Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars stay at No.1 for a second week on the ARIA Singles chart with “Uptown Funk”, moving Bruno’s tally of weeks at the top in Australia to six now, the same amount as Pink (3 #1’s), Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift (2 #1’s each) have notched up this decade.
Sweden’s AronChupa climbs a place to a new peak of No.2 with “I’m an Albatraoz”, which also picks up a Gold (●) sales certification, and swaps places with former No.1 “Blank Space” for Taylor Swift, which is down a place to No.3, whilst Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud” holds at No.4, notching up its twelfth week within the Top 5.
Hozier leaps twenty-eight places to No.5 this week with “Take Me to Church”, which instantly becomes his first Top 10 in Australia, and joins other top ten peaks around the world such as him home country of Ireland (#2), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, The Netherlands and it is currently sitting at No.2 in the USA for a second week.
The Hilltop Hoods take another step back this week as “Cosby Sweater” is down to No.6, whilst Nicki Minaj is up three places to a new peak of No.7 with “Bed of Lies” featuring Skylar Grey, which gives her new album “The PinkPrint” (New TW-19) its highest charting single, beating the No.8 peak that “Anaconda” achieved back in September. The remainder of the ten is made up of Taylor Swift with “Shake it Off” down a place to No.8, which by spending its 18th week within the Top 10 becomes her longest Top 10 run, beating the seventeen weeks that “Love Story” achieved back in 2009. Meghan Trainor holds at No.9 with “Lips are Movin’” and after leaping into the Top 10 last week at No.6, Peking Duk and Safia are back down four places to No.10 with “Take Me Over”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne are on track for their second Top 10 single soon, as their latest track “Real Love” is up five places to a new peak of No.13, whilst right behind at No.14, up eight places, are Jeremih and YG with “Don’t Tell ‘em”. Ariana Grande lands her fourth Top 20 single from her current album “My Everything” (TW-36) as “Love Me Harder” featuring The Weeknd is up five places to a new peak of No.20, whilst George Ezra jumps up thirteen places to a new chart height of No.22 with “Blame it on Me”, and turning around and climbing back up sixteen spots to No.23 is Band Aid 30 with “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” After sneaking into the Top 50 last week, this week Yolanda Be Cool & DCup jump up seventeen places to a new peak of No.27 with “Sugar Man” and the seasonal favorite from Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas is You” jumps up fifteen spots to No.28, the highest the song has been since the first week of December 1994, as it peaked at No.33 (2013) and No.40 (2012) when it returned during the past two years. After slipping out of the Top 50 last week, One Direction jumps back up sixteen places to a new peak of No.36 with their new single “Night Changes”, and holding at No.42 is the other Ezra track “Budapest”, which notches up 3x▲Platinum in sales. Also returning to the Top 50, up a massive fifty-two places to No.43 are Imagine Dragons with “I Bet My Life” (HP-36), whilst last weeks No.61 debut for The Avener with “Fade out Lines” is up seventeen places to a new peak of No.44.
DOWN DOWN: Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding drop down three places to No.11 with “Outside” (HP-7, WI10-6), which picks up a ▲Platinum sales certification too, with other dance teams dropping including Timmy Trumpet & Savage with “Freaks” to No.15 and David Guetta and Sam Martin with “Dangerous” to No.17. The Veronicas drop down five to No.24 with “If You Love Someone”, whilst Marlisa drops six to No.26 with “Stand by You”, Sam Smith is down seven to No.31 with “Like I Can” and plummeting eighteen to No.34 are James Newton Howard and Jennifer Lawrence with “The Hanging Tree”. The other Veronicas track charting “You Ruin Me” drops six to No.40 and down five each are Calvin Harris with “Blame” (to No.46 and The Magician with “Sunlight” to No.50. Dropping hard out of last weeks Top 50 are Chet Faker with “Talk is Cheap” (31 to 67), Bring Me the Horizon with “Drown” (27 to 69) and last weeks highest entry for Ed Sheeran “Make it Rain” (26 to 71).
2014 X-Factor third placed act Reigan (Derry) sees her first solo single “All of the Pieces” debut at No.33 this week, helped by being played in TV promos too. This becomes her second Top 50 and seventh Top 100 appearance, as during the show she made it to No.20 with her cover of the Sam Smith track “Stay With Me” (Sept) and also charted with versions of “Chandelier” (HP-81), “Bang Bang” (HP-53), “Dog Days are Over” (HP-61), “Burn for You” by John Farnham (HP-78) and the Paloma Faith track “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” (HP-63).
Lower 50: When the current Taylor Swift album “1989” (TW-1) came out in early November, it launched a heap of album tracks onto the singles chart, and returning at a new peak of No.51 this week is one of those tracks, “Style”, which originally made it to No.62 for a single week within the hundred. Labrinth climbs up four places to a new peak of No.52 with “Jealous” and back up a few places to No.56 are G.R.L. with “Ugly Heart”, which is now 4x▲Platinum in sales. DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon jump back up thirteen places to No.78 with “Turn Down for What” and “Ghost” by Ella Henderson is also back up thirteen to No.81. Katy Perry is almost done with her tour, and this week “Roar” notches up the rarely seen 11x▲Platinum in sales at No.85, whilst further returning tracks include “Boom Clap” for Charli XCX at No.95 and “High” for Peking Duk and Nicole Millar at No.99.
UK singer/songwriter James Bay makes his ARIA Singles chart debut this week at No.54 with “Hold Back the River”, which has so far reached the Top 20 in England and Scotland, plus is taken from his March 2015 due debut album “Chaos and the Calm”. Another UK singer that debuts this week at No.63 is Sam Smith, who covers the festive season song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, becoming his seventh chart entry. The song was originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1944 film ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ and has only charted once before, Michael Buble in December 2011 for a single week reaching No.98.
Melbourne rapper Seth Sentry debuts at No.76 with his fourth Top 100 entry “Run”, the first taste of his 2015 due second album. Back in March he made it to No.65 as a featured artist on the Horrorshow and Drapht track “Nice Guys Finish Last”, which to date is his highest chart appearance. The final new entry at No.80 is another track from the new Nicki Minaj album “The PinkPrint”, the track featuring Ariana Grande is entitled “Get on Your Knees”, whilst Nicki also returns at No.93 with her recent No.62 single “Only”, giving her five Top 100 entries this week, as “Anaconda” is on hold at No.86 this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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