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Ariana Grande Sweetener

Ariana Grande Sweetener

Australian Charts : Ariana Grande ‘thank u, next’ debut at number one

by Gavin Ryan on November 18, 2018

in News,Noise Pro

After debuting at No.2 last week the new Ariana Grande track “thank u, next” climbs a spot to take over the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart this week, becoming her second No.1 for 2018.

“thank u, next” becomes the 1080th No.1 Song in Australia (1940 to 2018), the 515th for ARIA (1983 to 2018) and the twelfth No.1 song for 2018 and now Ariana Grande’s second for this year and in total, as at the end of April she spent a week at the top with “No Tears Left to Cry” (TW-66), plus the song remains for a second week at the top in both England and Ireland, climbs to the top in New Zealand and debuts at No.1 in both America and Canada. The song is also the No.1 streamed track for a second week, while it holds at its No.3 entry from last week on the digital sales chart.

This is the ninth No.1 song for her record company Republic, with six of those twelve No.1’s also belonging to that company, while this is the first time that the word ‘Thank’ has appeared in a No.1 single title and is the second ‘Next’ , as back in July of 1975 country singer Freddy Fender spent a single week at the top with “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”. The new chart-topping song also becomes the 693rd No.1 performed by an American artist and the fifth for 2018, while on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’ Ariana joins the list at the bottom at No.30 as she has now had two No.1’s this decade and two accumulated weeks at the top.

So after three weeks at the top the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet “Shallow” is down one spot to No.2 (and still not certified) and No.1 on the digital sales chart, but climbing up one spot to a new peak of No.3 is Halsey and “Without Me”, swapping places with George Ezra’s former No.1 song “Shotgun” which is down one place to No.4 this week, while the Marshmello and Bastille track “Happier” is stable at No.5 again.

After two weeks at No.7 the Post Malone and Swae Lee track “Sunflower” is up one spot to a new peak of No.6, swapping places with the second Halsey track within the Top 10, as she is on the Benny Blanco track “Eastside” which also feature Khalid, and the song is down one place to No.7 and newly certified 3x▲Platinum in sales. Dean Lewis with “Be Alright” is now 4x▲Platinum and “Body” for Loud Luxury are both on hold at No.8 and No.9 respectively, while back up one spot to its former peak of No.10 is the Billie Eilish track “When the Party’s Over” for a second week within the Top 10.

* Rita Ora is up three places to a new peak of No.14 with “Let Me Love You”.
* Queen blast back into the Top 20 with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, rising eight spots to land at No.18, while they also rise with “Another One Bites the Dust” (51 to 39), “Somebody to Love” (63 to 50), which gives them three songs within the Top 50 this week, also on the up are “We Are the Champions” (65 to 52), “Don’t Stop Me Now” (78 to a new peak of No.58), “Under Pressure” (85 to 60) and “We Will Rock You” (86 to 69), plus they also return with their first chart entry here.
* The Chainsmokers with Kelsea Ballerini are back up four spots to No.20 with “This Feeling”.
* The Charli XCX and Troye Sivan duet “1999” is up five spots to a new peak of No.23.
* Ava Max climbs into the Top 30 this week, up five spots to a new peak of No.28 with “Sweet but Psycho”.
* Kian climbs back up three spots to No.29 with his debut entry “Waiting” (HP-28).
* Ariana’s new No.1 song boosts her older entries back up this week in “Breathin” (49 to 38), “No Tears Left to Cry” (70 to 66) and “God is a Woman” (93 to 78).
* The Sheck Wes track “Mo Bamba” is up six spots to a new peak of No.42.
* Zara Larsson leaps twenty chart rungs to a new chart height of No.51 with her latest track “Ruin My Life”.
* With the new Imagine Dragons album the highest entry this week their new albums current entry “Natural” (HP-28) is back up thirty places to No.59.
* Two of last weeks entries scoring new peaks are “I Found You” for Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris (66 to 65) and “Better Together” for Hayden James with Running Touch (75 to 72).
* The Kygo track “Happy Now” featuring Sandro Cavazza returns at a new peak of No.81 this week, formerly it made it to No.85.

* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the Calvin Harris and Sam Smith track “Promises” (HP-4, WI10-9) which is down two spots to No.12 during his current national tour.
* The tracks from ‘A Star is Born’ not only lose the top spot but drop down the chart with “Always Remember us This Way” (13 to 15), “I’ll Never Love Again” (19 to 26) and “Maybe it’s Time” (74 to 98).
* Post Malone and his track “Better Now” are down six spots to No.36 and now 3x▲Platinum in sales, while he also falls with “I Fall Apart” (54 to 56), “Rockstar” (56 to 63), “Jackie Chan” with Tiesto & Dzeko (53 to 67, now ▲Platinum) and “Psycho” (76 to 84).
* All three Dua Lipa entries fall this week with her Silk City appearance in “Electricity” (34 to 40), her latest solo single “Kiss and Make Up” (52 to 54) and her Calvin Harris duet “One Kiss” (67 to 75).
* Morgan Evans trips and stumbles down seven spots to No.43 with his track “Day Drunk”.
* Martin Garrix and Khalid are down six places to No.45 with “Oceans”, while Khalid also falls with “Lovely” alongside Billie Eilish (46 to 49), “Suncity” (45 to 55) and “Love Lies” (73 to 79) with Normani.
* Drake is down seven spots to No.48 with “In My Feelings” while he also drops with “MIA” with Bad Bunny (69 to 80), “God’s Plan” (83 to 87 and now 5x▲Platinum) and “Nonstop” (90 to 95), while he also leaves the Top 100 with “No Stylist” with French Montana (#97) and “Nice for What” (#100, newly certified 3x▲Platinum).
* Peking Duk fall seven spots to No.57 with “Fire”/”Reprisal”.
* Bazzi tumbles twenty places to No.64 with “Beautiful”.
* Eminem falls this week with “Lucky You” (58 to 68), “Venom” (60 to 76) and “Killshot” (68 to 82).
* Sliding down nine spots to No.70 is the Anne-Marie track “2002”.
* Ed Sheeran again claims the ‘Longest Charted Single’ crown with “Shape of You” at 97 weeks, the track down seven spots to No.71.
* The former Top 10 track for Conrad Sewell and “Healing Hands” slides down sixteen places to No.73 while his more recent entry “Changing” (HP-91) leaves from #98.
* Cardi B falls with both “I Like it” (62 to 74) and “Money” (82 to 92).
* Zedd and Elley Duhe with “Happy Now” (different to the Kygo track) are down nine to No.86.
* There’s a thirteen place drop to No.93 with the DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber track “No Brainer”.
* The Rubens with Sarah and “Never Ever” falls down twelve spots to No.99.

* #31 – Bad! by XXXTentacion is the fifth posthumous single for the rapper who was killed in June of 2018, and this is the first track lifted from his December 7th due third studio album (which he was working on before he passed) entitled ‘Skins’. This is his seventh Top 50 and Top 100 entry in Australia and he is also currently charting with “Arms Around You” (TW-17), “Falling Down” with Lil’ Peep (TW-33), “Sad!” (TW-53) and “Jocelyn Flores” (TW-89).

* #35 – Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons is now the 15th Top 100 and 13th Top 50 entry here for the US rock band with this new entry being the fourth release from their fourth album “Origins” (New TW-4) following on from its current chart entries “Natural” (HP-28, TW-59) and “Born to Be Yours” with Kygo (HP-18, TW-61).

* #85 – Killer Queen by Queen (original peak No.24 in mid-June of 1975, 30 weeks within Top 100) was the bands first chart success in Australia climbing to No.24 for a single week in mid-June of 1975 after having entered our charts in late March, and the song returns to the chart thanks to their current cinema release and biopic entitled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody”, while the act has eight songs all-up within the Top 100 this week.

* #96 – Before I Go by Guy Sebastian becomes the 31st Top 100 entry for the first Australian Idol winner from 15 years ago (it happened in the last week of Nov 2003), and this new entry acts as the first single from a forthcoming ninth studio album (no date or title known as yet), while Guy also has his first TV series currently screening on the ABC called ‘Don’t Stop the Music’.

* #97 – Close to Me by Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee becomes the 17th Top 100 entry for the UK singer Ellie who has teamed with US producer Diplo and US rapper Swae Lee for this her first single from a forthcoming fourth studio album (no date or title known as yet), while this is her first entry here since she appeared on the Kygo track “First Time” (HP-29, May 2017).

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