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ARIA Albums: Beyoncé Stays On Top

by Gavin Ryan on January 18, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

For the third consecutive week, the self-titled fifth album for Beyonce holds onto the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, whilst Katy Perry’s “Prism” is on hold at No.2 for a fourth straight week, and seventh appearance at No.2 overall (it did spend one week at the top upon debut in November 2013).

Disney’s “Frozen” is the No.1 film around the country (more so after this weeks southern heat-wave) and this has helped the soundtrack to jump up eight places to a new peak of No.3. There are currently five tracks from the album charting within the Top 100, and this album becomes only the fourth Disney soundtrack to reach the Top 3. The first was ‘Mary Poppins’ (HP-2) in 1965, and then almost thirty years later ‘The Lion King’ made it to No.3 in mid-October 1994, whilst the only Disney No.1 album was achieved by the first ‘High School Musical’ film in late July 2006.

After two weeks back at No.3, Lorde is down a place to No.4 with her “Pure Heroine” album, and as he is in the country this coming week, Avicii climbs back up a couple of places to No.5 with his “True” album. Eminem is down a place to No.6 with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” and after leaping back into the Top 5 last week, London Grammar fall back three places to No.7 with “If You Wait” (now Gold ●). One Direction is down two places to No.8 with “Midnight Memories” and down a place each is the self-titled album for Taylor Henderson and “Moon Landing” for James Blunt to No.9 and No.10 respectively.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: After first entering the ARIA Albums chart back in late October 2011, the INXS compilation “The Very Best” reaches its highest chart position this week, as it’s up six spots to No.11, all this in its 73rd week and third chart run within the Top 100. John Legend is up to a new peak of No.15 with his “Love in the Future” album, whilst Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” is back up to No.17 this week. Another big cinema hit is the new Ben Stiller movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, with the soundtrack jumping up fifteen places this week to No.19. Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol. 9” is back up to No.24 this week and picks up a Gold (●) sales certification. Jumping back up into the Top 50 this week are “#1’s” by Michael Jackson (62 to 38), “Greatest Hits” for The Foo Fighters (68 to 40), “Paramore” by Paramore (91 to 46) and the Blink 182 “Greatest Hits” set (74 to 48).

DOWN DOWN: After returning to the Top 10 a couple of weeks ago, Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (HP-4) is back down to No.12 this week, having now racked up eight weeks within the ten. The Twelfth Man’s “Willy Nilly – The Biggest Hits” is down to No.14 and gets its first certification this week, ▲ Platinum. Robbie Williams is down eight spots to No.22 with “Swings Both Ways”, and the self-titled set for Dami Im is down ten places to No.30. Last weeks only debut; “Post Tropical” for James Vincent McMorrow is down eight to No.33 this week, whilst the Tina Arena album “Reset” falls fourteen spots to No.35. “Salute” for Little Mix drops eight to No.47, whilst big drops out of the Top 50 include “(All the) Bad Blood” for Bastille (45 to 59), “The Live Tapes Vol.1” for Cold Chisel (38 to 65) and halving its position from last week is “ArtPop” for Lady Gaga (42 to 84).

LA based rapper Kid Ink (Brian Todd Collins) sees his second album “My Own Lane” score the highest new entry award for the week, it debuts at No.25, and he also scored his first Top 50 singles chart entry this week, as the track “Show Me” (featuring Chris Brown) is up to a new peak of No.46 this week, whilst almost charting this week is another Chris duet, “Main Chick”.

Lower 50: Disclosure jump up sixteen spots to No.53 with their “Settle” (HP-5) album and Bruno Mars’ first album “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” blasts back up forty-one places to No.57. Keith Urban is back up twelve to No.63 with “The Story So Far” as his second season as an American Idol judge kicked off this past week. Ellie Goulding is back up to No.67 with “Halcyon Days” thanks to her new single “Goodness Gracious” (TW-100) charting this week, with the album achieving Gold (●) in sales. After his return last week, David Bowie leaps up twenty-nine places to No.68 with “Best of Bowie” (HP-53), with Bruce Springsteen’s “Greatest Hits” set back up to No.72 ahead of his new album “High Hopes” being released this week. “Abba Gold” may have fallen down fourteen places to No.71 this week, but the album is now certified 17x▲ Platinum in sales, and returning albums for the week includes collections from Bob Marley (#64), The Doors (#81), Whitney Houston (#86), and Fleetwood Mac (#96) whilst regular albums return for Troy Cassar-Daly & Adam Harvey (#88), Violent Soho (#94), Fall Out Boy (#95), Gurrumul (#97) and Chet Faker (#100).

The only new album to debut in the lower fifty is new at No.51, “Vessel” by Twenty One Pilots (also shown as twenty | one | pilots). The duo formed in 2009 and this is their third album released, first by a major label though (Fueled by Ramon/Warner) and their first to enter the ARIA Albums chart, with the lead single from the album entitled “House of Gold”.

Gavin Ryan reports on the ARIA chart with thanks to Australia-Charts.com

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