Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are at the top of the ARIA Singles chart for a fifth consecutive week with “Uptown Funk”.
The song also went to the top of the US Billboard charts this week and also notched up a third week in the UK, meaning its at the top in all three districts this week, plus its also at the top in Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand at the moment.
Hozier holds at No.2 for a second week with “Take Me to Church”, whilst his self-titled album leaps to spend its first week within the ARIA Top 10 this week, and back up one place to No.3 is AronChupa with “I’m an Albatraoz”, swapping places with Taylor Swift’s third No.1 single “Blank Space” which drops a spot to No.4 this week.
Last weeks only new entry to the charts “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) by OMI came in at No.22, but this week it leaps up seventeen places to land at No.5 making Australia the third country in the world to make a Top 10 (or even Top 5) hit, as it’s spending a fourth week at the top of the Danish charts and drops to No.2 in Sweden after eight weeks atop their charts. After that we find that Ed Sheeran is down a place to No.6 with “Thinking Out Loud” and returning to the Top 10, up four to No.7 are Peking Duk and Safia with “Take Me Over” (HP-6).
The highest new entry of the week occurs within the Top 10 this week, coming in at No.8 are Kanye West with guest artist Paul McCartney and the song “Only One”, the first new material from Kanye’s forthcoming seventh studio album (no date or title known as yet), and is one of two songs the artists collaborated on. By debuting in the Top 10 it becomes the seventh Top 10 single for Kanye and his first appearance in this region since his guest vocals on Katy Perry’s “E.T.” (HP-5, peaked late Jan 2011), and more-so Paul McCartney’s twelfth solo Top 10 entry, and his first since “No More Lonely Nights” made it to No.9 in November 1984. Paul’s last Top 50 appearance was with “Hope of Deliverance” (HP-29, Jan 1993), his last new entry was “Young Boy” (HP-60, June 1997) and last actual appearance was the re-entry of his first duet with Michael Jackson “The Girl is Mine” (originally HP-4, Dec 1982) when it returned after Michael’s passing in July 2009 returning to peak at No.93 for a single week. “Only One” becomes Paul’s 40th chart entry since 1971 and 36th for Kanye since his first back in 2004.
The remainder of the Top 10 consists of Meghan Trainor and “Lips are Movin’” down a place to No.9, whilst her debut album ‘Title’ is out this week, and dropping three places to No.10 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Cosby Sweater” notching up its tenth week within the Top 10.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: After a couple of weeks at the lower end of the Top 50, James Bay this week leaps up thirty places to a land a new peak of No.13 with “Hold Back the River”, and also jumping into the Top 20 are Yolanda Be Cool with “Sugar Man”, up nine places to No.15. Something I noticed this week about that song too, was that the vocals are done by the original artist Rodriguez and this is his first ever singles chart entry since any of his albums first entered our charts in 1976. Two further songs jump into the twenty this week, with French act The Avener leaping twenty-four places to No.18 with their chill-out track “Fade out Lines” and George Ezra scores his second Top 20 hit and is the only new certification on the chart this week, as his new track “Blame it on Me” is up six spots to No.19 and now Gold (●) in sales. Climbing back up eight places to No.23 are Clean Bandit with “Real Love” (HP-13) and up a couple of places to a new peak of No.33 is One Direction with “Night Changes”, whilst jumping twenty spots to land at No.36 is Labrinth with his ballad “Jealous”, and returning to the Top 50 are “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde (94 to 46) and “Wicked Games” for Parra for Cuva (62 to 48).
DOWN DOWN: After twenty weeks within the Top 10, three of those at No.1, Taylor Swift and “Shake it off” drop six places to No.12 this week, whilst after a single week within the ten at No.10, “Break the Rules” for Charli XCX is back down four places to No.14 and the third and final dropout is “Freaks” for Timmy Trumpet and Savage which went back in for a fifteenth appearance last week, and is down seven to No.16 this week. Calvin and Ellie drop down to No.17 with “Outside” plus Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” and David Guetta with “Dangerous” both drop seven places to No21 and No.22 respectively. Meghan Trainor sees her 2014 #2 single of the year “All About That Bass” dive eight spots to No.24, whilst 1D’s “Steal My Girl” is down nine to No.26, whilst bettering that by descending ten to No.28 is Will Sparks with “Ah Yeah So What”. Nico & Vinz with “In Your Arms” and The Script with “Superheroes” are both down nine to No.30 and No.32 respectively, whilst the “Bang Bang” ensemble drop twelve to No.40 this week. The Veronicas drop ten places to No.42 with “You Ruin Me” and Marlisa is down eight to No.47 with “Stand by You”. Leaving from last weeks Top 50 are “Shower” for Becky G (37 to 53), “Sing” for Ed Sheeran (41 to 54), “High” by Peking Duk (46 to 55), “Break Free” by Ariana Grande (49 to 57), “Fancy” for Iggy Azalea (45 to 59) and Katy Perry with “This is How We Do” (48 to 60).
The two other Top 50 debuts this week come from Guy Sebastian at No.35 with “Linger”, which sees him reteam with Lupe Fiasco as guest vocalist, with their previous collaboration resulting in the No.1 single “Battle Scars” (No.1 for 6 weeks from August 2012), and this is the fourth single from Guy’s current No.25 album “Madness”, plus it becomes his 23rd chart entry overall. And the fifth single from this weeks No.12 album “Motion” by Calvin Harris debuts at No.49 entitled “Pray to God” featuring the singing sister act HAIM, becoming Calvin’s twentieth chart entry and the fifth for HAIM, with all of the previous singles from his album having reached the Top 20, three of the four made it to the Top 10, with “Blame” (HP-9) at No.55, “Summer” (HP-4) at No.86 and the recent single “Outside” (HP-7) at No.17 this week.
Lower 50: The last new entry of 2014 was the Big Sean and E-40 song “I Don’t F**k with You” (HP-100), which re-enters at a new peak of No.51 this week, whilst Taylor Swift is back up twenty-six places to No.61 with “Style” (HP-51). Also jumping back up are Coldplay with “A Sky Full of Stars” (80 to 69), “7/11” for Beyonce (81 to 72) and “Maybe” for Carmada (92 to 74), with the two further returning tracks this week being “One” (HP-72) by Ed Sheeran at No.96 and returning at #100 are OneRepublic with “Counting Stars” (HP-2).
There are three more new entries in the lower fifty this week, the first of which is Avicii at No.83 with “The Nights”, the co-title track of his new EP “The Days/The Nights”, with “The Days” reaching No.10 in late October of 2014 and it is sitting at No.65 this week, and this debut becomes his eleventh chart entry.
Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd makes his first solo lead entry this week by debuting at No.93 with a song from the forthcoming ‘50 Shades of Grey’ movie soundtrack, the song is called “Earned it”, and is his third overall chart entry, as he was on the Sia track from ‘The Hunger Games 2’ soundtrack “Elastic Heart” (HP-67, Oct 2013) and is on the current Ariana Grande track “Love Me Harder” (HP-19) which is at No.20 this week.
The final new entry is by a team of brothers from South Africa called Kongos and their 2012 No.1 single from their homeland “Come With Me Now”. Dylan, Daniel, Johnny and Jesse are the sons of former chart entrant John Kongos who had a hit here in September 1971 with the song “He’s Gonna Step on You Again” (AMR HP-6, Go-Set HP-2), which was later a No.1 hit in 1987 for local act The Party Boys. “Come With Me Now” has so far also hit the Top 10 in Canada (#7) and the Top 40 in the USA (#31), but is currently being used on TV here for SBS promo’s, plus the song has also been used in the film ‘Expendables 3’ and the TV series ‘The Originals’, ‘WWE; Extreme Rules’, ‘Borderlands’ and ‘C.S.I.’.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.