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Baauer Harlem Shake Is Australia’s 1000th Number One Song

by Gavin Ryan on February 24, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

73 years after music charts started in Australia the viral smash ‘Harlem Shake’ by Baauer has become the 1000th number one song.



US born DJ Harry Rodrigues is better known by his stage name Baauer, who makes what he calls trap & bass music. He debuts at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week with his first track here, “Harlem Shake”, featuring only two lyrics; “then do the Harlem shake”, taken from the song “Miller Time” by Plastic Little (2001) and also a female voice yelling “con los terroristas”, which translates to “with the terrorists” in Spanish.

The song becomes the 1000th Number One single in Australia (1940 to 2013), and by debuting at No.1 it becomes the 101st song to enter at the top of the local charts, the last one being Samantha Jade’s “What You’ve Done to Me” (26-Nov-12), plus the song is the 438th No.1 for ARIA (1983 to 2013). As the song is on an independent label, we have to look back to late last year when Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was at the top to find the last indie-label act at No.1 here, in fact both the No.1 single and album this week are released on independent labels, and both charts feature No.1 debuts too.

There has only been US acts at the top of the Australian charts this year, and Baauer becomes the 394th act from America with the 655th song performed by an American act, plus he is the 178th American Male to reach No.1 here.

“Harlem Shake” is the first song to reach No.1 here with the word ‘Harlem’ in its title, but the second with a ‘Shake’ in it, the other being Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) with “Boom! Shake the Room” (16-Jan-94) for a single week. The “Harlem Shake” has become so huge in part to its video clip of people doing weird dance moves once the song kicks in, and many people imitating the moves.

“Harlem Shake” is the first song to reach No.1 here with the word ‘Harlem’ in its title, but the second with a ‘Shake’ in it, the other being Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) with “Boom! Shake the Room” (16-Jan-94) for a single week. The “Harlem Shake” has become so huge in part to its video clip of people doing weird dance moves once the song kicks in, and many people imitating the moves.

So after one only week at the top, Pink drops to No.2 with her seventh No.1 single “Just Give Me a Reason”, and also down a spot is James Arthur with “Impossible” (3 to 4) but Rihanna’s “Stay” climbs to a new peak of No.5 this week, her fourteenth Top 5 single, and her first here since “We Found Love” (HP-2×5) back in October of 2011. All three of the previously mentioned tracks pick up a Platinum (▲) sales certification this week too.

NEW #3 – One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) – One Direction

Competing for the highest debut of the week are UK boy-band One Direction with their cover of the Blondie (1979) track from their “Parallel Lines” album (didn’t chart in Aust.), the song being used in the UK to raise money for their Red Nose day campaign. It instantly becomes their fifth Top 10 single and third Top 3 hit, whilst it’s their twelfth Top 100 entry since November 2011.

Jumping back into the Top 10, up nine places to No.6 is Labrinth and Emeli Sande with “Beneath Your Beautiful”, which surpasses its former peak of No.8, but dropping five places to No.7 is former chart-topper “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (HP-1×4). After peaking at No.4 last week, Bingo Players drop back four places to No.8 with “Get Up (Rattle)”, whilst Bruno Mars drops only one spot to No.9 with “When I Was Your Man”. Lastly Birds of Tokyo are down three places to No.10 with “Lanterns”.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Flume is spending his eighteenth week in the Top 100 at No.18 for a second week with “Holdin’ On” (it’s peak is also #18), but just outside the Top 20, Taylor Swift jumps up twenty-three places to No.22 with the aptly titled “22”. Fall Out Boy are up a place to a new peak of No.30 with “My Songs Know…”, and blasting into the Top 40, up forty-three places to No.31 is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with their now third big hit “Can’t Hold Us”. Rita Ora climbs seven places to a new peak of No.33 with her hit “Radioactive”, and Imagine Dragons rise five places to No.38 with “It’s Time”. Rihanna had previously peaked at No.51 with her track “Right Now”, but this week it jumps up forty-one places to land at No.39.

DOWN DOWN: After six weeks in the Top 5 (3, 4 or 5 only) The Lumineers drop down six places to No.11 with “Ho Hey”, whilst also leaving the top 10 this week are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with “Thrift Shop” (HP-1×7, 14 weeks in T10), down four places to No.13, and after one week at No.10, Neon Trees fall six places with “Everybody Talks” (now ▲). Swedish House Mafia leave the Top 20 for the first time since mid-October 2012 with “Don’t You Worry Child” (20 to 26), but after blasting up the charts last week Youngblood Hawke drop down eleven places to No.28 with “We Come Running”. “She Wolf” for David Guetta and Sia falls down fourteen places to No.35 and Of Monsters and Men see their new single “Mountain Sound” down seven places, but now Gold (●) in sales (they also score 4x▲ for “Little Talks” and their album turns Platinum in sales this week too). “Somebody That I Used to Know” for Gotye drops back seventeen places to No.43 after last weeks Grammy resurgence, and Justice Crew drop ten places to No.44 with “Best Night”. “Not Giving in” for Rudimental falls seventeen places to No.46, whilst “Yolo” for The Lonely Island falls twenty-two places this week to No.54 after only two weeks in the Top 40.

NEW #13 – Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat Christina Aguilera

The fourth single from Pitbull’s “Global Warming” album (TW-82) debuts at No.12 entitled “Feel This Moment” and features Christina Aguilera as guest vocalist, the song also sampling the a-ha track “Take on Me” (HP-1×2 from 11-Nov-85) in it’s hook. It becomes Pitbull’s 25th Top 100 entry, his 23rd returning at No.96 this week, “Don’t Stop the Party” (HP-15). “Feel This Moment” also becomes Christina’s 25th chart entry in the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart too.

NEW #37 – Hey Porsche – Nelly

Nelly is set to release his seventh album ‘M.O.’ later this year, and the first single from the album “Hey Porsche” debuts at No.37 this week becoming his 28th Top 100 entry here in Australia.

Lower 50: “Language” by Porter Robinson climbs a few places to a new peak of No.60, whilst another dance-artist Robert DeLong sees his track “Global Concepts” jump up sixteen places to a new peak of No.62. “Love is All I Got” by Feed Me & Crystal Fighters jumps up twenty-five places to No.64, and A$AP Rocky climbs three places to No.78 with “F**kin’ Problems”.

James Blake lands his first singles chart entry by debuting at No.74 with “Retrograde”, the first single from his second album “Overgrown” (due April). Local dance outfit The Potbelleez debut at No.79 with “Saved in a Bottle”, their seventh Top 100 entry

New York duo MS MR land their debut single “Fantasy” at No.81 this week, taken from their forthcoming first album “Second Hand Rapture” (due out May). Disclosure land their second Top 100 entry as they debut at No.91 with “White Noise”, their previous single “Latch” (HP-49) is one place lower at No.92 this week. And the final new entry of the week is Drake at No.93 with “Started from the Bottom”, the first single from his forthcoming third album “Nothing Was the Same”. It becomes his six Top 100 appearance and first since his Top 10 hit with Rihanna “Take Care” (HP-9, peaked Feb 2012).

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to

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