Sam Smith Might Grab No 1 This Week MIDWEEK SALES
Sam Smith plays the Town Hall in Melbourne at an intimate show put on by iHeart Radio, KiisFM and Optus Yes. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Sam Smith plays the Town Hall in Melbourne at an intimate show put on by iHeart Radio Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Sam Smith Might Grab No 1 This Week MIDWEEK SALES

by Gavin Ryan on September 17, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Sam Smith may have the number one album in Australia this week while Meghan Trainer’s reality show appearance has boosted her sales.

The two guest acts that appeared on this weeks X-Factor, Meghan Trainor and Nathaniel, looks set to dominate the top two positions on the ARIA Singles Chart this weekend, with Meghan’s “All About That Bass” returning to the top spot and “Live Louder” by Nathaniel jumping from its debut this week of No.22 to No.2. Meghan is also helped out by her new four-track EP called “Title”, which will translate to singles’ sales.

This of course will push Taylor Swift’s “Shake if Off” down, but she (like Meghan) is due to appear on the X-Factor in the next couple of weeks, so it could return to the top spot, whilst XF judge Redfoo and last weeks XF guest Ariana Grande (alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) with “Bang Bang” should remain within the Top 5 this coming week. Retaining their Top 10 status should be Timmy Trumpet and Savage, George Ezra, Klingande, G.R.L. and jumping from its debut of No.19 to within the Top 10 is the new UK No.1 single for this week, “Blame” by Calvin Harris and John Newman, now that its had a full week of sales here in Australia.

“Cool Kids” (TW-18) by Echosmith and Sam Smith singing “I’m Not the Only One” (TW-20) look set to jump up into the Top 15 this week, and Becky G and her “Shower” (TW-27) looks on track to land a lower Top 20 berth this weekend, whilst the highest new entry could be Sigma with Paloma Faith and the dance track “Changing” which would give Paloma two tracks within the twenty.

Pitbull’s “Fireball” (TW-26) should climb to just outside of the Top 20, whilst it looks like “Maps” (TW-37, HP-30) for Maroon 5 could land a higher peak this week (possible #28). “Arrows” for Fences with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (TW-55) could leap into the lower end of the Top 30. The No.44 entry this week for Nickelback, “What Are You Waiting for” looks likely to climb into the 30-35 region and The Script could be back within the Top 40 with “Superheroes” (TW-62), whilst potentially debuting within the forty could be The Vamps with Shawn Mendes on the part-cover of “Oh Cecilia” which uses the chorus from the Simon & Garfunkel No.6 (peaked late June 1970) song.

Ed Sheeran could land a Top 50 debut with the third single from ‘x’ entitled “Thinking out Loud” and Alesso has teamed with Tove Lo for his new single “Heroes (We Could be)” also within the fifty. “X” for Chris Brown made it to No.75 (1-Sept) and could return this week within the Top 60, whilst he is also on track to enter with two further songs “Don’t Think They Know” featuring Aaliyah (Top 70) and with Nicki Minaj on “Love More” (Top 80). The Madden Brothers’ “Dear Jane” (TW-60) should climb a little higher thanks to their new album coming out; it might even crack the Top 50, whilst the new single for The Veronicas, “You Ruin Me” could land a Top 60 entry.

X-Factor contestants on track to enter this week should be Marlisa Punzalan with her cover of the Metallica song “Nothing Else Matters” (Top 70), Dean Ray with the INXS song “New Sensation” (Top 80), Jason Heerah doing The White Stripes song “Seven Nation Army” (Top 90) and possibly scraping in could be Brother3 with their cover of the Coldplay single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”.

City and Colour front man Dallas Green with the singer Pink could have entered last week, but their track “You and Me” under the moniker of You+Me didn’t, so this week if allowed to enter it would come in within the Top 70, whilst also missing last week was Flight Facilities with Emma Louise and the song “Two Bodies”, which could come in this week within the higher end of the Top 80.

Delta Goodrem’s first release for 2014 is the cover of the Martika 1991 No.1 single “Love… Thy Will Be Done” (which was written by Prince), and it could enter within the Top 80 this weekend, whilst further entries could come from Kid Ink with Usher and Tinashe on “Body Language”, August Alsina with Nicki Minaj and “No Love (Remix)”, and possibly Alex & Sierra with “Scarecrow”.

At the moment it looks like Sam Smith might climb to No.1 for the first time with his debut album “In the Lonely Hour”, although the set is sitting at around No.4 on several digital providers. Above the set there is a compilation (So Fresh) an album out next week (Chris Brown ‘X’) and the four-track EP “Title” by Meghan Trainor (4-track EP’s get put into the singles sales).

The highest new entry and possible competition for Sam is the debut set for The Madden Brothers entitled “Greetings from California”, whilst this week’s No.1 debut for Vance Joy looks likely to remain within the Top 5, whilst also keeping their heads within the Top 10 should be Ed Sheeran, Hilltop Hoods, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack and Jimmy Barnes.

There are potential Top 10 debuts for Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators on their second collaboration entitled “World on Fire”, and also the second album (first under her full name) for Megan Washington entitled “There, There”, which could either land just outside of the Top 10, or just inside it (Megan’s previous album “I Believe You, Liar” debuted at No.3 in August 2010). George Ezra and “Wanted on Voyage” (TW-20) could climb up again this week, whilst current tourist Justin Timberlake could leap into the higher end of the Top 30 with “The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” (TW-78), whilst the same can also be said for Robbie Williams and his set “Swings Both Ways” (TW-60) now that his national tour is working its way around the country.

Further Top 50 debuts could come from For King & Country with “Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong” and Motionless in White with “Reincarnate” and the EP “reimagine” for Hands Like Houses. Kanye’s tour also helps “Yeezus” (TW-31) to maintain its Top 40 status, whilst his other returning set “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (TW-97) could be within the Top 60 this weekend. Further down we could see Train debut with their new set “Bulletproof Picasso” and Seekae with “The Worry”, with Justin’s former album “FutureSex/LoveSound” also making a comeback.

Written, Researched and Compiled by Gavin Ryan.

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