Clean Bandit, Michael Buble Rule Australia's Charts

Warwick Saint
Michael Bublé

Clean Bandit and Michael Buble see in the New Year as champions of Australia’s charts. 

Buble’s perennial holiday favorite Christmas (Reprise/Warner) rises 2-1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, published Saturday (Dec. 31), a feat which means the set has held No. 1 on or around every Christmas since its release in 2011. 

Christmas was recently credited double-diamond and has spent 14 total weeks at the top Down Under. The set benefited from the recent screening of Bublé’s Live At The BBC Christmas TV special on free-to-air Network Ten.

The new albums survey sees John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s Friends For Christmas (Sony) dip 1-2; Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) improves 4-3; The Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome (Polydor/Universal) slips 3-4 and Keith Urban’s Ripcord (Capitol/EMI) stays at No. 5. 

George Michael’s untimely death on Christmas day has seen a handful of the English singer’s albums and singles return to the chart. The former Wham! singer’s Twenty Five (Sony) returns at No. 11, just down from its No. 9 peak in March 2010, while Ladies & Gentlemen... The Best Of... (Epic/Sony) reenters the chart at No. 14. 

Meanwhile, British electronic trio Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” (EastWest/Warner) start a third week at No. 1 on the latest ARIA Singles Chart by again holding off The Weeknd’s “Starboy” (Republic/Universal).  The Canadian R&B star’s track claims an unwanted record of spending the most weeks (11) at No. 2 without ever climbing to the chart peak (the track does, however lead ARIA’s Streaming Singles survey).

Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (Atlantic/Warner) remains at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart; The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey’s “Closer” (Columbia/Sony) rises 9-4 (and is one of the U.S. EDM act’s three tracks in the top 50) while Zayn & Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic/Universal) slips 4-5.

George Michael’s passing contributed to Wham!’s double-platinum hit “Last Christmas” (Sony) bouncing back into the singles chart at No. 23 while his solo 1987 hit “Faith” (Sony) returns at No. 50.


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