The current UK No.1 single for the (now) past four weeks becomes the first chart topping for the UK duo Clean Bandit, along with guest vocalists Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, all on the Ace of Base sounding track “Rockabye”.
“Rockabye” becomes the 15th No. single for 2016, plus the 1059th No.1 in Australia (1940 to 2016) and the 494th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), and the 999th No.1 single since the charts went weekly (starting in Jan. 1949). It also becomes the 26th No.1 single for the ‘Atlantic’ (through Warner) record label and their second for 2016 after Gnash spent two weeks at the top back in April.
This is the first time that the word ‘Rockabye’ has appeared in a No.1 title, but it also becomes the fifth No.1 with the word ‘Bye’ contained within its title, and the eleventh with a ‘Rock’ in the title. More importantly, Clean Bandit become the first English Duo to hit the top this century here in Australia, and overall the eighth English pair since Peter & Gordon first did it in 1966 with “Lady Godiva”, the last UK duo were the sisters Mel & Kim with “Respectable” in July 1987, whilst they are the second duo to hit the top this year after The Chainsmokers in mid-August. Anne-Marie becomes the 24th English Female solo singer to hit the top (the last was Ellie Goulding in Feb 2015), and Sean Paul becomes the fifth Jamaican act to land in the No.1 spot, the last being OMI last January with “Cheerleader”, before that was Shaggy (3 #1’s), Boris Gardiner and Carl Douglas (1 each).
Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie are the 123rd and 124th English acts to hit the top here in Australia (Solo, group or duo), and Sean Paul is the fifth as I mentioned, but the new No.1 “Rockabye” also becomes the 200th and 201st chart-topping song performed by an English Act, whilst Sean Paul is the seventh No.1 overall for a Jamaican (3 by Shaggy and the aforementioned single acts).
The Weeknd rebounds back up two places with the title track from this weeks new No.1 album “Starboy” to log a seventh non-consecutive week in the No.2 position, whilst holding at No.3 for a second week is the current US No.1 single (for a third week there) “Black Beatles” by another duo Rae Sremmurd, and the former seven week running No.1 single for James Arthur in “Say You Won’t Let Go” drops three places this week to land at No.4, becoming now the equal fifth longest run for this decade alongside other seven weeks runs for “Someone Like You” – Adele (2011), “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (first week at No.1 this week in 2012), “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber (2015/16) and “One Dance” for Drake from this year. Plus the song is now one of 48 other previous seven week running No.1 singles in Australia.
Climbing back up one spot to No.5 is the former No.4 single “Sexual” by NEIKED feat Dyo, swapping places with Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” (now ▲Platinum), which is down a place to No.6. The swap around occurs again for the next four tracks, as “Closer” (now 6x▲Platinum) by The Chainsmokers and Halsey is back up one to No.7, swapping with Calum Scott and “Dancing on My Own” down one to No.8, and again with Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar on “Don’t Wanna Know” back up one to No.9, chart-swapping with “Shout Out to My Ex” for Little Mix, dropping a single place to No.10 and now certified ▲Platinum in sales.
* Peking Duk look set to land their third Top 10 single next week as their latest track “Stranger” featuring Elliphant is up a couple of spots to land a new peak of No.11.
* Drake and his “Fake Love” climbs two places to a new peak of No.16.
* With the wide-release of the film “Trolls”, the movies lead single “Can’t Shake the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake is back up five places and returns to the Top 20 at No.18.
* Alessia Cara jumps up five places to a new peak of No.23 with “Scars to Your Beautiful”.
* Not only does The Weeknd rise with his “Starboy” track, but his two entries from last week leap up too, with “I Feel it Coming” (also with Daft Punk) jumping fifteen spots to land a new chart height of No.24, whilst “the No.63 entry last week in “Party Monster” leaps twice as much, up thirty spots to No.33.
* A further small and steady rise of Zay and Zayion and their “Juju on the Beat (TZ Anthem)”, up three this week to a new peak of No.26.
* Zara Larsson claims her fifth Top 30 during 2016 as her latest “I Would Like” climbs six spots to a new peak of No.27.
* After spending a second week at No.31 last week, this week Capsize with Emily Warren and their track “Capsize” is up one notch to No.30.
* Jonas Blue and Raye have a three place climb to No.36 with “By Your Side”.
* After returning to the chart last week, Charli XCX sees her track “After the Afterparty” leap this week up forty-four places to land at No.37, becoming her fifth Top 40 entry (three solo, two as guest artist).
* “Human” for Rag’N’Bone Man climbs three places to a new peak of No.39, whilst jumping into the Top 15 in the UK this week, whilst still at No.1 Austria for a ninth week, it also landed a top berth in Switzerland and Belgium this week for the first time.
* Andy Grammar returns to the Top 50 with his “Fresh Eyes” (HP-44), back up six to No.45.
* Milky Chance land their second Top 50 entry this week as their latest track “Cocoon” jumps up twenty-one places to land at a new peak of No.46.
* “Love$ick” for Mura Musa and A$AP Rocky is stable it at it’s No.49 peak from last week.
* The slightly Hall & Oates infused track (with “I Can’t Got for That”) for The xx and “On Hold” (HP-49) is back up a couple of places to No.59.
* “Adore” (HP-57) by Amy Shark fell last week, but is back up five this week to No.63.
* The usual December return for the Mariah Carey track “All I Want for Christmas is You” is back this week at No.69.
* Bebe Rexha had so far spent two broken weeks at #100 with “I Got You”, which this week blasts back into the Top 100 at a new peak of No.73.
* The fourth single from Adele’s “25” (TW-6) in “Water Under the Bridge” jumps seventeen spots to land a new peak at No.75.
* After peaking at No.11 last week, Illy and Anne-Marie are back down a couple of places to No.13 this week.
* “Cold Water” for Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and M0 is stable at No.22 this week and newly certified 3x▲Platinum in sales.
* After a bullet post-ARIA performance last week for The Veronicas new track “On Your Side”, this week the song is back down twelve places to No.31.
* With one Zara track climbing, her previous entry “Ain’t My Fault” is back down seven this week to No.32.
* Guy Sebastian has just released a new EP as of Friday, and the second track lifted from the new release “Set in Stone” is down seven this week to No.34.
* With one Jonas Blue track rising, his previous entry “Perfect Strangers” is back down six this week to No.38.
* “Heathens” for twenty one pilots drops four this week to No.38 and “The Ocean” by Mike Perry is down two to No.47, both tracks now 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* Shawn Mendes sees his second No.4 single “Treat You Better” fall eight this week to No.48.
* After nine weeks Niall Horan leaves the Top 50 for the first time with his debut solo single “This Town”, which is down seventeen places this week to No.52.
* Two of last weeks Top 40 entries both fall into the lower fifty this week, as Robbie Williams’ with “Love My Life” is down twenty-eight to No.64 and a bigger fall for X-Factor winner Isaiah and his debut single “It’s Gotta Be You”, falling thirty-nine places to No.65.
* Childish Gambino dropped his latest album on Friday, and the second chart entry from the set “Redbone” is down fourteen to No.71 this week after debuting last week at No.57.
* “Too Good” for Drake and Rihanna drops eleven to No.77.
* Adele’s “Hello” is back down thirteen spots to No.83.
* “Uptown Funk” for Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is down eight to No.85 and still the longest charting song at 107 weeks.
* The Disturbed’s recent resurgence for “The Sound of Silence” is coming to an end, as this week it drops seventeen places to No.86.
* “7 Years” for Lukas Graham is down fourteen spots to No.94 and newly certified 5x▲Platinum.
* #29 – Skin Companion (EP) – Flume was the big winner on the night of the ARIA Awards, and his album “Skin” returned last week at No.19, where it is stable this week, and as a thanks to all of his fans, Flume has released a four track EP which is the highest new entry this week.
* #53 – Better Be Home Soon/ Fall at Your Feet / Distant Sun – Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning and Crowded House each sang the aforementioned songs after Crowded House were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at last weeks ARIA Awards, and their live medley of song debuts at No.53 this week, whilst Crowded House see two of their three Top 10 singles in Australia return to the chart, with their first Top 10 “Don’t Dream it’s Over” (HP-8) back in at No.82, and their highest charting single in “Better Be Home Soon” (HP-2×4) returning at No.89. These were also helped back into the charts by the group again playing at the Sydney Opera House, which was also televised this past week too.
* #61 – Shed a Light – Robin Schulz & David Guetta feat Cheat Codes, sees the three producers collaborate for the first time, with the track also debuting at No.56 in the UK this week too.
* #72 – False Alarm – The Weeknd now has four tracks within the Top 100 this week, this track was initially released nine weeks ago just after “Starboy”, but only charts now due to the same-titled album debuting at No.1 on the albums chart this week.
* #81 – Chameleon – Pnau sees the duo land their fourth Top 100 Singles chart entry, and this is the first taste of the 2017 due sixth studio album.
* #95 – Make Me (Cry) – Noah Cyrus feat Labrinth is the debut single for the sixteen year old sister of Miley Cyrus, who has teamed with UK artist Labrinth for this ballad.
* #97 – Now and Later – Sage the Gemini lands his second Top 100 entry and first as a solo artist, he has previously been guest vocalist on the Flo Rida track “GDFR” (HP-36, peaked April 2015), with this new track taken from his early 2017 due second album “Bachelor Party”.
* #99 – Play That Song – Train look set to release their tenth studio album “A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat” in the new year, and this first song from the album becomes their eleventh Top 100 entry and first since 2012.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com