The winner of the first Australian edition of The Voice was crowned on Monday night (18th June, 2012), and the winner Karise Eden not only debuts at No.1 with her version of the song “Stay With Me Baby” (only previous version to chart in Australia was The Walker Brothers in 1967 version HP-45), she also lands two more debuts within the Top 10, and has a total of eight songs within the Top 40.
It’s also the first cover song to hit No.1 since November 2006 when U2 and Green Day went to the top with “The Saints are Coming”.
“Stay with Me Baby” is the 992nd No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2012) and the 426th for ARIA (1983 to 2012), plus as the song debuts at the top it becomes the 96th No.1 debut in Australia. Karise is also the fourth Australian to top the ARIA charts this decade (Guy Sebastian, Gotye and Reece Mastin were the others), and the first female act this decade, with the last local-lass to top our charts being Vanessa Amorosi back in October of 2009 with “This is Who I Am”. Miss Eden also becomes the 95th Australian performer to make it to No.1, and the song is 148th Australian performed song to hit No.1 locally (1940 to 2012).
The song “Stay With Me Baby” is released by Universal Australia, via their Mercury label, so this song becomes the first Mercury label track to hit No.1 this century, the last being Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” (May 1998), and it’s the 33rd No.1 in Australia for the label since first topping the charts here in April 1947 with Eddy Howard’s rendition of “To Each His Own”. And for the words within the song, ‘Baby’ is now making it’s 14th appearance at No.1, but it’s the first ‘Stay’ at the top, the previous closest being “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees (1978) and then the N-Trance version (1995).
Now all of the above might normally be a feat on its own, but Karise also sets a couple of more NEW records. Her rendition of “Hallelujah” stays at its No.2 debut position from last week, and then she debuts at No.3 and No.5 with two more original songs entitled “I Was Your Girl” and “You Won’t Let Me” respectively. So two records here: four of the Top 5 songs are all by one artist, something which hasn’t happened for ARIA, and the last time one act occupied so many top spots was back in April 1964 when The Beatles held the top six positions with 1: Roll Over Beethoven; 2: All My Loving; 3: I Saw Her Standing There; 4: She Loves You; 5: Twist and Shout; 6: I Want to Hold Your Hand. The second record is something which NO ONE has achieved before, three debuts in the one week within the Top 5. (The Glee gang had previously debuted with multiple songs, but never this high). Other acts to have previously held the top two spots include Abba (3-Nov-75 for one week), Madonna (from 22-July-85 for three weeks), then we had two “Macarena” versions charting alongside one another in September 1996 for three weeks. The last act to do so was The Black Eyed Peas in late June of 2009.
As I mentioned above, Karise is also charting with her older tracks, all of which rise back up this week. “Nothing’s Real but Love” (HP-9) is back up forty-three places to No.11, “Landslide” (HP-14) jumps back up twenty-seven spots to No.15. Her first chart entry “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” (HP-41) zooms back up forty-six places to a new peak of No.21 (also a new peak for the song as the James Brown 1966 version hit No.39 and the Renee Geyer 1975 rendition hit No.44). And lastly her rendition of the Amy Winehouse song “Back to Black” (former peak #67) jumps back up fifty places to a new peak of No.36.
Two more Voice contestants score Top 10 debuts this week, with Sarah De Bono debuting at No.4 with her original song entitled “Beautiful”, and Darren Percival coming in at No.8 with his song “Damage Down”, and more on their multiple entries later on.
The rest of the decimated Top 10 from last week consists of four more tracks, with the seven week running No.1 song “Whistle” for Flo Rida dropping down to No.6 this week, followed at No.7 by Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa with “Payphone” at No.7. Chris Brown spends his fourth week in the Top 10 and Top 100 with “Don’t Wake Me Up” at No.9, down three places, and dropping six spots to No.10 is Carly Rae Jepsen with “Call Me Maybe”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Will.i.Am and Eva Simons jumps up four places to a new peak of No.18 with “This is Love”, whilst Jason DeRulo is up seven places to No.30 with his new track “Undefeated”. Climbing into the Top 50 from its debut last week at No.55, up to No.42 this week is Rudimental feat John Newman and the former UK No.1 single “Feel the Love”.
THE VOICE (Finals):
Judges: Delta Goodrem takes a big tumble this week (but then most things do fall this week), as “Sitting on Top of the World” falls twelve places to No.26. Seal is down ten places to No.73 with “Kiss from a Rose”, and thanks to his duet with his contestant Darren Percival, the Keith Urban 2011 song “Without You” scores its first Australian chart entry by debuting at No.39 this week.
Top 3 Contestants: Darren Percival came second in The Voice competition, and he currently has seven tracks on the charts. His No.8 debut I mentioned above is followed by another new entry at No.17, “For Once in My Life” (Stevie Wonder, HP-24, 1968), then “I Believe” (HP-6) is at No.37 down from No.21, “A Song for You” (HP-36) is at No.52, “Wherever I Lay My Hat” (HP-12) is back up twenty-four places to No.56, he re-enters at No.79 with “Shower the People” (HP-64) and scores a third debut of the week at No.100 with his version of the John Lennon song “Jealous Guy”.
Rachael Leachar came in third place, and is represented by four songs this week, her original songs “Shooting Star” and “Smile” debut at No.31 and No.34 respectively, whilst she is at No.64 with “Night in White Satin” and returns to the Top 100 with her first entry “La Vie en Rose” (HP-18) at No.89.
Sarah De Bono has five songs throughout the chart this week, with her No.4 debut of “Beautiful”, she is next up at No.43 with last weeks debut “Here’s Where I Stand” (HP-30), then she debuts at No.50 with “If I Didn’t Love You”. Her version of Whitney’s “How Will I Know” (HP-24) comes in at No.66 and her rendition of the Beyonce song “Listen” rise’s back up twenty-four places to No.70.
On Sunday night, the TV Reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ ended it’s 2012 season by crowning former X-Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo as the winner of the dancing competition, and just in time for his first single “On Top” to debut in the charts at No.28. Two more non-Voice related titles debut within the Top 50 this week, with fun. coming in at No.46 with their second Top 50 chart entry “Some Nights”, followed closely at No.48 by the return of Matchbox 20 and their first new single in four-and-a-half years entitled “She’s So Mean”. Their last chart appearance was the January 2008 track “All Your Reasons” (HP-34) taken off their best-of collection “Exile on Mainstream”. This new track is from their forthcoming fourth album “North” (no date yet).
Lower 50: The only new peaking track in the lower fifty is at No.95, up two places from last week debut, Knife Party’s “Rage Valley” EP. Returning though are Ian Carey at No.62 with “Amnesia”, and “It Will Rain” for Bruno Mars (done as a duet by Seal & Karise on The Voice).
UK group Marina & The Diamonds enter at No.81 with “Primadonna”, their first singles chart entry. The duo of DJ’s Diplo and Switch make up the group Major Lazer who debut at No.82 with their first chart entry here entitled “Get Free” featuring Amber Coffman on vocals, Belgium is the only other country so far to chart this song where it’s sitting at No.13 (HP-12).
Emeli Sande scores her third chart entry as “My Kind of Love” debuts at No.84, followed at No.85 by US singer Meiko and her first entry to the ARIA charts entitled “Stuck on You”, the song being used in the promo’s for the returning second season of the TV series ‘Winners & Losers’. Justin Bieber debuts again this week, coming in at No.91 with “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj as guest vocalist in at No.91, and the new UK No.1 single “Call My Name” for Cheryl (Cole) debuts here at No.92.
Gavin Ryan, www.australian-charts.com