The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums chart last week before many people had even seen the film (it opened on Feb 14th), but now that the film is the number one around the worlds’ box-offices, it cements its place at the top for a second week.
’50 Shades’ also has the new No.1 single from its track listing, Ellie Goulding with “Love Me Like You Do” (see Singles Chartifacts for the soundtrack teamings at No.1), and the new Top 15 single “Earned it” for The Weeknd, plus Annie Lennox debuts at No.81 with her song from the album, her cover of “I Put a Spell on You”.
But looking to disrupt that second week was this weeks highest new entry, the fourth studio album for US rapper Drake entitled “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late”, which becomes his second consecutive No.2 debut here in Australia, as his September 2013 album “Nothing Was the Same” debuted and peaked at No.2 in the last week of that month. All four of his album have now charted in Australia too, with his first set being “Thank Me Later” (HP-81, June 2010) and then followed by “Take Care” (HP-15, Nov 2011).
Down a place to No.3 is Taylor Swift with her “1989” album, which for the previous sixteen weeks has been within the top two (since early Nov 2014), so this is now the lowest the album has been!! The second and final Top 10 debut this week is at No.4, Imagine Dragons with their second album entitled “Smoke + Mirrors”, which matches the peak their first album “Night Visions” (TW-60) achieved, although it did not score that peak until its 22nd week within the chart (Top 100, 15th week in the Top 50), and this album has two singles on this weeks chart, the latest “Shots” at No.66 (new peak) and the first “I Bet My Life” (TW-90, HP-36).
Dropping two places each this week are Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour”, Ed Sheeran with “x” and “Title” for Meghan Trainor to No.5, No.6 and No.7 respectively. The self-titled album for Hozier is back up a place to No.8 and climbing back into the Top 10, up five to No.9 is George Ezra with “Wanted on Voyage”, the albums third accumulated week within the ten, whilst holding at No.10 this week is Chet Faker with “Built on Glass”.
UP: Angus & Julia Stone are touring the country at the moment, and their self-titled former No.1 album has been re-packaged and this all helps it to jump back up twenty-six places to No.13, whilst the self-titled set for The Veronicas is back up three places to No.16 helped by their current tour and Roxette kicked off their new national tour in Perth last weekend, which helps their two current entries to climb to new peaks, “The Roxbox” to No.17 and “The 30 Biggest Hits XXX” (52 to 31). The Foo Fighters will be here next week in the country and their latest album “Sonic Highways” is back up seven to No.19 with their “Greatest Hits” set rising back up fourteen to No.40 and Guy Sebastian’s tour helps his “Madness” album to stay stable at No.22 this week. With the first Top 10 single in three years for Maroon 5, their album “V” benefits by jumping nine spots to No.24, whilst the new Top 40 single for Vance Joy sees their set “Dream Your Life Away” back up eight to No.27. The Eagles are also on a national tour at the moment, and their most recent compilation “Selected Works 1972-1999” jumps up seventeen places to No.30, whilst Milky Chance see their album “Sadnecessary” climb back up seventeen to No.36, last weeks debut at No.50 for Father John Misty entitled “I Love You Honeybear” climbs twelve to a new peak of No.38 and helped by their support on the One Direction tour, the self-titled album for McBusted jumps up fourteen places to land a new chart height of No.48 this week.
DOWN: The three albums leaving the Top 10 this week are by Mark Ronson with “Uptown Special” (HP-2, WI10-4) down six to No.12, with the two others being debuts from last week, Bob Dylan with “Shadows in the Night” (8 to 20) and Diana Krall with “Wallflowers” (7 to 21). The Triple J “Like a Version Vol.10” album slides down five to No.28, whilst Grammy winner Beck’s return at No.24 last week sees “Morning Phase” down eleven this week to No.35. Ed Sheeran is down eight to No.37 with “+”, Fifth Harmony drop twenty-five spots to No.41 with “Reflection”, but as they are in the country at the moment, the album could rise back up next week, whilst Fall Out Boy drop twelve to No.42 with “American Beauty…” and tumbling hard are “Full Speed” for Kid Ink (15 to 49) and the self-titled album for Royal Blood (27 to 50). Falling out from last weeks fifty includes Marilyn Manson (42 to 53), (Flight Facilities (18 to 55), Paul Kelly (38 to 57), The Wiggles’ new album (43 to 62), The Amity Affliction (41 to 69), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Neil Finn (#31) and Kodaline (#37).
Ne-Yo debuts at No.25 with his sixth studio album entitled “Non-Fiction”, which becomes his second highest peaking of the six albums he has charted in Australia, all have reached the Top 50, with the highest so far being “Year of the Gentleman” which debuted and peaked at No.7 in late September 2008, and this new album features the newly entered Top 50 single “Time of Our Lives” with Pitbull (TW-47). The final new entry to the Top 50 comes in one place lower, Northern Territory native Travis Collins with his first chart entry “Wired”, which is his third country album to be released so far.
Lower 50: Childish Gambino scores a second entry this week from his “Kauai” EP, and that helps it to climb up fourteen spots to No.52, Slipknot are back up eleven to No.56 with “5: The Gray Chapter”, Imagine Dragons’ new entry helps their former album “Night Visions” jump back up twenty-five spots to No.60, current tourists The Eagles re-enter at No.66 with “The Complete Greatest Hits” (HP-17), 5 Second of Summer’s “LiveSOS” is back up twenty places to No.78, The Angels’ “Greatest Hits” jumps thirteen to No.81 and further re-entries come from London Grammar with “If You Wait” (#73), Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” (#77), Jessica Mauboy and “Beautiful” (#79), Queen’s “Greatest Hits” (#90), “An Awesome Wave” for Alt-J (#92), the self-titled album for The 1975 (#93) and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga with “Cheek to Cheek” (#99).
The fourth studio album for Blue Mountains brothers Ben and Geoff, better known as The Robertson Brothers debuts at No.54, “Celebrating the Hits of The Everly Brothers” becoming the boys’ third album to appear on the ARIA Albums chart, previously they have charted with “Symmetry” (HP-44, Aug 1994) and their last entry “Flight 1974” (HP-98, August 2008). The new set features fourteen songs previously performed, written or covered by The Everly Brothers including their only No.1 single here “Bird Dog” as well as “Cathy’s Clown”, “Wake Up Little Suzie” and “Crying in the Rain”.
California hardcore punk band Stick to Your Guns score their first Australian Albums chart entry this week with their fifth studio album entitled “Disobedient”, which is new at No.68 this week, whilst Ricky Martin is new at No.76 with his fifth Spanish album “A Quien Quiera Escuchar” (To Those Who Want to Listen), becoming his sixth studio and second Spanish sung album to chart here, as he made it to No.21 in June 2003 with “Almas Del Silencio” (Souls from the Silence). The final new entry at No.98 is the third studio album and first chart entry for US rapper G-Eazy (Gerald Gillum) entitled “These Things Happen” and the album debuted and peaked at No.3 in the US chart in June 2014.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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