Train and Angus & Julia Stone maintain their hold on the ARIA Charts …
Homegrown brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone hold at the top of the ARIA Album Chart for the second week straight with their Gold certified, sophomore release “Down The Way”, as they make their way around the country on tour. The boys from Train also maintain their chart topping run, chalking up a second consecutive week at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart with the catchy tune “Hey, Soul Sister”. The track also remains in peak position on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.
Jumping six spots to No.3 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week is Lady Gaga’s hit single “Telephone” (featuring Beyonce), which has generated commentary around the world with its extraordinary video clip. The Black Eyed Peas claim their thirteenth Australian top 10 single, as the former US number one smash “Imma Be” climbs five spots to No.7, while Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (featuring Ludacris) moves from No.18 to 13. Local pop darling Gabriella Cilmi continues to climb the chart, racing up ten spots to No.16 with “On A Mission” as “Nothin’ On You” from B.o.B. (featuring Bruno Mars) claims a No.25 debut. “Halfway Gone” from US rockers Lifehouse jumps eight spots to No.30 in its second week on the chart, while “Some Of The Places I Know” from Perth lads Gyroscope and “When I Look At You” from Miley Cyrus score top 40 debuts, coming in at No. 32 and 38 respectively.
Vanessa Amorosi, Michael Buble and P!nk top ARIA Charts on debut this week!
Vanessa Amorosi swoops on top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week with her hit “This Is Who I Am”, scoring her first ever No.1 single and at the same time, ending the seven-week chart topping run of David Guetta‘s “Sexy Bitch” (feat. Akon). It’s the first single to hit No.1 on debut since Flo Rida‘s “Right Round” back in February, and only the second to have achieved this feat in the past twenty-two months. “This Is Who I Am” becomes Vanessa’s fifth ARIA top 10 single, surpassing the No.4 peaks achieved by “Shine” in 2000 and “Perfect” in 2008. Vanessa also becomes the first Aussie artist to claim simultaneous No.1’s on the ARIA Physical and Digital Track Charts since “Sweet About Me” from Gabriella Cilmi in June 2008.
Australian artists continue their reign on the ARIA Singles & Album Charts
In another huge week for Australian artists, Guy Sebastian spends a further week on top of the ARIA Singles Chart with “Like It Like That”. It becomes his second-longest running No.1 single after his initial career hit “Angels Brought Me Here”, which spent three weeks straight at the top in December 2003. Jimmy Barnes continues his domination of the ARIA Album Chart, achieving a second week at No.1 with “The Rhythm And The Blues” and notching up a solo tally of thirty-one weeks at the top of the chart. This is equal to Delta Goodrem‘s total, with John Farnham the only Australian artist ahead, accumulating a massive forty-seven weeks on top of the chart over eight albums.
“Low”, the double platinum smash from Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, has topped the ARIA 2008 Top 100 Singles and Digital Track Charts*. “Low” spent three weeks at number one, an incredible 19 weeks in the top 10 and 37 weeks in the top 50, ensuring it was the dominant single of 2008. Flo Rida also had a further two singles within the top 100 and the album “Mail On Sunday” landed at #66 on the ARIA 2008 Top 100 Album Chart*.
The number one album of 2008 came from Kings Of Leon – the US rock band’s fourth studio album “Only By The Night” outselling all other releases to claim top spot on the ARIA 2008 Top 100 Album Chart. The band’s dominance was clearly evident by the success of the first two singles lifted from the album, with “Sex On Fire” spending 4 weeks at number one during the latter part of ’08, finishing at #5 on the end of year chart, with “Use Somebody” at #30. Chalking up sales in excess of 350,000 units, “Only By The Night” spent 4 weeks at number one and has not left the top 5 since its release. Topping off an incredible year for the band, their previous albums “Because Of The Times” and “Aha Shake Heartbreak” landed at #46 and #81 respectively in the end of year chart.
The winners of the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly presented by Motorola, have been announced and pop and electronic dance music have ruled the day in the form of multiple winners GABRIELLA CILMI and THE PRESETS. They join an eclectic group of ARIA Award recipients who include THE LIVING END, KASEY CHAMBERS and SHANE NICHOLSON, NICK CAVE and GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU, THE PANICS and BLISS N’ ESO, among others.
In what is an extraordinary success story, vocal powerhouse GABRIELLA CILMI, a pop singer who had yet to emerge on the Australian music landscape this time last year, has taken out an incredible 6 ARIA Awards on the back of her debut album, Lessons To Be Learned, and her breakthrough smash hit single, Sweet About Me. The Melbourne-born, London-based Cilmi has received ARIA Awards in the categories of BEST FEMALE ARTIST, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – SINGLE (Sweet About Me), BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – ALBUM (Lessons to be Learned), BEST POP RELEASE (Lessons to be Learned), HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE (Sweet About Me) and the coveted ARIA Award for SINGLE OF THE YEAR for Sweet About Me. With the world at her feet, GABRIELLA CILMI’s ARIA Awards triumph is nothing short of a phenomenal achievement for the Dandenong girl who has just celebrated her 17th birthday.
Electronic duo THE PRESETS has also had a cracking year with the release of their widely acclaimed second album Apocalypso. They fought off stiff competition in the prestigious categories of ALBUM OF THE YEAR and BEST GROUP to take out both for the hugely popular Apocalypso. The album has also seen THE PRESETS receive the pointy trophy in the category of BEST DANCE RELEASE taking their tally to 3 ARIA Awards (plus 2 ARIA Artisan Awards, including Producer of the Year for Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes). The self-produced Apocalypso, which spawned the gritty hit single My People, has sealed THE PRESETS as Australia’s premiere electronic act.