Seven weeks ago (13th Jan, 2017) Ed Sheeran created new Australian chart history by debuting at No.1 and No.2 with “Shape of You” and Castle on the Hill”, now he expands his hold over the top spots by landing three songs in the Top 3 for the week.
“Shape of You” retains the No.1 position for a seventh straight week, giving Ed now an accumulation of thirteen weeks in the top position in Australia, equal with Justin Bieber (from 3 #1’s) and Adele (2 #1’s so far), plus by staying for a seventh week ‘Shape’ also becomes one of six other songs to have done so this decade including last year’s “One Dance” and “Say You Won’t Let Go”, and the song is now equal fifth on the list for ‘Longest No.1 Singles: 2010’s’.
Ed debuts at No.2 with a third track from from his 3rd of March due third album “÷ (Divide)” entitled “How Would You Feel (Paean)”, becoming his 14th Top 10 and 8th Top 5 song in Australia and debuting at No.1 on the Digital Sales chart too (but #31 on the streaming chart), whilst his former six-week running No.2 song “Castle on the Hill” is down a place to No.3, giving Ed the entire Top 3 songs in Australia this week. The last time an act occupied so many upper-chart positions was back in late June of 2012 when Karise Eden (first winner of ‘The Voice Oz’) was in spots #1, #2, #3 and #5, and prior to that it was way back on the 11th of April, 1964 when The Beatles held the top six spots in the country for the week.
After re-peaking at No.3 for a third non-consecutive time, the Zayn and Taylor Swift duet from ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ in “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is down a spot to No.4, and newly certified 2x▲ Platinum in sales, whilst climbing two spots to a new peak of No.5 and now Gold (●) is Julia Michaels with her first entry “Issues”. Last weeks highest entry for Katy Perry and “Chained to the Rhythm” is back down two spots to No.6 and also down the same amount is The Chainsmokers and “Paris”, which achieves ▲Platinum.
Two more songs drop down two spots apiece in Pnau with “Chameleon” (6 to 8) and “Adore” by Amy Shark (8 to 10), but in-between those two is the second Top 10 debut for the week from Kygo who has teamed with Selena Gomez on the No.9 entry “It Ain’t Me”. This becomes Kygo’s second Top 10 single, and now highest charted, as his first foray into the ten was with “Firestone” which peaked at No.10 for a single week in late June of 2015, whilst for Selena it becomes her third Top 10 entry, and also highest chart placing, as she has so far peaked at No.10 on two songs, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth (mid-July 2016) and her track “Good for You” (two weeks at No.10 in mid-August 2015), so this also becomes the first Top 10 debut for both acts too.
* After two weeks at No.12, the Snakehips and MØ teaming in “Don’t Leave” is up one to a new peak of No.11.
* Jon Bellion climbs four spots to a new peak of No.12 with his “All Time Low”.
* Sia’s track from the film ‘Lion’ in “Never Give Up” is up one spot to a new chart height of No.29.
* Jax Jones and Raye leap eight places to a new peak of No.30 with “You Don’t Know Me”.
* Bruno Mars lands a second Top 50 hit from his current album, as “That’s What I Like” is up four spots to a new peak of No.47.
* Big Sean holds at his No.52 peak for a second week with “Bounce Back”.
* Marian Hill climb slightly, up one spot to No.55 with their track “Down”.
* Oldest charting single at 116 wks for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is back up five to No.65.
* Former No.69 track “Love on Me” for Galantis and Hook N’ Sling is back up three places to a new chart height of No.68.
* Last weeks No.85 debut for Sybil in “Don’t Kill My Vibe” is up five spots to a new peak of No.80.
* Multi Grammy winner Adele is back up with her albums previous hits “Hello” (89 to 85) and “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” (94 to 91).
* Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” has jumped from 4x to now 7x▲Platinum and is back up one to No.96.
* Andy Grammer drops three places to No.13 with his first Top 10 hit here “Fresh Eyes” (HP-5×2, WI10-7), and former chart-topper “Rockabye” (HP-1×6, WI10-13) for Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie & Sean Paul falls five spots to No.14.
* After peaking at No.14 last week the Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa teaming in “Scared to Be Lonely” is back down four to No.18.
* Three songs back to back all gain new certifications this week, with Alessia Cara’s ‘Moana’ theme “How Far I’ll Go” (18 to 19) is now Gold (●), “Love$ick” for Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky (17 to 20) claims a ▲Platinum cert and now 4x▲Platinum in sales are The Weeknd and Daft Punk (20 to 21) with their “Starboy”.
* After three weeks at a peak of No.19, Sage the Gemini is back down three spots to No.22 this week.
* Alessia Cara scores a second certification for the week, as her first and only Top 10 entry “Scars to Your Beautiful” (HP-8) is down five places to No.27 and now 2x▲Platinum.
* Milky Chance drop six spots to No.31 with their “Cocoon”, which is newly ▲Platinum in sales.
* After three weeks within the Top 30 the Major Lazer and Nicki Minaj teaming “Run Up” (HP-27) drops down seven this week to No.35.
* The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s former No.1 “Closer” is down five to No.36 and now 9x▲Platinum, their former No.3 single “Don’t Let Me Down” drops two to No.86 in it’s one-year chart anniversary, and falling twenty-eight spots to No.88 is their song “All We Know”.
* Adele will be touring here very soon, and her recent single “Water Under the Bridge” is back down two places to No.37, and is now Gold (●) in sales.
* “Shed a Light” for Robin Sschulz, David Guetta and Cheat Codes drops six to No.39.
* With a new Bruno Mars track climbing, his former No.3 single “24k Magic” is down eight to No.40.
* After a post-Grammy rise last week, Flume’s “Never Be Like You” falls back down eight places to No.44 this week, whilst his Tove Lo teaming “Say it” also drops back eight, to No.70.
* The Vamps peaked at No.41 last week with their latest track “All Night”, which is back down five spots this week to No.46, but it is now Gold (●) in sales.
* Falling nine spots to No.49 is Zara Larsson’s “I Would Like”, whilst her follow-up “So Good” leaves the Top 100 from last weeks No.75.
* DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber is down five to No.58 and now 4x▲Platinum, plus Drake’s “One Dance” falls four to No.59 and is now 6x▲Platinum in sales, with two more new certs in the lower fifty being “Side to Side” for Ariana Grande and Nicki Mainaj (68 to 71) now 3x▲ Platinum and Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” (83 to 97), now 2x▲Platinum.
* Tash Sultana sees her track “Jungle” fall nineteen spots to No.64 this week.
* Lady Gaga tumbles thirty-five places to No.82 after her post-Super Bowl surge “Million Reasons”.
* Pon Cho and Paige IV are down fifteen places to No.92 with their collaboration “Frozen”.
* And falling nineteen spots to #100 are Lukas Graham with their No.1 song from this time last year “7 Years”.
* #32 – Cold by Maroon 5 feat Future is the second track from the bands forthcoming sixth studio album (no date or title known as yet), following on from “Don’t Wanna Know” (HP-6, TW-43) which also featured a rapper/hip-hop artist in Kendrick Lamar. This new entry becomes the eighteenth Top 50 entry for the band.
* #33 – Heavy by Linkin Park feat Kiiara is taken from their May 19th due seventh album “One More Light”, and becomes Linkin Parks first singles chart entry since “Final Masquerade” made it to No.43 in June 2014 and overall it becomes their 25th Top 100 singles chart entry.
* #41 – Love by Lana Del Rey becomes the eleventh Top 100 entry for Lana, and this is the first single from a forthcoming fifth studio album.
* #67 – Skin Companion II (EP) for Flume is the second such EP based around Flume’s second album ‘Skin’ (TW-27), with the first volume of the EP reaching No.29 in December of 2016.
* #84 – Private by Vera Blue is the fifth chart entry as Vera (she has seven under her real name Celia Pavey), and her first solo entry since “Fingertips” (HP-72, May 2016), as she recently appeared on two tracks as guest vocalist, one for Illy (TW-69) and the other for Slumberjack.
* #93 – Shining by DJ Khaled feat Beyonce and Jay-Z, is the first single from the DJ’s March 22nd due tenth studio album “Grateful”, and this becomes his fourth Top 100 singles chart entry.
* #99 – London by Maty Noyes is the second Top 100 and first solo chart entry for the US singer from Corinth, Mississippi. She previously peaked at No.67 for two broken weeks in February and June of 2016 on the Kygo track “Stay”.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com