The first new No.1 single for 2018 occurs this week as Drake’s No.5 debut from last week “God’s Plan” moves up four places to become his second No.1 song on the ARIA Singles Chart.
“God’s Plan” becomes the 1070th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2018) and the 505th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the fourth chart-topping song for the Republic record label, and with this becoming Drake’s second No.1 song here he has now amassed seven weeks at the top, placing him equal 17th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Singles’ alongside John Legend (2 #1’s total of 7 wks).
This is the first song to feature the word ‘Plan’ to hit No.1 in Australia, while it’s the second time that ‘God’ has been at the top, the first time was waaayyy back in November of 1953 when Les Paul & Mary Ford spent four weeks at No.1 with “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)”. The new No.1 song also becomes the 26th by a Canadian artist to hit the top, and the song debuted at the top in England last week (and holds for this week), while this week it entered at No.1 in both America and Canada, plus took out the spot in Ireland and New Zealand. The song is lead by its streaming sales, the song climbing to No.1 (from #4 last week) on the streaming chart and is on hold at No.10 over on the digital chart.
After an eight week stay at the top, the Ed Sheeran track “Perfect” is down one spot to No.2 and newly certified from 3xP to now 6x▲Platinum, and it is now one of the equal 49th longest running No.1’s in Australia (1940 to 2018) and also for this decade it is equal sixth alongside other eight week running No.1’s for this decade in “7 Years” by Lukas Graham (2016), “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (2013), “Whistle” by Flo Rida (2012) and the Gotye and Kimbra teaming for “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011).
The No.1 digital selling track again this week is last weeks national No.2 single “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line, which is pushed own one spot to No.3, while also down one place each are “I Fall Apart” for Post Malone and the Eminem and Ed Sheeran teaming “River” to No.4 and No.5 respectively. Last weekends Grammy Awards in New York saw Bruno Mars take out the majority of awards, and this has helped his current single “Finesse” with Cardi B to leap back up five places for a second week within the Top 10 and at a new peak of No.6, plus the track is now Gold (●) in sales, while also Gold is the new Camila Cabello track “Never Be the Same”, up five spots to a new peak of No.7 and replacing her former No.1 “Havana” within the Top 10.
After a couple of more weeks at its peak of No.7 (four broken weeks in total), the NF track “Let You Down” drops one spot to No.8, and Pnau land their second successive Top 10 single as “Go Bang” rises five places to land at No.9, this time last year the group scored their first Top 10 when “Chameleon” rose to No.4 in the second week of February, plus it is helped up the chart by a high Triple J Hottest 100 placing of J#7. Rudimental score their fifth Top 10 single in Australia as their new track “These Days” is up eight places to a new peak of No.10, plus for the tracks guest vocalist’s it’s the third Top 10 for Jess Glynne and the eighth for Macklemore.
* Portugal. The Man and their track “Feel it Still” are back up one spot to No.15 and it is newly certified 3x▲Platinum (formerly 1xP) and it also scored at Triple J ranking for 2017’s count down at J#26.
* The new Dua Lipa track “IDGAF” was No.1 in Ireland last week and here it is up seven places to a new peak of No.16.
* Triple J’s No.1 song for 2017 was “Humble” for Kendrick Lamar, plus with his Grammy wins, it helps his former No.2 single back up twenty-five places to No.20, the song now 4x▲Platinum too.
* Imagine Dragons just announced a May tour here, and their former No.2 track “Thunder” is on hold at No.25 this week and newly 4x▲Platinum in sales (was 2xP), while their track “Believer” is back up three spots to No.66 and celebrating its one year anniversary on the chart.
* The Angus & Julia Stone song “Chateau” crept into the Top 50 two weeks ago, and thanks to a J#3 ranking, the song this week bullets up twenty-two places to a new peak of No.26.
* Camelphat and Elderbook see their trance/rap track “Cola” bubble up nine places to a new peak of No.32, plus the song is now Gold (●) and scored a JJJ ranking of #42.
* Lorde’s “Homemade Dynamite” is back up two places to No.37 (J#14) and her albums first release “Green Light” returns at No.65 thanks to its J#6 ranking.
* The Chainsmokers debut from last week in “Sick Boy” is up four to a new peak of No.38.
* Peking Duk see their track also called “Let You Down” (HP-37) rise back up six places to No.44 thanks to a J#20 placing, while their older track “Fake Magic” returns at No.86 thanks to its J#12 placing.
* Hayden James with GRAACE and “Numb” (J#32) becomes the local singer/songwriters second Top 50 entry here, up nine places No.50, and newly certified Gold (●) in sales, with his other entry to the fifty being “Something About You” (HP-46, mid-Feb 2015).
* Vance Joy and “Lay it On Me” rebounds fifteen places to No.47 thanks to a J#9 placing, while their newer entry “We’re Going Home” surpasses its former peak of No.57 and is back up six spots to a new peak of No.55.
* The Grammy performance of “Despacito” for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee sees the song rise back up four places to No.60, the song now 6x▲Platinum in sales.
* With the third “50 Shades’ film out in a couple of weeks, the lead single from the soundtrack “For You” (HP-58) by Liam Payne and Rita Ora is back up ten places to No.64 this week.
* UK rapper and comedian Big Shaq is back up twelve places to No.67 with “Man’s Not Hot” thanks to its J#51 ranking and the song scores its first certification and is now ▲Platinum.
* The Halsey track “Bad at Love” is back up five places to No.68 and also ▲Platinum.
* Last weeks entry for Cashmere Cat in “Miss You” jumps up twenty-one spots to a new peak of No.70.
* The new entry for the third Migos album this week helps their track “Motorsport” with Nicki Minaj to leap twenty-five places to a new chart height of No.73.
* Rising again this week are Tyron Hapi with Mimoza and “Anyway”, up nine to No.74.
* The Kesha track “Praying” returns to the chart at No.81, while her debut last week “This is Me” is up two spots to a new peak of No.19.
* Further returning tracks at the lower end are for “Regular Touch” by Vera Blue (No.98, J#15), “The Horses” by Daryl Braithwaite (No.99) and Kendrick Lamar with “LOVE.” at No.100 (J#92).
* There are four songs leaving the Top 10 this week, with “Silence” (HP_5x3, WI10-12) by Marshmello and Khalid down three places to No.11, “This is Me” (HP-10×2, Wi10-2) for Keala Settle with the Greatest Showman Ensemble down two to No.12 and now Gold (●), swapping places with herself in the Top 10 is Camila Cabello as “Havana” (HP-1×3, WI10-17) is down seven places to No.13 and finally leaving the Top 10 for the first time is “Rockstar” (HP-1×6, WI10-19) by Post Malone with 21 Savage, down five spots to No.14, the song #24 on the JJJ 2017 survey also.
* The other Marshmello entry in “Wolves” with Selena Gomez drops down five to No.18.
* Clean Bandit with Julia Michaels with “I Miss You” is down one spot to No.21 and scores its first ever certification going ▲Platinum in sales this week.
* Post Malone also falls down the chart with two more songs in “Candy Paint”, down five to No.24 and “Congratulations” dropping five also to No.48.
* Two more songs landing their first certification are “What Lovers Do” for Maroon 5 with SZA which goes from nothing to now 2x▲Platinum, which is down seven to No.28 and the Rita Ora track in “Anywhere” is down one spot to No.29 and now ▲Platinum also.
* Troye Sivan drops down again this week with “My My My”, sliding four spots to No.31.
* Ed Sheeran has the new ‘Longest Charted Single’ with two of his track this week, as “Thinking Out Loud” leaves the Top 100 (after 153 weeks), his No.1 and No.2 track from this time last year in Grammy Award winning “Shape of You” (31 to 33) and “Castle on the Hill” (71 to 78) are both now the longest charted at 56 weeks apiece, while his “Galway Girl” drops down eight places to No.85.
* Newly ▲Platinum too is “Dirty Sexy Money” for David Guetta & Afrojack, which is down four places to No.34.
* The Charlie Puth first non-Top 10 track “How Long” is down four to No.41 and now ▲Platinum.
* Macklemore kicks off his national tour this weekend, and his two further entries in “Good Old Days” (now 2x▲Platinum) down two places to No.42 and “Glorious” is back up two places to No.53 and newly certified 4x▲Platinum, while it also scored the J#52 ranking too.
* Dropping ten places to No.45 is the Zayn and Sia duet “Dusk Till Dawn”.
* Sam Smith is down twelve places to No.46 with “Too Good at Goodbyes”, whilst its a farewell from the Top 100 for “One Last Song” (HP-94) after two weeks of charting.
* The four week old Justin Timberlake track “Filthy” plummets twenty-four places to No.57.
* Demi Lovato drops five places to No.62 with “Sorry Not Sorry”, which is now 2x▲Platinum.
* Calum Scott drops seven places to No.72 with “You Are the Reason”, which is now Gold (●).
* Pink drops sixteen places to No.76 with her “Beautiful Trauma” track, while “What About us” is only down one spot to No.79.
* There’s a nine place drop to No.77 for “So Far Away” by Martin Garrix and David Guetta.
* Three further ▲Platinum certification leaps occur for “Gucci Gang” for Lil Pump (was nothing prior now 1xP), down eleven to No.87, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes (now 4xP, was 2xP) is down nine to No.90 and falling eleven places to No.97 is “Body Like a Back Road” for Sam Hunt (now 3x▲Platinum, was 1xP).
* The Justin Bieber and BloodPop track “Friends” plummets thirty-one spots to No.94 and is newly 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* With one Drake track climbing to the top, his other entry from last week and “Diplomatic Immunity” tumbles down forty-two places to land at No.96.
* Two of last weeks Top 50 debuts leave the Top 100 this week, with Kylie’s “Dancing” departing from No.46 and the Keith Urban entry “Parallel Line” leaving from No.47.
TRIPLE J HOTTEST 100 PLACINGS within the ARIA Top 100
With last weekend’s Triple J Hottest 100 for 2017 occurring on January 27th, the flow on effect to the chart this week is listed below, with ARIA ranking, title and artist plus chart movement, followed by Triple J placing (J#).
No.9 – Go Bang by Pnau (14 to 9), J#7. NEW PEAK
No.14 – Rockstar by Post Malone feat 21 Savage (6 to 13), J#24
No.15 – Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man (16 to 15), J#26
No.20 – Humble by Kendrick Lamar (45 to 20), J#1
No.22 – Young, Dumb and Broke by Khalid (26 to 22), J#13
No.26 – Chateau by Angus & Julia Stone (48 to 26), J#3 NEW PEAK
No.32 – Cola by Camelphat and Elderbrook (41 to 32), J#42 NEW PEAK
No.37 – Homemade Dynamite by Lorde feat Khalid, SZA & Post Malone (39 to 37), J#14
No.44 – Let You Down by Peking Duk feat Icona Pop (50 to 44), J#20
No.47 – Lay it on Me by Vance Joy (62 to 47), J#9
No.49 – Let Me Down Easy by Gang of Youth (DEBUT), J#2
No.50 – Numb by Hayden James feat GRAACE (59 to 50), J#32 NEW PEAK
No.53 – Glorious by Macklemore feat Skylar Grey (55 to 53), J#52
No.59 – 1-800-273-8255 by Logic feat Alessia Cara and Khalid (66 to 59), J#82
No.65 – Green Light by Lorde (re-entry at No.65, HP-4), J#6
No.67 – Man’s Not Hot by Big Shaq (79 to 67), J#51
No.86 – Fake Magic by Peking Duk feat AlunaGeorge (re-entry #86), J#12
No.92 – Saved by Khalid (DEBUT), J#62
No.93 – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows by Gang of Youths (DEBUT), J#5
No.98 – Regular Touch by Vera Blue (re-entry at No.98, HP-97), J#15
No.100- LOVE. by Kendrick Lamar (re-entry at No.10, HP-29), J#92
* #36 – Say Something by Justin Timberlake feat Chris Stapleton is the second chart entry from the just released fifth studio album for JT entitled “Man of the Woods” (out Feb 2nd) following on from “Filthy” (HP-27, TW-57), and features current hot US country singer Chris Stapleton.
* #49 – Let Me Down Easy by Gang of Youths
* #93 – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows by Gang of Youths both debut this week due to their high rankings in the Triple J Hottest 100 count down from last weekend, with “Let Me Down Easy” coming in at No.2 for the year and “The Deepest Sighs…” made it to No.5, while the bands second album and first No.1 “Go Farther in Lightness” rebounds to No.4 this week. The band also had two more J#100 rankings at No.10 for “What Can I Do it the Fire Goes Out?” and No.41 was their ‘Like a Version’ rendition of “Blood” originally done by Middle East.
* #58 – The Middle by Zedd & Grey feat Maren Morris is a collaboration between the Russian-German producer Zedd along with US country female singer Maren Morris and US duo Grey, all four artists performing the song this past week at the 60th Grammy Awards, plus in the US the song is being used for retailer Target’s spring TV campaign. In Australia it becomes his eleventh Top 100 entry and becomes his third entry from an unknown date or titled third album after “Stay” (HP-3) with Alessia Cara and “Get Low” (HP-39) alongside Liam Payne.
* #84 – Mine by Bazzi is the second single and first entry for US EDM artist and current Apple A-List Pop Playlist headliner. He has no further info on his soundcloud, Facebook or instragram accounts, so I couldn’t find out much about him.
* #88 – Helium by Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack becomes the Adelaide singers 34th Top 100 ARIA Singles Chart entry and her fourth with David Guetta after she first teamed with him for “Titanium” (HP-5×4, Sept. 2011) and then “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” (HP-11, Sept. 2012) and the last time was on “Bang My Head” (HP-21, Dec. 2015) and this new song will be featured in Sia’s MAC Cosmetics x VIVA GLAM campaign.
* #92 – Saved by Khalid is the third solo and seventh overall entry for the US rapper and singer, plus the track debuts with a Gold (●) sales certification, and six of those seven songs are still within the Top 100 this week at No.11 is “Silence” with Marshmello, at No.22 is “Young, Dumb & Broke”, followed by the Lorde track “Homemade Dynamite” where he guests at No.37, “1-800” for Logic is at No.59, and then “Location” is up three places to No.82.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com