Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars lead the ARIA Singles chart for a sixth consecutive week with “Uptown Funk”.
The track also notches up 3x▲Platinum in sales too, with the last track to stay this long at the top of the Australian charts being another Sony act, Justice Crew with “Que Sera” which went on to spend nine weeks at the top from May 2014.
Mark’s new album “Uptown Special” came out on Friday, so it might see the sales for the single fall next week, as Hozier has now been waiting for three weeks at No.2 with “Take Me to Church”, whilst making a bid for the top spot also is OMI with the Felix Jaehn Remix of his track “Cheerleader”, which climbs two places to a new peak of No.3 this week, plus the track scores a Gold (●) sales certification after only three weeks on the chart. If it does go to the top next week, I will reveal an unusual January trend in Australia for the past decade.
It’s been a while coming, but the top four acts this week are all male artists, as in the last half of 2014, female acts dominated the top steps of the chart; as rounding out the No.4 spot this week is newcomer James Bay with his first entry “Hold Back the River”, which leaps up nine places to a new peak, making Australia the first country in the world to make this song a Top 10 hit, it’s other nearest height is Belgium where it just leapt to No.17 this past week.
One of only two female artists in the Top 10 this week is Taylor Swift, whose former No.1 song “Blank Space” drops a place to No.5 but also picks up a new sales cert by achieving 3x▲Platinum in sales, whilst AronChupa drops three places to No.6 with “I’m an Albatraoz” and Ed Sheeran is down one spot to No.7 with “Thinking Out Loud”, which is now 4x▲Platinum.
Sia is the other T10 female this week, and she debuts at No.8 with the song “Elastic Heart”, which had a world-wide video release last week, but the song is classed as a re-entry to the Top 100, as it spent a single week on the chart back on the 14th of October in 2013, back then it was a part of the ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ soundtrack, the song at that stage made it to No.67. Now it becomes the fifth song to chart from her current No.11 album “1000 Forms of Fear” and also the second Top 10 from the album too as “Chandelier” (TW-33) spent fifteen in the Top 10 peaking at No.2 for three broken weeks, overall it is the fifth song to make it to the ten for Sia.
Peking Duk and Safia drop two places to No.9 with “Take Me Over”, whilst George Ezra lands his second Top 10 single, as his new track “Blame it on Me” leaps nine places to a new peak of No.10, his first entry “Budapest” spent five broken weeks within the ten, peaking at No.5, and is sitting at No.31 this week, whilst his album “Wanted on Voyage” is at No.9 too.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The Avener continue to climb with their chill out track “Fade Out Lines”, up four to No.14 this week, whilst crawling back into the Top 20 are Clean Bandit with “Real Love” (HP-13), back up six to No.17 with Ariana Grande and The Weeknd returning to their former peak of No.19 with “Love Me Harder”, both track now Gold (●) in sales. Labrinth bullets sixteen places to land at No.20 with his ballad “Jealous”, which becomes his third Top 20 entry in Australia, the other two being duets with guests on his tracks in Tinie Tempah on “Earthquake” (HP-4, April 2012) and with Emeli Sande on “Beneath Your Beautiful” (HP-5, March 2013). Jeremih and YG are back up one places to No.24 with “Don’t Tell ‘em” (now ▲Platinum), with Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco jumping ten spots to No.25 with “Linger” and Calvin Harris and HAIM zooming twenty-three places to a new peak of No.26 with “Pray to God”. “Like I Can” for Sam Smith is back up five places to No.29 and now that’s it’s the official new single for Taylor Swift, “Style” leaps into the fifty at a new peak No.38 this week, and also into the fifty first time is the new Avicii single “The Night”, which zooms thirty-eight places to No.45 this week.
DOWN DOWN: After eleven weeks within the Top 10, peaking at No.3, Meghan Trainor is down two places to No.11 with “Lips are Movin”, which despite its drop, picks up a new sales certification of 2x▲Platinum, whilst also down two to No.12 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Cosby Sweater” (HP-4, WI10-10). Taylor’s “Shake it Off” drops three to No.15 (now 5x▲Platinum) and Charli XCX drops a couple to No.16 with “Break the Rules” (newly crowned ▲Platinum), whilst after leaping to No.15 last week, Yolanda Be Cool and DCup drop back three to No.18, but “Sugar Man” does pick up Gold (●) in sales. Timmy Trumpet & Savage fall six to No.22 with “Freaks” which notches up 4x▲ Platinum in sales but falling fifteen to No.36 is Sam Smith with “Stay with Me”. Will Sparks is down nine to No.37 with “Ah Yeah So What” which sees its first certification this week by achieving ▲Platinum in sales, whilst One Direction drops fifteen to No.41 with “Steal My Girls”, The Script are down eleven to No.43 with “Superheroes” and last weeks Top 10 debut at No.8 of “Only One” for Kanye West and Paul McCartney descends a massive thirty-six places to fall to No.44 this week. “Happy” for Pharrell drops eleven to No.48, whilst leaving from last weeks Top 50 are The Veronicas, Milky Chance, Marlisa, Lorde with “Yellow Flicker Beat” (now Gold ●), G.R.L. and Lily Wood & the Prick.
US 21 year-old Meghan Trainor lands her third ARIA Singles chart entry this week by debuting at No.27 with the song “Dear Future Husband”, which joins her other current entries “All About That Bass” (HP-1) at No.23 and “Lips are Movin’” (HP-3) at No.11, whilst her debut album “Title” enters at No.1 this week over on the ARIA Albums chart.
The debut album for Robin Schulz came in at No.66 last week entitled “Prayer” (it falls out this week though), and the new single from the album debuts at No.30 entitled “Sun Goes Down”, which features the vocals of Jasmine Thompson, and a couple of places lower at No.32, Chris Brown teams up with rapper Tyga for the song “Ayo”, which becomes Chris’ 41st Top 100 and 30th Top 50 chart appearance since he first debut this week in January 2006 (23rd).
Lower 50: In early September of last year, US female RnB singer Tinashe reached No.87 with the song “2 On”, which this week re-enters at a new peak of No.59, whilst Carmada continue to climb back up with “Maybe”, jumping ten places this week to No.64, with Beyonce’s “7/11” back up seven places to No.65 whilst The Weeknd leap twenty-five places to a new peak of No.68 with “Earned it”. Selena Gomez is back up twenty places to No.69 with “The Heart Wants What it Wants”, whilst another returning track scores a new peak, Odd Mob with “Is it a Banger?” (HP-91, Nov 2014) back in at No.78 this week. Further lower fifty certifications come from Coldplay with “A Sky Full of Stars” (2x▲Platinum) at No.85 and James Newton Howard with Jennifer Lawrence landing Gold (●) for “The Hanging Tree” which drops thirty-nine places to No.95.
The church group Hillsong land their fourth Top 100 chart appearance, as Hillsong Young & Free featuring Lecrae enter at No.61 with the song “This is Living”, which instantly becomes their second highest charting single to date, the song “Alive” debuted and peaked at No.50 in July 2013, and of the four singles chart entries for the organization, this is the third billed to the offshoot group Young & Free.
Hardcore act I Prevail land their first chart entry at No.67 with a cover of the former No.1 single by Taylor Swift “Blank Space”, which is taken from the recent EP “Heart vs. Mind”. Local electronic duo Mashd N Kutcher see their debut single enter at No.80 this week entitled “Do it Now”, whilst a few places lower at No.82 are Fall Out Boy with their track from the new Disney film ‘Big Hero 6’ entitled “Immortals”, which becomes the bands thirteenth Top 100 entry. Final entry of the week is the current No.2 single in the UK; Philip George with “Wish You Were Mine”, the song features a hook from the Stevie Wonder song “My Cherie Amour” which originally reached No.75 here in September 1969.
Compiled by Gavin Ryan
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