Only 22 Aussie singles appeared on Q1’s TMN Hot 100, but new acts are breaking through
Australian artists accounted for 22 singles on the TMN Hot 100 Airplay Chart in Q1 of 2019, with 10 of those placing in the hallowed Hot 40.
The result for local artists is akin to the 22 singles that made the corresponding chart in Q1 2018 and follows a quarterly trend of roughly 20%-25% domestic representation on our airwaves.
5 Seconds Of Summer committed three entries to the domestic tally, while mainstays Dean Lewis, Amy Shark, Troye Sivan and Hilltop Hoods all contributed two each.
The highest ranking Aussie in Q1 also happens to be one of the youngest. KIAN’s ‘Waiting’ took off on commercial playlists after signing a new deal with EMI Music Australia last November.
EMI immediately re-released the track to radio and the response was instantaneous.
‘Waiting’ jumped to a new airplay peak of #48 the week following the announcement and continued to rise to an all-time high of #10, the same position it finished on the quarterly chart.
Another youngster to make an impact in Q1 was Fergus James. Hailed by the likes of Justin Timberlake and Nova’s head of music Scott Baker-Smith, ‘What Are We Waiting For’ closed the quarter at #78 after it cracked the Hot 40 in February.
James has since dropped off the weekly chart, but his debut commercial reception provides hope for a prosperous future at Australian radio with future releases.
With one single each, Guy Sebastian and Birds Of Tokyo proved their enduring relevance to commercial radio audiences.
Sebastian’s ‘Before I Go’ was unlucky not to peak higher on the chart due to the Christmas break, but ended up claiming #14 on the Q1 chart after rising as high as #6.