Former One Direction member Zayn (Malick) takes his debut single “Pillowtalk” straight into the No.1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week, also landing at the top in England, Ireland and Scotland too.
“Pillowtalk” becomes the 1047th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2016) and the 582nd for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 68th for the RCA Record Label, their last being Grace with “You Don’t Own Me” (25-May, 2015), whilst by debuting at No.1 it becomes the 110th song to enter at the top of the Australian Singles chart and the first of the year, as in 2015 there were three songs that opened their chart careers at the chart pinnacle, “Hello” by Adele (2-Nov), “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber (7-Sept) and his former band One Direction with their first and only No.1 here “Drag Me Down” (10-Aug), which means that Zayn has never appeared in a chart-topping single in Australia until now, as he was not on the bands track ‘Drag…’.
The song “Pillowtalk” becomes the first song to hit the top that features the word ‘Pillow’ in its title, whilst it’s the fourth to have a ‘Talk’ at the top, with the other three all being suggestive in their titles, “Let’s Talk About Sex” by Salt-N-Pepa (26-Jan, 1992), “Dirty Talk” by Wynter Gordon (17-Jan, 2011) and most recently “Talk Dirty” by Jason DeRulo (19-Aug, 2013). Zayn also becomes the 42nd English Solo Male artist to make it to No.1 here, plus the 121st English act, and the 198th song to hit the top sung by an English act. One unique chartifact that Zayn fulfills this week is to become the first artist ever to the hit the top of the Australian Singles chart with a name/act that starts with the letter ‘Z’ (pre or post ARIA).
Holding at No.2 for a second week is Flume with “Never Be Like You” plus he debuts in the Top 30 with a new entry, whilst Charlie Puth is up one spot to No.3 with “One Call Away” and his debut album “Nine Track Mind” also debuts at No.8 over on the albums chart, and Charlie swaps places with the former No.1 “Love Yourself” (now 3x▲Platinum in sales here and the new US #1 song this week) by Justin Bieber, meaning that it drops a spot to No.4, and another thing Charlie and Justin have in common is that they are two of the three acts this week who have both a single and album within both Top 10’s.
After a single week at No.1, Jonas Blue and Dakota fall four places to No.5 with their cover of “Fast Car” and scoring her first Top 10 hit with her first chart entry is Kiiara and “Gold”, which leaps up ten places to a new peak of No.6. Dropping two places apiece are Snakehips with “All My Friends” (now 2x▲Platinum) and “Lush Life” by Zara Larsson (now ▲Platinum) to No.7 and No.8 respectively.
After last weeks leap into the Top 10, Triple J Hottest 100 winner “Hoops” by The Rubens is up one spot to a new peak of No.9 and newly crowned ▲Platinum in sales, whilst the second Top 10 debut for the week is the No.10 entry of “Work” for Rihanna and Drake. This becomes the 28th Top 10 hit for Rihanna and the second Top 10 and third Top 20 hit for the teaming of Rihanna and Drake, as they have previously sung “What’s My Name” (HP-18, peaked late Dec 2010) and “Take Care” (HP-9, peaked mid-Feb 2012). Rihanna also is the third act this week to have both a Top 10 single and album, as her new set “Anti” comes in at No.5, and this is also the ninth song to debut in the Top 10 for Rihanna, whilst it becomes the fourth Top 10 hit here in Australia for Drake.
UP: The first singles chart entry for twenty one pilots “Stressed Out” is at No.3 in the US this week and leaps up eighteen places here to a new peak of No.11 here, whilst the only other entrant to the Top 20 this week is Flo Rida with “My House”, which is up seven spots to No.20, whilst just outside of the twenty is Troye Sivan with “Wild” which is back up a couple of places to No.22 this week. With her new album debuting at the top of the ARIA Albums chart this week, Sia and her “Cheap Thrills” rise four places to a new peak of No.27 whilst zooming up twenty places to No.30 are ZHU, Skrillex and THEY with “Working for it”. Last November One Direction debuted at No.29 with the third release from their “Made in the AM” album entitled “History” and now thanks to it being the official third single from the album and the recent video clip for the track being released, it helps it to return to the Top 50 this week by leaping up twenty-two places to No.35, and the final rising track is from G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha who are up three places to a new peak of No.38 with “Me, Myself & I”.
DOWN: The three songs leaving the Top 10 this week are led by Justin Bieber with “Sorry” (HP-2×5, WI10-14) down four places to No.12 whilst “Ex’s & Oh’s” (HP-5, WI10-4, now ▲Platinum) for Elle King is down six to No.13 and finally falling eight to No.17 is DJ Snake with Bipolar Sunshine and “Middle” (HP-5, WI10-8). Shawn Mendes drops three places to No.15 with “Stitches” (now 2x▲Platinum) and after peaking at No.14 last week “Keeping Score” for L D R U is back down two places to No.16 and scores its first certification by going Gold (●) this week. “Hello” by Adele falls seven to No.18 and “Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont falls six spots to No.21 and also falling out of the Top 20 are Justin Bieber with “What Do You Mean?”, down six to No.24, and “The Trouble with Us” by Marcus Marr and Chet Faker and “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis both which fall twelve places each to No.31 and No.32 respectively. Zara Larsson and MNEK drop eleven to No.33 with “Never Forget You” which is now 2x▲Platinum whilst Mashd N Kutcher tumbles down thirteen spots to No.34 with “My Sunshine”. “Lean on” by Major Lazer is back down eight to No.36, “The Girl is Mine” by 99 Souls is down three to No.39 and newly certified Gold (●) in sales, “Flip it” for Charlotte Devaney and Snoop Dogg drops seventeen to No.47 with “Sweet Lovin’” by Sigala falls twelve to No.49 and is now certified Gold (●).
The third single released from the forthcoming second album for Flume entitled “Skin” debuts at No.23, the track called “Smoke & Retribution” features guest artists Vince Staples and Kucka and this now joins his current No.2 single “Never Be Like You” to become his fifth Top 50 hit and tenth Top 100 entry. A few places lower at No.25 is the second entry this week for Drake entitled “Summer Sixteen”, which is also the fifth Top 50 entry for Drake, whilst he is also at No.10 on the new Rihanna track and at No.43 with his highest charting single in Australia “Hotline Bling” (HP-2).
Lower 50: The #1 debut for Sia also helps her new albums first release “Alive” to jump back up thirteen spots to No.52 this week and leaping seventeen to land a new peak of No.61 is Kid Ink and Fetty Wap with “Promise”. Tame Impala are up thirteen places to a new peak of No.66 with “The Less I Know the Better” and Kygo and Maty Noyes are only up one spot, but to a new peak of No.72 with “Stay”. “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran jumps back up sixteen to No.73 and his long running former No.1 “Thinking Out Loud” is down four places to No.79 but newly crowned 7x▲Platinum in sales. “Renegades” by X Ambassadors jumps back up fourteen spots to No.82 and M0 is up a spot to a new peak of No.91 with “Kamikaze”, whilst returning the chart and scoring a new peak of No.94 is Shawn Mendes with Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” which previously spent a week at #100 in December of last year.
The Conrad Sewell EP “All I Know” (TW-97) spawns a new entry at No.55 this week entitled “Remind Me” which becomes his fifth chart entry, and the official new single from the Ellie Goulding album “Delirium” (TW-99) returns to the chart at No.60, entitled “Something in the Way You Move” (former peak of #90, late Oct 2015), which means its returns with a new peak too.
Tiesto teams with Oliver Heldens and Natalie La Rose for this weeks No.78 entry, the dance track “The Right Song”, and the newly released third entry from the Coldplay album “A Head Full of Dreams” (TW-12) is “Hymn for the Weekend” featuring guest vocalist Beyonce is new at No.95, and with Chris Martin doing the James Corden Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke this past week and the band playing the Superbowl on Sunday (Monday in Oz) halftime show, this track could leap next week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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