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ARIA Singles: Ed Sheeran ‘Perfect’ Opens 2018 At No 1

by Gavin Ryan on January 7, 2018

in News,Noise Pro

Ed Sheeran’s domination of the singles chart with his track “Perfect” continues as his multi-duet is at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for a fifth consecutive week.

“Perfect” helps Ed to climb to an overall time at No.1 in Australia to 26 weeks (from four #1’s) moving him up to equal 22nd on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2018’ alongside two 1940’s acts in bandleader Sammy Kaye (8 #1’s) and minstrel Al Jolson (2 #1’s). His next target is the 28 weeks racked up by Justin Bieber, who has had the most weeks at the top during this decade so far, but with a new Justin Timberlake single out on Friday it could take out the top spot next week. The track “Perfect” now becomes Ed’s equal second longest running No.1 song here, matching the five weeks achieved by “Thinking Out Loud” (from 20th Oct, 2014), and whilst it is the No.1 streamed song in the country, it’s three versions on the digital chart are sitting at No.3 (Beyonce duet), No.10 (solo version) and No.31 (Andrea Bocelli duet falling from 18 to #31).

Camila Cabello is again the No.1 selling digital track with “Havana”, which is at No.2 nationally, whilst also on hold at No.3 for a second week is Eminem and Ed Sheeran with “The River”. Last week “I Fall Apart” by Post Malone fell down a spot to No.5, now it’s back up one place to No.4, whilst his former No.1 “Rockstar” drops down two places to No.6. Reclaiming its former peak of No.5 is the Marshmello and Khalid track “Silence” (up two places), whilst Marsh’s second Top 10 entry on the Selena Gomez track “Wolves” rises one place to No.9. Also back up one place each are Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be” and NF with “Let You Down” to No.7 and No.8 respectively. Returning to the Top 10, back up three places to No.10 is Portugal. The Man with “Feel it Still” for an eighth non-consecutive week within the Top 10.

* Maroon 5 with SZA are back up three places to No.11 with “What Lovers Do”, whilst SZA’s two other chart entries also climb this week in her appearance on the Lorde track “Homemade Dynamite” up four to No.32 and her solo entry “The Weekend” jumping up twenty places to a new peak of No.53.
* Pnau could be headed for their second Top 10 single here, as their new track “Go Bang” is up six places to a new peak of No.13, whilst their first Top 10 entry “Chameleon” rises back up eighteen spots to No.81.
* G-Eazy sees both of his Top 100 entries climb this week, with “Him & I” with Halsey up a single place to a new chart height of No.16 and the first new Gold (●) certification for 2018, whilst G’s “No Limit” jumps up thirteen places to a new peak of No.56, whilst Halsey climbs back up on The Chainsmokers track “Closer” (86 to 76), whilst the ‘smokers duet with Coldplay in “Something Just Like This” is back up nine to No.51.
* David Guetta and Afrojack with Charli XCX and French Montana climb into the Top 20, up four places to a new peak of No.18.
* The No.1 selling single for 2017 was the Ed Sheeran track “Shape of You”, which climbs back up ten places to No.19 on it’s one-year chart anniversary (52 weeks).
* The Zayn and Sia duet “Dusk till Dawn” is back up one spot to No.20 and newly certified 3x▲ Platinum in sales, also the first for the year.
* Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels are up six places to a new peak of No.25 with “I Miss You”.
* After falling last week the Post Malone track “Candy Paint” is back up six places to No.26.
* Sheppard rise two places to land at a new peak of No.28 with “Coming Home”.
* Kendrick Lamar released a new track on Friday, and his “Humble.” track is back up seven places to No.33.
* The Top 100 now has three songs from the new Hugh Jackson/Zac Efron film “The Greatest Showman” on the charts, and last weeks entry from the soundtrack in “This is Me” by Keala Settle and the cast leaps up forty-five places to No.34.
* The second biggest song for 2017 was “Despacito” for Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber, which this week is back up six spots to No.36, whilst JB’s “Friends” is back up four to No.41.
* The former Top 10 single for French Montana in “Unforgettable” (HP-7) rises back up ten places to land at No.37.
* The second “Let You Down” (HP-37) within the Top 50 for Peking Duk and Icona Pop is back up three spots to land at No.40.
* Vance Joy climb back up eight spots to No.44 with “Lay it On Me”.
* Breaking into the Top 50 for the first time are Camelphat and Elderbrook with “Cola”, up nine places to a new peak of No.48.
* Returning to the fifty is the Kygo EP “Stargazing”, back up six spots to No.49.
* Rebounding fourteen places to No.61 is the Calvin Harris track “Feels” with Pharrell, Big Sean and Katy Perry.
* The Hayden James with GRAACE track “Numb” is up sixteen places to a new peak of No.73.
* Lorde’s “Green Light” jumps back up fifteen spots to No.78.
* The DJ Snake and Lauv track “A Different Way” is back up ten spots to No.84, whilst the Lauv entry “I Like Me Better” rises four spots to No.31.
* The first of five returning track this week is “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars at No.87, reclaiming the ‘Longest Charted Single’ award at 114 weeks (“Thinking Out Loud” for Ed Sheeran drops out this week), whilst Bruno is also back in at No.96 with “That’s What I Like”.
* Further returning tracks are “Never Be Like You” for Flume (#90), “Echame la Culpa” for Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato (#97) and Maggie Lindemann with “Pretty Girl” (#100).

* The only Top 10 dropout just happens to leave the entire Top 100 this week, a rare feat indeed, as “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey (HP-2, WI10-3a, peaked Dec 1994) leaves the entire chart from last weeks No.6, whilst the two other seasonal tunes leave also in Wham! and “Last Christmas” (from #11) and Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” (from #54).
* The first significant drop occurs at No.39 as “Gucci Gang” for Lil’ Pump is down six places to No.39.
* Demi Lovato is down five places to No.43 with her track “Sorry, Not Sorry”.
* Both Pink entries drop back down after climbing last week, with “What About Us” down seven to No.46 and “Beautiful Trauma” is only down three places to No.29.
* As the Imagine Dragons album returns to the Top 10 their three Top 100 entries fall back slightly this week, with “Thunder” down a spot to No.21, new single “Whatever it Takes” dips a spot to No.35 and oldest single “Believer” is down eight places to No.52 after returning to the fifty last week.
* Both Taylor Swift entries drop ten places each this week, with “…Ready for it?” falling to No.63 and “Look What You Made Me Do” to No.72.
* Callum Scott tumbles down twenty-one spots to No.67 with his new entry “You are the Reason”.
* Kita Alexander drops seven spots to No.74 with her “Hotel” single.
* Guy Sebastian’s “Bloodstone” falls eleven spots to land at No.77.
* The Eminem and Beyonce collaboration “Walk on Water” trickles down nineteen places to No.80.
* Niall Horan drops nine spot to No.86 with “Too Much to Ask”, whilst his “Slow Hands” only move down three spots to No.75.
* 21 Savage withdraws fifteen chart places to No.95 with his “Bank Account” single.
* Hailee Steinfeld is down ten places to No.98 with her “Most Girls” track.

* #59 – Rewrite the Stars by Zac Efron and Zendaya
* #68 – The Greatest Show by Zac Efron, Zendaya and The Greatest Showman Ensemble are both from the new No.1 album in the country, the soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which saw its first entry chart last week in “This is Me”, which jumps to No.34 this week. This becomes the fifth musical to feature Zac Efron to chart a song from his film, the previous four were “High School Musical” 1 (2006), 2 (2007) and 3 (2008), whilst the musical version of ‘Hairspray” saw him chart again as a part of the ensemble track “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (HP-69, Nov 2007)

* #89 – Anyway by Tyron Hapi feat Mimoza is the first chart entry for the 19 year old Melbourne producer, having previously worked with other acts such as Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet and Joel Fletcher.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to



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