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SINGLES.  Joel and Benji Madden hit No.1 after spending five weeks on the ARIA Singles chart for the very first time with, We Are Done.  After performing at the Rugby League State of Origin last week, it jumps from No.4 to take the top spot away from Justice Crew. Had Que Sera spent a tenth week at the summit Justice Crew would have equalled the ten weeks Daddy Cool spent at the top with Eagle Rock in 1971.  With Justice Crew falling to No.2, Ariana Grande’s new single Break Free rounds out the top three. Just below Grande, moving two spots to No.4 is Ed Sheeran’s Don’t. It gives Sheeran his fourth top five single on the ARIA chart. Sheeran previously placed in the top five with The A Team (No.2 Nov. ’11), Lego House (No.4 Apr. ’12) and his latest single Sing (No.1 May ’14). Just outside the top ten is fellow UK singer Ella Henderson and her song Ghost, which jumps nine positions to a new peak at No.12. Ghost spent two weeks at the top of the UK chart, so we can expect that Henderson has her sights on the ARIA summit.

No.3                BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande Feat. Zedd.  US singer Ariana Grande, picks up her second top five debut on the ARIA Singles chart with Break Free. It is the follow-up to her first top five appearance Problem (No.2 May ’14). Both singles come from Grande’s forthcoming second album My Everything.

No.35              TIME AFTER TIME – ZK.  Adelaide duo ZK (Kristal West and Zaachariah Fielding) becomes the highest-charting contestants from the third series of The Voice, with their take on the Cyndi Lauper track Time After Time (No.6 June ’84). It is also the highest-charting single by a duo from The Voice in its three year run. It becomes their second ARIA top 50 debut following on from Imagine at No.46 last week.

No.41              UGLY HEART – G.R.L.  US girl group G.R.L. make their first appearance on the ARIA charts as a primary artist this week with, Ugly Heart. The group featured with Pitbull on his top ten hit, Wild Wild Love (No.10 Mar. ’14). G.R.L. was created by American dancer Robin Antin, who also created the Pussycat Dolls.

No.48              STAY WITH ME – Johnny Rollins.  The Voice contestant Johnny Rollins, makes his first appearance in the ARIA top 50 this week with his version of the Sam Smith song Stay With Me (No.5 June ’14). It follows on from Rollins’ ARIA chart debut, Am I Wrong which entered the chart at No.70 last week.

No.50              SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT – Gabriel & Cecilia.  Byron Bay brother sister duo Gabriel & Cecilia, make their second appearance on the ARIA Singles chart this week with their take on Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit (No.5 Mar. ’92). The Voice contestants previously charted with I Dreamed A Dream at No.40. It is not the first time a The Voice contestant has charted with the song, Viktoria Bolonina entered the charts with her version in June 2012 at No.92.

No.52              BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER – Jackson Thomas.  The Voice contestant Jackson Thomas, makes his third appearance on the ARIA charts this week with his cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (No.2 Apr. ’70). Thomas is not the first reality show contestant to chart with the song - X Factor’s Dami Im’s version reached No.15 in October last year and Australian Idol’s Anthony Callea topped the charts with his version in March 2005.

No.58              BUDAPEST – George Ezra.  British singer/songwriter George Ezra, makes his ARIA chart debut this week with Budapest. It is taken from Ezra’s debut album Wanted On Voyage, which peaked at No.3 on the UK Albums chart. Budapest matched that, also peaking at No.3 on the UK Singles chart. 

No.68              A HEARTBREAK – Angus & Julia Stone.  Brother-sister folk duo Angus & Julia Stone, return to the charts this week with A Heartbreak, the second single from their upcoming self-titled third studio album. It follows on from the first single, Heart Beats Slow (No.37 June ’14) and becomes the duo’s fifth ARIA top 100 single.

No.75              SPECTRUM (SAY MY NAME) – Sabrina Batshon.  Originally sung by Florence + The Machine and reaching No.4 in August 2012, Spectrum (Say My Name) becomes The Voice contestant Sabrina Batshon’s third ARIA top 100 single. It follows on from Empire (No.57 July ’14) and Chandelier (No.39 June ’14).  

No.76              WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – Frank Lakoudis.  22 year-old rock singer Frank Lakoudis, makes his ARIA chart debut this week with his rendition of Queen’s We Are The Champions (No.8 Jan. ’78). It is not the first time a cover of the song has charted, back in 2006 Crazy Frog charted with We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong) (No.13 June ’06).  

No.81              GET LOW – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake.  American electronic music producer and pioneer of the genre moombahton, Dillon Francis makes his ARIA chart debut this week with Get Low. It is the lead single from his upcoming debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule and features DJ Snake who was last in the charts with Turn Down For What (No.13 May ’14).

No.82              ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith.  After making her ARIA Singles chart debut earlier in the year with Can’t Rely On you (No.64 Mar. ’14), UK singer/songwriter Paloma Faith, returns to the charts with the follow-up single Only Love Can Hurt Like This. Both songs are taken from Faith’s third studio album, A Perfect Contradiction (No.22 Mar. ’14). 

No.85              HEAVENLY FATHER – Bon Iver.  American indie folk band Bon Iver, make their first appearance on the ARIA Singles chart this week with, Heavenly Father. The song was written for the film Wish I Was Here, directed, written and starring Zach Braff. The sound track to the film will be released later this month. Heavenly Father marks the first time Bon Iver have appeared on the ARIA charts, since their self-titled album debuted/peaked at No.2 on the ARIA Albums chart in June 2011.

No.88              TOUCHIN, LOVIN – Trey Songz.  American R&B singer Trey Songz, makes his fourth appearance on the ARIA Singles chart with his new single, Touchin, Lovin. It is the second single from Songz’s sixth studio album Trigga, which debuts at No.21 on the ARIA Albums chart this week. It follows on from first single Na Na (No.83 Apr. ’14). Songz scored his highest charting single with Heart Attack (No.70 May 2012).

No.91              QUIT YOUR JOB – Thundamentals.  Blue Mountains hip hop group Thundamentals, make their second appearance on the ARIA Singles chart with Quit Your Job. It follows on from Something I Said (No.66 May. ’14). Both tracks are taken from their album So We Can Remember (No.3 May ’14).

No.92              LOVE ME LESS – One Day.  Australian hip hop stalwarts Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride have come together to form the hip hop collective One Day. Love Me Less is their debut single and marks the group’s first appearance on the ARIA charts. Love Me Less is taken from their upcoming debut album Mainline due out in August.

No.94              LEFT HAND FREE – Alt-J.  British indie rock band Alt-J, make their third appearance on the ARIA Singles chart with Left Hand Free. It is the second single from their upcoming second studio album This Is All Yours, due for release in September. It follows on from first single Hunger Of The Pine, which peaked at No.71 last week.

ALBUMS.  Sia becomes the sixth Australian artist to top the ARIA Albums chart this week with her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear. Last week’s No.1, Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer’s self-titled debut, falls to No.4. Two more albums that debut in the top ten this week are by Australian artists. At No.3 is Australian rapper Allday, with his debut album Startup Cult and at No.8 is Grafton country music trio The McClymonts, with their fourth album Here’s To You & I. One of the big movers just outside the top ten is Jersey Boys: Music From The Motion Picture And Broadway Musical, which jumps fourteen spots to No.13. It enters the top 20 for the first time in its second week on the chart. Chances are it will continue to move up, with the film spending two weeks in the top ten at the Australian box office. 

Australian alternative-rock band Something For Kate, have kicked off their 20th anniversary tour over the weekend following the re-release of their back catalogue last week. Leave Your Soul To Science (20th Anniversary) (No.5 Oct. ’12), Echolalia (No.2 July ’01), Beautiful Sharks (No.10 June ’99), The Official Fiction (No.1 Aug. ’03), Desert Lights (No.1 July ’06) and Elsewhere For Eight Minutes (which reaches a new peak) all enter the chart this week at No.44, No.45, No.50, No.51, No.52 and No.54 respectively.

No.1                1000 Forms Of Fear – Sia.  Adelaide-born singer/songwriter Sia Furler, picks up her first No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart with her sixth studio album 1000 Forms Of Fear. It comes four years on from her previous chart best, We Are Born (No.2 June ’10). It features the singles Chandelier (No.2 Apr. ’14), Eye Of The Needle (No.36 June ’14) and Big Girls Cry (No.36 June ’14).

No.3                STARTUP CULT – Allday.  Startup Cult is the debut album from Adelaide-born, Melbourne-based rapper Allday. It is his second appearance on the ARIA Albums chart, following the EP Loners Are Cool (No.18 Apr. ’13). The album features the singles Right Now (No.69 May ’14) and Cult (No.97 June ’14) and debuts at No.1 this week on the ARIA Urban Albums chart.

No.8                HERE’S TO YOU & I – The McClymonts.  Here’s To You & I is the fourth album from Grafton trio The McClymonts. The follow-up to Two Worlds Collide (No.7 May ’12) is the sisters’ third to appear in the ARIA top ten. Their previous two studio albums have earned The McClymonts ARIA Awards for Best Country Album. Here’s To You & I tops the ARIA Country Albums chart this week.

No.21              TRIGGA – Trey Songz.  American R&B singer Trey Songz, picks up his second appearance on the ARIA Albums chart this week with his sixth studio album Trigga. It follows on from his first chart appearance, Chapter V (No.18 Sep. ’12) and features appearances from Justin Bieber, Nicky Minaj and Juicy J, amongst others. Touchin, Lovin, taken from the album, debuts at No.88 on the ARIA Singles chart this week. Trigga debuts at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart this week.

No.31              LOVE OF CARTOGRAPHY – sleepmakeswaves.  Sydney instrumental rock band sleepmakeswaves makes their ARIA chart debut this week with their second studio album Love Of Catrography. It follows on from 2011’s …and so we destroyed everything, which was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album.

No.66              DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic!.  Canadian pop band Magic! makes their first appearance on the ARIA Albums chart with their debut album, Don’t Kill The Magic. The album features their top three hit Rude (No.2 Dec. ’13) and the title track which peaked/debuted at No.53 back in April. 

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