The Ariana Grande run at the top continues in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada (all third week), England and Ireland (both 4 weeks) for her song “thank u, next”, which got a video clip release on Saturday (1st of Dec.)
That clipped dropped at 9am (Australian time) Saturday morning and by the time of writing this at 2:30 it had already been watched 22.9 million times (it was 17m at midday, and by the time I finished writing at 5pm it cracked 29m), which will all go to next weeks sales, and the clip pays homage to the films ‘Means Girls’, ‘Suddenly 30’ and ‘Legally Blonde’. But for this week the songs third week at the top takes her tally of weeks at No.1 here to now four during this decade, which moves her up to equal 26th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’ alongside Lady Gaga (two No.1’s and four weeks at No.1), with the song at the top of the streaming chart and down to No.13 on the digital chart (but with new mixes just issued it should rise their next week).
The current No.1 digital track is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet “Shallow” which holds at No.2 nationally this week, while current visitor to our shores in George Ezra is back up one spot to No.3 with his former No.1 song “Shotgun”, helped by him singing it at the ARIA Awards this past week, that song swapping places with the Halsey track “Without Me” which is down one place to No.4.
On hold are “Sunflower” for Post Malone and Swae Lee, “Eastside” by Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid plus ARIA Award winner Dean Lewis with “Be Alright” at No.6, No.7 and No.9 respectively, Dean’s song now logging it’s 20th week within the Top 10, matching 5SOS’s “Youngblood”. Another performer at the ARIA Awards (and presenter) was UK singer Rita Ora who sung her current track “Let You Love Me” on the night, and that song jumps up four places this week to a new peak of No.8 becoming her fourth Top 10 single here and now her second highest charted, with “I Will Never Let You Down” being her highest at No.5 in late April of 2014, which was also her last Top 10 entry too plus it also comes from her second album “Phoenix” which debuts within the Top 20 this week. Lastly down two places to No.10 is the Loud Luxury track “Body”, it’s eighth week within the Top 10.
* Ava Max jumps up nine spots to a new peak of No.13 with her first entry “Sweet but Psycho”.
* Multi-ARIA Award winners this past week in 5 Seconds of Summer are back up one spot to No.17 with their ‘Apple Music Song of the Year’ winning “Youngblood”.
* Lukas Graham rises nine places to a new peak of No.22 with “Love Someone”.
* Imagine Dragons move up two places to a new chart height of No.27 with “Bad Liar”.
* Kian just signed with EMI Australia this week and his debut entry “Waiting” is back up two spots to its former peak of No.28.
* Sheck Wes cracked the Top 50 two weeks ago, the Top 40 last week and now this week he jumps up ten places and into the Top 30 at No.29 with his track “Mo Bamba”.
* Also reclaiming their former peak is Morgan Evans with “Day Drunk”, back up eight places to his original peak of No.35.
* Zara Larsson just issued some new remixes of her track “Ruin My Life”, which this week is up two spots to a new peak of No.40.
* Kygo scores his seventh Top 50 entry this week as his new track “Happy Now” with Sandro Cavazza moves up five places to a new peak of No.50.
* Amy Shark won several ARIA Awards this past week including ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Female Artist’ and she sung with Keith Urban on his track ‘The Fighter’ and also performed her former No.6 single “I Said Hi”, which this week is back up twenty-six places to No.52, while her most recent release in “All Loved Up” returns at a new peak of No.58 (former peak was No.72).
* The newer entry for Benny Blanco with Calvin Harris and “I Found You” jumps up seven places to a new peak of No.54.
* Guy Sebastian leaps this week twenty-five places to a new peak of No.62 with “Before I Go”.
* Ed Sheeran again claims the ‘Longest Charted Single’ crown for “Shape of You”, which is up one spot to No.63 and spending its 99th week on the charts, while his 91 week running “Perfect” is also up one place to No.44.
* Ellie Goulding is up sixteen spots to No.64 with “Close to Me” featuring Diplo and Swae Lee.
* Last weeks entry for The Chainsmokers in “Beach House” is up seven spots to a new peak of No.89.
* Returning songs this week include “Fefe” for 6ix9ine at No.90, “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish at No.96 and “I’ll Be There” for Jess Glynne at No.98.
* After three broken weeks at a peak of No.10 the Billie Eilish track “When the Party’s Over” drops down two spots to land at No.12 this week, one of five entries this week for her.
* The Calvin Harris and Sam Smith track “Promises” is down three places to No.16 and newly certified 2x▲Platinum, while his teaming with Dua Lipa and “One Kiss” is down eight to No.74.
* The XXXTentacion drops this week are for “Arms Around You” with Lil’ Pump (16 to 18), “Bad” (38 to 47), “Falling Down” with Lil’ Peep (44 to 48), “Sad!” (56 to 57) and “Jocelyn Flores” (88 to 100).
* The Queen entries slide down a bit this week for “Bohemian Rhapsody” (started its initial No.1 run in England this week in 1975; 17 to 20), “Another One Bites the Dust” (37 to 41), “Somebody to Love” (47 to 51), “Don’t Stop me Now” (53 to 59), “We Are the Champions” (52 to 61), “Under Pressure” (59 to 69, No.1 in at this time in 1981 in the UK), “We Will Rock You” (70 to 86) and “Killer Queen” (77 to 87).
* The two further Lady Gaga tracks charting from ‘A Star is Born’ drop down a little this week in “Always Remember Us This Way” (19 to 21) and “I’ll Never Love Again” (35 to 43).
* The Little Mix track “Woman Like Me” with Nicki Minaj drops down four spots to No.30 and picks up a Gold (●) sales certification.
* With the new Chainsmokers track moving up, their older entry “This Feeling” is down eleven to No.31.
* The Pink version of ‘A Million Dreams” from ‘The Greatest Showman’ drops down eleven spots also, to No.38.
* The Martin Garrix and Khalid track “Ocean” leaves the Top 50 and is down five places to No.53, while Khalid is also down with “Suncity” (60 to 92) and “Love Lies” with Normani (83 to 93).
* The three Top 100 entries for Dua Lipa all move down this week, as I mentioned before her teaming with Calvin Harris, along with her Silk City collaboration “Electricity” (49 to 56) and her only solo entry “Kiss and Make Up” (58 to 67).
* Ariana Grande falls with her older entries in “Breathin” (51 to 70), “No Tears Left to Cry” (76 to 83) and leaves with “God is a Woman” (#94).
* Even though they were nominated several times for their track “Fire”/”Reprisal” the Peking Duk track this week is down fourteen places to No.71, but with the ARIA Awards held on Wednesday this past week it did only give one day and six hours of sales from that Awards ceremony to contribute towards this weeks chart.
* With a new Kygo track entering the Top 50 this week, his older entry “Born to Be Yours” with Imagine Dragons drops down eight places to No.73.
* Eminem only has one song within the Top 100 this week in “Lucky You” which is down seven spots to No.81, while “Venom” (#91) and “Killshot” (#92) both leave the chart.
* Conrad Sewell presented at the ARIA Awards this past week, but his two entries slide this week in “Healing Hands” (73 to 91) and his more recent entry “Changing” (departs from #93).
* Bad Bunny with Drake and their track “MIA” drops down thirteen places to land at No.95.
* #23 – Come Out and Play by Billie Eilish
* #75 – Bellyache by Billie Eilish (already certified ▲Platinum) are the U.S. singer/songwriters tenth and third singles released, with “Come Out and Play” expected to be on her forthcoming album, while “Bellyache” is on the currently charting set “Don’t Smile at Me” (TW-25) and originally released in February of 2017 as a single, while these two entries also join her three other chart entries in “When the Party’s Over” (HP-10, TW-12), “Lovely” (HP-5, TW-39) and “Ocean Eyes” (HP-58, returns this week at No.96).
* #42 – Leave Me Lonely by The Hilltop Hoods is the second single issued from the late February 2019 eighth studio album called “The Great Expanse” (due 22-Feb,19) and follows on from “Clark Griswold” (HP-48, peaked in late July of 2018) and this new entry becomes their 16th Top 100 and twelfth Top 50 appearance, with the band picking up the ARIA Award this past week for ‘Best Urban Release’ for “Clark Griswold”.
* #65 – All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (returning track) makes its annual seasonal return to the charts, having gone as high as No.6 late last year, its first Top 10 appearance since its initial chart entry in late 1994, but for the past four years (2014 to 2017) the song did manage a Top 20 berth, while the track is now certified 5x▲Platinum in sales.
* #88 – Rewrite the Stars by James Arthur and Anne-Marie is the second single to chart from ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined’ compilation album of current pop and rock acts covering songs from the film of ‘The Greatest Showman’, as Pink first charted with her cover of “A Million Dreams” (HP-26, TW-38), with this new song becoming the sixth entry for James Arthur and the fourteenth overall for Anne-Marie.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com