A new year and a new No.1 song occurs in “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee which climbs up one place to make Australia’s its first top spot berth.
“Sunflower” becomes the 1082nd No.1 song in Australia (1940 to 2019), the 517th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the tenth for the Republic Record label and the third for Post Malone who previously topped the charts with “Rockstar” (TW-45, 7 weeks from 2nd of October, 2017) and then with “Psycho” (TW-51, 1 week on 7th of May, 2018), and he becomes the first US Solo Male artist since Pharrell Williams to land three No.1 songs, while Pharrell was also the last act to land a new No.1 in the first week of the year, as back in 2014 he started a broken 12 weeks run at the top with “Happy” (6th of Jan 2014).
This is the first time that the word ‘Sunflower’ has appeared in a No.1 song title, although we have had the two separate words at the top in ‘Flower’ for Sandi Thom in “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)” (10 weeks from 4th of Sept., 2006) and ‘Sun’ from Terry Jacks’ song “Seasons in the Sun” (4 weeks from 29th of April, 1974). This new No.1 song also becomes the 695th No.1 song performed by an American artist and as the song is from the film ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse’ is becomes the first song since “Shallow” for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (3 weeks from 29th of October, 2018) to be a No.1 song from a movie.
Climbing one spot to a new peak of No.2 is the Ava Max track “Sweet but Psycho” which is the new No.1 song in New Zealand and it retains its No.1 spot in Ireland (3rd week), England (2nd week) and returns to the top in Germany (5th week). The current U.S. No.1 song for a sixth week is “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande which here is back up one spot to No.3, while the No.1 digital track here again is “Shotgun” for George Ezra which is back up two places to No.4 nationally.
Rising back up two places apiece are “Without Me” by Halsey and “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to No.5 and No.7 respectively. Debuting at No.6 in between those two track is the highest of three entries for this week and “Wow” for Post Malone, which is a new track NOT taken from his most recent album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (TW-8), but is the first new song from a forthcoming studio album, plus by entering at No.6 it becomes the seventh Top 10 single in Australia for Post Malone.
Three songs return to the Top 10 this week starting with the Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus track “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” up three spots to No.8 for a third week inside the Top 10, followed by “Eastside” for Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid back up four places to No.9 for a 21st week within the ten, while back in for a third time and an overall sixth week inside the Top 10 is “Sicko Mode” for Travis Scott and Drake, up two places to No.10.
* 5 Seconds of Summer are back up four places to No.13 with “Youngblood”.
* Khalid has quite a few rises including “Better’ (19 to 14), “Saturday Nights” (51 to a new peak of No.37), “Lovely” with Billie Eilish (71 to 59) and returns with “Young, Dumb & Broke” (#86), “Love Lies” (#87) and on the Martin Garrix track “Ocean” (#94).
* The Calvin Harris and Sam Smith track “Promises” jumps back up ten spots to No.17, while Calvin’s teaming with Dua Lipa and “One Kiss” rebounds thirty-nine places to No.52.
* Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s “1999” jumps up ten places to a new peak of No.18.
* Kian cracks the Top 20 for the first time with “Waiting”, up four places to a new peak of No.20.
* Maroon 5 with Cardi B are back up eleven spots to No.21 with “Girls Like You”, while Cardi B is also on the rise with “I Like it” (62 to 44), on the DJ Snake track “Taki Taki” (76 to 62) and her return from last week in “Money” (83 to 69).
* Imagine Dragons jump up eleven spots to a new peak of No.23 with “Bad Liar”, while their older track “Thunder” is up nine places to No.79.
* Morgan Evans’ “Day Drunk” is up nine places to a new chart height of No.27.
* Post Malone also rises with “Better Now” (33 to 29), “I Fall Apart” (54 to 43), “Rockstar” (60 to 45), “Psycho” (73 to 51) and returns on the Tiesto track “Jackie Chan” (#85).
* Jonas Blue is back up nine spots to No.30 with his track “Rise”.
* Queen have the new No.1 album in the country with their biopic, whose title track “Bohemian Rhapsody” is back up seven places to No.31, while they also climb with “Don’t Stop Me Now” (93 to 67), “Another One Bites the Dust” (78 to 72) and “Somebody to Love” (98 to 96).
* Two female singers scoring new peaks from former Top 50 entries are Ellie Goulding with “Close to Me” (53 to 32) and Zara Larsson with “Ruin My Life” (50 to 34).
* Ed Sheeran was at No.1 this time last year with “Perfect”, which this week is back up eight spots to No.35, while his two year old No.1 song from 2017 in “Shape of You” is up nineteen spots to No.49 for its two year chart anniversary at 104 weeks, making it also the ‘Longest Charted Single’ again this week, while he also returns at No.99 with “Castle on the Hill”.
* Meek Mill and Drake rise back up twelve spots to No.36 with “Going Bad” (HP-32), while Drake also rises with “God’s Plan” (64 to 41), “In My Feelings” (69 to 48) and returns with “Nice for What” (#81) and “Nonstop” (#89).
* The remix for the Shawn Mendes track “Lost in Japan” (HP-27) jumps back up seventeen spots to No.38.
* XXXTentacion is back up with “Arms Around You” (46 to 39) and “Sad!” (74 to 65).
* The Sheck Wes track “Mom Bamba” (HP-29) rebounds twelve places to No.40.
* Anne-Marie bullets twenty-eight spots to No.42 with her track “2002”, while her duet with James Arthur on “Rewrite the Stars” is up sixteen places to No.70.
* Juice WRLD rebounds thirteen places to No.46 with “Lucid Dreams”.
* The Chainsmokers are back up nineteen spots to No.47 with “This Feeling”, while their former No.1 song “Closer” returns at No.93 also.
* NOTD and the track “So Close” jump up twenty-four spots to a new peak of No.53.
* Peking Duk and their “Fire”/”Reprisal” track rebounds thirty places this week to No.54.
* Tom Walker is back up twelve places to No.55 with “Leave a Light on”.
* Lady Gaga rises back up twelve spots too with “Always Remember us This Way” to No.60.
* Silk City with Dua Lipa on “Electricity” jumps back up twenty-four spots to No.63, while Dua also returns at No.84 with “Kiss and Make Up”.
* Little Mix rebounds seventeen spots to No.64 with “Woman Like Me”.
* The first Ariana Grande No.1 song “No Tears Left to Cry” is back up twenty-two places to No.68.
* Further lower 100 rises occur for “Beautiful” by Bazzi (96 to 73), “Better Together” by Hayden James (100 to 75), “Havana” for Camila Cabello (99 to 77), “Humble” for Kendrick Lamar (95 to 74) who also returns at No.88 with his ‘Black Panther’ track “All the Stars”.
* Toto recently toured Australia, and last weeks return of the 1983 highest charted single “Africa” (HP-5) is this week up twenty-one places to No.76.
* Further returning tracks this week are “The Middle” by Zedd & Grey (#78), “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne (#80), “Healing Hands” for Conrad Sewell (#90), “Praise the Lord” by A$AP Rocky (#91), “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man (#92), “Nevermind” by Dennis Lloyd (#95), “Solo” for Clean Bandit (#98) and “Go Bang” by Pnau (#100).
* Last week we had the first Christmas No.1 song this century, and now that song creates further history by becoming the first song EVER (both for either AMR to ARIA charts) to leave the entire Top 100 from the No.1 slot, as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” (HP-1×1, WI10-5a) says farewell to our charts for this year (it is the new #1 song in Canada this week also). It’s dropout from the top spot beats the previous record set by the late July 2012 first Voice Australia winner Karise Eden and her cover of “Stay With Me Baby” which in its second week fell from No.1 to No.54, the following week leaving the entire Top 100 (it still holds the record for the shortest charted No.1 song though).
* Also leaving the chart from last weeks Top 10 were “Last Christmas” for Wham! from No.5 and “Do They Know it’s Christmas” for Band Aid 30 from No.8, while the fourth and final Top 10 departure is “Happier” (HP-3×3, WI10-15) for Marshmello and Bastille which is down one spot to No.11.
* All of the 20 Christmas tunes that were within the Top 100 last week leave the chart this week, with Top 20 dropouts for John Lennon and Ariana Grande, and Top 30 departures for Justin Bieber and The Jackson 5.
* With a massive twenty songs leaving and most of the remaining chart climbing back up or returning to the chart this week the only major drop is the three week old Ariana Grande entry “Imagine”, which is down six spots this week to No.28.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #83 – 3 Nights by Dominic Fike is taken from the Florida, U.S. natives debut EP “Don’t Forget About Me, Demos” which the 22 year old released in October of 2018, and this is his first entry here in Australia.
* #97 – Monster by 21 Savage feat. Childish Gambino is taken from 21’s new album “I Am > I Was” (TW-30) which entered the charts last week and this is now the fifth Top 100 entry here for the US rapper.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com