Taylor Swift’s Blank Space notches up a third straight week in the No.1 spot of the ARIA Singles Chart. The track has now equalled the singer/songwriter’s longest run at No.1 on the Singles Chart, sharing the record with her other No.1 of 2014, Shake It Off (No.1 Sep. ’14). The Hanging Tree by James Newton Howard continues its rise up the charts moving seven spots from its debut position to No.5. The track features actor Jennifer Lawrence and is taken from the most recent Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part One. The track has also charted in the top 20 in a number of other countries including the US, UK and New Zealand. DJ/producer AronChupa debuts one position behind Howard with I’m An Albatraoz at No.6. This year’s ARIA Awards, held on the 26th of November, continues to provide a sales boost to winners and artists who performed on the night, with Chet Faker and Sheppard moving up the charts. Faker re-enters the top 50 with Talk Is Cheap, which he performed at the ARIA Awards, moving thirty-nine spots to No.31 marking a new peak for the track. Performing their No.1 song Geronimo (No.1 Apr. ’14) on the night with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Brisbane band Sheppard return to the top 40 moving ten spots to No.33.
No.6 I’M AN ALBATRAOZ - AronChupa. I’m An Albatraoz marks the debut ARIA Chart appearance for Swedish DJ/producer Aron Ekberg, AKA AronChupa. The song has been a big hit for AronChupa, reaching No.1 in his homeland and going top ten in a number of other European countries. The track features his sister Nora Ekberg on vocals.
No.66 SUGAR MAN – Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP. After scoring a top five hit with We Speak No Americano (No.5 May ’10), Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool and Australian producer Duncan MacLennan, AKA DCUP, have collaborated again on the new track Sugar Man. It marks Yolanda Be Cool’s second appearance on the ARIA Charts. We Speak No Americano topped the charts in the UK, Spain, German, Mexico, Argentina, Sweden and Denmark.
No.94 ROT – Northlane. Sydney metalcore band Northlane, make their second appearance on the ARIA Singles Chart with Rot. It is the lead single from their upcoming third studio album due for release next year. The band made their ARIA Singles Chart debut last year with Quantum Flux (No.82 Mar. ’13). The band are currently supporting fellow Australian metal band Parkway Drive on a European tour.
No.99 BULLIT (SO REAL) – Watermat. French DJ/producer Watermat makes his second appearance on the ARIA Charts with a reworked version of his previous hit, Bullit (No.60 Nov. ’14). Entitled Bullit (So Real) the new version features vocals over the instrumental track.
Australian rock and roll icons AC/DC, take the top spot with their sixteenth studio album Rock Or Bust, their fourth to top the ARIA Charts. One of their biggest albums, Back In Black, re-enters the chart at No.79. It originally topped the chart (pre-ARIA) in 1980 and was their first No.1 in Australia. In total the band now have five No.1 Australian albums. Last week’s No.1, 1989 by Taylor Swift, drops to the No.2 spot. Rounding out the top three is no stranger to the No.1 slot, Canadian crooner Michael Buble, whose 2011 album Christmas (No.1 Dec. ’11) continues its ascent up the chart moving seven spots to No.3. Its new position puts it back into the top three for the first time since December 2013. As Christmas nears, it is looking to reach the summit for the fourth time in as many years. Whilst it is the clear frontrunner this holiday season, there are several festive albums rising up the charts. Merry Christmas (No.2 Dec. ’94) by Mariah Carey re-enters the chart at No.26, The Christmas Album (No.4 Dec. ’13) by Human Nature moves six spot in to the top 30 at No.27, That’s Christmas To Me by Pentatonix reaches a new peak moving eighteen spots to No.36 and Frozen star Idina Menzel debuts at No.97 with Holiday Wishes.
No.1 ROCK OR BUST – AC/DC. ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees AC/DC, pick up their fourth No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Rock Or Bust. The follow-up to 2008’s Black Ice (No.1 Oct. ’08) is the group’s sixteenth studio album to be released in Australia and is the first to be recorded without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. AC/DC have also previously topped the ARIA Albums Chart with AC/DC Live (No.1 Nov. ’92) and Ballbreaker (No.1 Oct. ’95).
No.7 LIVE BY THE WORDS – Justice Crew. Live By The Words is the debut album from Sydney group Justice Crew and features the singles Boom Boom (No.1 Aug. ’12), Best Night (No.7 Dec. ’12), Everybody (No.6 Nov. ’13), Que Sera (No.1 May ’14) and Rise & Fall (No.11 Nov. ’14). The album tops the ARIA Urban Albums Chart this week.
No.18 ITUNES SESSION – Chet Faker. Winner of this year’s ARIA Award for Best Male Artist, Chet Faker makes his third appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart with the six track release iTunes Session. The live album features tracks from his No.1 album Built On Glass (No.1 Apr. ’14), including Talk Is Cheap (No.31 Dec. ’14) and Gold (No.40 July ’14). Faker made his ARIA Albums Chart debut with his 2012 EP, Thinking In Textures, which peaked at No.38 earlier this year in April.
No.25 SOUNDS OF THE 80’S - Various. Sounds Of The 80s is a 37- track collection that sees contemporary artists such as Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, James Blunt and London Grammar covering classic hits of the 1980s. All of the tracks were recorded exclusively for this release, with covers of Bette Davis Eyes, Let’s Groove, True Colours, Start Me Up and Man In The Mirror, amongst others.
No.49 A BETTER TOMORROW – Wu-Tang Clan. Influential US rap group Wu-Tang Clan, return with their first studio album in seven years, A Better Tomorrow. Their sixth studio album becomes their fifth to appear on the ARIA Charts following on from 8 Diagrams (No.74 Jan. ’08). The group scored their highest charting album with their second studio album Wu-Tang Forever (No.8 June ’97), which marked their ARIA Albums Chart debut and their only top ten appearance.
No.60 GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull. US rapper Pitbull, returns to the chart with his eighth studio album Globalization. It is the follow up to 2012’s Global Warming (No.14 Nov. ’12). Globalization becomes Pitbull’s fourth ARIA top 100 album and features the singles, Wild Wild Love (No.10 Mar. ’14), We Are One (No.61 Apr. ’14) and Fireball (No.26 Sep. ’14). Pitbull picked up his highest charting album with his sixth studio album Planet Pit (No.5 June ’11).
No.97 HOLIDAY WISHES – Idina Menzel. Star of the popular Disney movie Frozen, Idina Menzel, makes her ARIA Albums Chart debut with the Christmas album, Holiday Wishes. The US singer’s fourth studio album follows on from 2008’s I Stand. As a member of the Frozen cast, Menzel topped the charts with the soundtrack (No.1 May ’14), singing the hit single from the movie, Let It Go (No.16 May ’14).