Last weekend The 91st Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) were held, and the winner for ‘Best Original Song’ was won by the Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson penned track “Shallow”, which this week returns for a fourth week atop the ARIA Singles Chart.
“Shallow” originally spent three weeks at the top in Australia back in late October, and last week it became her longest running Top 10 single locally, and now it breaks a new record by becoming the song with the longest gap between No.1 berths’, beating the previous record holder of 5 weeks between No.1 stays, to now be 16 weeks from last #1 appearance to returning to the top spot.
The previous record was held by Gabrielle Cilmi’s “Sweet About Me” which initially went to the top on the 14th of April in 2008, then it was knocked off the next week by the returning “Low” by Flo Rida (for a 3rd and final week), after which a new Madonna and Justin Timberlake track in “4 Minutes” took over the top spot for three weeks. Then “Sweet About Me” reclaimed the No.1 throne for a further four weeks, giving it five weeks between No.1 berths. There are two songs which did it with a four week gap, being “Lonely” by Akon (11th & 18th of July and then 15th of August, 2005) and the most recent was “All About that Bass” for Meghan Trainor (11th to 25th of August and then back on 22nd of September, 2014).
The Oscar winning and performed song “Shallow” also increases Lady Gaga’s weeks within the Top 10 to now 18 weeks, and her overall tally of weeks at No.1 increases to now be fourteen weeks, moving her up on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles: 1940 to 2019’ from equal 64th to now equal 56th alongside Delta Goodrem (from 9 #1’s), doo-wop act The Four Aces (also from 4 #1’s) and crooner Guy Mitchell (3 #1’s). And on the tally for this decade (where she has racked up five overall weeks at No.1) she moves from equal 26th to now equal 22nd alongside Snoop Dogg, Reece Mastin, Fun. and The Veronicas.
Now “Shallow” is also the seventeenth No.1 song in Australia that has been named ‘Best Original Song’ from The Oscars (since 1940), with the last one to hit the top occurring ten years ago with “Jai Ho” by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls (from the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, 2 weeks from 27-April, 2009), plus it’s the third this century, as back in 2002/2003 Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” stay at No.1 for twelve weeks (it later on the Oscar). “Shallow” has also been sitting at No.1 on the digital chart for the past four weeks, where it retains its lead again this week, while it climbs back up to No.6 on the streaming chart.
The No.1 streamed track is the national falling No.1 song “7 Rings” for Ariana Grande (still at the top in both America and Canada for a 5th week), followed by the second week running N.Z. No.1 song in “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” (newly Gold (●) in sales) also for Ariana, with both tracks down a spot to No.2 and No.3 respectively. Also dipping one spot are “Sunflower” and “Wow” for Post Malone to No.4 and No.5 respectively, with “Sunflower” coming from the Oscar winner ‘Best Animated: Feature’ winner ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse’, the track also logging its 18th week within the Top 10.
Scoring a ▲Platinum sales certification and climbing up two places to a new peak of No.6 is the Sam Smith and Normani song “Dancing With a Stranger”, followed by the Billie Eilish song “Bury a Friend” which drops two spots to No.7. Khalid jumped into the Top 10 last week with “Talk”, which this week is up one spot to a new chart peak of No.8, while another two place drop occurs for the Ava Max track “Sweet but Psycho” down to No.9, and Halsey holds onto the No.10 spot again this week with her song “Without Me”, the song logging a 20th week within the Top 10.
* With the eighth studio album for The Hilltop Hoods debuting at the top of the Albums chart this week the albums second single “Leave Me Lonely” jumps up eight spots to land at a new peak of No.11, plus the song is also boosted as the band are the support act on the current Eminem national tour.
* The Chainsmokers were just in the country and their collaboration with 5 Seconds of Summer and “Who Do You Love” jumps up five spots to a new peak of No.13. Plus the duo are back up four spots to No.70 with their older entry “This Feeling”.
* The Dean Lewis second album “A Place We Knew” is out on March 22nd, and the albums second single “7 Minutes” (HP-14) holds at No.15 this week and is newly Gold (●) in sales, while his former No.1 song “Be Alright” climbs back up one spot to No.28.
* Dominic Fike is up two spots to a new chart height of No.18 with his first entry “3 Nights”.
* Last weeks debut for Yungblud and Halsey with “11 Minutes” jumps up seven places to a new peak of No.23, with another of last weeks entries climbing within the Top 50 being “365” for Zedd and Katy Perry, up one spot to No.38.
* Queen were also big winners at The Oscars this past week, with their film winning four awards, including best lead actor for Rami Malek for his portrayal of singer Freddie Mercury and a couple of major sound awards too (Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing), this has helped pull the films title track in “Bohemian Rhapsody” back up nine spots to No.37, while they also rise with “Another One Bites the Dust” (85 to 69) and “Don’t Stop Me Now” (91 to 73).
* Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s intimate Oscars performance for “Shallow” has also helped pull their other charting songs from the soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ back up the charts in “Always Remember Us This Way” (56 to 39) and “I’ll Never Love Again” (99 to 77).
* There’s a four place climb to a new peak of No.41 for “Look Back at it” for A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
* With a Kehlani mixtape debuting this week on the albums chart, her duet with Ty Dolla $ign called “Nights Like This” (HP-41) is back up seven spots to No.43.
* Maroon 5 just finished their tour here, and their current chart entry “Girls Like You” with Cardi B is back up four spots to No.49, while Cardi’s only solo climb is with “I Like it” (92 to 91).
* 21 Savage and J. Cole are up one spot to a new peak of No.51 with “A Lot”.
* Ed Sheeran’s track “Perfect” logs it’s full second year on the charts this week at 104 weeks and it moves back up five places to No.53, while Ed also holds the record of ‘Longest Charted Single’ again as “Shape of You” logs its 112th week within the Top 100 and it’s back up six places to No.78.
* Mustard and Migos land a fifth consecutive climb to a new peak, as “Pure Water” rises nine places to a new peak of No.56.
* Juice WRLD’s third entry and debut from last week in “Robbery” is up five to No.61.
* Dan + Shay stagger up two spots with “Tequila” to a new peak of No.67.
* After a couple of weeks stuck at No.76 the Alec Benjamin song “Let Me Down Slowly” is up two spots to a new chart height of No.74.
* The three re-entries this week are “Lose Yourself” by Eminem at No.79 (thanks to his current tour), “Clark Griswold” for The Hilltop Hoods at No.85 (new album at No.1 and touring with Eminem) and “I Love it” by Lil’ Pump and Kanye West at No.99 (Pump’s 2nd album charts this week).
* There are no Top 10 dropouts this week.
* Ariana Grande sees all of her entries move down this week, her two Top 3 singles are followed by “thank u, next” (11 to 16), “Bloodline” (31 to 45), “NASA” (40 to 55), “Needy” (38 to 58), “Imagine” (41 to 59), “Bad Idea” (42 to 64), “Fake Smile” (54 to 86), “Ghostin'” (60 to 100) and she leaves the chart with “In My Head” (#73, highest dropout), “Make Up” (#89) and her older song “No Tears Left to Cry” (#100).
* The Travis Scott and Drake song “Sicko Mode” falls five places to No.17 and is now certified 4x▲Platinum in sales.
* The Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus song “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” falls six spots to No.19.
* Kian drops out of the Top 20 and is down five places to No.21 with “Waiting”, which is now 2x▲Platinum.
* Both of the Troye Sivan duets are down this week, with his Lauv teaming “I’m So Tired…” down four to No.29 and his Charli XCX collaboration in “1999” dropping seven places to No.54.
* The only one of last weeks debuting songs to fall this week is “Please Me” for Cardi B and Bruno Mars (22 to 31).
* Rita Ora is down six spots to No.50 with “Let You Love Me”.
* George Ezra leapt up 44 places last week to No.55 with “Hold My Girl”, which this week falls back down seventeen spots to land at No.72.
* Jonas Blue and his song “Rise” tumbles eleven places this week to No.83.
* Morgan Evans stumbles down nine spots to No.87 with his song “Day Drunk”.
* After rebounding last week back up to No.71 the Dua Lipa song from ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ in “Swan Song” plummets back down this week twenty-seven places to No.98.
* #12 – Walk Me Home by P!nk is the lead single from her upcoming eighth studio album “Hurts 2B Human” (due April 12th) and it debuted last week on the digital charts at No.2, where it remains again this week, while overall this is her 45th Top 100 entry (42 solo, 3 as guest artist) locally.
* #44 – Exit Sign by The Hilltop Hoods feat. Illy and Ecca Vandal is the third track to be lifted from the Adelaide rap/hip-hop groups eighth and new No.1 album “The Great Expanse”, following on from their two other current entries in “Clark Griswold” (returns at #85) and “Leave Me Lonely” (TW#11) and overall this is their seventeenth Top 100 entry since their first “Clown Prince” (HP-30, peaked Feb of 2006).
* #68 – Peer Pressure by James Bay feat. Julia Michaels is the first single from a forthcoming third album for the English singer-songwriter (no title or date known as yet), and his first singles chart entry since he hit No.40 with his third single “Scars” (peaked November of 2015), as no songs from his second album “Electric Light” (HP-14) charted in Australia, so overall this is his fourth singles chart entry here, while for Julia Michaels this is her eleventh overall entry too (5 as lead, 6 as guest vocalist).
* #75 – Don’t Call Me Up by Mabel, who was born Mabel Alabama Pearl McVey in 1996 and she is the daughter of Neneh Cherry, whose twelfth released single becomes her first chart entry in Australia, plus she is the recent nominee of the Brit Award for ‘British Breakthrough Act’, with this track taken from her debut album ‘Ivy to Rose’.
* #95 – Woke Up Late by Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld is the first entry here for New Zealand four-piece jazz/R&B/Pop band, who started out as a duo of buskers playing Drums and Saxophone (Drax is a mix of those two words), while this song hit a No.15 peak back in early April of 2018, but back then it was just the band, now they have teamed with actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, with the song returning to the New Zealand chart this week at No.35.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com