Saturday, November 22, 2014


New number ones on both singles and albums chart? Yep. Top ten debuts on both charts? Uh-huh. A number of new accreditations to look at? You bet. The first ARIA chart to incorporate streaming figures? Correct. Stop pissing around and dive straight into the juicy bits? Right then. Our regular weekly Chart Watch? Starts now.

Yes Australia, you have a new number one single. Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' has been knocked into the No.2 position this week by Ms Taylor Swift, whose new tune 'Blank Space' and its clip in which the star goes three kinds of crazy, has moved into the top spot in its fourth week of Aussie chart love.
The star-studded Band Aid 30 version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' does well to debut in the No.3 spot, given it only had a few days of sales in which to do it. In the UK, however, it's expected to benefit from a full week of sales and premiere in the top spot there on Monday.
Also new in the top ten this week is our No.4 single 'Ah Yeah So What' by Will Sparks, with some help from Wiley and our own Elen Levon (finally she gets some top ten chart love!).
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding's 'Outside' improves one position and picks up a new gold certification for sales of more than 35,000 copies, ahead of One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' which cracks the top ten just as their new single 'Night Changes' starts to make its presence felt.
The new Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars collaboration almost brings the funk to the top ten, but 'Uptown Funk' has to settle for a No.11 debut instead. Corks will be popping in Marlisa's house this week (* non-alcoholic, obviously) as 'The X Factor' starlet's debut single 'Stand By You' hits the platinum mark. It is, however, down seven places to No.13.
Parra For Cuva's 'Wicked Games' bolts from No.26 to No.14, Peking Duk and Safia's 'Take Me Over' regains lost ground (No.22 to No.17) and Nico & Vinz' single 'In Your Arms' picks up a gold certification at No.21.
Despite being the most played song in the country last week (according to The Music Network), Alesso & Tove Lo's song 'Heroes (We Could Be)' tumbles from No.13 to No.26. Avicii's 'These Days' also drops, though not by quite the same number (No.18 to No.27).
Sam Smith gets another dose of Aussie chart love with the infectious 'Like I Can', which is new into the countdown at No.28, just one position ahead of previous single 'I'm Not The Only One'.
Ariana Grande's new track 'Love Me Harder' jumps from No.46 to No.33, 5 Seconds Of Summer (who earlier this afternoon Aussie time revealed a new live album release) see their tune 'Good Girls' bullet back into the top 50 (No.81 to No.34) and a little more top 50 chart love for Lorde, with her single 'Yellow Flicker Beat' improving from No.52 to No.38, just five shy of its No.33 peak.
Iggy Azalea's 'Beg For It' drops from No.29 to No.42. Redfoo's 'New Thang' is down from No.28 to No.43. Nathaniel's 'Live Louder' slides from No.31 to No.44. James Blunt's 'When I Find Love Again' drops from No.27 to No.48.
But the 1D boys find themselves in the No.49 spot on debut with 'Night Changes' ahead of a 16 place fall for Olly Murs' new single 'Wrapped Up' (No.34 to No.50).
Beyond the 50, Pharrell Williams will be most 'Happy' with himself, given that his global smash has just smashed through the 630,000 copy mark (nine times platinum to you and me). Sia will no doubt also be happy. After Montaigne's cover of 'Chandelier' on Triple J, the single jumps 15 places to No.52 and picks up a fourth platinum accreditation.
5 Seconds Of Summer are 'Just Saying', new at No.54. The controversial dirge that is 'Literally I Can't' (Play-N-Skillz, Redfoo, Lil Jon & Enertia McFly) premieres at No.60 and Paloma Faith's 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' plunges 20 spots to No.61.
Even Timmy Trumpet's 'Nightmare' drops 19, but Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' improves from No.96 to No.66. Selena Gomez' 'The Heart Wants What It Wants' must want some '69' action, after plummeting 36 places from last week's No.33 debut.
New music from Nicki Minaj ('Bed Of Lies') at No.71, a big drop for Dean Ray's 'Coming Back' (No.42 to No.74) and Carmada's 'Maybe' (No.55 to No.78). Watermat's 'Bullit' is off 20 (No.60 to No.80) and Itch's 'Another Man' is down 25 (No.57 to No.82). Eminem's collaboration 'Detroit vs Everybody' is the last of the top 100 premieres at No.86.
Pitbull & John Ryan's 'Fireball' drops 22, Gwen Stefani's 'Baby Don't Lie' is down 40, Hilary Duff's 'All About You' loses 33 spots and Nicki Minaj's 'Only' tumbles 38 from No.62 to No.100.

Just like this week's singles chart, there's a new No.1 on the albums chart, though in this case, it's a debut. And that debut comes from a certain boyband who recently released their fourth studio album. Naturally, it's One Direction and their new album 'Four' which, despite having a few less days on sale, had done enough in-store, online and on pre-orders to debut in the No.1 position on this week's ARIA albums chart. It's the band's fourth No.1 Aussie album on the trot and it debuts with a respectable gold sales certification alongside it.
The new Nickelback album 'No Fixed Address' was no slouch either, entering the countdown at No.3, with Ms Taylor Swift sandwiched in between in the fourth week of local chart love for '1989'.
Though Foo Fighters might have dropped from the No.1 debut of last week to No.4, however, they may just take comfort from the fact that the album has popped over into the platinum sales territory this week; not bad for just two weeks in.
Ed Sheeran's at No.5, Pink Floyd is at No.6 with (the now gold certified) 'The Endless River'. With her Aussie tour in full swing, Katy Perry's 'Prism' jumps into the top ten (No.11 to No.8) ahead of Kerser's 'King' with right royally puts its seal on the No.9 position.
Just outside the top ten is a battle of 'Man Against Machine' for country superstar Garth Brooks; his album premiering in the No.11 spot.
As mentioned on the site earlier in the week, Hilltop Hoods have blasted through the platinum mark with 'Walking Under Stars' (No.12) and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas again when Michael Bublé's collection of festive favourites 'Christmas' re-enters the chart. The ten-times-platinum-selling collection rears its bells in the No.14 position.
The Ghost Inside's 'Dear Youth' lets fly in the No.16 position in its first week and Cold Chisel's 'The Live Tapes Vol.2' debuts at No.19. Melinda Scheider and Beccy Cole's 'Great Women Of Country' collection, however, tumbles 12 places from last week's No.9 debut.
More debuts too... 'The Art Of McCartney' at No.22, Brooke Fraser's 'Brutal Romantic' at No.23, the sixth edition of the 'Punk Goes Pop' compilations at No.26.
But Flight Facilities' album 'Down To Earth' loses some ground (No.16 to No.28). Chet Faker picks up 16 ahead of the ARIAs (No.46 to No.30), but Slipknot falls (No.18 to No.31).
The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix Vol.1' re-enters the top 50 at No.33 (up from No.51 last week), with debuts following from Queen ('Queen Forever' at No.35) and a soundtrack ('The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Pt.1' at No.36).
Vance Joy enjoys a bit more top 50 chart love with 'Dream Your Life Away' (No.59 to No.39) and there's a top 50 planting for TV On The Radio's 'Seeds' (No.42).
But Machine Head's 'Diamonds' lose their lustre in the second week of chart love (No.10 on debut to No.43).
U2's ploy of forcing their new music upon every one of the world's iCloud-enabled iPhone users seems to have backfired. Their album 'Songs Of Innocence' has dropped out of the top 100 entirely after just seven weeks and their '+' release (some extra new choons for the fans), can only manage No.44 on debut.
Paloma Faith's 'A Perfect Contradiction' falls from No.27 to No.47, while Knife Party's 'Abandon Ship' looks like abandoning the top 50; No.20 on debut last week and No.48 this week. The Script's 'No Sound Without Silence' is also lower, down 18 to No.50.
Beyond the 50, Karise Eden's 'Things I've Done' is down 21 to No.54, Susan Boyle's 'Hope' is gone (No.31 to No.57) and Ed Sheeran's '+' tumbles 36 places to No.62.
A little love for the 'We Love Disney' compile (debuting at No.69), but a 31 place fall for Annie Lennox' 'Nostalgia' (No.71) and 21 place drop for Dami Im's 'Heart Beats' (No.52 to No.73).
Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' is one of the big losers of the chart week, however; it's down from No.19 to No.77. Bob Dylan's 'The Basement Tapes Raw : Vol.11' doesn't fare much better, however, dropping 54 places to No.83. The soundtrack to 'Interstellar' makes a top 100 chart splash at No.82 and In The Moment's 'Black Widow' puts its bite on the No.89 position on debut.
The chart love for Röyksopp, Damien Rice Ne Obliciscaris, Echosmith, Matthew Garwood and Azealia Banks, however, was short lived. Each artist saw their respective new albums debut in the top 50 last week (as high as No.23 in the case of Röyksopp and No.25 for Damien Rice), but all six titles have tumbled out of the top 100 entirely in just their second week.

For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.


Hot off the press! Aussie favourites 5 Seconds Of Summer have moments ago confirmed that they'll be releasing a live album next month.
Cleverly titled 'Live Seconds Of Summer', the new release will comprise a number of the band's performances from venues across the planet, including their smash hits 'Good Girls', 'Amnesia' and 'She Looks So Perfect'.
"Playing live has been something we have been the most passionate about from the beginning," the band said in a statement on their socials. "All we want is for our fans to come to the shows, rock out and have one of the best times they've ever experienced. Also when a room is full of you guys from all different walks of life, you can let it go when you come to the shows and be free to be yourself."
'Live Seconds Of Summer' will be released in Australia on December 12, with a pre-order going live tomorrow night.

01. 18 (live)
02. Out Of My Limit (live)
03. Disconnected (live)
04. Amnesia (live)
05. Beside You (live)
06. Everything I Didn't Say (live)
07. Long Way Home (live)
08. Heartache On The Big Screen (live)
09. American Idiot (live)
10. Kiss Me Kiss Me (live)
11. Teenage Dream (live)
12. Good Girls (live)
13. What I Like About You (live)
14. End Up Here (live)
15. She Looks So Perfect (live)
16. What I Like About You


New Zealand singer songwriter Brooke Fraser is back with a brand new album.
'Brutal Romantic' may very well be the singer's most pop-sounding record to date, especially with the dark electro stormer 'Psychosocial' with its distorted vocals and the pure indie electro-pop goodness of current single 'Kings & Queens'.
But 'Brutal Romantic' is no two-trick pony. It glistens with a slew of edgy pop gems that have the capacity to be enormous chart hits, were they given the chance to shine on local radio networks in between the Katy Perrys, David Guettas and Rihannas of the world.
Thanks to our peeps at Sony Music, we gave away five copies of the new album as part of our most recent giveaway. And, naturally, it follows on that we've got five lucky winners, who are...;

Wayne from Brighton East in Victoria, Callum from Bowral in New South Wales, Joanna from Mount Waverley in Victoria, Gavin from Nicholls Rivulet in Tasmania and Alexander from Northfield in South Australia.

Congratulations, peeps. A copy of this most excellent pop record will be in the post for you first thing on Monday! Thanks to everyone who entered this week's draw... and don't forget if you didn't win THIS one, there are always THREE more giveaways currently live over there >>> in the sidebar! Get to it!


• The One Direction chaps have unveiled the official cover image for their new single 'Night Changes'. The track was doing rather well for itself on the iTunes chart earlier in the week and the official video premiered overnight, but more about that in a later post.
• US pop starlet Meghan Trainor has already proved she's no one hit wonder; her new track 'Lips Are Movin' has already ensconced itself in the top five down under. She's also just revealed the official video for the track, but with no embed code for websites like ours to feature it, we're relegated to merely giving it a quick mention and providing you with a LINK.
• Universal Music has started building the hype locally for 22 year old US performer Ryn Weaver, who's already been dubbed "next year's biggest pop star" by Huffington Post and has been featured on a slew of tastemaker sites across the planet. The Cashmere Cat version of a song called 'Octahate' (listen HERE) was recently premiered on Zane Lowe's show on the BBC and has notched up more than 600,000 listens.

• There's seemingly no stopping Chet Faker. Ahead of what many (including us) are predicting will be a whitewash at Wednesday night's ARIA Awards, tickets to his recently-announced tour just keep selling. He announced a second Melbourne show (at the city's Palais Theatre) on Thursday, but by yesterday, that too had completely sold out, leaving Frontier Touring no other option than to add a third show in the Victorian capital. It'll hit the Palais on Wednesday February 26 and tickets for it are on sale on Monday at 2pm AEDT.
• Also adding more shows throughout the week is FKA Twigs. The 26 year old songstress' Laneway sideshows in both Sydney and Melbourne sold out within hours of going on sale, prompting organisers to add second dates in both cities. Both are on sale from 9am local time on Monday.

• Taylor Swift has been replaced on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by... Taylor Swift. 'Shake It Off' is gone. 'Blank Space' is in, rocketing from No.13 to No.1 on the back of the release of that disturbing little music video in which Tay goes a little bonkers. Speaking of bonkers, it seems like Americans are still bonkers for Meghan Trainor's single 'All About That Bass'. It's still glued into that No.2 position. Hozier's up two, Jessie J's down three, but here comes Nick Jonas with his sensational single 'Jealous' (all but ignored here in Australia), which bullets from No.23 to No.10. Seriously, Aussie media... get into this track.
• Ms Swift is still dominating on the Billboard 200 albums chart with '1989'. The biggest challenge this week comes from Foo Fighters' new album 'Sonic Highways'. Ordinarily a Foo Fighters release would be guaranteed a No.1 position, but they're a long way behind Ms Swift sales-wise. Taylor bags 312,000 copies in week three (she's now busted through the two million sales mark in the US in just three weeks), while Foo Fighters languish with just 190,000 copies. Pink Floyd are in at No.3 with 'The Endless River', Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' is new at No.4 and Big K.R.I.T's 'Cadillactica' premieres at No.5. Nick Jonas' self-titled album drops at No.6 to wrap this week's top ten debuts.
• Now that we've whet your chart whistle with the US charts, you'll no doubt be wanting to get the goss on the Aussie charts. We'll be doing just that with our weekly Chart Watch segment, in which we'll explore the ups, downs, ins, outs and new releases on this week's ARIA top 100s. Chart Watch goes live at 6pm AEDT.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Australians have a bit of a soft spot for The Madden Brothers. Whether it's Joel's appearance as part of the judging panel on 'The Voice', their Good Charlotte past or their seemingly bullshit-free approach to everything, we love them like they were our very own.
We sent their single 'We Are Done' to No.1. We also sent the album from which it was lifted, 'Greetings From California', to No.1.
But we've been less generous of spirit with the boys' latest track 'Dear Jane', despite it not really being given an official single release.
It has, however, now got an official (black and white) video, which includes footage of the boys performing the track in the studio and a woman (let's call her 'Jane' for shits and giggles) meandering along the promenade down on Venice Beach. Kinda like a greeting. From California.

MONTAIGNE : I'm A Fantastic Wreck

We made mention of Sydney starlet Montaigne on the site back in June when she'd released her new single 'I Am Not An End'.
Since then the career of Ms Montaigne (real name Jessica Cerro) has gone from strength to strength, being signed to Sony Music and today releasing her debut EP.
To coincide with the latter's release, she's dropped a video for her breakout track 'I'm A Fantastic Wreck'.
That Montaigne literally graces a single room in an empty apartment for the entirety of the clip might give you the impression that things could potentially be a little boring. But the reality is that, via the addition of some very tricky graphics in post-production, it's anything but.
Though 'I'm A Fantastic Wreck' isn't particularly commercial, it's endlessly seductive and charming.
And that she popped into Triple J this week to perform a spectacular cover of Sia's 'Chandelier' for their 'Like A Version' series (HERE) only makes us want to love her more.


What's better than a new giveaway on your Friday? TWO new giveaways on your Friday, and both with mammoth thanks to the lovelies at Sony Music Australia.
British pop star Olly Murs first rose to prominence through the sixth edition of the British version of 'The X Factor'. Though he finished runner-up to eventual winner Joe McElderry, it's Olly's career that has soared post-show.
But it took us Aussies a little while to start falling for his charm. It was only in the third year of his recorded music career than we gifted Olly his first top 50 hit down under (the top five smash 'Troublemaker') and we quickly gave him a few more in 'Army Of Two', 'Dear Darlin' and more recently 'Wrapped Up'.
The latter is lifted from the singer's brand new album 'Never Been Better', out today.
Olly's fourth LP, 'Never Been Better' comprises 17 tracks, including lead single 'Wrapped Up', along with the recently-released grat tracks 'Beautiful To Me', 'Tomorrow' and the title track.
To celebrate the album's release today, we've got five shiny new copies to give away and here's what you've got to do to win one!

We want you to get creative for this one. Shoot through an email to you-know-where (it's up top in the sidebar, you know). In it, we want you to use your five best adjectives to describe your feelings for Olly Murs. Include your name and postal address in the email and in the subject line, chuck in the term 'Golly I'd Be Jolly For Some Olly'. Then we shall turn the key which in turn drops you into the draw.

Competition closes at 10:00pm AEDT on Friday November 28, 2014. One entry per household. Winners drawn entirely at random. Competition open to Australian residents only. Winners' first names, suburbs/towns and states will be published on the site on Saturday November 29, 2014. Five jolly Olly lovers will each receive a copy of Olly's new album 'Never Been Better', all with thanks to the gorgeous vixens at Sony Music Australia. And remember, your details are safe with us. We may even put them in the freezer 'cause no-one ever looks there. Ever.


Asgeir – In The Silence (Deluxe Edition)
Iggy Azalea – Reclassified
David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection)
Boyzone – Dublin To Detroit
Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark : 1970-1972
Coldplay – Ghost Stories Live (CD/DVD)
Depeche Mode – Live In Berlin
Neil Diamond – All Time Greatest Hits
Bryan Ferry – Avonmore
David Guetta – Listen (Deluxe Edition)
Hoodoo Gurus – Gurus Gravy Train EP
Ella Hooper – In Tongues
Il Divo – Live In Japan (CD/DVD)
Illy – Cinematic Uncut
Samantha Jade – Sweet Talk (CD single)
The Kinks – The Anthology : 1964-1971
Knife Party – Abandon Ship * November 24
John Legend – Love In The Future (Special Edition)
Johnny Mathis – The Complete Global Albums Collection
Jessica Mauboy – Beautiful : Platinum Edition
Montaigne – Life Of Montaigne EP
Olly Murs – Never Been Better
Olly Murs – Never Been Better (Deluxe Edition)
Shane Nicholson – Pitch, Roll & Yaw : Live And Solo
OST – Annie
Paramore – Paramore (Deluxe) * November 24
Peter Paul & Mary – Discovered : Live In Concert
Dean Ray – Dean Ray
Reuben – Racecar Is Racecar Backwards
The Rolling Stones – From The Vault : LA Forum (Live In 1975)
Guy Sebastian – Madness
Ty Segall – $ingle$ 2
Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Albums Collection
Sol3 Mio – Ladies And Gentlemen : Sol3 Mio Live In Concert (DVD)
Bruce Springsteen – The Album Collection Vol.1 (1973-1984)
Various – 100% Hits : Best Of 2014
Various – 100% Hits : Christmas 2014
Various – 101 More R&B Hits
Various – Ministry Of Sound : Chillout Sessions XVII
Various – NOW Volume 3
Various – ShadyXV * November 24
Various – Smooth FM Christmas
The Veronicas – The Veronicas
We Were Evergreen – Towards
Charli XCX – Break The Rules (Schoolies Edition EP)
Xtrmst – Xtrmst
Trisha Yearwood – PrizeFighter

Iggy Azalea ftg. Mø – Beg For It
Kenny Chesney – Christmas In Blue Chair Bay
Clean Bandit ftg. Jess Glynne – Real Love
Deadmau5 – 5 Years Of Mau5
Dusky – Yahoo
Tyler Farr – Blue Christmas
Flamingo – Drip Away
Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder
Hiatus Kaiyote – Sky Burial
Toby Keith – Drunk Americans
Jessie J ftg. 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up
Samantha Jade – Sweet Talk
Casey James – I Like Christmas
The Kite String Tangle – Stone Cold (remixes)
Labrinth – Jealous
Lil’ Wayne ftg. The Lox – Gotti
Lion Babe – Jungle Lady
Pixie Lott – Platinum Pixie : Hits
Rosie Lowe – How’d You Like It
McBusted – Air Guitar
Montaigne – Life Of Montaigne EP
Jarrod Niemann – Holly Jolly Christmas
The Only – R.A.G.E.
George Perris – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
R5 – Smile
Set Mo – Tiptoe
Will Sparks ftg. Wiley & Elen Levon – Ah Yeah So What
Tom Swoon ftg. Ruby Prophet – Saviour
Take That – These Days
Uberjak’d – Portland
Vaults – Vultures EP
The Veronicas – If You Love Someone
Years & Years – Desire