It’s a seventh week at No.1 in Australia for the song “Despacito” for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, and in the process it becomes the longest running chart-topper for a Puerto Rican act in Australia.
From the 21st of June in 1998 (19 years ago) for six weeks Ricky Martin double-A sided track (here) “Cup of Life” and “Maria” reigned for six weeks, and as Ricky is from Puerto Rico, the current No.1 song “Despacito” beats his stay at the top to claim the longest running No.1 for an act from that country (they are the only two acts so far). And Justin equals his longest run at the top, as his track “Love Yourself” also spent seven weeks at No.1 from mid-December 2015 until the end of January 2016.
The other feat that JB accomplishes this week is to notch up his 22nd overall week at No.1 in Australia (and this decade), moving him to outright second on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Singles’, one week behind the 23 racked up by Rihanna. Plus he is outright 29th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2017′, one week shy of beating John Farnham’s record, and two weeks behind the tally for Michael Jackson and Flo Rida (24 overall weeks at #1). The song is also now one of six songs that have stayed at the top for seven weeks during this decade, following on from “Someone Like You” by Adele (2011), “Thrift Shop” for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2012), and last years “One Dance” for Drake and “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.
Speaking of Rihanna, she is right behind the ensemble at the top in a group-track of her own at No.2, as she appears on the new DJ Khaled track along with Bryson Tiller entitled “Wild Thoughts”, which is up two places to a new peak of No.2 from last weeks debut position at No.4, and if Rihanna takes over the top spot next week she will stretch her lead of overall weeks at No.1 in Australia, plus it will also give DJ Khaled his second No.1 for this year, as his former chart-topper “I’m the One” is back up one place to No.4, also featuring Justin Bieber with rappers Quavo, Lil’ Wayne and Chance the Rapper, plus the track achieves 2x▲Platinum in sales this week, and over on the albums chart his new album “Grateful” debuts at No.7.
There are two JB and DJ Khaled tracks within the Top 5, but there are also two songs again by former One Direction members within the five, as last weeks No.2 “Strip That Down” for Liam Payne featuring Quavo (he also appears on two Top 5 entries this week) is down one spot to No.3 and “Slow Hands” for Niall Horan falls back two to No.5 (where it was two weeks ago), and with Niall in the country this week on a promo tour (and appearing on ‘The Voice: Grand Final’ on Sunday night), the song could again reboud next week.
Shawn Mendes is back up one spot to No.6 with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (which could climb again next week after his Graham Norton appearance this past Friday 30th June), and scoring his third Top 10 hit in Australia is Jonas Blue with William Singe and their track “Mama” is up four spots to a new peak of No.7, also giving William his first solo Top 10 and second overall visit, as his former bands’ (The Collective) first entry “Surrender” debuted and peaked at No.6 in December of 2012. Justin Bieber has three Top 10 guest appearances this week, as his David Guetta guest spot on “2U” is down two places to No.8, and Miley Cyrus is down one spot to No.9 with “Malibu”. The second entry to the Top 10 this week is Charlie Puth with “Attention”, which is up two places this week to No.12, becoming his fifth Top 10 entry in Australia from five chart entries.
* Imagine Dragons new Top 5 Albums Chart debut helps their current singles chart entries to climb, as “Thunder” blasts up seven spots to No.12, and older entry “Believer” (HP-33) is back up eleven to No.51.
* Returning to it’s former peak of No.13, up one spot, is Selena Gomez and “Bad Liar”.
* Rita Ora continues her slow climb within the Top 20, as “Your Song” is up two spots to a new peak of No.16.
* Jessica Mauboy appeared on ‘The Voice’ last Sunday night performing her new single “Fallin'”, which blasts back into the Top 100 at No.20 this week (it debuted initially at No.91 two weeks ago, then it fell out last week), becoming her sixteenth Top 20 in Australia, the song is at No.2 on the sales chart too.
* French Montana leaps up sixteen spots to land a new peak of No.21 with “Unforgettable”.
* Maggie Lindemann also continues her climb up with “Pretty Girl”, this week up five to No.22.
* The new Calvin Harris album was released on Friday (30th June), and from it “Feels” with Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean is this week up nine spots to a new peak of No.26.
* Post Malone previously peaked at No.32 with “Congratulations”, which this week is back up a couple of places to a new peak of No.31.
* Childish Gambino continues to climb with “Rebone” (HP-30), this week its up four to No.32.
* Camila Cabello returns to the Top 50 at No.47 with “Crying in the Club” (HP-45)
* Sam Hunt entered the Top 50 last week with “Body Like a Back Road”, which is up two this week to a new chart height of No.48.
* Ed Sheeran cracks 133 weeks within the Top 100 with “Thinking Out Loud”, up two to No.80.
* Other than J.Mauboy’s re-entry, there are two more tracks back in the Top 100 this week, “Loyalty” (HP-20) for Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna at No.88 and “Touch Me” by Starley (HP-65) at No.95, for its second week in the Top 100.
* Up one spot to No.89 is Rag’N’Bone Man with “Human”, which is now 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* For the first time since it entered the chart the Ed Sheeran track “Shape of You” (HP-1×15, WI10-24) leaves the Top 10, down two spots to No.11, and whilst it is now the longest running No.1 in Australia, it is one of four with the most weeks in the Top 10 (it just needed one more week to become outright leader), plus a former contender for No.1 in “Humble.” (HP-2, WI10-12) for Kendrick Lamar drops down four places yo No.14.
* After a new album’s chart entry boost back into the Top 20 last week, the Lorde track “Green Light” is down four to No.19, with three further Top 100 entries sliding down this week, “Perfect Places” (44 to 57), “Liability” (63 to 83) and “Sober” (61 to 93).
* After peaking at No.20 last week, the Hailee Steinfeld track “Most Girls” is back down three to No.23, whilst “Starving” dives back down fifteen places to No.98.
* Dean Lewis and Harry Styles drop six places each with their first entries “Waves” and “Sign of the Times” to No.27 and No.29 respectively.
* Also down six to No.36 are Kygo and with Selena Gomez with “It Ain’t Me”, and his Ellie Goulding teaming with “First Time” drops eight to No.61.
* Julia Michaels is down eight to No.46 with her “Issues”.
* Last weeks No.34 debut for Macklemore with “Glorious” drops down fifteen to No.49, with another of last weeks Top 50 debut’s dropping in “Remember Me” for Jennifer Hudson (41 to 55).
* Both Jax Jones entries fall this week, with his older track “You Don’t Know Me” down thirteen places to No.65 and his new entry from last week “Instruction” dropping twenty-two to No.94.
* Snakehips descend eighteen spots to No.77 with “Don’t Leave”.
* Katy Perry is in the country on a promo tour and appeared on The Voice Grand Final on Sunday night, and whilst “Swish Swish” is up four to No.44, her previous entries move down, with “Bon Appetit” dropping twenty-three to No.100 and “Chained to the Rhythm” leaves the Top 100 after nineteen weeks within the chart.
* #39 – Signs by Drake was written and used for the recent Louis Vuitton fashion show, and it does not feature on any of his album (yet), and is one of three current entries on the chart for the Canadian artist, alongside his “Passionfruit” (TW-54) and his track “One Dance” (TW-97).
* #43 – Location by Khalid is a nine month old song, which debuts on a Gold (●) sales certification, having reached No.16 in the US and No.11 in New Zealand so far, the track is taken from his debut set “American Teen”, which finally cracks the Top 50 this week, plus this is one of three Top 100 appearances for the 19 year old from El Paso, Texas; he is also on the current Logic track “1-800-273-8255” (TW-56) and Calvin Harris’ “Rollin'” (TW-67).
* #53 – Bridge Over Troubled Water by Artists for Grenfell is benefit record for the victims of the June Grenfell Tower fire in London, with such acts as Robbie Williams, Rita Ora, Craig David, Jessie J., Dua Lipa, James Blunt almogst the many artists and instruments performed by Brian May, Nile Rogers and Pete Townshend, plus the song debuted at No.1 in the UK last week, and is at No.2 there this week, whilst it sits at #13 on the digital chart this week. This also becomes the fifth time that a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song has charted here in Australia. Their version hit No.2 for four weeks from early May in 1970, whilst Anthony Callea hit No.1 in March 2005 with his rendition, and further sing-show renditions were done by Jackson Thomas (The Voice 2014, HP-52) and Dami Im (HP-15, Oct 2013) and the first cover was by Linda Clifford in June 1979 (HP-86).
* #64 – Hallelujah by Judah Kelly (The Voice 2017) is the first contestant from The Voice’s current season to have made it onto the charts this year, and with the Grand Final on Sunday (2nd July), we should see more acts from the show on the chart next week. This cover of the Leonard Cohen track is the fifth version to chart here in Australia.
* #82 – Big Fish by Vince Staples is the first solo entry and second overall chart appearance for the California rapper, this being the title track from his second album (which also enters this week), whilst his first chart entry was on the Flume track “Smoke & Retribution” (HP-23, Feb 2016).
* #91 – Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons is the third song to chart from the bands just released third album “Evolve” which debuts on the albums chart this week too, plus this becomes the bands third Top 100 entry for the week (see above in the ‘UP’ section for the other two), and overall this is their eleventh chart entry here.
* #96 – If They Only Knew by Alfie Arcuri is the second chart entry for The Voice 2016 winner, who sang this song on the show last weekend, and it follows on from his winners single entry from 50 weeks ago (18th July, 2016) “Cruel” which spent a week on the chart peaking at No.89.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com