The former UK and Irish No.1 song for George Ezra entitled “Shotgun” blasts its way into the top spot in Australia for its first week at the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart.
“Shotgun” becomes the 1078th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2018) and the 513th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the 116th for the Columbia Record label and their first since Harry Styles spent a week at the top in April of 2017 with “Sign of the Times”. This is also the tenth No.1 song for 2018 and the third in a row by a solo male artist after Drake (July-Aug) and then Dean Lewis (Aug-Sept).
The last English solo singer at the top here was Ed Sheeran from the 11th of December, 2017 with “Perfect” (8 week run up until the end of January 2018) and overall this becomes the 206th No.1 song performed by an English artist (solo, duo or group) and George Ezra becomes the 126th English act to hit the top here and also the 46th Solo Male Singer to hit out chart summit. This is the first time that the word ‘Shotgun’ has appeared in a No.1 song title, and it’s also the first ‘Shot’ at the top but the second ‘Gun’ to bullet to No.1, as Aerosmith spent a single week at the top on the 18th of February, 1990 with “Janie’s Got a Gun”. “Shotgun” remains the No.1 digital track for the third week and it is sitting at No.4 on the streaming chart.
George’s climb to the top pushes last weeks top two songs down a place with the five week running national No.1 “Be Alright” for Dean Lewis down to No.2 and the former No.2 long standing “Eastside” for Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid down to No.3, but still the top streamed track again this week (#8 digital).
Last weeks highest entry of “I Love it” by Lil’ Pump and Kanye West is up three places to a new peak of No.4 thanks to its No.2 ranking on the streaming chart (it’s at #19 on the digital chart) and the song is the new No.1 song in both New Zealand and Canada. That rise pushes the Calvin Harris and Sam Smith teaming on “Promises” down one place to No.5, but the track scores a Gold (●) sales certification this week, and is the top seller in both England and Ireland for a third week.
The now second longest running Top 10 in Australia for Maroon 5 and “Girls Like You” with Cardi B logs its 16th week within the ten (19 weeks for ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is their longest) and is down one spot to No.6, while Jonas Blue returned to the Top 10 last week with “Rise”, which is up two spots to its highest peak of No.7 this week. Marshmello scores his fourth Top 10 single in Australia this week as “Happier” with Bastille jumps up five places to a new peak of No.8, also becoming the first Top 10 for Bastille since their first two in 2013 and overall this is now the UK acts third Top 10 locally.
Panic! At the Disco are down one spot to No.9 with “High Hopes” and dropping four spots to No.10 are 5 Seconds of Summer with “Youngblood”, which is newly certified 5x▲Platinum in sales and it lands its 20th week within the Top 10, becoming the equal fifth longest running Top 10 song in Australian Chart history, tying now with such songs as the current 1978 No.1 song “You’re the One That I Want” for Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, “Tomorrow” by Silverchair (1994/95) and the last song to stay for 20 weeks within the Top 10 “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (2014/15).
* After plenty of single figure jumps up the charts over the past few weeks, this week Loud Luxury and their track “Body” leap up eleven places to a new peak of No.14, plus the song is now Gold (●) in sales.
* Ariana Grande is back up a couple of spots to No.19 with “Breathin”.
* Post Malone rises back up with four of his five entries this week in “Jackie Chan” (22 to 21), “Rockstar” (71 to 65), “Psycho” (68 to 67) and “I Fall Apart” (72 to 68).
* Last weeks debut for the Diplo and Mark Ronson project Silk City with Dua Lipa and their track “Electricity” is up nine spots to a new peak of No.24, while Dua returns to the Top 100 with “New Rules” (#97) and “IDGAF” (#100).
* After eight weeks at the top in Germany the track “In My Mind” by Dynoro drops to No.2 there, but here the song zooms up sixteen places to land at a new peak of No.25.
* Imagine Dragons see their latest song “Natural” rise nine places to a new chart height of No.28, while two places lower they stay stable at No.30 on the Kygo pairing “Born to Be Yours”, plus they move back up slightly with “Thunder” (85 to 81) and “Believer” (91 to 90), and on Friday they issued their new song “Zero”.
* With the new David Guetta album “7” debuting within the Top 10 it boosts his latest single with Jason DeRulo and Nicki Minaj in “Goodbye” up twelve places to a new peak of No.36.
* Triple J Unearthed winner Kian landed his first Top 50 hit last week with “Waiting”, while this week the song becomes his first Top 40 placing, rising twelve places to No.38.
* Tom Walker bullets up twenty-three places to land at No.41 with his first chart entry “Leave a Light on”, which is also certified Gold (●) in sales.
* The Machine Gun Kelly debut from last week “Rap Devil” is up sixteen places to a new peak of No.45, while the Eminem reply track “Killshot” debuts at No.12 on the digital chart but fails to make the national Top 100.
* XXXTentacion is back up seven spots to No.57 with his track “Jocelyn Flores”, with a small rise for “Changes” also (84 to 82).
* Last weeks re-entry for recent tourist Morgan Evans and “Day Drunk” rises to a new peak of No.73.
* Last weeks debuts for Childish Gambino and “Feels Like Summer” is up three spots to a new chart height of No.76, while the entry for Jess Glynne and “All I Am” leaps up fourteen places to a new peak of No.78.
* Back in late June when the 5SOS album “Youngblood” first charted it had an album track by the name of “Valentine” spend a week on the charts at No.92, now that the song is the albums official third single the song returns to the chart at a new peak of No.85.
* Vance Joy log a 127th week within the chart with “Riptide” which is up seven places to No.89 and again this weeks ‘Longest Charted Single’.
* Other than the aforementioned re-entries for Dua Lipa and 5SOS further returns this week are “All Loved Up’ by Amy Shark (#92) and “Lose Yourself” for Eminem (#98).
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the ten week running current US No.1 song for Drake and “In My Feelings” (HP-1×4, WI10-10), which is down two places to No.12, while he also is down with “Nonstop” (51 to 55).
* Eminem slides with his albums title track “Kamikaze” (14 to 23) and also “The Ringer” (18 to 31), “Not Alike” (32 to 44), “Greatest” (38 to 58), “Fall” (36 to 61), “Venom” (65 to 91) and “Stepping Stone” (67 to 94), with three of his entries leaving the Top 100 this week.
* The Rubens track with Sarah and “Never Ever” is down two places this week to No.26, and the song is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
* Ariana Grande drops down with “God is a Woman” (20 to 27) and “No Tears Left to Cry” (44 to 46).
* Peking Duk fall six spots to No.32 with “Fire/Reprisal”.
* With a new Jess Glynne track climbing her older entry “I’ll Be There” is down five to No.39.
* Dennis Lloyd drops down twelve places to No.43 with his former No.10 track “Nevermind”.
* The Anne-Marie solo track “2002” is down three to No.47, while her teaming with David Guetta and “Don’t Leave Me Alone” falls eight spots to No.63.
* NOTD with Bia Miller falls eleven spots to No.51 with “I Wanna Know”.
* The duet between Noah Kahan and Julia Michaels in “Hurt Somebody” drops down fourteen places to No.71.
* Bebe Rexha only falls with one track this week in “I’m a Mess”, down seventeen to No.77.
* The Hilltop Hoods fall fourteen places to No.96 with their song “Clark Griswold”.
* #15 – Better by Khalid becomes the 14th chart entry in Australia for the 20 year old singer and songwriter, who also has five other songs within the Top 100 this week, two of those also within the Top 20 this week at No.3 with Benny Blanco and No.18 with Martin Garrix.
* #69 – Switch by 6lack is the stage name of Ricardo Valdez Valentine (aged 26) from Atlanta, Georgia with this now his first solo chart entry and second overall chart appearance, as the current No.80 track “OTW” (HP-27) by Khalid with Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack, with this song taken from his second studio album “East Atlanta Love Letter” which debuts in the Top 10 this week.
* #93 – Mariners Apartment Complex by Lana Del Rey is the first song to be released from the 29th of March, 2019 due sixth studio album called ‘Norman F**king Rockwell’ for the US singer and songwriter, and this becomes her 13th Top 100 appearance in Australia, plus she also issued another track on Friday titled “Venice Beach”.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com