ARIA Take 40 Chart 15th March 2014 - Pharrell Williams 'Happy' Number 1 For A 10th Week!

15 March 2014

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” stays put for a tenth week at the top of the ARIA Singles chart, becoming the equal longest running No.1 for this decade, and it is now tied in equal second for longest running for this century.

The current list of longest running No.1’s this century are listed below:
12wks – Lose Yourself – Eminem (2002)
10wks – I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom (2006)
10wks – Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (2011)
10wks – Happy – Pharrell Williams (2014)
9wks – Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira (2006)
9wks – Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie (2007)
9wks – Sexy and I Know it – LMFAO (2011)
9wks – Roar – Katy Perry (2013)

“Happy” also becomes the equal 22nd longest running No.1 in Australian chart history (1940 to 2014), tying with other ten-week-runners such as “Mama Mia” for Abba (1975), “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool (1971), “I Will Always Love You” for Whitney Houston (1993) and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” for The Platters (1959). Pharrell has also equaled the nineteen weeks accumulated by Katy Perry for her three No.1’s with the pair now equal 32nd on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2014), plus he’s also on par with LMFAO who notched up nineteen weeks this decade (Katy was from two decades of No.1’s), which puts him equal at No.2 for ‘Most Weeks at No.1 this decade: 2010’s’, whilst Rihanna is only one week away with an amassed total at the top in Australia this decade with 20 weeks. Pharrell also lands the No.1 ARIA Album this week as his second album “G I R L” takes the top spot, the last time we had one artist at the top of both charts was last November when Eminem occupied both No.1’s.

Spending a third week at No.2 are Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne on “Rather Be’, which is now certified Platinum in sales, whilst up a place to a new peak of No.3 is David Guetta with Skylar Grey on his new track “Shot Me Down”, which becomes David’s sixth top three listing, whilst after peaking at No.3 last week, Sara Barielles is back down a place to No.4 with “Brave”, which is also Platinum in sales.

Entering the charts at No.5 is the second (official) single for X-Factor 2013 runner-up Taylor Henderson entitled “When You Were Mine”, which is the follow-up to his November 2013 No.1 single “Borrow My Heart”, and with his X-Factor performances that charted, this new entry becomes his thirteenth overall, and now third Top 5 and Top 10 entry, as he hit No.2 in October of last year with his stripped-back rendition of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”.

After debuting at No.17 last week, Coldplay land their sixth Top 10 entry in Australia as “Magic” leaps up eleven places to land at No.6. The bands last top ten placing was back in December 2011 when “Paradise” cracked the ten before climbing to No.3 in mid-January 2012. Dropping down two places each are A Great Big World, Kim Cesarion and 5 Seconds of Summer to numbers seven, eight and nine respectively, whilst due to their recent Future Music Festival and SYTYCD appearances, Rudimental with Emeli Sande and Nas rise back up six places to No.10 with “Free”.

After four weeks within the Top 10, “Take Me Home” (HP-7) by Cash Cash is down three places to No.11, and now certified Gold in sales, and climbing one place again this week is “The Man” (HP-11) for Aloe Blacc, up to No.12, the nine week stretch and No.2 peak for “Swing” by Joel Fletcher and Savage coming to an end as the song is down four places to No.13, with the last Top 10 dropout being “All of Me” by John Legend (HP-1x3) which is down four also, to No.14, having spent sixteen weeks within the ten. Gabrielle Aplin scores her first Top 20 placing as her rendition of “The Power of Love” is up ten spots to a new peak of No.15, with Jason DeRulo leaping a massive twenty-two spots to No.17 with “Stupid Love”. Peking Duk is up nine spots to No.20 with “High”, with Rihanna down eight places to No.23 with “Jump” (now Platinum), and up only a couple of places from last weeks debut to No.24 this week is Pitbull with “Wild Wild Love”, with Jason DeRulo dropping seven to No.25 with “Trumpets”. Last weeks high entry of “You’re Beautiful” for Nathaniel at No.14 drops back down seventeen places to No.31 this week, and OneRepublic drop nine spots to No.33 with the now Platinum selling “If I Lose Myself”. London Grammar drops nine also, down to No.36 with “Strong”, whilst Tiesto is down three spots to No.37 with “Red Lights” (now Platinum in sales) and lastly MKTO are down nine places to No.40 with “God Only Knows”.

The three highest entries are all by local acts, and as I mentioned Taylor Henderson landed the first of the three, with London based local artist Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX debuting at No.19 with “Fancy”, becoming her highest charting single here, and her third Top 100 entry overall, as she first charted with “Work” (April 2013) and then her first Top 50 was with “Change Your Life” featuring T.I. (Oct 2013), with this new track cracking the USA (#88) and Canadian (#85) charts this week also.

A few places lower at No.21 is Jessica Mauboy with “Never Be the Same”, becoming her seventeenth Top 40 singles chart entry, and now her 15th Top 30 placing. The Chainsmokers blast into the Top 30 with “#SELFIE” their first chart entry whilst Christina Perri is new at No.39 with “Human”. “Adore You” for Miley Cyrus is back up into the Top 40 at No.38 thanks to Cedric Gervais remix of the track.

Written by Gavin Ryan


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