“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber logs a twelfth week at No.1 in Australia this week, becoming the second longest running No.1 for the century (so far).
Between 2000 and 2009 one song spent twelve weeks in the No.1 spot to become the longest running chart-topper for the first decade of this century, that being Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (2002-03, TW-99), and for the current decade we first saw a twelve week run occur for “Happy” by Pharrell Williams in 2014, and now “Despacito” has achieved the same amount of weeks at the top, with only one song sitting above it for most weeks this century/decade (so far); “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (TW-22 and now 8x▲Platinum in sales), and if “Despacito” stays for a further thirteenth week it will become the second longest running No.1 this year, this decade and this century.
“Despacito” is one of four songs to have spent twelve weeks at the top in Australia, I’ve already mentioned the Eminem and Pharrell songs, but the first was back in 1949 with the second weekly No.1 “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore, all four songs now tied for equal 17th on the list of ‘Most Weeks at No.1: Singles 1940-2017’. Also over on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles 1940 to 2017, Justin Bieber is now outright 21st with his 27 overall weeks at the top, with the next totals to match or surpass being Olivia Newton-John (28 wks), and then Eminem and The Black Eyes Peas (30 wks each). whilst Kylie Minogue is sitting at 31 wks (her first #1 was this week in 1987, 30 years on 10th of August, “Locomotion”).
So the intense pressure to take over the top spot in Australia falls to the weathered Imagine Dragons and their highest charted single here ever, “Thunder”, which is spending its second week at the top of the Digital sales chart and second week at No.2 nationally (it’s #7 on the streaming chart this week), whilst also on hold at it’s peak for a second week is the Calvin Harris track “Feels” with Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean, followed by the fourth and final hold at the top of the chart, “Strip That Down” for Liam Payne and Quavo at No.4.
Macklemore last week scored his sixth overall Top 10 single in Australia, and now this week his track “Glorious” is up two spots to a new peak of No.5 and now crowned Gold (●) in sales, becoming his fifth Top 5 single (all of his previous Top 5 songs have been No.1 hits). Down one spot to No.6 is DJ Khaled with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and “Wild Thoughts”, whilst jumping into the Top 10, up nine places to No.7, is Kesha with her new track “Praying”, becoming her tenth Top 10 hit in Australia and her first entry to the ten in almost four years, as her last Top 10 appearance was on the Pitbull track “Timber” (HP-4, peaked Nov 2013), whilst the new track is sitting at No.2 on the digital sales chart.
The second former One Direction member in the Top 10 this week is Niall Horan who’s “Slow Hands” drop down two places to No.8 and then Jonas Blue with William Singe are down one spot to No.9 with “Mama”. Sam Hunt is the second act to climb into the Top 10 this week, as his first chart entry “Body Like a Back Road” is up five places to land at No.10, it’s same current position as in the USA, where it peaked at No.6 back in April, with Australia becoming now the second country to make it a Top 10 hit.
* French Montana is on hold at No.11 for a second week with “Unforgettable”, now▲Platinum.
* Maggie Lindemann and her “Pretty Girl” climbs up three spots to a new peak of No.14, and the track is now Gold (●) in sales
* Rising back up three places to No.16 are David Guetta with Justin Bieber on “2U”, which scores a ▲Platinum certification this week.
* Climbing back up five places to a new peak of No.18 is Hailee Steinfeld and “Most Girls”, which previously peaked at No.20.
* Louis Tomlinson lands his second consecutive No.20 hit, as his new entry from last week “Back to You” with Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals is up this week six places to a new peak of No.20, matching the position his first chart entry “Just Hold on” with Steve Aoki achieved at the start of the year. Whilst other 1Der Liam Payne is back up ten spots to No.46 on the Zedd track “Get Low”.
* Demi Lovato is up four places to a new peak of No.24 with “Sorry, Not Sorry”, whilst her Cheat Codes track “No Promises” is back up a couple of spots to No.33.
* Leaping a massive twenty places to land at No.26 is the new Dua Lipa single “New Rules”.
* Zara Larsson was in the country last week on her third promo tour, and this has helped her current chart entry “Symphony” with Clean Bandit to climb back up four spots to No.28.
* Three weeks ago the Selena Gomez track “Fetish” debuted at No.23, then last week it slumped to No.38, with a rebound this week of nine spots to land at No.29, helped also by the new video out this past week.
* After two weeks at No.37, the Peking Duk and AlunaGeorge track “Fake Magic” rises three spots to a land at a new peak of No.34.
* Camila Cabello is back-to-back with her two chart entries this week, with her appearance on the Major Lazer track “Know No Better” (HP-34) back up three spots to No.38 and right behind that is her first solo single “Crying in the Club”, which is back up six places to a new peak of No.39.
* Khalid is back up seven spots to No.44 with his “Location” (HP-41).
* Imagine Dragons’ other Top 100 entry “Believer” climbed to No.6 in the US this week, and here it is back up ten spots to No.45.
* Axwell/\Ingrosso jump up fourteen places to a new peak of No.52 with “More Than You Know”.
* Ed Sheeran has four new singles certifications this week, the aforementioned “Shape of You” (now 8x▲Platinum), then “Castle on the Hill” is back up four to No.54 and newly 5x▲Platinum, lower down “Happier” is back up one spot to No.77 and now▲Platinum, with the fourth and final new cert being in the dropping section below. PLUS Ed regains the ‘Longest Charted Single’ status as his now 137 week running Top 100 entry “Thinking Out Loud” is back in at No.91.
* A bunch of new remixes for the Rudimental and James Arthur track “Sun Comes Up” have been coming out over the past few weeks, and this week the track is up fifteen spots to a new peak of No.57.
* Julia Michaels is back up ten places to No.66 with her “Issues”, whilst her debut EP makes a lower albums chart entry this week.
* The newly released and highly sexual video for the Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna track “Loyalty” helps the track to returns to the chart at No.79 this week.
* The MØ track “Nights with You” bounces back up nine spots to No.80 this week and her guest on the Snakehips track “Don’t Leave” is back in at No.96.
* Kyle is on hold at No.84 with his track “iSpy”, which is now ▲Platinum in sales.
* Further returns come via recent tourist here Rag’N’Bone Man with “Skin” at No.86, “Paris” for The Chainsmokers at No.94, “Never Be Like You” by Flume at No.95 and finally back in at No.99 is the Eminem track “Lose Yourself”.
* Leaving the Top 10 for the first time is the Shawn Mendes track “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (HP-4×2, WI10-14), which becomes his longest running Top 10 here, beating the ten weeks (Stitches) and nine weeks (Treat You Better) his two previous No.4 hits achieved.
* The other track leaving the Top 10 is “In the End” (HP-4, WI10-7a) for Linkin Park which returned to the Top 100 at No.10 last week, and this week drops down fifty-two places to land at No.62. Of the sixteen Linkin Park songs that entered the Top 100 last week, only three remain this week, with “Numb” down from 18 to No.65 and then “Heavy” with Kiiara drops from 39 to No.87.
* After two broken weeks at No.12, the Rita Ora track “Your Song” is back down three to No.15 and now crowned ▲Platinum in sales too.
* The fourth and final Ed Sheeran certification this week is for “Galway Girl”, which drops seven places to No.36 and is now 3x▲Platinum.
* With the large majority of songs rebounding slightly or barely moving after last weeks Linkin Park return to the Top 100, this week there are not as many songs dropping down, with the next notable drop occuring for Katy Perry and her track “Swish Swish”, down ten to No.70.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com