News 27 August 2021

Seven weeks at #1 for The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber's Stay

Debuts for Ed Sheeran, Clinton Kane and more!

Seven weeks at #1 for The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber's Stay

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber make it seven weeks at #1 in the ARIA Singles Chart with their collaboration ‘Stay’. Other singles by Australian artists to spend seven weeks at #1 have been John Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ (#1 Nov. ’86), Pseudo Echo’s ‘Funky Town’ (#1 Dec. ’86) and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Locomotion’ (#1 Aug. ’87). The current record holder for weeks at #1 (by an Australian artist or otherwise) is Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ (#1 Aug. ’19), which spent 24 weeks in the top spot.

Ed Sheeran takes out his 22nd Top Ten single on the ARIA Charts as he debuts at #3 with ‘Visiting Hours’. The track was released when the British singer-songwriter announced his fifth studio album, = (pronounced “equals”), which is due to be dropped on 29 October. ‘Visiting Hours’ was premiered at the state funeral for Michael Gudinski in March and is a tribute to the late Mushroom Records founder. The track includes backing vocals by Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes. It’s Sheeran’s second Top Ten single on the chart this week, with ‘Bad Habits’ sitting at #3.

A week after debuting at #7, Elton John and Dua Lipa’s ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ jumps up three spots to hit #4. It becomes Dua Lipa’s sixth Top Five single in Australia. The single sits one spot below the peak reached by Elton John’s duet with George Michael, ‘Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ (#3 Jan. ’92).

Perth artist Clinton Kane makes his ARIA Top 50 debut with ‘I Guess I'm In Love’. It’s been a big couple of years for Kane, including relocating to Los Angeles, releasing the EP this is what it feels like and collaborating with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix on the single ‘Drown’, which peaked at # 12 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in March 2020. Kane released the single ‘Chicken Tendies’ in February, going on to peak at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

As well as hitting #1 on the Albums Chart with Solar Power, Lorde hits the Singles Chart Top 50 at #29 with ‘Mood Ring’. The album’s third single includes backing vocals by Phoebe Bridgers, Marlon Williams and Clairo, among others. Solar Power’s title track (#14 Jun. ’21) has returned to the Top 50 this week at #39.

American producer Skrillex takes out his first chart entry since 2017 as he debuts at #43 with ‘Don’t Go’. The track is a collaboration with Justin Bieber and Don Toliver. Bieber and Skrillex have worked together multiple times, including on the single ‘Where Are Ü Now’ (#3 Apr. ’15). Skrillex last charted with ‘Would You Ever’ (#42 Sept. ’17).