ARIA Singles: 'What Do You Mean' Justin Bieber Is No 1 -
Justin Bieber, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Justin Bieber, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

ARIA Singles: ‘What Do You Mean’ Justin Bieber Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on September 5, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

A month after One Direction debuted at the top and gained their first No.1 single in Australia, Justin Bieber this week achieves the same feat, landing his very first number one on the ARIA Singles chart, and he also debuts atop the chart with “What Do You Mean?”

The track “What Do You Mean?” also enters at No.1 in the UK as of this weekend and here it becomes the 1042nd No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2015), 982nd since the charts went weekly (January 1949 to today) and the 477th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus by debuting at the top Justin’s new track becomes the 108th to make its first week on our charts at the No.1 spot, whilst it’s the eighth chart-topper for the Def Jam label, their last being “On the Floor” for Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull (21-March, 2011). Plus Justin has previously charted only as high as No.3 with two tracks, his second entry “Baby” (peaked May 2010) and his current entry “Where are U Now” (TW-32, peaked late April 2015).

This new No.1 now becomes the 13th with ‘What’ in its title and only the third with ‘Mean’, more interestingly is that The Weeknd debuts at the top of the albums chart, meaning that two Canadian artists both land No.1 entries on both charts, something which hasn’t happened for two Canadian (or even two from Ontario) acts before and the last time that the top of both charts were occupied by acts from Canada was back on the 14th and 21st of May in 2007 when Avril Lavigne was at the top of the singles chart with “Girlfriend” and Michael Buble occupied the album pinnacle with his set “Call Me Irresponsible”, but both of them did not debut at the top in the same week.

Justin Bieber becomes the sixth Canadian Solo Male artist to top our charts, and the first this century, as the last was Bryan Adams in July 1995 with “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” after which seven female Canadian acts spent time at the top, two for Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne amongst them. Overall he is the 13th Canadian Artist to hit the top here with the twentieth song performed by Canadian act, with the last being “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen in April 2012.

Leaping up three places to No.2 are R. City and Adam Levine with “Locked Away” becoming Adam’s highest charting song since Maroon 5’s “One More Night” spent two weeks at No.2 in mid-August of 2012, plus the new song also achieves Gold (●) in sales this week. Two more songs also leap into the Top 5 this week, with last weeks highest new entry “The Fix” for Nelly and Jeremih up seven places to a new peak of No.3, with Nelly last flying this high back in late October 2010 when “Just a Dream” spent two weeks at No.3, and up two places to a new chart height of No.4 is Taylor Swift with “Wildest Dreams”, helped by the video clip being out now, plus the song also cracks a Gold (●) sales certification.

After spending the past four weeks at No.3, prior to which it spent three weeks at No.2, The Weeknd drops two places to No.5 with “Can’t Feel My Face” the week that his new album “Beauty Behind the Madness” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums chart. Vance Joy is up two places to a new peak of No.6 with “Fire and the Flood”, which matches the peak his other Top 10 entry “Riptide” achieved back in February 2014. Last weeks No.1 “How Deep is Your Love” for Calvin Harris + Disciples falls six places to No.7 after only a single week at the top, the track is newly certified ▲Platinum and last weeks new No.2 song “That’s How You Know” for Nico & Vinz also falls six places, down to No.8 and now claims its first certification of Gold (●).

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to the ARIA Singles chart at No.9 with their new track entitled “Downtown”, featuring an ensemble of 80’s and 90’s rap and hip-hop artists as guest on the track including Eric Nally (from Foxy Shazam), Melle Mel (Furious 5), Kool Moe Dee (Treacherous 3) and Grandmaster Caz (US rapper), with the track using a slight sample (IMO, not confirmed yet) of “Rappers Delight” from Sugarhill Gang, and this track is taken from their forthcoming second album and this now becomes the duo’s fourth Top 10 entry, as their first three chart entries all went to No.1, and finally within the top ten, down three places to No.10 is Galantis with “Peanut Butter Jelly”.

UP: Felix Jaehn and Jasmine Thompson jump up nine places to a new peak of No.12 with “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” making it the highest placing the song has seen in Australia, as it now beats the No.17 peak that Jaki Graham achieved with her version in late October of 1994. “Do it Again” for Pia Mia holds at No.14 and is now newly certified ▲Platinum in sales, whilst back up four places to No.21 is Demi Lovato with “Cool for the Summer”. Hardwell and Jason DeRulo hold at No.26 with “Follow Me” whilst “The Hills” for The Weeknd blasts up fourteen places to score a new peak at No.27 this week. Fetty Wap is back up to No.30 with the newly crowned Gold (●) selling “Trap Queen” and with Justin Bieber entering at No.1, his former No.3 single (his previous equal-highest charting song) with Skrillex & Diplo “Where are U Now” is back up thirteen spots to No.32. LunchMoney Lewis lands his second Top 40 hit, as his Dazz Band sampled track “Whip it” leaps up twenty-four spots to No.33 and after entering the Top 50 last week, the latest for Jess Glynne “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” is up one spot to a new peak of No.36, and with the physical CD Single release for “She’s Kinda Hot” for 5 Seconds of Summer it helps the track to jump back up twenty-five places to No.48 this week.

DOWN: Lost Frequencies were at No.4 for the past four weeks, prior to which he was at No.1 for two weeks with “Are You With Me” (HP-1×2, WI10-7), but this week the song drops seven places to No.11 with another former No.1 in “Wings” (HP-1×2, WI10-4) by Delta Goodrem the other dropout from the top ten, down seven places to No.16 this week. Newly Gold (●) is Aston Merrygold with “Get Stupid”, down five to No.17 and leaving the Top 20 for the first time since late April are Walk the Moon with “Shut Up and Dance”, down six to No.23, and Sam Feldt sees his version of “Show Me Love” drop five to No.24. “Shine” for Years & Years drops four to No.28 and is now Gold (●) and Jessie J tumbles nine spots to No.29 with “Flashlight”, whilst Little Mix drop eight spots to No.35 with “Black Magic”. Robin Schulz falls fifteen places to No.38 with “Headlights” and dropping eleven are Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding with “Powerful”, and “Golden” for Travie McCoy and Sia to No.39 and No.41 respectively, with DJ Snake and “You Know You Like it” with AlunaGeorge falling down sixteen spots to No.47.

The Voice 2015 winner was crowned last Sunday night and it went to sixteen year old Ellie Drennan, who this week makes her ARIA Singles Chart debut with her winners single entitled “Ghost”, new at No.25. 5 Seconds of Summer see the third track from their forthcoming second album “Sounds Good Feels Good” enter at No.34 this week called “Jet Black Heart”, whilst they are also within the Top 50 with “She’s Kinda Hot” (TW-48) and there was the recent track “Fly Away” (HP-26), with this new track debuting in Europe in Portugal (#47), England (#60) and Ireland (#78) so far. The final new entry to the Top 50 is at No.45, the second entry for OMI entitled “Hula Hoop”, which is the follow-up to the January No.1 song “Cheerleader” (TW-56).

Lower 50: Jamie Lawson jumps back up sixteen places to No.53 with “Wasn’t Expecting That” and his new single “Ahead of Myself” is up sixteen spots also to a new peak of No.59, in-between which James Bay sees his “Scars” leap up twenty-nine spots to a new peak of No.55, and lower down and back up eight to No.80 is Drake with “Hotline Bling” which has the hook/sample of the 1972 Timmy Thomas track “Why Can’t We Be Friends” (HP-25, peaked here June 1973). The two tracks returning to the lower fifty this week are “Demons” for Imagine Dragons which was performed by one of the four finalists during The Voice 2015 Grand Final at No.82, and then back in at #100 is The Weeknd with “Earned it”.

Avicii has a new two-track single out with “Pure Grinding” and the entry this week at No.51 “For a Better Day”, whilst one place lower at No.52 is ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ 2012 fourth placed finalist Joe Moore with his debut entry “Symphony (EP)”. Little Mix sees the second single from their November due third album “Get Weird” come in at No.65, plus it becomes their ninth Top 100 entry; “Hair”.

Cold Chisel are set to release their eighth studio album “The Perfect Crime” in early October, and the first single from the album entitled “Lost” comes in at No.92 this week becoming the bands 23rd Top 100 singles chart entry since their first in June 1978, “Khe Sanh”. And the final new entry at No.97 is “Sick Like That” which becomes the sixth Top 100 entry for both its lead artist Will Sparks and also guest vocalist Luciana.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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