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ARIA Singles: Paul McCartney Scores First No 1 In 37 Years

by Gavin Ryan on February 14, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Paul McCartney has scored his first number one hit in Australia since ‘Mull of Kintyre’ 37 years ago.

Climbing two places to claim her ninth No.1 single in Australia is Rihanna along with Paul McCartney and Kanye West on their country-tinged collaboration “FourFiveSeconds” which also achieves Gold (●) in sales in its third week on the charts and is boosted by their performance of the song at this weeks Grammy Awards.

“4-5-Seconds” becomes the 1029th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 464th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus it’s the first chart-topping single for the Roc Nation label, as Kanye’s only other number one single here was “Gold Digger” (24-Oct-2005) which was on the Roc-a-Fella label. It’s the fourth song with ‘Four/4’ in its title (“4 Minutes” by Madonna was the last 28-Apr-2008), the fifth with a ‘Five/5’ (the last one being “Mambo No.5” for Lou Bega in Sept 1999), and the first with a ‘Second’ in the title, but we did have 5 Seconds of Summer reach the top in 2014, but that’s a groups’ name not a song title.

“FourFiveSeconds” becomes the ninth No.1 single in Australia for Rihanna, and gives her a 39th accumulated week at the top of the ARIA Singles chart, plus she also racks up her 21st week at the top for this decade, placing her equal first alongside Pharrell who has also racked up twenty-one weeks with his three chart-toppers, although Rihanna has done it with six this decade. This week in 2011 she was spending her second of five broken weeks at the top with her last lead-solo single “S&M” (from 7-Feb-2011) and she was last at the top with Eminem on “The Monster” (from 18-Nov-2013) and as I noted before this is the second No.1 in Australia for Kanye West, but now the third overall for Sir Paul McCartney. Rihanna’s ninth No.1 single also puts her equal eleventh on the list of ‘Most No.1 Singles: 1940 to 2015’ alongside 1940’s vocal group The Ink Spots, whilst she is now one chart-topping single away from the ten Kylie Minogue has achieved and two away from the eleven Madonna racked up since her first in 1984.

Sir Paul first hit the top as a solo artist in 1971 with his first single “Another Day” (31-May-71) and his last was finishing its eleven week run this week in 1978 with “Mull of Kintyre” (12-Dec-77 to 20-Feb-78). So this new chart-topper gives Paul his third solo No.1 in Australia, plus it also creates a new record last achieved back in 2002. Paul has now taken over the top spot on the list for ‘Biggest Gap Between first and last No.1’ of 43 years, 8 months and 2 weeks between the first and latest/last No.1 single (31-May-1971 to 16-Feb-2015), beating the 43 years (exactly) Elvis Presley achieved with the remixed version of “A Little Less Conversation” (his gap was between his first “A Fool Such as I” {20-Jun-1959 to 24-Jun-2002}), and Paul also surpasses Elvis in another feat with the ‘Biggest Gap Between No.1’s’ of 37 years since “Mull of Kintyre” spent its last week at the top this week in 1978 (pre-ARIA). Plus Paul first hit the top of the Aussie charts back in late December 1963 on The Beatles first No.1 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (28-Dec-63), which occurred 51 years, 1 month, 3 weeks ago, giving him an even bigger gap between first and last No.1 songs appearances.

“Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars holds at No.2 for a fourth week, making it twelve weeks within the top two songs, whilst the song which held and also knocked it off the top spot, “Cheerleader” for OMI, drops down two spots to No.3, but the song does pick up a 2x▲Platinum sales certification, whilst cracking Gold (●) in sales in its third week also is Ellie Goulding with “Love Me Like You Do”, which is up three spots to a new peak of No.4, becoming her second highest charting single in Australia behind her 2013 Calvin Harris guest spot on “I Need Your Love” (HP-3), plus the song gets a boost this week as the album its from debuts at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart, the ’50 Shades of Grey’ soundtrack.

Dropping a place each this week are Hozier with “Take Me to Church” (4 to 5), Sia and her “Elastic Heart” (5 to 6) after three weeks at No.5 and James Bay with “Hold Back the River” (6 to 7). Taylor Swift lands her third Top 10 single from the current No.2 album “1989” as “Style” climbs up three places to No.8, plus it becomes her tenth Top 10 single here and the first time one of her albums has achieved three entries to the top ten. Also up three places and landing their third Top 10 single from their current album is Meghan Trainor as “Dear Future Husband” climbs to a new peak of No.9, taken from this weeks No.5 album “Title”, whilst slipping down a place to No.10 is Robin Schulz and Jasmine Thompson with “Sun Goes Down” spending its third week within the Top 10.

UP: Maroon 5 stay on hold at No.13 with “Sugar”, whilst The Grammys performance for Ed Sheeran and his former No.1 “Thinking Out Loud” helps it back up a couple of places to No.14, whilst Guy Sebastian is up a place to a new peak of No.17 with “Linger”, Calvin Harris and HAIM climb back up to No.18 with “Pray to God” and joining the Top 20, up eight places to No.20 is Philip George with his Stevie Wonder infused dance track “Wish You Were Mine”. Sam Smith won the most Grammy Awards this past week, and this sees his current tracks all climb back up, with big winner for ‘Song of the Year’ “Stay With Me” jumping back up twenty-two spots to No.23, whilst “Like I Can” (39 to 33) and “I’m Not the Only One” (47 to 40) are also up. Wretch 32 has climbed another two places this week with “6 Words” up to No.25 (so far 29 to 27 to 25), whilst another ’50 Shades of Grey’ songs surges this week, “Earned it” for The Weeknd, which jumps up thirteen places to a new peak of No.29, with Grammy nominee and performer Sia and her “Chandelier” back up a couple of spots to No.32, whilst local dance act Mashd N Kutcher climbing to a new peak of No.34 with “Do it Now”. Further new peaks come from Hayden James with “Something About You” up to No.46 and Big Sean and E-40 with “I Don’t F**k with You” to No.47 and leaping sixteen spots to No.49 is Nick Jonas with his first solo chart entry “Jealous”.

DOWN: Chet Faker drops three places to No.11 with “Talk is Cheap” (HP-6, WI10-2) and the other Top 10 dropout is Avicii with “The Nights” (HP-9, WI10-2) down two to No.12, but also picking up a Gold (●) sales cert, with “Take Me Over” for Peking Duk and “Sugar Man” by Yolanda Be Cool both dropping five places each to No.22 and No.28 respectively. “I’m an Albatraoz” for AronChupa drops eight to No.30 and after peaking at No.29 last week “2 On” for Tinashe and SchoolBoy Q is back down to No.31 but newly certified Gold (●) in sales. Calvin and Ellie’s “Outside” along with Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘em” drop five places each to No.35 and No.37 respectively, whilst Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey tumble twelve spots to No.43 with “Bed of Lies”, with the biggest drop is for “High” by Peking Duk, down fourteen spots to No.50 and newly crowned 3x▲Platinum in sales. The two dropouts from last weeks fifty are “Stolen Dance” for Milky Chance (44 to 59) and “Aerial Love” for Daniel Johns (50 to 62).

Landing the highest new entry of the week is Redfoo with “Juicy Wiggle” coming in at No.48, becoming his sixth Top 100 and fourth Top 50 (solo) appearance, with his recent entry “New Thang” reaching No.3 in mid-September 2014. This new track has a couple of samples I’ve been trying to work out, one I know is “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel which entered the charts this week in 1984 (13-Feb) and climbed to No.27 in early April, with the other sample being either a Jerry Lee Lewis or Fats Domino style piano riff.

Lower 50: Four weeks ago Kelly Clarkson debuted at No.51 with her new track “Heartbeat Song”, which this week climbs back up nine places to re-peak at No.51, whilst the One Direction national tour helps their former Top 10 single “Steal My Girl” climb back up to No.57, and being used in a new car ad (Mazda I think) has helped “Rather Be” for Clean Bandit back up twenty-two spots to No.64. Last weeks lower entry for Jarryd James “Do You Remember” at No.91 leaps up twenty-six spots to No.65 this week, whilst Pitbull and Ne-Yo jump up twenty-four to a new peak of No.68 with “Time of Our Lives”, but dropping to No.73 is Avicii and “The Days” which is newly certified ▲Platinum. With the new Kid Ink album debuting within the Top 20, his latest track “Hotel” is back up eight places to No.77 and returning to the charts this week is Grammy nominated track “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce (#87), Ella Henderson with “Ghost” (#97) and Coldplay with “A Sky Full of Stars” (#100).

The third single released from the current self-titled album for The Veronicas (TW-19) is entitled “Cruel” and it debuts at No.53 this week, whilst they are still charting with the albums first two singles “You Ruin Me” (TW-80) and “If You Love Someone” (TW-60). Also entering with the third track from their latest album is Ella Henderson, who is new at No.66 with “Empire”, following on from the returning No.97 “Ghost” (HP-3) and the follow-up “Glow” (HP-40, Sept 2014).

Olly Murs debuts at No.75 with “Up” featuring guest vocals by Demi Lovato, plus it’s the second single from Olly’s recent album “Never Been Better” (HP-27, Dec 2014), and the follow-up to the former No.15 single “Wrapped Up”, plus this new entry becomes his tenth Top 100 entry here and the eighth for Demi Lovato, who last appeared alongside The Vamps on their No.14 song “Somebody to Love” (June 2014). Vance Joy see their sixth chart entry this week as the track “Georgia” is new at No.81, whilst they are still charting with their first entry “Riptide” (TW-69) spending its 95th week within the Top 100 (still fourth longest run ever) and their second entry “Mess is Mine” (TW-92), all taken from their current No.35 album “Dream Your Life Away”.

Jessie J will be the new judge on The Voice Australia this year, and she enters at No.91 with her fourteenth Top 100 entry entitled “Masterpiece”, whilst she is still charting with her twelfth entry “Bang Bang” at No.61 this week. The final new entry at No.94 is Sam Smith with “Lay Me Down”, the fifth single off his current No.3 album “In the Lonely Hour” and his fourth within the Top 100 this week, plus its becomes Sam’s eighth chart entry overall.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.

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