Justin Bieber has now amassed as many weeks at No.1 in Australia as both Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran, as his appearance in the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Spanglish track “Despacito” stays atop the ARIA Singles Chart for a sixth consecutive week.
Justin is now equal second on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Singles’ alongside Ed and Pharrell (3 #1’s each) at 21 weeks, all singers are just two weeks shy of the current decade leader Rihanna with 23 weeks. In the bigger listing for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2017′ JB is now equal 29th (up from 33rd) to also match the 21 weeks notched up by Bryan Adams (4 #1’s) in the 1990’s. And if the track stays for a seventh week next week, it will match the only other song on the Republic label to hit the top here, this time last years’ “One Dance” for Drake, which spent seven broken weeks at No.1 from early May 2016. Talking of the Republic record label, they hold the top of both charts this week, as the new Lorde album is also on that label.
For the first time in over two months we only have one Justin Bieber song near the top, as the previous seven weeks he had at least two songs in the top two spots. Liam Payne appeared on the Graham Norton Show last Friday (screened here on the 16th of June), and sung his current single “Strip That Down”, which is up one spot to a new peak of No.2 (matching the peak it achieved in Ireland and England), and with guest rapper Quavo on the track it now becomes his second Top 2 track, as he appears on the DJ Khaled track “I’m the One”. And rebounding to his former peak of No.3 is another former One Direction member Niall Horan, and his second Top 5 hit “Slow Hands”, which is back up two this week, and with a just announced visit here for next week the track is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
The highest new entry this week comes in at No.4, DJ Khaled with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller with “Wild Thoughts”, which samples the Santana single “Maria Maria” (HP-49, August 2000), and becomes the fifth track lifted from his new album “Grateful”, which was issued digitally on Friday (23rd June) and comes out physically on July 7th. This becomes the first singles chart entry for Bryson, who recently hit No.12 on the albums chart with “True to Self” (early June 2017), and the 31st Top 10 and 21st Top 5 hit here in Australia for Rihanna, plus now the second for DJ Khaled, who sits at No.5 with his former chart-topping track “I’m the One” with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil’ Wayne, giving both Khaled and JB two Top 5 hits this week, whilst Justin has a third Top 10 entry this week as he also guests on last weeks highest entry “2U” by David Guetta, which drops back down four spots this week to No.6.
Dropping a place each this week are the next three entries, the Shawn Mendes track “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (6 to 7), “Malibu” for Miley Cyrus (7 to 8, now ▲Platinum) and “Shape of You” for Ed Sheeran (8 to 9), which by staying within the Top 10 for a 24th straight week it now becomes the longest running Top 10 for this century, beating the previous record of 23 weeks for “Closer” by The Chainsmokers from last year. And it matches the 24 weeks of three previous Top 10 long runners in “Fernando” by ABBA (1976), “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses (1992/93) and “Breathe” by The Prodigy (1996/97), so if Ed stays for one more week he will break another chart record by claiming the longest running Top 10 in Australian Chart History. Rounding out the Top 10 this week is Kendrick Lamar and his track “Humble.” which holds at No.10.
* Jonas Blue is set for his third Top 10 single if “Mama” reaches there next week, as his William Singe sung track is up two places to a new peak of No.11 and newly Gold (●) in sales.
* Charlie Puth is on hold at No.12 for a second week with “Attention”.
* The new Lorde album debuting at No.1 sees the album’s singles chart entries all rise this week, with “Green Light” back up twelve to No.15 (also being used in the promo ads for new ‘Offspring’ TV series too), her entry from three weeks ago in “Perfect Places” jumps up thirteen spots to land at a new peak of No.44, last weeks entry of “Sober” flies up thirty-two places and sits at No.61 this week, whilst former chart entry “Liability” (HP-42), returns to the Top 100 at No.63.
* The newly released video clip for “Your Song” by Rita Ora could boost the song higher next week, but for this week it is up one spot to a new peak of No.18.
* Imagine Dragons just released their third album “Evolve” on Friday (23rd June), and that could boost their current track “Thunder” even higher next week, this week its up one to No.19.
* Hailee Steinfeld’s visit here helps her new track “Most Girls” to leap seventeen places and land at a new peak of No.20 to become her second Top 20 in Australia, and her first “Starving” (HP-5) is also back up seventeen places to No.88.
* The Maggie Lindemann track “Pretty Girl” jumps up thirteen spots this week to a new peak of No.27.
* After cracking the Top 50 last week, French Montana is this week up eight places to a new peak of No.37 with “Unforgettable”.
* Katy Perry will be in the country next week on a promo tour for her new album “Witness” (TW-6) and the third track from the album “Swish Swish” is back up four to No.48.
* Sam Hunt cracks the Top 50 for the first time with “Body Like a Back Road”, up fourteen spots this week to No.50.
* Camila Cabello moves back up the chart seven places to No.51 with “Crying in the Club” (HP-45).
* After the Lorde re-entry there are two more songs returning to the Top 100 this week, Alessia Cara’s version of the ‘Moana’ theme “How Far I’ll Go” (HP-15) (possibly due to that viral video from this past week) at No.96 and “Bounce Back” (HP-52) for Big Sean at #100.
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is “Galway Girl” (HP-2×2, WI10-15) for Ed Sheeran, which leaves the ten for the very first time, down four spots to No.13.
* The Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson teaming in “Symphony” is down five to No.16, whilst their former No.1 “Rockabye” drops eight spots to No.74.
* Harry Styles leaves the Top 20 for the first time in his eleven weeks on the chart, as “Sign of the Times” drops down eight places to No.23, and his “Sweet Creature” track falls thirteen spots to No.89.
* Julie Michaels’ “Issues” drop seven places to No.38, but go from Gold to now 2x▲Platinum.
* Bliss N’ Eso drop six spots to No.39 with “Moments”.
* Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” tumbles down fifteen places to No.40 this week, and he again has the ‘Longest Charted’ Single in the Top 100, as “Thinking Out Loud” drops back down thirteen spots to No.82 in its 132nd week, whilst also falling are “Dive” (84 to 92) and “Photograph” (88 to 99).
* Major Lazer with Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo drops eight spots to No.34 after three weeks on the chart.
* Drake just dropped a new song “Signs” on Saturday and his only current Top 50 entry in “Passionfuit” is down ten to No.49, whilst his DJ Khaled entry from last week “To the Max” (HP-70) leaves the chart.
* The Kygo and Ellie Goulding track “First Time” and the Kaleo song “Way Down We Go” both drop down nine spots each to No.53 and No.56 respectively.
* Starley is down two places to No.58 with “Call on Me”, which is now 3x▲Platinum in sales, but her new entry from last week “Touch Me” (HP-65) leaves after only one week on the chart.
* Jon Bellion is down eleven places to No.60 with his “All Time Low”.
* The Veronicas plummet back down twenty-three spots to No.64 with “The Only High”.
* James Arthur is down five to No.67 with his former No.1 “Say You Won’t Let Go”, which is newly certified 6x▲Platinum in sales.
* Dropping fourteen spots to No.68 is G-Eazy and Kehlani with “Good Life”.
* With one Katy Perry track returning to the Top 50, another leaves dramatically; “Bon Appetit” with Migos falls twenty-nine places to No.77, whilst “Chained to the Rhythm” is down nineteen spots to No.97.
* Falling for another week are Fifth Harmony with Gucci Mane and “Down” dropping sixteen spots to No.93.
* #34 – Glorious by Macklemore feat Skylar Grey is the first non-Ryan Lewis track from Macklemore in two albums, and is the first taste from his forthcoming second solo album (first was back in 2005).
* #35 – Feels by Calvin Harris feat Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean is the fourth track to be released from the June 30th issued fifth Calvin album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1”, which also features “Slide” (HP-11, down eleven to No.46) “Heatstroke” (HP-23) and “Rollin'” (HP-40, down five places to No.66).
* #41 – Remember Me by Jennifer Hudson is the lead single from her forthcoming fourth studio album (no date known as yet), and it becomes her fourth Top 100 and third Top 50 entry, and thanks to her visit here and singing the song on ‘The Voice’ last weekend, it now becomes her first solo Top 50 visit, as she previously charted with David Guetta (Night of Your Life, HP-37, Sept 2011) and Iggy Azalea (Trouble, HP-10, March 2015).
* #72 – Instruction by Jax Jones feat Demi Loavto & Stefflon Don is the second chart entry for the UK producer, who drops out of the Top 50 for the first time this week with his first single “You Don’t Know Me” featuring Raye (HP-12, TW-52), whilst Demi is also charting at No.22 this week on the Cheat Codes track “No Promises” (HP-17)
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com