This week sees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis end their rapid fire No.1 streak with Can’t Hold Us quickly giving way and dropping to No.2. It makes way for Mike Rosenberg AKA Passenger, who picks up his first No.1 in Australia with, Let Her Go. The slow burner debuted at No.90 in March 2012, before dropping off the chart the following week. It returned to the chart four weeks ago at No.56, before moving from No.23 to No.2 last week. The rest of the top 10 this week remains relatively unchanged. Justin Timberlake’s single Mirrors achieves a new peak at No.11. The biggest rise goes to the Stafford Brothers with Hello, rising ten spots to No.15 marking their first ever entry in to the top 20. Showing that internet fads fade away as quickly as their rise to fame, Baauer had the biggest drop this week with Harlem Shake falling nine spots to No.24.
No.12 #THATPOWER – will.i.am Feat. Justin Bieber. Making up one quarter of the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am is no stranger to the charts. Since 2003 B.E.P. have racked up a total of eight No.1 singles. will.i.am is also no stranger to collaborations, having worked with Mick Jagger on T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) (No.57 Dec. ’11) and a myriad more. But, despite the Black Eyed Peas’ amazing success, will.i.am’s solo career has yet to yield a No.1 single - he came painfully close with Scream & Shout (No.2 Dec. ’12), which featured Britney Spears.
No.60 THE WAY – Ariana Grande Feat. Mac Miller. American singer, dancer and actor Ariana Grande makers her ARIA singles chart debut with, The Way. At only nineteen, she is almost a veteran performer already, debuting on Broadway at fifteen and featuring in many kids’ television shows like Nickelodeon’s Victorious. The single comes from her debut album Daydreamin’, which is scheduled for release later this year. On the track, she also brings chart newcomer and American rapper Mac Miller along for the ride.
No.65 HIGHER LOVE – James Vincent McMorrow. Irish singer-songwriter, James Vincent McMorrow makes his ARIA singles chart debut with a cover of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love. The song was a massive hit for Winwood and reached No.1 on the US Billboard Charts in 1986. It did not did do as well in Australia, reaching No.8 in 1986.
No.68 UP IN THE AIR – 30 Seconds To Mars. US band 30 Seconds To Mars formed in 1998 and is made up of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto. The band has been on hiatus for the last two years, with their last charting single, Hurricane 2.0 peaked at No.67. Their highest charting single to date is Closer To The Edge, peaking at No.13 in August 2010 The track comes from the band’s forthcoming fourth album Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams, due out in May.
No.75 WAITING ALL NIGHT – Rudimental Feat. Ella Eyre. With their debut album, Home set for release later in the month, English drum and bass quartet Rudimental pick up a third charting single with Waiting All Night. The track, featuring vocals from newcomer Ella Eyre, is the follow-up to Not Giving In (No.12 Feb. ’13). Their first charting single Feel The Love peaked at No.3 in July 2012. Waiting All Night is their first chart entry locally not to feature John Newman.
No.84 RECOVER - Chvrches. Having formed in 2011, it did not take long for Scottish electro pop band Chvrches (pronounced Churches) to achieve their debut to the ARIA singles chart with, Recover. The track is taken from their debut EP of the same name. Their rise to prominence was predicted, as the band came fifth on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent.
No.86 THE PHOENIX – Fall Out Boy. In 2007, the American pop punk band scored two top ten slots on the ARIA singles chart with This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race (No.4 Apr. ‘07) and Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (No.3 Sep. ‘07). The best they have achieved since was with their cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It (No.13 Apr. ’08). After being inactive on the charts since 2009, their new record Save Rock And Roll is due for release later in the month. The album’s first single My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) peaked at No.30 back in February.
No.87 IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW – The Script. If You Could See Me Now is the third single from The Script’s third, which is aptly titled, #3 (No.9 Sep. ’12). The new track continues the chart success the trio has had with the album’s previous singles Hall of Fame (No.4 Oct. ’12) and Six Degrees Of Separation (No.31 Dec. 12). Their best performing single to date was Breakeven (No.3 May ’09).
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience picks up a second week in the top spot, becoming the first album since the end of January to extend its stay at No.1 beyond a single week. In doing so, it becomes Timberlake's longest running No.1, eclipsing the one week achieved by Future Sex/Love Sounds back in September 2006. Passenger’s meteoric rise up the chart with All The Little Lights continues – it is now sitting at No.2. Bruce Springsteen moves up two more spots to No.6 with, Collection : 1973-2012. Meanwhile, Russell Morris grabs a new peak at No.16 with Sharkmouth. The Les Miserables Soundtrack jumps from No.43 to No.27 and Pitbull’s Global Warming is up fifty-one spots to No.28. The highest re-entries come from the Zac Brown Band and Jason Mraz, who return to the chart at No.55 and No.56 respectively.
No.3 SINGULARITY – Northlane. Sydney metalcore group Northlane pick up the highest chart debut of their career with, Singularity. It is the quintet’s second studio album. Their debut album, Discoveries spent one week in the ARIA top 100 on release, debuting and peaking at No.85 in November 2011. In the lead-up to Singularity’s release, the track Quantum Flux was released as a single. It debuted on the ARIA singles chart at No.82 at the beginning of March.
No.7 COMEDOWN MACHINE – The Strokes. After topping the chart two years ago with Angles (No.1 Mar. ’11), The Strokes return with their fifth studio album, Comedown Machine. The album continues the New York quintet’s run of top ten debuts which began back in 2001 with their debut album Is This It (No.5 Aug. ’01) and has continued with Room On Fire (No.6 Oct. ’03), First Impressions Of Earth (No.4 Jan. ’06) and the aforementioned Angles.
No.10 CONTROLLER – British India. Three years on from Avalanche (No.10 May ’10), British India match their previous chart debut with, Controller. It is their fourth studio album and features the single I Can Make You Love Me (No.70 Sep. ’11). British India’s highest chart peak came with their second album, Thieves (No.5 July ’08). The band is currently on tour in support of the album.
No.12 VS HEAD VS HEART – Emma Louise. Brisbane singer-songwriter, Emma Louise makes her ARIA albums chart debut with Vs Head Vs Heart. The debut album follows on from the EP, Full Hearts And Empty Rooms (No.90 Feb. ’12), which gave the songstress her first ARIA singles chart appearance. Emma Louise will be touring nationally through May and June.
No.22 OLD SOCK – Eric Clapton. Old Sock is the twentieth solo album from iconic British guitarist, Eric Clapton. The follow-up to Clapton (No.21 Oct. ’10) features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, JJ Cale and Taj Mahal. It includes covers of tracks by the likes of Peter Tosh, Otis Redding, Gary Moore and Lead Belly. Clapton’s highest-charting album on the ARIA charts was with the collaboration with B.B. King, Riding With The King (No.5 Sep. ’00).
No.43 I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II – Lil Wayne. The tenth studio album from American rapper Lil Wayne, is a sequel to his eighth album, 2010’s I Am Not A Human Being (No.60 Oct. ’10) and comes a year and a half after his last album, Tha Carter IV (No.9 Sep. ’11). The album sees Lil Wayne collaborating with a host of artists including 2 Chainz, Drake, Soulja Boy and Kanye West, who designed the cover art and packaging. Last week saw the debut of a single from the album, Love Me (No.92 Mar. ’13).
No.53 SPECTER AT THE FEAST – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. American trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club hit the chart with their first release in three years, Specter At The Feast. It is the group’s seventh studio album and their sixth to chart (the only one not to chart was the internet-only release The Effects Of 333). BRMC last charted with Beat The Devil’s Tattoo (No.50 Mar. ’10). Their highest peak on the ARIA chart is No.34, which they have hit twice - Take Them On, On Your Own (No.34 Sep. ’03) and Howl (No.34 Sep. ’05).
No.70 TOOTH & NAIL – Billy Bragg. Tooth & Nail is the first album in five years and the first album to chart in ten years for British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. Bragg last charted with Must I Paint You A Picture?: The Essential Billy Bragg (No.60 Nov. ’03). His last album was 2008’s Mr. Love & Justice. His highest-charting album to date has been the collaboration with Wilco, Mermaid Avenue (No.12 Apr. ’99).
No.79 ROMANTIQUE – Richard Clayderman. French pianist Richard Clayderman makes his first chart appearance in more than a decade with, Romantique. The album sees Clayderman performing medleys from the likes of West Side Story and Les Miserables, as well as works by Puccini and Prokofiev. Clayderman’s last album, Mysterious Eternity, debuted one spot higher that Romantique, at No.78 in May 2002. Clayderman’s highest peak on the ARIA chart came with My Australian Collection (No.16 Apr. ’96).
No.82 EARTH ROCKER – Clutch. American hard rockers Clutch pick up their first ever ARIA chart appearance with, Earth Rocker. The album is the band’s tenth studio release and comes twenty years after the release of their debut, Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, And Undeniable Truths. Earth Rocker comes four years after their last studio release, Strange Cousins From The West.
No.88 GO TO HELL & I LOVE YOU - Baylou. Sisters Victoria and Barb Baillie make their first ARIA chart appearance with their debut album Go To Hell & I Love You. Both sisters have worked as solo performers and with other artists. Victoria released an album, Start Brand New, in 2009 and won a Golden Guitar for Best New Talent in 2010.