Pharrell Williams scores his eighth week at No.1 on the ARIA Singles chart as Happy, now equals Robin Thicke’s run with Blurred Lines (No.1 May ’13), on which Williams was a featured artist. It becomes the eighteenth single to spend eight weeks at No.1, joining the likes of Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You (No.1 Oct. ’84), Alien Ant Farm’s Smooth Criminal (No.1 Nov. ’01) and Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know (No.1 Aug. ’11). Happy is the lead single from Williams’ second studio album Girl, which was released this week. It will face some stiff competition from UK quartet Clean Bandit, with their new single Rather Be moving up one spot to No.2 and putting them within striking distance of the top spot. Sydney pop-punk quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer, take out the No.3 spot and score the highest debut of the week with, She Looks So Perfect. Swedish singer/songwriter Kim Cesarion scores his first top five hit with his debut single Undressed, moving four spots to No.5.
No.3 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer. Sydney pop-punk quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer, make their ARIA Singles debut this week with She Looks So Perfect. It follows on from their 2012 EP Somewhere New. The group has been building a name for themselves as the support act on One Direction’s world tour. They are currently touring the UK and are about to hit the US.
No.27 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta Feat. Skylar Grey. French DJ/producer David Guetta, scores his first ARIA top 100 debut of 2014 with his new single, Shot Me Down. It is an EDM reworking of the classic 1966 Cher song Bang Bang, which peaked at No.11. The song was famously covered by Nancy Sinatra in the same year and featured in the soundtrack to the 2003 film, Kill Bill Volume 1 (No.22 Oct. ’03). In Guetta’s version the vocals are provided by US singer/songwriter, Skylar Grey. This is not the first time Grey has charted as a feature artist, she was the guest vocalist on Dr. Dre’s track I Need A Doctor (No.12 Apr. ’11).
No.34 THE POWER OF LOVE – Gabrielle Aplin. 21 year-old British singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, makes her ARIA Singles chart debut this week with her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood song The Power Of Love (No.4 Feb. ’85). Aplin’s cover topped the UK charts in December 2012 and is the lead single from her debut album, English Rain (No.22 May ’13). The track charts for the first time here after being used recently in a commercial for Channel 7’s new drama Resurrection.
No.62 COMING HOME TO RICHMOND – Alex Lloyd. Australian singer/songwriter Alex Lloyd, best known for his song Amazing (No.14 Nov. ’01), makes his first ARIA top 100 debut in almost eight years this week with Coming Home To Richmond. The song is a re-worked version of his hit song Coming Home (No.24 Aug. ’03) written as the anthem for the AFL team Richmond Tigers. Lloyd last had a debut on the ARIA Singles chart with Brand New Day (No.53 Apr. ’06).
No.81 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Snake Feat. Lil Jon. William Grigahcine, better known by his stage name DJ Snake, makes his ARIA chart debut this week with his new single, Turn Down For What. The French DJ and producer has worked with several artists, including Lady Gaga on the albums Born This Way (No.1 May. ’11) and Artpop (No.2 Nov. ’13). Turn Down For What features American rapper Lil Jon, who featured on this chart last with his single Drink (No.42 Oct. ’12).
No.83 STUPID LOVE – Jason Derulo. Stupid Love is the fifth single from Tattoos (No.5 Sep. ’13), the third album from US singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. It follows on from Trumpets (No.1 Dec. ’13), Marry Me (No.8 Oct. ’13), Talk Dirty (No.1 Aug. ’13) and The Other Side (No.4 May ’13). Derulo is currently in the midst of a world tour in support of the album, which will see him visit our shores over April and May.
No.88 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith. British singer/songwriter Paloma Faith, debuts on the ARIA Singles chart with her new single, Can’t Rely On You. It is the lead single from Faith’s upcoming third studio album A Perfect Contradiction and was co-written and produced by current chart topper Pharrell Williams. The album is the follow-up to 2012’s Fall To Grace (No.49 July ’12) and will be released later this month.
No.98 #SELFIE – The Chainsmokers. New York based DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers, make their ARIA chart debut this week with their new single #Selfie. The duo is made up of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall and formed in 2012.
No.99 WE DON’T PLAY AROUND – Dizzee Rascal Feat. Jessie J. UK rapper Dizzee Rascal, is back on the charts this week with the fourth single from his fifth album The Fifth (No.33 Oct. ’13), collaborating with UK singer Jessie J. It follows on from I Don’t Need A Reason (No.96 July ’13) and Bassline Junkie (No.61 Feb. ’13). It is not the first time the two Brits have worked together, as he featured on the Jessie J track, Wild Ones, taken from her Wild EP (No.6 July ’13).
The mini-series might be over, but the INXS retrospective The Very Best has managed to maintain its position at the top of the ARIA Albums chart for a third straight week. INXS continue to have five other titles in the top 50. Last week’s No.2, Kick has dropped to No.3 this week, after returning to its peak it originally reached in 1987. Having debuted at No.5 last November, Swing Both Ways by UK singer Robbie Williams, manages to go three spots better in its fifteenth week in the top 50 and jumps sixteen spots to No.2. The album’s resurgence comes on the back of Williams’ recent visit to Australia to promote the album and his upcoming tour. It is the British singer’s ninth album to hit the top three. Also experiencing a boost from a recent visit is US rapper Eminem, whose latest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (No.1 Nov. ’13) edges back up the chart moving two spots to No.7. After dropping out of the top ten last month for the first time since its release last year, Katy Perry’s Prism (No.1 Nov. ’13) returns to the top ten this week moving six spots to No.9. The return coincides with the announcement of her Prismatic world tour, which will see Perry visit our shores this November.
No.5 MORNING PHASE – Beck. Morning Phase is the twelfth studio album from American alt-rock hero Beck and is his first to crack the ARIA top ten. It comes nearly six years since his last album and previous chart peak, Modern Guilt (No.13 July ’08). It becomes his ninth album to chart, making his debut almost two decades ago with his third studio album Mellow Gold (No.53 Aug. ’94).
No.18 DAWN OF THE HEAD – Funkoars. Dawn Of The Head is the fifth album from Adelaide hip hop collective, Funkoars. It is their second album to crack the ARIA top 50, following on from The Quickening (No.11 Sep. ’11), which remains their highest charting album to date. They made their ARIA chart debut with their third album, The Hangover (No.57 Dec. ’08). Dawn Of The Head debuts at No.3 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart this week.
No.21 HELIOS – The Fray. Helios is the fourth album from American quartet, The Fray. It is the follow-up to Scars & Stories (No.18 Feb. ’12) and includes the single Love Don’t Die (No.44 Dec. ’13). It marks the fourth appearance in the chart for the band, following their chart topping debut How To Save A Life (No.1 Mar. ’07) and their self-titled second album, which reached No.3 in February 2009.
No.31 LOVE CHILD – Soundtrack. Love Child is the soundtrack to the Channel Nine television series of the same name that premiered in February. The drama series follows the lives of staff and residents at the fictional Kings Cross Hospital in 1969. Amongst classic songs by the likes of Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield, the soundtrack also features Australian singer/songwriter Emma Birdsall. Birdsall was a contestant on the first season of The Voice Australia and is set to release her debut album later this year.
No.35 WHITE DEER PARK – Papa Vs Pretty. Sydney band Papa Vs Pretty makes their second appearance on the ARIA Albums chart this week with their second album, White Deer Park. The release marks their highest charting album to date, beating their debut album United In Isolation (No.40 June ’11). The release also marks the first to feature new addition to the band, guitarist and keyboardist, Luke Liang.
No.54 ST. VINCENT – St. Vincent. US singer/songwriter Annie Erin Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, makes her ARIA Albums chart debut this week with her self-titled fourth studio album. Clark began her career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree and previously collaborated with The Talking Heads frontman David Byrne in 2012 on their joint album, Love This Giant.
No.63 REAL FEEL – The Holidays. Australian indie pop band The Holidays, make their ARIA Albums chart debut this week with their second album Real Feel. The release is the follow up to their debut Post Paradise. The band formed in 2006 and is made up of Simon Jones, Alex Kortt and Andrew Kerridge.