Guy Sebastian scores his sixth No.1 single in Australia by debuting at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart with his new track “Battle Scars”. He now sits in third position on the list of ‘Aussie’s with the Most No.1’s’ behind Delta Goodrem with eight and Kylie Minogue with ten.
Gavin Ryan reports, Guy’s new No.1 single ties him with Abba, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones and most recently P!nk who have also gained six chart-topping hits during their careers on the Australian charts (1940 to 2012). “Battle Scars” becomes the 997th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2012) and the 431st for ARIA (1983 to 2012), plus it’s the fourth song to debut at No.1 this year, the fifth No.1 for an Australian, and the fourteenth No.1 of the year so far, as we were up to our tenth this time last year with Gotye.
As Guy did with his last No.1 single, he does again with this one. Eve had never had a No.1 single in Australia, and when she did a guest vocal on Guy’s “Who’s That Girl” (Dec 2010 & Jan 2011, two weeks) it became her first No.1 appearance on the Australian charts. Now guy does it again with his guest on this new track, Lupe Fiasco who has not been any higher than No.5 with “The Show Goes On” (peaked March 2011), scoring his first No.1 appearance here.
“Battle Scars” becomes the third ‘Battle’ at No.1, as Johnny Horton had the first in August 1959 with “The Battle of New Orleans” (6 weeks at No.1), then from mid-February 1984 Pat Benatar spent five weeks at the top with “Love is a Battlefield”. The only previous ‘Scar’ at the top was Missy Higgins with her “Scar” EP from eight years and one week ago (9-Aug-2004). Also the last time we had an Aussie act knock another local off the top spot was back November 2007 when “2 Hearts” by Kylie knocked “Hook Me Up” for The Veronicas off the top spot.
After two weeks at No.1, “Boom Boom” for Justice Crew falls down to No.2, also pushing Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and fun.’s “Some Nights” down one place each to No.3 and No.4 respectively. “Good Times” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen is being used in the latest adds for the upcoming TV reality series ‘Beauty & the Geek’, and it holds at its No.5 peak for a second week.
The “Spectrum (Say My Name)” EP for Florence + the Machine drops back two places to No.6 after jumping into the Top 10 last week. “Feel the Love” for Rudimental drops a single place to No.7 this week, with P!nk’s former No.1 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” holding onto the No.10 position this week, down three places from last week. “We’ll Be Coming Back” for Calvin Harris and Example climbs one place this week to a new peak of No.8, and entering the Top 10 at No.9 (up two places from last week) is Ed Sheeran’s “Drunk”, which gives him his third Top 10 hit in Australia.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: “Turn up the Love” for Far East Movement is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.14, but leaping twenty-four places to No.16 is Havana Brown and “When the Lights Go Out”. Also leaping into the Top 20 are The Wanted with “Chasing the Sun” (25 to 18) and Birdy with “People Help the People” (35 to 20). Chiddy Bang and 360 climb seven places each to No.26 and No.30 with “Mind Your Manners” and “Run Alone” respectively.
DOWN DOWN: After two weeks in the Top 10, “Both of Us” (HP-5) for B.o.B and Taylor Swift drops out to No.11, whereas Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” (HP-8) drops to No.12 after three weeks inside the ten.
“This is Love” for Will.i.am and Eva Simons drops down eight places to No.21, with Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” also falling eight spots, down to No.25 this week. After two weeks at No.19 “Payphone” for Maroon 5 is down nine spots to No.28, and falling eleven spots to No.31 is “Turn All the Lights On” for T-Pain and Ne-Yo. Karmin fall ten places and are “Brokenhearted” at No.34 this week, and former No.1 “Shout it Out” for Reece Mastin falls sixteen places to No.45, but the biggest tumble of the week is “Can You Feel it” for Timomatic which is down thirty places to No.48.
The possible reason for Taylor Swift’s fall out of the Top 10 this week is that she has a new single released entitled “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, which debuts at No.13 this week, and is the first single from her October due fourth album ‘Red’. Also releasing a new album in October (‘Child of the Universe’) is Delta Goodrem, who debuts a few places lower at No.15 with her new single “Dancing with a Broken Heart”. This is the second track from the forthcoming album, as she hit No.2 in late April with “Sitting on Top of the World” (TW-67).
The long-awaited second album from British folk band Mumford & Sons is entitled “Babel” is and due in September, and the first single from the album debuts this week at No.38 “I Will Wait”. The final Top 50 debut of the week is at No.50, “Gotcha” by Jessica Mauboy taken from “The Sapphires” soundtrack which has hit No.1 this week.
Lower 50: Ne-Yo climbs six places to a new peak of No.51 with his latest single “Let Me Love You”, and holding its No.56 peak this week is Timbaland and Ne-Yo with “Hands in the Air”. Nickelback jump up twenty-five places to a new peak of No.66 with “Trying Not to Love You”, and up six places to No.74 is the other charting Birdy track “Skinny Love”. Two returnees this week to the Top 100 are “White Light” (HP-88) for George Michael at No.92 and “Rolling in the Deep” (HP-3) for Adele at No.97, helped by their Olympics closing ceremony appearances.
Talking of the closing ceremony, opening that gala was Emeli Sande with “Read All About it (Part III)”, which debuts at No.58 this week, her original with Professor Green made it to No.34 in March this year.
Jason DeRulo started his Australian TV career last weekend, as one of the two international mentors on the new dance series ‘Everybody Dance Now’. His “Future History” (TW-26 up from 51) album was just re-issued in a deluxe two disc edition, and now the sixth single from the album “Pick Up the Pieces” debuts at No.63.
Two local dance acts enter back-to-to back at No.80 and No.81. Knife Party debut at No.80 with “Bonfire” and The Presets are in at No.81 with “Ghosts” the second single from their forthcoming third album “Pacifica”. First track “Youth in Trouble” was released in June. The last two new entries are “Silhouettes” at No.98 with Avicii, and sneaking in at 100 are The Amity Affliction with “Chasing Ghosts”, the first single from their 7th of September due third album of the same name.