Holding at No.1 for a second week is “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, which also achieves a sales certification of Gold (●), whilst it also holds for a second week in the US charts too.
Taylor has now notched up five accumulated weeks at No.1 this decade, putting her equal with Snoop Dogg, Reece Mastin and Fun to have all notched up two chart-topping singles with five weeks in total at the top of the ARIA Singles chart. But another act who has so far garnered two No.1’s this decade in Bruno Mars (four weeks in total) jumps up from his debut alongside Mark Ronson at No.11 last week with “Uptown Funk” to No.2 this week, meaning he could be on track for his third No.1 in Australia next week, and if so it would be four years (exactly) since he last took the chart-crown with “Grenade” (13-Dec-2010) which spent three broken weeks at the top. This bullet to No.2 also becomes the first Top 10 single for Mark Ronson on the ARIA Singles chart.
Pushed down a place to No.3 is Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud”, whilst climbing to a new peak of No.4 (and still their highest charting single) are The Hilltop Hoods who performed their current single “Cosby Sweater” on Wednesday nights ARIA Awards show, picking up an award too. Presenting on that night were The Veronicas, whose new self-titled album enters at No.2 this week, whilst they also debut at No.5 on the singles chart with the albums second release “If You Love Someone”, which instantly becomes the duos ninth Top 10 and their fifth Top 5 single, whilst also their twelfth Top 100 and Top 50 chart entry.
Meghan Trainor is back up one place to No.6 with “Lips are Movin”, swapping places with Taylor Swift’s former No.1 “Shake it off”, down a spot to No.7. Halving its chart placing this week is last weeks No.4 debut for Will Sparks “Ah Yeah So What”, which descends to No.8, whilst down a place each are Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding with “Outside” to No.9 and ARIA Awards visitors, performers and Best International Act winners One Direction with “Steal My Girl” down to No.10.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: ARIA Award (Best Dance Release) winners Peking Duk rise back to their original No.15 debut position for their latest single “Take Me Over”, which also achieves Gold (●) in sales, whilst the former No.1 “You Ruin Me” for The Veronicas is back up three places to No.16 thanks to their high albums chart entry. Nicki Minaj with Skylar Grey came in at No.71 last week with Nicki’s new track “Bed of Lies”, which this week bullets up fifty-three places to land at No.18 becoming her fourth Top 20 single this year. After three broken weeks at No.21, Nico & Vinz are up a place to a new peak of No.20 with their second chart entry “In Your Arms”, and Sam Smith and “Like I Can” is up five places from last weeks entry to a new peak of No.23 this week. Now that ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ has had a full week in cinemas around the country, the theme by Lorde “Yellow Flicker Beat” jumps up thirteen places to a new peak of No.25, and during her 24 hour appearance this past week in the country (and at the ARIA Awards), Charli XCX jumps up thirty places to a new peak of No.26 with “Break the Rules”. Ariana Grande and The Weeknd move up one place to a new chart height of No.32 with “Love Me Harder” and after plummeting to No.69 last week, rising back up thirty-two spots to No.37 is Selena Gomez with “The Heart Wants What it Wants” helped possibly by her AMA Awards appearance and her concert tour announcement here for 2015, and Multi-ARIA Award winner Sia sees her former No.2 single “Chandelier” jump back up twelve places to No.40 this week.
DOWN DOWN: The fourth version of Band Aid and “Do They Know it’s Christmas” is following its previous three incarnations, in that it peaks first week and slides the second (1990 went 30 to 51, 2004 went 9 to 11), with Band Aid 30 dropping eleven places to No.14 this week, whilst the other Top 10 dropout is “Dangerous” (HP-7) for David Guetta and Sam Martin which is down a spot to No.11 after five weeks within the Top 10. After jumping to No.14 last week, Parra for Cuva drop back seven places to No.21 with their laidback dance version of “Wicked Games”, and down six to No.22 are The Script with “Superheroes”. Meghan Trainor leaves the Top 20 for the first time since she debuted at No.36 with “All About That Bass”, which this week is down six places to No.24 and down eight to No.28 is Marlon Roudette with “When the Beat Drops Out”. Also down eight is Becky G with “Shower” to No.30 and falling nine spots to No.33 is Calvin Harris with John Newman and “Blame”. “The Days” for Avicii is down eight to No.35 and newly certified Gold (●) in sales, whilst George Ezra is down six to No.36 with “Budapest”. The “Bang Bang” ensemble drop eleven to No.42, “Prayer in C” for Lily Wood is down nine to No.46, “Ugly Heart” for G.R.L. drops thirteen places to No.48 and down eighteen to No.50 is “Jubel” for Klingande.
Debuting at No.12 is the first time chart entry for two acts, musician and soundtrack guru James Newton Howard and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’ Soundtrack with the song/poem “The Hanging Tree” which was written by Lorde. The other new Top 50 entry comes from Samantha Jade with her new single “Sweet Talk”, becoming the 2012 X-Factor winners eleventh Top 100 and sixth Top 50 chart entry and her first since “Up!” went to No.18 in late April, and this week in 2012 she was at No.1 with “What You’ve Done to Me”.
Lower 50: With it’s use in a new car advert, Clean Bandit’s first big single “Rather Be” is back up fifteen places this week to No.58, whilst Wednesday nights screening of the ARIA Awards won’t have a huge impact on the charts until next week (only one day of post-awards sales are included in this weeks chart), “Que Sera” for red-carpet show-openers Justice Crew is back up eight to No.60. Further ARIA Awards returns come via one of the two big winners of the night, Chet Faker with “Talk is Cheap”, back in at No.70, “Fancy” for Iggy Azalea is back up nine to No.74, “Boom Clap” for Charli XCX (she was a presenter) returns at No.87, 5 Seconds of Summer performed “She Looks So Perfect” which is back in at No.88, best Dance Release winners Peking Duk return with that winning single “High” at No.90 and also back in are “L.A. Love (La La)” for Fergie at No.84 and San Cisco with “Run” at No.93. Special mention should also go to “I” by Kendrick Lamar which jumps back up twenty-six places to No.69 this week.
The Platinum edition of the ‘Beyonce’ album (TW-99) has extra tracks, one of which enters at No.59 entitled “7 / 11”, which becomes her 31st Top 100 Singles chart entry. George Ezra in the meantime lands his second entry at No.86 with “Blame it on Me”, taken from this weeks No.38 album “Wanted on Voyage”.
Labrinth is set to release his second album “Take Me to the Truth” in early 2015, and the second single from that album is “Jealous”, which debuts at No.94, the first track from the album was “Let it Be” (HP-36, peaked late Oct), and this becomes his sixth Top 100 chart entry, whilst the final new entry is at No.96 and re-teams Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne on the track “Real Love”, becoming her fourth entry and the bands’ second.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.