Swedish DJ Avicii racks up his sixth consecutive week at the top with Wake Me Up, equalling Roxette’s The Look (No.1 July ’89) as the longest No.1 single in the thirty year history of the ARIA Charts for a Swedish artist. Pre-ARIA, Swedish megastars ABBA held the top spot for a whopping fourteen consecutive weeks with Fernando (No.1 Apr. ’76), the most weeks for any Swedish act. The rest of the top five remain unchanged this week. The only song to move into the top ten for the first time this week is Classic by MKTO. It becomes the duo’s second top ten hit following on from Thank You, which spent three weeks at No.2 back in April. Former No.1, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, returns for its fourteenth week in the top ten at No.10 this week. Recent singles from Imagine Dragons, Passenger, Jessica Mauboy and Calvin Harris all experience new peaks this week with On Top Of The World at No.16, Holes at No.20, To The End Of The Earth at No.21 and Thinking About You at No.28 respectively.
No.12 CAN’T BELIEVE IT – Flo Rida Feat. Pitbull. Can’t Believe It is the first single from Flo Rida’s upcoming fifth studio album, The Perfect 10. The rapper is joined on the track by fellow rapper Pitbull, who also featured on the Flo Rida track Turn Around Part 2. Flo Rida has now achieved eighteen Top 50 singles. Last year he topped the chart twice with Wild Ones (No.1 Jan. ’12) and Whistle (No.1 May ’12). He was last in the charts with Sweet Spot (No.25 Apr. ’13). Flo Rida made his ARIA chart debut back in 2008 with the chart-topper, Low (No.1 Mar. ’08).
No.37 WHAT NOW – Rihanna. Whilst not an official single, What Now becomes the fifth song from Rihanna’s seventh studio album, Unapologetic (No.8 Nov. ’12), to crack the Top 100. The highest charting single from that album was Stay (No.4 Mar. ’13), which was her most recent Top 100 entry. In total, Rihanna has scored six No.1 singles - SOS (No.1 June ’06), Umbrella (No.1 July ’07), Don’t Stop The Music (No.1 Mar. ’08), Rude Boy (No.1 Mar. ’10), Only Girl (In The World) (No.1 Sep. ’10) and S&M (No.1 Feb. ’11). Despite her success on the ARIA Singles chart, Rihanna has never had a chart topping album.
No.48 WILD CHILD – Elen Levon. Nineteen year-old Australian singer, Elen Levon scores her first ever Top 50 single this week with Wild Child. It becomes her fourth Top 100 single. Levon’s previous best was Naughty (No.60 Oct. ’11), which marked her ARIA chart debut. Her two other Top 100 singles are Like A Girl In Love (No.74 Mar. ’12) and Dancing To The Same Song (No.73 Nov. ’12).
No.52 ONE LIFE – Pez Feat. Tys. Perry Chapman AKA Pez is an Australian rapper who is returning to the charts this week with his new single, One Life. Pez made his ARIA chart debut with The Festival Song (No.53 Feb. ’09), which remains his highest charting single to date. It was taken from his debut album A Mind Of My Own, which reached No.14 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart in March 2009. Pez was last in the charts with his only other Top 100 single, The Game (No.99 Dec. ’12).
No.58 RIGHT HERE – Rudimental Feat. Foxes. Right Here is the fourth Top 100 single for British electronic music quartet, Rudimental. It is the fifth single from their debut album, Home (No.2 May. ’13). Two singles from the album have managed to crack the top ten, Waiting All Night (No.6 June ’13) and Feel The Love (No.3 July ’12), the latter of which marked their ARIA chart debut and remains their highest position achieved to date. On Right Here, they are joined by UK singer Foxes AKA Louisa Rose Allen. The singer is also the feature artist on the Zedd hit Clarity, which reached a new peak of No.13 this week.
No.62 SUMMTERTIME SADNESS (CEDRIC GERVAIS REMIX) – Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais. Summertime Sadness is the fourth single from Lana Del Rey’s second album, Born To Die (No.1 Feb. ’12). Although the original version failed to chart, the remixed version does so this week with the help of French DJ Cedric Gervais. It becomes the fifth Top 100 single for Del Rey. Her last single to chart was her only top ten hit, Young And Beautiful (No.9 June ’13).
No.65 SUNDREAM – Rufus. Sundream becomes the third Top 100 entry from Sydney indie dance trio Rufus. It also marks the highest position achieved by the band. It is the third single from their highly anticipated debut album Atlas, which was released last Friday. Rufus were last in the charts with Desert Night (No.67 July ’13). They made their ARIA Singles chart debut earlier in the year with the first single from the album, Take Me (No.83 Apr. ’13).
No.81 SHE KEEPS ME WARM – Mary Lambert. Mary Lambert is a US singer making her ARIA Chart debut this week her single, She Keeps Me Warm. Whilst this is the first time Lambert has appeared in the charts as a solo artist, she had previously appeared in the chart as a feature artist on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit Same Love (No.1 Jan. ’13). She Keeps Me Warm is a spinoff of Same Love, taking the same chorus she sung to create an alternative version as a solo ballad.
After returning to the top last week, P!nk manages to hold on for a second straight week and ninth week overall with, The Truth About Love. The album now joins Funhouse (No.1 Dec. ’08) as P!nk’s second longest running No.1 album. The next target to beat the thirteen weeks from her last chart topper, Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (No.1 Nov. ’10), which currently sits at No.5 this week. Sydney hip hop duo Horrorshow make their ARIA Albums chart debut in style by taking the No.2 spot, with their third album King Amongst Many. Former chart topper, To Be Loved by Michael Buble, returns for its eighth week in the top ten by jumping eleven positions to No.7. It held the top spot for five consecutive weeks back in April. Along with Horrorshow, the only other debut in the top ten this week comes from young Melbourne band Snakadaktal, with their debut album Sleep In The Water at No.9.
No.2 KING AMONGST MANY - Horrorshow. King Amongst Many is the third studio album from Sydney hip hop duo Horrorshow and is their first to crack the ARIA Top 100. Consisting of rapper Solo and producer Adit, this is their first album in four years. Whilst it failed to take the top spot on the ARIA Albums chart, it easily takes the top spot on the ARIA Urban Albums chart this week. Their second album Inside Story reached No.11 on the Urban chart in October 2009.
No.9 SLEEP IN THE WATER – Snakadaktal. Snakadaktal are an Australian five-piece indie band from Melbourne, who formed in 2009. Sleep In The Water is their debut album. The band got their break when they were named the Triple J Unearthed High winners in 2011. They built upon this success with the release of a self-titled EP, which charted inside the Top 100 for one week in December 2011, hitting No.78.
No.13 THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 1 – Five Finger Death Punch. This is the fourth studio album from US heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch and the first of two to be released this year. It gives them their highest peak to date, previously held by their only other Top 100 album, American Capitalist (No.50 Oct. ’11).
No.23 IF I WANT TO – Jasmine Rae. If I Want To is the third studio album from Australian country singer, Jasmine Rae. It becomes her third Top 100 album and highest charting entry to date. Rae was last in the charts with her previous best, Listen Here (No.35 Mar. ’11) and made her ARIA Chart debut with Look It Up (No.62 Sep. ’08). If I Want To takes the No.2 spot on the ARIA Country Albums chart this week.
No.35 THE CIVIL WARS – The Civil Wars. The Civil Wars are an American duo composed of singer/songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. They make their ARIA Albums chart debut this week with the release of their self-titled second studio album. Their debut album, Barton Hollow, managed to reach No.18 on the ARIA Country Albums chart in April 2012. Their self-titled sits at No.3 on the Country Albums chart this week. The Civil Wars were featured on the Taylor Swift single Safe & Sound (No.38 Mar. ’12).
No.37 HOBO ROCKET – Pond. Pond are a Perth-based psychedelic rock band, scoring their second Top 100 entry this week with their fifth album, Hobo Rocket. It marks their highest charting album to date and follows on from Beard, Wives, Denim (No.64 Mar. ’12). The band is made up of Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joseph Ryan, Jamie Terry and Cam Avery. Former members include Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, a band which shares three members with Pond.
No.58 HELLO MY NAME IS... – Bridgit Mendler. Hello My Name Is… is the debut album from twenty year-old US singer Bridgit Mendler, marking her ARIA Albums chart debut. The lead single, Ready Or Not charted inside the Top 100 on the ARIA Singles chart for one week in November 2012, reaching No. 53. It marked her ARIA charts debut and is the only single from the album to chart. The album peaked at No.30 on the US Billboard 200 earlier this year.
No.72 NEON – Jay Sean. Neon is the fourth studio album from British R&B recording artist, Jay Sean. Four years in the making, it follows on from All Or Nothing (No.57 Mar. ’10), which is his only other charting album. It debuts at No.10 on the ARIA Urban Albums chart this week.
No.73 IN A WORLD LIKE THIS – Backstreet Boys. In A World Like This is the eighth studio album from US group, Backstreet Boys. It is the first album to feature all five original members in six years. When Kevin Richardson departed in 2006, the group released two albums as a quartet, Unbreakable (No.26 Nov. ’07) and This Is Us (No.35 Oct. ’09), before his return last year. In A World Like This becomes the eleventh Top 100 album for the group. Although Backstreet Boys have never had a No.1 album, they scored three back to back No.2 albums during the height of their fame with Backstreet’s Back (No.2 Jan. ’98), Millennium (No.2 May. ’99) and Black & Blue (No.2 Nov. ’11).
No.74 HEAVY METAL MUSIC – Newsted. Heavy Metal Music is the debut album from US metal band Newsted. The band was formed by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who left Metallica in 2001. During this time he pursued other projects including Echobrain and Voivod and toured with Ozzy Osbourne. During his time with Metallica, Newsted scored three No.1 albums with S&M (No.1 Nov. ’99), Load (No.1 June ’96) and their self-titled which debuted at No.1 in August 1991.
No.86 CROWN OF PHANTOMS – Chimaira. Crown Of Phantoms is the seventh studio album from US metal band, Chimaira. It is their first album to chart since The Infection (No.81 May. ’09). Chimaira’s highest charting album was their self-titled third album, which reached No.45 in August 2005. Since then, the band has undergone numerous line-up changes, with vocalist Mark Hunter the only remaining original member. Crown Of Phantoms is the first album to debut the new line-up.
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