For only the fourth time this century, one artist has knocked themselves off the top spot of the ARIA Singles chart with another of their tracks, as Drake replaces himself at No.1 with “Nice for What”, the song also climbing to the top in New Zealand and debuts at the summit in America and Canada (it was No.1 in the UK last week).
“Nice for What” becomes the 1071st No.1 song in Australia (1940 to 2018) and the 506th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the third for Drake and the fifth for the Republic record label. Drake also becomes one of 30 acts to have now had three No.1 songs in Australia which includes other acts such as Jason DeRulo, Paul McCartney, Shannon Noll, Lady Gaga, Nelly, Justin Timberlake, Shaggy, Shakira, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Roxette, Tom Jones. The Carpenters, The Easybeats. The Seekers, The Beach Boys and Suzi Quatro amongst them.
For No.1 songs Canadian artists Drake is now the third on the list for ‘Most No.1 Singles: Canadian Males’ behind Bryan Adams (4 #1’s) and Justin Bieber (5 #1’s), and on the overall Canadian list of No.1 songs (Male, Female and groups) he is equal third alongside Celine Dion with three No.1’s, plus this is the 27th No.1 song in Australia by a Canadian artist and the first since Justin Bieber in 2017 to knock themselves off the top spot (although JB did as a guest artist on two tracks, “I’m the One” and “Despacito”).
This is the fifteenth song with the word ‘What’ in it’s No.1 title, but the first with a ‘Nice’ included, while Drake is now equal fifth for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’ alongside the 19 weeks racked up by LMFAO (2 #1’s), and on a more unique listing for ‘Constitutive Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2018’ Drake lands himself straight in at No.12 just behind the 13 weeks racked up The Black Eyed Peas in 2009. On the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2018)’ he moves up to equal 35th alongside Pink (9 No.1’s) the aforementioned LMFAO and also Katy Perry (3 #1’s), while I mentioned at the start that he is one of four acts this century to knock themselves off the top spot, the others were Justin Bieber (2017), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013) and The Black Eyed Peas (2009), prior to that Madonna in 1985 was the last act to do it.
Poor Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, they remain at No.2 for an eighth straight week with “Psycho”, being leapfrogged by Drake, whose former No.1 song “God’s Plan” falls to No.3, while also down one spot are Khalid and Normani with “Love Lies” to No.4. After falling three spots last week to No.6, the Weeknd track “Call Out My Name” is back up one spot to No.5, while down two places each are “Freaky Friday” for Lil’ Dicky with Chris Brown (now Gold (●) in sales) and “Friends” for Marshmello and Anne-Marie (now▲Platinum and it returns to No.1 in Germany) to No.6 and No.7 respectively.
The Zedd and Grey track with Maren Morris and “The Middle” rises back up one spot to No.8, while the current Irish No.1 and new English chart-topping song for Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa with “One Kiss” rises eight spots to land at a new peak of No.9, becoming his fifteenth Top 10 song here and the fourth for Dua Lipa (whose third drops out this week), while holding at No.10 again this week is “These Days” for Rudimental with Jess Glynne and Macklemore, which is now 2x▲Platinum.
* The Noah Kahan and Julia Michaels duet “Hurt Somebody” rises six places to a new peak of No.16.
* Justin Timberlake with Chris Stapleton rebound three places with “Say Something” to a new peak of No.18.
* The BlocBoy JB with Drake track “Look Alive” is up one spot to a new chart height of No.24 and also newly certified Gold (●) in sales, while the Drake appearance on the Migos track “Walk it, Talk it” is up nine spots to a new peak of No.55 after two weeks at No.64.
* Several of the Cardi B debuts from last week rise, none more so thant “I Like it” with J. Balvin and Bad Bunny, bulleting fifty-four spots to land at No.25, with “Be Careful” rising six to a new peak of No.59.
* The No.1 selling song again this week is the Bad Wolves cover of “Zombie” (not Top 40 streaming as yet), nationally it jumps up ten places to a new peak of No.26.
* N.Z. artist Robinson breaks into the Top 30 with “Nothing to Regret”, up four to No.27.
* Kygo cracks the Top 40 with “Remind Me to Forget”, climbing six spots to a new peak of No.37.
* King Princess made it into the Top 50 last week with “1950”, which is up one spot to No.43 this week.
* Last weeks debut for Rich the Kid and “Plug Walk” is up three spots to a new peak of No.45.
* Kendrick Lamar became the first rap artist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for music/literature this past week, and his Triple J Hottest 100 No.1 track “Humble” is back up eleven spots to No.52.
* Another of last weeks entries rises in “PlayinWitMe” by Kyle with Kehlani, up twenty-one spots to a new peak of No.64.
* The older entry for Calum Scott and “Dancing on My Own” is back up twenty-one places to No.70.
* The now one-year old track (53 weeks) “Despacito” for Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber is back up eleven spots to No.72.
* After returning to the chart last week the David Guetta and Sia track “Flames” leaps up twenty-two places to land at a new peak of No.74.
* Five tracks returning this week are “Say You Won’t Let Go” for James Arthur (#92), “Dusk Till Dawn” for Zayn and Sia (#93), “Coming Home” by Sheppard (#94), “Closer” for The Chainsmokers with Halsey (#97) and reclaiming the ‘Longest Charted Single’ crown again is the Ed Sheeran track “Thinking Out Loud” (#98) at 161 weeks within the Top 100.
* The only Top 10 dropout is the Dua Lipa track “IDGAF” (HP-3, WI10-9), which is down three to No.11 and she is returned to the Top 10 on the new Calvin Harris track “One Kiss” (TW-9), while her former No.2 song “New Rules” is down eight places to No.48.
* Ed Sheeran is down one spot to No.14 with “Perfect”, which is newly certified 8x▲Platinum, while he also drops with “Castle on the Hill” (71 to 76) and Galway Girl” (92 to 95, now 5x▲Platinum).
* Bazzi lands his debut album within the charts this week, and his first entry “Mine” is down three spots to No.17 and newly ▲Platinum in sales.
* XXXTentacion is down four spots to No.20 with “Sad!”, while “Changes” leaves from No.97.
* Cardi B is down with a few of last weeks entries and her Bruno Mars appearance on “Finesse”, which drops four to No.31, as for her solo stuff sliding they are “Bodak Yellow” (67 to 71), “Drip” (60 to 77) and “Bartier Card” (77 to 83).
* The Weeknd with Kendrick Lamar are down seven spots to No.33 with “Pray for Me”, with his newer entries falling in “Wasted Times” (30 to 49), “Try Me” (55 to 81), and falling out are “Hurt You” (#76) and “I Was Never There” (#86).
* Portugal. The Man drops down one to No.34 with “Feel it Still”, which is now 4x▲Platinum in sales.
* Rapper NF drops down eight to No.47 with “Let You Down”.
* Calum Scott’s other entry “You Are the Reason” falls eight to No.50.
* Two Hailee Steinfeld tracks falling this week are “Let Me Go” (51 to 56) and “Capital Letters” which dives twenty-three spots to No.68.
* Troye Sivan lands a ▲Platinum certification for “My My My!”, which is down five to No.58.
* The G-Eazy and Halsey track “Him & I” falls eight spots to No.60.
* Alison Wonderland falls back from her peak of No.54 for “Church”, down twelve to No.66.
* Peking Duk see their”Wasted” track fall fourteen spots to No.80.
* The Maroon 5 track with SZA and “What Lovers Do” drops down thirteen spots to No.88.
* Falling ten places to No.91 is the Zac Efronn and Zendaya duet from ‘The Greatest Showman’ and “Rewrite the Stars”, which is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
* Last weeks bullet to No.19 for the Delta Goodrem single “Think About Me” was boosted by a physical CD single, and now this week the song leaves the Top 100 from its peak last week.
* #29 – Let Me by Zayn is the second single from the forthcoming second album for the former One Direction member (no date or title known as yet), and follows on from “Dusk Till Dawn” with Sia (TW-93), and this becomes his ninth Top 100 entry in Australia.
* #38 – I Said Hi by Amy Shark is the first release from the local singer/songwriters debut album “Love Monster” (due 13th July), and it also becomes her third Top 100 entry after her breakout track “Adore” (HP-3, peaked Feb 2017) and follow-up “Weekends” (HP-59, 2017).
* #41 – Barbie Tingz by Nicki Minaj
* #54 – Chun-Li by Nicki Minaj are both taken from a future fourth album for the US rapper (no date or title known as yet), and “Chun-Li” is named after a character from the game ‘Street Fighter’ and the song is about online haters, while they become her 45th and 46th Top 100 entries in Australia.
* #46 – Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer is the second release and title track from the boys’ third studio album due on June 22nd, and follows on from “Want You Back” (HP-32) which drops out after seven weeks within the Top 100 and this is the bands sixteenth Top 100 entry.
* #87 – Sky Full of Song by Florence + the Machine is the first release from the bands forthcoming fourth album “High as Hope” (no date known as yet) and is their fifteenth Top 100 entry.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com