The Post Malone and Swae Lee track from ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’ titled ‘Sunflower” blooms at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for a third consecutive week, the song also scores its first certification this week too, newly crowned ▲Platinum in sales.
“Sunflower” is also spending its second week at the top in New Zealand and is the new chart-topping song in both America and Canada this week. The last time a song started the new year off at the top here was back in 2014 when the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” spent the first five weeks at the top (it would go on to rack up twelve weeks at No.1 over three runs at the top), plus that song was also from an animated film too in ‘Despicable Me 2′. On the list for this decade’s most racked-up weeks at No.1 Post Malone now moves from equal 13th to now equal eleventh alongside Taylor Swift (4 #1’s) and Justice Crew (2 #1’s) who’ve both accumulated eleven weeks at the top during the 2010’s, and if Post holds for another week he will be the only person with 12 weeks at No.1 (Adele is next with 13 weeks).
The current English (4th week) and Irish (5th week) No.1 song is again the song “Sweet but Psycho” for Ava Max which here is holding at its peak of No.2 for a third straight week, in fact eight of the Top 10 from last week are all stable this week, with Halsey and “Without Me” at No.3 (newly 3x▲Platinum in sales), “Wow” by Post Malone at No.4, the former No.1 for Ariana Grande and “thank u, next” is non-moved at No.5, but the song does rise from Gold sales status to a new certification of 2x▲Platinum in sales.
George Ezra keeps his eye on the target of No.6 again with his track “Shotgun”, followed by the only two changes to the Top 10 this week, the Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid song “Eastside” is back up one spot to No.7, the track also rises from 3xP to now 5x▲Platinum, plus the song has logged its 23rd week within the Top 10, becoming the equal third longest running Top 10 in Australia, tying with the 23 weeks racked up by “Closer” for The Chainsmokers in 2016/17 (the longest running T10 track is mentioned below in the DOWN section). The song it swaps with is “Shallow” for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which is down one spot to No.8 and is now her third longest running Top 10 in Australia at 13 weeks, sitting behind “Bad Romance” and “Just Dance” (both 14 weeks) and her longest stint in the Top 10 was with “Poker Face” (15 weeks).
Last week the Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus collaboration “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” achieved Gold in sales, and now this week it is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales and is stable at No.9, while the eighth and final on-hold track for this week at No.10 (for a third week too) is “Sicko Mode” for Travis Scott and Drake, which is now certified 3x▲Platinum in sales.
* The No.1 song for 2018 in 5 Seconds of Summer with “Youngblood” is back up one spot to No.14, while their new entry from last week and “Lie to Me” leaps up seventeen places to a new peak of No.57.
* The Kian track “Waiting” rises one spot to a new chart height of No.16, while it is also now ▲Platinum.
* The Hilltop Hoods’ track “Leave Me Lonely” is stable at its peak of No.18, but it is newly certified Gold (●).
* The latest Khalid entry “Saturday Nights” rises three places and into the Top 30 to a new peak of No.29, with his one other rise being “Love Lies” with Normani (86 to 83).
* Zara Larsson is also up one place to a new peak of No.32 with her current chart entry “Ruin My Life”.
* The only rising Drake track this week is his appearance on the Meek Mill track “Going Bad” (HP-32), back up to its former peak, this week up two places to No.33.
* Leaping into the Top 50 for the first time in it’s three weeks within the Top 100 is “3 Nights” for Dominic Fike, bulleting twenty-one spots to land at a new peak of No.42.
* The new entry last week for The Chainsmokers with Winona Oak and “Hope” jumps up eighteen spots to a new chart height of No.52.
* Another track rising one spot to a new peak is “Rewrite the Stars” for James Arthur & Anne-Marie, now at No.60.
* Hayden James scores another new peak this week for his song “Better Together” featuring Running Touch, it rises three spots to No.64.
* The Jess Glynne track “I’ll Be There” is back up four spots to No.73.
* The only returning track this week to the Top 100 is down at No.97, “I Found You” for Benny Blanco with Calvin Harris (HP-54).
* This week again there are no dropouts from the Top 10, and we could see a return to the ten next week for current tourists here Bastille, whose track with Marshmello and “Happier” is down one spot to No.12 and newly certified 3x▲Platinum.
* The Dynoro track “In My Mind” moves down one place to No.24 and is now 2x▲Platinum in sales.
* Billie Eilish picks up her first certification for her former No.10 track “When the Party’s Over”, newly ▲Platinum, it is down four spots to No.26, while her track with Khalid and “Lovely” drops two places to No.50.
* The Maroon 5 with Cardi B track “Girls Like You” dips down three spots to No.30, while Cardi is also on the slide with her entries “I Like it” (52 to 61), “Money” (68 to 72) and on the DJ Snake song “Taki Taki” (72 to 80).
* Post Malone might also have a new cert for his No.1 song, but most of his older entries also soar in their certs too, with “Better Now” on hold at No.31 (now 4x▲Platinum), “I Fall Apart” (42 to 45, from 5xP to 7x▲Platinum), “Rockstar” (47 to 48, from 5xP to now 8x▲Platinum), “Psycho” (50 to 58, from 3xP to now 5x▲Platinum) and lastly alongside Tiesto on “Jackie Chan” (93 to 96).
* Morgan Evans drops down six spots to No.34 with his track “Day Drunk”.
* Jonas Blue and his song “Rise” slip back down five spots to No.35.
* With Queen scoring the No.1 album again this week, the biopic’s theme song “Bohemian Rhapsody” is down one place to No.37, while they also drop down with “Another One Bites the Dust” (78 to 81), “Don’t Stop Me Now” (81 to 92) and depart with “Somebody to Love” (#100).
* The most recent entry for Ariana Grande and “Imagine” falls down ten places to No.39, but with a new track coming out on Friday in “7 Rings” she could be charting again next week, while her older entry “No Tears Left to Cry” is down one spot to No.74.
* The No.1 song from this time last year in the Ed Sheeran track “Perfect” (which is also the longest running Top 10 song in Australia at 25 weeks) is down three spots to No.41, and his No.1 song from this time two years ago and also the ‘Longest Charted Single’ at 106 weeks is “Shape of You” which is down one spot to No.56.
* The two entries for XXXTentaction both drop down six places apiece with “Arms Around You” falling to No.43 and his older entry “Sad!” slides to No.68.
* After peaking at No.43 last week the current entry for Guy Sebastian slips back down eight spots to No.51.
* Juice WRLD fall ten spots to No.54 with their track “Lucid Dreams”.
* Drake drops down with “God’s Plan” (49 to 62), “In My Feelings” (56 to 65), “Nice for What” (87 to 88) and also “Nonstop” (85 to 89).
* The Pink cover of the song from ‘The Greatest Showman’ and “A Million Dreams” falls down eight to No.67, while the soundtracks first single “This is Me” drops six spots to No.95.
* Tom Walker’s track “Leave a Light on” drops nine places this week to No.69.
* Silk City with Dua Lipa and “Electricity” drains down eighteen places to No.75, while her other entries are “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris (stable at No.66) and her solo entry “Kiss and Make Up” (76 to 84).
* Last weeks entry for Chris Brown and “Undecided” falls back down nineteen spots this week to No.77.
* The Camila Cabello song “Havana” is down one spot to No.91 and newly certified 10x▲Platinum.
* The highest dropout this week is the Kygo song “Happy Now” from No.79.
* #19 – Dancing with a Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani becomes the eighteenth Top 100 entry, the 13th Top 50 and by debuting within the Top 20 is it also now his eighth Top 20 hit, with this new song featuring former Fifth Harmony member Normani, who was in the next studio recording her debut album when Sam Smith was working on this song, and he asked her to join him on the track, thus the song will feature on her forthcoming debut album and Sam’s third studio set too.
* #25 – Lost in the Fire by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd is the first entry here for the French DJ and techno artist Mike Levy and he merged two words to make his name from Gesamtkunstwerk (German for ‘ideal art of work’) and the name Albert Einstein. This track will feature on his forthcoming second album ‘Hyperion’ (not date known as yet) and Gesaffelstein has worked with The Weeknd in the past on his tracks “Hurt You” (HP-37, April 2018) and “I Was Never There” (HP-40, April 2019) and overall this is the seventeenth Top 50 and now twelfth Top 30 entry here for The Weeknd.
* #47 – Giant by Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man is another uber-collaboration for the Scottish musician and producer Calvin, this track becoming his 32nd Top 100 entry here, plus the 28th Top 50 placement too, while for Rag’N’Bone Man this is his second Top 50 and third Top 100 entry. Calvin has four songs within the Top 100 this week too, with his Sam Smith collaboration “Promises” (#22), “One Kiss” with Dua Lipa (#66) and he returns on the Benny Blanco song “I Found You” (#97).
* #93 – Fire on Fire (from ‘Watership Down’) by Sam Smith is taken from the new animated remake of ‘Watership Down’, which screened on UK television in late December of 2018, the original film coming out in 1979 and it featured the massive single here for Art Garfunkel with “Bright Eyes” (HP-2, peaked late July in 1979).
* #94 – Leave Me Alone by Flipp Dinero is the first chart entry for the US rapper born Christopher Saint Victor in November of 1995 to Haitian parents, with this song going viral when US football wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr. danced to the track on the field, the song having so far peaked at No.21 in America, No.32 in Canada and No.36 in England.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com