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Pharrell Williams Happy Returns As Australia’s No 1 Song

by Gavin Ryan on April 5, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Returning for a twelfth week at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, which now becomes the equal longest running No.1 this century alongside Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (Dec. 2002).

“Happy” returns to the top for a third run at No.1, the last song to notch up three runs at the chart pinnacle was October 2011’s “Sexy and I Know it” for LMFAO (6 weeks, 1 week, 2 weeks), plus Pharrell also becomes the artist with the ‘Most Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s’ for this decade, notching up his 21st accumulated week at No.1, and surpassing Rihanna’s 20 weeks for this decade. He also moves from 32nd to equal 29th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940 to 2014’ alongside Bryan Adams (from 4 No.1’s). And if “Happy” stays for one more week, it’ll match the all-time ARIA record for most weeks at No.1, that being Coolio with “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995) at thirteen weeks, whilst he is only two weeks away from the all-time (rock-era 1955 onwards) longevity record held by Abba with “Fernando” (14 weeks from 5-April-1976) which went to the top this week 38 years ago.

Rising back up to No.2 for a fifth non-consecutive week are Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne with “Rather Be”, whilst US DJ’s The Chainsmokers rise two places to a new peak of No.3 with “#SELFIE”, the song scoring a Gold (●) sales certification. Last weeks No.1 for 5 Seconds of Summer (No.1 in England, Ireland and New Zealand too) drops back to No.4 this week, whilst Gabrielle Aplin is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.5 with “The Power of Love” (also Gold ●).

Picking up a ▲ Platinum certification is David Guetta and Skylar Grey with “Shot Me Down”, which drops two spots to No.6 this week, whilst up one place each to new peaks of No.7 and No.8 are Peking Duk with “High” and Calvin Harris with “Summer”, respectively. Sara Bareilles drops three places to No.9 with “Brave”, but landing her first solo (and fourth overall) Top 10 placing is Sia with “Chandelier”, up three places this week to No.10. Her previous entries were “Titanium” (HP-5, with David Guetta), “I Love it” (HP-6, with The Hilltop Hoods) and “Wild Ones” (HP-1, with Flo Rida).

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: DVBBS and Borgeous swim up four places to a new peak of No.11 with “Tsunami (Jump)”, and landing new Top 20 positions this week are Zendaya with “Replay”, up five places to No.17 and up ten spots to No.18 are Sheppard with “Geronimo”, which matches the peak that their self-titled EP reached back in July of 2013. Route 94 are up eleven places to No.23 with “My Love”, with the next new peak coming at the edge of the Top 40, Justin Timberlake’s new track “Not a Bad Thing” bullets up the charts forty-six places to land at No.39. MKTO are up two places to a new peak of No.43 with “American Dream”, and with the new self titled album for Shakira landing a Top 10 debut this week (#8), her duet with Rihanna “Can’t Remember to Forget You” is back up eight places to No.48.

DOWN DOWN: The only song to leave the Top 10 this week is Pitbull and G.R.L. with “Wild Wild Love” (now Gold ●) after one week at No.10, whilst another couple of acts picking up new Gold this week are Coldplay with “Magic” (11 to 14) and Taylor Henderson with “When You Were Mine” (14 to 16). “Free” by Rudimental and Emeli Sande drops down to No.22 (now 3x▲ Platinum), whilst dropping six places to No.27 are Neon Jungle with “Braveheart”. Idina Menzel and her rendition of “Let it Go” is down to No.34, but now ▲ Platinum in sales, whilst also picking up a Platinum certification are Cash Cash with “Take Me Home”, down eight places to No.38 this week. Eminem and Nate Ruess fall eight places to No.41 with “Headlights”, and Lily Allen is losing air fast, as her “Air Balloon” is down ten places to No.47, although it does pick up Gold (●) for sales. After debuting at No.39 last week, Illy is down thirteen places to No.52 with “Tightrope” and picking up a 5x▲ Platinum is “The Monster” with Eminem and Rihanna, which is down nine places to No.58, whilst Nathaniel drops nineteen places to No.59 with “You’re Beautiful”.

Joel Fletcher lands the highest new entry of the week, teaming up with Seany B on his new track “Loco”, which is new at No.13, whilst his former No.2 single “Swing” with Savage is sitting at No.24 this week, this new entry becoming Joel’s third ARIA Singles chart entry. A further local act debuting at No.32 is X-Factor third-placed artist Jai Waetford with “Get to Know You” which becomes his eight Top 100 appearance and third Top 40 placing, whilst a few places lower at No.35 is local DJ, Havana Brown with “Whatever We Want”, which samples the Basement Jaxx track “Where’s Your Head at” (HP-16, peak Jan 2002). This becomes her eighth Top 100 placing and sixth Top 40 chart appearance, with the final Top 50 debut coming from UK band The Vamps at No.37 with “Last Night”, now their second Top 40 placing and third Top 100 entry, with their first single “Can We Dance” dropping out this week, having peaked at No.17 and spending twenty weeks within the hundred.

Lower 50: After two weeks at No.69, “Gooey” for Glass Animals is up fifteen places to a new peak of No.54, whilst climbing a few places to No.60 is Chris Brown with “Loyal”, as too up a couple of places are DJ Snake with “Turn Down for What”, now at a new peak of No.64. Passenger is back up eighteen places to No.74 with his former No.1 “Let Her Go” (No.1 this week in 2013) ahead of his new track “Whispers” entering soon, and climbing again for a third week is Asgeir with “King and Cross”, up four places to No.90, and there are no returning tracks this week.

The Black Keys are due to release their eighth studio album “Turn Blue” in mid-May, and the first single from the album debuts at No.65 entitled “Fever”, becoming the bands fourth Top 100 entry, whilst landing his first solo entry at No.76 is Sam Smith with the former UK No.1 single “Money on My Mind”, which is his third chart appearance overall, as he did guest vocals on the Disclosure song “Latch” (HP-49, peaked Feb 2013) and on the Naughty Boy track “La La La” (HP-5, peaked August 2013).

Both Enrique Iglesias and Kylie Minogue’s new albums feature their duet “Beautiful”, which this week enters at No.78, and from their self-titled EP comes the track “Delete” at No.84 for DMA’s, a three piece group from Newtown, Sydney. Lady Gaga debuts at No.88 with her new epic track “G.U.Y.”, and after their recent tour here, 30 Seconds of Mars enter at No.93 with “City of Angels”, becoming the bands seventh Top 100 entry, and first new entry in 53 weeks, as on April 1st, 2013 they debuted and peaked at No.68 with “Up in the Air”. Scoring his fifth ARIA Singles chart appearance (third as lead artist) at No.99 is Trey Songz with “Na Na”, and coming in at 100 with the first single from the forthcoming ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ soundtrack is local act Tonight Alive with “The Edge”, the bands second chart entry, as back in late March of 2013 they hit No.66 with “Breakdown”, which feature Benji Madden as guest vocalist.

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