Australia is one of ten countries around the world where The Chainsmokers and Halsey occupy the top spot with their song “Closer”, which here is holding for a seventh straight week on the ARIA Singles Chart, and is newly certified 3x▲Platinum in sales.
By staying at the top again this week, “Closer” ties for the second longest run at No.1 for 2016 alongside the seven broken weeks achieved by Drake and his “One Dance” (TW-22), but Australia is also the country that has kept the song at the top the longest (so far), as the other nine places where it is at the top have not been as long as here, USA and New Zealand (5 wks), Canada, UK and Ireland (4 wks), Belgium (2 wks), and then so far for a single week in Denmark, Sweden and Portugal.
Thanks to the just released remixes of the Calum Scott track “Dancing on My Own” is up one place to a new peak of No.2, matching its home countries (UK) chart height, and up two places to a new peak at No.3 is Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj and “Side to Side” which becomes Ariana’s third Top 3 single here, and also becoming her equal second highest charting song, as she previously hit No.3 with “Break Free” and her only higher placed song was “Problem” which made it to No.2, plus it’s also the third Top 3 song for Nicki too, her “Spaceships” made it to No.2, whilst her appearance on the David Guetta track “Turn Me on” peaked at No.3 back in January 2012. Those two climbing tracks push down last weeks song that leapt to No.2, “The Greatest” for Sia and Kendrick Lamar, which this week is back down two spots to No.4, but jumped to No.1 in Switzerland this past week and is now Top 10 in seven further countries. Right behind them and halving its position from last week is Hailee Steinfeld with “Starving”, which is up five places to a new peak of No.5, with five of the eight acts which feature in this week’s Top 5 being female acts.
“Heathens” for twenty one pilots is back down two spots to No.6 now that they have a new song for people to buy (it enters just outside of the Top 50) and falling one place each are the two Justin Bieber featured tracks, with “Let Me Love You” for DJ Snake & BJ and “Cold Water” by Major Lazer, JB & M0 dropping to No.7 and No.8 respectively. The second and final new certification in the Top 10 this week is on hold at No.9, “Sucker for Pain” for Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Logic is now ▲Platinum, after which we see a two place drop to No.10 for “Papercuts” for Illy and Vera Blue.
UP: “I Love You Always Forever” by Betty Who is back up a spot to No.11, and with the new “Trolls” soundtrack just released, Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is back up a couple of places to No.18 this week. The first big climb this week lands just outside of the Top 20, and is from a just released film and newly debuting Top 10 albums chart entry in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’, with the lead single from the soundtrack being the Ellie Goulding track “Still Falling for You”, which jumps up eight places to a new peak of No.21. There is very little movement within the chart this week, and the only other new Top 50 peak this week is for DNCE with “Toothbrush”, which is up just one place to a new chart height of No.33.
DOWN: With no songs leaving the Top 10 this week, and most tracks this week moving only one or two places mostly, the biggest drop occurs for last week’s highest new entry by Lady Gaga in “Perfect Illusion”, which descends twenty places to land at No.34, but late this past week the video was released so it could jump back up next week. The Black Eyed Peas re-do for “#WherestheLove” is down five to No.30, “In My Blood” for The Veronicas drops four to No.36, and Imany is down five to No.46 with “Don’t Be So Shy”, with the big drop into the lower fifty being the Katy Perry track “Rise”, down nineteen places to No.67.
The first of three new entries to the Top 50 this week is for Calvin Harris and “My Way”, which debuts at No.13 this week, and is the first time since his April 2014 track “Summer” (HP-4×2) that Calvin has done lead vocals on a track, plus this also becomes his 21st Top 50 entry and 17th Top 20 hit, plus he is also currently charting with Rihanna on his second No.1 song “This is What You Came for” (TW-19), and his teaming with Dizzee Rascal on his new track “Hype” was just released here this past week. This new track also debuted in the Top 10 in England, Ireland and France too.
UK singer/songwriter James Arthur lands his third Top 50 entry this week with his new single “Say You Won’t Let Go”, which debuts here at No.25, and has leapt to No.2 in the UK as of this week. It is the first single taken from his November 4th due second album entitled “Back from the Edge”, with his first big worldwide hit being “Impossible” (HP-2×2 in Feb & March of 2013).
For the 50th anniversary of the CMA Music Awards (US country music awards), a legion of current and older country artists got together under the name of Artists of Then, Now & Forever, and their song “Forever Country” debuts at No.43 this week. The song is a medley for “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton and “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, with ‘Country Roads’ being the main hook throughout the song, and the thirty artists who each sing their part consist of Dolly and Willie, plus Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood and our own Keith Urban among them.
Lower 50: Holding for a third non-consecutive week at No.55 is the Joel Adams track “Please Don’t Go”, and continuing its climb is the Marc E. Bassey EP “Groovy People”, this week it’s up to a new peak of No.56. The Kenny Chesney and Pink collaboration “Setting the World on Fire” (HP-26) jumps back up twenty-one spots to No.57 and Dua Lipa is up three spots to a new peak of No.59 with her third entry “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”. Drake is back up eight places to No.61 with his “Controlla” song, Olly Murs’ latest track “You Don’t Know Love” re-peaks at No.77 and spending its 102nd week within the Top 100 to claim the ‘oldest charting track’ again this week is Ed Sheeran and “Thinking Out Loud”, which is back up eight to No.84, whilst right behind at No.85 is the second oldest charting song (97 weeks) in “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (up three places) and the song is now 12x▲Platinum in sales, whilst last week “Stitches” for Shawn Mendes clocked up its one-year anniversary (52 wks) at #100, but is saved for another week and is back up four to No.96.
The album “The Black Parade” for My Chemical Romance was re-issued on Friday as the tenth anniversary double disc edition, plus Rock Sound also did a compilation of songs from the original album covered by modern acts such as Escape the Fate, Crown the Empire, Against the Current, Asking Alexandria and this weeks No.53 debut, twenty one pilots and “Cancer”, giving the band four songs in the chart this week, two of which are not from their current studio album “Blurryface” (TW-17).
Kanye West sees the second entry from his recent album “The Life of Pablo” (didn’t chart here) debut at No.69 this week entitled “Fade”, with the previous entry being “Famous” (HP-43). The new Australian film ‘Spin Out” (not a remake of the Elvis Presley film from 1966) sees the single “Light Up the Dark” by Taylor Henderson debut this week at No.82, becoming his seventeenth Top 100 singles chart entry, and his first since October 2014’s “Host of Angels” (HP-55).
Local 19-year-old DJ Robbie Bergin goes by the stage name Throttle, and his first ARIA Singles Chart entry occurs at No.86 this week entitled “Money Maker”, featuring lead vocals by LunchMoney Lewis and guest vocals from Aston Merrygold. Another DJ (this one from America) who teams up with some other big names is DJ Khaled who enters at No.89 with the third track to chart from his recent album “Major Key”, the new track is called “Do You Mind” and it features Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future and Rick Ross.
Finally coming in at No.92 are Pentatonix who team up with Dolly Parton for their collaboration on her famous 1974 song “Jolene”, which surpasses the original versions peak by seven places, as the original Dolly rendition made it onto the national charts for a single week at No.99 on the 15th of July in 1974. Later on, Olivia Newton-John covered the song and it charted again in April of 1978, and it would eventually climb to No.29 in late August, whilst the highest-charting version of the song was done by The Voice Season 2 contestant Celia Pavey who scored her highest charting single in ‘Jolene’ making it to No.15.
compiled by Gavin Ryan for Australian-Charts.com