certification are Klingande and “Jubel”. The two returning tracks to the hundred this week is Fall Out Boy with “Centuries” at No.94 and Imagine Dragons with “I Bet My Life” at No.99.
Kelly Clarkson is set to release her seventh studio album in March entitled ‘Piece by Piece’, and the first song to be issued from the set arrives at No.51 this week called “Heartbeat Song”, which becomes her nineteenth chart entry and her first since the June 2013 No.46 single “People Like Us”. Another reality-singing act making a return this week is 2013 X-Factor finalist Jai Waetford and his ninth overall entry entitled “Shy”, his last being “Get to Know You” which made it to No.32 in April 2014.
Liverpool based act The Wombats are also issuing a new album this year too, theirs is to be titled ‘Glitterbug’ and it should come out in early April, so the first taste from the album comes in at No.61 this week entitled “Greek Tragedy” becoming their sixth Top 100 entry, and new at No.76 is Childish Gambino with “Sober”, his third entry to the ARIA Singles chart and the first song to be released from his as yet untitled third album.
Kid Ink and Chris Brown team up for the third time for this weeks No.81 entry “Hotel”, and local Sydney act Hayden James lands his first chart entry at No.85 entitled “Something About You”, whilst the final entry of the week comes in at No.93, The Script with “No Good in Goodbye”, their twelfth chart entry and follow-up to the recent No.7 single “Superheroes” which is sitting at No.46 this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.