The “Old Town Road” track for rapper Lil’ Nas X and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (on some versions) holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia.
Not since the Drake song “God’s Plan” (charts dated 5th of March, 2018) has a song sat at the top of the seven main charts that I follow, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Germany, America and Canada, as “Old Town Road (I Got Horses in the Back)” is holding for a third week in N.Z., U.S.A. and Ireland, a second week here and also in Canada and England and for the first time at the top in Germany. The song is the No.1 streamed track again this week, and it’s two versions are at No.2 (Billy Ray infused) and at No.7 (Lil’ Nas X only) over on the digital sales chart.
The No.1 digital and No.2 streamed track, plus the national second-place-getter this week again is “Bad Guy” for Billie Eilish after it spent two weeks at No.1 upon debut, plus this is her only Top 10 entry this week too. Rising two places to a new peak of No.3 is Dominic Fike with “3 Nights”, which in turn pushes down the rest of last weeks Top 5 in “Sucker” for Jonas Brothers (3 to 4) and “Talk” for Khalid (4 to 5).
Post Malone kicked off his national tour on Friday (26th of April), and he will be touring here until the 9th of May before heading to New Zealand for two shows, and this week his No.1 song from the start of the year in “Sunflower” is back up one spot to No.6, swapping places with his other Top 10 entry in “Wow” which is down one spot to No.7. “Sunflower” is now the ‘Longest Charted Top 10’ entry in Australian Chart History at 26 weeks within the Top 10 (which is also half-a-year), beating the former leader “Perfect” for Ed Sheeran (TW-59, 25 weeks over two chart runs), the track initially charting as a lead-single from the mid-Dec. 2018 due ‘Spider-Man” Into the Spider-Verse’, then when the film came out it shot the song to No.1 for three weeks, and again was helped to remain within the Top 10 thanks to the films Oscar Wins, DVD and Blu-Ray release (all in March), and now his national tour will maintain within the Top 10 for a few more weeks, could the song crack 30 weeks?
Last week Avicii along with his former collaborator Aloe Blacc debuted at No.11 with his first posthumous single (he passed 53 weeks ago, April 20th, 2018) called “SOS”, which this week rises three places to a new peak of No.8, plus it also becomes his seventh Top 10 single in Australia, and first since “The Nights” made it to No.9 in its third week in early February of 2015, and this is now the third Top 10 single here for Aloe too. Holding at its peak of No.9 for a second week is the Marshmello and Chvrches track “Here With Me”, after which the recent UK and Irish No.1 song for Lewis Capaldi in “Someone You Loved” is up three spots to a new peak of No.10, which as its his first chart entry is also now his first Top 10 hit here.
* Ava Max is on track to score her second Top 10 single next week with “So Am I” if it continues to climb the way its has for the past couple of weeks, as this week it jumps up eight places to a new peak of No.14, while her first entry “Sweet But Psycho” holds at No.26 for a third week.
* The Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Oscar winning track “Shallow” is back up four spots to No.15, while Gaga’s other entry “Always Remember Us This Way” is back up three spots to No.95.
* Neneh Cherry’s daughter Mabel is up one spot this week to a new peak of No.17 with “Don’t Call Me Up”, which she sang on the April 26th screened Graham Norton Show on Friday, so expect a rise for the song next week.
* Pink just issued her new album “Hurts 2B Human” on Friday, and expect a big jump next week for the albums lead single “Walk Me Home”, which this week is back up three spots to No.20.
* Hilltop Hoods continue to drive up the charts with their latest song “Exit Sign”, which this week diverts up five places to a new chart height of No.22.
* Jumping up six spots to a new peak of No.23 is New Zealand outfit Drax Project who’ve teamed with Hailee Steinfeld for “Woke Up Late”.
* Birds of Tokyo performed at the annual ANZAC Football match on Thursday, plus appeared on The Project, all promoting their new song “Good Lord”, which this week flies up eleven spots to a new peak of No.25.
* Dean Lewis has three songs within the Top 40 this week (all between 30 and 40), as he is stable at No.30 with “7 Minutes”, up two spots to No.36 with “Be Alright” and back up six places to No.40 with “Stay Awake”, while he will be playing on the ‘World Famous Rooftop’ on Monday the 29th of April, so expect some or all of these to rise next week.
* Older Billie Eilish songs all get new certifications this week, starting with the 53 week old “Lovely” with Khalid, which is up five to No.37 and now 3x▲Platinum, “You Should See Me in a Crown” (48 to 47 and now ▲Platinum) and “Bellyache” (86 to 84 and now 2x▲Platinum).
* Amy Shark swims up eight places to a new peak of No.44 with her now third Top 50 entry “Mess Her Up”.
* Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” rises back up thirteen places to No.53, while they also rise eight to No.92 with “Don’t Stop Me Now” and return at No.99 with “Another One Bites the Dust”.
* Tones and I land a fourth successive new peak on the charts with “Johnny Run Away”, this week it’s up four spots to No.55.
* Bazzi’s third entry “Paradise” sees its second week within the Top 100 gain a twelve places rise to a new peak of No.56.
* Ed Sheeran’s two long-running Top 100 entries are both back up this week, with “Perfect” up four to No.59 and the ‘Longest Charted Single’ in “Shape of You” up three to No.74 in its 120th week on the charts.
* The Veronicas entry from last week “Think of Me” rises thirteen places to a new peak of No.70.
* There are two further re-entries this week in the Tom Walker track “Just You and I” at a new peak of No.88, the song having fallen out last week, then his performance last week of the song on Graham Norton has helped it back into the charts, while the 1983 No.5 song for Toto and “Africa” again returns at No.91.
* There are two songs leaving the Top 10 this week, starting with “Bury a Friend” for Billie Eilish (HP-3×2, WI10-8) down three to No.11 and last weeks highest new entry for BTS and Halsey with “Boy With Love” (HP-10, WI10-1) only falling six places this week to No.16.
* Billie Eilish tracks from her debut album are down a little this week in “When the Party’s Over” (17 to 18), “Wish You Were Gay” (14 to 21), “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” (37 to 38), “My Strange Addiction” (47 to 50), “Xanny” (54 to 64), “I Love You” (70 to 80), “Ilomilo” (71 to 85) and leaving is “Listen Before I Go” (#87).
* Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” is down four places to No.19, while she also tumbles twenty-seven spots to No.66 with “Monopoly”.
* Khalid drops down seven spots to No.27 with “Better” and also falls with “Outta My Head” (21 to 29), “My Bad” (28 to 39) and “Saturday Nights” (49 to 58).
* Blackpink falls down nine spots to No.43 with their three week old entry “Kill This Love”.
* Meek Mill with Drake on “Going Bad” drop down eight places to No.68.
* “Cool” for Jonas Brothers continues its chart descent, this week it’s down seven places to No.71.
* Mustard and Migos slide down seven places to No.76 with “Pure Water”.
* Ellie Goulding enters with her new track “Sixteen” this week, while her older song “Close to Me” falls down seven spots to No.87.
* The Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration “Please Me” tumbles fourteen places, down to No.89.
* Benny Blanco’s “I Can’t Get Enough” track falls sixteen spots to No.94.
* The Rita Ora song “Let You Love Me” drops thirteen chart rungs to No.98.
* #46 – Earth by Lil’ Dicky was issued this past week to tie in with ‘Earth Day’ (April 22nd), and is the second entry for the US rapper and comedian born David Andrew Burd, with all proceeds from this new track going towards the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the song also features thirty guest vocalists too such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Zac Brown, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil’ Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Lil’ Yachty, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Psy, Backstreet Boys and Leonardo DiCaprio also. This now also becomes the second Top 50 hit for him, as he hit No.4 in April of 2018 with his duet with Chris Brown called “Freaky Friday”.
* #54 – Power is Power (from ‘Game of Thrones’) by SZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott is taken from the just issued album ‘For the Throne’ a companion soundtrack for the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ which started worldwide two weeks ago. This is fifth entry for SZA (2 as guest, 3 as lead vocalist), the 23rd for The Weeknd (18 as lead, 5 as guest) and the 13th for Travis Scott (5 as lead, 8 as guest). The album also has new tracks by Maren Morris, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, James Arthur, Mumford & Sons and A$AP Rocky.
* #77 – Sixteen by Ellie Goulding is the follow-up to her recent No.25 single “Close to Me” (TW-87) and is the second new song issued from her forthcoming fourth studio album (no date or title known as yet), and overall this becomes her 18th entry in Australia (14 as lead, 4 as guest vocalist).
* #79 – Carry on (from ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’) by Kygo and Rita Ora is taken from the new Ryan Reynolds voiced live-action/animated film ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’, and it becomes the 14th entry here for Kygo and also the 17th for Rita Ora (13 as lead vocalist, 4 as guest vocalist).
* #90 – Goddamn by Tyga is the sixth entry here for the U.S. rapper born Michael Ray Stevenson and is the seventh issued single of his NOT to appear on a new album, as he is due to drop his seventh set sometime soon, but no date or title has yet been given. His last entry here was the No.97 track “Girls Have Fun” with G-Eazy and Rich the Kid back on February 11th of this year.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com