Ed Sheeran’s two current singles occupy the top two spots on the ARIA Singles Chart for a third straight week, with “Shape of You” followed by “Castle on the Hill” at No.1 and No.2 respectively.
The song “Shape of You” is also at the top in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada again this week (it slipped to No.2 after debuting at the top last week in the USA), and this now takes Ed’s tally of weeks at No.1 in Australia for this decade to nine in total (Sing 1 wk, Thinking 5wks and now Shape 3 wks), placing him equal eleventh alongside Taylor Swift (3 #1’s) and Eminem (2 No.1’s) who have also accumulated 9 weeks at the top so far this decade (his next feat if he stays for another week is to tie with Bruno Mars at 10 wks).
The top three songs are all stable this week for a third week, with former No.1 “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul at No.3, whilst climbing two places from their No.6 debut last week to a new peak of No.4 are The Chainsmokers and “Paris”, giving the duo their fifth Top 5 single in Australia. Their jump pushes down one spot each Zayn and Taylor Swift with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and “Fresh Eyes” by Andy Grammer (now ▲Platinum in sales) to No.5 and No.6 respectively.
After scoring their first Top 10 single last week, Pnau have now climbed three places to a new peak of No.7 this week with “Chameleon” (J100#11), whilst dropping a single place each are “I Feel it Coming” (J100 #41) and “Starboy” (J100#10) for The Weeknd and Daft Punk to No.8 and No.9 respectively, whilst also down a place to No.10 after returning last week to the ten, is Starley and “Call On Me”, which is up one spot to No.6 in the UK this week.
* After falling out of the Top 10 last week, the recent No.8 single for Train in “Play That Song” is back up three places to No.11, and with their new album out as of Friday, it could return to the Top 10 next week.
* Triple J had their annual ‘Hottest 100’ on Australia Day, which this week was on a Thursday, meaning that only half a day worth of sales helped any high-placed tracks on the countdown (Friday to Thursday is the sales period for the charts in Australia), and this 4 hours of sales for #2 placed “Adore” by Amy Shark (this was announced around 8pm) has helped the track which first broke into the Top 50 last week, to zoom twenty-nine places and land at No.13 this week nationally.
* Alessia Cara lands her third Top 20 track in Australia as her ‘Moana’ theme song (and now Oscar-nominated song) “How Far I’ll Go” is up twelve places to land at No.15, which also helps her former No.8 song “Scars to Your Beautiful” to move back up three spots to No.17.
* Racking up a third non-consecutive week at its peak of No.18 are Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky with “Love$ick” (J100#13).
* Zara Larsson just released a new track on Friday, but her current chart entry “I Would Like” is back up one spot to No.20 and is now ▲Platinum in sales.
* After two weeks at No.24, the Sage the Gemini song “Now and Later” is up one spot to a new peak of No.23.
* Returning to its former peak of No.25, up one spot this week, are Milky Chance and “Cocoon” (J100#12).
* The “Bad Things” duet for Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello climbs two spots to No.26.
* Three weeks ago Snakehips with MØ debuted at No.45 with “Don’t Leave”, then last week the song fell to No.56, whilst this week it blasts back up twenty-seven places to land at a new peak of No.29.
* The biggest leap of the week goes to Little Mix with their new single “Touch”, which blasts up fifty-four places to land at No.32, becoming the girls’ twelfth Top 50 single in Australia.
* Similar to Snakehips, the latest Sia track fell from its Top 50 debut of No.41 last week to No.60, but now this week “Move Your Body” is back up twenty-six spots to a new peak of No.34,
* Another Triple J boost goes to the Childish Gambino track “Redbone” (J100#5, a former peak of #42), which this week is up thirteen places to a new peak of No.37.
* Adele’s is trickling up the chart with her latest single “Water Under the Bridge”, this week it eases up two places to a new peak of No.43.
* The current No.3 single in the UK is “You Don’t Know Me” for Jax Jones featuring Raye, which here zooms up thirty-two places to land at a new peak of No.44.
* Sofi Tukker is back up into the Top 50 this week, rising three to No.50 with “Drinkee” (J100#60).
* After jumping to No.51 last week with “All Night”, this week The Vamps remain stable.
* The Triple J Hottest 100 No.1 for 2016 was the song “Never Be Like You” for Flume feat Kai, which is back up ten places nationally to No.54, whilst his other Top 10 from last year “Say it” feat Tove Lo (TW down three to No.62) was No.8.
* Further J’s placed tracks in this week’s ARIA Singles chart are “Papercuts” for Illy and Vera Blue (ARIA 66 to 64, J100#7) whilst his “Catch 22” drops (ARIA 31 to 40, J1000#23), and “1955” for The Hilltop Hoods (ARIA 77 to 74, J100#4).
* Jumping up twelve places to a new peak of No.67 is Noah Cyrus and Labrinth with “Make Me (Cry)”.
* Galantis climb two places to a new peak of No.69 with “Love on Me” featuring Hook N’ Sling.
* The former No.1 “7 Years” for Lukas Graham is currently being used on Channel 10 in the promos for the upcoming series ‘This is Us”, which could be why it has climbed back up eight spots to No.75 this week.
* The first of three returning track this week is led by X-Factor 2016 winner Isaiah and his debut single “It’s Gotte Be You”, which returns at No.76, followed at No.80 by the John Mayer EP “The Search for Everything – Wave One” (HP-65), which fell out last week after a single week on the chart and is led by the song “Love on the Weekend” now, and finally back in at No.97 is Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home”.
* Ed Sheeran is on hold at No.81 with “Thinking Out Loud”, still the longest charting single this week, at 112 weeks within the Top 100.
* Big Sean does exactly what his song title suggests, “Bounce Back”, as this week it is up twelve spots to a new peak of No.84 (former peak was #86), whilst back up ten to No.85 is The Weeknd track “Party Monster” (HP-33).
* There are no Top 10 dropouts this week and very little downward movement in the Top 20, with James Arthur down two to No.14 with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, which is now 4x▲Platinum.
* Down three to No.16 is the longest running Top 10 single for this century in “Closer” for The Chainsmokers and Halsey (23 wks), which is newly certified 8x▲Platinum, whilst also down is “All We Know”, falling ten to No.45 and their “Collage” EP falls eleven to No.78 but is now Gold (●).
* After entering the Top 20 for the first time last week, the Rag’N’Bone Man single “Human” is back down five to No.22 this week.
* Bruno Mars drops nine spots to No.24 with his former No.3 single “24k Magic”.
* Dropping five places apiece are Maroon 5 with Kendrick Lamar on “Don’t Wanna Know” and the Cheat Codes, Robin Schulz and David Guetta collaboration track “Shed a Light” to No.27 and No.28 respectively.
* Rae Sremmurd falls ten places to No.35 with their former No.3 song “Black Beatles”.
* Falling seven to No.39 is DJ Snake with Justin Bieber and “Let Me Love You”, whilst JB’s “Cold Water” track with Major Lazer drops eleven spots to No.49.
* Little Mix might have jumped with their new track, but their last Top 10 hit “Shout Out to My Ex” is stable at No.46 and newly certified 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fall nine spots to No.48 with “Side to Side”.
* After returning to the Top 50 again last week, The xx track “On Hold” (J100#20) is back down six spots to No.55.
* Dropping twelve spots to No.56 is the John Legend track “Love Me Now”.
* One Sia song flies up the charts, whilst her track “The Greatest” drops nineteen spots to No.60, whilst her “Cheap Thrills” single is on hold at No.73.
* The Veronicas lose eighteen chart places to fall to No.86 with “On Your Side”.
* Guy Sebastian drops twenty-eight spots to No.90 with his latest song “Set in Stone”.
* Last week’s No.55 debut for Halsey in “Not Afraid Anymore” from the ’50 Shades Darker’ soundtrack falls thirty-six spots this week to No.91, but with the film out on Feb 9th, it should rise again soon.
* #31 – Issues by Julia Michaels is the debut (solo) single for 23 year-old US singer who started out as a songwriter for Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Zara Larsson and has charted once before on the Kygo song “Carry Me” (HP-77, August 2016) which they both performed at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
* #83 – Jungle by Tash Sultana was the #3 song on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2016, and becomes her first ARIA Singles Chart entry this week, and is taken from her “Notion” EP which returns to the Albums chart at No.74 this week.
* #99 – September Song by JP Cooper is currently sitting at No.8 in the UK Singles Chart (HP-7), and here it becomes his first solo entry and second overall, as he has already featured on a Top 10 single last year, the Jonas Blue track “Perfect Strangers” (HP-6, peaked late August 2016), which is sitting at No.77 this week.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com