ARIA Chart News, w/c 9 March 2009

U2 has blitzed this week’s ARIA Album Chart, with their new album “No Line On The Horizon” debuting at number one to give them their eleventh chart-topping album in Australia. The band has had fifteen top 10 albums in Australia, and their last ten albums (including studio and compilations) have all hit number one. The compilation “U218 Singles” was the most recent chart topper, back in November 2006, with “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” their last studio album to make top spot.

The ARIA Album Chart is impacted this week by a host of recent and current visitors. Lily Allen, fresh from a high profile promotional visit, holds at two with current release “It’s Not Me It’s You”, as her debut album “Alright, Still” bounces back to #34. Taylor Swift, who is currently in the middle of a series of local gigs, moves up from 10 to 6 with “Fearless”, taking the album back to its highest point to date. Coldplay, also in the midst of a huge Australian tour, moves back into the top 10 again with “Viva La Vida” up from 13 to 9, as their three previous albums make big inroads back up the chart. “X & Y” sits at 62, “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” at 76 and “Parachutes” at 86. Kings of Leon, here for a series of sold out shows, find themselves with 3 albums in the top 40 as “Only By The Night” moves back up to #3, “Because of The Times” is up to #31 and “Aha Shake Heartbreak” moves into the top 40 again at #37. Chris Isaak, whilst not presently in the country, is always very vocal about his love of visiting Australia! He debuts at #11 this week with his eleventh studio album, “Mr Lucky”.

Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha continues his stranglehold on the ARIA Singles and Digital Track Charts this week, with “Right Round” maintaining number one spot on the singles chart for 3 consecutive weeks. In further ARIA Singles Chart action this week, Beyonce’s “Halo” moves up to #3 and Lily Allen’s “The Fear” earns her a top 5 single, as it moves from 6 to 4. Eric Hutchinson’s “Rock & Roll” makes the top 10 for the first time, up from 18 to 10 and T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake races from 25 to 13 with “Dead And Gone”, his third top 15 single following “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life”. Debuts include local lads Short Stack with “Princess” at #11, The Pussycat Dolls with their ninth Australian top 40 hit, “Bottle Pop” coming in at 25, and Lily Allen with “F*ck You” at 35.

There are 4 top 40 debuts in this week’s ARIA Digital Track Chart, including U2 with “Get On Your Boots” at 23. Lily Allen moves up to #3 with “The Fear”, Beyonce hits the top 5 with “Halo” and Eric Hutchison scores a top 10 spot with “Rock & Roll” up 7 places to #9,

This week’s ARIA Music DVD Chart shows Andre Rieu holding the top 3 spots, with “Dancing Through The Skies” at 1, “Live In Maastricht II” at 2 and “Live In Australia” at 3, and Live moving up from 8 to 4 with “Live At The Paradiso – Amsterdam”. Rieu also has this week’s number one physical single with “Yours Forever”, the proceeds of which are being donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

ARIA Top 5 Albums, w/c 9th March

1. U2 “No Line On The Horizon” (DEBUT)
2. Lily Allen “It’s Not Me, It’s You”
3. Kings of Leon “Only By The Night”
4. Natalie Bassingthwaighte “1000 Stars”
5. The Prodigy “Invaders Must Die”

Further Top 40 Debuts:
11. Chris Isaak “Mr Lucky”

ARIA Top 5 Singles, w/c 9th March

1. Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha “Right Round”
2. Taylor Swift “Love Story”
3. Beyonce “Halo”
4. Lily Allen “The Fear”
5. The All-American Rejects “Gives You Hell”

Top 40 Debuts:
11. Short Stack “Princess”
25. The Pussycat Dolls “Bottle Pop”
35. Lily Allen “F*ck You”

ARIA Top 5 Digital Tracks, w/c 9th March

1. Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha “Right Round”
2. Taylor Swift “Love Story”
3. Lily Allen “The Fear”
4. The All-American Rejects “Gives You Hell”
5. Beyonce “Halo”

Top 40 Debuts:
12. Short Stack “Princess”
23. U2 “Get On Your Boots”
31. 3oh!3 “Don’t Trust Me”
40. Katy Perry “Thinking Of You”


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