Entering a new month also brings about a new No.1, with French duo Daft Punk moving to the top spot this week with their first ever No.1 single, Get Lucky. The closest they had come before was more than ten years ago with One More Time (No.10 Apr. ’01). This means Passenger’s five week run on top ends with Let Her Go dropping only one position to No.2. Robin Thicke scores the highest rise of the top 40 this week moving sixteen positions to take out the No.3 spot. The other new addition to the top ten this week comes from Justin Timberlake, whose single Mirrors has been hovering just outside the top ten for a few weeks. This week it finally takes the No.10 position. It becomes Timberlake’s ninth solo top ten single from out of just ten releases. There are only two new additions to the chart this week from The Voice. These are Mitchell Anderson (No.62) and Steve Clisby (No.72), who sung Walking in Memphis together in the battle rounds. Celia Pavey improves on her debut position from last week with A Thousand Years moving ten positions to No.23 making her single the highest chart position for a The Voice contestant this week.
No.39 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL – Lana Del Rey. Elizabeth Grant had a few forays in to music before settling on the moniker Lana Del Rey. These include Lizzy Grant, May Jailer and Sparkle Jump Rope Queen. Del Rey made her ARIA Singles Chart debut with Video Games (No.23 Feb. ’12), which has been her highest charting single thus far. Del Rey last appeared on the chart with Ride (No.89 Oct. ’12). Young And Beautiful was written specifically for the Baz Luhrmann movie The Great Gatsby and is the lead single from the soundtrack.
No.42 TONIGHT – Jessica Sanchez Feat. Ne-Yo. As a contestant on the eleventh season of American Idol last year, the then sixteen year old Jessica Sanchez made her mark when she sung the Whitney Houston hit I Will Always Love You (No.1 Dec. ’92), which then went viral on YouTube. Tonight is her first single since finishing runner up on the show and signifies her ARIA Chart debut. It features R&B singer Ne-Yo.
No.62 WALKING IN MEMPHIS – Mitchell Anderson. Forty-four year old The Voice contestant Mitchell Anderson makes his ARIA Chart debut this week. His battle round performance alongside fellow contestant Steve Clisby (who also makes his debut this week at No.72) was praised by the judges as the best battle of the season. They both sang Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn (No.11 Aug. ’91) and Anderson’s version not only achieved the higher chart position but he won the round.
No.64 TREASURE – Bruno Mars. Hawaiian born R&B singer Bruno Mars, made quite an impact on the ARIA Singles Chart when he made his debut in 2010 with two No.1 singles, Just The Way You Are (No.1 Oct ’10) and Grenade (No.1 Dec. ’10). With the release of With Treasure, Mars racks up his tenth Top 100 single. Mars was last in the charts with When I Was Your Man (No.6 Jan. ’13), which was his sixth top ten single. Others include Marry You (No.8 July ’11), Lazy Song (No.6 May ’11) and Locked Out Of heaven (No.4 Nov. ’12).
No.67 DRUNK ARCADE – Bombs Away. Perth dance duo Bombs Away score their fourth Top 100 single with Drunk Arcade. Made up of Thomas Hart and Sketch, they made their ARIA Chart debut with Super Soaker (No.52 Oct. ’11) and followed it up with Big Booty Bitches (No.68 Dec. ’11). Their best performance on the charts came from their most recent entry Party Bass (No.25 Nov. ’12). It reached No.6 on the ARIA Dance Singles Chart, where Drunk Arcade debuts at No.15.
No.72 WALKING IN MEMPHIS – Steve Clisby. At sixty-seven years old, seasoned jazz and soul performer Steve Clisby is the oldest contestant on The Voice this year. He has toured with Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan, Frank Zappa and even The Voice’s, Seal. Singing alongside Mitchell Anderson, he sang the Marc Cohn song Walking In Memphis (No.11 Aug. ’91) in the battle round. Despite his long career, this is his first time on the ARIA Charts. Although he lost the round, he was saved by judge Delta Goodrem.
No.77 BATTLESHIPS – Bernard Fanning. As the lead singer of the Brisbane rock band Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning scored several Top 100 singles including their highest charting single My Happiness (No.4 Aug. ’00). Powderfinger had a whopping twenty-four tracks crack the Top 100. Whilst the band called it a day in 2010, Bernard Fanning makes his return to the ARIA Singles Chart as a solo artist with Battleships. The last time he was on the charts as a solo artist was with Watch Over Me (No.16 July ’06).
No.94 REBEL BEAT – Goo Goo Dolls. American rock band Goo Goo Dolls, formed in 1986 in New York and it was more than a decade later before they scored their first hit with the song they are most well-known for, Iris (No.1 July ’98). They followed that up with Slide (No.29 Mar. ’99). Whilst they have not come close to a No.1 since then, they have consistently released Top 100 singles with Rebel Beat being their ninth. The last time they were in the charts was with Stay With You (No.97 Sep. ’06).
No.100 PRETTY BROWN EYES – Cody Simpson. Sixteen year old Brisbane pop singer Cody Simpson has been compared to Justin Beiber, not only due to his age and pop sensibilities, but also because he shares a similar story in his rise to success. Simpson was discovered on YouTube singing covers and was quickly signed to Atlantic Records in the US. Pretty Brown Eyes is Simpson’s fourth Top 100 single. Previous tracks to chart are On My Mind (No.51 Oct. ’11) and iYiYi (No.19 Aug. ’10) where he collaborated with US rapper Flo Rida.
As we get closer to Mother’s Day, it is no surprise that Michael Buble remains at the No.1 spot for the third week in a row. This means that his album To Be Loved, now equals Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars as the longest running chart topper of the year so far. This week sees two debuts in the top ten, with Perth drum and bass producer ShockOne debuting at No.2 with Universus and last year’s X-Factor runner up Jason Owen debuting at No.5 with, Life Is A Highway. This week also sees the return of other reality show contestants with Romantique (No.13) by Rachael Leahcar, who finished third in last year’s season of The Voice and Anthony Callea with Thirty (No.18), who finished runner up in the 2004 season of Australian Idol. Two returns to the top ten include Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience moving eight positions to No.9 and Babel by Mumford & Sons moving thirteen positions to No.10, also taking out the highest rise of the top 40 this week.
No.2 UNIVERSUS - ShockOne. Universus is the ARIA Albums Chart debut for Perth drum and bass producer ShockOne. Real name Karl Thomas, ShockOne is far from an overnight success and has been working hard at his craft for years. At one stage he played in a metal band called Xygen with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, who would go on to form Pendulum and Knife Party. Thomas decided to go solo and work under the ShockOne moniker. That was almost ten years ago, meaning his debut album Universus has been a long time coming. Singles from the album include Chaos Theory (No.95 Nov. ’12) and Lazerbeam (No.100 Apr. ’13).
No.5 LIFE IS A HIGHWAY – Jason Owen. Shy eighteen year old country boy Jason Owen grew up in the small NSW town of Albert, which only has a population of just twelve people. Everything changed when he finished runner up on last year’s season of X Factor, as he now performs to thousands of people. Life Is A Highway is Owen’s debut album. Owen has featured on the ARIA Singles Chart with Make It Last (No.47 Dec. ’12). Life Is A Highway debuts at No.1 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart this week.
No.13 ROMANTIQUE – Rachael Leahcar. Nineteen year old singer, Rachael Leahcar, stunned the judges during the blind auditions of last year’s season of The Voice, not only for her impressive vocals, but for the fact that she is legally blind and could not see if any of the judges’ chairs had turned around. Leahcar finished third on the show, and released her debut album Shooting Star (No.5 July ’12). Romantique is her second album and is the first time she has appeared on the ARIA Charts since her debut.
No.18 THIRTY – Anthony Callea. Anthony Callea was the runner up on the second season of Australian Idol, losing out to Casey Donovan. Despite losing, his debut album Anthony Callea debuted at No.1 in April 2005 and remained in the charts for forty weeks. The success of the album can be attributed to the single The Prayer (No.1 Dec. ’04) as it was the highest-selling single in Australia in 2005 and went on to be named as the second highest selling single of the decade in 2010. Callea followed up his self-titled debut with A New Chapter (No.9 Dec. ’06), which was the last appearance in the ARIA Albums Chart before this week with the release of his third album, Thirty.
No.23 REINCARNATED – Snoop Lion. Calvin Broadus Jr. has operated under two other monikers before converting to the Rastafarian religion, being born again as Snoop Lion. As Snoop Doggy Dogg, he released two classic hip hop albums Doggystyle (No.24 Feb. ’94) and Tha Doggfather (No.12 Nov. ’96). He then edited his name to Snoop Dogg and managed to achieve ten Top 100 albums. His most recent, Doggumentary (No.12 Apr. ’11) equaled his best position. Reincarnated is the first under his new guise and marks a shift from hip hop and gangsta rap to reggae and dance hall. Snoop Lion became inspired to make the album after a trip to Jamaica in 2012.
No.26 NATIVE - OneRepublic. Formed in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins, American rock band OneRepublic shot to fame when their single Apologize was remixed by Timbaland and reached No.1 in November 2007. The album that spawned the single was their debut, Dreaming Out Loud (No.4 Apr. ’08). That was the last time they had an album in the charts until the release of their third album this week, Native. Their second album, Waking Up, was released in 2009, but failed to make an impact.
No.65 TEARS ON TAPE – HIM. His Infernal Majesty formed in 1991 in Finland and pioneered the genre known as love metal. As their popularity grew, they became known as HIM and the trademarked heartagram symbol invented by lead singer Ville Valo, became the tattoo of choice for fans of the band, including Kelly Osbourne and Kat Von D. They last appeared in the charts with Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice (No.36 Feb. ’10) and their best performance was their sixth album Venus Doom (No.32 Sep. ’07). They are very popular in their homeland and have managed to score four No.1 albums with Dark Light in 2005, Love Metal in 2003, Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights in 2001 and Razoblade Romance in 1999. Tears On Tape is their eighth album.
No.84 GREATEST HITS – Black Sabbath. In 2011 the original members of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath reunited. They recently toured Australia, winning over new fans, evident with the introduction of their Greatest Hits album to the charts this week. The last time they charted was with another collection of their hits, The Best Of Black Sabbath (No. 41 June ’10). Their new album 13 is to be released in June this year and will be their nineteenth album. It is also the first album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since the 1978 album Never Say Die! Osbourne left the band shortly after in 1979 to pursue a solo career.