Australia has kept on buying “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie into the new year, giving it a sixth straight week at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart.
Back in January 1949, the Australian charts went weekly, and since that time we have had 999 No.1 singles here, so the next one will become the 1000th weekly chart-topping song, whilst the charts between 1940 and 1948 were monthly, and during that period we had 59 No.1 songs, so overall “Rockabye” is still the 1059th chart leader, but as for a weekly number, it’s number 999. I mention this because on Friday Ed Sheeran released two new songs from his forthcoming third album, one of which could become the 1000th weekly No.1 next week.
Alternately we could finally see The Weeknd and Daft Punk finally take over the top spot with “Starboy”, which has now been sitting a No.2 for a record breaking twelve (broken) weeks without progressing any higher, which also breaks the eleven week record set by Taylor Swift’s first big hit “Love Story” (2009), which eventually went to No.1 for two broken weeks, but did also amass eleven fractured weeks at No.2. And talking of The Weeknd and Daft Punk, they score a second combined Top 10 entry this week, as “I Feel it Coming” is up four places to a new peak of No.7 after sitting at No.11 for the past three weeks. This is the first time that both acts have had two songs in the Top 10 at the same time, The Weeknd almost came close in 2015 with his first two Top 10 hits “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”, but they are two weeks apart from leaving and entering the ten respectively.
With only five weeks until the release of the film ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ (2nd week of Feb), the lead single from the feature film rebounds back to it’s original entry position of No.3, as Zayn and Taylor Swift move back up two places with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, which in turn pushes “24K Magic” for Bruno Mars down a place to No.4 after he peaked at No.3 for the past two weeks, whilst also down but two places to No.6 are The Chainsmokers and Halsey with the No.1 song for 2016 in “Closer”, logging its 23rd week within the Top 10, now becoming the second longest (outright) run within the Top 10 (pre and post ARIA, 1983), and if it stays in for another week it will join three other songs which have spent 24 weeks within the ten, but if that happens next week I will reveal them then.
Peking Duk and Elliphant are up two places to a new peak of No.5 with “Stranger”, becoming the duo’s equal highest charted single after their first big chart entry “High” went to No.5 in April 2014. And other than The Weeknd scoring a second Top 10 this week, also climbing into the ten is local Sydney singer Starley with “Call on Me”, who is up four places to a new peak of No.8, making her home country the fourth in the world to make it into a Top 10 hit after Sweden (HP-1, TW-5), Norway (HP-4, TW-5) and New Zealand (HP-9, TW-13). Also landing his first Top 10 hit here in Australia is Andy Grammer who climbs four spots to land at No.9 with his “Fresh Eyes” track, which so far has only us and New Zealand (TW/HP-8) making it into a Top 10 hit. Lastly dropping four places to No.10 is the former No.1 “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.
* Zara Larsson landed her fifth Top 20 hit last week with “I Would Like”, which is up again this week two places to a new peak of No.16.
* Also climbing a couple of spots are Frendship with Emily Warren on the song “Capsize”, to a new chart height of No.19.
* Cracking the Top 20 for the first time are Mura Ma$a and A$AP Rocky with “Love$ick”, who jump up seven places to land at No.18.
* Last week Pnau snagged their second Top 50 entry with “Chameleon”, and now this week the song bullets twenty-one places to No.22, becoming the duo’s highest charting single in the process, beating the No.34 peak of their first entry “Baby” from 2008.
* Train shunt up twelve places to a new peak of No.23 with their latest track “Play That Song”.
* Last week “The Mack” by Nevada dropped thirteen places to No.32, and now this week it is back up seven places to No.25.
* Also last week Milky Chance dropped down a little to No.40 with their latest track “Cocoon”, which this week blasts back up eleven places to score a new chart height of No.29.
* Also rebounding after it initially peaked at No.37 is “Shed a Light” for Robin Schulz, David Guetta and Cheat Codes, which this week is back up seventeen places to a new peak of No.31.
* Current UK No.2 single “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man is up eight places here to a new peak of No.34, plus the track is newly certified Gold (●) in sales.
* Sage the Gemini sees his track “Now and Later” jump up twelve places to land at No.40, becoming his first solo Top 40 entry, but second appearance within the forty, having previously been to No.36 on the Flo Rida track “G.D.F.R.” (late April 2015).
* The xx return to their former entry and peak position of No.45 with “On Hold” this week.
* Sofi Tukker land just outside of the Top 50 this week, as “Drinkee” is up sixteen spots to No.51.
* Sia and her “Cheap Thrills” are back up eleven places to No.52 after becoming one of the two highest EOY Aussie acts (#8), Flume was a bit higher at No.4 with “Never Be Lke You”.
* The duet between Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello in “Bad Things” jumps up fourteen places to a new peak of No.54.
* Local singer Amy Shark rebounds fourteen spots to land at a new peak of No.56 with “Adore”, which had previously gone as high as No.57.
* Last week “Redbone” by Childish Gambino fell from 55 to No.70, now this week it bounces almost back to the same position, rising thirteen spots to No.57.
* Bruno Mars’ second single from “24K Magic” is “Versace on the Floor”, which is up five spots to a new chart height of No.60.
* Local acts Pon Cho and Paige IV see their collaboration “Frozen” move up seven to No.66.
* The Vamps also fell hard last week with their latest track “All Night” (68 to 82), and this week it is back up thirteen places to No.69.
* The first of eight returning track this week is led by Galantis with Hook N’ Sling and “Love on Me” (HP-72) which is back in at No.76.
* Cashmere Cat with Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez rebound eighteen places to No.77 with their collab-track “Trust Nobody”.
* Back up two places to No.79 is the 15th biggest song for 2016 “Work from Home” for Fifth Harmony, which is the second and final new Top 100 certification this week, now 5x▲Platinum in sales.
* The Longest Charting single crown again goes to “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, at 112 weeks within the Top 100 it is back up eleven places this week to No.80, and it set a new record earlier this week, when the song was also the 94th biggest selling song for 2016, a first for a track to log three consecutive years in the EOY Chart, as in 2014 it was the 29th biggest for that year (6 weeks worth of sales during ’14), and then in 2015 it was the #1 song of the year.
* The further seven returning songs this week are “Make Me (Cry)” for Noah Cryus with Labrinth (#88), “Final Song” by MØ (#89), Bliss N’ Eso with Lee Fields and “Friend Like You” (#93), “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez (#95), “Panda” for Desiigner (#96), “Into You” by Ariana Grande (#98) and finally D.R.A.M. with Lil’ Yachty on “Broccoli” (#99).
* The first of three songs leaving the Top 10 this week is “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (HP-3×5, WI10-14) for Justin Timberlake, dropping only two places to No.11 thanks to it now being on the new No.1 album in the country.
* Neiked drop two spots also, down to No.12 with “Sexual” (HP-4, WI10-12).
* Finally Top 10 evacuee are Rae Sremmurd with their “Black Beatles” (HP-3×3, WI10-7), dropping seven spots to No.15, whilst it went back to the top in the US this week.
* Illy and Anne-Marie are down four places to No.26 with “Catch 22”, whilst his “Papercuts” with Vea Blue drops five to No.43.
* Another pairing who drop are Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj with “Side to Side”, down five to No.36.
* After rebounding last week the Shawn Mendes track “Mercy” is back down twelve to No.38.
* Also another rebound song from last week which descends this week is “Heathens” for twenty one pilots, down eleven to No.47.
* Leaving the Top 50 from last week are “Juju on the Beat (TZ Anthem)” down twenty-two to No.61 and after one week back inside the fifty, “7 Years” for Lukas Graham is back down thirteen spots to No.62, becoming the third biggest song for 2016.
* The other ‘Suicide Squad’ charting song is “Sucker for Pain”, which is also back down this week, fifteen spots to No.71.
* The only surviving George Michael song from last weeks return is “Faith”, which is down thirty-six places to No.86, with “Last Christmas” by Wham! leaving the Top 100 from No.23 (bigger drop was “All I Want for Christmas is You” for Mariah Carey leaving from #16), and also of note is that even though “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” leaves the Top 100 from No.88, it is newly certified Gold (●) in sales.
* #67 – How Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara, who recently scored her first Top 10 single with this weeks No.13 song “Scars to Your Beautiful” (HP-8) has the only new entry to the Top 100 this week with a song featured on the ‘Moana’ soundtrack, which blasts into the Top 5 albums this week.