Taylor Swift leaps to No.1 on the ARIA Singles chart this week, scoring not only her second chart-topping single in Australia with ‘Shake It Off’.
“Shake it off” also picks up the top spot in New Zealand and America this week, plus it achieves Gold ● in sales after now having a full week worth of sales.
“Shake it off” becomes the 1023rd No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2014) and the 458th for ARIA (1983 to 2014), and only the second for the Big Machine record label, with Taylor’s “Love Story” being the other and spending two broken weeks at the top on the 23rd of March and 6th of April in 2009. It’s also the third song with ‘Shake’ in its title to reach the top, with other two being “Boom! Shake the Room” for Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince in mid-January 1994 and more recently “Harlem Shake” by Baauer in late February of 2013. And finally “Shake it off” becomes the 668th No.1 single by an American artist and of the ten No.1 singles so far in 2014, this is the fifth by an act from the USA.
After three weeks at the No.1 spot, Meghan Trainor drops back to No.2 this week with “All about That Bass”, which could go back to the top when she visits our shores in the next couple of weeks, which in turn pushes down “Ugly Heart” by G.R.L. after three broken weeks at No.2, both tracks also achieve 2x▲Platinum in sales this week.
There are seven new certifications within the Top 10 alone this week, with last weeks No.3 “Jubel” for Klingande down a place to No.4 and now ▲Platinum in sales, and climbing up one place to a new peak of No.5 is Timmy Trumpet and Savage with “Freaks” (newly Gold ●), whilst dropping back down two places to No.6 is Ella Henderson with “Ghost”. Also now painted Gold ● are Lilly Wood & the Prick with the Robin Shultz remix of “Prayer in C”, which is up a place to a new peak of No.7.
After the video was released in the past week, plus her MTV Music Awards appearance, Nicki Minaj leaps again this week with “Anaconda”, which slithers up fourteen places to a new peak of No.8, becoming Nicki’s eighth Top 10 single in Australia, and also matches the No.8 peak that the song’s sample “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot achieved this very week 22 years ago in the first week of September in 1992. New York trio AJR drop back down two places to No.9 with “I’m Ready”, which is also Gold ● in sales, and falling back one spot to No.10, is Paloma Faith with her former No.1 single “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Gabrielle Aplin’s visit to our shores and appearance on the X-Factor this past week, has helped her recent No.3 single “Please Don’t Say You Love Me” to rebound this week, back up eight places to No.11 and now certified ▲Platinum, whilst continuing it’s gradual climb back up is “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer, helped by its use in the current series of ‘Winners & Losers’ on Channel 7. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora are up one place to a new peak of No.17 with “Black Widow” (now Gold ●) and jumping up five places to a new chart height of No.18 is Katy Perry with “This is How We Do”. Ed Sheeran is back up six places to No.19 with “Don’t” and after being sung on the X-F this past week, Sia and “Chandelier” is back up thirteen places to No.23. Sam Smith climbs with both of his current singles, “Stay With Me” back up three to No.21 and his new track “I’m Not the Only One” up a couple of places to a new peak of No.25. “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX is stable at No.26, the remaining XF contestants performing the song in a group number, whilst up eight places to No.32 is Usher and Nicki Minaj with “She Came to Give it to You”. After debuting at No.53 last week, Becky G jumps up nineteen places to No.34 with “Shower” and returning to the Top 50, back up seventeen places to No.40 are Maroon 5 with “Maps”, their new album “V’ (5) out on Friday (29-Aug).
DOWN DOWN: After leaping to No.12 last week, “Another Man” by Itch drops back a couple of places to No.14 this week, whilst after three weeks on the chart, Guy Sebastian drops back four to No.20 with his latest track “Come Home with Me”. The Madden Brothers drop five places to land at No.22 with “We Are Done” and down seven to No.27 are Will.i.am and Cody Wise with “It’s My Birthday”, which is newly ▲Platinum in sales. Dami Im is also down seven to No.21 with “Gladiator” and the only Top 10 dropout this week is Troye Sivan with “Happy Little Pill”, which drops down twenty-one places to No.31 this week. “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance is down five to No.36 and “Stay High” by Tove Lo drops eight to No.38. David Guetta debuted at No.1 in the UK with “Lovers on the Sun” this week, here it is down ten places to No.45, whilst The Vamps and Demi Lovato fall twelve to No.49 with “Somebody to You”. The biggest dropout of the week is “Bubblegum” by Jason DeRulo, which leapt to No.38 last week, and leaves the Top 100 this week.
X-Factor judge Redfoo lands the highest new entry of the week with the song “New Thang” at No.24, and he’ll be performing the song on this week’s show, so it should jump next week. This becomes his fourth Top 100 entry and third to crack the Top 50, and is the follow-up to last years No.1 single “Let’s Get Ridiculous”, which was at the top fifty weeks ago (16-Sept-2013).
Eminem is set to release his second best of collection which is due in late November entitled “Shady XV” (15), and the first release from the set debuts at No.29 on half-a-weeks sales entitled “Guts Over Fear” and the song features Sia as guest vocalist, their second teaming after “Beautiful Pain” reached No.59 in November 2013, plus the new song is also featured in the upcoming Denzel Washington film ‘The Equalizer’ (out late September).
Vance Joy land their third chart entry by debuting at No.43 with “Wasted Time” which is taken from their debut album “Dream Your Life Away” which is out next week (Sept 5th), and they are also charting with “Mess is Mine” (TW-55) and “Riptide” (TW-65). One place lower at No.44 is Pitbull with John Ryan on his new track “Fireball” and is taken from his late September (possibly early October) due album ‘Globalization’, and becomes his 33rd Top 100 and 28th Top 50 entry.
X-FACTOR: The highest new entry from this weeks show contestants is Dean Ray who covered the Australian Crawl 1983 No.1 single “Reckless” which comes in at No.50. Sydnee Carter was in the bottom two, but managed to survive, and her cover of the last No.1 single of the 1970’s by The Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star” enters at No.63. Reigan Derry did a cover of the Sia song “Chandelier” which is new at No.81 and helps boost the original back up, and landing their third entry in as many weeks are Brothers3 with their rendition of “Happy Birthday Helen” by Things of Stone & Wood (HP-9, Feb 1993), as the Brothers3 are also still on the charts with “Always on My Mind” at No.74.
Lower 50: Nickelback are up to a new peak of No.54 with “Edge of a Revolution” and Chris Brown with Usher and Rick Ross all jump up ten places to No.61 with “New Flame”, whilst Chris Brown is also back up twenty places to No.66 with his former Top 50 single “Loyal” (HP-42). With the new Broods album debuting in the Top 5, their current charting single “Mother & Father” is back up nineteen places to No.70 and Meg Mac rises back up thirteen places to No.80 with “Roll Up Your Sleeves”, whilst two of last weeks tracks which landed at the tail end of the hundred jump up to new peaks this week; “You and Your Friends” by Wiz Khalifa is up seventeen to No.83 and “2 On” by Tinashe is up twelve to No.87, whilst the only returning track this week is “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman at No.89.
Los Angeles four-piece Echosmith see their debut single “Cool Kids” come in at No.60 this week, the track having reached the Top 30 in America and Top 70 in Canada late last year. Chris Brown debuts at No.75 with the title track from his forthcoming album “X” giving him three entries on this weeks Top 100 and coming in at No.78 are Maroon 5 with “Animals”, taken from this weeks just released album “V” (5).
Slipknot are set to release their new album “5: The Gray Chapter” in mid-October and the second entry from that album debuts at No.88 entitled “The Devil in I”, following on from the early August No.76 song “The Negative One”, becoming the bands sixth chart entry overall. Jimmy Barnes appeared on 60 Minutes, The Project and X-Factor this past week, where he performed a newer version of his first Top 10 single, “I’d Die to Be With You Tonight” (HP-7, peaked Oct 1985). The new rendition is featured on the just released retrospective album “30:30 Hindsight” and this version features his brother-in-law Diesel as guest vocalist and is their second charted collaboration.
SBTRKT (also known as ‘subtract’) land their first singles chart entry this week at No.94 entitled “New Dorp. New York”, featuring Ezra Koenig as guest vocalist. The Londoner has so far charted with his self-titled debut album which made it to No.67 in February 2012 (it first charted in July 2011 reaching No.69) and this new track is taken from his mid-September due second album “Wonder Where We Land”.
Melbourne artist Gab Strum goes under the name Japanese Wallpaper, and his single “Breathe in” debuts at No.98 and is featured on the soundtrack for the new Zach Braff film “Wish I Was Here”, from which Bon Iver charted in mid-July with the track “Heavenly Father” (HP-85). And finally coming in at No.99 is another track from this week’s new No.1 album for Ariana Grande, she enters with “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart”, giving her four Top 100 entries this week.
Written, Researched and Compiled by Gavin Ryan.