Chart Beat

James Arthur, Illy Rule Australia's Charts

John Tsiavis


British singer James Arthur begins week six at the summit of Australia’s singles chart with “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia/Sony) while homegrown rapper Illy nabs his first-ever No. 1 album Down Under with Two Degrees (Warner) and Leonard Cohen achieves a posthumous career equal-best with his last album.  

Illy’s fifth studio set features the domestic hits "Papercuts" (No. 2 in August) and "Catch 22" (No. 12 in November) and eclipses the No. 4 peak of his 2013 album Cinematic.

Two Degrees holds off Leonard Cohen’s final LP You Want It Darker (Columbia/Sony), which rises 20-2 on the ARIA Albums Chart after news broke of the legendary Canadian singer and songwriter’s death. Darker, which debuted at No. 6 in October, equals Cohen’s previous high mark on the albums chart with Old Ideas, which topped out at No. 2 in February 2012. 

John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s yuletide set Friends For Christmas (Sony) starts at No. 3, ahead of Michael Buble’s own Christmas (Reprise/Warner), which improves 8-4, and Jessica Mauboy’s Sony Music recording The Secret Daughter (Songs From The Original TV Series) slips 2-5. 

Veteran British singers Phil Collins and Sting enjoy strong debuts with their respective new releases The Singles (at No. 6 via Rhino/Warner) and 57th & 9th (at No. 9 via A&M/Universal). 

James Arthur’s long reign over the ARIA Singles Chart means The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk “Starboy”(Republic/Universal) spends another week at No. 2; "Starboy" does, however, retain the lead on ARIA’s Streaming Tracks chart. Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” (Capitol/EMI) lifts 4-3 on the ARIA Singles Chart, Neiked’s “Sexual” (Polydor/Universal) is up 7-4 and The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey's “Closer” (Columbia/Sony) falls 3-5.