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Chart wrap-up: Pink, Guy and Jess hold onto top spots

Monday 27 August 2012

Chart wrap-up: Pink, Guy and Jess hold onto top spots

Sony has held onto the three top spots with Pink controlling radio and Australian Idol mates Guy Sebastian and Jess Mauboy keeping a hold on the ARIA charts. Below them, however, Birdy and Taylor Swift are letting everybody know they're here.


Six weeks and counting for Pink’s Blow Me (One Last Kiss) at the top of the chart. As we’ve been mentioning, her record run at #1 is seven weeks. Keeping in mind that the track is only just starting to level out in terms of spins across AirCheck (to, you know, only 100 spins ahead of any other song) we think she can make it! Go Pink!

If she does, it will be in spite of Maroon 5’s best efforts to take the title from her with One More Night, which is increasing in spins at a faster rate, but chained in at #2, as a prince to the chart queen. Woah! The queen might actually need to watch out. Taylor Swift has entered the building! We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together has hit hard as her second highest debut on TMN Hot 100 to date (behind a little ditty called Mine). You might also remember a song called Love Story, which peaked at #1!

The second highest debut for the week is Timomatic’s Incredible, which entered at #43 on the Hot 100. Spending week one at radio as the fifth most heard domestic artist in the country is remarkable. Set It Off, an earlier single from Timomatic, was the most spun Australian single for the first six months of 2012. Will this be the most spun for the latter six? He’d be hoping so.


Just like Pink, Guy Sebastian has continued his run at #1 this week, following last week's #1 debut for Battle Scars featuring Lupe Fiasco. The track has not only stuck it out at the top, but earned itself Gold certification in the process. One position below, label-mates and fellow Australians, Justice Crew, hold onto #2, ticking over from Platinum to double Platinum, inching closer to triple Platinum as you read this.

Aside from the local one-two combo move, the rest of the Top 5 is not quite so comfortable. Up from #13 to #3, with two weeks on the chart, is Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - sans certification. To be at #3 with less than Gold sales could suggest that Ms. Swift has a lot of wind left to fill her sales (pun well and truly intended). This is her fifth adventure into the ARIA Singles top five, following in the footsteps of Love Story (#1) and Today Was A Fairytale (#3).

The highest debut for the week is Birdy's rendition of Bon Iver's Skinny Love, entering at #4 (the original didn't make it to the ARIA Charts). Not much further down the chart, The Script and their new friend debited at #7 with Hall Of Fame, which marks the first time we've seen The Script in the ARIA Top 10 since October 2009, with Before The Worst.


Over in album land, The Sapphires OST is sticking it out at #1 and has been certified Gold in its fourth week on the chart. Much like on the ARIA Singles chart, while #1 sticks it out, things below change thanks to Birdy! Birdy's self-titled release has shot up from #16 to #2, holding Bloc Party to a #3 debut with Four. The debut is strong, as expected, falling in between the group's last two records which peaked on debut at #2 and #5.

Elvis By Request - The Australian Fan Edition has debuted at #4, proving that Elvis fans do still want to buy things. With this adding to all the fuss in the Top 5, Ed Sheeran's + slipped down from #2 to #5, residing only two positions above the debut of Ricki-Lee's Fear & Freedom, which has clocked in at #7 - her first top 10 album to date.

Below her, The Darkness debuted with Hot Cakes at #15, Xavier Rudd's Spirit Bird has re-entered at #17, while Owl City and Yellowcard debuted at #29 and #30 respectively with The Midsummer Station and Southern Air.

- Thomas Gilmore, The Music Network