Another week, and yet another new No.1 single in Australia, as Danish act Lukas Graham who debuted at No.20 last week with “7 Years”, this week leaping nineteen places to take out the top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart (and second week at No.1 in the UK too).
“7 Years” (#1 digital, #10 streaming) becomes the 1049th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2016) and the 484th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the fifteenth No.1 here for the Warner Brothers (direct) record label, their last being Jason DeRulo with “Trumpets” (30-Dec, 2013, 1 week). It’s now the third song to feature the number ‘7’ in its title, the last one being the Steps song “5, 6, 7, 8” (7-June, 1998, 1 week) and the only other ‘Years’ at the top was from Mike & The Mechanics with “The Living Years” (8-May, 1989, 1 week).
Lukas Graham becomes the fourth act from Denmark to top the Australian singles chart, the last one being in April of 2015 when M0 featured on the Major Lazer track “Lean on” (TW-43), whilst prior to that we saw Aqua with two No.1’s in “Barbie Girl” (16-Nov, 1997, 3 weeks) followed by “Doctor Jones” (28-Dec, 1997, 7 weeks), but the first was at the top during this time 22 years ago, Cut ‘N’ Move with their cover of the KC & The Sunshine Band song “Give it Up” (6-Feb, 1994, 4 weeks), so that also means that we have had five songs performed by Danish acts hit the top here in Australia.
Another notable Chartifact that occurs this week, is that Lukas Graham is the name of the band (plus the name of the lead singer), so the last act that went to No.1 that were a group but used their name in their act were both back in 2014. The last actual one was The Madden Brothers with “We are Done” (14-July, 2014, 2 weeks) and just before that Brisbane brother & sister act Sheppard with “Geronimo” (14-April, 2014, 3 weeks). Another thing that Sheppard and this weeks No.1 act Lukas Graham have in common is that they both have jumped to the top spot from outside of the Top 10 (“Geronimo” went from 18 to #1), and the last act to leap to the top was Delta Goodrem with “Wings” (from 26 to 1 week of 17th August, 2015) after she performed the track on ‘The Voice’ where she was a coach. Also the last time we had four single week No.1’s in a row was back in June/July of 2012 when we had Karise Eden, Flo Rida (returning for a single week), Reece Mastin and Pink all land a single week at the top.
After securing the top spot last week, Flume is back down one spot to No.2 for a third non-consecutive week with “Never Be Like You” (#2 on both digital & streaming) and the big leap to the top spot pushes all of last weeks Top 5 down a single place each, with Zayn down to No.3 with “Pillowtalk”, “Stressed Out” by twenty one pilots to No.4, “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth (now ▲Platinum) to No.5 and “Gold” by Kiiara to No.6, which is now certified Gold (●) in sales.
Also picking up a Gold (●) sales cert is Flo Rida with “My House” (#7 digi, #18 stream), which this week leaps up eight places to a new peak of No.7, and its also becomes his 15th Top 10 hit in Australia, and his first appearance within the ten since he teamed with Pitbull on “Can’t Believe it” (HP-7, peaked late August 2013). Justin Bieber drops two spots to No.8 this week with his former No.1 “Love Yourself” and scoring a new Top 10 placing this week are The Hilltop Hoods with “1955”, which zooms up fourteen places to land at No.9, becoming the acts fifth Top 10 hit and the second in a row after “Higher” (HP-9, peaked mid-Dec, 2015, TW-47), with both tracks taken from the just released album “Drinking from the Sun, Walking Under Stars: Restrung” album. And finally the fifth and final former/current No.1 song within the Top 10 this week is Jonas Blue with “Fast Car” which drops three places to No.10.
UP: Scoring her eleventh Top 20 hit this week is Sia with “Cheap Thrills” which is up three to No.19; helped possibly by the many worldwide appearances and performances of the track she has been doing the past couple of weeks. Coldplay and Beyonce are up seven to No.25 with “Hymn for the Weekend” and scoring themselves a new peak at No.27 are One Direction with “History”, whilst right behind at No.28 is Conrad Sewell who leaps up sixteen places to No.28 with “Remind Me”. The new Adele track “When We Were Young” is up four to No.35 and bulleting into the Top 40 for the first time is Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello with “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, up a massive forty-one places this week, whilst also leaping into the Top 50 is Ellie Goulding with her new track “Something in the Way You Move”, up twenty-seven spots to land at No.46.
DOWN: There are three songs leaving the Top 10 this week with “Lush Life” (HP-4, Wi10-5) by Zara Larsson down four to No.12, followed by “Roses” (HP-10, WI10-1) for The Chainsmokers, which is down three to No.13 and dropping five spots to No.14 are Snakehips with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper on “All My Friends” (HP-3×2, WI10-7). After debuting at No.10 three weeks ago, “Work” for Rihanna has been slowly dropping, this week it’s down four to No.15, with “Sorry” for Justin Bieber and “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes also down four spots to No.18 and No.20 respectively. “Hello” by Adele is down five to No.24 after sixteen weeks within the Top 20 and falling only six places this week to No.29 are The Rubens with “Hoops”. “Here” by Alessia Cara is down six to No.34 and “IN2” by WSTRN falls four to No.37 but lands its first certification by achieving Gold (●) in sales. The Tobtok version of “Fast Car” drives down the chart nine spots to No.41, but “Sugar” for Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates is only down two places to No.42 and now 2x▲ Platinum, whilst dropping eight to No.45 are Marcus Marr & Chet Faker with “The Trouble with Us” and down seven to No.48 are another pair in Rudimental and Ed Sheeran with “Lay it All on Me”. Tumbling down into the lower fifty are 99 Souls with “The Girl is Mine” (43 to 55), Coldplay and “Adventure of a Lifetime” (now Gold (●), 45 to 57), “Hotline Bling” by Drake (47 to 58) and “Perfect” by One Direction (49 to 59).
On Tuesday Australian singer/songwriter/play write/comedian Tim Minchin released the track “Come Home (Cardinal Pell)” (#4 digi, no stream Top 40 placing), which debuts at No.11 this week. The track is based around the fact that Cardinal Pell is unable to come back to Australia (on Doctor’s orders) to face a royal commission into institution abuse and must stay in Rome and speak via satellite. The song’s royalties are going to those victims who wish to use the money to go to Rome to be in the presence of the Cardinal whilst he gives his testimony, and also the track is bringing to notice the plight of the many victims of abuse since the 1950’s and onwards.
New at No.33 is the debut single for seventeen year old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Daya (real name Grace Tandon), whose track “Hide Away” has so far climbed to No.26 in the USA and No.19 in Canada. Landing his second post-XF single is 2015 winner Cyrus who debuts at No.44 with his new track “Keep Talking” which becomes his third Top 50 entry after his “Wicked Game” (HP-6) cover and debut single “Stone” (HP-4).
Lower 50: Miike Snow climb six places to a new peak of No.53 with “Genghis Khan” and after winning “Song of the Year” at The Grammys this past week, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is back up fifteen spots to No.60, whilst another Grammy winner in “Where are U Now” for Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber climbs back up five to No.67. The Little Mix and Jason DeRulo teaming on “Secret Love Song” is up eighteen places to a new peak of No.70 and multi-Grammy winner and performer on the night Taylor Swift sees “Out of the Woods” back up ten to No.83.
Debuting at No.54 is a thirteen year old song making its first chart appearance this week, taken from the newly released Ryan Reynolds film “Deadpool” is the DMX track “X Gon’ Give it to You”, which becomes his first ever singles chart entry and was originally featured on the soundtrack to the film ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’, making #60 in the US, No.2 in Germany and No.6 in England.
Local pop singer Joel Adams also lands his first chart entry with “Please Don’t Go” coming in at No.88, and more established act Vance Joy sees his eighth Top 100 singles chart entry at No.90 with the ballad “Straight into Your Arms”. Lastly sneaking in at No.99 is Gwen Stefani and “Make Me Love You”, which is taken from her forthcoming third album “This is What the Truth Feels Like” (due 18th March) and the second track from the set to chart, as “Used to Love You” (HP-58, 2-Nov, 2015) previously charted.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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