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Australian Singles: Ed Sheeran and Beyonce Duet Is No 1 Song

by Gavin Ryan on December 9, 2017

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Ed Sheeran becomes the second artist for 2017 to score a second No.1 single on the ARIA Charts, as his now Beyonce infused track “Perfect” jumps up three places to land at No.1, as well as at the top in the UK.

“Perfect” becomes the 1069th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2017) and the 504th for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the fourth for Ed and the second for Beyonce, as back in the first week of 2007 she stayed for three weeks at the summit with the ballad “Irreplacable”. Ed has previously topped the charts with “Sing” (1 wk, 5th May, 2014), “Thinking Out Loud” (5 wks from 20th Oct, 2014) and the longest No.1 ever with “Shape of You” (15 wks from 16th Jan, 2017). Ed takes the top spot thanks to two digital versions selling, the lone Ed version and the new Beyonce duet which debuts at No.1 on the digital charts and jumps to No.1 on the streaming chart.

Ed’s tally of weeks at No.1 has now amassed to 22 weeks, moving him from equal third to now outright third on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’ behind Rihanna with 23 weeks, whilst Justin Bieber leads at the moment on 28 weeks. Ed also climbs to No.30 on the similar list ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2017’, one week shy of the 23 for John Farnham and two weeks away from the 24 weeks notched up by Michael Jackson and Flo Rida.

This new No.1 is the third time that the word ‘Perfect’ has claimed the top spot in Australia, the first was for Fairground Attraction in August 1988 for four weeks with “Perfect”, whilst the last was for local band 5 Seconds of Summer and “She Looks So Perfect” (1 wk, 31st March, 2014). This is the second No.1 here for the Asylum record label (Ed’s “Shape of You” was the first), and for English Solo Male Artists, Ed Sheeran is now equal second for ‘Most No.1’s Singles: UK Solo Males’ with four No.1’s alongside Rod Stewart, the leader at the moment is George Michael with five, and for English Acts (solo, duo or group), he is equal fourth alongside Rod and Petula Clark (both with four), whilst ahead of them are George Michael (5 #1’s), The Rolling Stones and Vera Lynn (6 #1’s) and The Beatles (26 #1’s). This new No.1 song also becomes the 205th No.1 by an English artist (solo, duo or grouo) and the fourth for 2017 with the first being Ed’s ‘Shape’, followed by Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” (17th April) and Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” (18th Sept.)

After three weeks at No.1 the track “Havana” by Camila Cabello drops down a spot to No.2, with the two Post Malone top five tracks also down one spot in “Rockstar” and “I Fall Apart” to No.3 and No.4 respectively. The two Top 10 Marshmello tracks swap places this week, with “Silence” with Khalid up one spot to a new peak of No.5, and now 2x▲Platinum, whilst the Selena Gomez duet in “Wolves” is down one to No.6, with Khalid’s other entry within the ten “Young, Dumb & Broke” down two to No.9 and newly certified 3x▲Platinum in sales.

The first chart entry for US rapper NF and “Let You Down” now becomes his first Top 10 hit here, as the track climbs four spots to a new peak of No.7, whilst blasting into the Top 10, up eighteen places to land at No.8 is the Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line duet “Meant to Be”, which becomes her fifth Top 10 entry in Australia and her first as lead vocalist, and the song also becomes the first Top 10 for the US country act Florida Georgia Line, who are also sitting just outside of the Top 10 on the new Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso track. The final Top 10 entry is the Maroon 5 and SZA teaming “What Lovers Do”, which is down two places to No.10 this week.

* That aforementioned Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line duet with Alesso in “Let Me Go” is up three spots to a new peak of No.12.
* Rita Ora is up one spot to a new peak of No.15 with her latest single “Anywhere”.
* The annual return of the Mariah Carey seasonal-song “All I Want for Christmas is You” occurs at No.18 this week, thanks to No.18 leap (from #38) on the digital chart and a No.24 debut on the streaming chart, whilst the song has now notched up its ninth week within the Top 20 since it first charted in 1994, last year the track reached No.15, whilst in 2016 it made it to No.17 and in 2015 went as high as No.14.
* Not only did Ed Sheeran scored an MBE for his music and charity work this past week, and land a new No.1 single this week, but his other chart entries climb back up, with former No.1 “Shape of You” rising seven to No.25, “Galway Girl” and “Castle on the Hill” are both back up three spots to No.68 and No.71 respectively.
* With Julia Michael recently in the country, her new teaming with Clean Bandits in “I Miss You” jumps up eighteen places to a new peak of No.28, whilst the older Bandits track “Symphony” is back up six spots to No.88.
* Both Top 40 French Malone tracks are on hold this week, with “Unforgettable” stable at No.30 and now 4x▲Platinum, and his appearance on the David Guetta and Afrojack track “Dirty Sexy Money” stays at its peak of No.34 for a second week.
* Pnau jump up eleven places to a new chart height of No.31 for their latest single “Go Bang”.
* After two weeks at No.35 the Big Shaq track “Man’s Not Hot” is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.33.
* Imagine Dragons and their new single “Whatever it Takes” rises two places to a new chart height of No.47, whilst their older single “Believer” is back up five spots to No.67.
* Guy Sebastian opened the 7th AACTA Awards this past week performing his new single “Bloodstone”, which helps it to rise four places to a new peak of No.59.
* Two songs returning back-to-back and at new peaks occur for Sheppard and “Coming Home” back in at No.61 (former peak No.69 on 20th Nov.) and at No.62 is Calum Scott with “You Are the Reason” (formerly made it to No.64 on 27th Nov.).
* The DJ Snake and Lauv teaming “A Different Way” (HP-59) rises fourteen spots to No.65 thanks to a new remix by Kayzo just released.
* Last weeks entry for Camelphat and Elderbook in “Cola” jumps up twenty places to No.69.
* The new G-Eazy entry for this week helps his four week old entry “No Limit” to rise nine spots to a new peak of No.77.
* The Diplo and MØ track “Get it Right” (HP-77) is back up ten spots to No.81 thanks to her current tour with Sia around the country.
* Also touring at the moment is The Weeknd, who returns at No.84 with “Starboy”.
* The Harry Styles entry from last week “Kiwi” is up five places to a new peak of No.92.
* A third song returning and scoring a new peak is for Alan Walker with Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals and collaboration “All Falls Down” (former peak #99 on 27th Nov). which is back in at No.95.

* The first of two Top 10 dropouts is the former No.1 for Sam Smith in “Too Good at Goodbyes” (HP-1×2, WI10-12), which leaves the ten for the first time and is down one spot to No.11, and the other is the Dua Lipa track “New Rules” (HP-2×2, WI10-14a) which leaves the ten for the second time and is down four spots to No.13.
* Both Macklemore entries fall four places each this week, with “Good Old Days” down to No.17 and “Glorious” slides to No.23.
* Four of the five Top 100 entries for Khalid drop down this week (Y,D&B I mentioned in the Top 10), with his appearance on the Lorde track “Homemade Dynamite” down three to No.26, his guesting on the Logic and Alessia Cara teaming “1-800…” is down five to No.27 and his track “Location” is down one to No.53.
* Justin Bieber still retains two songs within the Top 50 this week, with “Friends” down six to No.35 and his guest on “Despacito” is down two places to No.50.
* After leaping up last week the Pink track “Beautiful Trauma” falls back down eleven places to No.36, with her older track “What About Us” is down fifteen spots to No.43 (this track could climb next week after her G.Norton appearance on Friday night {here}).
* Whilst Beyonce is guest on the new No.1 single in the country, her duet with Eminem in “Walk on Water” drops fourteen places to land at No.38 ahead of his new album coming out on the 17th, whilst B’s third Top 50 appearance for this week on the track “Mi Gente” for J Balvin and Willy William drops down seven places to No.40.
* Down two spots to No.39 is the Peking Duk and Icona Pop teaming on “Let You Down”, which is now Gold (●) in sales, whilst also scoring a Gold disc is the Kygo EP “Stargazing”, which is down one place to No.44.
* The new Avicii track featuring Rita Ora in “Lonely Together” is down five places to No.41, whilst her older single “Your Song” is down eight to No.73, and his other entry “Without You” is down ten to No.87.
* Niall Horan leaves the Top 50 with “Too Much to Ask”, dropping thirteen spots to No.51, and his second single “Slow Hands” slides down ten to No.74, whilst Liam Payne’s “Bedroom Floor” drops eight places to No.83.
* Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” drops down twelve places to No.57 this week.
* The comback N*E*R*D track “Lemon” with Rihanna drops down ten places to No.63.
* Taylor Swift is down to two Top 100 entries this week, both dropping double-digits, with “…Ready for it?” down twenty-one places to No.79 and “Look What You Made Me Do” declines twenty-five to No.85.
* The Skrillex and Poo Bear collaboration “Would You Ever” drops eight to land at No.91.
* After returning last week due to his ARIA Hall of Fame induction, the Daryl Braithwaite version of “The Horses” drops back down thirty-two places to No.94, but is now 5x▲Platinum.
* The track “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey is again the ‘Longest Charted Track’ within the Top 100, down spots this week to No.97 in its 71st Top 100 week.
* And Jessica Mauboy saw a post-ARIA’s and TV-End-of-Season rise for her track “Fallin'” last week, which this week is back down twenty places to No.98 and newly certified 2x▲Platinum.
* Last weeks highest new entry for Korean boy-band BTS at No.50 with “Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” plummets forty-nine places this week to land at No.99.

* #24 – Candy Paint by Post Malone was originally on the soundtrack for the earlier 2017 film ‘The Fate of the Furious’, and was recently released as a stand-alone single, with ALL five of his chart entries here within the Top 40 this week, #3, #4, #24, #26 and #32.

* #37 – Him & I by G-Eazy feat Halsey is the sixth Top 100 entry for the US rapper and the second from his forthcoming album (due Dec 15th) “The Beautiful & Damned”, with first entry “No Limit” up to a new peak of No.77 this week, and this is the third Top 100 entry this week for Halsey too, as she sits at No.97 on The Chainsmokers track and her solo entry “Bad at Love” is at No.49.

* #58 – So Far Away by Martin Garrix & David Guetta feat Jamie Scott & Romy is the sixth entry for the Dutch DJ, which features French DJ and producer Guetta along with British singer Jamie Scott and Dutch singer Romy Dya, and overall this is his third entry for 2017 from an upcoming (no date or title known) fourth album.

* #66 – Miss You by Louis Tomlinson is the fourth singles chart entry from the former One Direction member to chart here and Louis is the one former member NOT to have a Top 10 hit here yet, coming close with his entry “Back to You” (HP-11), whilst he last charted with the promotional single “Just Like You” (HP-94, 23rd Oct, 2017), and by Louis charting this week it means all five members of the band are within the Top 100 this week, Zayn at No.16, Niall at No.51 and No.74, Liam at No.83 and Harry at No.92.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to



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