Post Malone has his “Sunflower” planted in the No.1 spot in Australia for a second week, while the song also starts its run at the top in New Zealand, making us the only two countries to make it a chart-topper (so far, as it’s at #2 in Canada).
The second week at the ARIA Singles Chart summit for “Sunflower” by Post Malone gives him an overall tally of ten weeks at No.1 in Australia from his three summit-sitters, and that moves him from equal fourteenth to now equal 13th alongside Bruno Mars (10 weeks from 3 #1’s also) on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles; 2010’s’. Plus as his last No.1 song “Psycho” only spent a single week at the top this now becomes his second longest run at the top behind his seven weeks straight for “Rockstar” (2-Oct, 2017 to 13-Nov, 2017).
Ava Max is on hold at No.2 for a second week with her breakout single “Sweet but Psycho”, which is again the top seller in Ireland (4th week), England (3rd week) and Germany (6th week), while the new No.1 song in the U.S.A. is by Halsey and “Without Me”, which here is back up two places to No.3 and with a new remix of the track featuring Juice WRLD just issued it could remain this high a little longer.
Post Malone had the highest new entry last week at No.6 with “Wow”, which this week is up two places to a new peak of No.4, giving him two songs within the Top 5 this week, while the returning No.1 song in Canada (8th overall week) is the Ariana Grande former No.1 here “thank u, next”, which is down two places to No.5 and also down two to No.6 is George Ezra with his “Shotgun” track, which is newly certified 5x▲Platinum.
This past week Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Original Song’ (picking it up alongside co-writer Mark Ronson) for her track from ‘A Star is Born’ in the former No.1 track “Shallow”, which is on hold at No.7, while swapping places are “Eastside” for Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid (9 to 8) and “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus (8 to 9 and newly certified Gold (●)), and also on hold at No.10 is the Travis Scott and Drake track “Sicko Mode”, meaning no entries or dropouts to the Top 10 this week.
* Khalid is back up one spot to No.13 with “Better”, which is now 2x▲Platinum in sales, and he also rises with his other new track “Saturday Nights” (37 to 32), as well as with older entries like “Lovely” with Billie Eilish (59 to 48) and “Love Lies” with Normani (87 to 86).
* It’s only two weeks away from the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2018, and my prediction for one of the big tracks in their countdown could be “Waiting” for Kian, which this week nationally is up three places to a new peak of No.17 (the first week of February chart would reflect their count down results on the ARIA chart).
* The Hilltop Hoods are up one spot to a new peak of No.18 with “Leave Me Lonely”.
* Imagine Dragons land their sixth Top 20 hit in Australia as their latest track “Bad Liar” is up three places to a new chart height of No.20.
* Lukas Graham rises back up five places to No.21 with their song “Love Someone” (HP-20).
* The current single for Ellie Goulding with Diplo and Swae Lee in the track “Close to Me” jumps up six spots to a new peak of No.26.
* Zara Larsson is up one spot to a new peak of No.33 with “Ruin My Life”.
* The two entries for XXXTentacion rise back up a little each this week, with “Arms Around You” alongside Lil’ Pump back up two spots to No.37 and his older entry “Sad!” is rises three to No.62.
* For the first time in its nine weeks within the Top 100 the latest Guy Sebastian track “Before I Go” cracks the Top 50, jumping up fifteen spots to land at a new peak of No.43.
* Also jumping into the Top 50 for the first time (in it’s sixth week) and now landing their second Top 50 hit here is NOTD with Felix Jaehn, Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku on “So Close”, up eight spots to No.45, the acts first Top 50 hit was “I Wanna Know” (HP-18, peaked July 2018).
* With the Golden Globe win for Lady Gaga, her film’s other chart entries rise this week in “Always Remember Us This Way” (60 to 53) and returning at No.92 is “I’ll Never Love Again” for both Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
* Two of the three entries for Dua Lipa rise this week in “Electricity” with Silk City (63 to 57) and her solo entry “Kiss and Make Up” (84 to 76).
* The James Arthur and Anne-Marie reworking of “Rewrite the Stars” jumps up nine spots to a new peak of No.61 (former peak was No.67).
* The second of last weeks three entries to rise this week is “3 Nights” for Dominic Fike, which jumps up twenty places to a new peak of No.63.
* Three weeks ago Hayden James with Running Touch were down at #100, but after the departure last week of the Xmas titles it rebound to No.75, and now the former No.71 song “Better Together” is up a further eight spots to a new peak this week of No.67.
* Apart from the aforementioned Lady Gaga return this week there are two further re-entries in “There’s No Way” (HP-37) for Lauv at No.83 and “All Loved Up” (HP-58) for Amy Shark at No.97.
* The biggest selling single of 2018 (announced this past week) was the 5 Seconds of Summer track “Youngblood”, which this week is down two places to No.15 and is newly certified 7x▲Platinum in sales. The last time an Australian act topped the EOY chart was back in 2004 when “The Prayer” by Anthony Callea was the top seller of the year.
* With a new Sam Smith track issued on Friday (“Dancing with a Stranger” alongside Normani) his older song with Calvin Harris and “Promises” drops down seven places this week to No.24, while Calvin’s other entry with Dua Lipa and “One Kiss” falls thirteen places to No.66.
* Maroon 5 with Cardi B and “Girls Like You” falls six spots to No.27, while Cardi is also down with “I Like it” (44 to 52) and on the DJ Snake track “Taki Taki” (62 to 72).
* Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” track drops down five places to No.36, while they also slide with their songs “Another One Bites the Dust” (72 to 78), “Don’t Stop Me Now” (67 to 81) and “Somebody to Love” (96 to 100).
* The second biggest track for 2018 was Drake with “God’s Plan”, which this week drops down eight spots to No.49, with other drops for him being with “In My Feelings” (48 to 56) and “Nice for What” (81 to 87).
* After one week back within the Top 50 the ‘Longest Charted Single’ in “Shape of You” for Ed Sheeran is back down six spots to No.55 in it’s 105th week on the chart.
* Amy Shark is down seven spots to No.64 with her ARIA Award winning track “I Said Hi”.
* Little Mix with Nicki Minaj and “Woman Like Me” drops down seven places to No.71.
* Kygo and Sandro Cavazza with “Happy Now” fall down thirteen spots to land at No.79.
* Now that their national tour here is over the Toto track “Africa” falls this week twelve places to No.88.
* “Havana” for Camila Cabello tumbles down thirteen chart rungs to No.90.
* Khalid is down with “Ocean” alongside Martin Garrix (94 to 95) and more so with “Young, Dumb & Broke” falling ten spots to No.96.
* #58 – Undecided by Chris Brown is the 59th Top 100 entry for Chris Brown who first charted thirteen years ago with “Run it!” (HP-1×3 from 23rd of January, 2006) and was last on the charts with Lil’ Dicky on his track “Freaky Friday” (HP-4, peaked April 2018). This song’s hook is a sample of the Shanice track “I Love Your Smile” (HP-8, peaked May 1992), and the new track is NOT taken from his last album “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”, but a new album he is working on (no title or date known as yet).
* #70 – Hope by The Chainsmokers feat. Winona Oak becomes the 17th Top 100 entry for the US dance duo who are also currently charting with “This Feeling” (HP-17, TW-46) and just departed with last weeks returned track “Closer” (out from No.93), which is now 15x▲Platinum in sales.
* #74 – Lie to Me by 5 Seconds of Summer feat. Julia Michaels is the fourth entry from their latest album “Youngblood” (TW-66) and overall the Sydney four-piece band’s nineteenth Top 100 entry since they started charting back in 2014. This newer version of the song features guest vocals by Julia Michaels and is their second entry this week as they were crowned earlier this week with the highest selling single for 2018 with their albums title track, which this week is sitting at No.15.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com