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Australian Singles: Chainsmokers ‘Closer’ Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on August 15, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

No.1 for the first time in Australia are the US duo The Chainsmokers with singer Halsey and their collaboration “Closer”, which debuted at No.2 last week and climbs up to take out the top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week.

“Closer” becomes the 1057th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2016), the 492nd for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016) and also the 997th since the charts went weekly in January 1949, whilst it also becomes the 112th No.1 for the Columbia record label. The song achieves Gold (●) in sales in it’s second chart week, and the only other time that there has been a No.1 song with the word ‘Closer’ in it was exactly fifty-six years ago when the Jimmie Rodgers cover of the gospel song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” (6th August, 1960) spent two weeks at the top.

This is the first No.1 single in Australia for The Chainsmokers, and also Halsey, and as for duo’s hitting the top spot, this becomes the 31st for a duo to hit No.1, the last being A Great Big World in February of 2014, that song was also with a female guest vocalist too in Christina Aguilera on “Say Something” (1 wk). The pair also become the 406th American act to make it to No.1 here and “Closer” becomes the 682nd song to hit No.1 by an American act.

So after two weeks at No.1, the Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ track “Cold Water” falls to No.2, but the highest new entry of the week is the new DJ Snake single which also features Justin Bieber entitled “Let Me Love You”, taken from Snake’s new album “Encore”, plus by debuting at No.3, the song also becomes the third Top 5 for DJ Snake and now his second highest charting behind his guest appearance on the Major Lazer track “Lean on” which hit the top for a single week in April 2015. This also becomes the 11th Top 10 entry for Justin Bieber too, and during the end of 2015 and the first weeks of this year, JB kept two songs within the Top 3 for eight straight weeks, and this week he does it by being the guest vocalist on two top 3 tracks .After peaking at No.2 three weeks ago, the track “Papercuts” for Illy and Vera Blue has since dropped a single place on the chart, this week it is down one to No.4.

Twenty one pilots land their second Australian Top 5 single this week, as their track from the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack leaps up fourteen spots this week to No.5. The song also achieved Gold (●) in sales this week, and the band previously peaked at No.2 back in March with “Stressed Out” (TW-59), and their recent Top 20 song “Ride” (TW-31) is newly ▲Platinum, and after returning to it’s former peak of No.4 for a third time last week the Shawn Mendes track “Treat You Better” is back down two this week to No.6.

Jonas Blue lands his second Top 10 single in Australia this week as his latest track “Perfect Strangers” jumps up four spots to a new peak of No.7, and after peaking at seven last week, “Alarm” for Anne-Marie falls back one spot to No.8 but is newly certified Gold (●), whilst down four places each are former top two rivals Drake with “One Dance” and Calvin Harris with Rihanna on “This is What You Came for” to No.9 and No.10 respectively.

UP: The Selena Gomez national tour helps her duet with Charlie Puth entitled “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (HP-10) to climb back up three to No.13. The opening of the ‘Suicide Squad’ film last week helps the three singles from the album to chart (so far) to leap into the Top 40 this week, with the aforementioned twenty one pilots track “Heathens” becoming the bands second Top 10 and Top 5 hit this week, there is also “Sucker for Pain” by the ensemble of Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors, who zoom up thirty-six places to land at No.17, whilst the Skrillex and Rick Ross track “Purple Lamborghini” speeds up thirty-three places to park at No.39 this week. Breaking into the Top 20 with her first solo chart entry is MØ and her “Final Song”, which rises five places to a new peak of No.18 and climbing five spots to a new chart height of No.22 is Mike Perry and “The Ocean”. As I mentioned earlier, Selena Gomez is here touring the country on her ‘Revival’ tour and she is joined by the Joe Jonas group DNCE, whose track “Cake by the Ocean” rises back up three to No.28, whilst Selena sees her latest track “Kill ’em with Kindness” (HP-33) jump back up nine spots to No.36 this week, and also jumping back up this week, up eight to No.29 is “This Girl” by Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

DOWN: Leaving the Top 10 for the first time in its 14 week chart career is the Justin Timberlake track “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (HP-3×5, WI10-13), which is down three to No.11, followed by “Too Good” (HP-3, WI10-8) for Drake and Rihanna which falls down three to No.12, and “Crash” (HP-10, WI10-1) by Usher is down five to No.15 after spending a single week within the Top 10, and after four weeks at No.13 Adele is down one to No.14 with her current US Top 10 single “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”, the song spending its thirteenth week on the charts too and now newly certified ▲Platinum. “Into You” by Ariana Grande drops nine to No.21 and “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor is only down three spots this week thanks to the song now being used in a new jeans ad here. Three weeks ago Imany was in the Top 10 at her four week running No.9, now this week her track “Don’t Be So Shy” drops twelve to No.26 and “Don’t Hurt Me” with DJ Mustard with Nicki Minaj and Jeremih falls eight to No.32. The second Snakehips track which features Zayn as guest vocalist peaked at No.34 last week, as this week “Cruel” drops seven to No.41, whilst Dua Lipa scores a Gold (●) in sales for “Hotter Than Hell”, which this week is down twelve to No.42 and last weeks Top 30 debut of “Setting the World on Fire” for Kenny Chesney and Pink tumbles thirteen places to No.43 this week.

Lower 50: There is only the one debut within the Top 50 this week, and lower down Drake lands a Gold (●) in sales for his track “Controlla” (HP-49), which is down three to No.53, and holding at its No.55 peak this week is Joel Adams’ “Please Don’t Go”. “Starving” for Hailee Steinfeld is back up nine to a new peak of No.71 and Safia are one of the three returning tracks this week, back in at No.88 with “Over You”, plus the ‘Longest Charting Single’ this week is now “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, which is down seven to No.96 in its 91st week within the Top 100.

The first single to be issued from the second album for Tove Lo entitled “Lady Wood” debuts at No.52 this week called “Cool Girl”, which becomes her sixth chart entry here, as she is currently guest vocalist on the Flume track “Say it” (TW-20) and the recent Nick Jonas track “Close” (HP-37), which falls out the Top 100 this week. Another female act debuting within the Top 60 is Sydney born and now US based singer Jessica Newham who goes by the stage name of Betty Who, and she debuts at No.58 with her first chart entry, a cover of the Donna Lewis 1996 song “I Love You Always Forever” (HP-2×3, peaked in October 1996).

There were three songs I mentioned earlier that leapt into the forty this week from the new No.1 album in the country, the soundtrack for the DC film ‘Suicide Squad’, and now in the lower fifty there are two new entries and two re-entries from the same soundtrack. Firstly at No.64 is Panic! at the Disco and their cover of the 1976 Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (HP-1×2, peaked here March 1976), followed by US female rapper and singer Kehlani and her song “Gangsta” at No.69. Returning to the charts from the album is Grace with G-Eazy and “You Don’t Own Me” (HP-1, peaked 25th May, 2015) at No.83 and the Eminem track “Without Me” (HP-1×5, peaked May/June/July 2002) back in at No.93.

The DNCE tour also helps them score a new entry this week too, as “Toothbrush” comes in at No.66, whilst local artists Ta-ku and Wafia have teamed up for an EP entitled (m)edium, and taken from that set is this weeks No.74 entry “Love Somebody”. US singer Banks is set to release her second album in late September entitled ‘The Altar’ (30-Sept), and charting from the album at No.86 this week is “Gemini Feed”, becoming her second Top 100 entry in Australia. September 30th also sees the release of the third album for local reggae outfit The Sticky Fingers, the set called “Westway (the Glitter and the Slums)” sees the track “Our Town” from the album debut at No.90 this week becoming their third Top 100 entry, and finally new at #100 is a five track EP from former lead singer of California based pop band 2AM Club, Marc E. Bassy (Mark Griffin), and his EP is entitled “Groovy People”.

compiled by Gavin Ryan for


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