Kesha set to take over radio, while Bruno Mars & David Guetta floor it up the Hot 100

Staff Writer

Kesha’s triumphant return to the music world snaps up the headlines in this week’s Australian Singles Report – TMN’s weekly snapshot of 40 local and international charts with predictive data, radio reports and album releases.

Amidst a turbulent legal episode with former producer Dr. Luke, the Tennessee native has marked a new chapter with ‘Praying’, the #1 New Single Release and first advance from forthcoming album RAINBOW.

Kesha hit #1 on the Hot 100 for the first time in 2010 with breakthrough single ‘Tik-Tok’, where it stayed put for five consecutive weeks. The official video will have hit 11 million views by the end of today; our prediction is that ‘Praying’ will receive similar treatment, demanding the highest level of respect across Australian radio.

July’s survey break made for an unusual spell at radio last week. Among the five Most Added singles to radio, two have previously appeared on the list in past weeks (Jessica Mauboy’s ‘Fallin’’, Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Most Girls’).

Rudimental’s ‘Sun Comes Up’ featuring British singer James Arthur emerged the winner, seeing adds from 108 stations and a handful of major networks including Hit regional, ACE Radio and Nova.

Meanwhile ‘Despacito (Remix)’ is proving to be a stubborn barrier for singles looking to take #1 on the Hot 100. It’s now four straight weeks at the top for the Justin Bieber-featuring Latin hit.

It’s the second major stayer of 2017, after The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s collab ‘Something Just Like This’ which proved unstoppable on the Hot 100 for five weeks in April/May. Not even Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ held onto #1 for that long.

‘Despacito’ also looks unbreakable on the ARIA Singles Chart, notching eight consecutive weeks at #1.

The ARIA Albums chart, however, looks far more susceptible to a breach at #1. Despite Sheeran’s ÷spending half the year to date at the top of the chart (14 weeks), various debuts have successfully hit #1, albeit for one week. Lorde’s Melodrama and Katy Perry’s Witness are among the select few to do so.

Boosted by an Australian promo visit last week, Niall Horan makes a move up the Top 10 this week on Hot 100 with ‘Slow Hands’ landing at #2 from #7, while Jonas Blue’s ‘Mama’ finally breaks into the Top 10, a peak position for the track. It’s the DJ’s highest Hot 100 position since ‘Perfect Strangers’ hit #5 in September 2016.

‘Versace On The Floor (Remix)’, originally off Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, has enjoyed a somewhat belated bullet-ride to the top as a result of David Guetta’s delicate touch. It rose 81 places to reach #16 from #97 – an unprecedented rise in the Hot 100 chart’s history.

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