TMN Australian Singles Report: Q4 2018

No Empty Promises

Calvin Harris & Sam Smith reign in Q4 2018

With more unique #1s than any other quarter in 2018, Q4 continued to showcase Australian radio’s willingness to take a punt on fresh talent.

Aussie artists account for three Top 10 entries in Q4’s Hot 100 Airplay Chart – only one less than Q3. However, it’s again an international act that rules the roost, preserving the pattern that has played out over the course of 2018.

As its title suggests, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith‘s ‘Promises’ was an assured pick for radio success. Crowned Most Added upon release, the smooth and voguish dance number topped the Hot 100 for two-out-of-nine weeks of the quarter, bouncing around the Top 3 for the preceding two months.

That all but guaranteed the collab’s position as the most-played single on Australian radio in Q4 2018.

The final quarter of 2018 brought a pleasant surprise for Australian music. Newcastle country boy Morgan Evans released ‘Day Drunk’ in June, a light-hearted drinking anthem that followed on from the commercially successful breakthrough ‘Kiss Somebody’.

We knew pop radio and country music were meant to be when pop queen Bebe Rexha partnered with Florida Georgia Line to produce the stand-out single of Q1.

Our assumptions were confirmed when, in August, multiple radio formats raised their hands in support of Evans’ country-pop hit, elevating the single to #1 on the Hot 100 and an eventual podium place on the Q4 chart.

"...world class songwriting transcends any genre labels"
- Kerry Roberts, AU Management Rep - Morgan Evans

Taylor Swift‘s ‘Love Story’ in 2009 was the last time a single by a lead country artist topped the airplay chart – hallmarking a change in the water at pop radio almost a decade later.

“Morgan writes great songs that truly connect with people from all walks of life, from the heart of the country to the center of the city,” said Kerry Roberts, Evans’ Australian management rep.

“Commercial radio stepped up to back the song in a way that paid off for everyone,” she added.

While Evans was gaining new ground in the crowded realms of commercial radio, country radio was also wide awake to the new single. ‘Day Drunk’ rose to #1 on the TMN Country Airplay Chart and remains at the top more than 20 weeks later.

Evans is now equal third all-time for number of weeks spent at the top of the chart, a feat that Roberts credits to the increasingly eclectic sound of CHR and Evans’ indisputable songwriting ability.

“For a Newcastle boy to write and record songs in Nashville that have people driving down the streets of the CBD singing along with their radios is the perfect culmination of years of hard work and a radio industry that has opened itself up to the potential of 21st century country music.

“…it’s a testament to the reality that world class songwriting transcends any genre labels.”

HOT 100 MARKET SHARE
The final quarter of 2018 saw market share drops across both the Hot 100 (-3.89%) and Hot 40 (-6.4%) for Universal Music Australia. Despite this, the major continued its dominance in the realm of Australian airplay. The major scored three Top 10 singles, the same number as Q3. The highest performing single for UMA in Q4 was Loud Luxury’s surprise radio hit ‘Body’ (#3).
HOT 100
34.76%
HOT 40
35.55%
Sony Music Entertainment’s market share improved quarter-on-quarter in 2018. Starting the year at 21.34% (Hot 100) and 16.40% (Hot 40), incremental quarterly increases ensured a strong finish for SME, especially in the Hot 40 where it almost doubled its Q1 share. Amy Shark, George Ezra, Kygo and Conrad Sewell were just some of the stand-out performers that contributed to the result.
HOT 100
29.47%
HOT 40
30.67%
With the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Rudimental petering out over the course of the year, Warner Music Australia’s Q4 market share dipped to 20.83% (-4.54%) on the Hot 100 and 17.56% (-1.95%) on the 40. Morgan Evans kept the label’s share healthy with ‘Day Drunk’, as did Panic! At The Disco and Rita Ora.
HOT 100
20.83%
HOT 40
17.56%
EMI made significant headway in Q4 with some of the label’s key artists - Sam Smith, Jonas Blue, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Halsey - all posting strong performances at radio. While the label enjoyed a rise to 11.07% (+4.91%) on the Hot 100, the Hot 40 was the source of most joy in Q4. 15.49% (+7.44%) of the market belonged to EMI, a vast improvement on any other quarterly result this year.
HOT 100
11.07%
HOT 40
15.49%
Mushroom labels were without an entry in the Hot 40 in Q4, with Aussie stalwarts Vance Joy and The Rubens helping the indie to 1.33% (-2.27%) on the Hot 100. Overall, Mushroom slipped more than 60% on the previous quarterly result.
HOT 100
1.34%
INDEPENDENTS
Independent artists make up 2.54% of the Q4 Hot 100 chart thanks to commercial radio's soft spot for emerging artists CXLOE (#35) and Lauv (#48). It wouldn't be a quarterly radio wrap without mention of Sia whose 2016 single 'Cheap Thrills' continues to get airplay on Australian radio. The Inertia release ranks at #77 on the Q4 chart.
HOT 100
2.54%
HOT 40
0.70%
TMN HOT 100
1
Promises
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
EMI/SME
  • 2 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 3 Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando | HUS
  • 4 Shotgun - George Ezra | SME
  • 5 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 6 Girls Like You - Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B | UMA
  • 7 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 8 High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco | WMA
  • 9 All Loved Up - Amy Shark | SME
  • 10 Let You Love Me - Rita Ora | WMA
  • 11 Rise - Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack | EMI
  • 12 Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 13 Born To Be Yours - Kygo & Imagine Dragons | SME/UMA
  • 14 Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid | UMA
  • 15 Leave A Light On - Tom Walker | SME
  • 16 Electricity - Silk City & Dua Lipa | SME
  • 17 Ocean - Martin Garrix ft. Khalid | SME
  • 18 Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper | UMA
  • 19 I Wanna Know - NOTD ft. Bea Miller | UMA
  • 20 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
  • 21 Lost In Japan (Remix) - Shawn Mendes & Zedd | UMA
  • 22 Remind Me To Forget - Kygo ft. Miguel | SME
  • 23 Getaway Car - Taylor Swift | UMA
  • 24 Solo - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato | WMA
  • 25 Changing - Conrad Sewell | SME
  • 26 Healing Hands - Conrad Sewell | SME
  • 27 Without Me - Halsey | EMI
  • 28 2002 - Anne-Marie | WMA
  • 29 I Said Hi - Amy Shark | SME
  • 30 Better Now - Post Malone | UMA
  • 31 Jackie Chan - Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone | UMA
  • 32 No Brainer - DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo | SME/UMA
  • 33 Woman Like Me - Little Mix ft. Nicki Minaj | SME/UMA
  • 34 Love Someone - Lukas Graham | WMA
  • 35 Show You - CXLOE | IND
  • 36 Breathin - Ariana Grande | UMA
  • 37 1999 - Charli XCX & Troye Sivan | WMA
  • 38 One Kiss - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa | SME
  • 39 The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey | UMA
  • 40 No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande | UMA
  • 41 In My Blood - Shawn Mendes | UMA
  • 42 broken - Lovelytheband | SME
  • 43 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 44 Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee | UMA
  • 45 Hurt Somebody - Noah Kahan & Julia Michaels | UMA
  • 46 Happier - Ed Sheeran | WMA
  • 47 All The Pretty Girls - Vera Blue | UMA
  • 48 There’s No Way - Lauv ft. Julia Michaels | UMA/IND
  • 49 Before I Go - Guy Sebastian | SME
  • 50 Unbreakable - Birds Of Tokyo | EMI
  • 51 Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B | WMA
  • 52 Better - Khalid | SME
  • 53 A Million Dreams - P!NK | WMA
  • 54 Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne | BMG
  • 55 thank u, next - Ariana Grande | UMA
  • 56 Younger - Ruel | SME
  • 57 Havana - Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug | SME
  • 58 Valentine - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 59 Back To You - Selena Gomez | UMA
  • 60 Fire - Peking Duk | SME
  • 61 I’m With You - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 62 Nervous - Shawn Mendes | UMA
  • 63 What About Us - P!NK | SME
  • 64 This Feeling - The Chainsmokers ft. Kelsea Ballerini | SME
  • 65 Beautiful - Bazzi ft. Camila | WMA
  • 66 All I Am - Jess Glynne | WMA
  • 67 There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes | UMA
  • 68 Ruin My Life - Zara Larsson | SME
  • 69 IDGAF - Dua Lipa | WMA
  • 70 Clarity - Polish Club | UMA
  • 71 Just Got Paid - Sigala ft. Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor & French Montana | SME
  • 72 Shut Up & Dance - Walk The Moon | SME
  • 73 Good Old Days - Macklemore ft. Kesha | WMA
  • 74 Never Ever - The Rubens ft. Sarah | MUSHROOM
  • 75 Walk Alone - Rudimental ft. Tom Walker | WMA
  • 76 Loyal To Me - Nina Nesbitt | SME
  • 77 Cheap Thrills - Sia | INERTIA
  • 78 Way Too Long - Keith Urban | EMI
  • 79 Happy Now - Zedd & Elley Duhe | UMA
  • 80 Unbothered - Ricki-Lee | EMI
  • 81 Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max | WMA
  • 82 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars | SME
  • 83 Big Love - Black Eyed Peas | UMA
  • 84 I Found You - benny blanco & Calvin Harris | SME/UMA
  • 85 New Rules - Dua Lipa | WMA
  • 86 This Is Me (From The Greatest Showman) - Kesha | WMA
  • 87 Waiting - KIAN | EMI
  • 88 Wolves - Selena Gomez & Marshmello | UMA
  • 89 Better Together - Hayden James ft. Running Touch | FC
  • 90 Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man | WMA
  • 91 Polaroid - Jonas Blue ft. Liam Payne & Lennon Stella | EMI
  • 92 Goodbye - Jason Derulo & David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Willy William | WMA
  • 93 You’re The One - Greta Van Fleet | UMA
  • 94 God Is A Woman - Ariana Grande | UMA
  • 95 Wake Me Up - Avicii | UMA
  • 96 Thunder - Imagine Dragons | UMA
  • 97 Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay | SME
  • 98 Whatever You Want - P!NK | SME
  • 99 This Is Me - Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble | WMA
  • 100 Don’t Matter To Me - Drake ft. Michael Jackson | UMA
Artist
Top 50
1.Shotgun - George Ezra
SME
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  • 2 Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith | EMI/SME
  • 3 Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando | HUS
  • 4 Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 5 Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid | UMA
  • 6 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 7 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
  • 8 Let You Love Me - Rita Ora | WMA
  • 9 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 10 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
Hot 100
Australian
1.Day Drunk - Morgan Evans
WMA
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  • 2 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 3 All Loved Up - Amy Shark | SME
  • 4 Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 5 Changing - Conrad Sewell | SME
  • 6 Healing Hands - Conrad Sewell | SME
  • 7 I Said Hi - Amy Shark | SME
  • 8 Show You - CXLOE | IND
  • 9 Unbreakable - Birds Of Tokyo | EMI
  • 10 Fire - Peking Duk | SME
Hot 100
Alternative
1.Scream Whole - Methyl Ethel
INERTIA
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  • 2 Sometimes - Cub Sport | IND
  • 3 Salt Eyes - Middle Kids | EMI
  • 4 Faces - Holy Holy | SME
  • 5 wonderful life - Bring Me The Horizon ft. Dani Filth | SME
  • 6 Tints - Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar | WMA
  • 7 All That I See - Matt Corby | UMA
  • 8 All The Pretty Girls - Vera Blue | UMA
  • 9 Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee | UMA
  • 10 Dreaming - Clea | IND
Contemporary Hit Radio
1.Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando
HUS
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  • 2 Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith | EMI/SME
  • 3 Shotgun - George Ezra | SME
  • 4 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 5 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 6 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 7 Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid | UMA
  • 8 Rise - Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack | EMI
  • 9 Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 10 Girls Like You - Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B | UMA
TMN Country
Airplay Chart
1.Day Drunk - Morgan Evans
WMA
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  • 2 Hotel Key - Old Dominion | SME
  • 3 Simple - Florida Georgia Line | UMA
  • 4 Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset - Luke Bryan | EMI
  • 5 I’d Rather Be A Highwayman - Adam Harvey | SME
  • 6 Desperate Man - Eric Church | EMI
  • 7 She Got The Best Of Me - Luke Combs | SME
  • 8 What I Don’t Know - Rachael Fahim | IND
  • 9 No Sad Song - The Wolfe Brothers | ABC
  • 10 Party Down Under - Adam Brand | ABC
Contemporary Rock
1.High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
WMA
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  • 2 Unbreakable - Birds Of Tokyo | EMI
  • 3 With The One I Love - Paul Kelly | EMI
  • 4 Driving Rain - Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators | SME
  • 5 Don’t Lose It - The Living End | BMG
  • 6 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 7 Just Call - John Butler Trio | MGM
  • 8 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 9 Rain - Drought Breakers | SME
  • 10 Clarity - Polish Club | UMA
Dance
1.Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
EMI/SME
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  • 2 Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando | HUS
  • 3 Rise - Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack | EMI
  • 4 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 5 Born To Be Yours - Kygo & Imagine Dragons | SME/UMA
  • 6 Ocean - Martin Garrix ft. Khalid | SME
  • 7 Electricity - Silk City & Dua Lipa | SME
  • 8 I Wanna Know - NOTD ft. Bea Miller | UMA
  • 9 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
  • 10 Remind Me To Forget - Kygo ft. Miguel | SME
Urban
1.Better Now - Post Malone
UMA
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  • 2 No Brainer - DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo | SME/UMA
  • 3 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 4 Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B | WMA
  • 5 Better - Khalid | SME
  • 6 Good Old Days - Macklemore ft. Kesha | WMA
  • 7 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars | SME
  • 8 Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd | UMA
  • 9 Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara | UMA
  • 10 Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton | WMA
Spotify AU
1.Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
EMI
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  • 2 Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid | UMA
  • 3 Better - Khalid | SME
  • 4 Shotgun - George Ezra | SME
  • 5 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 6 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
  • 7 SICKO MODE - Travis Scott ft. Drake | SME
  • 8 I Love It - Kanye West & Lil Pump | UMA
  • 9 Taki Taki - DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B | UMA
  • 10 Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith | EMI/SME
Apple Music AU
1.Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando
HUS
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  • 2 Shotgun - George Ezra | SME
  • 3 Eastside - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid | UMA
  • 4 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 5 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 6 Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith | EMI/SME
  • 7 Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 8 Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper | UMA
  • 9 Leave A Light On - Tom Walker | SME
  • 10 Better - Khalid | SME
iTunes AU
1.Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
UMA
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  • 2 Shotgun - George Ezra | SME
  • 3 Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando | HUS
  • 4 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 5 Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith | EMI/SME
  • 6 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 7 Leave A Light On - Tom Walker | SME
  • 8 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 9 High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco | WMA
  • 10 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
Shazam AU
1.Body - Loud Luxury ft. brando
UMA
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  • 2 In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino | UMA
  • 3 Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper | UMA
  • 4 Day Drunk - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 5 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille | EMI
  • 6 Love Someone - Lukas Graham | WMA
  • 7 Let You Love Me - Rita Ora | WMA
  • 8 Be Alright - Dean Lewis | UMA
  • 9 Leave A Light On - Tom Walker | SME
  • 10 Without Me - Halsey | EMI
AIR Singles
1.I’m Good - Wafia
FC
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  • 2 Coming Home - Sheppard | CHUGG
  • 3 Waiting - KIAN | EMI
  • 4 Never Ever - The Rubens ft. Sarah | MUSHROOM
  • 5 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 6 Riptide - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 7 I’m With You - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 8 Lay It On Me - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 9 Just Friends - Hayden James ft. Boy Matthews | FC
  • 10 Just Call - John Butler Trio | MGM
AIR Radioplay
1.Never Ever - The Rubens ft. Sarah
MUSHROOM
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  • 2 Saturday Sun - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 3 Coming Home - Sheppard | CHUGG
  • 4 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 5 Just Call - John Butler Trio | MGM
  • 6 Show You - CXLOE | IND
  • 7 Give Me Saturday Night - Diesel | MUSHROOM
  • 8 I’m With You - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 9 I’m Good - Wafia | FC
  • 10 Riptide - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM