Ariana Grande holds for a sixth week to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart with her track “thank u, next”, and in doing so it is now the third longest running No.1 for 2018.
The six week stretch for Ariana’s “thank u, next” surpasses the five weeks achieved by both “Shotgun” for George Ezra (Sept-Oct, 2018) and “Be Alright” for Dean Lewis (Aug-Sept, 2018), and the current No.1 sits behind the years longest running No.1’s in “Youngblood” for 5SOS (May to July) at 8 weeks and Drake’s track “God’s Plan” (Feb to April) at 11 weeks straight. “thank u, next” is the No.1 streamed track again this week but drops to No.9 on the digital sales chart, while the song also retains its pole position in New Zealand, Canada (both at 6 weeks too) and America (5 weeks). On the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’ Ariana is now equal twentieth alongside the seven overall weeks racked up by John Legend from his two No.1’s this decade.
With the new film opening last week and its soundtrack charting this week for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, the albums lead single “Sunflower” for Post Malone with Swae Lee jumps up four spots to a new peak of No.2, becoming Post’s fifth Top 2 single in Australia (he’s only had six Top 10 singles so far). Also climbing to a new chart height at No.3 is the current German (4th week) and Irish (1st week) No.1 song for Ava Max and “Sweet But Psycho”, which sits at No.4 on both the streaming and digital charts.
After a few weeks at No.2 the current Halsey track “Without Me” drops back down two places to No.4, but it is now re-certified 2x▲Platinum in sales, while the returning No.1 digital track for this week is also down two spots to No.5 in the George Ezra song “Shotgun”. This time four years ago Mark Ronson was sitting at No.1 with his Bruno Mars infused track “Uptown Funk”, and now this week his latest single featuring the vocals of Miley Cyrus and their track “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” rises two places to land at a new peak of No.6.
The lead single and former No.1 track ‘Shallow’ from the current chart-topping album in ‘A Star is Born’ for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper falls three places this week to No.7, but picks up its first ever sales certification, jumping straight to 2x▲Platinum in sales. The Travis Scott and Drake track “Sicko Mode” is back up one place to No.8, while down two rungs to No.9 is the Marshmello and Bastille collaboration “Happier”, while making its third ever Top 10 appearance (2 weeks in 1994, 1 week in 2017, now fourth week in 2018) is the festive single from Mariah Carey and “All I Want for Christmas is You” (HP-2), which is up five spots this week to land at No.10, and with half of next weeks chart sales period falling into the pre-Xmas period it might log another week within the ten next week.
* After falling six places to No.30 last week the Kian first entry “Waiting” (HP-24) is back up five to No.25.
* The Hilltop Hoods latest entry “Leave Me Lonely” is stable at its peak of No.26.
* Jonas Blue climbs back up two spots to No.29 with “Rise”, which is now 3x▲Platinum in sales.
* The Meek Mill track “Going Bad” with Drake is up one spot to a new peak of No.32, while Drake only has one older rising song in “Nonstop” (97 to 93).
* Zara Larsson’s latest single “Ruin My Life” (HP-36) is back up three spots to No.38 and now Gold (●).
* Khalid’s “Saturday Nights” rise thirteen spots to score a new peak of No.41.
* The two chart entries from ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” are back up this week with the Pink version of “A Million Dreams” up one spot to No.47 and the James Arthur and Anne-Marie duet for “Rewrite the Stars” rising fourteen spots to score a new peak of No.67. The original soundtrack’s initial single in “This is Me” for Keala Settle is back up seven places this week to No.69.
* Returning to its former peak of No.49 is the Ellie Goulding track “Close to Me”, back up eight spots.
* Amy Shark’s ARIA Award Winning track “I Said Hi” is back up six places to No.50.
* Anne-Marie also rises with her track “2002”, back up seven places to No.53.
* Guy Sebastian’s latest single “Before I Go” rises seven spots to land at a new peak of No.57.
* The latest single for NOTD and “So Close” jumps up eight places to a new chart height of No.63.
* Kygo with Sandro Cavazzo is back up seven spots to No.66 with “Happy Now”, while his older track “Born to Be Yours” with Imagine Dragons leaves after half-a-year on the charts (26 weeks), but The Dragons’ song “Thunder” rebounds twenty-one spots this week to No.74.
* The first and third returning tracks this week are “These Days” for Rudimental at No.76 and the Conrad Sewell song “Healing Hands” at No.82.
* The A$AP Rocky track “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” is back up two spots to No.83 and now 2x▲Platinum.
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is “Eastside” (HP-2×8, WI10-20) for Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid which is down one spot to No.11.
* Rita Ora’s recent Top 10 single “Let You Love Me” falls four spots to No.16 and is now ▲Platinum.
* Both Calvin Harris entries are down slightly this week in “Promises” with Sam Smith (17 to 21) and “One Kiss” with Dua Lipa (67 to 73), which is now 4x▲Platinum in sales.
* After peaking at No.23 last week the Charli XCX and Troye Sivan track “1999” is down four to No.27.
* Kodak Black falls down six spots to No.28 with “Zeze”, while he scores his albums chart entry this week with his second set.
* The track “Arms Around You” for XXXTentacion with Lil’ Pump falls down eight spots to No.33, while XXXT also falls with “Sad!” (52 to 62), “Bad” (35 to 71) and “Jocelyn Flores” (86 to 100).
* Queen were at No.1 this week in both England and Ireland in both years of 1975 and 1991 with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which here is down seven spots to No.34, while they also drop with “Another One Bites the Dust” (72 to 77), “Don’t Stop Me Now” (88 to 97) and “Somebody to Love” (89 to 99).
* Morgan Evans’ “Day Drunk” track falls three spots to No.35 and is now ▲Platinum in sales.
* The Chainsmokers song “This Feeling” drops down seven spots to land at No.44.
* Billie Eilish is down with both “Lovely” with Khalid (43 to 46) and more so with “Come Out and Play” (45 to 80), while Khalid himself falls on the Martin Garrix track “Ocean” (68 to 84) and his duet with Normani and “Love Lies” (82 to 92).
* Tom Walker drops down twelve spots to No.48 with “Leave a Light on”.
* The two other entries from the soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ also score their first certification this week, both songs achieving Gold (●) in sales for “Always Remember us This Way” (44 to 51) and “I’ll Never Love Again” (77 to 85).
* Drake is down with “In My Feelings” (49 to 52), “God’s Plan” (51 to 61) and “Nice for What” (81 to 87).
* Little Mix with Nicki Minaj drop down seven places to No.54 with “Woman Like Me” (even after they performed the track last week on ‘The Graham Norton Show’).
* It’s two weeks away from the two year chart anniversary for “Shape of You” for Ed Sheeran, which this week is again the ‘Longest Charted Single’ at 102 weeks, the song is down two spots to No.64.
* Amy Shark’s older entry is back inside the Top 50, while new newer song “All Loved Up” drops down eighteen places to No.88.
* Both entries for 6ix9ine tumble again this week in “Mama” (50 to 89) and “Kika” (63 to 94).
* With Mariah Carey returning to the Top 10 the next seasonal single is the Wham! song “Last Christmas” which leaps up sixteen places to land at No.18, the song having climbed to No.11 two years ago.
* This week in 1984 the original “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” went to No.1 in England, while the 1989 version was also at the top at this time 29 years ago, and now the Band Aid 30 rendition this week rebounds twenty-two spots to land at No.37.
* Ariana Grande’s seasonal tune “Santa Tell Me” fell last week, but this week it leaps up thirty-four spots to score a new peak of No.40.
* After sneaking back into the chart at #100 last week the 1971 John Lennon song “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” this week leaps back up forty-four places to land at No.56.
* Justin Bieber’s 2011 seasonal single “Mistletoe” (HP-20, peaked Oct. 2011) returns to the chart at No.78.
* The second and final new entry this week is the 1960 classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for Brenda Lee which makes its ARIA Singles Chart debut at No.96. The song first (and only) charted on the 17th of December in 1960, climbing to No.53 for a six week stay, while the song was also featured in the seasonal film ‘Home Alone’ too.
* #15 – Imagine by Ariana Grande is the second track lifted from her early 2019 due fifth album ‘thank u, next’, whose title track is again the No.1 song in the country, plus this is one of five entries within the Top 100 this week for her, which also includes “Santa Tell Me” (74 to 40), “No Tears Left to Cry” (78 to 75) and “Breathin” (87 to 90). And with this song landing within the Top 20 it becomes her fifteenth Top 20 hit here from 42 overall chart entries to the Top 100.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com