• Singles: How could Tones and I’s ARIA Week been any better?
• Albums: Superstar releases flood the top 10 led by Coldplay at #1
The world of Dance Money got even bigger in ARIA Week. The week ended with yet another week of Tones and I topping the charts – 18 weeks now. It started with further confirmation about the song’s position as the world’s biggest pop tune. In between Toni Watson picked up four ARIA Awards, performed at Australia’s biggest televised music event and then performed for an hour to a crowded Nova’s Red Room in Sydney in front of dedicated fans and her music label and some of Sydney’s most influential radio people. Tones and I won ARIA Awards for Best Female, Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist and Best Independent Release.
There was very little movement near the top of the chart as we power towards the end of the year. No new entries into the top 10 and the biggest mover seemingly headed for the top 10 was Harry Styles with Watermelon Sugar jumping from #38 to #20 in its second week.
Just two new entries debuted in the top 50 this week:
#24 Lewis Capaldi with Before You Go. The Scottish singer-songwriter enters the chart for the second time in 2019 with a track from the extended edition of his debut studio album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
#37 Ant Saunders with Yellow Hearts. First time on the ARIA charts for the 18-year-old US singer who writes, records and produces his own music.
Fresh from an ARIA Awards performance of Talk, Khalid climbs into the 50 at #35 with Up All Night in its second week. The US singer now has three tunes in the top 50, with spots at #25 (Beautiful People with Ed Sheeran) and #42 (Eastside with Benny Blanco and Halsey).
Nine new albums have flooded the pre-Christmas chart with a chart regular chalking up a sixth #1 album. That artist is Coldplaywhose impressive Everyday Life double album becomes their sixth ARIA #1. Of the English band’s eight studio albums, the only two not to crack top spot did not miss by much – Parachutes (#2 Feb. 2001) and A Head Full Of Dreams (#2 Dec 2015).
This week’s other new arrivals:
#2: Robbie Williams with The Christmas Present. The Brit superstar has been in the album chart 13 times and this new album features a mix of new and classic Christmas songs with guest artists including Tyson Fury, Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Helene Fischer and Bryan Adams. Williams will be in Australia performing for smoothfm later in 2020.
#3: Rod Stewart & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with You’re In My Heart. The UK rock veteran has an even better chart record than his counterparts in the top 10. Stewart makes his 24th appearance here. One of the tracks on this album, featuring reworkings of his biggest hits, is a new version of It Takes Twowith Robbie Williams.
#10: Human Nature with Still Telling Everybody: 30 Years of Hits. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Australia’s biggest and best boy band in the top 10 and here we go again with material curated from 11 previous top 10 albums.
#11: Leonard Cohen with Thanks for The Dance. His 15th studio album and the first to be released since his death.#14: The Teskey Brothers with Run Home Slow. Not a new release, but after their memorable performance at the ARIA Awards this former #2 album climbs from #54 after 17 weeks on the chart. The band won a total of three ARIA Awards this year including two handed out at the ceremony last week.
#16 Jason Aldean with 9.
#29 Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra with Happy Days.
#33 Beck with Hyperspace
#44 Bing Crosby with Bing at Christmas