James Arthur was in the country this past week on a promotional tour, and appeared and presented at this weeks ARIA Awards, which helps keep his song “Say You Won’t Let Go” at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for a seventh straight week.
“Say You Won’t Let Go” is now the equal third longest running No.1 single for 2016, tying with the seven broken weeks that “One Dance” (TW-44) by Drake achieved back in May, June and July, and if it stays for a further eighth week it will tie with “7 Years” (TW-80) for Lukas Graham (Feb to April). Of note is that James is not at the top of either the digital (#2) or streaming (#4) charts this week, but has enough points on both to take out the top spot.
But a new potential No.1 single in the current UK chart leader (for a third week) are Clean Bandit who leap up twelve places to land at No.2 with “Rockabye” (#1 digital song here TW), featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul. Like the duo’s first Top 10 single “Rather Be” with Jess Glynne, both tracks have taken four weeks in the Top 100 to reach No.2, whereas their first Top 10 entry spent five broken weeks at No.2 (March & April of 2014). This also becomes the highest charting singles for both Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, with this song now the second for Anne-Marie this year after “Alarm” (TW-48) hit No.7 back in August, and this also beats the No.3 peak that Sean Paul was a part of; the Beyonce track “Baby Boy” (2 weeks Nov 2003) and overall this is Sean’s seventh Top 10 single (five as guest, two as lead) and his first since his guest appearance on the Simple Plan track “Summer Paradise” (HP-4, Feb 2012).
The current US No.1 single and UK No.2 entry this week jumps up here three places to a new peak of No.3, Rae Sremmurd and their Mannequin Challenge used track “Black Beatles”, and is the highest placed ‘Beatle’ infused track since the bands last No.1 from early April 1970 “Let it Be” (clutching at straws now?). After six weeks at No.2 The Weeknd drops back down two places to No.4 with “Starboy”, but won’t likely fall again much for next week as his same-titled album was released on Friday, and the single is the No.1 streamed song in the country again this week, plus he scores two new entries on the chart (see below).
Bruno Mars’ third album debuted at No.3 this week and title track “24k Magic” jumps up four places to land at a new peak of No.5, becoming his eighth Top 5 single in Australia (four as guest artist, four as solo/lead), and after jumping to No.4 last week NEIKED is back down two places this week to No.6 with “Sexual”, the track now certified Gold (●) in sales too. Falling out of the Top 5 for the first times are two former top-two leads; firstly Calum Scott drops four to No.7 with “Dancing on My Own” (HP-2×3) which spent eleven weeks within the five, and former No.1 “Closer” for The Chainsmokers and Halsey drops three to No.8 after sixteen weeks within the Top 5. Landing their second consecutive No.2 album here this week (and first UK #1) are Little Mix who are down two places to No.9 with “Shout Out to My Ex” and also dropping a couple of spots are Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar with “Don’t Wanna Know” to No.10.
* Illy sang his former No.2 single “Papercuts” (TW-30) with Vera Blue at the ARIA Awards on Wednesday, but his new single “Catch 22” with Anne-Marie is up one place to a new peak of No.11 this week.
* Former No.12 song “Stranger” by Peking Duk with Elliphant jumps back up three places to No.13, and is newly certified Gold (●) in sales.
* ARIA Award winner for ‘Best Female Artist’ was SIa, and her recent No.2 single “The Greatest” is back up one to No.14, whilst “Cheap Thrills” rises three to No.60.
* Rebounding five places to its former peak of No.18 is Drake with “Fake Love”.
* ARIA Awards hosts The Veronicas see their new single “On Your Side” leap up twenty places this week to land a new peak of No.19, becoming the duo’s thirteenth Top 20 entry and second for this year after their former No.1 “In My Blood” (TW-54) which is back up fourteen spots this week after the girls sung it at the ARIA Awards on Wednesday.
* The Chainsmokers hold at No.20 with “All We Know” featuring Phoebe Ryan, which picks up the only ▲Platinum sales certification this week.
* Justin Timberlake was in the country this past week on a promo tour for his role in the animated film “Trolls” (new TW-35), with the movies lead single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” moving back up six places to No.23.
* Alessia Cara has now landed her three chart entries in Australia within the Top 30, as her latest track “Scars to Your Beautiful” is up five spots this week to a new peak of No.28.
* New entry from last week “I Would Like” for Zara Larsson is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.33, whilst her recent Top 20 entry “Ain’t My Fault” is only down one spot this week to No.25.
* Cracking the Top 40 this week is Jonas Blue with Raye with his third chart entry “By Your Side”. rising four places to a new peak of No.39.
* Currently No.1 in Austria and a former No.1 in Belgium, whilst currently No.2 in Germany is “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man, which here is up four places to a new peak of No.42.
* Flume was the big winner at this 2016 ARIA Awards, and he performed his two Top 10 hits from this year on the night, “Say it” (with Tove Lo) which is back up eight places to No.47 and the former No.1 (and winner for ‘Best Pop Release’) “Never Be Like You” with Kai, which is back up seventeen spots to No.53.
* Jumping twenty places to land a new chart height of No.49 are Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky with “Lovesick”.
* Tickets went on sale this past week for Adele’s 2017 tour here, and that has boosted last weeks returning song “Hello” to rise this week, up fourteen spots to No.70.
* Last weeks debut at No.95 of “Surfin'” by Kid Cudi with Pharrell Williams is this week up eighteen places to a new peak of No.77.
* Even though it’s not on his new album, the Longest Charting single at the moment “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars rebounds eleven places this week to No.78 in its 106th week in the Top 100.
* Charli XCX appeared on the X-Factor Grand Final this past week, singing her latest track “After the Afterparty” featuring Lil’ Yachty, which this week returns the chart at a new peak of No.81 (former peak was #87 at the start of November).
* After only two weeks within the Top 10 “The Mack” (HP-9, WI10-2) for Nevada, Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap drops two places to No.12 and is the only Top 10 dropout this week, plus it is now Gold (●) in sales.
* Last week’s leap to No.11 for the Guy Sebastian track “Set in Stone” this week drops back down sixteen places to No.27, becoming (as I mentioned last week) his third No.11 peaking hit.
* With one track rising, another must fall, and for Jonas Blue his second Top 10 hit “Perfect Strangers” is down this week six spots to No.32.
* John Legend also had a sales spurt last week with his new single “Love Me Now”, which this week is back down nine spots to No.34.
* Niall Horan sees his first entry “This Town” drop seven spots to No.35.
* After three weeks on the chart, the “Collage” EP (HP-23) for The Chainsmokers again takes a tumble, this week it drops seven spots to No.43.
* “The Ocean” recedes once again for Mike Perry, this week the track drops seven places to settle at No.45.
* After debuting at No.49 last week, The xx track “On Hold” is this week down twelve to No.61.
* “Adore” by Amy Shark scored a new peak of No.57 last week, but this week it drops back down eleven places to No.68.
* Down thirteen spots to No.69 is the Disturbed cover of “The Sound of Silence”.
* Cheat Codes tumble twenty-one places to No.73 with “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me on)”.
* Down nine places each are the tracks “Into You” by Ariana Grande (67 to 76), “I Hate U, I Love U” for Gnash (73 to 82) and “Ride” by twenty one pilots (76 to 85).
* The “Hallelujah”‘s are over this week, with the Pentatonix version slipping down fourteen places to No.88 and the original Leonard Cohen version being the highest dropout from No.59.
* After several months in the 55-70 region of the chart, the Joel Adams track “Please Don’t Go” this week drops twenty-four spots to No.90.
* Last weeks debut at No.45 for Samantha Jade and Cyrus with “Hurt Anymore” plummets this week fifty-three spots to No.98.
* After peaking at No.85 last week, the Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly duet of “Bad Things” drops down fifteen places this week to #100.
#26 – It’s Gotta Be You – Isaiah (Firebrace), not only had his 17th birthday on Monday night, but he also becomes the 2016 winner of X-Factor on the same night, and his first chart entry debuts on half-a-weeks sales, so hopefully it will rise next week on a full week of sales, ahead of his debut album in the second week of December.
#36 – Love My Life – Robbie Williams was in the country for a promo tour of his latest album (TW-9) and he appeared and presented at the ARIA Awards, plus many other media promotions, and the first single to chart here from the new album becomes his 24th Top 40 entry, and first solo forty entry since 2009’s “You Know Me” (HP-33, peaked 14-Dec, 2009), whilst his last appearance in the charts was a guest/hidden vocalist on the Avicii track “The Days” (HP-10, peaked 20-Oct, 2014).
#41 – I Feel it Coming – The Weeknd feat Daft Punk
#63 – Party Monster – The Weeknd, lands two tracks into the Top 100 this week, both from his just released third album entitled “Starboy”, which is expected to debut at the top of the albums chart next week, and this gives the Canadian singer three entries in the chart too.
#57 – Redbone – Childish Gambino last week entered at No.75 with the track “Me and Your Mama” from his forthcoming third album “Awaken My Love!” (due first week of December), and now this week we see the second entry from the new set debut, with the first falling out of the Top 100 this week.
#65 – Love on the Weekend – John Mayer is set to release a new album in early 2017, and the first taste from “The Search for Everything” entitled “Love on the Weekend” is new at No.65 this week, becoming his 14th Top 100 entry in Australia.
#84 – Versace on the Floor – Bruno Mars; is a ballad taken from his third album “24k Magic” which debuts at No.3 on the albums chart this week, giving him three entries in the chart this week.
#92 – Water Under the Bridge – Adele is the official fourth single from her “25” (TW-8) album, and originally charted for a single week this week last year (30-Nov, 2015) at No.82, and joins two of her albums three previous single within the Top 100 this week, “Hello” at No.70 and “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” down four to No.58.
#93 – Think About it – Thundamentals feat Peta & the Wolves, is the fourth entry for the local hip-hop act from The Blue Mountains in N.S.W., and is the third release and second entry from an as-yet unknown fourth studio album.
#99 – Closer – Boyce Avenue feat Sarah Hyland, the band Boyce Avenue are a three piece covers band from Florida, whilst Sarah Hyland is the oldest Dumfy daughter from the Channel 10 TV comedy series ‘Modern Family’, both acts landing their first chart entry this week.