British singer/songwriter Paloma Faith snares her first ever No.1 on the ARIA Singles Charts, with the single Only Love Can Hurt Like This. It moves up six spots from last week after recently being used in a TV advertisement for Channel Seven’s drama series Winner & Losers. Another UK singer/songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, also moves up the charts this week with Please Don’t Say You Love Me, jumping from No.86 to No.3, marking her second appearance in the top five on the ARIA Singles chart. It follows on from her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love (No.5 Apr. ’14) and hits the top five on the back of a performance of the song by X Factor contestant Rachel Thompson last week. Just below Aplin are US girl group G.R.L. with Ugly Heart, jumping twelve spots to No.4. It marks their first ever appearance as a primary artist in the top ten beating their peak they achieved as guests on the Pitbull track Wild Wild Love (No.10 Mar. ’14). In its seventh week in the top 50, It’s My Birthday by will.i.am jumps into the top ten for the first time following his performance on the finale of The Voice last week. It is will.i.am’s fourth top ten on the ARIA Singles chart, following on from This Is Love (No.7 July ’12), Scream & Shout (No.2 Dec. ’12) and #thatPOWER (No.6 May ’13).
No.36 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor. Twenty year-old singer/songwriter/producer Meghan Trainor, makes her first appearance on the ARIA charts this week with her debut single, All About That Bass. It is taken from her debut album, due out later this year. The US musician has been producing music since she was fifteen and has written songs for artists such as Rascall Flatts and The Common Kings.
No.42 PYRAMID BUILDING – Hilltop Hoods. Australian hip hop veterans Hilltop Hoods, make their tenth appearance on the ARIA Singles chart with Pyramid Building. The track is taken from their upcoming seventh studio album Walking Under Stars, due out later in the year. Another track from the album, Won’t Let You Down, charted earlier in the month, debuting/peaking at No.17. The group scored their highest charting single back in 2012 with I Love It (No.6 Feb. ’12).
No.43 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole Feat. Tinie Tempah. UK singer Cheryl Cole, makes her first appearance on the ARIA Singles chart in two years with her new single Crazy Stupid Love. It marks Cole’s fourth UK No.1 single and her sixth ARIA top 100 single. Cole was last in the charts with Call My Name (No.49 July. ’12) and scored her highest charting single back in 2010 with 3 Words (No.5 Mar. ’10). On Crazy Stupid Love, Cole is joined by UK rapper Tinie Tempah, who was last in the charts with Children Of The Sun (No.74 Nov. ’13).
No.71 GECKO (OVERDRIVE) – Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill. Nineteen year-old Dutch DJ/producer Oliver Heldens, makes his ARIA chart debut this week with his single Gecko (Overdrive). The song was originally released as Gecko in 2013, which caught the attention of fellow Dutch DJ Tiesto, who signed him to his label. The song has now been re-released featuring the vocals of The Voice UK alumni Becky Hill. The song topped the UK charts last year, making Hill the first The Voice contestant to score a UK chart topper.
No.74 ALEX (DAY BY DAY) – Darryl Bowen. Alex (Day By Day) is a song written for injured NRL player Alex McKinnon. The former Newcastle Knight was seriously injured in a match earlier in the year, suffering a broken neck. Darryl Bowen is a family friend and singer/songwriter from McKinnon’s hometown of Aberdeen. The song served as the theme song for last week’s RiseForAlex NRL round.
No.87 YOUTH – Daughter. British indie folk band Daughter make their ARIA Singles chart debut this week with their track Youth. The song is the third single from their 2013 debut album If You Leave (No.50 Mar. ’13). Youth enters the chart on the back of X Factor hopeful Sydnee Carter performing the song for her audition. The episode featuring her performance aired last week.
No.92 WORLDS APART – Go Comet!. Go Comet! make their first appearance on the ARIA charts this week with their track, Worlds Apart. Little is known about the group, who chart off the back of the song being used in a Channel 7 News promo earlier in the month.
Four weeks on from debuting in the No.1 spot, Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the ARIA Albums chart with X. The second week for X at No.1 makes it Sheeran’s longest stay at the top of the Albums chart, having only spent one week at the top with his debut + (No.1 Aug. ’12). Along with topping the US Billboard 200 chart for the first time, American comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic, scores his first ever ARIA Albums chart top ten with his fourteenth studio album Mandatory Fun, debuting at No.9 this week. Just behind him is Gabrielle Aplin whose debut album English Rain storms back up the chart after four weeks out of the top 50. It jumps from No.86 to No.10, picking up its first top ten appearance in the process. The album’s previous best was achieved in April, when it peaked at No.14. Its resurgence comes on the back of single Please Don’t Say You Love Me jumping to No.3 on the Singles chart this week. Another album experiencing a jump off the back of a successful single is Paloma Faith and her third studio album A Perfect Contradiction, which reaches a new peak at No.15 this week. It previously peaked upon debut at No.22 back in March. The jump comes off the back of her single Only Love Can Hurt Like This topping the ARIA Singles chart this week.
No.9 MANDATORY FUN – “Weird Al” Yankovic. Mandatory Fun is the fourteenth studio album from American comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic. This is his highest peak on the ARIA Albums chart and his first top ten. Amongst the tracks on the album are parodies of Pharrell William’s Happy, Iggy Azalea’s Fancy, Lorde’s Royals and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. To promote Mandatory Fun, Yankovic released eight music videos of tracks from the album in eight days. The Album is Yankovic’s first No.1 album in the US and the first comedy album to top the US Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman’s My Son, The Nut in August 1963.
No.25 ITUNES SESSION EP – Jessica Mauboy. Australian singer Jessica Mauboy makes her fifth appearance on the ARIA Albums chart with the iTunes Session EP. The EP features raw stripped back versions of seven of her biggest singles including Running Back (No.3 Oct. ’08), Burn (No.1 Jan. ’09), Inescapable (No.4 Aug. ’11), Never Be The Same (No.6 Apr. ’14) and Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) (No.2 Oct. ’13). The release follows on from her third studio album Beautiful (No.3 Oct. ’13).
No.28 TROUBLE IN PARADISE – La Roux. British singer Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid, are a Grammy Award winning duo who made waves when their self-titled debut album La Roux peaked/debuted at No.22 back in July 2009. Five years later, La Roux return with their long awaited follow-up album, Trouble In Paradise. During the promotions for the album, Jackson announced that she and Langmaid had parted ways, leaving her as the sole member of La Roux.