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Chart wrap: After 42 weeks, Ed Sheeran hits #1

Monday 13 August 2012

Chart wrap: After 42 weeks, Ed Sheeran hits #1

While both the singles charts maintain their #1s, the ARIA Albums chart makes way for Ed Sheeran to spend his first ever week at #1 in Australia.


You go Guy Sebastian! Our cover star scored the Most Added track to radio and the highest ranking new addition to the Hot 100. Battle Scars’ #32 entry to the Hot 100 is the highest debut Guy has enjoyed since 2004, when Out With My Baby entered at #29. It’s also only the second time Lupe Fiasco, who features on this international-quality ditty, has been inside the Top 40 of the Hot 100 in his career. Winning all round.

The second highest addition for the week came in from 3OH!3. Their latest, You’re Gonna Love This, entered at #39 - their first ever entry into the chart inside the Top 40. With two Top 10 singles to their name already, that could be a good sign as to how high this single may chart - especially if it’s already beating personal bests on the course. Next up is Delta Goodrem’s Dancing With A Broken Heart, which clocked in at #59, only inches above fellow Aussies Sundance with Where She Wants Me at #67.

So what’s going on at the top of the chart? Well, Pink is holding on with Blow Me (One Last Kiss). She’s been at #1 for a month now. Only a month left to go until she beats her best run at #1, which, as we mentioned last week, was seven weeks with Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely). Maroon 5 have crept up higher inside the Top 5 with One More Night. This week the track sits at #2, up from #4.


Justice Crew have backed up their first ever week at #1 on the ARIA Singles chart, with a second week. That's right, Boom Boom has held out for a second week to top the ARIA Singles chart for a second time. In fact, on this week's chart, #2 and #3 – Maroon 5's One More Night and Fun.'s Some Nights – have stuck it out again too, with the former ticking over from Gold to Platinum certification.

Next up on the chart is Spectrum (Say My Name) EP from Florence & The Machine. This mirrors the huge jump that Spectrum (including the incredibly popular Calvin Harris remix of the track) has enjoyed this week on the TMN Hot 100 - jumping from #18 to #10. Another track that's also bolting up both the TMN Hot 100 and the ARIA Singles chart is Far East Movement's Turn Up The Love, featuring Cover Drive. It moved from #31 to #16 on the ARIA Singles chart.

The highest entry to the Singles chart this week came from Birdy. Birdy sees her cover of Cherry Ghost's People Help The People enjoying some attention from the Neighbours promos running on television. People love a sad sync and that's why the track entered at #35. Below her, 360 saw Run Alone enter at #37; Havana Brown saw When The Lights Go Out enter at #40; and 50 Cent saw New Day enter at #44.


Who saw that coming? The Monday following Karise Eden's wins at the ARIA #1 Chart Awards, My Journey falls from the top spot, which it has been sitting in for six weeks - the longest Australian run at #1 since Missy Higgins' The Sound Of White in 2005. Mind you, it has simply fallen one position to #2, while last week's #3, Ed Sheeran's +, leapfrogs over to claim the crown. + has taken a crazy 42 weeks to hit #1. Even more impressively, It has spent over fifteen of its weeks on the ARIA Singles chart inside the Top 10. He also has an Australian Tour Pack that's entered at #43 this week. That's what touring can do!

While Karise fell, she pushed on Fun., who saw Some Nights drop to #3, one position above Overexposed, which sits rigidly at #4 again this week. One position below in #5 lands The Sapphires soundtrack, which has shot up from #17 this week. As a result, Missy Higgins' The Ol' Razzle Dazzle dropped from #5 to #6, while Hilltop Hoods' Drinking From The Sun darts from #24 to #7.

The highest new addition to the fifty came from Birdy, again. Her self-titled release entered exactly halfway up the chart at #25, due again to her good run on television promos. A few positions below at #28, entered the soundtrack to Step Up 4: Miami Heat. Further below (at #41 specifically), Australian outfit Dappled Cities snuck into the chart, with their latest, Lake Air.

- Thomas Gilmore, The Music Network 

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