Australian Singles: Major Lazer Registers A No 1 Hit With Bieber and MØ -
Major Lazer, photo by Ros O'Gorman

Major Lazer, photo by Ros O'Gorman

Australian Singles: Major Lazer Registers A No 1 Hit With Bieber and MØ

by Gavin Ryan on July 31, 2016

in Live,News,Noise Pro

Similar to last weeks chart, we have new No.1’s debuting on both the singles and albums chart this week, one a collaboration between an American group with both a Canadian and Danish guest vocalist, and then an Australian 90’s boy-band claim the top of the Albums chart.

Major Lazer has teamed with Justin Bieber and M0 for the new track “Cold Water”, the first single from their forthcoming fourth album “Music is the Weapon”. The track becomes the 1056th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2016), the 491st for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016) and also the 996th No.1 song since the charts went weekly in January 1949, plus the 112th track to debut at the top of the Australian Singles chart, with the song also entering at No.1 in the UK this week too, dethroning Drake after his record 15 weeks at the top over there.

This is the second No.1 in Australia for both Major Lazer and M0, who along with DJ Snake went to No.1 for a single week at the start of April 2015 with “Lean On”, whilst the new No.1 song also becomes the third chart-topping single for Justin Bieber and he is now the only act this year to have appeared at the top of the singles chart with two No.1 songs, as his track “Love Yourself” spent the first four weeks of 2016 at the top. JB also climbs from ninth to eighth on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s, Singles’, as he has now spent twelve weeks at the top this decade with his three No.1’s, one spot behind Adele (13 wks) and breaking away from his tie with Justice Crew (11 wks) and M0 and Major Lazer join the list now down at No.24 and No.25 having now both had two No.1’s and two weeks at No.1 this decade, plus M0 also becomes the second Danish act to score two No.1 singles here, the other being Aqua with their first two singles in late 1997, and its the sixth song by a Danish act to make it to the top here, plus the second for this year, after Lukas Graham hit the top back in February, whilst the new No.1 also becomes the 23rd to feature a Canadian act (third this year after JB in January and Drake), and finally the 681st by an American act (Major Lazer). Justin too is now equal second on the list of ‘Most No.1 Songs: Canadian Acts’ alongside the three for Celine Dion, one behind the four for Bryan Adams.

This is also the second No.1 for the record label Mad Decent, the other Major Lazer track was also on their label, and this is the second time that the word ‘Cold’ has appeared in a No.1 song, the other being waaayyy back in March of 1952 for Tony Bennett and his cover of the country song “Cold, Cold Heart” (2 wks), and it’s the third track with ‘Water’ in it’s title, the last was the Anthony Callea cover of “Bridge Over Trouble Water” (21st March, 2005, 2 wks) and prior to that was Julian Lennon and “Saltwater” (8th March, 1992, 4 wks).

Last week local rapper Illy leapt into the Top 10 for the first time with his new track “Papercuts” featuring Vera Blue, which this week leaps up six places to land at No.2, giving Warner the top two singles in the country too. Holding on at No.3 for a third straight week are Calvin Harris and Rihanna with “This is What You Came for” whilst swapping places are Drake with “One Dance”, back up one to No.4 and down a spot to No.5 is Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better”, spending (so far) half as much time at its peak as his first No.4 track “Stitches” did, with his current track now ▲Platinum in sales.

On hold this week are “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” for Justin Timberlake and “Too Good” for Drake and Rihanna at No.6 and No.7 respectively, whilst Imany is spending a fourth week at No.9 with “Don’t Be So Shy”. Tumbling six places to No.8, and swapping places with Illy this week, are The Veronica’s with their former No.1 song “In My Blood” and rising two spots to a new peak of No.10 is Anne-Marie with “Alarm”, becoming her first Top 10 single here in Australia, and her first Top 10 anywhere in the world too.

UP: Returning to its former peak of No.11 for a third week is the Ariana Grande track “Into You”, which is back up seven spots this week, plus it goes ▲Platinum too, with Adele holding at No.13 for a third straight week with “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”. Usher climbs with his “Crash”, up three to a new peak of No.17 and climbing into the Top 20 this week are two tracks; “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones which is up seven to No.19 {now Gold (●)} and right behind and climbing eight to No.20 is DJ Mustard with Nicki Minaj and Jeremih and “Don’t Hurt Me”. M0 might also be scoring her second No.1 here this week, but her current solo single “Final Song” is up nine spots to a new peak of No.26 and back up eight places to No.28 is Sia and her “Cheap Thrills”, which went to No.1 in the USA (Billboard) Chart this week (her first over there), and “This Girl” for Kungs & Cookin’ on 3 Burners is back up two to No.29 and now ▲Platinum. “Heathens” for twenty one pilots rebounds fifteen places to a new peak of No.33 this week as the film “Suicide Squad” is getting closer to being released and two more tracks from the soundtrack enter/re-enter this week lower down. Flume’s appearance at ‘Splendour in the Grass’ last weekend helps his former No.1 “Never Be Like You” to climb back up four to No.34, Fergie is back up eight to No.37 with her “M.I.L.F. $” on the nine year anniversary since her debut album “The Dutchess” started its four week run at the top. Mike Perry lands his first week in the Top 50 as his debut chart entry “The Ocean” jumps up seventeen spots to land at No.39 and Jonas Blue lands his second Top 50 placing as “Perfect Strangers” is up twenty-two spots to a new peak of No.42.

DOWN: There are two songs leaving the Top 10 this week, and the first is last weeks No.1 debut for Katy Perry and “Rise” (HP-1×1, WI10-1) which drops to No.12 this week, but should rise in the next few weeks as we hear it throughout the Olympics broadcasts (it also has no Top 40 streaming rating but is #4 on the digital sales chart this week). This is the fourth song to leave the top-spot and drop-out of the Top 10, but the first since it happened twice in 2012. Back then we saw the first Voice winner Karise Eden drop from the top to No.54 with “Stay with me Baby” (week of 2nd of July) and then two weeks later Reece Mastin and his track “Shout it Out” fell from the top to No.12 (week of 16th July, 2012), but prior to that there was the Celine Dion track “My Heart Will Go on” (early March 1998 1 to 24) due to the single being deleted. The other Top 10 dropout from last week is Little Mix and “Hair” (HP-10, WI10-1) which falls fifteen places to No.25 this week. After peaking at No.19 for the past two weeks, Fifth Harmony and Fetty Wap are down three to No.22 with “All in My Head (Flex)” and now Gold (●), whilst down seven after peaking at No.17 last week is Dua Lipa and “Hotter Than Hell”. Down five places apiece are Pink with “Just Like Fire” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” for Mike Posner to No.30 and No.32 respectively, whilst “The Fighter” for Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood is down eleven to No.43, plus Delta Goodrem drops eight to No.48 with “Enough”. Dropping hard into the lower fifty are 5 Seconds of Summer with “Girls Talk Boys” (21 to 53) and then “Make Me…” for Britney Spears and G-Eazy (39 to 58).

Lower 50: There is only the No.1 single debuting within the Top 50 this week, whilst only three in the lower fifty. Climbing a massive thirty-one spots to a new peak of No.54 is “Brad Pitt’s Cousin” for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Xperience, plus his former No.7 single “Dance Off” returns to the Top 100 at No.87 (now ▲Platinum), all ahead of his early August national tour. The new No.1 spot for Major Lazer helps his former No.1 “Lean on” to rise back up nine places to No.91 after returning to the chart last week, and the oldest charting single again this week is the Ed Sheeran track “Thinking Out Loud” at No.95 in its 97th week within the Top 100, whilst the second of three re-entries this week is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem at No.90, with last weeks #51 for Good Charlotte and “Life Can’t Get Much Better” being this weeks biggest track to leave the Top 100.

The DC film “Suicide Squad” opens in the first week of August, and the soundtrack has already generated two entries to the chart (three if you count the No.1 from last year for Grace), “Heathens” for twenty one pilots (TW-33) and then in early July we saw “Sucker for Pain” by Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons and X- Ambassadors, which this week re-enters the chart at a new peak of No.77. The third/fourth entry from the album debuts at No.68 this week and is a teaming between DJ/Producer Skrillex and rapper Rick Ross for the (Joker themed) track “Purple Lamborghini”, whilst the album also contains tracks by Eminem, Panic at the Disco, Grimes and Skylar Grey amongst its 14 tracks.

US actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld teams with the band Grey and producer Zedd for her third entry here, the dance track “Starving”, which is new at No.78 this week. She previously entered with “Love Myself” (HP-92) and earlier this year “Rock Bottom” (HP-39, April 2016). The final new entry this week is for 20 year-old Sydney singer Jessica Cerro who goes by the stage name of Montaigne, and the former Triple J Unearthed High of 2012 finalist sees her fifth single “Because I Love You” become her first singles solo chart entry at No.98, as she has appeared as a guest vocalist on the recent and highest charting single for The Hilltop Hoods track “1955” (HP-2, TW-47).

compiled by Gavin Ryan for


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