Maybe we should petition to rename them the Sia Charts
US-based, Australia-bred singer-songwriter Sia is demonstrably the most dominant artist on this week's Singles ladder in the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with new track My Love — which steps out strongly as the chart's sole debut at #2 — helping the 1000 Forms Of Fear scribe to now occupy a full quarter of the slots in the top 20.
It's not the highest debut of the week — that honour goes to Melbourne church Planetshakers and #Let's Go, which claims #1 as the only new face on the Albums chart — but it is arguably more significant in terms of its implication for the wider breakdown/make-up of the Singles chart.
Along with My Love, Sia retains entries for Elastic Heart (consistent at #3), Chandelier (consistent at #5), Big Girls Cry (down one spot to #8) and Fire Meet Gasoline (up two to #16), giving her far and away the most titles for a single artist, though ascendant chanteuse Meg Mac is hot on her heels — Never Be, Roll Up Your Sleeves and Every Lie (#4, #7 and #18 respectively) all nab a rung for the soulful songstress this week. However, Hermitude have come soaring back from #9 last week to take the #1 spot with Searchlight, featuring Yeo, in its 11th week on the chart (the band's The Buzz, featuring Mataya & Young Tapz, is also still in the top 10, though down from #2 to #6).
Those three artists make up almost the entirety of the top half of the ladder, with only Sheppard (Geronimo, #9) and Boo Seeka (Deception Bay, #10) disrupting the party. Meanwhile, both Chet Faker and Flume remain healthy presences, with Faker holding two solo efforts — Talk Is Cheap, still at #11, and Gold, re-entered at #19 — to Flume's one (Some Minds, featuring Andrew Wyatt, #12), though the pair's joint Drop The Game (up five spots to #15) and Flume's former offshoot project What So Not (Gemini, featuring George Maple, #13) bolster his numbers a bit by proxy.
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For a bit of variety, the remaining spots are rounded out by Hayden James (Something About You, #14), My Own Pet Radio (No Great Mystery, #17) and The Smith Street Band (I Scare Myself Sometimes, #20).
Few surprises back over in the full-length stakes, where Sia's 1000 Forms Of Fear rises a rung to #2 (it's not her only album on the list, either, with Best Of... jumping a whopping 14 places to hit #6), while The Waifs' Beautiful You drops back from the top spot to take the bronze. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's Gospel Album remains high, though down a couple of spots, at #4, while Hermitude's Dark Night, Sweet Light enjoys a one-spot bump to #5.
Thirsty Merc's comeback effort Shifting Gears has stayed resilient after its top-five debut last week, hanging healthily at #7, while Courtney Barnett sees Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, slowly losing steam as it drops to #8 from #5 last week. Seth Sentry's Strange New Past (#9) and Flight Facilities' Down To Earth round out the top 10.