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Beyonce Lemonade

Beyonce Lemonade

ARIA Albums: Beyoncé Is No 1 But Prince Is Everywhere

by Gavin Ryan on April 30, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The sixth studio album for Beyonce entitled “Lemonade” becomes her second successive No.1 album in Australia this week, but it also becomes her first to debut at the top of our Albums chart.

“Lemonade” becomes the 764th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 615th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 410th to debut at No.1 and the fifteenth chart topping album for 2016 so far. The set is also the 39th No.1 for the Columbia record label and their second this year after the 18th of January debut at the top for David Bowie and his “Blackstar” set.

Beyonce previously went to the top for the first three weeks of 2014 with her self titled fifth album, meaning that her tally of four accumulated weeks at the top for this decade places her equal tenth on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1, Albums, 2010’s’ alongside the four weeks that have been achieved by Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons, all with two albums apiece this decade too.

This is the first time that the word ‘Lemonade’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, the previous highest charting lemonade was the No.14 album “Guns, Babes, Lemonade” for dance act Sweaty back in early October of 2007. This new No.1 for Beyonce also becomes her sixth consecutive Top 10 album (from six released) and the set also achieves the 764th by an American act (solo or group) to make it to the top here and also the 113th by a Female artist and the third this year after Adele and Sia.

The second NEW entry for the week comes in at No.3, and is the third straight Top 10 album debut for former X-Factor winner Dami Im, her new album is called “Classic Carpenters” and is her renditions of songs from 1970’s act The Carpenters, and is now her second highest charting set, as her second entry “Heart Beats” debuted and peaked at No.7 in late October, 2014 and her first entry was the late November 2013 self-titled No.1 album which spent a single week at the top, and with Dami Im our Eurovision Song Contest entrant for this year and Mother’s Day in-between the contest, it should keep the album within the Top 10 for a few weeks.

There are seven entries to the Top 10 this week, four of which are re-entries for the recently passed purple majesty known as Prince, and three of them are best of compilations, first of which “The Very Best of” re-enters at No.2, far surpassing the No.40 peak it achieved back in November 2001, then his first ever greatest hits set “The Hits / The B-Sides” returns at a new peak of No.4, formerly scoring a No.5 peak twice in the past, upon initial debut back in September 1993 and again during a national arena tour in May 2012, plus the album also notches up 2x▲Platinum in sales. His first No.1 album of three returns at No.5, which is also the soundtrack to his debut film, “Purple Rain”, the set climbing to No.1 the week of 13th August, 1984 for a single week, and which has seen the most returns from this week over on the singles chart, “Purple Rain”, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”. In 2012 a fifth best of for Prince came out entitled “Ultimate”, which climbed to No.61 in late April, and this week blasts back in at a new peak of No.6, giving Prince his eleventh and twelfth Top 10 entries this week, with ten more of his albums returning throughout the Top 100.

Last week returning album to the No.1 spot of “Immortalized” for Disturbed, “25” for Adele and “x” by Ed Sheeran all drop back down six spots apiece to No.7, No.8 and No.10 respectively, with the Adele set now at its lowest position since debuting late in November of 2015. The 19th studio album for local singer/songwriter Paul Kelly entitled “Seven Sonnets and a Song” debuts at No.9 this week becoming his seventh Top 10 album and first since his Neil Finn teaming album “Goin’ Your Way” (HP-5, late Nov 2013).

UP: With Mother’s Day only a few weeks away, some titles are climbing ahead of the second weekend in May, firstly “Stages (Live)” for Josh Groban is up five to a new peak of No.12, after which it’s a long way down before the next chart bullet, as we see Vance Joy jump back up twenty-four spots to No.39 with “Dream Your Life Away” and after the past week also being ANZAC Day in Australia, last years No.1 album (at this time) for Lee Kernaghan and “Spirit of the ANZACS” is back in at No.41.

DOWN: With seven albums entering the Top 10 this week, the first of seven dropouts are The Hilltop Hoods with “Drinking… Walking… Restrung” (HP-1, WI10-9) down eight to No.11 and after debuting at No.8 last week Marina Prior & Mark Vincent drop five to No.13 (but will climb closer to Mums Day) with “Together” (HP-8, WI10-1). Leaving the Top 10 for the first time this year is the “Molly” (HP-1×2, WI10-16) TV Soundtrack, down eight to No.14 and after returning to the ten last week “This is Acting” (HP-1, WI10-5) by Sia drops eight to No.17 after which three albums fall into the Top 30, “Lukas Graham” (HP-1×1, WI10-3) down sixteen to No.26, RuFuS and “Bloom” (HP-1×1, WI10-5) falling twenty-three to No.28 and the highest entry from last week in the PJ Harvey album “The Hope Six Demolition Project” (HP-7, WI10-1) tumbles twenty-two spots to No.29. “1989” for Taylor Swift is down six to No.19 and falling ten to No.24 is Matt Corby with “Telluric”. “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” is down nine to No.31 and falling eleven to No.35 is the Elle King album “Love Stuff”, whilst the No.1 album from three weeks ago in “Gore” by Deftones is down twenty-eight spots to No.43. “WACO” for Violent Soho falls twenty to No.45, last weeks No.11 debut for Santana and “Santana IV” tumbles thirty-seven to No.48, “Cleopatra” for The Lumineers is down thirty-one to No.49 and Hilltop Hoods’ “Walking Under Stars” falls back down seventeen to No.50. Falling hard into the lower fifty are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (27 to 51), Troye Sivan (36 to 52, now Gold (●) in sales), Florence + the Machine (28 to 53), Zayn (23 to 54), Cat Empire (45 to 59), Eurovision 2016 (42 to 60), Blackstar for David Bowie (38 to 62), Bring Me the Horizon (30 to 63), BabyMetal (44 to 76), Kendrick Lamar (47 to 77), Mumford & Sons (46 to 97) and falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Mirusia (#21), M83 (#32), Tame Impala (#37) and Ben Harper (#49).

The second album for US rapper A$AP Ferg debuts at No.16 entitled “Always Strive and Prosper”, surpassing the No.51 peak this his debut set “Trap Lord” achieved back in early September of 2013. The next new entry is at No.32 and is the 34th studio album for local singer John Williamson entitled “Looking for a Story”, and it’s his first new entry since his August 2014 set “Honest People” (HP-11). Three piece Melbourne indie-punk act Camp Code see their self-titled debut album come in at No.36 this week and a few places lower and another Melbourne act in the aptly named Melbourne Ska Orchestra see their second album “Sierra Kilo Alpha (S.K.A.)” become their first chart entry at No.38 this week.

PRINCE: With four albums in the Top 10 there are ten more Prince returning albums this week, five in the Top 50 and five in the lower fifty. Firstly coming back in at No.20 as a re-peak is his seventh studio album “Sign O’ the Times” (LP#7, former peak was also #20 mid-May 1987), after which his second No.1 set “Diamonds & Pearls” (LP#9, HP-1×1, peaked 26th January, 1992, featuring ‘Cream’) with the New Power Generation returns at No.22. Last years album “HitNRun Phase One” (LP#27) debuted and peaked at No.50 in late September, but this week its back at a new peak of No.25. When the first Prince best of was released, it came out in three different versions, with “The Hits 1” and “The Hits 2” being single discs, whilst the 3CD set for “The Hits / The B-Sides” was the third in that series; well now this week “The Hits 1” (HP-19, Sept 1993) is back in at No.40, whilst his final entry to the fifty this week is his “1999” (LP#5, HP-35, peaked late April 1983) album at No.46. In the lower fifty we also see returns for his albums “Art Official Age” (LP#25, HP-15, peaked Oct 2014) with the album that also charted with that set also returning, “PlectrumElectrum” along with 3rdEyeGirl (LP#26, HP-33, peaked Oct 2014) back in at No.92. Prince’s follow-up to ‘Purple Rain’ was “Around the World in a Day” (LP#6, HP-12×3, peaked early June 1985, featuring ‘Raspberry Beret’) and it returns at No.82, and his third and final No.1 album “Love Symbol” (LP#10, peaked 25th Oct, 1992 for 1 week) is back in at No.90, whilst his second film soundtrack was “Parade” (HP-8, peaked May 1986, featuring ‘Kiss’) and it is his last entry and back in at No.98. Over here in the albums chart Prince did not beat the 17 album entries David Bowie had when he passed in mid-January (chart dated Jan 18th), Prince scoring fourteen this week.

Lower 50: With so much Prince influencing the chart this week, there are plenty of dropping albums, fewer albums rising or scoring new peaks. Of note though the “Matilda” cast recording is back up sixteen places to No.69 and re-entering at No.81 is “Best of Bowie”. The 1975 just announced a tour here, and their recent No.1 album “I Like it When You Sleep…” is back in at No.74 whilst also returning is the Tracy Chapman “Greatest Hits” set (#79), “Graceland” for Paul Simon (#81), “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack (#95), current tourists twenty one pilots and their previous album “Vessel” (#99) and the recent Russell Morris set “Red Dirt Red Heart” (#100).

Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne debuts at No.68 with his second best of compilation entitled “Bravo Patrizio”, which becomes his fifth chart entry (3 studios and 2 best of sets). The second and final NEW entry in the lower fifty is the ninth studio album and first entry here for Belgium death-metal act Aborted with “Retrogore”, which is new at No.88 this week.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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