Zayn Malik, Sia Rule Australia's Sales Charts
Malik has bowed at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart with "Pillowtalk" (RCA/Sony), his first solo release since he departed from One Direction last year, while Sia’s new album This Is Acting (Inertia) opens at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart.
"Pillowtalk," which has also started at No. 1 in the U.K., is the first single lifted from the singer’s forthcoming debut solo album Mind Of Mine, which is due for release March 25. Its accompanying video has had upwards of 58 million hits on YouTube since its release Jan. 28 and an acoustic version of the track – the so-called "Living Room Session" -- dropped last week.
The opening week success of "Pillowtalk" means the Flume track, "Never Be Like You” (Future Classic) feat. Kai, will spend a second week in the runner-up position. Another piece from the electronic music producer’s next album Skin has burst into the top 30, the track “Smoke & Retribution” featuring Vince Staples & Kucka, which starts at No. 23:
The top five is completed by Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away” (Atlantic/Warner), up 4-3; Justin Bieber’s triple platinum hit “Love Yourself” (Def Jam/Universal), down 3-5; and Jonas Blue feat. Dakota’s platinum certified “Fast Car” (Virgin/EMI), down 1-5. Kiiara’s “Gold” (Atlantic/Warner) cracks the top 10 in its third week on the chart, rising 16-6.
Another new entry to the top 10 is Rihanna featuring Drake’s "Work"(Def Jam/Universal), which debuts at No. 10 following the long-awaited release of the pop star’s eighth album, Anti. It's Rihanna 21st top 10 single as a lead artist on ARIA’s singles chart dating back to "Pon De Replay," which reached No. 6 back in November 2005.
Meanwhile, Sia completes her second stint at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, this time with her seventh studio set This Is Acting, an album comprised of works the Adelaide-born singer initially wrote for other artists.
It’s the follow-up to the 2014 ARIA Album Of The Year winner 1000 Forms Of Fear, which also graced the top position of the chart. Three tracks from Sia’s new album have already hit the singles chart: “Alive” (No. 10 peak in Oct. 2015), “Bird Set Free” (No. 36 in Nov. 2015) and “Cheap Thrills” (No. 27 Feb. in 2016).
Sia’s new release bumps Adele's eight-times platinum 25 (Xl/Inertia) into second position. The late, great David Bowie (Columbia/Sony) is at No. 3 and No. 4 with Blackstar and Nothing Has Changed (The Best Of David Bowie), respectively, while Rihanna’s Anti debuts at No. 5.
Other notable new entries this week include Charlie Puth’s debut Nine Track Mind at No. 8, Dream Theater’s The Astonishing (RoadRunner/Warner) at No. 10 and Bloc Party’s Hymns (Create Control/Universal) at No. 15.