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Katy Perry, photo by Ros O'Gorman, rod laver arena, Melbourne 2014

Katy Perry, photo by Ros O'Gorman

Australian Singles: Katy Perry ‘Rise’ Has A Go At No 1

by Gavin Ryan on July 25, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

For only the second time this year we have a song debuting at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, as this week the new Katy Perry song “Rise” leaps in at the No.1 spot to become her fourth No.1 single in Australia.

“Rise” becomes the 1055th No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2016) and the 490th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016), plus the 111th song to debut in the No.1 position (“Pillowtalk” by Zayn was the other one this year). “Rise” is only the second song with ‘rise’ in/as its title to reach the top, the first was “Rise up” (20-Oct, 2003; 3 wks) by the Australian Idol Final 12, plus this becomes the 58th No.1 single for the Capitol record label, their last being “We are Done” by The Madden Brothers (14th July, 2014) who are at the top of the albums chart this week in their Good Charlotte guise. Plus Katy’s new No.1 becomes the 680th for an American act (solo or group) to hit the top here and the third this year after Gnash (April 18th) and Pink (May 2nd), and overall this is the eleventh No.1 song for 2016 (there had been twelve by this time last year).

Katy also logs her fourth No.1 single here, matching the four achieved by Bryan Adams, Flo Rida, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as she first hit the top with “I Kissed a Girl” (14th July, 2008 for 6 wks), then “California Gurls” (21st June, 2010 for 4 wks) and her last was her longest run at the top for “Roar” (26th August, 2013 for 9 broken weeks). Her overall tally of weeks at No.1 for this decade is now up to 14, which makes her equal fifth on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Singles’ alongside Flo Rida and two away from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (on 16 wks). Plus Katy has now also racked up overall 20th week at No.1 in Australia, placing her at equal 32nd on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1940-2016; Singles’ alongside Eddie Fisher (from 7 No.1’s in the 1950’s) and one away from Pharrell Williams and Bryan Adams (both 21 wks).

The other unique thing about this new No.1 song is that the song was written specifically for the 2016 Brazil Olympics coverage for NBC in America, thus becoming an Olympic theme/anthem, of which this becomes the fourth such song (maybe fifth) to reach the top of the Australian charts. I have created a list below of previous Olympic songs to chart, but the previous four I have cited are “Moscow” by Genghis Khan (18th Aug, 1980 for 6 wks), which was used here for the Moscow 1980 Olympics on Channel 7, then the next one was for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Sarah Brightman and Jose Carreras and “Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life)” (16th Aug, 1992 for 6 wks). The next Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA saw Celine Dion perform “The Power of the Dream” (11th Aug, 1996 for 3 wks), which was added as a bonus b-side here for her then charting single “Because You Loved Me”. The final one I want to site as it went to the top after being performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was Kylie Minogue and “On a Night Like This”, which had been at No.1 for a single week (18th Sept, 2000) but it went back to the top after she sung it at the opening ceremony for a second and final week (9th Oct, 2000). Below is a list of other previous Olympic themes that have charted here in Australia…

1980 – Moscow – Genghis Khan (Moscow); HP-1×6, August 1980
1988 – One Moment in Time – Whitney Houston (South Korea); HP-49, peaked Nov 1988
1992 – Barcelona – Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe (Barcelona); HP-42, August 1992
1992 – Amigos Para Siempre – Sarah Brightman & Jose Carreras; HP-1×6, August 1992
1996 – Reach – Gloria Estefan (Atlanta, Georgia); HP-23, peaked August 1996
1996 – The Power of the Dream – Celine Dion; HP-1×3, August 1996
2000 – We’ll Be One – Nikki Webster (Sydney); HP-19×2, October 2000
2000 – On a Night Like – Kylie Minogue; HP-1×2, Sept & Oct 2000
2012 – Survival – Muse (London); HP-72, July 2012
2016 – Rise – Katy Perry (Rio, Brazil); HP-1, July 2016

After two weeks at the top The Veronica’s drop down a spot to No.2 with “In My Blood”, whilst the following two titles are on hold from last week, Calvin and Rihanna with “This is What You Came for” at No.3 (and twelfth week in the Top 4) and for a second week at No.4 is Shawn Mendes and “Treat You Better”, whilst the still No.1 streamed song in the country drops down three places to No.5 this week, Drake and his “One Dance”, which is on hold in the UK (15 wks) and US (10 wks) again this week.

Justin Timberlake and his song “Can’t Shake this Feeling!” experiences a fourth chart position this week by falling a spot to No.6 and is now 2x▲Platinum, and also down one to No.7 are Drake and Rihanna with “Too Good”. Scoring his first Top 10 single this week is local rapper Illy, as his new single “Papercuts” leaps up twenty-nine places to land at No.8 in its second week on the chart, plus it also becomes the first Top 10 entry for local singer Vera Blue, plus it could go higher next week due to his ‘Splendor in the Grass’ appearance this weekend. On hold at its peak of No.9 for a third week is “Don’t Be So Shy” for Imany (now Gold (●) in sales) and the third entry to the Top 10 this week is the new Little Mix track with Sean Paul and “Hair”, which is up one spot to a new peak of No.10, becoming the girl groups fourth Top 10 single here in Australia and is newly ▲Platinum in sales.

UP: Singer Anne-Marie’s first single “Do it Right” peaked at No.22 back in late May, but this week her new track “Alarm” surpasses that song by jumping up eighteen places to land at a new peak of No.12, whilst on hold at its No.13 peak is the Adele track “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” which is now Gold (●). Dua Lipa lands her second Top 20 hit here as her new single “Hotter Than Hell” is up eight to a new peak of No.17, “All in My Head (Flex)” for Fifth Harmony and Fetty Wap is stuck its No.19 peak for a second week, whilst Usher is up three places to a new chart height of No.20 with “Crash”, becoming his 18th Top 20 hit in Australia. The DJ Mustard debut from last week in “Don’t Hurt Me” with Nicki Minaj and Jeremih is up eight spots to a new peak of No.28 and M0 climbs six to a new height of No.35 with her “Final Song”, and the final new peak is “Controlla” by Drake which is up one spot to a No.49, with Rihanna right behind him and returning at No.50 with “Needed Me” (HP-48).

DOWN: The first of three Top 10 dropouts this week are The Chainsmokers and Daya with “Don’t Let Me Down” (HP-3×2, WI10-15) which is down four to No.11, followed by “We Don’t Talk Anymore” for Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez (HP-10, WI10-1, newly Gold (●) in sales) which matches the peak of Selena’s previous No.10 hit “Good for You” and is down four to No.14, and then dropping seven places to No.15 is the Meghan Trainor song “Me Too” (HP-4, WI10-7). After peaking at No.18 the twenty one pilots song “Ride” drops four to No.22 this week and down seven each are “Panda” for Desiigner and “Cake by the Ocean” for DNCE which drop to No.23 and No.24 respectively, followed by an eleven place drop to No.25 for the former Pink No.1 single “Just Like Fire”. Mike Posner sees a drop of his “Pill in Ibiza” down seven spots to No.27, but it picks up a 3x▲Platinum too, and falling ten spots is “This Girl” for Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners and “The Fighter” for Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood to No.31 and No.32 respectively. “Cheap Thrills” for Sia climbed to No.3 in the US this week, and her it drops three to No.36 and is now 3x▲Platinum in sales, “Sex” for Cheat Codes falls eleven to No.37 and tumbling thirteen places to No.40 after peaking at No.27 last week is the latest Delta Goodrem song “Enough”. “Be the One” by Dua Lipa falls seven to No.41 and Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. $” is down ten to No.45, Selena Gomez and her track “Kill ’em with Kindness” drops four to No.46 and is now Gold (●), and the Alan Walker track “Faded” drops eight to No.47 this week.

The new Ghostbuster’s film opened last week here, and the 5 Seconds of Summer song from the soundtrack (which also debuts this week at #21) entitled “Girls Talk Boys” debuts at No.21 this week, becoming the groups tenth Top 50 placing here, and the song has so far also charted in the UK (#28 debut this week), France (#35), Ireland (#39), Bulgaria (#36), Portugal (#43) and Germany (#80).

Britney Spears debuts at No.39 with the first single lifted from her forthcoming ninth studio album (no date or title as yet), the song featuring G-Eazy as guest rapper is entitled “Make Me…” and it becomes her 32nd Top 50 entry and 33rd Top 100 debut. The fourth and final Top 50 debut for this week is the second entry for dance act Snakehips who’ve teamed up with former One Direction singer Zayn for this weeks No.42 debut “Cruel”. The bands previous hit “All My Friends” spent two weeks at No.3 back in late January of this year.

Lower 50: With the new Good Charlotte album debuting at No.1 this week, the albums lead single “Life Can’t Get Much Better” climbs up to a new peak of No.51, after falling last week the Kanye West track “Famous” (HP-43) is back up eighteen spots to No.52 and Mike Perry sees his first chart entry “The Ocean” climb eight spots to a new chart height of No.56. Beyonce drops four to No.60 with “Hold Up”, which is now Gold (●) in sales, Troye Sivan performed “Wild” on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ this past week, and it is back up four to No.70, Adele’s “Hello” is newly 7x▲Platinum in sales down down six to No.74, with “Roses” for The Chainsmokers is down fourteen to No.76 and now 3x▲Platinum in sales.

The debut last week for The Amity Affliction and “This Could be Heartbreak” rises fourteen to a new peak of No.80. Frances holds at her peak of No.88 with “Don’t Worry About Me” and three songs return to the Top 100, Ed Sheeran and “Thinking Out Loud” at No.95 and regaining its ‘Longest Charting Song’ on the charts, at 96 weeks, plus the song is now certified 8x▲Platinum and his other charting song “Photograph” at No.97 is now 3x▲Platinum in sales, then the next re-entry at No.96 is “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber and then back in at #100 is “Lean on” for Major Lazer with M0 and DJ Snake.

There are three songs debuting in the lower fifty this week, all of them are by multiple acts, first of which is UK producer Jonas Blue who teams up with JP Cooper for his second chart entry “Perfect Strangers” at No.64, following up his January No.1 single/cover of “Fast Car” (TW-58).

New at No.72 is another British producer and songwriter in Nicholas Gale who uses the stage name Digital Farm Animals, having recently been in the Top 10 as songwriter of the Galantis single “No Money” (HP-6, TW-30), and he has teamed with Cash Cash and Nelly for the track “Millionaire”. This also becomes the second Top 100 entry for Cash Cash who have charted previously with “Take Me Home” (HP-7, peaked late February 2014) feat Bebe Rexha as guest vocalist.

Ahead of their national tour in a few weeks, the third single to chart from the second Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” (TW-32) enters at No.85 this week entitled “Brad Pitt’s Cousin”, and follows on from “Downtown” (HP-1×4, peaked Oct 2015) and then “Dance off” (HP-7, peaked late March 2016).

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