Knocking Macklemore & Ryan Lewis off the top spot after their eleven week run at No.1 is P!nk, with her seventh chart-topper – Just Give Me A Reason. Rihanna picks up another top 10 hit with Stay, jumping seven spots to No.6. As for Neon Trees, they pick up their first top 10 with Everybody Talks, up two to No.10. Also heading north of the chart is Avicii & Nicky Romero’s I Could Be The One, up eleven spots to No.12 and Youngblood Hawke’s We Coming Running bolts to No.43 from No.17. Finally, Gotye re-enters the chart at No.26 with Somebody That I Used To Know, after his clean-sweep at the Grammy Awards last week.
No.45 22 – Taylor Swift. Crossover country music star, Taylor Swift releases the seventh track from her fourth album, Red (No.1 Oct. ’12). 22 follows the tracks lifted from the album We Are Never Getting Back Together (No.3 Aug. ’12), Begin Again (No.20 Oct. ’12), Red (No.30 Oct. ’12), I Knew You Were Trouble (No.3 Dec. ’12), State Of Grace (No.44 Oct. ’12) and Everything Has Changed (No.75 Oct. ’12). 22 was co-written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback – who have written for a myriad of performers including Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, P!nk and Ke$ha.
No.48 DO OR DIE – Flux Pavilion Feat. Childish Gambino. Dubstep producer and DJ Flux Pavilion, is the alias taken by twenty-four your old Brit, Joshua Steele. Do Or Die is the debut single to hit the ARIA Single chart for Flux Pavilion. He had previously released the tracks Superbad, Daydreamer and I Can’t Stop, but they failed to impact the top 100. The new single features rapper Childish Gambino and is featured on Flux Pavilion’s current album, Blow The Roof.
No.73 HIGHWAY DON’T CARE – Tim McGraw Feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban. Country crooner, Tim McGraw makes his debut feature on the ARIA singles chart. Highway Don’t Care is lifted from his top 10 debuting album this week - Two Lanes Of Freedom, which is his twelfth studio album. The new single features fellow country music stars – Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
No.74 CAN’T HOLD US – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton. Hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the chart for the third time, following the double success of Thrift Shop and Same Love, both of which topped the ARIA singles chart this year. Rapper, Macklemore aka Ben Haggerty and producer Ryan Lewis met in 2006, while Lewis was Macklemore’s promotions photographer. The pair became good friends and the rest is history! Can’t Hold Us is featured on the album, The Heist (No.2 Jan. ’13).
Of Monsters And Men’s run in the top spot has turned out to be short-lived, with British band Foals taking out No.1 this week with, Holy Fire. The chart-topper is one of four albums hitting the top ten this week (three debuts, one re-entry). On the back of last week’s Grammy Awards, a number of acts have experienced sales spikes, including Mumford & Sons’ Babel up six to No.9, Frank Ocean’s channelORANGE up eleven to No.18, fun.’s Some Nights up from No.41 to No.28 and lastly, triple Grammy winner Gotye re-enters the chart at No.24 with, Making Mirrors.
No.1 HOLY FIRE - Foals. After making their ARIA albums chart debut in May 2010 with Total Life Forever (No.68 Feb. ’11), British quintet Foals, have far exceeded their previous chart performance by picking up a No.1 debut with Holy Fire. It is the group’s third studio album and features the single My Number (No.98 Jan. ’13). The seed for much of the material on the album was planted in Sydney in early 2011, while the band was on tour in Australia. Holy Fire has also provided the band with their highest peak at home in the UK, where it debuted at No.2.
No.4 TEMPER TEMPER – Bullet For My Valentine. The fourth studio album from Welsh metal band, Bullet For My Valentine has given them their third consecutive top five debut on the ARIA albums chart. Temper Temper is the follow-up to Fever (No.5 May ’10) and like its predecessor, was produced by Don Gilmore. Bullet For My Valentine made their ARIA chart debut five years ago with Scream Aim Fire (No.4 Feb. ’08).
No.10 TWO LANES OF FREEDOM – Tim McGraw. Two weeks on from debuting on the chart with the compilation Tim McGraw And Friends (No.68 Feb. ’13), American country singer Tim McGraw debuts on the chart again - this time with a new studio album. Two Lanes Of Freedom is McGraw’s twelfth studio album and his first to make the top ten locally. Its chart appearance comes a year after his last studio album, Emotional Traffic (No.14 Feb. ’12) charted. Two Lanes Of Freedom is McGraw’s second consecutive album to top the ARIA country albums chart.
No.14 HEARTTHROB – Tegan And Sara. One of two acts from Ontario, Canada with new albums in this week’s top 100 chart (the other is Silverstein at No.95), this is the third Australian top 100 album for the thirty-two year old Quin twins. Their two previous chart albums have been The Con (No.32 Aug. ‘07) and Sainthood (No.21 Nov. ‘09).
No.37 IV – The Bronx. Los Angeles punks, The Bronx release their first album in just over four years, IV. They last charted with the album III (No.98 Nov. ’08), which was also their first chart appearance. In between studio albums, The Bronx released two albums of mariachi music under the name Mariachi El Bronx. They will be touring Australia in April/May.
No.56 CAST AWAY – Strange Talk. Cast Away is the debut album from Melbourne synthpop quartet, Strange Talk. Formed in 2010, the band is made up of Stephen Docker (vocals), Gerard Sidhu (bass), Travis Constable (drums) and Gillan Gregory (guitar). Between the band’s formation and the album’s release, Strange Talk released one EP and a handful of singles. In support of the album, Strange Talk are embarking on a national tour through March and April.
No.75 WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS - Eels. Formed and fronted by Mark Everett (aka E) in the mid-1990s, this Californian outfit has a discography of ten studio albums, of which nine have reached the Australian charts. The only one to miss out was their second, Electro Shock Blues from 1998. Of the band’s nine charting albums, six have reached the top 50 to date, with the best chart result being No.35, achieved by Hombre Loco in June 2009. The current album was recorded in a new studio constructed in Everett’s home after his previous studio became too small for his needs.
No.85 THE AFTERMAN: DESCENSION – Coheed & Cambria. C & C is a concept band that formed in 1995 in New York, telling an ongoing science fiction tale (The Amory Wars - whose main characters are Coheed and Cambria) through their album releases. They have been releasing albums since 2002 (The Second Stage Turbine Blade) although of their six previous albums, only the fourth Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow (aka No World For Tomorrow) (No.39 Oct. ‘07) and fifth, Year Of The Black Rainbow (No.38 Apr 2010) have charted in Australia.
No.95 THIS IS HOW THE WIND SHIFTS - Silverstein. Silverstein is a quintet formed in Ontario, Canada in 2000. Four of the five original members are still in the band – Shane Todd (vocals), Josh Bradford (rhythm guitar), Billy Hamilton (bass) and Paul Koehler (drums) with the latest member being Paul Marc Rousseau replacing long term member Neil Boshard on lead guitar. This is their seventh studio album, but their first to reach the top 100 here in Australia.