ARIA Chart: Bon Jovi cracks the top spot

James Arthur won’t let go of #1 singles, while Bon Jovi cracks the top spot with new album

Norman Jean Roy


An outstanding week for reality TV stars with Donald Trump taking top spot in the US while X Factor UK winner James Arthur just won’t let go of top spot with “Say You Won’t Let Go”. That’s five weeks on top now although his album did drop from #8 to #21.

Two entries were new to the top 10:

#21 to #7 for “Sexual” from Neiked after three weeks
#11 to #9 for “The Mack” from Nevada after four weeks

Peking Duk is yet to crack the top 10 after three weeks, but they are getting close. “Stranger” hit a new peak of #12, up from #19.

Highest new top 50 debut is from The Chainsmokers with the “Collage” EP which features five tracks including one of this year’s chart champs – “Closer”.

Two other tunes made the top 50 on debut:

#33 “Black Beatles” from Rae Sremmurd
#41 “Scars To Your Beautiful” from Alessia Cara

“Set In Stone” from Guy Sebastian is working its way higher, climbing from #29 to #21 in its second week.


The Bon Jovi faithful turned up last week with the band’s 13th studio album, “This House Is Not For Sale”, landing its 10th ARIA #1 album. The Democrats will be ruing the fact that Jon Bon Jovi didn’t make the same impression on voters when he spoke out in support of Hillary Clinton last week.

Disappointing chart debuts perhaps for Birds Of Tokyo with “Brace” at #3 on debut after their previous, “March Fires”, hit #1 in March 2013. A compilation album last year peaked at #4.

With three #1 albums here in the past decade, Robbie Williams has piloted “The Heavy Entertainment Show” to #4 on debut, two and a half years after “Swing Both Ways” peaked at #2.

Melbourne hip hop artist PEZ was new at #7 with his second album “Don’t Look Down”. It has been a while between releases with his first “A Mind Of My Own” released in 2008.

Making its way back into the top 10 for the first Christmas album to chart this year is Michael Bublé with “Christmas” at #8.

Three other albums were new to the top 50 this week:

#14 “Here” from Alicia Keys. If you liked “Girl On Fire” four years ago you will enjoy this.
#15 “Diplomatic Immunity” from Client Liaison. First release from Melbourne indie act.
#36 “Kings of Vegas” from Garrison Craig, winner of the second season of The Voice.

Ahead of their reunion special, Crowded House have eight albums in the top 100 this week. The highest-charting of the re-issues is “The Very Best Of Crowded House” at #48.

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