SINGLES. After picking up their first ARIA No.1 in seven years last week, The Veronicas maintain the top spot for a second week with You Ruin Me. The single becomes the duo’s longest run at No.1, having only spent one week there with previous chart topper Hook Me Up (No.1 Nov. ’07). They hold the top spot after performing the song on X Factor last week. Also performing on the show, along with the AFL Grand Final last week, was British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. His third single Thinking Out Loud, from his current No.1 album X, picks up a new peak jumping ten spots to No.2. It becomes Sheeran’s fifth top five on the ARIA Singles Chart. Sheeran also performed Don’t (No.4 July ’14), which jumps from No.35 to No.21 this week. Also receiving a sales boost after an X Factor performance last week, is US pop trio AJR. After three weeks outside of the top ten, their track I’m Ready rises eight spots to pick up a fifth week in the top ten at No.9. The track previously peaked at No.5. Just ahead of AJR is American pop band Echosmith, whose single Cool Kids cracks the top ten for the first time after its fifth week in the chart. It moves six positions to No.8.
No.15 STEAL MY GIRL – One Direction. Ahead of the release of their fourth studio album, Four, in November, British boy band One Direction return to the ARIA Singles Chart with the lead single, Steal My Girl. The release gives the group their ninth top 20 single in Australia, following on from Story Of My Life (No.3 Nov. ’13). The group was last in the charts with You & I (No.23 June ’14) and will be touring Australia early next year.
No.36 INTO MY ARMS – Dean Ray. With a cover of the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ classic, Into My Arms (No.26 Feb. ’97), X Factor contestant Dean Ray picks up his fifth ARIA top 100 single. It also becomes his third single to crack the top 40, the most for any of this year’s contestants making him a favourite to win. Ray scored his highest charting single earlier in the month with Budapest (No.15 Sep. ’14).
No.39 SECRETS – Mary Lambert. After appearing as the feature artist on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis chart topper Same Love, which she also co-wrote, US singer/songwriter Mary Lambert scores her second solo chart appearance with her new single Secrets. It marks her first solo top 40 debut, and follows on from She Keeps Me Warm (No.81 Aug. ’13). The song is the lead single from Lambert’s forthcoming major label debut, Heart On My Sleeve, due for release later this month.
No.47 LET IT BE – Labrinth. Let It Be is the lead single from Labrinth’s upcoming second studio album, Take Me To The Truth, due for release next year. The British singer/producer has now racked up five ARIA top 100 singles including the top five hits Beneath Your Beautiful (No.5 Mar. ’13) and Earthquake (No.4 Apr. ’12).
No.78 BURN FOR YOU – Reigan Derry. X Factor contestant Reigan Derry picks up her fifth ARIA top 100 single with her cover of John Farnham’s Burn For You (No.5 Dec. ’90). It follows on from Dog Days Are Over which debuted at No.61 last week.
No.81 HONEY, I’M GOOD – Andy Grammer. Taken from his second studio album Magazines or Novels, Honey I’m Good becomes the third single to crack the ARIA top 100 for American singer/songwriter Andy Grammer. It follows on from Back Home (No.27 July ’14) and Keep Your Head Up (No.53 Feb. ’12).
No.83 IN YOUR ARMS – Nico & Vinz. Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz follow up their hit single Am I Wrong (No.2 June ’14) this week with the single, In Your Arms. It is the first single from their second studio album Black Star Elephant, due for release later this month.
No.94 DELIRIOUS (BONELESS) – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo Feat. Kid Ink. US DJ/producer Steve Aoki scores his second ARIA top 100 single this week with Delirious (Boneless). Collaborating with DJs Chris Lake and Tujamo and featuring US rapper Kid Ink, the track is taken from Aoki’s second studio album Neon Future I. He previously charted with the single, A Light That Never Comes (No.56 Sep. ’13).
ALBUMS. X by British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran regains the No.1 position on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second time. Sheeran’s second album debuted at No.1 in June and returned to the top for a two-week stint in July/August. The album’s fourth week at No.1 comes on the back of Sheeran’s Australian promo tour, which included an appearance at the AFL Grand Final and on The X Factor. Sheeran’s debut album + (No.1 Aug. ’12), also moves back up the chart storming from No.56 to No.18. Australian band The Preatures, pick up the highest debut of the week with their first album Blue Planet Eyes. It tops the ARIA Australian Albums Chart in the process. Whilst Tonny Bennet and Lady Gaga’s collaborative album Cheek To Cheek falls three positions to No.10 this week, after debuting at No.7, in the US it debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
No.4 BLUE PLANET EYES – The Preatures. Sydney quintet The Preatures, make their ARIA Albums Chart debut with their first album, Blue Planet Eyes. The album includes the singles Is This How You Feel? (No.46 Feb. ’14) and Somebody’s Talking (No.79 Sep. ’14). The band is currently touring throughout the US in support of the album and will return for an Australian tour next month.
No.6 POPULAR PROBLEMS – Leonard Cohen. Just over two years on from hitting a career-best chart peak with Old Ideas (No.2 Feb. ’12), Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen returns to the top ten with Popular Problems. The album is 80 year-old Cohen’s thirteenth studio album. It was his second consecutive No.1 in his homeland.
No.15 & 33 ART OFFICIAL AGE/PLECTRUMELECTRUM – Prince/Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL. Grammy Award-winning musician Prince, picks up two top 40 debuts this week, releasing two separate albums simultaneously. The enigmatic, genre-hopping artist was last in the charts with a studio album with Planet Earth (No.38 July ’07). Art Official Age is credited solely to Prince, while Plectrumelectrum is the first release by Prince and his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL. They are Prince’s thirty-third and thirty-fourth studio albums, respectively.
No.20 WONDER WHERE WE LAND – SBTRKT. Wonder Where We Land is the second album from SBTRKT (the project of Aaron Jerome and pronounced ‘subtract’) and gives the UK electronic producer his first appearance in the ARIA top 50. The album features a host of guests including Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig who appears on the lead single New Dorp. New York (No.94 Sep. ’14). Other guests include singer/songwriter Jessie Ware and rapper A$AP Ferg. SBTRKT will be touring Australia in December 2014/January 2015.
No.27 RETROSPECTABLE – Bluejuice. Coinciding with their Retrospectable farewell tour which continues around the country this month, Australian pop-rock band Bluejuice has released a best of compilation, Retrospectable. The album features songs taken from their three studio albums; Problems, Head Of The Hawk (No.37 Sep. ’09) and Company (No.23 Nov. ’11). It also features a new single, I’ll Go Crazy (No.74 Aug. ’14). After forming thirteen years ago, the band decided to call it quits in August.
No.29 HESITANT ALIEN – Gerard Way. US musician and former singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way, makes his first solo appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart with his debut album, Hesitant Alien. The release comes over a year after the break-up of My Chemical Romance, who was last in the charts with the compilation package May Death Never Stop You (No.11 Mar. ’14). They scored their highest charting album with The Black Parade (No.3 Nov. ’06).
No.31 THE BIG REVIVAL – Kenny Chesney. The Big Revival is the seventeenth studio album by American country music artist Kenny Chesney and becomes his highest charting album to date, beating previous best Welcome To The Fishbowl (No.34 July ’12). Overall, it is Chesney’s fourth appearance in the top 100. In the US, it becomes his tenth consecutive studio album to peak in the top 3 of the Billboard Top 200, debuting at No.2.
No.35 CARRY ON THE GRUDGE – Jamie T. British singer/songwriter Jamie T. returns to the charts with his third studio album Carry On The Grudge. It is the follow-up to 2009’s Kings & Queens (No.17 Sep. ’09). Real name Jamie Treays, he made his ARIA Chart debut back in 2007 with Panic Prevention (No.88 Mar. ’07). Treays recently announced he will be visiting our shores for a national tour in January, his first visit to Australian in almost six years.
No.46 BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE – Blake Shelton. American country music singer Blake Shelton, makes his second appearance in the ARIA top 50 with his ninth studio album Bringing Back The Sunshine. It is the follow-up to last year’s Based On A True Story… (No.38 Apr. ’13). Shelton made his ARIA Albums Chart debut with his sixth studio album Red River Blue (No.100 Sep. ’11).
No.47 QUEEN OF THE CLOUDS – Tove Lo. Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Nilsson, better known as Tove Lo, makes her second appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart with her debut album Queen Of The Clouds. It follows on from her Truth Serum EP (No.99 July ’14) and marks Lo’s highest charting entry on the Albums Chart. Both the album and the EP feature her hit single, Stay High (Habits Remix) (No.3 June ’14).No.66 PLAIN SPOKEN – John Mellencamp. Plain Spoken is the twentieth album of original material and twenty-second studio album overall from American singer/songwriter, John Mellencamp. Mellencamp was last in the charts four years ago with his previous album No Better Than This (No.83 Sep. ’10). Since reaching No.20 on the Australian charts back in 1978 with A Biography, Mellencamp has gone on to score seven top ten albums including the chart topping Big Daddy (No.1 June ’89).