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ARIA Singles: John Legend Stays On Top

by Paul Cashmere on December 14, 2013

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

John Legend stays at No.1 on the ARIA Singles chart for a second week, helped by his current tour alongside Alicia Keys, with the track also picking up a Platinum certification too.

MAGIC! were in the country this past week on a promo tour, which has helped their track “Rude” to climb to a new peak of No.2 and the track just started charting in New Zealand (#11) where they also visited, and Canada (#47) this week, where lead singer and songwriter Nasri Atweh is from.

Eminem and Rihanna drop a spot to No.3 with “The Monster”, and right behind them at No.4 is Jason DeRulo with “Trumpets”, which jumps up eighteen places from last weeks No.22 debut position to become Jason’s eleventh Top 10 single, all four singles released from his current album “Tattoos” (TW-50) have now gone Top 10.

Pitbull and Ke$ha are down a place to No.5 with “Timber”, but the track picks up a 2x▲ Platinum certification this week, whilst holding steady at No.6 is Guy Sebastian and “Like a Drum”. Avicii drops two places to No.7 with “Hey Brother”, and Katy Perry is down one spot to No.8 with “Roar”, which is now being used for the 2014 promo ads for ‘The Biggest Loser’.

There are only two new entries to the Top 50 this week, and debuting at No.9 is the highest new entry, which features Lindsay McDougall, Abbe May, Laurence Pike, Andy Bull, Bertie Blackman, Joyride, Phil Jamieson, Jeswon, Tuka & Thomas Rawle. These Triple J personalities alongside local musicians have teamed up for the song “Triple J – Christmas Number 1”, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross. But right behind is the other debut at No.10, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, used originally in the film ‘Despicable Me 2’, the song now becomes Pharrell’s fifth Top 10 entry; third this year after his Robin Thicke & Daft Punk guest appearances, and his first solo Top 10 entry in Australia. His first two entries were as guest vocalist on two Snoop Dogg tracks, “Beautiful” (HP-4, May 2003) and “Drop it Like it’s Hot” (HP-4, Jan 2005).

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The Vamps jump up ten places this week to a new peak of No.24 with “Can We Dance”, whilst Rudimental with Emeli Sande and Nas are up a massive thirty-one spots to No.26 with “Free”. In between those two, “The Love Club” EP featuring ‘Royals’ is back up to No.25, the song now being used in the Galaxy Phone ads, whilst Samantha Jade is back up to No.30 with “Soldier”, and Flume & Chet Faker jump back up to No.32 with “Drop the Game”. Lorde and her track “Team” are back up six places to No.33, the song now ▲Platinum in sales. MKTO are up one place to a new peak of No.44 with their new single “God Only Knows”, whilst moving into the Top 50 this week is “Beautiful” by Jessica Mauboy, up twenty places to No.46 and back up twenty places to No.50 is Mariah Carey with “All I Want for Christmas is You”, which originally spent two weeks at No.2 in December 1994, and returned to No.40 last Christmas season. The song has also charted every year since 2006 on the digital charts (minus 2010).

DOWN DOWN: After three weeks within the Top 10, Bastille are down three places to No.11 with “Of the Night” (HP-6), whilst Taylor Henderson is down two places to No.12 with “Borrow My Heart” (HP-1, WI10-4), and Justice Crew drop four places to No.13 with “Everybody” (HP-6, WI10-6). Imagine Dragons got close to the Top 10 last week with “Demons” (HP-11), which is down four places to No.15 this week, and James Blunt is down seven places to No.23 with “Bonfire Heart”. OneRepublic drop nine spots to No.29 with “Something I Need”, with Vance Joy only scoring a one-week reprieve after the ARIA Awards, as “Riptide” is back down twelve places to No.35 this week. Lupe Fiasco and Ed Sheeran are down seven places to No.37 with “Old School Love”, which is now Gold (●) in sales, as too is Flo Rida with “How I Feel”, which falls seventeen places to No.41. Drake is down five to No.45 with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (now 2x▲Platinum) and after climbing into the Top 50 last week, The Fray is back down eight places to No.52 with “Love Don’t Die”, whilst Lady GaGa and R.Kelly with “Do What U Want” drop fifteen places this week to No.63.

Lower 50: Thank You for Busta Rhymes leaps up thirty-seven places to No.55, whilst the Channel 10 Sochi Winter Olympics ads keep helping “Hall of Fame” for The Script to climb back up, as it’s up nine spots to No.60 this week. “Raise the Bar” for Bonnie Anderson is up five places to a new peak of No.62, whilst A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera jump up twenty-six spots to No.69 with “Say Something”. Alicia Keys’ tour helps her “Girl on Fire” track back up ten places to No.77 and “Strong” (HP-78) by London Grammar jumps back up fourteen spots to No.79. Returning tracks to this weeks Top 100 include “Wild Child” (HP-48) for Elen Levon at No.72, “Show Me” by Kid Ink feat Christ Brown at a new peak of No.83, “This is What if Feels Like” (HP-13) for Armin van Buuren at No.93 and current tourist Taylor Swift sneaks back in at #100 with “I Knew You Were Trouble”.

The tenth successive Justin Bieber single over the past ten weeks enters at No.53 this week entitled “Confident”, with his two other recent charting single “Change Me” (HP-59) and “Roller Coaster” (HP-58) both dropping out this week.

My Life” by Bliss N’ Eso featuring singer Ceekay Jones debuts at No.74, with the guys performing the song at the 2014 ARIA Awards a couple of weeks ago, the entry becoming their thirteenth entry into the Top 100. And scoring their third entry is another local act, The Aston Shuffle, who debut at No.81 with “Tear it Down”. They have previously charted with “Your Love” (HP-67, Oct 2010) and “Can’t Stop Now” (HP-70, Oct 2012).

Triple J Unearthed act Tkay Maidza is from Adelaide and she debuts at No.89 with her first chart entry “Brontosaurus”, whilst returning after a long absence at No.98 is Fatboy Slim with guests Riva Starr and Beardyman on the remixed version of his June released track “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat”, which has been remixed by Calvin Harris and the track recently went to No.3 in England and to No.1 in Scotland. Fatboy Slim last charted here in September 2001 with “Ya Mama”/”Song for Shelter” (HP-59), and this becomes his ninth chart entry overall.

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