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One Direction, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Ros O'Gorman, Photo

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ARIA Singles: One Direction ‘Drag Me Down’ Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on August 8, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

One Direction land their first number one single in Australia this week, as the first single from their forthcoming fifth album “Drag Me Down” debuts at the top of the ARIA Singles this week.

Drag Me Down” becomes the 1039th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 474th chart-topper for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus not only is the first number one single here for the Syco record label, but the first song to debut at the top this year and the 107th song to spend its first week on the charts straight in at No.1, the last was “You Ruin Me” by The Veronicas (for the Top 100), and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa for the Top 50 as it jumped from 59 to 1 back in April.

This is the eight song with a ‘Down’ in the title, but the first with a ‘drag’, whilst One Direction is first English group to top our charts this century, as the last UK groups to top our charts were back in 1998 when The Lighthouse Family (Sept) and Steps (June), whilst they are the 119th English act to hit the top and “Drag Me Down” is the 195th by an English artist to make it to No.1 here. The new song also debuted at the top in England, Ireland, France and New Zealand (so far) and the previous highest charting single in Australia for 1D was the lead single from their second album “Live While We’re Young”, which reached No.2 in October of 2012.

Adam Lambert was in Australia this past week on a promo tour for his new album “The Original High” (TW-6), and he also sang on The Voice’s first live show last Sunday, performing “Ghost Town” which this week leaps fourteen places to a new peak of No.2, which now becomes his third Top 10 single in Australia and also his highest charting single here, with his two previous top ten entrants both peaking at No.4, “Whataya Want from Me” and “If I Had You”.

After three weeks at No.2, The Weeknd drops one place to No.3 with “Can’t Feel My Face”, whilst also losing its peak are Lost Frequencies who fall three places to No.4 after two weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles chart with “Are You with Me”. Falling two places apiece are Galantis with “Peanut Butter Jelly” and Meghan Trainor and John Legend with “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” to No.5 and No.6 respectively.

Calvin Harris and Disciples hold at No.7 for a second week with “How Deep is Your Love” and falling down three spots to No.8 after peaking at No.5 last week is “Do it Again” for Pia Mia with Chris Brown and Tyga. Also holding steady at No.9 are Fifth Harmony and Kid Ink with “Worth it”, whilst the third and final new entrant to the Top 10 is Selena Gomez with A$AP Rocky with “Good for You”, which becomes both acts first Top 10 appearance in Australia.

UP: Vance Joy climbs seven places to a new peak of No.14 with last weeks entry “Fire and the Flood”, which is now their second highest charting single here after “Riptide” (HP-6, TW-100), and thanks to their recent tour here Years & Years now land their third Top 20 hit with “Shine” which is up thirteen places to a new peak of No.15. Aston Merrygold holds at his No.22 peak with “Get Stupid” and Jessie J is back up seven places to No.23 with “Flashlight” now that ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is out on DVD and Blu-Ray, whilst Jason DeRulo’s recent promo tour here helps his current single “Cheyenne” to jump back up eight places to a new peak of No.25 (previously it peaked at #26). James Bay is up eight places to No.29 with “Let it Go” (sung on ‘The Voice’) and Sam Feldt’s version of “Show Me Love” is up ten spots to No.33 after debuting in the Top 50 last week. After tumbling last week from 6 to 40, 5SOS are back up a couple of places to No.38 with “She’s Kinda Hot” and also back up due to recent visits here are Jason DeRulo’s other charting single “Want to Want Me” to #41 and “King” for Years & Years climbs back up nine to No.48.

DOWN: Silento drops back down one place to No.11 with “Watch Me” (HP-9, WI10-3) and Robin Schulz with ilsey are down six spots to No.12 with “Headlights” (HP-2, WI10-5) and after debuting in the Top 10 last week “Wings” for Delta Goodrem is down sixteen chart rungs to No.26 this week, but she will be performing the song on The Voice this weekend, so expect it to rise back up next week. “Powerful” for Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding drops five to No.18 and down three to No.21 is Little Mix with “Black Magic”, which is the only new certification in the Top 50 (now ▲Platinum). “Bad Blood” for Taylor Swift leaves the Top 20 by dropping five to No.24 and falling six to No.30 are Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne with “Not Letting Go”. After leaping to No.25 last week, “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap is back down nine to No.34 and “Firestone” for Kygo and Conrad is down six to No.35. Falling ten places to No.42 are Flo Rida and Robin Thicke with “I Don’t Like it, I Love it” and dropping nine to No.43 is former No.1 “See You Again” by “Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. Peking Duk drop eight to No.47 with “Say My Name” and another EDM Aussie act in Rufus are down seven to No.49 with “You Were Right”. The big dropout from last weeks Top 50 is “Pony” by Ginuwine which falls twenty-six places to No.72.

British electro duo Disclosure is due to release their second album “Caracal” in late September, and the third song to be released from it “Omen” featuring Sam Smith debuts at No.31, becoming the acts highest charting single locally, beating the No.47 peak that their previous teaming with Sam Smith, “Latch” achieved on its second chart run in late September 2014 (first charted in Oct 2012, first peaked at #49 in Feb 2013). Previous entries from the new album were “Bang That” (#94, May) and “Holding On” (#77, June).

Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz land their third Top 40 hit this week, as “That’s How You Know” featuring Kid Ink and Bebe Rexha debuts at No.37 this week. The song has so far peaked at No.31 in their home country and their previous entries here were “Am I Wrong” (HP-2×3, peaked June 2014) and “In Your Arms” (HP-17, peaked Dec 2014) and this new track is the first taste from their forthcoming third album.

Lower 50: Thanks to The Voice performance by Gail, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier is only down two places to No.51 this week, and up ten places to a new peak of No.56 is Kygo with “Stole the Show” (which was used in Voice promos recently). “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor drops down only three to No.57 and it is the second and final Top 100 certification this week, now 2x▲Platinum in sales. “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato is up twelve spots to No.68, “679” by Fetty Wap is back up eight to No.78 and returning tracks this week are The Foo Fighters with “Learn to Fly” at No.90, Damien Rice and “The Blower’s Daughter” at No.91 thanks to it being sung on The Voice, “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar at No.92 and “Earned it” for The Weeknd is back in at No.97.

The fifth track to be released from the Sia album “1000 Forms of Fear” (TW-17) debuts at No.60 entitled “Fire Meets Gasoline”, plus she is also at No.63 with the recent release “Elastic Heart” and she also appears on the current Travie McCoy song “Golden” (TW-16). Another local artist who is making her first chart appearance this week is Tigerlily who enters at No.67 with her first chart entry “Paradise” featuring vocalist Meghan Kabir.

Last week Kygo entered with his older single “Stole the Show” (TW-56), and this week his latest overseas release “Nothing Left” debuts at No.69 featuring Will Heard. Saint Thomas, US Virgin Island brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas go by the name Rock City or R. City and they debut at No.77 with “Locked Away” teaming up with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine.

The title track from the just released second album for Aussie act The Rubens debuts at No.84 entitled “Hoops”, which becomes the acts second chart entry after they spent eighteen weeks on the chart from late August 2012 with “My Gun” (HP-56). And the final new entry of the week is another Aussie act that is making her first chart appearance at No.95, Kita Alexander with “My Own Way”.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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