Robin Thicke becomes a record holder this week, as Blurred Lines remains at the top spot for its sixth consecutive week, making it the longest running No.1 single of 2013. It is the longest running single since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis held the top spot for seven weeks with Thrift Shop last Christmas. Harrison Craig takes the next two spots with two debuts, Unchained Melody and More Than A Dream, establishing himself as the definitive favourite of this year’s season of The Voice. The one other debut in the top ten this week comes from Timomatic with Parachute at No.7. US rapper, 2 Chainz scores his first ever top ten hit this week with We Own It, jumping twenty-two positions to No.6, making it the biggest rise in the Top 40. It is the lead single from the Fast & Furious 6 movie soundtrack which sits at No.10 on the album chart this week.
No.2 UNCHAINED MELODY – Harrison Craig. Harrison Craig smashes the competition on The Voice this week and achieves his highest ever chart position with his version of The Righteous Brothers classic, Unchained Melody. The song first appeared in the charts in 1965 where it reached No.3. Then, thanks to the movie Ghost and the most famous pottery scene in film history, the song had a resurgence in the ‘90s. It reached No.1 in November 1990 and spent the rest of that year at the top spot.
No.3 MORE THAN A DREAM – Harrison Craig. More Than A Dream is Harrison Craig’s original song and his second top three single. He penned the song about his personal struggles involving his estranged father and schoolyard bullying about his stutter.
No.7 PARACHUTE – Timomatic. Tim Omaji got the nickname Timomatic in high school due to his hip hop dancing skills. This talent saw him finish seventh on the television series So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. Since then he has added singing to his repertoire and after appearing as a contestant on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, he made his ARIA chart debut with Set It Off (No.2 Jan. ’12). He followed it up with another top ten single, If Looks Could Kill (No.8 Apr. ’12). With the release of his new single Parachute, Timomatic scores his third top ten single this week and is highest ever debut.
No.22 LOVE IS GONE – Luke Kennedy. Love Is Gone is an original song written by The Voice contestant Luke Kennedy. It becomes his third best single to date, following his only top ten Time To Say Goodbye (No.8 May ’13) and Please Don’t Ask Me (No.11 May ’13).
No.23 CARUSO – Luke Kennedy. Caruso is a song written by Italian singer Lucio Dalla. Whilst it did very well in his homeland, reaching No.2 in 1986, it never charted in Australia. Whilst it has been covered by the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Julio Iglesias, Luke Kennedy becomes the first person to chart with the single with his take on the Josh Groban version this week. The song is taken from Groban’s album Closer (No.25 Feb. ’04).
No.26 WE CAN’T STOP – Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus is back sporting a completely new haircut and look with We Can’t Stop, her first single to chart since Can’t Be Tamed (No.14 July ’10). Cyrus has achieved three top ten hits with See You Again (No.6 Aug. ’08), The Climb (No.5 June ’09) and Party In The U.S.A. (No.6 Nov. ’09).
No.32 CANDLE IN THE NIGHT – Celia Pavey. Along with Luke Kennedy, Celia Pavey is the only other The Voice contestant left this week to have their original song perform better than their cover. Candle In The Night was written and posted on YouTube in 2011 by Pavey and has amassed over 400,000 views since then.
No.47 TENNIS COURT - Lorde. Lorde is the stage name of sixteen year old singer-songwriter, Ella Yelich-O’Connor. Hailing from New Zealand, the young songstress has already achieved enormous success on the NZ charts, becoming the first NZ artist to have four songs in the NZ Top 40 at one time this week. The song Royals also reached No.1 in NZ earlier in the year. Tennis Court follows on from her The Love Club EP which peaked at No.37 on the ARIA Singles chart last month.
No.59 BUBBLE BUTT – Major Lazer Feat. Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga & Mystic. Major Lazer is the side project of electronic music producer Thomas Pentz, who is better known as Diplo. Major Lazer last appeared on the chart with Watch Out For This (Bumaye) which reached No.87 in April this year. Major Lazer has cracked the Top 40 just one other time with Get Free, which reached No.39 in February this year.
No.63 SOUTHERN SUN – Boy & Bear. Despite reaching No.2 with their debut album Moonfire in August 2011 and winning five ARIA awards, Sydney band Boy & Bear has not exactly mirrored this success on the ARIA Singles chart. Southern Sun is their fifth entry, following on from their last single, Milk & Sticks (No.100 Aug. ’11). Their highest charting single so far has been their cover of the Crowded House song Fall At Your Feet (No.34 Nov. ’10).
No.73 XANADU – Celia Pavey. After such a consistent run of Top 40 singles (with a total of seven), Celia Pavey achieves her lowest charting position to date with her folk rendition of the ‘80s classic Xanadu. Xanadu was a big hit for Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra, reaching No.2 in September 1980.
No.78 LET HER GO – Danny Ross. Let Her Go is the fourth Top 100 single from The Voice contestant Danny Ross. The original was sung by Passenger, which sits at No.4 this week. It spent five weeks at No.1 in April this year and held the record for the longest running No.1 single of the year. That is until Robin Thicke beat it this week.
No.89 WINDMILL – Danny Ross. Windmill is an original song written by Danny Ross and is his fifth Top 100 single. Ross says the song is about the life of a musician and was written whilst he was sitting under a windmill.
This week brings a new No.1 from the former lead singer of Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning with his second solo album, Departures. Last week’s No.1, …Like Clockwork by the Queens Of The Stone Age falls to No.6 this week. The godfathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, are back with their new album 13, which debuts at No.4 this week - it becomes their sixth top ten album. The other new addition to the top ten comes from the Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack, which jumps an incredible fifty spots to No.10. Although all six film soundtracks have cracked the Top 100, Fast & Furious 6 becomes the first to crack the top ten. The closest the franchise had come before was with 2 Fast 2 Furious (No.25 June ’03).
No.1 DEPARTURES – Bernard Fanning. Bernard Fanning scores his second No.1 solo album this week with his second solo album Departures. Fanning made his solo debut with Tea And Sympathy (No.1 Nov. ’05). In total, Fanning has now achieved seven No.1 albums, with five coming from his time as lead singer for Powderfinger; Internationalist (No.1 Sep. ’98), Odyssey Number Five (No.1 Sep. ’00), Vulture Street (No.1 July ’03), Dream Days At The Hotel Existence (No.1 June ’07) and Golden Rule (No.1 Nov. ’09).
No.4 13 – Black Sabbath. 13 is the first studio album since Forbidden (which failed to chart in 1995) for heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. It is also the first album to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne since Never Say Die (No.78 Dec. ’78). The last Black Sabbath studio album to chart was Dehumanizer (No.65 Sep. ’92). 13 becomes their second best charting album of all time, behind Black Sabbath Vol 4 (No.3 Nov. ’72). It debuts at No.1 this week on the UK Albums chart.
No.24 TOMORROW’S HARVEST – Boards of Canada. Despite their name, Boards of Canada are actually a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin. Forming in 1986, the duo has released four albums and several EPs. Tomorrow’s Harvest is their fourth album and marks their ARIA Albums chart debut. The album debuts at No.7 on the UK charts this week.
No.26 DAMAGE – Jimmy Eat World. Jimmy Eat World are a US rock band who formed in 1994 and made their ARIA Albums chart debut with their fourth album Bleed American (No.54 July ’01). The band followed it up with Futures (No.27 Oct. ’04) and Chase This Light (No.30 Oct. ‘7). They were last in the charts with Invented (No.21 Oct. ’10), which has been their highest charting release so far. Damage is their eighth album and their fifth to chart.
No.32 KEEP MOVING – Andrew Stockdale. Andrew Stockdale, lead singer of Australian rock band Wolfmother and the only remaining original member, shocked fans by announcing that Wolfmother was done for good earlier this year. Before their demise he scored two top three albums with Wolfmother (No.3 Nov. ’05) and Cosmic Egg (No.3 Nov. ’09). Stockdale has since decided to release music under his own name. Keep Moving is his debut solo album.
No.65 MAGNETIC – Goo Goo Dolls. Goo Goo Dolls formed in 1985 and got their big break almost a decade later when their song Iris, topped the ARIA Singles chart in July 1998. It was taken from their sixth album, Dizzy Up The Girl (No.17 Mar. ’99), which was also their first album to chart in Australia. Magnetic is their tenth album and their third to chart. They were last in the charts over a decade ago with Gutterflower (No.23 May ’02).
No.74 HOWLIN’ – Jagwar Ma. Jagwar Ma are an Australian indie pop duo comprised of Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma. Ma was a member of the now defunct electro band, Lost Valentinos. Whilst that band failed to chart, Jagwar Ma scores his first ever Top 100 album with their debut record Howlin’. The album is the feature album on Triple J this week.
No.81 BE – Beady Eye. After his brother Noel left Oasis in 2009, Liam Gallagher and the remaining members decided to continue making music together and formed the band Beady Eye. They were last in the charts with their debut record Different Gear, Still Speeding (No.18 Mar. ’11). BE is their second album. It debuts at No.2 on the UK Albums chart this week. Oasis have topped the charts twice with (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (No.1 Jan. ’96) and Be Here Now (No.1 Aug. ’97).