Singles Chartifacts: Kate Bush had been "Running Up That Hill" for 37 years, and this week the song perches atop the ARIA Singles summit for a second week.
"Running Up That Hill" also logs a second week at the top in New Zealand and Sweden, and it climbs to the top of the singles chart this week in England, Ireland and Switzerland, while it jumps to No.2 in Canada, No.3 in France and No.4 in The U.S.A. (new peak) and Germany (on hold at No.4), plus No.6 in both Finland and Denmark.
Kate Bush broke three records on the English Singles Chart by climbing to No.1 this week, 'Longest Gap Between No.1 Singles' (44 years), 'Oldest Solo Female Act at No.1' (63 years and 11 months old) and 'Longest Time taken to reach No.1' (37+ years), one of which I dissected last week (gap between No.1's), while someone asked me during the week whether or not this was the Australian charts' 'Longest Time to climb to No.1', which I believe "Running Up That Hill" now holds that honour in Australia. Kate's returned track also cracks a new local chart feat too, in that it's third week within the ARIA Top 10 is now longer than it's original 1985 run of two weeks within the ten (6 and 8, late October and early November 1985).
Here's a list of the longest climbs to the top in Australia.
length of time
Titles - Artists
36 years, 8 months
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush (No.6, 1985)
25 years, 3 months
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers (No.3 in 1965)
24 years, 1 week
All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey (No.2 in 1994)
20 years, 1 week
(What a) Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (No.22 in 1968)
Harry Styles sits at No.2 on both the singles and albums chart this week, as his former No.1's "As it Was" (U.S.A. No.1 for a sixth week and Canada for a ninth week), and it's parent album "Harry's House", both hold (single) and drop (album) to the second tier position, while he again has a second Top 10 track as "Late Night Talking" is down one spot to land at No.10. Lizzo is back up one chart-rung to her former peak of No.3 for a third time with her highest charted single "About Damn Time", having previously lodged in this peak spot on June 6th and initially on May 16th.
Japanese-Australian artist Joji makes his sixth Top 100, third Top 50 and now first Top 10 appearance with his first single from an upcoming third album (no date or title known) called "Glimpse of Us", which lands at No.4 this week, while the track also sees debuts in New Zealand (No.2), Ireland (No.17) and England (No.31).
Jack Harlow's "First Class" track drops down two spots this week to land at No.5, followed by the two Top 10 entries for local rapper and current tourist Kid Laroi, with "Thousand Miles" and his Justin Bieber duet "Stay"; both dipping one spot each to No.6 and No.7 respectively, while 'Stay' also logs it's 48th week within the Top 10 (2nd longest of all time), it is followed by the now 71 weeks running Top 10 entrant "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals (Longest of all Time within the Top 10), which is a non-mover at No.8. Last week's high new entry for Post Malone with Doja Cat is only down two spots this week to No.9, after which Doja is three places away from her next chart entry.
UP: Doja's "Vegas" track from the June 23rd issued 'Elvis' movie jumps up five places this week to a new peak of No.12, while the song could be joined next week by the soundtracks' next issued single from Eminem called "The King and I" featuring Cee-Lo Green which samples/loops "Heartbreak Hotel" throughout it. The Doja Cat track is the only climbing song within the Top 20, but on hold are "Big Energy" by Latto, "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" for Elton John and Dua Lipa along with "Ghost" for Justin Bieber at No.11, No.13 and No.20 respectively. Climbing again for a second week is the Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran duet "Bam Bam", back up two spots to No.21, while Tate McRae's latest "She's All I Wanna Be" is back up one to No.23 and newly certified ▲Platinum in sales. Rising two places apiece are "Enemy" for Imagine Dragons, "Save Your Tears" by The Weeknd and "Levitating" by Dua Lipa to No.25, No.26 and No.27 respectively, followed by two three place rising entries in "Following the Sun" for SUPER-HI and "Industry Baby" by Lil' Nas X to No.28 and No.29. The 'Top Gun: Maverick' soundtrack has three songs on it, all three of which are charting as of last week, and two of them are now within the Top 50, as OneRepublic's contribution to the film called "I Ain't Worried" zooms up the chart sixty-four places to land at No.30 this week, the band's highest placed single since their 2020 teaming with Kygo on "Lose Somebody" (HP-31 for two weeks on 8th and 15th of June, 2020). The album's lead single "Hold My Hand" by Lady Gaga initially peaked at No.36 on entry (May 16th), and now this week it rises back up eight places to score a new peak of No.35, while the albums third issued single in Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" (HP-14x3 in 1986, AMR charts) saw it's first ARIA Chart entry last week at No.79. Willow is back up four places to No.31 with "Wait a Minute", while The Killers 2004 track "Mr. Brightside'' leaps back up eleven spots to land at No.34. Like OneRepublic's new track, another two of last week's lower fifty entries climb up into the Top 50 this week, with newcomers Nicky Youre and dazy leaping twenty-two spots to No.40 with their first entry "Sunroof", and Taylor Swift's 2017 track "Don't Blame Me" rises six spots to No.46, while returning to the fifty, up six spots to No.49, is Benson Boone 's "In the Stars" (HP-34). Vance Joy sees their third studio album enter at No.3 this week, while the album's latest single "Clarity" jumps up twenty-eight places to land at a new peak of No.41 after nine previous weeks in the lower fifty, having initially peaked at No.66 upon entry (April 18th). Ed Sheeran and Lil' Baby with "2Step" move up one spot to a new peak of No.43, while Ed's "Shape of You" single is this week logging it's 208th week within the Top 100, that's equal to four years of charting, while he also still holds the record for 'Longest Charting Top 100 entry' with "Perfect" (270 weeks, 5 years 10 weeks).
DOWN: Post Malone is reduced to only one Top 10 entry this week, as last week's leaper "Cooped Up" with Roddy Ricch drops down eight places to No.18 after a single week within the ten at No.10. The two Top 20 entries for Ed Sheeran both drop a little bit, with "Bad Habits" one week shy of it's one-year chart anniversary, it dips two places to No.14, while "Shivers" is down one spot to No.16, with Lost Frequencies with Calum Scott and "Where Are You Now" newly 3x▲Platinum in sales and down one spot to No.15, with the fifth and final Top 20 declining entry being Future and Drake's "Wait for U" to No.19, while Drake dropped a surprise album on Friday, so expect a Drakeluge on the singles chart next week. Harry Styles is reduced to six Top 50 entries this week, two within the Top 10, after which he declines with "Matilda" (16 to No.22), "Music for a Sushi Restaurant" (19 to No.24), "Daylight" (21 to No.32) and finally "Little Freak" which halves it's position from last week, dropping twenty-five places to land at No.50. Further dropping singles include "abcdeFU" by Gayle, down eleven places to No.37, "True Love" for Kanye West and XXXTentacion, falling twenty places to No.42 (although I though the XXXT album that it came from debuting this week it might have kept it flying high for another week, but alas not), "Without You" for Kid Laroi (34 to No.45), "10 Things I Hate About You" for Leah Kate (40 to No.47) and falling out from last weeks Top 50 are two Post Malone entries in "Wasting Angels" (No.30) and "One Right Now" (No.42).
FURTHER NEW ENTRY: * #4 - Glimpse of Us by Joji (88rising / Warner Australia)
* #17 - Yet to Come by BTS (BigHit Music) is the South Korean acts single lifted from their new No.1 album and compilation called "Proof", with the ballad becoming their thirteenth Top 50 and seventh Top 20 placement in Australia, having last charted in mid-May on the PSY track "That That" (HP-49).
Albums Chartifacts: The third No.1 for South Korean group BTS is their second charted Best of collection called "Proof", also landing at the top of five further countries this week too.
"Proof" (BigHit Music) is the 950th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2022), the 801st for ARIA (198 to 2022), the 585th to debut at the albums chart summit, the 19th No.1 for 2022 and now the third for BTS and their record label after "Map of the Soul: Persona (EP)" (1 week on April 22nd, 2019) and "Map of the Soul: 7" (for two consecutive weeks on March 2nd and 9th, 2020).
So BTS have now amassed four weeks from their three No.1 Albums in Australia, placing them equal 143rd on the listing for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2022)' alongside Slipknot (3 No.1's, 4 four weeks at the top), while for this decade they have three weeks from two No.1's (equal 7th on this decade's listing alongside Billie Eilish). "Proof" has also landed first week at the top in Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand and their home country of South Korea.
This is the first album with the word 'proof' in it's title to hit No.1 in Australia, while for BTS this is now their eighth Top 10 entry, while the album contains this week's No.17 singles chart entry "Yet to Come'', with the band's last chart entry being their previous compilation "BTS, The Best'' (HP-31, 28th of June, 2021). With BTS being the only group from South Korea to hit No.1 in Australia, they of course are the only act with the most No.1's from any Asian country, while the "Proof" album is now the 416th by a Group (local or overseas) to hit No.1 in Australia, plus the seventh for 2022, with Northlane on May 2nd being the last group at the summit.
After three week's at the top the third Harry Styles album "Harry's House" (No.3 vinyl, Irish No.1) drops down one spot to land at No.2, after which the third studio album for Vance Joy called "In Our Own Sweet Time" debuts at No.3 (No.2 vinyl), becoming the local acts third Top 3 album in the process, as their first two sets both went to No.1 upon entry, "Dream Your Life Away" (1 week on 15th of Sept., 2014) and "Nation of Two" (1 week on 5th of March, 2018). The album's current single "Clarity" has jumped to No.41 (LW-69) this week, and it's lead single "Missing Piece" hit No.14 on July 26th, 2021 and is spending it's 55th week within the Top 100 as of this week, while second issued track "Don't Fade" (Feb. 2022) didn't hit the Top 100.
Thanks to it being issued on vinyl last week, and the No.1 selling vinyl set this week is the May 2nd No.49 peaking 20th album for local psy-rock act King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard called "Omnium Gatherum", which returns to the chart at a new peak of No.4, becoming the group's eleventh Top 10 and eighth Top 5 album locally. This is followed by the new No.1 Album in Canada this week, which is down three places after debuting last week at No.2, the fourth Post Malone set "Twelve Carat Toothache".
Dipping a single place each are Olivia Rodrigo's "SOUR" and Ed Sheeran's "= (Equals)" set to No.6 and No.7 respectively, while Olivia's album has just been reissued on pink vinyl, so it could rebound again next week. The only non-mover within the Top 10 is at No.8, The Weeknd's collection "The Highlights", followed by a two place drop to No.9 for Kid Laroi's "F**k Love" mixtapes.
George Ezra sees his third studio album becoming his third successive English No.1 Album this week, with "Gold Rush Kid" landing here at No.10, becoming his third Top 10 entry in Australia. His last two albums were April 2018's second set "Staying at Tamara's" debuting and peaking at No.7, and his first set "Wanted on Voyage" started charting on July 28th, 2014, eventually peaking at No.4 on January 19th, 2015.
UP: There are only three albums which climb within the Top 50 this week, with the first set being SZA's debut album "Ctrl", which thanks to an expanded 5th Anniversary edition featuring seven new songs, has returned to the Top 100 at the new peak of No.30. Five years ago this week the album first debuted and peaked at No.40 on June 19th, 2017, with the album scoring a new peak of No.39 on January 18th, 2021, while the album's last appearance within the Top 100 was on August 16th of 2021. The two other older albums which rebound this week are due to high placements on the vinyl sales chart, with "AM" for The Arctic Monkeys up nine places to No.9 (No.7 vinyl) and "Currents" for Tame Impala bounding up thirty-five spots to land at No.41 (No.4 vinyl).
DOWN: Three of the four Top 10 dropouts land within the Top 20 this week, with Doja Cat's "Planet Her" (HP-2, WI10-49, No.12 vinyl) down two to No.11 and leaving the Top 10 for only the second time (one week shy of it's one-year chart anniversary), followed by an eight place fall to No.12 for the Kendrick Lamar set "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" (HP-1x1, WI10-4), while "Fine Line" (HP-1x, WI10-82, No.11 vinyl) for Harry Styles slips down three places to No.13, with his self-titled set declining eight spots this week to No.29 (No.9 vinyl). Tate McRae drops down eight places this week to No.19 with her debut album "i used to think i could fly", spending a third week within the Top 20, while dropping down into the Top 30 are Justin Bieber's "Justice" (16 to No.22), "÷ (Divide)" for Ed Sheeran (19 to No.23), "Come Homes the Kids Miss You" by Jack Harlow (12 to No.24), the 'Top Gun: Maverick' soundtrack (15 to No.27), with the five Top 50 entries for Taylor Swift all declining this week, "1989" (18 to No.28, her highest placed this week), "Red (TsV)" (26 to No.32, No.20 vinyl), "folklore" (35 to No.40), "Lover" (39 to No.45) and "Reputation" (38 to No.48). Elton John's "Diamonds" tarnishes eight places to No.31, both Luke Combs sets drop with 'What You See' down nine to No.33 and 'This One' dipping six to No.35. Pop Smoke's 'Shoot for the Stars' falls twelve spots to No.37, while Drake's "Certified Lover Boy" is down ten places to No.38, plus he announced a surprise album on Friday (June 17th) called "Honestly, Nevermind" which could pull this album back up next week. The Weeknd declines with his three further Top 50 entries, "Dawn FM" (30 to No.36), "After Hours" (36 to No.42) and "Starboy" (37 to No.47), with soundtracks for 'Encanto' (33 to No.43) and Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (32 to No.44) both falling down, followed by Dua Lipa's self-titled debut set falling eight places to No.49. Thornhill's No.3 entry from last week "Heroine" leaves the Top 50 this week, as too does "Dance Fever" for Florence + the Machine (LW-34) and for the first time in it's 30 weeks of charting the Adele album "30" (LW-31) drops into the lower fifty.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * # 1 (GH#1) - Proof by BTS (BigHit Music)
* # 3 (LP#3) - In Our Own Sweet Time by Vance Joy (Liberation)
* #10 (LP#3) - Gold Rush Kid by George Ezra (Columbia)
* #14 (LP#6) - Scoring the End of the World by Motionless in White (Roadrunner) is the sixth studio album for the U.S. heavy metal act, their fourth to chart in Australia, and now their second Top 20 and highest placed album ever, surpassing the No.19 peak of their first chart entry here with their third album "Reincarnate" on the 22nd of September, 2014, with the band also charting in between with "Graveyard Shift" (LP#4, HP-35, May 2017) and "Disguise" (LP#5, HP-32, June 2019).
* #15 (Comp#1) - Look at Me: The Album by XXXTenatcion (Bad Vibes Forever/Columbia) is also a companion album to his recently issued documentary 'Look at Me', with the album featuring older SoundCloud tracks, along with his recent chart entry "True Love" (HP-21, TW-42) with Kanye West, while this new entry for the slain rapper is now his fourth Top 30 entry in Australia.
* #21 (LP#9) - Denim & Rhinestones by Carrie Underwood (Mercury Nashville) is the ninth studio album and now eighth Top 100 entry (7 studios and 1 best of) and sixth Top 50 placement for the U.S. country singer, who was last within our Top 50 with her sixth album "Cry Pretty" (HP-4, 24th of Sept., 2018), with this new album debuting at No.1 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart this week.
* #26 (LP#5) - Neon Soul by O'Shea (Sony Australia) is the fifth album for the local married couple of Mark and Jay O'Shea, plus it also becomes their fifth Top 40 album after "Mr. & Mrs. (LP#1, HP-39, June 2012), "One + One" (LP#2, HP-24, late January 2013), "The Famine & The Feast" (LP#3, HP-26, late January 2015) and their last was with "61-615" (LP#4, HP-16, early August 2017), with this new set landing at No.2 on the ARIA Country Chart.
This might be me stretching the cope but given that "Little Freak" was only 50K behind it on Spotify and doing much better on Apple, there is the chance The Neighbourhood still didn't quite make the top 50
Ooh good catch, I suppose it marks the point that Sony lapped it up. Though it begs the question of whether that would let slide much more egregious cases like "Freaks" which got swooped up by a major label last year but was released all the way back in 2013.
I'm sure there'll be no shortage of future TikTok hits to test this out
Interesting for "Go" to suddenly appear in the top 100. I imagine the original and the goddard. remix are both getting good streams somewhere beneath the Spotify top 200 so it's not hard to believe, but you wouldn't know it from the top 200 which the original merely scraped 2 months ago, and the remix has never made. (For context, both versions were simultaneously top 20 on UK Spotify for a while, from which the song has been top 10 on the UK chart for months, while the remix has been top 10 on NZ Spotify for about 2 months with the original in and out of the top 200.)