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Boy and Bear Harlequin Dream

ARIA Albums: Boy & Bear Harlequin Dream Is Number One

by Gavin Ryan on August 24, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

Boy & Bear see their second album “Harlequin Dream” debut at the top becoming the 333rd album to enter at the top of the Australian Album charts.

“Harlequin Dreams” also becomes the 679th No.1 album here (1965 to 2013) and the 538th for ARIA (1983 to 2013). It’s the nineteenth No.1 album for the Island Record Label and it’s the first chart-topping album for Boy & Bear, as their debut set “Moonfire” debuted and peaked at No.2 two years and one week ago, back on the 15th of August, 2011.

It’s the first time that the word ‘Harlequin’ has appeared at the top of the Australian charts, but the twelfth ‘Dream’ to make it to the top, the most recent being the new N.Z. No.1 album this week, “More Than a Dream” for Harrison Craig (here two weeks in July, 2013, TW-18). The new No.1 album becomes the 164th album by an Australian act to hit the top, plus Boy & Bear are also the 87th Australian Act and the 52nd Australian Group to make it to No.1. “Harlequin Dream” is also the 324th album by a group to make it to the top too.

Pink moves back up one place to No.2 with “The Truth About Love”, whilst her “Greatest Hits… So Far” is down a place to No.7 this week. Fleetwood Mac is back to one album within the Top 10 this week, and that one album rises to a new peak of No.3, “25 Years – The Chain”, whilst last weeks No.1 debut of “Atlas” by RÜFÜS is down three places to No.4 this week.

Passenger’s “All the Little Lights” is the only stable album within the Top 10 at No.5, whilst some Dad’s can expect to get the Troy Cassar-Daly & Adam Harvey album “The Great Country Songbook” for Father’s Day next weekend, as it rises back up four places to No.6. Imagine Dragons drop back one place to No.8 with “Night Visions”, last weeks No.2 entry of “The Catalyst Fire” for Dead Letter Circus is down seven places to No.9 and scoring their first week within the ten at No.10 are Bastille with “Bad Blood”, which has taken nineteen weeks of climbing to make it this high, and is helped by their recent visit to our shores.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Charley Pride jumps up six places to No.15 with his new compilation album “40 Years of Pride”, which in turn becomes his highest charting album in Australia, as his first entry “Charley Pride’s Greatest: 20 Country Favourites” made it to No.17 in the first week of August back in 1975. Also scoring a new peak of No.17 and returning to the Top 100 at the same time is “The Very Best of Slim Dusty”, which first charted in November of 1998 making it to No.37 by Christmas time, and then it came back into the charts in June 2003 where it climbed to No.19 around late August in time for Father’s Day back then. Dad’s might also be getting the Russell Morris album “Sharkmouth”, with Russell also making a guest appearance on RockWiz last weekend helping boost the album back up twenty-seven places to No.20 this week. OneRepublic have a new single from “Native” on radio at the moment {Something I Need} which helps the album back up nine places to No.26. “Born to Die” for Lana Del Rey is back up twenty-two places to No.32, whilst the “Paradise” edition of the album returns at No.76 this week. Talking of returns, Bruce Springsteen is back within the Top 100 with his “Greatest Hits” collection at No.34 and “Born in the USA” is back in at No.67 helped by his interview on 60 Minutes last weekend and his 2014 tour announcement. John Williamson is back up sixteen places to No.35 with “A Hell of a Career!”, Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” is back up fifteen spots to No.38, Adele’s “21” returns to the Top 50, up twenty-two places to No.45 and after slipping for the past couple of weeks, Kate Ceberano is back up fifty places to No.46 with “Kensal Road” (HP-23).

DOWN DOWN: The two albums leaving the Top 10 drop down to the Top 30 this week, with Fleetwood Mac’s “Greatest Hits” down from #8 to #21 and last week debut at No.9 for Cloud Control, “Dream Cave”, tumbles fourteen places to No.25 this week. Karnivool drop seven places to No.24 with “Asymmetry” and it’s the only album to pick up a new certification this week (now Gold ● in sales), whilst another Aussie act in Horrorshow fall nine places to No.31 with “King Amongst Many”. Rudimental fall eighteen places to No.41 with “Home”, but Asking Alexandria tumble thirty-one places to No.42 with last weeks No.11 debut “From Death to Destiny”. Snakadaktal are down twenty-seven places to No.55 with “Sleep in the Water”, whilst Lee Kernaghan’s “Beautiful Noise” is down thirty-three places to No.81. Falling out from last weeks Top 50 are Backstreet Boys with “In a World Like This” (from #30) and “Let it Fly” by Diesel (from #31).

The fourth album for US Country singer Luke Bryan becomes his first chart entry here in Australia, as the recent US and Canada No.1 album “Crash My Party” enters at No.19 this week. Also making his first chart appearance this week is rapper Earl Sweatshirt with his second album entitled “Doris”, which comes in at No.23. The last Top 50 entry comes in at No.43; “Elvis at Stax” is a 3CD set of recordings Elvis Presley made from early 1973 at the Stax Recording studios.

Lower 50: With Rihanna in the country in September and a new Top 30 hit in “What Now” (TW-21), her album “Unapologetic” (HP-8) is back up eighteen places to No.58 this week. “Paramore” for Paramore is back up twenty places to No.61 thanks to the new singles chart entry of “Ain’t it Fun” (TW-62), and Emeli Sande with “Our Version of Events” bounces back up twenty-six places to No.69 this week. Returning albums not mentioned above include “Hits” for Jimmy Barnes at No.70 and “The Ultimate Collection” for Creedence Clearwater Revival at No.91.

George Benson sees his 36th album enter the Top 100 this week at No.60 entitled “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”. It’s the first studio album for George Benson to chart here since his 29th album “That’s Right” (HP-94) from April 1997, at which time he toured here and charted at the same time with the albums “George Benson Collection” (HP-73) and another compilation entitled “Midnight Moods” (HP-76).

The debut album for US indie pop band Youngblood Hawke enters at No.72 entitled “Wake Up”, and new at No.78 is the independently released compilation “Melodie Francaise”. At No.85 is a debut by Dianna Corcoran entitled “Love & Therapy”, whilst local band The Idea of North see their second chart entry debut at No.86 entitled “Smile”. They hit No.80 last December with their album “This Christmas”, and one place lower new at No.87 is Slim Dusty with “The Son of Noisy Dan”. The last two entries consist of Yellowcard and “Ocean Avenue Acoustic” at No.93 and the fourth volume of soundtracks for the TV Series “Offspring” comes in at No.94. Previous editions have reached No.54 (Volume 2 in July 2011) and No.34 (Volume 3 in June 2012).

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