After debuting at No.3 and scoring the No.1 downloaded track last week, Taylor Swift and her Kendrick Lamar infused remix of “Bad Blood” this week climbs two spots to take the No.1 position in Australia, the same week that the song leapt from 53 to the top of the USA Singles charts too.
“Bad Blood” becomes the 1035th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015) and the 470th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the fourth for Taylor and the Big Machine record label. It’s also the third No.1 single from her current No.9 album “1989” and the last act to have three chart-topping singles from the same album here in Australia were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2012/13 with “Thrift Shop” (Dec 2012), “Same Love” (Jan 2013) and “Can’t Hold us” (March 2013) from their album “The Heist”.
It’s the first time that either the words ‘Bad’ or ‘Blood’ have appeared in a No.1 single title in Australia, with the previous “Bad Blood” for Neil Sedaka reaching No.11 in late December of 1975 (they are different songs), and Taylor’s song becomes the 675th No.1 for an American act to hit the top, plus with it becoming her third No.1 this decade (fourth overall), it moves her from 13th to 11th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s’ and with Rihanna ahead on the list of most No.1’s the decade with six, it places Taylor in equal second with three No.1’s for this decade alongside five other artists, Pharrell Williams, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Pink and Jason DeRulo.
Holding at No.2 for a second week after its recent six weeks stretch at the top is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth with “See You Again”, which notches up 3x▲Platinum in sales and after a single week at the top of the ARIA Chart, Grace and G-Eazy with their cover of “You Don’t Own Me” is back down two places to No.3 and picks up a ▲Platinum too. Holding at No.4 are Walk the Moon with “Shut Up & Dance” and climbing two places to score a new peak of No.5 is Jessie J with her ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ song “Flashlight”, which becomes Jessie’s fourth Top 5 single in Australia.
After peaking at No.5 last week, “Hey Mama” for David Guetta and Nicki Minaj is down a place to No.6, but jumping up six to a new peak of No.7 is Deorro and Chris Brown with the remixed track “Five More Hours”, which is the first Top 10 here for Deorro and the eleventh for Chris, who was last within the ten this week three years ago when “Don’t Wake Me Up” (4-Jun-2012) debuted at No.5. Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor drop two places to No.8 with “Marvin Gaye” (now ▲Platinum) and the current No.1 streaming track “Lean On” for Major Lazer is down a place to No.9, whilst Jamie Lawson drops a spot to No.10 with “Wasn’t Expecting That” which is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
UP: James Bay holds at No.11 again this week with “Let it Go”, which is newly crowned ▲Platinum, and Ed Sheeran is up two places to a new peak of No.13 with his latest track “Photograph”, and back up six places to No.16 are Skrillex & Diplo with “Where Are U Now”, whilst making its first Top 20 appearance is Flo Rida and Robin Thicke with “I Don’t Like it, I Love it”, up seven rungs to a new peak of No.18. Britney and Iggy are up one spot to a new chart height of No.27 with “Pretty Girls” and Birds of Tokyo are back up three places to their former peak of No.29 with the EP “Anchor”. Adam Lambert blasts up twenty spots to No.32 with “Ghost Town” and returning to the Top 50, up twenty-two to No.48 is Hozier with “Someone New”.
DOWN: Kygo and Conrad drop back down two places to No.14 with “Firestone”, but are newly certified Gold (●) in sales and the only song leaving the Top 10 this week spent just a single week within at No.10, “Fight Song” for Rachel Platten drops down five to No.15 this week. Jarryd James is down five to No.23 with “Do You Remember” and Sia drops back down ten places to No.16 with “Big Girls Cry”. Maroon 5 descend seven to No.30 with “Sugar” and Tori Kelly is also down seven to No.33 with “Nobody Love”. T-Wayne and his “Nasty Freestyle” is down nine to No.46 and after debuting at No.29 last week The Barden Bellas drop back down eighteen places to No.47 with their “World Championship Finale 2”, with Jess Glynne falling ten to No.49 with “Hold My Hand”.
The Eurovision Song Contest occurred last weekend, and Australia was asked to perform within the competition for the 60th anniversary of the contest, and Guy Sebastian represented Australia with his song “Tonight Again” which came fifth in the competition and is the highest new entry of the week coming in at No.12. Both host country Austria and eventual winners Sweden gave the track the maximum of twelve points, and the winning song by Swedish actor/presenter/singer Mans Zelmerlow entitled “Heroes” is new at No.19 this week. Last year we had two of the top three finalists (Conchita never charted) enter the charts, this year we have five of the top six songs charting, with Belgium, Russia and Latvia all making entries in the lower fifty this week.
The Voice (OZ) 2014 winner Anja Nissen scores her highest charting single as she debuts at No.40 with her cover of the 1964 single “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, which beats the No.42 peak her debut single “I’m So Excited” achieved in November 2014 and is her third Top 100 chart appearance. The original song first charted in February 1964 for Dionne Warwick, peaking at No.11 in April, whilst the British version by Cilla Black went to No.34 in the same month, and the last version of the song to chart was in 1982 when sixties singer Sandie Shaw did a cover which made it to No.71 in late July. This new version is featured in the current promos for season 2 of ‘Love Child’ (just like Grace was).
Florence + the Machine released their third studio album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” on Friday, and the fourth chart entry from the album occurs at No.41 this week entitled “Delilah” (not a cover of the Tom Jones song) and becomes the third Top 50 hit from the new album after “What Kind of Man” (HP-16) and “Ship to Wreck” (HP-48). The final new entry to the fifty is by Seattle, Washington singer Andie Case with her mash-up of the Jason DeRulo current single and a 1979 Cheap Trick song, her blending of “Want to Want Me/I Want You to Want Me (Mashup)” comes in at No.44.
Lower 50: Nicki Minaj and Beyonce jump up twenty places to a new peak of No.52 with the collaboration “Feeling Myself” and up six spots to a new chart height of No.54 are Fifth Harmony and “Worth it”. After returning at No.67 last week, Andy Grammar is up to a new peak of No.64 with “Honey I’m Good” and up eight to a new peak of No.82 are Cold War Kids with “First”. Three songs land new certs in the lower fifty, Flo Rida with “GDFR” which is now Gold (●) and down fifteen places to No.70, Taylor Swift scores a 5x▲Platinum for her last No.1 “Blank Space” (down seven to No.84) and finally “All About That Bass” for Meghan Trainor is now 7x▲Platinum and down fourteen to No.96.
UK girl group Little Mix return with their eighth singles chart entry at No.55 “Black Magic” and scoring his third entry at No.60 is Conrad Sewell with the slower ballad “Start Again”. The first of three Eurovision finalists in the lower fifty is the Belgium entry at No.61 for Loic Nottet who placed fourth with his song “Rhythm Inside”, and then down at No.79 is second placed Russia and Polina Gargarina with “A Million Voices”, and finally sixth placed Latvia with Aminata and her song “Love Injected” debuting at No.87.
Armin van Buuren lands his second chart entry by debuting at No.66 with “Another You” featuring guest vocalist Mr. Probz. Also scoring his second entry is Brisbane artist Jarryd James with “Give Me Something” which enters at No.68 this week. Rita Ora is new at No.74 with her new track “Poison”, becoming her seventh chart entry and new at No.80 are Maroon 5 with “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**ker” which is the fifth single from the bands current “V” (5) album (TW-61).
Avicii enters at No.92 with his new dance track “Waiting for Love”, followed at No.93 by another European DJ, Robin Schulz with guest vocalist Ilsey on the song “Headlights”, with the final new entry at No.98 coming from US country singer Luke Bryan with his first Australian singles chart entry “Kick the Dust Up”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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