It’s now five weeks and counting as Ed Sheeran is atop the ARIA Singles chart again this week with “Thinking Out Loud”, and he is holding off two Taylor Swift songs this week.
There have only been two male solo artists at No.1 during 2014, Ed with his other No.1 “Sing” (for one week) and “Happy” for Pharrell which spent eleven weeks at the top from the first week of January until the second last week of March.
Taylor’s latest clip for her new song “Blank Space” has already clocked up 20 million views since it was released on Wednesday, and the track this week leaps up twenty-seven places to No.2, pushing her former No.1 “Shake it off” back down a place to No.3, both taken from this weeks No.2 album “1989”. This is the first time that Taylor has landed two Top 10 (let alone top five) songs at the same time in Australia, as she almost came close in 2009 with “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, but they passed each other on the charts and were three weeks apart from teaming within the ten. Then again in August 2012 there were two weeks difference between her Top 10 appearances on the B.o.B track “Both of Us” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.
Taylor’s monopoly of the top three pushes Meghan Trainor’s second chart entry “Lips are Movin’” down a place to No.4, plus the track also achieves Gold (●), the same sales achievement also for The Hilltop Hoods who are up four places to a new peak of No.5 with “Cosby Sweater”, which also becomes their highest charting single, surpassing the No.6 peak that “I Love it” with Sia achieved in February 2012. Marlisa is down a place to No.6 with “Stand by You” and holding their No.7 peak are David Guetta and Sam Martin with “Dangerous” which is also now Gold (●) in sales. The fourth new certification within the Top 10 is Timmy Trumpet and Savage with “Freaks” which is down two places to No.8 and now 3x▲Platinum in sales, whilst down a place to No.9 are Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding with “Outside” and at No.10 for a third straight week is “Cool Kids” by Echosmith.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Ahead of their fourth album “Four” out on Monday and their appearance at the ARIA Awards at the end of the month, the latest single for One Direction “Steal My Girl” is up six places to a new peak of No.11, whilst Meghan Trainor and “All About That Bass” holds at No.12 and is newly 5x▲Platinum in sales. The Script also holds at No.16 with “Superheroes” (now ▲Platinum) and climbing up a couple of places to a new peak of No.20 is The Magician with Years & Years and their dance track “Sunlight”. Nico & Vinz climb back to their former peak of No.21 with “In Your Arms” and back up to No.22 are Peking Duk with “Take Me Over”. Three entries from last week all jump up to a new peaks this week, with Parra for Cuva and their version of the Chris Isaak song “Wicked Games” jumping up seventeen places to No.26, James Blunt with last weeks highest new entry “When I Find Love Again” climbs eleven spots to No.27 and after sneaking into the Top 100 last week, “Beg for it” for Iggy Azalea bullets up forty-four places to land at No.29. Back in mid-July Jeremih made it to No.45 with his current US Top 10 single “Don’t Tell ‘em”, which this week leaps back up thirty-four places to a new peak of No.40. Ariana Grande is up seven places to a new peak of No.46 with last weeks’ entry “Love Me Harder” and thanks to her current national tour, Katy Perry’s “This is How We Do” is back up seven places to No.47.
DOWN DOWN: The only Top 10 dropout is a song that has only existed within the Top 5 and no lower, former No.1 “You Ruin Me” by The Veronicas, which spent its first three weeks of chart life at No.1, and has spent the past seven weeks within the Top 5. After leaping back up to a new peak of No.11 last week, “Shower” for Becky G is down four to No.15 and Jessica Mauboy is down three places to No.17 with “Can I Get a Moment” and Marlon Roudette drops back a spot to No.19 with “When the Beat Drops Out” which are both now Gold (●) in sales. Redfoo drops eight to No.28 with “New Thang”, Guy Sebastian’s “Mama Ain’t Proud” is down six to No.32, the “Bang Bang” gang drop five to No.35, Justice Crew and “Rise & Fall” is down six to No.37, Dean Ray drops ten places to No.42 with “Coming Back”, and Iggy and Rita Ora drop six to No.50 with “Black Widow”. Leaving from last weeks Top 50 is Itch (46 to 57), Imagine Dragons (36 to 68), and Anja Nissen with “I’m So Excited” feat Will.i.am and Cody Wise (42 to 74).
The only Top 50 new entry this week is in at No.33; Selena Gomez with “The Heart Wants What it Wants”, which is the first single released from her forthcoming late-November released best of compilation entitled “For You”. This becomes Selena’s eighth Top 100 and fourth Top 50 entry, whilst it’s the first time that she’s picked up the ‘Highest New Entry of the Week’ honor, and by the song debuting at No.33 it instantly becomes her highest charting single, as her previous best effort was for two songs which both hit No.46, her first entry “Naturally” (peaked early Feb 2010) and her second last entry “Come and Get it” (peaked July 2013).
Lower 50: Ahead of the new ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ movie opening this week, the theme from the film sung by Lorde “Yellow Flicker Beat” is back up twenty-seven places to No.52 and Gwen Stefani jumps up eight places to a new peak of No.53 with her comeback single “Baby Don’t Lie”. Also climbing to a new chart height are Carmada with “Maybe”, up seven to No.55 and two more of last weeks entries, “Bullit” for Watermat (66 to 60) and “Only” for Nicki Minaj (76 to 62) climb to new peaks too. Katy Perry’s tour also helps her former No.1 single “Roar” to jump back up seventeen places to No.72 and two 5 Seconds of Summer tracks climb back up, with “Amnesia” (67 to 63) and “Good Girls” (96 to 81), whilst “Problem” for Ariana and Iggy is back up six places to No.87 and newly certified 3x▲Platinum in sales. Returning tracks this week include Nickelback with “What Are You Waiting for” (#83), “Bailando” for Enrique Iglesias (#92), “Oh Cecilia” for The Vamps (#98) and San Cisco with their latest track “Run” (#100).
The fifth song to chart from the former No.1 album for Sia “100 Forms of Fear” comes in at No.71 entitled “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile”, which becomes her 20th Top 100 chart entry. Another song from the new ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack debuts at No.94, Chvrches with “Dead Air”, which becomes the bands second chart entry, and the fifth single also from another former No.1 album in the form of Vance Joy’s “Dream Your Life Away” (TW-59) comes in at No.95 entitled “First Time”. The final new entry to the chart this week is in at No.96, the first entry for Hozier with “Take Me to Church” taken from his late October No.20 peaking self-titled album.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.