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Jonas Blue Fast Car

Jonas Blue Fast Car

ARIA Singles : Jonas Blue ‘Fast Car’ Is Australia’s No 1 Song

by Gavin Ryan on January 30, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The English producer and DJ known as Jonas Blue takes his cover of “Fast Car” featuring Dakota to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week, making it the first new No.1 single for 2016, and also Australia becomes the first country to make it a chart-topping song too.

“Fast Car” becomes the 1046th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2016) and the 481st for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the nineteenth for the Virgin record label, their last being the November 2012 No.1 track “Don’t You Worry Child” for Swedish House Mafia. This is also the third song title to feature a ‘car’ in its title, the two previous being the Billy Ocean track “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” (5 weeks from 25th April, 1988) and the first was at the top during this time in 1976, “Jump in My Car” for Ted Mulry Gang (6 weeks from 19th January, 1976), whilst it’s also the third ‘fast’ to make it to the top here, with the first being the Wayne Newton cover of “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” (3 weeks from 6th September, 1971) and the last one being “Fastlove” by George Michael (4 broken weeks from 19th May, 1996). The original Tracy Chapman version of “Fast Car” (HP-4, 1988) is sitting at No.69 this week also.

“Fast Car” is currently sitting in the Top 10 of England, Sweden (both #3), New Zealand (#5) and Ireland (#6) and just debuted at #14 in The Netherlands, whilst Jonas Blue becomes the 41st English Solo Male artist to reach No.1 in Australia (the last being Mark Ronson in Dec 2014) and 120th English act to land a No.1 here (the last one was One Direction on August 15th, 2015 with “Drag Me Down”), whilst overall the song is the 197th to hit the top of the Australian charts by an English act; Adele’s “Hello” was the last one on November 2nd.

Another trend that Jonas Blue has perpetuated is the first No.1 single of the year is usually an act with their first chart entry and it becomes their only chart-topping single in Australia. Let me show you what I mean with the below list from 2000 onwards… 2000 – I Try – Macy Gray (10-Jan, 3 weeks)
2001 – Cruisin’ – Gwyneth Paltrow (8-Jan, 2 weeks)
2002 – Hero – Enrique Iglesias (14-Jan, 2 weeks) (never hit the top here again)
2004 – Hey Ya – Outkast (19-Jan, 2 weeks) {never had another #1 here)
2005 – Nasty Girl – Nitty (24-Jan, 2 weeks)
2007 – Irreplaceable – Beyonce (1-Jan, 3 weeks) (only solo #1 in Oz so far)
2008 – Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis (21-Jan, 4 weeks)
2009 – Burn – Jessica Mauboy (19-Jan, 1 week) (no more #1’s here yet)
2010 – Fireflies – Owl City (4-Jan, 5 weeks)
2011 – Dirty Talk – Wynter Gordon (17-Jan, 3 weeks)
2012 – Pumped up Kicks – Foster the People (16-Jan, 1 week)
2014 – Say Something – A Great Big World (10-Feb, 1 week)
2015 – Cheerleader – OMI (26-Jan, 3 weeks)
2016 – Fast Car – Jonas Blue feat Dakota (1-Feb, 1 week so far)
The missing years were 2003 in which we had Christina Aguilera, 2006 was Chris Brown and 2013 was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with their second of three #1’s in a row.

Last weeks highest new entry of “Never Be Like You” for Flume feat Kai is up a massive eight places to No.2 this week, and last week it became his first Top 10 hit in Australia, now it also becomes his first Top 3 single here, whilst the last #1 of 2015 of “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber drops two places to No.3 this week after seven weeks at the top, but it is still the #1 downloaded track in the country though.

Charlie Puth released his album “Nine Track Mind” on Friday, and before the album makes its debut next week, he lands a third Top 5 single in Australia this week as “One Call Away” leaps up seven places to No.4, following on from “Marvin Gaye” (#4) and “See You Again” (#1) both from April 2015. And with two songs leaping into the Top 5 its pushes last weeks songs down this week, with “All My Friends” for Snakehips, “Lush Life” for Zara Larsson (now Gold ●) and “Ex’s & Oh’s” for Elle King all dropping two places apiece to five, six and seven respectively.

Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” is at #2 on the streaming chart again this week, but within the Top 10 it drops a place to No.8, whilst also down one to No.9 is DJ Snake with Bipolar Sunshine on the track “Middle” which picks up a ▲Platinum sales certification this week, whilst the song at No.10 has leapt up eighty places to score a new peak and its first week within the Top 10, “Hoops” by The Rubens, which was voted this past week as the No.1 song on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2015, later on I will be going through all of the songs that climb or scored a place in the countdown for last years biggest hits via the J’s.

UP: Selena Gomez scores her second highest charting single in Australia this week as her new track “Hands to Myself” jumps up seventeen places to No.13, her highest placed track so far is “Good for You” (#10×2, August 2015). L D R U jumps eighteen spots to No.14 with “Keeping Score” and Kiiara leaps seventeen spots to land at No.16 with her track “Gold”, the only other country charting this song at the moment is Denmark, where it debuted at #18 this past week. The current US and Canadian Top 10 single “Roses” by The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes is up a massive twenty spots to land a new peak of No.17 after which we see Flo Rida leaps up sixty places to land at No.27 with his new track “My House” and twenty one pilots score their first Top 50 hit this week as “Stressed Out” (#4 in US & Canada) jumps up twenty-seven spots to land at No.29. With the new Sia album “This is Acting” out on Friday (29th Jan) the album track “Cheap Thrills” (former peak #57 early January) becomes the third Top 50 hit from the album by returning to the chart at No.33 this week after “Alive” (HP-10) and “Bird Set Free” (HP-36), and G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha take their song “Me, Myself & I” up seventeen places to land at No.41.

DOWN: The two tracks leaving the Top 10 this week are “Hello” by Adele (HP-1×6, WI10-13) which is down five places to No.11 and the current UK No.1 single for a second week is “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes (HP-4×4, WI10-10) which here is down three places to No.12. JB’s “What Do You Mean” is down six to No.18; Zara Larsson also drops six and is down to No.22 this week with “Never Forget You”, whilst WSTRN left the Top 10 last week with “IN2”, which now leaves the Top 20 this week, dropping eight to No.23. Troye Sivan and his “Youth” are down seven to No.24 (he did perform it on Ellen this past week) and “Here” by Alessia Cara tumbles twelve places to No.25, whilst the other “Fast Car” for Tobtok and River is down seven spots to No.26 this week. “Flip it” for Charlotte Devaney and Snoop Dogg falls nine to No.30 and down eleven is The Weeknd with “In the Night” and “Lay it All on Me” for Rudimental and Ed Sheeran to No.33 and No.35 respectively. Sigala and his “Sweet Lovin” drop twelve to No.37 and Fleur East with her “Sax” is down fourteen places to No.40. Hilltop Hoods don’t seem to be going any “Higher” with their latest track as it is down fifteen to No.42 and One Direction fall sixteen places this week to No.45 with “Perfect”, Rachel Platten drops fifteen to No.46 with “Stand by You” and Dawin is down ten spots to No.48 with his “Dessert”. Dropping out of the Top 50 are the tracks “Out of the Woods” for Taylor Swift (36 to 52), “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay (47 to 60), “Whip it!” for LunchMoney Lewis (46 to 62), “Black and Blue” by Guy Sebastian (50 to 72) and this week there are NO David Bowie tracks within the Top 100 as they all drop out, mostly though “Space Oddity” (#44) and “Heroes” (#48) both fall out from last weeks Top 50.

TRIPLE J HOTTEST 100: 2015; Over three quarters of the Top 100 this week are tracks that featured in this years 2015 count down for Triple J’s Hottest 100 which was broadcast on Australia Day which was this past Tuesday (as voted for by listeners). There are 26 tracks in total, and below is a listing of their countdown and where they rank within the ARIA Top 100 this week:
1 – Hoops – The Rubens (#10 up from 90)
2 – King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar (re-entry at a new peak of #32 {former peak #33 for two weeks in May 2015)
3 – Lean on – Major Lazer feat M0 & DJ Snake (#28 up from #43)
4 – The Less I Know the Better – Tame Impala (new entry #79)
5 – Let it Happen – Tame Impala (re-entry at #93)
6 – The Trouble with us – Marcus Marr & Chet Faker (#19 up from #23)
7 – Do You Remember – Jarryd James (re-entry at #55)
8 – The Buzz – Hermitude (re-entry at #56)
9 – Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd (#38 up slightly from #41)
10 – Magnets – Disclosure feat Lorde (#54 up from #63)
11 – Never Be – Meg Max (re-entry at #71)
12 – You Were Right – RuFuS (re-entry at #47)
13 – Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont (#15 down one from #14)
14 – Hotline Bling – Drake (#43 down from #35)
16 – Fire & the Flood – Vance Joy (stable at #49)
17 – Middle – DJ Snake (#9 down one from #8)
18 – Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (stable at #20)
19 – The Hills – The Weeknd (#39 up one from #40)
22 – Keeping Score – L D R U (#14 leaps up from #32)
28 – Like an Animal – RuFuS (re-entry at #68)
30 – Say My Name – Peking Duk (re-enter #99)
36 – All My Friends – Snakehips (#5 down two from #3)
54 – Working for it – ZHU x Skrillex x THEY (#45 down from #50)
56 – Alive – Sia (#65 up from #77)
60 – Kamikaze – M0 (first week in Top 100 at #92)
98 – Be Together – Major Lazer feat Wild Belle (#85 up from #94)

Lower 50: With NO new entries within the Top 50 this week, only returning songs helped back by the above JJJ tally, non-J movers come via The 1975 with “The Sound”, up twenty places to No.53, “History” by One Direction jumps forty-three spots to No.57 now that its video has been released this past week; the new No.1 album in the country goes to RuFuS and the third entry from the album “Say a Pray for Me” jumps up eight to a new peak of No.58 plus they also return at #47 with “You Were Right” and the albums second single “Innerbloom” is back in at #100, whilst the final lower fifty peak goes to Kygo and Maty Noyes with “Stay”, rising again this week and up seven places to No.73.

The second AlunaGeorge album is due soon entitled “I Remember” (no date known as yet) and the first single from the album debuts at No.64 entitled “I’m in Control” which features Popcaan as guest act, and becomes the acts third Top 100 singles chart entry.

Making his first chart appearance this decade and first new entry in over seven years is UK singer Craig David who enters at No.74 with his current UK Top 20 track “When the Bassline Drops” featuring guest rapper Big Narstie on the track. During the first four years of this century (2000 to 2004), Craig David had five Top 10 hits, his biggest being the No.4 single “7 Days” (peaked Jan 2001) and overall this now becomes his sixteenth Top 100 entry and is the first taste from his forthcoming sixth album entitled “Following My Intuition” (no date known as yet), and is his first new material in over five years also.

Kid Ink teams up with another rapper in Fetty Wap for the song “Promise” which is new at No.78 this week and right behind them is a song from the latest Tame Impala album “Currents” (TW-16) entitled “The Less I Know the Better” (JJJ#4) which is new at No.94, whilst their previous entry “Let it Happen” (HP-84) is back in at No.93 (JJJ#5). Another song making a new entry thanks to its Triple J ranking is in at No.92, M0 by herself this time with “Kamikaze” and this becomes her third chart entry overall after her prior chart appearances with Iggy Azalea and DJ Snake.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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