The thirteenth studio album for US rock band Bon Jovi entitled “This House is Not for Sale” debuts at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, becoming their tenth No.1 album in Australia.
“This House is Not for Sale” becomes the 787th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 638th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016), plus the 433rd to debut in the No.1 position, plus the 38th No.1 Album for 2016 (this time last year we were up to 30 #1’s), and finally it becomes the 26th for the Island Record label and their first for this year, as the labels last was “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear (19-Oct, 2015, return this week at #100) which has just been re-issued as a tour edition.
Seven of the ten Bon Jovi No.1 Albums in this country have all stayed for a single week at the top, with all of the #1’s this century lasting the one week, “Crash” (5-June, 2000), “Have a Nice Day” (26-Sept, 2005), “Bon Jovi Greatest Hits” (15-Nov, 2010) and “What About Now” (18-Mar, 2013), plus the band is now the outright third placed act on the list of ‘Most No.1 Albums in Australia (1965 to 2016)’, moving ahead of their tie on nine with John Farnham (although his Xmas LP came out on Friday with ON-J). The Beatles with 14 are first followed by a three-way tie at No.2 with U2, Madonna and Jimmy Barnes on 11 No.1 albums, and now Bon Jovi are third with their tenth, whilst over on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Artists (1965 to 2016)’ the band moves from 35th to 32nd as they rack up their seventeenth accumulated week at the top, the same amount as John Lennon, Kings of Leon (3 albums each) and The Seekers (1 album).
For this decade list of accumulated totals the band climbs to No.19 with three No.1 albums racking up three weeks at the top, the same amount for Bring Me the Horizon, Lana Del Rey, Hillsong and The Amity Affliction. This is the fourth album to feature the word ‘House’ in it’s title (“Funhouse” for Pink was the last in Nov. 2008), the second for the word ‘Sale’, the only other being fifty-one years ago when “Beatles for Sale” (Feb. 1965) spent three weeks at the top. It’s also the seventh with ‘This’ within its title, and strangely enough the third for 2016 after “This is Acting” for Sia (Feb.) and “This Could Be Heartbreak” by The Amity Affliction (Aug.), and finally also the seventh with a ‘Not’. The new No.1 album becomes the 279th for an American act to hit the top here (the 10th for 2016), and the 356th for a Group (local or overseas) and the eighteenth for a group during 2016.
After three weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums chart, the soundtrack to the TV Series “The Secret Daughter” is down one to No.2 after last Monday nights season finale (it will return in 2017) and after climbing to No,2 last week the Michael Buble set “Nobody But Me” is down three this week to No.5 and also falling three places is the Elvis Presley set “The Wonder of You” to No.6.
“Christmas” for Michael Buble returned to the ARIA Albums Chart last week at No.43, and this week it zooms back to its regular Nov/Dec positioning within the Top 10, as this week it is up thirty-five spots to land at No.8, becoming its sixth successive year of cracking the Top 10, and this now becomes the 33rd week within the Top 10. From 2011 to 2014 the album also returned to the No.1 spot, and last year it spent two weeks at No.2 (behind Adele). Dropping four spots to No.9 is the Triple J compilation “Like a Version Vol.12”, and back up five to No.10 is the Keith Urban set “Ripcord” (WI10 now 18) thanks to his ‘Country Music Award’ nominations and performance this past week (he tours here in early December).
* “Let There Be Light” for Hillsong Worship recently made it to No.10 in Norway, and here it is back up three places to No.11 this week.
* Disturbed are in the country at the moment and are wrapping up their national tour this coming week, plus their X-Factor performance this past week help their two times No.1 album “Immortalized” to jump back up twenty-two places to No.12.
* A newly re-packaged tour edition (touring in Feb 2017) with bonus DVD of the Human Nature album “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II” helps it to vault back up the chart thirty-four spots to land at No.22.
* Ed Sheeran sees his second album “x” jump back up fifteen spots to No.24.
* Coldplay are in the country in around three weeks times, and their current album “A Head Full of Dreams” is back up thirteen spots to No.29.
* A bunch of Best of collections rebound into the Top 50, Fleetwood Mac (78 to 35) and it is still the longest charting album in ARIA chart history at 404 wks, Crowded House (48 to 39), Prince (59 to 40), Red Hot Chili Peppers (72 to 43), and The Wiggles (49 to 44).
* ALL of the Crowded House albums have been re-packaged with bonus material, plus new vinyl editions are also out, so seven of their previous albums return this week, with “Woodface” (LP#3, HP-2×2) back in at No.45, followed by their debut self-titled set (LP#1, HP-1×1) at No.46, “Temple of Low Men” (LP#2, HP-1×1) returns at No.53 followed straight after by “Together Alone” (LP#4, HP-2) at No.54. Then “Afterglow” (GH#2, HP-36) returns at No.61 and then five spots lower is “Intriguer” (LP#6, HP-1) at No.66 and then finally “Time on Earth” (LP#5, HP-1) at No.96 giving them eight albums within the Top 100 this week.
* Collections of hits for acts that return this week are David Bowie (#60), Nickelback (#71), Tracy Chapman (#72), The Eagles (#79), Keith Urban (#93), and N.W.A. (#98).
* Plus albums also come back into the Top 100 for Blink-182 (#65), The Weeknd (#70), Charlie Puth (#73), Arctic Monkeys (#81), Bring Me the Horizon (#83), the previous Disturbed album “The Sickness” is back in at No.87 thanks to their tour, followed then by Halsey (#89), current tourist Rodriguez and his 1971 album “Cold Fact” (#90), Meghan Trainor (#97) and the tour edition of the recent Boy & Bear album “Limit of Love” (#100).
* “Joanne” (HP-2, WI10-2) by Lady Gaga drops seven places this week to No.13, matching the two weeks that her ‘ArtPop’ album also achieved back in 2013 within the ten.
* “In the Now” (HP-3, WI10-4) for Barry Gibb leaves the Top 10 for the first time this week, dropping eight to No.18.
* “You Want it Darker” (HP-6, WI10-2) by Leonard Cohen falls eleven to No.20 this week, but with his passing on Friday (here) after the sales week had ended, next week should see a resurgence of this and other albums for Leonard.
* James Arthur might have stayed at No.1 on the singles chart, but his second album “Back from the Edge” (HP-8, WI10-1) this week tumbles thirteen spots to No.21.
* “The Ultimate Collection” for Roy Orbison more than halves its position from last week, dropping thirteen places from a No.12 debut to No.25 this week.
* Avenged Sevenfold plummet twenty-two places this week to No.26 with “The Stage” (HP-4, WI10-1) after landing the highest new entry spot last week.
* With no major single keeping the album afloat, the Kings of Leon latest set “WALLS” this week drops sixteen spots to No.27.
* The final Top 10 dropout for this week is the third studio album for Empire of the Sun entitled “Two Vines” (HP-7, WI10-1) which is down twenty-four spots to No.31.
* Korn drops fourteen spots to No.32 with “The Serenity of Suffering” in its third week.
* Green Day fall fifteen places to No.41 in their fifth week on the chart with “Revolution Radio”.
* “A Pentatonix Christmas” for Pentatonix sees a fourteen place drop this week to land at No.48.
* Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fall nineteen spots to No.49 with their former No.1 album “Skeleton Tree”.
* Falling into the lower fifty for the first time is the I Prevail album “Lifelines”, down twenty to No.51.
* Another of last weeks Top 20 debuts in the Kenny Chesney album “Cosmic Hallelujah” plummets thirty-three spots this week to No.52 (from #19 entry).
* Norah Jones is down twenty-one to No.56 with her fifth album “Day Breaks”.
* The Dolly, Linda and Emmylou collection “My Dear Companion” is down fourteen to No.59.
* Barbra Streisand sees her “Encore” album drop twelve to No.63.
* Passenger is down twenty-four to No.68 with his recent No.1 album “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea”.
* After returning to the Top 100 at No.37 last week, DMA’s “Hills End” plummets this week, down forty places to No.77.
* “Falling in Love” for Andre Rieu falls hard too, down thirty-seven places this week to No.78.
* Last weeks return at No.22 for the John Farnham repacked “Whispering Jack” falls a hard seventy places this week to No.92.
* But the biggest drop goes to Testament and their No.24 entry from last week “Brotherhood of the Snake” is down a massive seventy-five places to No.99.
* There are four albums that fall out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty, Tkay Maidza (#20), Tove Lo (#21), The Koi Boys (#44) and the debut A$AP Mob album (#50).
* #3 – Brace (LP#5) for Birds of Tokyo comes in at No.3, becoming the local rock acts fifth Top 10 and fifth Top 4 album, as four of their five studio albums have made it to No.4 or higher, their last set “Playlist” (a best of collection) debuted and peaked at No.4 a year ago this week, and their last studio album “March Fires” (March 2013) debuted and peaked at No.1, staying for just a single week.
* #4 – The Heavy Entertainment Show (LP#11) for Robbie Williams becomes his twelfth No.1 album in the UK this week, and here it becomes his twelfth Top 10 and eleventh Top 4 album (8 studios, 2 best of, 1 live set) and his first new album since 2013’s second swing album “Swings Both Ways” (HP-2, peaked March 2014).
* #7 – Don’t Look Down (LP#2) by local Melbourne rapper PEZ is his second studio album, but first to not only make into the Top 100, but also his first Top 10 berth, as his 2008 set (2009 remixed version) “A Mind of My Own” didn’t crack the Top 100.
* #14 – Here (LP#6) by Alicia Keys is her sixth studio album and seventh ARIA Albums Chart entry (6 studios and 1 live), and it almost matches the entry point of her fifth album “Girl on Fire” (entry #12, 3-Dec, 2012) and it also becomes her fifth Top 20 album.
* #15 – Diplomatic Immunity (LP#1) – Client Liaison are a duo from Melbourne made up of Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller, and the pair see their debut album jump into the chart at No.15 this week.
* #36 – Kings of Vegas (LP#3) – Harrison Craig, became the second winner of The Voice Australia’s and this is his third albums chart entry, this time he is covering songs by Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Frankie Valli, Wayne Newton and more, with this new set becoming his first not to debut within the Top 10.
* #75 – Bach: Cello Suites Volume 1 – Slava Grigoryan is of Armenian descent and was raised in Melbourne, Australia, and this becomes his seventh ARIA Albums Chart entry, and his first since he teamed with Jane Rutter for 2004’s “Brazil” (HP-66) album.
* #84 – Acoustic Christmas – Neil Diamond is the fifth seasonal album for the singer, and this becomes his second festive album to chart here, as his first was way back in 1992 when “The Christmas Album” climbed to No.30.