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Childish Gambino This Is America

Childish Gambino This Is America

Australian Charts: This Is No 1 This Is America This Is Childish Gambino

by Gavin Ryan on May 20, 2018

in News,Noise Pro

The rapper Childish Gambino sees his No.7 debut from last week “This is America” jump to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week, the track also taking out the top spot in New Zealand and it debuts at No.1 in both America and Canada.

“This is America” becomes the 1074th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2018) and the 509th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the sixth chart-topper for the year and as its distributed here in Australia by Liberation records it becomes their first No.1 song this century and their first since the late May 1994 Love Symbol (aka Prince) song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, and their eleventh No.1 for the Liberation brand/label (in all of its guises).

The new No.1 also becomes the fourth ‘This is’ title after “This is My Song” for Petula Clark (1967), “This is Who I Am” for Vanessa Amorosi (2009) and This is What You Came for” by Calvin Harris and Rihanna (2016), while it’s the first time for a solo ‘America’ at the top, although the song ‘American Pie’ has been to the top twice here for both Don McLean (6th of March, 1972, 5 wks) and the cover by Madonna (6th of March, 2000), both on the same date 28 years apart. Childish Gambino becomes the 192nd Solo American Male singer to hit the top here, while he is also the 411th American performer to hit No.1 (solo, duo or group) and the song is the 691st by an American act to take out the No.1 spot, and the track is sitting at No.1 on the streaming chart and No.2 on the digital sales chart.

Post Malone maintains his No.2 hold with “Better Now” and the new No.1 digital selling track (#4 streamed) is the new 5 Seconds of Summer song “Youngblood”, which nationally jumps up six places to a new peak of No.3, which becomes the four-piece local acts’ third Top 3 single in Australia, while all of this upward movement pushes last weeks No.1 song for Drake and “Nice for What” back down three spots to No.4.

The current English and Irish No.1 song for a fifth week is “One Kiss” for Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa which is back down one spot to No.5 here and former No.1’s locally in “No Tears Left to Cry” for Ariana Grande and “Psycho” for Post Malone with Ty Dolla $ign are down to No.6 and No.7 respectively. Khalid and Normani are down two places to No.8 with “Love Lies” and last weeks No.1 selling digital track (#3 this week) for Amy Shark and “I Said Hi” climbs four spots to a new peak of No.9 and becomes her second Top 10 single here after her debut entry “Adore” (HP-3×2, Feb 2017), and holding at No.10 again is The Weeknd song “Call Out My Name”.

* Anne-Marie halves her position from last week with “2002”, which is up twelve spots to No.12.
* Kygo has the only new certification this week for “Remind Me to Forget” which is Gold (●) and up four places to a new peak of No.17.
* Ed Sheeran climbs back up a couple of places to No.23 with “Perfect”, while his older entry in “Shape of You” rises three to No.45 and his new single “Happiness” leaps up fourteen places to land at No.50.
* This past week the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Lisbon, Portugal, with Israel taking out the winners microphone-trophy, and our entry “We Got Love” by Jessica Mauboy came in 20th (out of 26) with a very low public vote (90 points at #12 from the judging panels), and this week her former No.47 song from late March returns to the chart at a new peak of No.31, while the song also came in at No.60 in Scotland and No.86 in Sweden and it is sitting at No.4 on the digital sales chart here.
* King Princess climbs again with their song “1950”, up three places to a new peak of No.32.
* Dennis Lloyd jumps eleven spots to a new peak of No.35 with “Nevermind”.
* There is a two places rise to No.37 for “OTW” by Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack.
* Kyle with Kehlani jump up ten spots to land at No.41 with “PlayinWitMe”, its first Top 50 appearance.
* Hayden James scores his third Top 50 hit as “Just Friends” with Boy Matthews jumps up eighteen places to a new peak of No.42, and of his three Top 50 songs this is now his highest charted.
* We’re back to three tracks from ‘The Greatest Showman’ within the Top 100 again as “This is Me” is back up two places to No.43, “Rewrite the Stars” rises seven to No.81 and returning #100 is “The Greatest Show”.
* The fourth track from The Chainsmokers EP “Sick Boy” becomes the third Top 50 placing as “Somebody” with Drew Love rebounds thirty five places to land at a new peak of No.49, following on from “Sick Boy” (HP-37) and “Everybody Hates Me” (HP-50), the other track was “You Owe Me” (HP-73).
* The new Jess Glynne track which she sang on last Friday’s screened Graham Norton Show “I’ll Be There” leaps up this week twenty-seven places to land at a new peak of No.66.
* Imagine Dragons kicked off their national tour last weekend, and rising are their track “Thunder” (76 to 71) and “Believer” (96 to 83).
* Keith Urban returns again with his track “Parallel Line” at No.78, with other returning tracks being “Redbone” by Childish Gambino (#90) and “Waves” by Dean Lewis (#96).

* The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the Lil’ Dicky and Chris Brown teaming “Freaky Friday” (HP-4×2, WI10-7), which is down six places to No.14.
* The “Rockstar” track for Post Malone leaves the Top 20 and is down five to No.22, while he also moves down the chart with “Ball for Me” (30 to 36), “Candy Paint” (33 to 40), “Stays” (43 to 54), “Spoil My Night” (40 to 56), “Rich & Sad” (44 to 58), “Over Now” (50 to 65), “Same Bitches” (52 to 77), “Zack & Codeine” (62 to 93) and “92 Explorer” (70 to 99), and he leaves the Top 100 with “Takin’ Shot” (#72), “Otherside” (#74) and “Blame it on Me” (#85).
* The Rudimental track “These Days” with Jess Glynne and Macklemore drops eight places to No.24.
* Last weeks entry for Shawn Mendes and “Youth” drops back down five to No.33.
* The Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton track “Say Something” drops seven places to No.44.
* Another of last weeks debuts in “Bloom” for Troye Sivan drops back down twelve spots to No.46, with his older entry “My My My!” down eight places to No.79.
* Bazzi slides seven spots to No.48 with “Mine”.
* Camila Cabello appears on the just released new Pharrell Williams track “Sangria Wine”, and her current entries both drop in “Never Be the Same” (36 to 55) and “Havana” (57 to 61).
* Portugal.The Man drop down seven spots to No.60 with “Feel it Still” now that they’ve finished their tour.
* Alison Wonderland rebounded to her former peak of No.54 last week with “Church”, this week it drops fourteen places to No.68.
* The title track for the J. Cole album “KOD” drops down fourteen places to No.72.
* “Chateau” for Angus & Julia Stone falls seven spots to No.87.
* Clean Bandit with Julia Michaels are down eight places to No.89 with “I Miss You”.
* Calum Scott dives nine places to No.92 with “You Are the Reason”.
* There’s a seventeen places slide to No.95 for the Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso track “Let Me Go”.
* Last weeks entry for Travis Scott with Kanye West and Lil’ Uzi Vert and “Watch” is the highest dropout this week from No.65.

* #15 – Back to You by Selena Gomez is taken from the Season 2 soundtrack for ’13 Reasons Why’ and becomes Selena’s fifteenth Top 100, fourteenth Top 50 and seventh Top 20 entry, while her most recent hit “Wolves” (HP-5) is on hold at No.75 this week.

* #52 – Girls by Rita Ora feat Cardi B., Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX is the third track from an upcoming second album for Rita Ora featuring fellow UK countrywoman Charli XCX and US rapper Cardi B and US singer Bebe Rexha, while Rita is also charting at the moment with her duet alongside Liam Payne and “For You” (TW-76).

* #57 – Reprisal by Peking Duk is the ninth Top 100 entry for the Australian dance duo and fifth in a row from an as yet unnamed or unreleased debut album, and follows up from the recent No.66 song “Wasted”.

* #80 – Four Out of Five by The Arctic Monkeys becomes the UK indie-bands tenth ARIA Singles Chart entry and is the lead single from their new No.1 album and sixth set “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”.

* #86 – Saturday Sun by Vance Joy is the third chart entry from their current second album “Nation of Two” (TW-23) and is the eleventh Top 100 entry all up, as their last entry “We’re Coming Home” (HP-16) leaves the chart this week.

* #91 – Audio by LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) is a teaming between the Australian song writer Sia with UK rapper Labrinth and American DJ and producer Diplo and is the teams second release as a few weeks ago they released the song “Genius”.

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