Justin Bieber scores his longest running No.1 single in Australia this week, as “Love Yourself” is atop the ARIA Singles chart for a fifth consecutive week.
“Love Yourself” is also spending a fifth broken week at the top in the UK and here it his longest run at the top, beating the four weeks that “What Do You Mean?” (TW-9) spent during all of September 2015, in fact Justin has been in the Top 5 with one of his three current Top 10 singles since the first week of September (7th) of last year, that’s nineteen weeks and counting. Justin is also at No.3 again this week with “Sorry” which has only been in two chart spots since it debuted eleven weeks ago, number two (5 weeks) and three (6 weeks), plus he also moves up the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles, 2010’s’ from equal twelfth to now equal tenth alongside the nine weeks that Taylor Swift (3 #1’s) and Eminem (2 #1’s) have also notched up this decade.
Adele is on hold at No.2 again with her former No.1 “Hello” and after JB’s “Sorry” is one of three versions of “Fast Car” within the Top 100 this week, the tropical house version by Jonas Blue and Dakota is back up one place to its former peak of No.4, swapping places with Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” which drops back a spot to No.5 after which recent tourists here Snakehips along with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper climb two places to a new peak of No.6 with “All My Friends”, which in turn pushes “Middle” by DJ Snake and Bipolar Sunshine down one spot to No.7.
Elle King jumps up six places to land at No.8 with her debut single “Ex’s & Oh’s”, which also achieves Gold in sales, plus Australia becomes the highest chart placing for the track, having so far only peaked at No.10 in the USA and New Zealand. Justin is on hold at No.9 again with “What Do You Mean” and also stalling at No.10 for a third straight week are WSTRN with their debut single “IN2”.
Marcus Marr and Chet Faker climb back up to No.11 with “The Trouble with Us” and jumping ten places to land at No.15 is the second entry for Zara Larsson, “Lush Life” whilst also new to the Top 20 is Alessia Cara with “Here”, which is also up ten places to land at No.19. “Hotline Bling” for Drake is back up four places to No.18 and up three places to a new peak of No.23 is Troye Sivan with “Youth”. With her album debuting high this week, the Rachel Platten track “Stand by You” is back up five spots to No.26 and now certified Gold in sales whilst the official video for Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” (HP-19) debuted on Tuesday (5th Jan) and has helped the song to bullet up into the Top 50 to land at No.29. The No.1 single for 2015 was “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, which is back up six to No.32 this week, followed by the rock/dance version of “Fast Car” by Tobtok and River, up six places to a new peak of No.33, “Magnets” for Disclosure and Lorde rises back up seven to No.34 and climbing two places to a new chart height of No.35 is Charlie Puth with Tyga on “One Call Away”. Last week “The Girl is Mine” by 99 Souls plummeted down the chart, but this week is back up nine to No.37, “Lean on” by Major Lazer is back up five to No.39 and also jumping back into the Top 50 is Selena Gomez with her “Same Old Love” (HP-33) which is back in at No.40, followed by Lost Frequencies and “Reality”, also back in at No.41, whilst the final returnee to the fifty is Calvin Harris with his former No.1 single “How Deep is Your Love” at No.48 and now certified 2xPlatinum in sales.
The only dropout from this weeks Top 10 is “Never Forget You” (HP-3, WI10-10) for Zara Larsson and MNEK, dropping six places to No.13, whilst spending its first week out of the Top 20 is “Perfect” by One Direction, which has so far spent a single week in the Top 10 and then ten weeks within the twenty, this week it drops seven to No.22. “The Hills” fall six to No.27 for The Weeknd, but falling eleven places to No.28 is “Dessert” for Dawin, whilst “Fire & the Flood” for Vance Joy is down six to No.30. “Whip it!” for LunchMoney Lewis falls eight to No.36, after which Guy Sebastian is “Black & Blue” and One Direction has seen “Drag Me Down” both fall nine places to No.44 and No.45 respectively, with the biggest drop of the week goes to X-Factor 2015 winner Cyrus with his debut track “Stone” falling nineteen places to No.39, but it does pick up its first certification, going Gold this week.
Seven weeks and running for Adele as her third set “25” remains at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart again this week.
“25” is the first album to spend seven straight weeks at the top since Adele’s previous album “21” (TW-18) did so during an eight week run in it’s 16th to 23rd weeks at the top from early September to late October in 2011. Adele also racks up here 39th overall weeks at the top from her two albums in Australia, moving her up the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ from equal seventh to now equal fifth alongside the 39 weeks that ABBA have notched up from their four No.1 sets (4 in the 1970’s, ‘ABBA Gold’ in the 1990’s), and if she stays again next week she will be outright fifth on that list.
The entire top four albums are all stable this week, and the top six albums are all former No.1’s, with Justin Bieber and “Purpose” at No.2, “1989” by Taylor Swift at No.3 and Ed Sheeran with “x” stays put at No.4. Elvis’ “If I Can Dream” album is back up one spot to No.5 and the sixth biggest album for 2014 and 2015, “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith is back up ten places to (funnily enough) No.6 this week, racking up its 52nd overall week within the Top 10 and also its twelfth appearance at #6.
After jumping back up last week the Coldplay album “A Head Full of Dreams” drops back down two places to No.7, followed by The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness” on hold at No.8 this week. The TV soundtrack to the upcoming mini-series “Molly” (due to screen in February) is up three places to land a new peak of No.9 and its first week inside the Top 10, whilst One Direction are back down three places to No.10 with their fifth album “Made in the A.M.”.
One of the headline acts at the recent Falls Festival was Leon Bridges, whose album “Coming Home” leapt to the top of the iTunes albums chart late in the week, and he also played sideline shows in Melbourne and Sydney, which all helps his set “Coming Home” (HP-8) to leap back into the Top 50 this week at No.15, whilst returning to its former entry position and peak of No.24 is the soundtrack for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, after which jumps occur for Katy Perry with “Prism” (41 to 27) and Courtney Barnett with “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” (45 to 29) which scores its first certification by going Gold in sales. Sia is back up to No.30 with “1000 Forms of Fear” ahead of her new album at the end of January, after which two Tracy Chapman bullets occur; firstly her debut self-titled (HP-2) album returns at No.35 (it contains ‘Fast Car’) and her recent “Greatest Hits” set jumps back up into the fifty at No.36. Also returning to the Top 50 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Walking Under Stars” at No.46, whilst “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” and “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear are back in too at No.49 and No.50 respectively.
The first of two Top 10 dropouts this week is led by the self-titled album for X-Factor act Jess & Matt, which is down one spot to No.11 after peaking at No.9 and spending two weeks within the ten. The other falling album from last weeks ten is Michael Buble with “Christmas” (HP-1x13, WI10-32, WI10:2015-8) which drops into the lower fifty this week and is the only festive season album left within the Top 100. After leaping back up to No.11 last week, “Blue Neighbourhood” for Troye Sivan is down three to No.14 and also down three is the self-titled album for XF winner Cyrus, falling to No.16. With many albums falling only a few places each this week, the next big drop comes from Little Mix with “Get Weird” which is down twelve places to No.38 and Florence’s “How Big…” album is down eleven to No.39, but bigger still is the fifteen place drop for 5SOS and “Sounds Good Feels Good” which falls to No.44. Queen and their “Greatest Hits” is down ten spots to No.47 whilst also dropping fifteen to No.48 are Bring Me the Horizon with “That’s the Spirit”.
The first new entry of 2016 and the only debut within the Top 100 this week comes in at No.12 and is the third album for US singer Rachel Platten entitled “Wildfire”. Her first album she issued in 2003 and then her second in 2011 were independently released, and this major label debut contains the two current hits “Stand by You” (TW-26) and the former No.2 hit “Fight Song”.
29 ‘Out of the Woods’ – Taylor Swift
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.