Aria Chart Wrap Up: 30/04

The Top Ten:

1. Just Like Fire – P!nk
2. I Hate U, I Love U – Gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien
3. Purple Rain – Prince
4. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
5. One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
6. Be the One – Dua Lipa
7. Say It – Flume ft. Tove Lo
8. I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
9. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
10. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Unsurprisingly, the huge momentum P!nk picked up last week stayed present enough to allow her to seize the top spot from Gnash, proving that Australians prefer slightly more fun mediocrity than absolute mediocrity. At 3 we get the timely re-entry of Purple Rain by Prince, a spectacular ballad and honestly one of my favourite songs of all time, the track has clearly only become more magical in the wake of the Purple One’s passing. One Dance continues to be a success despite being a mere fragment of a song idea, staving off the small gains from Be the One. Though I predicted a big debut, I could never have predicted Say It to jump straight into the top ten, though I am glad it did as Flume’s abrasive percussion gives the chart a bit of edge.

Re-Entries:

1. When Doves Cry – Prince
2. Little Red Corvette – Prince
3. Kiss – Prince & The Revolution
4. Cream – Prince and The New Power Generation
5. Raspberry Beret – Prince & The Revolution
6. Diamonds and Pearls – Prince and The New Power Generation

So it is, with his passing Prince managed to rattle the music industry one final time with a total onslaught of classic tunes throwing the charts into complete disarray. Some critics have pointed to the pivotal timing of his career peak to explain his posthumous successes. Rising to prominence in the early eighties, many thirty somethings would have fond memories of Prince’s slew of excellent albums and singles alike. This generation is far more prone to using iTunes and Spotify than say, David Bowie’s generational audience were, but I believe there’s more to it than this. One of the first and most dedicated advocates of intellectual property; Prince’s distribution strategies are unfathomably strict for the modern era. With many singles impossible to find on YouTube and streaming services, people are forced to pay for their nostalgia trips. Not that it’s a bad thing though; all these songs are easily worth the money.

Gains:

1. One Dance – Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla
Offsetting the chart chaos caused by all the Prince re-entries, the only gain we got this week was the disappointing rise of One Dance from 10 to 5. After listening to Views I’m hopeful that he’ll release his Rihanna collab Too Good as the next single, a song which is practically the better, more fleshed out version of this track.

Losses:

1. Faded – Alan Walker
2. The Sound of Silence – Disturbed
3. Girls Like – Tinie Tempa ft. Zara Larsson
4. My House – Flo Rida
5. One Call Away – Charlie Puth
6. Hide Away – Daya
7. Wild Things – Alessia Cara
8. Free – Broods
9. Gold – Kiiara
10. Pillowtalk –Zayn
11. Work – Rihanna ft. Drake
12. Roses – The Chainsmokers ft. Rozes
13. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
14. Fast Car – Jonas Blue ft. Dakota
15. Hands to Myself – Selena Gomez
16. Lush Life – Zara Larsson
17. Dance Off – Macklemore ft. Idris Elba & Anderson .Paak
18. Close – Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo
19. Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay
20. Sorry – Justin Bieber
21. If it Ain’t Love – Jason Derulo

Phew, now this is the chaos I was referring to as almost half of the chart this week is in complete freefall. While tracks like Sorry, Pillowtalk and Gold were on a natural decline anyway, If it Ain’t Love has proven to be dead in the water by practically dropping off the charts after its debut last week. I still have some hope for the longevity Close and Girls Like, we’ll have to wait for next week to find out what is left in the wake of Prince’s slaughter.

New Hits:

1. Say It – Flume ft. Tove Lo
While I’ll concede that I am not quite as in love with Flume as a majority of Aussie music lovers are, so far all of his Poppier singles from his upcoming album have been impressive. It’s no Never be Like You, but Say It still prospers with its confident vocal performance from Tove Lo and thick percussion. The beat slithers along the verses, and then on the verses it picks up and skitters like a rattlesnake. Definitely a track I hope to see hang on to chart prominence in the weeks to come.

2. No Money – Gatlantis
Continuing the immensely enjoyable trend of Gatlantis being annoying as fuck, No Money is a pretty basic Dance track with tropical-influenced instrumentation that completely lacks the nuances of Kylo and producers like him. The child vocals are irritating at first, and then they add in those grating vocal effects and it all gets a little bit ridiculous.

3. Formation – Beyonce
After skirting the borders of charts since its original release, Beyonce’s Formation is finally prepped for a chart run after the surprise release of her latest album Lemonade. It’s a track I’m very mixed on, while the sprinkling of melodies and deceptively aware lyrics elevate it from being just another banger, traditionally this just isn’t the best type of Beyonce song. The Mike WiLL Made-It beat is decent enough with that ominous creak in the background and even some nice horns in the later end of the track. Overall, Formation’s wackiness sometimes works against it, but it is undeniably catchy and well-written.

4. Home – Topic ft. Nico Santos
While small-time producer Topic is credited as the creator of the song, the real star here is the performance of Spaniard Nico Santos. It’s pretty rare for a seemingly random Electronic track to contain such an emotionally resonant and convincing vocal performance. Santos’ voice cracking at the edges as it soars into his gorgeous falsetto is a delight. The composition isn’t too amazing but it certainly does the job of giving the song the moodier atmosphere the lyrics shoot for. Usually I’d doubt the ability of a song this low-key with little star power to rise up the charts, but hopefully lightning strikes twice and Topic follows in Gnash’s footsteps onwards to chart success.

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