The lead single from Taylor Swift’s sixth album (‘Reputation’ due Nov.10th) entitled “Look What You Made Me Do” comes straight in at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week, and continues a T.S. trend that she started in 2008.
“Look What You Made Me Do” becomes the 1065th No.1 in Australia (1940 to 2017) and now the 500TH No.1 for ARIA (1983 to 2017), and also by entering at the top of the charts it becomes 117th song to debut in the No.1 spot (it also debuted at the top of both the digital and streaming charts too), and the fifth one for this year out of the seven chart-topping tracks we have had during 2017 (we were up to 13 at this time last year), plus this new No.1 also becomes the fifth #1 for Taylor Swift and the record label ‘Big Machine’, and the song also debuts at No.1 in New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland Finland and Greece (so far).
For this decade Taylor has now amassed ten weeks at No.1, moving her to equal eleventh on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1; 2010’s: Singles’ alongside the ten weeks notched up by Bruno Mars (from 3 #1’s), and overall Ms.Swift has racked up twelve weeks at No.1 placing her equal 66th on the list of “Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2017)’ alongside The Carpenters (3 #1’s), Paul McCartney and Racey (2 #1’s each), whilst on the list for ‘Most No.1 Singles’ she is now equal 26th alongside other acts with five #1’s like Louis Armstrong, George Michael, Olivia Newton-John, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, U2 and most recently Justin Bieber.
This is the fourth song to hit No.1 with the word ‘Look’, the 16th with a ‘What’ (which also knocks off a ‘What’ song too, even rarer), and the fifth ‘Made’ featured title, the last No.1 being ‘We Made You’ for Eminem (1 wk, 11-May, 2009), and this also becomes the 685th No.1 by an American artist to hit the top in Australia. Now to explain what I mean by #TaylorsTimeoftheYear and that trend she started back in 2008. Since her second album ‘Fearless’ came out, every first single from her album’s have been issued in late August or very early September, with “Love Story” initially coming out overseas on the 12th of Sept., 2008, and here it first charted in Nov.2008 before becoming a hit and reaching No.1 here in early 2009. Her next album ‘Speak Now’ launched its first track in ‘Mine’ (HP-9 debut and peak position on 16th Aug, 2010), then came ‘Red’ where the first track released was ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (HP-3, peaked 27th Aug 2012, and this song also went to No.1 in several countries overseas and was US #1 this week in 2012). The lead track issued from ‘1989’ was “Shake it Off” which went to No.1 this week three years ago (1st Sept 2014), and now this week she continues her last quarter chart domination with her fifth overall No.1 single in Australia.
So after two weeks at No.1, Pink and her ‘What’ track “What About Us” is down a spot to No.2, whilst holding at No.3 is Macklemore with his “Glorious” single and after debuting at No.2 last week the new Justin Bieber track “Friends” is back down two spots to No.4, whilst down one spot to No.5 are Imagine Dragons and “Thunder”. Recent UK #1 single “New Rules” by Dua Lipa is up four places to a new peak of No.6, matching the peak of her first chart entry “Be the One” (HP-6, May 2016), whilst holding at its No.7 peak is French Montana and “Unforgettable”. Calvin Harris’ “Feels” is down two places to No.8 this week, whilst dropping four spots to No.9 is former No.1 “Despacito” for Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, and lastly down one spot to No.10 is “Praying” for Kesha, which is now ▲Platinum in sales.
* Demi Lovato lands her highest charted single in Australia this week, as “Sorry, Not Sorry” is up three places to No.11, which if it continues to climb next week will become her first Top 10 here.
* The next major climber comes down at No.24, where Lauv is up five places to a new peak with “I Like Me Better”.
* After which Avicii and Sandro Cavazza are up one spot to a new peak of No.25 with “Without You”.
* Also up one spot to a new peak at No.27 are J. Balvin & Willy William and “Mi Gente”.
* MTV VMA ‘Best New Artist’ winner Khalid see ALL FOUR of his Top 100 entries within the Top 50 this week, as his recent entry “Young, Dumb & Broke” jumps up sixteen places to land at a new peak of No.28, plus the song is now Gold (●) in sales after four weeks on the chart. His guest on the Marshmello track “Silence” leaps up thirty-four places to land at No.30, followed by a thirty place leap to No.37 as a guest on the Logic single “1-800-273-8255” (the U.S. ‘Lifeline’ equivalent), which after seventeen weeks within the Top 100 is making only its fourth Top 50 appearance (it initially made it to No.43 in late May). (Khalid’s fourth Top 50 entry is “Location”, down two to No.44).
* Camila Cabello takes a twenty-six place leap to No.36 with her new entry from last week entitled “Havana”, whilst her four-week old entry “OMG” is back up eight places to No.85.
* Portugal.The Man score their first Top 50 entry this week as “Feel it Still” rises fifteen places to land a new peak of No.43.
* The MTV VMA’s were hosted by Katy Perry this past week, and she performed her latest single “Swish Swish” during the show, and it returns at No.66 this week, also helped by the recent video release of the track, whilst the other re-entry this week is also from a performer on the night, Fifth Harmony, who return at No.80 with “Down” (also helped in by their new albums Top 10 entry).
* Current US Top 5 holder Cardi B sees last weeks entry of “Bodak Yellow” jump up twenty-five spots this week to a new peak of No.69.
* The #1 entry for Taylor Swift also helps her previous 2017 chart entry to rise back up this week, as her ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ theme with Zayn in “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is back up fourteen spots to No.83, plus it won ‘Best Collaboration Video’ at the MTV VMA’s this past week.
* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is “Strip That Down” (HP-2×2, WI10-13) for Liam Payne with Quavo, down four places to No.12, meaning that we now have three former One Direction members within the Top 20 this week, as Louis Tomlinson is right behind Liam at No.13 (on hold this week) with “Back to You”, whilst Niall Horan is down two places to No.17 with “Slow Hands”.
* Dropping four spots to No.15 is DJ Khaled with Rihanna and “Wild Thoughts”, whilst his older track “I’m the One” with Justin Bieber falls seven places to No.32.
* There’s a six place fall to No.29 for David Guetta and Justin Bieber’s teaming on “2U”.
* Kendrick Lamar won five ‘space-men’ awards at the MTV VMA’s this week for his track “Humble”, including ‘Video of the Year’, and the song is down four places here to No.31.
* Miley Cyrus is down three to No.34 with her “Malibu” track, and her new entry from last week in “Younger Now” (which she performed at the MTV VMA’s) falls twelve to No.61.
* Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan fall eight spots to No.38 with “There for You”.
* After fourteen broken weeks within the Top 40 (and only a peak of No.27), the Childish Gambino track “Redbone” is down six spots to No.45.
* All three Selena Gomez entries fall this week, with “Bad Liar” down seven to No.47, “Fetish” drops eight to No.49 and her Kygo appearance in “It Ain’t Me” is only down four places to No.67.
* After a slow and steady fall down the chart, this week The Chainsmokers and Coldplay teaming in “Something Just Like This” plummets fifteen spots to land at No.48.
* Jason DeRulo just released a new track on Friday entitled “If I’m Lucky”, as his older track “Swalla” drops down ten places to No.65.
* It’s a second week of dropping for the John Gibbons cover of “P.Y.T.”, as so far it has moved 61 to 66 and now 66 to 75.
* Last weeks debut for CNCO and Little Mix for “Reggaeton Lento” falls back down ten to No.78.
* There’s a nine place “Slide” this week for the Calvin Harris track to No.84.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #90 – Chateau by Angus & Julia Stone is the second track and first chart entry from the duo’s September 15th due fourth studio album entitled ‘Snow’, which was also the name of their albums first single release. This now becomes the pairs’ seventh singles chart entry.
* #95 – You Already Know by Fergie feat Nicki Minaj is the third chart entry from the September 22nd due (one week after Angus & Julia’s) second album from Fergie entitled ‘Double Dutchess’, and this follows on from 2016’s first entry from the new set “M.I.L.F. $” (HP-26, July 2016)
* #97 – Rich Love by OneRepublic feat Seeb is the third single released this year from an as yet unknown new album from the US rock group, and overall this is their 14th Top 100 entry and their first since “Future Looks Good” hit No.90 in mid-September of 2016.
* #99 – Walk on Water by 30 Seconds to Mars is the first new material from the band in over three years, and is the lead track from an as-yet unknown new album from Jared Leto and the boys. This is the bands eighth Top 100 entry and first since “City of Angels” hit No.93 in April of 2014.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com