X-Factor judge, LMFAO member and the eighth child of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., Redfoo (born Stefan Kendall) debuts at the No.1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week with his track “Let’s Get Ridiculous”, debuting on Gold (●) sales status.
Ridiculous becomes the 1008th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2013) and the 446th for ARIA (1983 to 2013), plus it’s the 103rd song to debut at No.1 here. It’s the 32nd chart-topping song for the Interscope label (“Blurred Lines” was the last one), and it’s the first time that the word ‘Ridiculous’ had appeared in a No.1 song, the twelfth ‘Get’ (the last “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk) and only the fourth No.1 song with ‘Let’s’ in it’s title, the last being Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” (Jan 1992).
Redfoo is the 180th American Male act to top our charts, and the 396th American act to land a No.1 here, whilst “Let’s Get Ridiculous” is the 660th chart topping single by an American act since 1940. This is not the first time that Redfoo has reached the top of our charts, as LMFAO have had two of the biggest No.1 singles the decade with “Party Rock Anthem” (re-entry at #98) and “Sexy and I Know it” (re-entry at #84) which both return to the Top 100, and he is not the first of Berry Gordy Jr’s children to chart here in Australia, as his sixth child Kennedy Williams charted under the name of Rockwell in 1984 with “Somebody’s Watching Me” (HP-12), plus this entry becomes Red’s third solo chart appearance, having reached No.58 in June with “I’ll Award You With My Body” (re-entry at #95), with both the new and old track taken from his forthcoming solo album “I Look Good Naked”, and his first entry here was a guest vocalist on the Figgkidd and Tech N9ne track “I Gotta Know” (HP-50, Nov 2004).
After three weeks at No.1, Katy Perry’s “Roar” is down a place to No.2, but is now 2x▲ Platinum in sales, but leaping up twelve places to No.3 to land her highest charting single in Australia is Miley Cyrus with “Wrecking Ball” (now Gold ●) in its second week within the Top 100, and helped by her new controversial video clip released this past week. Former No.1 “Talk Dirty” for Jason DeRulo and “Summertime Sadness” for Lana Del Rey both drop two places each to No.4 and No.5 respectively.
John Newman holds at No.6 for a second week with his now Platinum (▲) selling “Love Me Again” whilst OneRepublic replace themselves in the Top 10 with their new track “Something I Need”, up nine places to No.7. Avicii drops four places to No.8 with his former No.1 “Wake Me Up”, and MKTO stay at their No.9 peak for a third non-consecutive week with “Classic”, whilst the now Gold (●) selling “Berzerk” for Eminem is down five places to No.10 after leaping into the Top 10 at No.5 last week.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Drake lands his third Top 20 appearance as his latest single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” leaps up sixteen places to No.14 this week, with his previous Top 20 entries being as guest on the Rihanna track “What’s My Name?” (HP-18, peaked Dec 2010) and the Rihanna featured song “Take Care” (HP-9, peaked Feb 2012). Imagine Dragons jumps back up four places to No.16 with “On Top of the World” and Lorde is back up a couple of places to No.22 with “Tennis Court” (HP-21) with both tracks now re-certified ▲ Platinum in sales. HAIM climb nine spots to No.27 with “The Wire”, Martin Garrix leaps up fifty-four places to No.29 with his first Top 100 entry “Animals”, Paramore climb to a new peak of No.32 with “Ain’t it Fun”, Daft Punk are back up thirteen places to No.34 with “Get Lucky”, as it’s being used in the new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV promo’s, and Will Sparks and Joel Fletcher climb six places to land at No.38 with “Bring it Back”. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj return to the Top 50, up seven to No.45 with “Love More” (HP-29) and Bruno Mars is up twenty-one spots to No.47 with his new ballad “Gorilla”.
DOWN DOWN: After eight weeks within the Top 10, Lorde’s EP “The Love Club” (HP-2×2) featuring “Royals” is down four to No.11, just as the song cracks the USA Top 5 this week, whilst Flo Rida and Pitbull drop four places to No.12 with “Can’t Believe it” (HP-7) after four weeks within the Top 10, with the final dropout being OneRepublic with “Counting Stars” (HP-2×3) which stayed for ten weeks within the Top 10. Avicii sees his new single “You Make Me” drop back six places to No.18 after a No.12 entry last week, and Jessie J’s latest single “It’s My Party” (now Gold ●) falls nine spots to No.26. Rihanna’s “What Now” is also Gold (●) in sales and is only down a couple of places to No.28, but it should go back up once her tour here starts (from 24th Sept), but Passenger and his “Holes” track falls ten places to No.44, whilst Calvin’s “Thinking About You” drops fifteen places to No.46. Ricki-Lee’s big entry from last week at No.28 for “Come & Get in Trouble with Me” is down twenty-one places to No.49 and the new Robin Thicke track “Give it 2 U” falls twelve places to No.53.
X-FACTOR: The Taylor Henderson performance of the Mumford & Sons track “I Will Wait” (HP-23) returns the original back into the Top 100 at No.36 this week, with Taylor’s version entering at No.64. Dami Im drops with “Purple Rain” (29 to 55) and “One” (42 to 75), but enters at No.67 with her version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Thelma Houston HP-6 peaked July 1977 and The Communards HP-2 peaked Nov 1986). Jiordan’s performance of the Nelly Furtado song “I’m Like a Bird” (HP-2, peaked May 2001) sees the original return at No.88, whilst her performance of “Thriller” from the previous week drops (63 to 93). Finally Jai Waetford debuts at No.97 with his version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” (HP-5, peaked Jan 1988) and The Collective returns to the Top 100 at No.62 with “Another Life” (HP-47).
Coldplay debut at No.30 with “Atlas” which is taken from the mid-November due film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and is the first time that Coldplay have ever done a specific song for a film (not off an album), and becomes the bands twenty third Top 100 chart entry (last was “Princess of China” in May 2012) and their sixteenth Top 50 placing.
The third and final Top 50 entry of the week is from Cher Lloyd featuring T.I. at No.40 with “I Wish”, becoming her third Top 50 and fifth Top 100 placing. This is the first single to be lifted from her forthcoming second album (unnamed) and it instantly becomes her second highest charting song behind “Want U Back” (HP-36, peaked Sept 2012).
Lower 50: Alicia Keys was on 60 Minutes last Sunday night and announced her tour here for later in the year, which helps her former hits “Girl on Fire” (TW-51) and “Empire State of Mind” (TW-90) with Jay-Z re-enter the Top 100 this week. NoNoNo are up one place to a new peak of No.69 with “Pumpin’ Blood” and further returning tracks to the Top 100 include “Locked Out of Heaven” for Bruno Mars at No.94 and “I Won’t Give Up” for Jason Mraz at No.96.
Miguel is due to appear on X-Factor this coming week, and radio has jumped on his new track “Adorn” which becomes his first solo chart entry, debuting at No.61 this week, with his other chart appearance as Mariah Carey’s guest on “#Beautiful” (HP-6, peaked June 2013). Also landing their first singles chart entry is Chet Faker who debuts at No.68 with Kilo Kish on the track “Melt”.
The Dutch brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen make up the electro-house duo of the band Showtek, who see their second chart appearance (first as lead) debut at No.87 entitled “Booyah” featuring We Are Loud and Sonny Wilson as guests. The duo previously charted on the Tiesto track “Hell Yeah!” (HP-92), which charted in November 2012.
Debuting at No.91 is hip hop producer Just Blaze featuring Baauer and Jay-Z on the track “Higher”, Just Blaze being born Justin Smith and having previously produced work for Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West and Mariah Carey amongst many others. The final new entry is one place lower at No.92; London Grammar with “Strong”, taken from this week’s new No.2 album, their debut set “If You Wait”, and is their fourth chart entry here, with their third entry from last week “Wasting My Young Years” at #100 this week.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com