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ARIA Singles: Grace Sewell Has The New No 1 In Australia

by Gavin Ryan on May 23, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

After two weeks at No.2, Grace (Sewell) and G-Eazy climb to the top of the ARIA Singles chart this week with their cover of the 1964 Lesley Gore ballad “You Don’t Own Me”, which makes Grace the first Australian performer to reach No.1 this year.

“You Don’t Own Me” becomes the 1034th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 469th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 67th for the RCA label, their last being in July 2014 with Paloma Faith’s single “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” (which was also initially used in promo’s for the TV series ‘Winners & Losers’). This is the third song with ‘You Don’t’ in its title to reach the top in Australia, the other two being Sonia Dada in late February 1993 with “You Don’t Treat Me No Good” and prior to that it was Simply Red with their cover of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (Aug 1989), whilst it’s only the second ‘Own’, the first being way back in April 1947 for The Ink Spots and “To Each His Own”.

Grace (Sewell) becomes the 20th Australian Female Solo artist to reach the top here since Olivia Newton-John first did it in October 1971, with the last one being Dami Im back in November 2013. She also becomes the 104th Australian act to hit No.1 locally and the last was The Veronicas with “You Ruin Me” in September of 2014, and the song is the 159th by an Australian act to reach No.1. This week the song is again the No.1 downloaded track of the week, but it’s not at the top of the streaming chart yet, that belongs to Major Lazer with “Lean On”, but Grace jumps from 29 to 16 on that list.

So after six weeks at No.1 Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth drop down a place to No.2 and joins five other songs from this decade that have notched up six weeks atop the ARIA Singles chart, “OMG” for Usher featuring, “Love the Way You Lie” Eminem & Rihanna (both from 2010), “Wild Ones” for Flo Rida and Sia (2012), “Wake Me Up” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc (2013), and lastly “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars (2014/5), notice that all of these songs are duets or have a featured artist appearing on it.

Taylor Swift re-enters/debuts at No.3 with the sixth Top 30 hit from her current No.7 album “1989”, the song is “Bad Blood” and now features Kendrick Lamar as guest rapper and was performed on the Billboard Music Awards this past week along with the star studded video clip being revealed too. By debuting so high this becomes Taylor’s eleventh Top 10 hit and fourth from the current album, something she has never achieved in Australia before from one album. The song first charted for a week in early November 2014 reaching No.76 for a single week as an album-pre-release entry.

After two weeks at No.3 Walk the Moon fall back a place to No.4 with “Shut Up + Dance” whilst climbing a place to a new peak of No.5 is David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack with “Hey Mama”, which gives David his fourth Top 5 from his current album “Listen” (TW-43) and his eleventh Top 5 hit overall, plus it’s the fourth top five hit for Nicki Minaj too.

Charlie Puth drops with both of his Top 10 hits this week, as his teaming with Meghan Trainor on “Marvin Gaye” is down two places to No.6 and thanks to inclusion in the ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ film the highest new entry from last week in the form of Jessie J. and “Flashlight”, this week it jumps up eight places to land at No.7 giving Jessie her sixth Top 10 single in Australia. Falling three places to No.8 is Major Lazer with “Lean On” and down two to No.9 is Jamie Lawson and “Wasn’t Expecting That” whilst the third Top 10 entry of the week belongs to first-time-entrant Rachel Platten and “Fight Song” which like the new No.1 song has been used in promo’s for a TV series, this one for Ch.7’s ‘Revenge’ and Australia becomes the second country after New Zealand to make this a Top 10 hit.

UP: Grace’s brother Conrad along with Kygo are on hold at No.12 with “Firestone” but jumping up twelve places to land at No.13 is Deorro and Chris Brown with “Five More Hours”. “Photograph” for Ed Sheeran is up three places to a new peak of No.15 and bouncing back ten places to land a new chart height of No.16 is Sia with “Big Girls Cry” (former peak was #17). Hermitude have the new No.1 album in the country and the albums lead single “The Buzz” is up three places to land at No.20 and Flo Rida’s new single with Robin Thicke “I Don’t Like it, I Love it” jumps up fourteen to land at a new peak of No.25. After falling back down a bit last week Britney and Iggy Azalea’s teaming for “Pretty Girls” jumps back up sixteen places to land within the Top 30 at No.28, helped by the pair performing the song at this weeks Billboard Music Awards, and the other Top 50 debutee from last week, “Nasty Freestyle” by T-Wayne jumps up eight spots to land at No.37.

DOWN: After a single week in the Top 10 at No.8 James Bay is back down three places to No.11 (where he was three weeks ago) with “Let it Go” and Jason DeRulo is down five places to No.14 with “Want to Want Me” (HP-4, WI10-8) and dropping eight places to No.18 is Jarryd James with “Do You Remember” (newly ▲Platinum) (HP-2×2, WI10-9). Galantis drop six places to No.17 with “Runaway (U & I)”, and down nine are Jack U with J.B. on “Where are U Now” to No.22. After half-a-year within the Top 20 “Uptown Funk” for Mark & Bruno drops down four to No.24 and another former No.1 leaving the twenty is “Bills” for LunchMoney Lewis, which drops eight places to No.27. Vance Joy descends nine spots to No.36 with “Georgia” and Jess Glynne falls seven spots to No.39 with “Hold My Hand”. After jumping up last week “King Kunta” for Kendrick Lamar is back down nine to No.42, Pitbull and Ne-Yo are on hold at No.43 with “Time of Our Lives” (now ▲Platinum) and down six to No.44 is Meghan Trainor with “Dear Future Husband” (now up to 2x▲Platinum) and another song to fall nine places is “One Last Time” for Ariana Grande, dropping to No.46 this week.

With the new film ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and soundtrack (TW-3) both riding high, the second entry this week is from the new film-set, coming in at No.29 is The Barden Bellas with “World Championship Finale 2”, which becomes the casts’ second Top 50 and fourth Top 100 entry, as the original soundtrack saw three songs enter the charts, and further down in the lower fifty this week are two more songs from the new PP2 soundtrack.

The current US Top 20 singles for French deejay and producer DJ Snake debuts here at No.48 this entitled “You Know You Like it” and features the vocals of AlunaGeorge who originally had a small hit with the song in 2013. One place lower at No.49 is A$AP Rocky with “Everyday” which features a sample of Rod Stewart along with guest performers Miguel and Mark Ronson. The sample from Rod belongs to an Australian 1972 penned track called “In a Broken Dream” (HP-84, March ’72) by the band Python Lee Jackson, which Rod provided vocals for prior to his Faces and solo careers, and then Rod re-recorded it in 1992 and it finally appeared on one of his albums “Sessions 1971-1998”. This new track “Everyday” is taken from A$AP Rocky’s forthcoming third album “At.Long.Lost.ASAP” which is out in early June.

Lower 50: Adam Lambert leaps with his new song “Ghost Town” to No.52 and Rudimental fly up to No.54, both song climbing twenty-seven places to new peaks. Fifth Harmony continue to climb, this week they’re up eleven places to No.60 with “Worth it” and after returning last week, “Dynamite” for Asta and AllDay leaps up twenty-one spots to a new peak of No.66, whilst Andy Grammer re-enters at No.67 with his former No.81 track (Oct 2014) “Honey I’m Good”. With the track for the new Bradley Cooper film ‘Aloha’ being played on TV commercials, this helps Cold War Kids to climb to a new peak of No.90 with “First” and the second and final re-entry this week is at No.99, John Legend with “All of Me”, which benefits from being covered in the PP2 film.

Talking of ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ those two further lower entries are at No.56 with “Riff Off” with this version being credited to Tone Hangers, The Treblemakers, The Barden Bellas, Green Bay Packers and the German team Das Sound Machine. The original “Riff Off Medley” from the first film went to No.75 in January 2013 and the other entry from this weeks No.3 album comes in at No.88 for The Treblemakers and their cover of the Mika song from his first album “Lollipop”.

Nicki Minaj teams with Beyonce for the track “Feeling Myself” which is new at No.72 whilst another teaming comes in at No.74, Pia Mia with Chris Brown and Tyga on Pia’s track “Do it Again” and this becomes her first chart entry here, and also making her first ARIA chart appearance is singer/songwriter Joelle with the song “Wish I Never” which enters at No.85.

Yolanda Be Cool and DCup debut at No.86 with the track “Soul Makossa (Money)” which features a sample of the September 1973 Top 30 hit “Soul Makossa” for Cameroon artist Manu Dibango (HP-26), which was later sampled for the Michael Jackson 1983 singles “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” (HP-25, peaked late August) and again later for Rihanna on her song “Don’t Stop the Music” (HP-1, peaked Feb 2008).

The final three entries come in one after the other, with Zedd and Troye Sivan new at No.93 with “Papercut” taken from his new album “True Colors” (TW-19), followed at No.94 by Hopium with “Right Now” becoming the acts second entry after “Dreamers” hit No.84 in September 2014, whilst the final entry at No.95 is from Tove Lo and her current US Top 20 hit “Talking Body” which becomes her third chart entry here.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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