Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars retain their No.1 spot on the ARIA Singles chart for a fourth consecutive week with “Uptown Funk”.
“Uptown Funk” is now 2x▲Platinum in sales too, and this week in 2010 (3-Jan) Bruno Mars was spending his third and final week at the top with “Grenade”, which now makes “Uptown Funk” his longest No.1 single in Australia thus far.
Another week at the top for Bruno also moves him up the ladder of ‘Most Weeks at No.1: 2010 Singles’, at now equal ninth alongside Guy Sebastian who have both notched up eight accumulated weeks at No.1 this decade, Bruno from three and Guy from two No.1’s. And if Bruno lasts another week, he will tie with Eminem’s nine for this decade so far.
Hozier matches his USA No.2 peak of the moment by climbing a place to a new peak in Australia at No.2 with his song “Take Me to Church”, whilst also back up one place to No.3 is Taylor Swift’s former chart-topper here (and current US #1 Single) “Blank Space”, with “I’m an Albatraoz” for AronChupa dropping two places to No.4 after the past two weeks at No.2, but good news for Aron is that the track has gone ▲Platinum here in Australia.
The top six tracks this week contains four No.1 singles, and holding at No.5 is Ed Sheeran and his former chart-topper “Thinking Out Loud”, whilst back up one place to No.6 is Taylor Swift with “Shake it off” spending its twentieth week within the Top 10, the last track to stay this long was “Happy” for Pharrell Williams, which debuted in the ten in mid-December 2013 and left in the first week of May 2014.
Swapping places with Taylor and dropping down one place to No.7 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Cosby Sweater”, with Meghan Trainor and “Lips are Movin’” holding at No.8 this week. Returning to the Top 10, up two places to No.9 are Timmy Trumpet and Savage with “Freaks”, now spending its 15th week within, but making its first appearance this week at No.10, up three places to a new peak, is Charli XCX with “Break the Rules”, which becomes her fourth (of four entries) Top 10 single. She first made it to the top ten as the guest vocals on the No.3 track “I Love it” for Icona Pop, then made it to No.5 on the Iggy Azalea song “Fancy”, whilst her first solo Top 10 was from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Soundtrack and the No.9 single “Boom Clap”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The week between Christmas and New Years sees a lot of downloading occurring due to new devices given as presents and digital providers gift vouchers being used, so there are two reasons that such on-line retailers provide best of the year lists for people to get those songs they might have missed out on, or even need to put into their new devices. Which is why we see older hits rising this week such as “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (20 to 14), “Chandelier” for Sia (27 to 20), “Bang Bang” for Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (37 to 28), “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (35 to 30), “Geronimo” by Sheppard (41 to 34), “Ugly Heart” for G.R.L. (44 to 38), “Sing” by Ed Sheeran (45 to 41), “Fancy” for Iggy Azalea (49 to 45), “High” for Peking Duk (59 to 46), “This is How We Do” by Katy Perry (60 to 48) and Ariana Grande again with “Break Free” (58 to 49). Returning to the Top 20 and landing a new peak of No.19 is Ariana’s latest single “Love Me Harder”, whilst both of The Veronicas singles are back up and score new certifications too, with “If You Love Someone” (28 to 27, and newly Gold ●) and “You Ruin Me” (36 to 32, now 3x▲Platinum), with the final new peaking track within the Top 50 being James Bay with “Hold Back the River”, up three to No.43.
DOWN DOWN: The two dropouts from the Top 10 both spent three weeks apiece each within the ten, firstly dropping down a place to No.11 are Peking Duk with “Take Me Over” (HP-6) and down three to No.12 is Nicki Minaj with “Bed of Lies” (HP-7). Jeremih is down seven to No.26 with “Don’t Tell ‘em” and also down seven is Clean Bandit with “Real Love” to No.31. After jumping up to No.32 last week The Avener drop back ten to No.42 with “Fade Out Lines”, whilst Sam Smith drops fourteen spots to No.44 with “Like I Can” and dropping twenty to No.62 are Parra for Cuva with their cover of “Wicked Games”, whilst two Christmas themed tracks leave the entire hundred from last weeks Top 50, “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey from No.14 and Band Aid 30 with “Do They Know it’s Christmas” from No.33.
The only new entry to the entire Top 100 this week comes in at No.22, and is by Jamaican artist Omar Samuel Pasley who goes simply by the name of Omi, and his debut single is entitled “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)”. The original version came out in 2012, but last year German DJ and producer Felix Jaehn remixed the track and it is currently the No.1 single in Denmark (third week) and Sweden (seventh week) plus it just debuted on the Norwegian and Irish charts this past week.
Lower 50: Further ‘Best of 2014’ tracks to climb in the lower fifty include “Que Sera” for Justice Crew (59 to 52), “Am I Wrong” for Nico & Vinz (63 to 58), “Problem” for Ariana Grande (68 to 59), “Ghost” by Ella Henderson (71 to 60), “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX (77 to 66), 5SOS with “She Looks So Perfect” (87 to 69), “Anaconda” for Nicki Minaj (91 to 74), “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit (92 to 77), “Faded” for ZHU (94 to 83), and “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake (96 to 85), plus a heap of returning tracks this week including “Amnesia” (#86) and “Good Girls for 5SOS (#96), “Rise & Fall” by Justice Crew (#91), “Beg for it” for Iggy Azalea (#95), “I’m Ready” by AJR (#97), “Nobody to Love” for Sigma (#98) and finally “I Bet My Life” for Imagine Dragons (#99).
There are also two new certifications in the lower fifty, Jessica Mauboy with “Can I Get a Witness” at No.54 and newly ▲Platinum in sales, whilst dropping to the bottom of the chart at #100 is Olly Murs with “Wrapped Up”, which picks up its first certification of Gold (●). The two further charting Christmas tunes from last week also leave this week, with Wham and “Last Christmas” out from No.61 and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” from No.80, plus the three Joe Cocker returned tracks from last weeks chart also leave, plus the final new entry for 2014 leaves from #100, Big Sean and E-40 with “I Don’t F**k with You”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.