Robin Thicke scores his first ever No.1 single this week with Blurred Lines. His only other Top 100 single was When I Get You Alone (No.17 Aug. ’03). This means Daft Punk did not last long at the top spot as Get Lucky drops down to No.2. Interestingly enough, Pharrell Williams appears as feature artist on both tracks, meaning it is the first time that a feature artist has replaced themselves at No.1. Usually this only happens with primary artists and even then it is rare, such as when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it earlier this year in January when Same Love replaced Thrift Shop at No.1. The second biggest rise this week in the Top 40 comes from will.i.am with #thatPOWER moving six positions to No.8, becoming his third solo top ten single. Finally we see a barrage of The Voice contestant debuts.
No.13 HOME – Harrison Craig. Already touted as the favourite of this year’s The Voice contestants, eighteen year old Harrison Craig continues to be the front runner this week. Craig is the only contestant to achieve a higher position than No.20 and now he has done it twice, first with Broken Vow (No.18 Apr. ’13). Craig even beats the original version of Home sung by Michael Buble (No.35 May ’05).
No.24 ARITHMETIC – Jackie Sannia. Seventeen year old The Voice contestant Jackie Sannia makes her ARIA Chart debut this week not once, but twice, making her the only contestant this year to do so. Arithmetic was originally sung by Brooke Fraser, taken from her album What To Do With Daylight (No.85 Oct. ’04).
No.30 SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD – Miss Murphy. Karen Andrews, now known in Australia as Miss Murphy thanks to The Voice, makes her ARIA Chart debut this week with the Elton John classic, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. The original peaked at No.19 way back in January 1977.
No.31 GOD BLESS THIS CHILD – Steve Clisby. As the oldest contestant on The Voice this year, sixty-seven year old Steve Clisby made his ARIA Chart debut last week with his version of the Marc Cohn track, Walking In Memphis, which actually moves up twelve positions to No.60. This week Clisby achieves his best performance yet with the Billie Holiday song, God Bless This Child, which was originally recorded in 1941.
No.32 CRAZY KIDS – Ke$ha Feat. will.i.am. American pop star Ke$ha has achieved two No.1’s with We R Who We R (No.1 Nov. ’10) and Tik Tok (No.1 Nov. ’09). In total Ke$ha has had seven top ten hits. The performer was last in the charts with C’mon (No.19 Feb. ’13) and with the release of Crazy Kids she earns her ninth Top 100 single.
No.33 HOW YA DOIN’? – Little Mix Feat. Missy Elliott. How Ya Doin’? is the fourth Top 100 single from UK girl group Little Mix. They have achieved two top 10 singles with Wings (No.3 Nov. ’12) and Change Your Life (No.8 Apr. ’13). How Ya Doin’? is a reworking of the Curiosity Killed the Cat song Name And Number, which reached No.14 on the UK Singles chart in 1989. This new version features rapper Missy Elliott, who has not been featured on the chart since her song We Run This (No.23 Sep. ’06).
No.34 THE HORSES – Michael Paynter. This is Michael Paynter’s fourth Top 100 single. The Voice contestant actually had his best hit before he entered the competition with the song Love The Fall (No.19 Aug. ’10). The Horses was originally sung by Daryl Braithwaite and achieved success in the ‘90s reaching No.1 in May ’91.
No.41 BEAT IT – Sean Kingston Feat. Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa. R&B singer Sean Kingston was last in the charts with Letting Go (Dutty Love) (No.73 Sep. ’10). Beat It also marks his return to the charts since his serious jet ski accident in May 2011. Kingston is best known for his song Beautiful Girls (No.1 Sep. ’07). That was Kingston’s ARIA Chart debut and so far has been his only No.1 single.
No.48 UPSIDE DOWN – Kiyomi Vella. Kiyomi Vella is yet another The Voice contestant making her ARIA chart debut this week. Vella does so with the song Upside Down, originally sung by Diana Ross. The song was a big hit for Ross, reaching No.1 in October 1980.
No.49 SOUNDS OF SILENCE – Alex Gibson. Alex Gibson is a busker from Canberra making his ARIA chart debut this week. The Voice contestant sung his version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, Sounds of Silence. The original peaked at No.3 in 1966.
No.71 #BEAUTIFUL – Mariah Carey Feat. Miguel. Pop diva Mariah Carey has not had a single in the charts since Obsessed (Cahill Club Mix) (No.58 Oct. ’09). In Carey’s twenty year long career, she has racked up two No.1 hits with We Belong Together (No.1 June ’05) and Fantasy (No.1 Oct. ’95).
No.73 ON MY WAY – Charlie Brown. Making his ARIA chart debut this week is not the Charles M Schulz cartoon character, but British singer-songwriter Charlie Brown. On My Way debuted at its peak of No.7 on the UK Singles chart earlier in March earlier this year.
No.87 DEDICATION TO MY EX – Michelle Martinez. Twenty-eight year old backing singer and The Voice contestant Michelle Martinez makes her ARIA chart debut this week with, Dedication To My Ex. The original was sung by Lloyd and it peaked at No.3 in December 2011.
No.90 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE – Agnetha Faltskog. Her name might not be familiar to some, but Swedish singer Agnetha Faltskog makes up one ‘A’ of superstar group ABBA. This is the first time she has achieved a Top 100 single as a solo artist since Can’t Shake Loose reached No.76 in 1983.
No.96 PEOPLE HELP THE PEOPLE – Jackie Sannia. This is Sannia’s second debut single in the charts this week. The Voice contestant sung a cover of Little Birdy’s People Help The People which peaked at No.10 in September 2012. Little Birdy’s version is itself a cover of the original Cherry Ghost version, which peaked at No.27 in the UK in 2007.
With Mother’s Day now behind us it is no surprise that Michael Buble remains at the top spot this week with To Be Loved. With its fourth week at No.1, Buble now holds the title for longest running No.1 album this year. It beats the previous holder, Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars which currently sits at No.3. The last album to have a longer consecutive run at the top was P!nk when Truth About Love remained in the top spot for five weeks last Spring. UK drum and bass quartet Rudimental, debut at No.2 this week with their debut album Home. It replaces the previous No.2, Universus by ShockOne, which falls to No.25 this week. Assuring The Voice’s dominance in both charts this week, Ricky Martin’s Greatest Hits moves to a new peak at No.4. Last year’s The Voice contestant, Rachael Leahcar also earns her second top ten album with Romantique coming in at No.10.
No.2 HOME - Rudimental. UK drum and bass quartet Rudimental, have backed up the strong performance of their singles Feel The Love (No.3 July ’12), Not Giving In (No.12 Feb. ’13) and Waiting All Night (peaking at No.11 this week) with the release of their debut album Home. Although it did not beat Michael Buble in Australia, it did debut at No.1 last week in the UK.
No.6 TIME – Rod Stewart. Showing no signs of slowing down with age, Rod Stewart is back with his twenty-ninth album as a solo artist. Stewart scored his first ever No.1 with Every Picture Tells A Story (No.1 Aug. ’71). Since then he has racked up a total of seven No.1 albums. Stewart’s last appearance on the chart was with Merry Christmas, Baby (No.3 Dec. ’12), which has been his best since Vagabond Heart (No.1 July ’91).
No.8 GOLDEN – Lady Antebellum. Golden is the fourth studio album from country pop trio Lady Antebellum. They were last in the charts with their Christmas album, On This Winter’s Night (No.71 Nov. ’12). Golden is also their third top ten album, joining Own The Night (No.5 Sep. ’11) and Need You Now (No.5 Apr. ’11). Those two albums also topped the ARIA Country Albums chart, where Golden currently sits at No.2.
No.33 THE BEST – REMINISCENT 10TH ANNIVERSARY – Yiruma. Yiruma is the stage name of Lee Ru-Ma, a Korean born pianist and composer. Yiruma is currently touring Australia in conjunction with the release of a collection of his songs, The Best – Reminiscent 10th Anniversary. Yiruma also debuts this week with, Stay In Memory at No.71.
No.34 THE VOICE 2013 FINAL 32 – Various. After making their presence known in the ARIA Singles chart this week, this year’s The Voice contestants make their debut on the ARIA Albums chart with The Voice 2013 Final 32. Last year’s compilation, The Voice: The Final 24, entered the charts at No.26 and managed to reach No.13 two weeks later.
No.47 LIFE ON A ROCK – Kenny Chesney. Life On A Rock is the fifteenth studio album from country superstar Kenny Chesney. The entertainer made his ARIA Albums Chart debut with Hemingway’s Whiskey (No.73 Oct. ’10) and was last in the charts with his best performing album so far, Welcome To The Fishbowl (No.34 July ’12). Life On A Rock currently sits at No.4 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart.
No.53 VOLUME 3 – She & Him. She & Him is the musical project of actress Zooey Deschanel and folk singer M. Ward. They were last in the charts with their Christmas album, A Very She & Him Christmas (No.91 Dec. ’11). Their best chart performance was with Volume Two (No.49 Mar. ’10).
No.71 STAY IN MEMORY – Yiruma. Along with his greatest hits collection at No.33 this week, the Korean born pianist gets his second debut with the album Stay In Memory, which was actually released last year. His popularity in Australia is growing thanks to his recent tour. Yiruma lives in the now most well-known district of Korea, Gangnam.
No.72 INTENSE – Armin van Buuren. Dutch electronic music producer and DJ Armin Van Buuren scores his second Top 100 album this week with, Intense. Van Buuren’s first was Mirage (No.53 Sep. ’10). Both Mirage and Intense have been successful in his homeland reaching No.3 and No.2 respectively.
No.74 VIGILANCE – Storm The Sky. Vigilance is the second EP from Melbourne metal band Storm The Sky. The six-piece formed in 2011 and comprises of Daniel Breen - vocals, Will Jarratt - vocals, Billy Green - guitar, Andy Szetho - guitar, Kristian Evagelistis – bass and Alex Trail – drums.
No.79 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH: TRIBUTE TO HITSVILLE U.S.A – Michael Bolton. Michael Bolton first charted in Australia back in 1988 with The Hunger (No.36 Jul. ’88). He followed that up with his first No.1, Soul Provider (Apr. ’90). Bolton’s only other No.1 album was The One Thing (Mar. ’94) and the last time Bolton was in the charts was with Gems: The Duets Collection (No.26 Apr. ’12).
No.81 UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM – Joe Satriani. Joe Satriani is considered one of the best guitar players in the world, he even taught Kirk Hammet from Metallica how to play, as well as fellow virtuoso Steve Vai. Unstoppable Momentum is his ninth Top 100 album. Satriani’s best to date, was his first album to chart in Australia, Surfing With The Alien (No.10 Nov. ’88).
No.87 FRENCH KISS – Jane Rutter. Jane Rutter is an Australian flautist, who is known for crossing over into jazz and pop. French Kiss is her fifth album to crack the Top 100. Rutter’s last appearance on the chart was with An Australian In Paris (No.54 Sep. ’12) which so far has been her best performing album.
No.95 RIEU ROYALE – Andre Rieu. Dutch violinist Andre Rieu is no stranger to the charts, havinge only had a debut release two weeks ago with Mother & Child – Lullabies The Whole World Loves (currently at No.21) and he is already back with another release, Rieu Royale. This now makes twenty-three Top 100 Albums. So far his only No.1 album has been Waltzing Matilda (No.1 May ’08).