In the same week that G I R L, his second solo album, makes its ARIA chart debut at No.2, Happy by Pharrell Williams hits nine weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles chart. It becomes the ninth single to top the ARIA Singles chart for nine weeks. It joins the likes of USA For Africa’s We Are The World (No.1 Apr. ’84), Los Del Rio’s Macarena (No.1 Sep. ’96) and Katy Perry’s Roar (No.1 Aug. ’13). With Williams currently touring nationally, it looks like there is nothing stopping him from racking up a tenth week at the summit. The last act to do so was LMFAO with Party Rock Anthem (No.1 Apr. ’11). Joining the top three, with a jump of three spots is Brave by Sara Bareilles - a new peak for her on the ARIA charts. The US singer/songwriter had previously peaked one spot lower with the single Love Song (No.4 Jan. ’08). Just below at No.4, David Guetta makes his first top 50 appearance since Play Hard (No.16 Oct. ’12) with his new single Shot Me Down, jumping twenty-three spots. It becomes the French DJ/producer’s tenth top ten on the ARIA Singles chart.
No.14 YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL – Nathaniel. Former X Factor Australia contestant Nathaniel, makes his second post-X Factor appearance on the charts this week with his new single, You’re Beautiful. It follows on from his top five single You (No.4 Oct. ’13). In between releases, Nathaniel appeared on the Australia Day release I Am Australian (No.51 Feb. ’14), alongside fellow contestants Dami Im, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson. During his time on X Factor, Nathaniel charted with The Scientist (No.75 Oct. ’12) and Red (No.91 Nov. ’12).
No.17 MAGIC – Coldplay. Magic is the first single to be released from Coldplay’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, due out in May. The British band last charted with Atlas (No.30 Sep. ’13), a single from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (No.37 Nov. ’13). It is their ninth ARIA top 20 single and their highest debut since, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (No.14 Jun. ’11).
No.26 WILD WILD LOVE – Pitbull Feat. G.R.L. American rapper Pitbull, makes his first appearance on the ARIA charts for 2014 with his new single, Wild Wild Love. The single features newly formed American girl group G.R.L. It follows on from his top 5 single Timber (No.4 Oct. ’13) and becomes his fourteenth top 40 ARIA single.
No.66 HUMAN – Christina Perri. American singer/songwriter Christina Perri, makes her fourth appearance on the ARIA Singles chart this week with her new single, Human. It is the lead track from Perri’s second studio album, Head Or Heart, due for release next month. The single follows on from A Thousand Years, Pt. 2 (No.39 Nov.’12), A Thousand Years (No.13 Dec. ’11) and Perri’s highest charting single to date, Jar Of Hearts (No.2 July ’11).
No.78 SOMETHING I SAID – Thundamentals Feat. Thom Crawford. Blue Mountains based hip hop group Thundamentals, make their ARIA Singles chart debut with their new single, Something I Said. The track is taken from their new album So We Can Remember, due for release in May. The trio is made up of DJ Morgs, MC Tuka and MC Jeswon and had previously appeared on the ARIA charts with their second album, Foreverlution (No.64 Aug. ’11).
No.85 ANYWHERE FOR YOU – John Martin. Anywhere For You is the debut lead single from Swedish singer/songwriter, John Martin. It is his first appearance in the chart as a primary artist. Martin is best known for his collaboration with Swedish House Mafia on the chart topping track Don’t You Worry Child (No.1 Nov. ’12). Martin has also charted as the feature artist on the Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash track, Reload (No.20 July ’13) and Tinie Tempah’s Children Of The Sun (No.74 Nov. ’13).
No.88 ORDINARY LOVE – U2. As long-time supporters and friends of the late Nelson Mandela, Irish rock band U2 have written and released a song in honour of the man, entitled Ordinary Love. The song was written to be included in the 2013 biographical film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. It becomes their second song to crack the top 100 this year, following on from Invisible (No.79 Feb. ’14).
No.91 THE WALKER – Fitz & The Tantrums. American neo soul band Fitz & The Tantrums, make their ARIA charts debut with their 2013 single, The Walker. The track is the second single from their second album, More Than Just A Dream. The song has been used in the television show Suits, the 2013 film Identity Thief and most recently in Ellen Degeneres’ trailer for the Oscars.
The Never Tear Us Apart mini-series may be well and truly over, but the momentum has not stopped for INXS, as they rack up a fourth week at the top of the ARIA Albums chart with, The Very Best. The album has beaten the number of weeks spent at No.1 by Listen Like Thieves (No.1 Oct. ’85) and X (No.1 Oct. ‘90), but still needs to rack up one more week to equal the five weeks spent at the top by The Swing (No.1 Apr. ’84). INXS continue to have three more albums within the top 50 this week - previous chart topper, Kick at No.15, Live At Wembley Stadium 1991 at No.24 and The Swing at No.50. INXS will face competition from Pharrell Williams, as his second solo studio album G I R L debuted at No.2 this week. Williams fared better in the UK, topping their albums chart. With a national tour underway and spots at the Future Music Festival, Williams might have what it takes to move in to the top spot. Also experiencing a sales boost from being in the country this week is Katy Perry, whose recent visit to promote her November national tour has helped her latest album Prism (No.1 Nov. ’13), jumping up six spots to make its first top three appearance since mid-January. As the first week of Bruno Mars national tour draws to a close, Unorthodox Jukebox re-enters the top five for the first time since July 2013. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (No.2 Jan. ’11) has also re-entered the top 50 for the first time since July 2013 - it jumps from No.65 to No.29.
No.2 G I R L – Pharrell Williams. In the same week Happy notches up its ninth week at the top of the ARIA Singles chart, the second solo studio album from singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, producer and wearer of one of the world’s most (in)famous hats, Pharrell Williams, debuts on the ARIA Albums chart. The follow-up to In My Mind (No.15 Aug. ’06), G I R L features appearances by Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, amongst others. The release coincides with Williams’ Australian promo tour, including spots at the Future Music Festival and sideshows in Perth and Brisbane.
No.9 THE WHITE ALBUM [REMIX PROJECT] – Hillsong United. The White Album [Remix Project] is a collection of well-known songs previously released by Hillsong United remixed by various artists. It marks the seventh appearance on the ARIA albums chart by the group and is their fifth release to crack the top ten. It comes a year after their 2013 chart topper Zion (No.1 Mar. ’13).
No.11 OXYMORON – ScHoolboy Q. Oxymoron is the third studio album and major label debut for American rapper Quincy Hanley, AKA ScHoolboy Q. It features a number of high profile collaborators including Pharrell Williams, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Tyler, The Creator. It marks his first appearance on the ARIA charts as a solo artist. He had previously charted as a feature artist on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis single White Walls (No.34 Oct. ’13).
No.49 MASTERMIND – Rick Ross. American rapper and founder of the Maybach Music Group label, Rick Ross, makes his second appearance on the ARIA Albums chart this week with his sixth studio album, Mastermind. Guests on the album include Jay Z, Kanye West, Big Sean and French Montana. It follows on from God Forgives, I Don’t (No.41 Aug. ’12), which remains his highest charting album to date.
No.51 ALL SHE WROTE – Christie Lamb. Sydney singer/songwriter Christie Lamb, makes her first appearance on the ARIA charts this week with her debut album, All She Wrote. The album debuts at No.5 this week on the ARIA Country Albums chart. Lamb is touring currently touring nationally in support of the album.
No.55 KID CUDI PRESENTS SATELLITE FLIGHT: THE JOURNEY TO MOTHER MOON – Kid Cudi. American rapper Kid Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, makes his fourth appearance on the ARIA Albums chart this week with his fourth studio album, Kid Cudi Presents Satellite Flight: The Journey To The Mother Moon. It follows on from Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (No.85 Sep. ’09), Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (No.65 Nov. ’10) and his highest charting album to date, Indicud (No.28 Apr. ’13).
No.66 ATLAS – Real Estate. American indie rock band Real Estate, make their ARIA chart debut this week with their third studio album, Atlas. It is the follow up to 2011’s Days. The appearance follows a string of recent Australian albums also titled Atlas including Rufus’ 2013 chart topping debut and Parkway Drive’s fourth album, which reached No.3 in November 2012.
No.74 KEI TO THE CITY – Moog. Australian producer Blair Joscelyne, operating under the moniker Moog, makes his first appearance on the ARIA Albums chart with his new album Kei To The City. Joscelyne adopted his moniker due his large collection of analogue synthesizers created by electronic music pioneer, Dr Bob Moog.
No.100 HEY DAYDREAMER – Sally Seltmann. It has been almost four years since Australian singer/songwriter, Sally Seltmann, last made an appearance on the ARIA Albums chart. This week, she just scrapes in to the top 100 with her fourth album Hey Daydreamer. It follows on from Heart That’s Pounding (No.73 Apr. ’10). In between releases Seltmann joined forces with fellows Australian songwriters Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko to form Seeker Lover Keeper and release a self-titled album which peaked/debuted at No.3 in June 2011.