Halfway through 2020 and Australia has now gained its fifth No.1 single for the year, as three week old entry "Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)" for New Zealand producer and rapper Jawsh 685 with Jason DeRulo jumps up two places to land at No.1 this week.
"Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)" becomes the 1093rd No.1 single in Australia (1940 to 2020), the 528th for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the fifth No.1 of 2020, the 119th for the record label Columbia and their first since Mariah's December 30th, 2019 returned No.1 "All I Want for Christmas is You" for one week.
This new No.1 track is the first time that the word 'Savage' has appeared in a No.1 song title (it's occurred three times before for artists like Savage Garden (twice) and 21 Savage), and also the first time for 'laxed' and 'siren' while only the second time for 'beat' (apart from The Beatles, Easybeats, Culture Beat) as the only previous 'beat' at the top was also from another New Zealand act in The Swingers back in March of 1981 with "Counting the Beat" (2 weeks), and as for 'Love', this is now the 80th song to feature the word (not included are Lovely, Lover(s) or Loving).
The new No.1 song here is also spending a second week at the top in New Zealand and its first week in England, while it also becomes the fourth No.1 here for Jason DeRulo after "In My Head" (2 weeks from Feb 22nd, 2010), "Talk Dirty" (1 week on Aug 19th, 2013) and "Trumpets" (1 week on Dec 30th, 2013). The new chart-topper also becomes the second for a solo Male artist from New Zealand, with the only other one being Dave Dobbyn from May 18th, 1987 and "Slice of Heaven" (4 weeks) and overall Jawsh 685 becomes the ninth New Zealand artist to make it to No.1 in Australia, seven NZ groups and now two solo Male artists (no females as yet), with the last New Zealand act at the top here being Evermore on January 22nd, 2007 with "Light Surrounding You" for a single week.
It also gives NZ acts a No.1 single in six of the past seven decades, with Ray Columbus & the Invaders in 1964, Dragon (1978) and Mi-Sex (1979), Split Enz (1980), The Swingers (1981) and Dave Dobbyn (1987) in the 80's (the most #1's by NZ acts for a decade so far), OMC (1996) and Evermore (2007), with no NZ act in the 2010's, and now Jawsh 685 in 2020.
So after six weeks at No.1 the DaBaby and Roddy Rich track "Rockstar" drops down one spot to No.2, while the song is still the top seller in Ireland (7th week) and returns to the top in the U.S.A. (3rd week), followed by a single place drop to No.3 for SAINt JHN's "Roses", which is holding for a fourth week at the summit in Canada. Holding at its peak of No.4 for a third straight week is Topic with A7S and "Breaking Me", followed by a one place rise to a new peak of No.5 for the Harry Styles track "Watermelon Sugar".
Harry swaps places with The Weeknd track "Blinding Lights", down one spot to No.6 and logging its 28th week within the Top 10, making it now the equal fourth longest running Top 10 of all time in Australia, matching the 28 weeks racked up by the Post Malone track "Circles" from earlier this year. The next two tracks are on hold from last week with "Rain on Me" for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande followed by "Rover (Mu la la)" for S1MBA and DTG at No.7 and No.8 respectively. Leaping into the Top 10 thanks to a new remix featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne is the Jack Harlow track "What's Poppin'", flying up twenty-nine spots to land at No.9 for a first week within the Top 10, after which last week's new Top 10 entry for Chris Brown and Young Thug with "Go Crazy" is down one spot to No.10 this week.
UP: Stable at No.19 for a third straight week is the StaySolidRocky track "Party Girl'', with the only movement within the Top 20 coming from "Be Kind" for Marshmello and Halsey (HP-15), back up two spots to No.22, with a new remix issued last week and the video released this past week. Within the Top 30 Lewis Capaldi is back up one to No.26 with his first single "Someone You Loved", while he is also stable at No.28 with "Before You Go". In between those two Cap-tracks is a new peak at No.27 for Brando and his sample laden single "Look into My Eyes", up two spots from last week. Nea snuck into the Top 50 last week with her track "Some Say", which this week leaps up seventeen places to land at a new peak of No.33, after which there are no more climbing tracks, just The Hilltop Hoods' latest song "I'm Good?" stable at its peak of No.46 for a second week.
DOWN: The only song leaving the Top 10 this week is the Benee and Gus Dapperton track "SupaLonely" (HP-6, WI10-13), which departs the ten for the third time having just hit a new peak of No.6 on this third run, while it drops down three spots to No.13, its lowest position so far, as it debuted at No.11 and hasn't gone lower than that until this week. Both Top 20 Dua Lipa entries move down a little in "Break My Heart" (14 to No.15) and "Don't Start Now" (15 to No.17), with the biggest downward move within the twenty being for Powfu and his "Death Bed" track, dipping three to No.16. Sam Fischer is still the highest charting Aussie act this week, even though his track "This City" is down three to No.21, after which Drake's "Toosie Slide" dips five to No.22. Tones and I is down with both "Dance Monkey" (21 to No.24) and "UR So F**king Cool" (44 to No.49), while the two Doja Cat tracks also drop in "Say So" (20 to No.25) and Boss B*tch" (49 to No.50). Surf Mesa's "ily (i love you baby)" falls six spots to No.29, followed by five place dives for the Post Malone entry "Circles" and for "Pump it Up" by Endor to No.30 and No.31 respectively. The Kid Laroi with Juice WRLD on "Go" falls this week eight places to No.32, while both Regard entries drop down in "Ride it" (30 to No.34) and his newer entry "Secrets" (33 to No.35). The Weeknd's second Top 50 entry "In Your Eyes" drops down five spots to No.40, with the biggest fall of the week occurring for 6ix9ine with "Gooba", which tumbles twelve places to No.43, while after climbing last week the Maroon 5 track "Memories" is back down four to No.47, while their collection of hits climbs this week.
NEW ENTRIES: * #12 - How You Like That by BLACKpink is now the fourth Top 50 entry for the South Korean four piece girl group who recently scored their first Top 10 placing in Australia on the Lady Gaga track "Sour Candy" (HP-8, early June 2020), while they also hit the Top 20 in April 2019 with "Kill This Love", plus the girls are set to release a new album in September of this year.
* #23 - Standing With You by Guy Sebastian is the fourth song issued since 2018 by Guy not to feature on a studio album, and overall this becomes his 32nd Top 100 entry (30 lead, 2 guest) in Australia, with his last major hit occurring last year with "Choir" (HP-7, ARIA Single of the Year), with a ninth studio album from Guy due soon (?), he is currently a judge on the new season of The Voice Australia.
Albums Chartifacts: "Music from the Home Front", the compilation of local talent raising money for frontline COVID-19 workers, remains the No.1 album in Australia for a second week.
By remaining in the top spot again this week the album becomes the fifth set for 2020 to log two weeks at the top, no album has spent three or more weeks as yet. The other thing the compilation does by staying for a second week, it becomes the longest running Various Artists set at the top since the 25th of September 2000 album "Music from the Opening Ceremony Games of the 27th Olympiad" for the Sydney Olympics almost 20 years ago, that album spent three consecutive weeks at the top.
Holding at No.2 for a second week is the Bob Dylan set "Rough and Rowdy Ways", followed by a three place rise to No.3 for the second Harry Styles album "Fine Line", logging its 29th week within the Top 10. The highest new entry of the week occurs at No.4 with the first ever entry and third studio album for Texas three-piece band Khruangbin (Krung-Bin) called "Mordechai", with the album also coming in at No.7 in England too.
Spending her 64th week inside the Top 10 is Billie Eilish with "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?", which is back up two places to No.5, followed by a two place drop to No.6 for the Lady Gaga set "Chromatica". The second and final Top 10 debut this week is the new No.1 album in England and third overall studio album for sister trio HAIM called "Women in Music Pt.III" which enters at No.7 here to become their third Top 10 placing after "Days are Gone" (LP#1, HP-2, Oct., 2013) and "Something to Tell You" (LP#2, HP-4, July 2017).
After 36 weeks within the Top 10 the third Post Malone album "Hollywood's Bleeding" is spending a TENTH consecutive week at No.8 this week, after which is a six place slide to No.9 for last weeks new entry for Ocean Alley and "Lonely Diamond", followed by a one place rise to No.10 for the second Dua Lipa album "Future Nostalgia" and a thirteenth week within the Top 10.
UP: Luke Combs rebounds four places with both of his albums "What You See is What You Get" (15 to No.11) and "This One's for You" (20 to No.16), the returning fifth week Canadian No.1 album for The Weeknd and "After Hours" is back up two to No.12, with the Elton John collection "Diamonds" rising back up five to No.13. Ed's two Top 20 entries also rise back up in "No.6 Project" (16 to No.14) and his third set "÷ (Divide)" (19 to No.15). Rising back up into the Top 20 are "Lover" for Taylor Swift (21 to No.17) and the Lewis Capaldi debut set (22 to No.19). BTS have a newly repackaged album due on July 15th called "Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey~" with the original version this week back up six spots to No.21, while the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rebounds seven spots to No.23 plus their "Greatest Hits" set leaps back up twenty-two places to No.35, with further rising collections being for Maroon 5 (37 to No.28), Cold Chisel (43 to No.32), INXS (47 to No.42) and Eminem (46 to No.45) while he also is back up with his latest album "Music to Be Murdered by", up fourteen to No.44. Both Dua Lipa albums rise this week, with her self-titled first set back up seven to No.25, plus Halsey sees her third set "Manic" rebound twelve places to No.26. After five weeks in the lower fifty chart section the second mixtape for New York hip-hop rapper Pop Smoke (born Bashar Barakah Jackson) leaps up thirty places to land at a new peak of No.33 this week.
DOWN: There are three albums leaving the Top 10 this week, all falling hard; first of which is "Sunlight" (HP-2, WI10-2) by Spacey Jane down eighteen spots to No.27, last week's new entry for Lamb of God in their self-titled set (HP-5, WI10-1) which plummets forty-one spots to No.46, while the No.1 album from three weeks ago in the Vika & Linda compilation "Akilotoa (1994-2006)" (HP-1x1, WI10-2) as it tumbles forty spots to land at No.50. The only falling album within the Top 20 is the compilation "Artists Unite for Fire Fight", down seven to No.20, after which the next falling album is the latest for Norah Jonas and "Pick Me Up Off the Floor", dropping six places to No.31, while Dean Lewis is down six also, to No.39 with "A Place We Knew". Kygo's "Golden Hour" declines twelve places to No.43 and the first Post Malone set "Stoney" rolls down eight spots to No.49.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #4 (LP#3) - Mordechai by Khruangbin
* #7 (LP#3) - Women in Music Pt.III by HAIM
* #18 (LP#2) - Our Two Skins by Gordi is the pseudonym for local artist Sophie Payten from Sydney, who enters two places higher than her debut set "Reservoir" achieved in early September of 2017.
* #30 (LP#3) - Amends by Grey Daze is the group that Linkin Park's former frontman Chester Bennington belonged to prior to 1997, with this album featuring first time issued recordings of the bands career (1993 to 1997), and Chester passed away in 2017 (July 20th), with the band supposedly getting back together just prior to his death.
* #40 (LP#1) - The True Story of BananaGun by BananaGun is the debut album for the Australian group which formed back in 2016 around multi instrumentalist Nick Van Bakel.