An Aussie visit from James Arthur that included an appearance at the ARIA Awards and a very revealing interview with Kyle and Jackie O hasn’t hurt his chart appeal. “Say You Won’t Let Go” spends its seventh week on the top of the chart, which is right up there with some impressive chart performances this year including:
5 weeks at #1 Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (Dec/Jan)
8 weeks #1 Lukas Graham “7 Years” (Feb-Apr)
7 weeks #1 Drake “One Dance” featuring Wizkid & Kyla (non-consecutive weeks May-Jul)
7 weeks #1 The Chainsmokers “Closer” featuring Halsey (Aug-Oct)
The only newcomer to the top 10 this week is Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie with “Rockabye”. The song from the UK electro outfit jumps 12 spots to #2 on its fourth week on the chart.
“Black Beatles” continues to edge higher, this week moving up from #6 to #3 for Rae Sremmurd.
The Veronicas were a big chart mover with “On Your Side” up from #39 to #19 on its sixth week, a new peak for the tune from the hosts of the ARIA Awards.
Highest new entry, and just one of three top 50 newcomers, is “It’s Gotta Be You”, the song from 2016 winner of The X Factor, Isaiah.
A visit down under has helped power “Love My Life” from Robbie Williams into the 50 at #36.
The final new arrival this week is from The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming” at #41.
New releases again flood the chart this week with the top four all new and a total of nine new releases landing in the top 50.
Metallica has notched up their sixth ARIA #1 album with their first studio album in eight years “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”. The band’s10th studio album is their followup to “Death Magnetic” from 2008.
A very different artist just missed top spot – UK girl pop group Little Mix with “Glory Days”, their fourth album already.
Also in the top 10 on debut is Bruno Mars at #3 with “24K Magic”.
The sixth album from Campbelltown rapper Kerser sees his “Tradition” at #4 after previous albums “S.C.O.T.” (2013) and “Next Step” (2015) both peaked at #5.
After taking home six ARIA Awards from last week’s awards show, Flume sees “Skin” re-enter the top 50 at #19.
This weeks other top 50 debuts:
#23 Sixx:A.M. with “Prayers For The Blessed”
#26 Miranda Lambert with “The Weight Of These Wings”
#32 DNCE with “DNCE”
#35 Trolls soundtrack
#43 Disturbed with “Live At Red Rocks”
Special note about Adele and “25” – the eight times platinum album starts the first week of its second year on the chart back inside the top 10 at #8.
And after jumping from #48 to #14, you’d have to think “The Very Very Best Of Crowded House” could have a new chart peak next week after the band’s four-night Opera House run. The album’s previous best was #11 after 153 weeks on the chart.