Justice Crew’s record-breaking run at the top of the Australian singles chart with “Que Sera” has been halted at nine weeks by Joel and Benji Madden.
The Madden brothers’ “We Are Done” (Capitol/EMI) climbed into the top spot on the latest chart, published on the weekend, to nudge the Justice Crew’s triple-platinum single (210,000-plus units) into the No. 2 position.
Justice Crew’s nine-week reign means the hip-hop/pop group becomes the outright record holder for the most weeks at the singles summit by a homegrown act since the ARIA Charts began in 1983. They overtook the record of eight weeks previously held jointly by Austen Tayshus’ ”Australiana” (August 1983), Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (April 1997) and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (August 2011).
The overall record stretch at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart is held by Coolio, whose “Gangsta’s Paradise” spent 13 weeks at the summit in 1995/96.
Justice Crew is an unlikely pop music success story. With an array of jaw-dropping moves, the members broke through as dancers on a TV talent show. They took out “Australia’s Got Talent” in 2010, a prize that included a $250,000 winners’ check and a recording contract with Sony Music.
The group is shooting a new video for “Que Sera” in the U.S. and the outfit intends to spend the next few months promoting the single internationally.
In other news on this week’s Australian charts, Sia Furler leads a strong local contingent to grab her first No. 1 album with “1000 Forms Of Fear” (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia Recordings), her sixth studio set. Sia’s previous album, “We Are Born,” bowed at No. 2 in June 2010. “1000 Forms Of Fear” is the sixth album by an Australian artist to top the ARIA Albums Chart in 2014.
On this week’s albums chart, British singer Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Warner Music) comes in at No. 2. It’s the only non-Australian recording in the top 5, which is rounded out by Allday’s “Startup Cult” (UNFD/Warner), 5 Seconds Of Summer’s self-titled Capitol/EMI chart-topper from the previous week and Hillsong’s “No Other Name” (Hillsong Music Australia/Sony).
Meanwhile, all six of Something for Kate’s albums have re-entered the ARIA chart between No. 44 and No. 54 as the local favorites’ 20 year anniversary tour winds its way around the country.