I predicted last week in my column that LunchMoney Lewis and his single “Bills” was headed for the top of the ARIA Singles chart, well this week it jumps up four places to land at the chart summit, plus it picks up a Gold (●) sales certification in the process.
“Bills” becomes the 1031st No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 466th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 110th chart-topper for the Columbia label. Australia is the first country on the planet not only to make “Bills” a Top 10 hit, but also a No.1 track, with the song just starting to chart in the USA (#95), New Zealand (#36) and The Netherlands (#32), and it’s also the first time that the word ‘Bills’ has appeared in a No.1 song, with the only other ‘bills’ to chart coming via Destiny’s Child with “Bills, Bills, Bills” (HP-26, peaked Sept 1999).
LunchMoney Lewis is the 183rd Solo American Male artist to reach the top here, the last (new) US Male to make it to No.1 was John Legend with “All of Me” (19-Dec-2013), plus “Bills” is the 402nd No.1 by an American artist and the 672nd by an American Performer, whilst he is also the third American artist to make it to the top of the ARIA Singles chart, but the first lead act, as the other two Bruno Mars and Kanye West were guest acts on two of the five chart-topping singles thus far this year.
So after four weeks, Ellie Goulding is down a place to No.2 with “Love Me Like You Do”, and the new UK No.1 single “Lay Me Down” for Sam Smith and John Legend (which is being used in the UK as a fundraiser for Comic Relief), this week here jumps up five places to land at No.3, and by doing so it becomes Sam’s highest charting single, beating the No.5 peak of both “La La La” with Naughty Boy and “Stay With Me”. With “Bills” jumping to the top of the chart, it pushes older tracks down this week, with former No.1’s by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney and FourFiveSeconds”, “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (now 6x▲Platinum in sales) and “Cheerleader” by Omi all dropping two places each to No.4, No.5 and No.6 respectively, and after three weeks at No.6, Maroon 5 drop down a spot to No.7 with “Sugar”.
This week local artist Jarryd James sees his first chart entry become his first Top 10 hit as “Do You Remember” jumps up nine places to a new peak of No.8. Hozier is down two places to No.9 with his track “Take Me to Church” and the second entry to this weeks ten is last weeks highest new entry, Major Lazer with M0 and DJ Snake and the dance track “Lean On”, which jumps thirteen places to land at No.10. It becomes the first Top 10 single in Australia for all three acts, as DJ Snake peaked at No.13 with “Turn Down for What” and M0 appeared on the Iggy Azalea track “Beg for it” (Nov 2014).
UP: Pitbull and Ne-Yo climb three places to land within the Top 20 this week at No.18 with their collaboration “Time of Our Lives”, whilst the newly released EP for Daniel Johns’ track “Aerial Love” sees it blast back up seventy-four places to a new peak of No.21. Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber are up four spots to a new peak of No.24 with “Where Are U Now” and holding at No.30 is current tourists Vance Joy with “Georgia”. Kelly Clarkson jumps up six to No.32 with “Heartbeat Song” and also on hold at No.34 is Labrinth with “Jealous” (newly crowned ▲Platinum), whilst up to a new peak of No.35 are Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg with “Stuck on a Feeling”. After debuting last week at No.70, Galantis zoom up thirty two places to No.38 with “Runaway (U & I)”, whilst also jumping into the Top 50 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Live and Let Go”, with G.R.L. returning with “Lighthouse” (64 to 45).
DOWN: After a week at No.10, Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are down a place to No.11 with “Trouble, whilst the other Top 10 dropout is Ed Sheeran with “Bloodstream” (HP-7), which after two weeks within the ten is down seven to No.16 this week. After leaping into the fifteen last week during his promo visit here, Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” is down eight to No.23 this week, with Robin Schulz and “Sun Goes Down” dropping six to No.28 this week. Falling ten to No.37 is Calvin Harris and HAIM with “Pray to God” (now ▲Platinum in sales), and down eight to No.40 is Taylor Swift with “Blank Space”, with “6 Words” for Wretch 32 dropping eight to No.48 and Redfoo with his “Juicy Wiggle” down fifteen places to No.50, whilst the big dropout from last weeks fifty is Kanye West with “All Day” (42 to 78).
Jason DeRulo is set to release his fourth album sometime this year (no date or title known as yet), and the first single from the album is this weeks highest new entry, coming in at No.27 is “Want to Want Me”, which becomes his 19th Top 100 and Top 50 entry plus it’s the eighth time that he has landed the highest entry of the week. Whilst another act with the first single from their forthcoming album debuts at No.29, Mumford & Sons with “Believe”; the first taste from their third album “Wilder Mind” which is due in the first week of May. It becomes the UK acts’ fourth Top 100 and Top 50 entry.
Muse are set to release their seventh album “Drones” in the first week of June, and the act sees the albums first release entitled “Psycho” come in at No.44 this week, the bands eleventh Top 100 and fifth Top 50 entry, and is their first Top 50 appearance since their ‘Twilight’ track “Neutron Star Collision” debuted and peaked at No.37 in late May 2010. And the final Top 50 entry this week is the 24th Top 100 and 21st Top 50 chart entry for Delta Goodrem entitled “Only Human”, coming in at No.46, with her last entry being the cover of “Love Thy Will Be Done” (HP-59, Sept 2014).
Lower 50: Two of last weeks entries jump to just outside of the Top 50, Jess Glynne with “Hold My Hand” is up seventeen places to No.52, whilst “I Really Like You” for Carly Rae Jepsen is up eighteen to No.53, with the only other new peak in the lower fifty being the weekly climber “Firestone” for Kygo and Conrad, this week it climbs two places to No.82. Returning tracks this week are “Gold” for Chet Faker at No.96, helped by it being used in the promo’s for the returning season of ‘Criminal Minds’ on Channel 7, current tourists Imagine Dragons return at No.99 with “Shots” and with a new ‘Frozen’ track entering this week, “Let it Go” for Idina Menzel is back in at #100.
The album “The Chaos & the Calm” for James Bay was just released on Friday, and the second single (and entry) here for James comes in at No.58 entitled “Let it Go”, whilst he is also within the Top 20 with “Hold Back the River” (TW-17). Making his first chart entry is US singer/songwriter Charlie Puth who teams up with Meghan Trainor for “Marvin Gaye”, coming in at No.66, becoming her fourth chart entry, all of which are within the Top 100 this week.
The group Years & Years first appeared on the charts alongside The Magician with “Sunlight” (HP-20, Nov 2014), and now they score their first solo entry with the recent UK No.1 single “King”, coming in at No.79, whilst one place lower at No.80 is the reunion of Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell along with the ‘Frozen’ cast and the track “Making Today a Perfect Day”, which is found in the new short ‘Frozen Fever’, which is being shown before ‘Cinderella’ in cinemas at the moment.
Perth act Tame Impala see their fourth Top 100 entry this week with the new single “Let it Happen”, new at No.84, and the first taste of their forthcoming third album, whilst a couple of places lower are another local act, a three-piece from Canberra called Safia with their first lead chart entry entitled “Counting Sheep” coming in at No.86. The act first appeared on the Peking Duk track “Take Me Over” (HP-6) which is sitting at No.49 this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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