US rapper Coolio, whose hit single Gangsta’s Paradise (No.1 Oct. ’95) remained on top of the chart for thirteen weeks in 1995, can breathe a sigh of relief this week as Pharrell Williams’ Happy falls to No.2 this week after racking a total of twelve weeks at the top. Williams is replaced by Brisbane six-piece Sheppard and their new single Geronimo, marking their first ever No.1 after three weeks of charting. It becomes the second Australian single to top the ARIA charts this year, following on from 5 Seconds Of Summer’s She Looks So Perfect two weeks ago. Other Australians making moves in the top ten include Sia and Peking Duk. A week on from giving Sia her first ever top ten appearance as a lead artist, Chandelier now gives the ARIA-winning singer/songwriter her first ever top five as a lead artist, jumping six spots to No.4. After two weeks in the bottom half of the top ten, electronic duo Peking Duk, make their first top five appearance with High jumping two spots to No.5.
No.19 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora. A year on from her last appearance on the ARIA Singles chart with Radioactive (No.23 Mar. ’13), British singer/songwriter Rita Ora returns with, I Will Never Let You Down. The single is the first to be release from Ora’s forthcoming second studio album, O. It becomes her fourth ARIA top 100 single joining How We Do (Party) (No.9 June 12) and R.I.P. (No.10 Oct. ’12).
No.21 LIVE IT UP – 360 Feat. Pez. Australian rapper 360, picks up his second ARIA top 100 single of 2014 this week with Live It Up. It is the second single to come from 360’s forthcoming album Utopia, following on from the Daniel Johns collaboration Impossible (No.25 Jan. ’14). Another track from the album, Sixavelli, also charts this week at No.76, bringing 360’s total number of ARIA top 100 singles to eight.
No.52 BEATING HEART – Ellie Goulding. British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding, picks up her fifth ARIA top 100 single this week with her new track Beating Heart. The track is featured in the film Divergent, the soundtrack of which debuts at No.54 on the ARIA Albums chart this week. It becomes her second track to crack the top 100 this year, following on from Goodness Gracious (No.39 Feb. ’14).
No.53 DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!. After almost taking out the top spot last year with their debut single Rude (No.2 Dec. ’13), Canadian reggae/pop band make their return to the ARIA chart with their follow-up single, Don’t Kill The Magic. It is taken from their forthcoming debut album No Way No, due out later this year.
No.76 SIXAVELLI – 360 Feat. Lunar C. Along with Live It Up at No.21, Australian rapper 360 also charts this week with Sixavelli, another track taken from his forthcoming album Utopia. It features British rapper Lunar C. 360 scored his highest charting single in 2012 with Boys Like You (No.3 Feb. ’12).
No.94 MMM YEAH – Austin Mahone Feat. Pitbull. 18 year-old American pop singer Austin Mahone, makes his ARIA chart debut this week with his new single MMM Yeah. It debuted at No.60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and is taken from his forthcoming debut album, The Secret, due for release later in the year. The track features rapper Pitbull, who was last in the charts with the top ten hit Wild Wild Love (No.10 Mar. ’14).
In spite of some stiff competition from Brisbane’s Ball Park Music, INXS notch up a seventh week at No.1 with The Very Best. Ball Park Music’s third studio album Puddinghead, takes the No.2 spot and becomes their highest charting release to date. Another Australian artist, Dan Sultan, also picks up a top ten debut with his third studio album Blackbird, taking the No.4 spot and marking his first ever appearance in the ARIA top 50. Brisbane grunge band Violent Soho’s Hungry Ghost returns to the top 20 for the first time since it debuted at No.6 in September last year. The album’s resurgence comes on the back of the announcement of a July national tour. Last week saw the twenty year anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, singer of one of the most influential grunge bands Nirvana. Coinciding with the anniversary, their second studio album, Nevermind (No.2 Jan. ’92), re-enters the chart this week at No.21. The last time it was in the top 30 was the twenty year anniversary of the release of the album in October 2011, where it re-entered at No.5. The album features their most well-known single, Smells Like Teen Spirit (No.5 Mar. ’92).
No.2 PUDDINGHEAD – Ball Park Music. Puddinghead is the third studio album from Brisbane quintet Ball Park Music. It marks their highest peak on the ARIA charts and features the single She Only Loves Me When I’m There (No.70 Feb. ’14). It is the follow-up to the band’s first top ten album Museum (No.9 Oct. ’12). They are currently touring nationally in support of the album. The band made their first appearance on the ARIA chart back in 2011, with their debut album Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs (No.36 Sep. ’11).
No.4 BLACKBIRD – Dan Sultan. Blackbird is the third studio album from Melbourne singer/songwriter Dan Sultan and marks his first ever appearance in the ARIA top 50. It is the follow-up to 2009’s Get Out While You Can (No.90 May ’10). Sultan won the ARIA for Best Male Artist at the 2010 ARIA Awards. He also appeared in the movie Bran Nue Dae, the soundtrack of which debuted/peaked at No.29 in January 2010.
No.12 IMAGINARY ENEMY – The Used. American rock band The Used, make their eighth appearance on the ARIA Albums chart with their sixth studio album Imaginary Enemy. It follows on from Vulnerable (No.18 Apr. ’12) and debuts at No.14 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The band picked up their only ARIA top ten album in 2007 with their third studio album, Lies For The Liars (No.5 May ’07). Singer Bert McCracken relocated to Australia in 2013.
No.13 ABBA GOLD (ANNIVERSARY EDITION) – ABBA. ABBA Gold (Anniversary Edition) is a new compilation release from the Swedish pop group ABBA and marks the 40th anniversary of their win in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with, Waterloo. The song reached No.4 on the Australian charts in 1974. The release brings together ABBA Gold (No.1 Dec. ’92), More ABBA Gold (No.38 July ’08) and a third disc of B-sides.
No.25 HIGH SCHOOL DISCO – Tim Campbell. Australian actor Tim Campbell, best known for playing the character of Dan Baker on Home And Away, makes his first appearance on the ARIA charts with his debut album High School Disco, a collection of cover versions of songs from the 70s and 80s including Madonna’s Holiday, The Knack’s My Sharona and George Michael’s Faith.
No.27 AMAZING – Marcia Hines. ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Marcia Hines, makes her first appearance on the ARIA charts since 2010 with her fourteenth studio album Amazing. It follows on from Marcia Sings Tapestry (No.17 Oct. ’10). The album is Hines’ first album of original songs in twenty years and features a guest appearance from Russell Crowe.
No.51 COPE – Manchester Orchestra. American indie rock band Manchester Orchestra, make their second appearance on the ARIA Albums chart with their fourth studio album Cope. It follows on from Simple Math (No.83 May ’11) and becomes their highest charting release to date. Cope debuts at No.13 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
No.54 DIVERGENT: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK – Soundrack. Divergent is a film based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. The soundtrack features the track Beating Heart by British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding, which debuts at No.52 on the ARIA Singles chart this week. Other artists on the soundtrack include Zedd, Tame Impala, Skrillex and Snow Patrol.
No.60 TREMORS – Sohn. British musician/songwriter/producer Christopher Taylor, better known by his production name Sohn, makes his first appearance on the ARIA charts this week with his debut album, Tremors. Taylor relocated to Vienna, Austria in 2010 to immerse himself in the electronic scene. The album debuts at No.31 on the UK Albums chart this week.
No.70 RONNIE JAMES DIO – THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Various. In 2010, one of the most influential singers in the metal genre, Ronnie James Dio passed away. In honour of his legacy that includes fronting Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell along with a prolific solo career, several metal bands have paid tribute with the release of Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life. The compilation features covers of Dio songs by Anthrax, Tenacious D, Motorhead, Scorpions and Killswitch Engage amongst others.
No.82 THE LEGO MOVIE – Soundtrack. Released earlier in the year and proving to be a box office smash, The LEGO Movie is an animated film that features everybody’s favourite childhood toy and the voices of such stars as Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell and Liam Neeson. The soundtrack features the original score along with the song Everything Is Awesome!!! performed by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island.