The Music Network Chart Wrap: Feb 28
MOST ADDED TO RADIO
1. 12th of July by Iluka
2. Adore You by Miley Cyrus vs Cedric Gervais
3. Dibby Dibby Sound by DJ Fresh & Ms Dynamite (watch the clip below)
TOP SINGLE TO RADIO
You're Beautiful by Nathaniel
Pharrell remains on top of the Hot 100 for yet another week, but there are a few songs rising quickly through the ranks, with Rudimental’s Free hitting #2 (up from #3) ahead of their Future Music appearance. Their increased exposure leading into, and directly after the festival, might be enough to see them topple Happy – although Pharrell-fatigue doesn’t appear to have set in yet (see the ARIA Singles chart for more proof of this). Rihanna’s Jump has done just that, leaping from #7 to #3 this week, becoming another serious contender for that #1 position.
Both John Legend’s All Of Me and Magic!’s Rude dropped considerably this week, with the former falling from #2 to #6, and the latter from #4 to #9. With less than a week of summer left, it seems Magic!’s sunny anthem is destined to be packed away with the shorts and sunnies. It’s the group’s first single (and a tremendously well-received one at that), so maybe we’ll hear an autumn jam from their forthcoming album in the next few weeks. (Side note: the actual titles of the tracks in the Top 10 are some of the most vanilla-sounding we’ve read in months. Happy, Jump, Free, Swing, All Of Me, Rude. What happened to the days of She Bangs The Drums and Itchycoo Park?).
5 Seconds Of Summer’s She Looks So Perfect is moving rapidly up the chart, jumping from #54 to #25. We predict this will be the song that makes these Aussie lads huge stars here, plugging that handsome-young-band gap that Shaun Diviney left when he broke up Short Stack. Neon Jungle’s Braveheart has also risen up the ranks, moving 23 places to hit #23 in what we can only assume is a hugely strategic and oddly specific tribute to Michael Jordan. Or maybe not. Betty Who’s Somebody Loves You entered the 100 at an impressive #47 – a great result for the Sydney-born expat.
1. Happy by Pharrell Williams
2. Free by Rudimental
3. Jump by Rihanna
4. Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
5. Swing by Joel Fletcher feat. Savage
Pharrell sits on top of the chart for the seventh week in a row, which is rather significant: if he remains there for another week he matches his eight-week run at the top last year as the featured artist on Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Clean Bandit seem determined to knock him off his perch though, rising twelve spots to hit #3 with Rather Be, in only their second week in the chart. The track knocked Happy off the top of the UK charts in late January, when it debuted in pole position. Sara Bareilles’ Brave jumped into the Top 10, moving from #17 to #9. The last time she was in the Top 10 was in 2008, with the aptly-named Love Song.
INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart narrowly missed the Top 10, rising from #16 to #11 to achieve the track’s highest Australian chart position ever (the song hit #14 in 1988) – the group’s slinky Need You Tonight sits at #28. Highest debut this week belongs to Lily Allen: Air Balloon entered the chart at #15.
The power of the mini-series! Not since the glory days of the 80s, when it seemed every single Australian production was a mini-series, have we seen such buzz around a two-parters, and the great thing about this particular one is that it has propelled six INXS records back into the charts, with The Very Best and Kick currently sitting at #1 and #2. This is the first time in chart history that an Australian artist has occupied the top two spots – yet another record for INXS. Elsewhere in the chart, Live At Wembley Stadium sits at #17, The Swing is at #25, Shabooh Shoobah sits at #33, while Listen Like Thieves re-entered at #36.
Although it doesn’t seem like it currently, there are records for sale that don’t feature Hutchence and co., including I Killed The Prom Queen’s Beloved, which debuted at #6 this week. The Adelaide hardcore band’s third album is also their first entry in the Top 10, and further proof that Australian hardcore is going through a purple patch at the moment.
Guess who’s back? It’s Eminem, and considering he is currently playing to packed stadiums around the country, it’s no surprise that The Marshall Mathers LP2 (a return to form after a few unfocused records) has jumped back into the Top 10, moving from #13 to #9. It’ll be interesting to watch whether either J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar’s records enjoy any chart action – as the supports for Eminem’s tour, surely they will convert some new fans into new customers. Another artist enjoying renewed chart success due to a current tour is Dolly Parton, whose greatest hits collection is sitting at #21 – the highest it had previously reached on the chart was #38, back in 2007.
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