Women in Music 2016

Major Lazer, Human Nature Score No. 1s Down Under

Shane McCauley
Major Lazer

“Cold Water” (Mad Decent/Warner) by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and Danish artist is the new No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart while U.S.-based homegrown vocal group Human Nature has opened at the top of the market’s albums survey.

“Cold Water,” the first single lifted from Major Lazer’s anticipated fourth album Music Is the Weapon, becomes the American electronic trio’s second No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, after its signature tune “Lean On” led the list in April 2015. 

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Aussie rapper Illy’s “Papercuts” (Warner) featuring newcomer Vera Blue rises 8-2 in its third week on the chart, while Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia/Sony) holds at No. 3, Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla’s “One Dance” (Republic/Universal) improves 5-4 and Shawn Mendes“Treat You Better” (Island/Universal) slips 4-5. 
 
Elsewhere on this week’s chart, London singer-songwriter Anne-Marie earns her first top 10 single with “Alarm” (EastWest/Warner), which rises 12-10; while Swedish producer/DJ Mike Perry (“The Ocean” new at No. 39 via Sony) and British producer Jonas Blue (“Perfect Strangers” new at No. 42 via Virgin/EMI) enjoy top 50 berths. 

The Sydney-raised, Las Vegas-based quartet Human Nature snatch a fourth No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, with Gimme Some Lovin' (Jukebox Vol. II) their 13th studio album (all with Sony Music).

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Human Nature, longtime residents at the Venetian in Las Vegas, lead an all-Australian top 3 on the albums chart, with Sydney electronic star Flume’s sophomore set Skin (Future Classic/EMI) up 15-2 and The Avalanches comeback album Wildflower (Modular/EMI) down 2-3. Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) improves 5-4 and Aussie singer Delta Goodrem’s Wings Of The Wild (Sony) slips 4-5.

U.S. prog-metal specialists Periphery score a No. 8 debut with Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Roadrunner/Warner), their fifth studio album and highest chart position in Australia to-date.