Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have the number one song in Australia.
This week four years ago Bruno Mars landed his second and longest running No.1 single with “Grenade” (13-Dec-2010, 3 weeks), and now alongside UK uber-producer Mark Ronson whose track “Uptown Funk” features Bruno Mars, and has been sitting at No.2 for the past two weeks, rises to the top of the ARIA Singles and notches up a ▲Platinum certification in the process.
“Uptown Funk” becomes the 1027th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2014) and the 462nd for ARIA (1983 to 2014), plus only the second this year for the Columbia label, the other being “Happy” for Pharrell Williams in January, whilst it’s the labels 109th No.1 overall. It’s the second time that the word ‘Uptown’ has appeared at No.1, as Billy Joel back in early December 1983 went to the top for a single week with “Uptown Girl” (5-Dec), whilst it’s the first ‘Funk’ to make it to the top, although we did have “Funkytown” for the original act Lipps Inc (Aug 1980, 2 weeks) and the cover by Pseudo Echo (22-Dec-86, 7 weeks).
Mark Ronson is the fortieth Male English artist to reach No.1 in Australia, the last being Ed Sheeran in May and October, and the song is also the 192nd by an English act to hit the top. And as I mentioned above this is Bruno’s third No.1 single in Australia after “Just the Way You Are” (25-Oct-2010, 1 week) and the aforementioned “Grenade” for three broken weeks. This new No.1 now takes Bruno’s tally at the top to five weeks, placing him equal fourteenth on the list for “Most Weeks at No.1: 2010’s” alongside Snoop Dogg, Reece Mastin and Fun who have also notched up five weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles chart, although they all did it with only two No.1’s.
“Blank Space” for Taylor Swift drops back down to No.2 after three weeks at the top, the same amount of time that her previous No.1 “Shake it Off” (TW-7) spent at No.1, giving her a total of six weeks for this decade at the top, placing her equal eleventh on the “Most Weeks at No.1: 2010’s” list with Pink (three No.1’s) and Ed Sheeran (two No.1’s). And after debuting at No.6 last week, Swedish DJ AronChupa climbs three places to a new peak of No.3 with his dance track “I’m an Albatraoz”.
Aron’s jump pushes last weeks top four songs down a place each, with Ed Sheeran dropping to No.4 with “Thinking Out Loud” and The Hilltop Hoods down to No.5 with their “Cosby Sweater”, whilst Stereosonic act and recent ARIA Award winners Peking Duk land their second Top 10 single this week, as their latest song “Take Me Over” featuring Safia jumps up six places to a new peak of No.6, their previous Top 10 hit “High” made it to No.5 for two weeks in late April. Swapping places this week are Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, back up one place to No.7 and down a spot to No.8 are Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding with “Outside”. Meghan Trainor is back up one spot to No.9 with “Lips are Movin’” and jumping five places to land at No.10 is Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey with the ballad “Bed of Lies”, which becomes Nicki’s ninth Top 10 single in Australia and her third for this year after “Anaconda” (HP-8) and “Bang Bang” (HP-4) and the third overall for Skylar Grey who also had a prior Top 10 hit this year, as vocalist on the David Guetta track “Shot Me Down” (HP-3, late March).
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The current No.1 single in New Zealand (for a fifth week) “Freaks” for Timmy Trumpet & Savage is back up to No.12, whilst up two places to a new peak of No.14 is Charli XCX with “Break the Rules”. Nico & Vinz continue to inch their way up the charts with “In My Arms”, which this week is up one spot to a new chart height of No.17, whilst right behind them, leaping nineteen spots to No.18 are Clean Bandit and Jesse Glynne with “Real Love”, the bands second Top 20 hit. Jeremih and YG are up four places to a new peak of No.22 with “Don’t Tell ‘em” and Ariana Grande with The Weeknd with the song “Love Me Harder” jumps up ten spots to a new height of No.25 this week. Chet Faker holds at his No.31 peak with “Talk is Cheap”, and two other male acts jumps up into the Top 40, Hozier with the current No.2 single in the USA “Take Me to Church”, which leaps up twenty-two spots to No.33 and George Ezra’s second entry “Blame it on Me” is up nine spots to a new peak of No.35. Sam Smith drops with “Like I Can” to No.24, but his two previous entries are back up, with “I’m Not the Only One” rising three to No.29 and “Stay With Me” back up nine spots to No.38, and jumping into the Top 50 this week are Mariah Carey with the 1994 No.2 single “All I Want for Christmas is You” (60 to 43) and Yolanda Be Cool with DCup land their second Top 50 single as “Sugar Man” jumps up twenty-two spots to No.44 this week.
DOWN DOWN: After three weeks within the Top 10, two of those at No.9, “Steal My Girl” for One Direction drops six places to No.15 this week, and is newly crowned ▲Platinum in sales, whilst after only a single week within the ten at No.5, James Newton Howard and Jennifer Lawrence drop eleven places to No.16 this week with “The Hanging Tree”. Parra for Cuva drop five to No.28 with “Wicked Games” and Echosmith descend eight to No.32 with their “Cool Kids”, whilst The Veronicas’ “You Ruin Me” drops seven to No.34. Sheppard drop three spots to No.36 with “Geronimo”, which is newly certified 5x▲Platinum and Jessica Mauboy is down seven places to No.37 with “Can I Get a Witness”. Band Aid 30 plummet fourteen spots to No.39 with “Do They Know it’s Christmas” and The Magician with Years & Years are down eleven to No.45 with “Sunlight”, whilst the other ‘Hunger Games’ drop-victim is Lorde who is down nineteen to No.48 with “Yellow Flicker Beat”. Leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Marlon Roudette, 1D’s “Night Changes”, Beyonce, G.R.L. and Selena Gomez.
Ed Sheeran lands the highest new entry this week with a song NOT from his current “x” album (yet), and is featured in the seventh season of the TV series ‘Sons of Anarchy’, the song “Make it Rain” comes in at No.26 and is Ed’s twelfth Top 100 and eleventh Top 50 entry. And one place lower at No.27 are Bring Me the Horizon with the first track from their 2015 due fifth studio album (no name or date as yet) entitled “Drown”, which becomes the UK metal bands first ever ARIA Singles chart entry.
Lower 50: Local dance duo Carmada jump back up seventeen places to a new peak of No.53 with “Maybe” and up seven to a new chart height is Labrinth with his ballad “Jealous”, whilst Idina Menzel is spending her fiftieth week within the Top 100 with the song “Let it Go”, which is back up nine this week to No.66. Watermak returned last week at No.99 with “Bullit” (HP-60), which this week bullets up thirty places to No.69, whilst returning tracks this week comes from Imagine Dragons at No.95 with “I Bet My Life” (HP-36) and back in at No.100 for the third time in thirty years are Wham! with their eternal festive season ballad “Last Christmas”, which first charted this week thirty years ago (17-Dec-1983, HP-3 for eight weeks) and again this week seventeen years ago as a remix (14-Dec-1997, HP-46).
A former No.1 single in Germany and Austria debuts at No.61 entitled “Fade Out Lines” by deep-house French DJ The Avener, the song having also reached the Top 10 in Belgium (#2), Denmark (#5), France (#3), Italy (#6) and Switzerland (#3). Ed Sheeran also sees his next single from his “x” album debut at No.72 entitled “One” which was originally released in Europe back in May when the album first came out, which becomes his 13th Top 100 entry.
The final new entry at No.79 is a collaboration featuring Darren Hayes, Pete Murray, Marlisa, Nathaniel and special guest Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst the many contributors who have done a reworking of the Kate Bush track “This Woman’s Work” (HP-89, Feb 1990) under the banner name of Hope for Isla and Jude, who are young Australian siblings suffering from the rare and fatal disease ‘Sanfilippo Syndrome’.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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