SINGLES. No.1 and No.2 remain unchanged for third week in a row. Jessie J’s Bang Bang moves into the top 10, after Ariana Grande’s performance on X Factor last week. This also sees Problem rocket up nines spots to No.29. George Ezra’s Budapest moves eight spots to No.6, after X Factor contestant Dean Ray’s performance on the show of the track. Sitting just outside the top 10 is Amnesia by 5 Seconds Of Summer, racing six spots to No.11. Lastly moving into the Top 20 in its third week on the chart is Echosmith’s Cool Kids, moving from No.30 to No.18 this week.
No.15 BUDAPEST – Dean Ray. X Factor front-runner Dean Ray, not only was placed second in the live rankings last week, but he also topped the itunes chart with his cover of George’s Ezra’s Budapest (#5 Aug. ’14) and Ray can safely say he holds the record for highest debut from an X-Factor contestant so far this year.
No.19 BLAME – Calvin Harris Feat. John Newman. Blame is the third consecutive top 20 single from DJ/producer, Calvin Harris and his tenth overall. The new single is also Harris’ third consecutive No.1 in homeland UK. The closest Harris has go to the spot here was with Sweet Nothing, peaking at No.2 in October 2012.
No.22 LIVE LOUDER - Nathaniel. X Factor alumni Nathaniel, finished sixth on the show in 2012. Fast forward to 2014, Nathaniel has three top 30 singles under his sleeve, plus three top 100 singles. They include Nathaniel’s personal best - You (No.4 Oct. ’13) and You’re Beautiful (No.14 Mar. ’14).
No.44 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? - Nickelback. Canadian rockers Nickelback, follow up Edge Of A Revolution (No.54 Sep. ’14) with What Are You Waiting For? Both tracks are lifted from their forthcoming eighth album No Fixed Address, scheduled to be released in November.
No.53 BANG BANG – Reigan Derry. Having placed third in the live rankings on X Factor last week, Reigan Derry is a favourite in the race to become Australia’s latest X Factor winner. Performing Jessie J’s Bang Bang (No.4 Aug. ’14) last week, Derry sang all three parts from Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj like a pro!
No.59 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy. Forming in 2001 and consisting of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, drummer Andy Hurley and together they are Fall Out Boy. After a hiatus in 2009 and reforming in 2013, FOB release Centuries, the first track to be lifted from their upcoming sixth album. Centuries samples Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner (No.8 Nov. ’90).
No.61 DAYLIGHT – 5 Seconds Of Summer. Hailing from Sydney 5 Seconds Of Summer consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). The band got their big break after being invited to tour with One Direction in 2012. Daylight is taken from 5SOS’s Amnesia EP, which also features this week’s No.89 American Idiot.
No.71 BARTENDER – Lady Antebellum. Bartender is the first track from Lady Antebellum to chart in over three years. The Country Music trio from Nashville, was last featured on the singles chart in 2011 with Just A Kiss, peaking at No.60 in August of that year. Lady Antebellum are set to hit our shores in 2015 headlining the CMC Rocks Festival, which will be held in Queensland for this first time.
No.81 BACK TO THE WALL – Missy Higgins. Taken from Missy Higgins’ current album release Oz – a collection of cover songs originally performed by Australian artists. Back To The Wall is a cover of the 1988 Divinyls hit. It follows Shark Fin Blues (No.71 Aug. ’14) and The Way You Are Tonight (No.83 Sep. ’14).
No.89 AMERICAN IDIOT – 5 Seconds Of Summer. UK rock music bible - Kerrang! Magazing asked the likes of 5 Seconds Of Summer, ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, Falling In Reverse, You Me At Six, Bowling For Soup, Rise to Remain, New Politics, Escape The Fate, The Blackout and more for a track-by-track cover of Green Day’s American Idiot album (No.1 Sep. ’04) in June this year. 5SOS who are massive fans of the punk band were given the honourary deed to cover the title track, which originally peaked at No.7 in October 2004.
No.91 POMPEII – Brothers 3. Rounding out the X Factor contestant debuts this week is Brothers 3. The three brothers Mak, Tayzin and Shardyn were placed first in the live show last week, making them the act to watch out for. They took on UK rock band Bastille’s Pompeii, which originally peaked at No.4 in May 2013.
No.96 SHELL SHOCKED – Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik. Hip hop’s elite join forces with dance music maestros to release Shell Shocked. It coincides with the latest movie release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Juicy J was last featured with Katy Perry on her track Dark Horse and is a founding member of Three 6 Mafia. Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign are stable mates, both under the Atlantic Records banner.
ALBUMS. Of the twenty-two albums that have occupied the coveted No.1 spot so far this year, half are by Australian artists. Vance Joy is the latest in that list, replacing his Liberation Label mate Jimmy Barnes (now No.2) in the process. Aussie artists have been at the summit for 19 of the year’s 37 weeks to date. Elsewhere in the top 10, the big mover was Ariana Grande, whose recent No.1 album My Everything rebounded from No.8 to No.3 on the back of a promo tour that included an appearance on X Factor. The two albums that make their debut within the top 10 are by artists achieving that milestone for the first time – Vance Joy and Ryan Adams (No.10).
No.1 DREAM YOUR LIFE AWAY – Vance Joy. James Keogh a.k.a. Vance Joy takes out pole position with his debut album, Dream Your Life Away. The album features his top 10 single, Riptide. The singer-songwriter was a budding AFL player, hung up his boots to pursue a career in music. Joy also graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
No.58 IN RETURN - Odesza. Creating soundscapes similar to the likes of Deep Forest in the 90s, this is the debut album for the Seattle, Washington duo of Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills. The pair met at university in freshman year and decided to make music together in senior year. In Return is their second album, following 2012’s Summer’s Gone.
No.74 THE PHYSICAL WORLD – Death From Above 1979. Canadian punk-rock duo - Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger released the album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine in 2004 and then split shortly thereafter citing disagreements with creative differences and musical style. Ten years later they have reformed and the result is this acclaimed second album.
No.76 CLIENT LIAISON EP – Client Liaison. Synth-pop duo from Melbourne comprising of Monte Morgan (vocals) and Harvey Miller (keyboards) release their debut 6-track EP. The pair won a slot on the Laneway Festival bill this year through Triple J Unearthed. Client Liaison are currently on a national tour supporting their EP.
No.80 EXITS – Steve Smyth. Recorded in the Hollywood Hills studio of Gus Seyffert (Norah Jones & The Black Keys), this is the second album for the hirsute singer/songwriter originally from southern NSW. Two tracks from the album have been released as singles; Shake It and the current release Written Or Spoken. Smyth’s independent debut album Release came out in 2012, without chart success.
No.90 ACOUSTIC ANNIVERSARY ALBUM – Thirsty Merc. Released to mark the tenth anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut album (No.15 Feb. ‘05). For this album, they have done acoustic versions of eleven of their favourites over the years, including seven that hit the charts as singles, notably 20 Good Reasons (No.4 May ‘07) and Someday Someday (No.19 Jan. ‘05). This is the band’s fourth chart album and first since Mousetrap Heart (No.14 June ‘10).
No.99 LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - Queen. Recorded at London’s premier venue at the time, The Rainbow, this recording was made on 31 March 1974, not long after their first UK hit (Seven Seas Of Rye) and several months before their first appearance on the Australian charts. It contains a dozen tracks that have not appeared on any other Queen albums.