For the twelfth week this year we have a new album debuting at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, and this is the fourth studio album and first No.1 for Drake with “Views” taking out the top spot here this week.
“Views” becomes the 765th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 616th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 411th to debut at No.1 and the sixteenth No.1 album of 2016 with it also becoming the second No.1 for the Republic record label, the first one being The Weeknd album “Beauty Behind the Madness” (7th Sept, 2015), and lastly this is the first time that the word ‘View(s)’ has appeared in a No.1 album title.
The album “Views” also debuted at the top in England this week and it becomes the fourth Top 10 album here for Drake, as he has previously appeared at this end of the chart with “Nothing Was the Same” (LP#3, HP-2, 30-Sept, 2013), after which his two mix tapes in “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late” (HP-2, late Feb 2015) and his teaming with Future on “What a Time to be Alive” (HP-4, late Sept 2015) charted, whilst his first two albums also charted here, “Thank Me Later” (LP#1, HP-81, late June 2010) and “Take Care” (LP#2, HP-15, late Nov, 2011).
Drake’s album becomes the 27th by a Canadian artist to land at No.1 (“Purpose” for Justin Bieber was the last on 23rd Nov, 2015) and he is the eleventh Canadian artist to score a No.1 album in Australia. “Views” is also the 212th by a Solo Male artist to land at No.1 and Drake becomes the fifth Canadian Solo Male artist to reach the album summit, plus as I mentioned in the Singles Chartifacts, this is also the 124th time that an act has topped both the singles and albums chart in the same week, the last Canadian act to this was Celine Dion from late February in 1998 with her ‘Titanic’ theme tune “My Heart Will Go on” alongside the soundtrack from the film for three weeks.
Last weeks No.1 debut for Beyonce in her “Lemonade” album drops a place to No.2 this week, and is the only album to be certified within the Top 100 this week, achieving Gold (●) in its second week of release. Adele and her “25” album rebound five places to No.3 thanks in part to the Channel 9 TV special ‘Live in New York’ screened earlier in the week (plus Mother’s Day this weekend), and after entering at No.3 last week Dami Im is down one spot to No.4 with her covers album “Classic Carpenters”.
Three weeks ago Marina Prior and Mark Vincent debuted at No.8 with their album “Together”, which this week rebounds seven places to score a new peak of No.5 becoming Mark’s third Top 5 album. Only five of last weeks fourteen album re-entries for Prince are within the Top 100 this week, and of the four that returned to the Top 10 last week only one stays within the ten, and that is “The Very Best of Prince”, which drops four to No.6.
On hold at No.7 is the recent No.1 returnee “Immortalized” by Disturbed after which are two further Top 10 debuts, coming in at No.8 is the sixth solo album for Rob Zombie entitled “The Electric Warlock Acid with Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” and by entering within the ten it becomes his first Top 10 album here from his seven entries (six studio and one best of). And also scoring their first Top 10 album too are Sixx:A.M. with their fourth set “Prayers for the Damned, Vol.1” (Vol.2 out later this year), which comes in at No.9 and becomes the third chart entry here after “This is Gonna Hurt” (LP#2, HP-53, May 2011) and “Modern Vintage” (LP#3, HP-31, Oct 2014). Finally climbing up two places to a new peak of No.10 is Josh Groban and “Stages (Live)”, which becomes his third Top 10 album here.
UP: The Adele TV special ‘Live from New York’ helps her first two albums to rebound and return this week, with her second set “21” jumping fifty-four spots to No.12 and her first album “19” returns to the Top 100 at No.41. Violent Soho and the “WACO” album benefit from a now sold-out national tour starting next week in Brisbane, thus their album jumps twenty-one to No.24, and recent tourists Iron Maiden see their 2015 set “The Book of Souls” climb seven to No.27 this week. Charlie Puth and his debut album “Nine Track Mind” is back up fifteen to No.29 and some mums will be getting either Andre Rieu with “Magic of the Waltz” up eight to a new peak of No.34 or “Cinema” from Andrea Bocelli, re-packaged with a bonus live DVD and the new set returns to the Top 100 at No.38, or the best of Patrizio Buanne in “Bravo Patrizio” jumping twenty-three to a new peak of No.45, whilst back into the hundred at a new peak of No.46 is the latest collection for Bette Midler in “A Gift of Love” at No.46. Also climbing is Coldplay with “A Head Full of Dreams” (47 to 36), “Anti” by Rihanna (56 to 42) and “In the Lonely Hour” for Sam Smith (64 to 47).
DOWN: After one week back in the Top 10, three of the four Prince albums drop out of the ten this week, with “The Hits/The B-Sides” (HP-4, WI10-4a, 4 to 14), “Ultimate” (HP-6, WI10-1, 6 to 21) and “Purple Rain” (HP-1×1, WI10-12a, 5 to 22) all tumbling down; with the two others drops from the ten being Ed Sheeran with “x” (HP-1×7, WI10-85) and the other Top 10 debut from last week, Paul Kelly with “Seven Sonnets and a Song” (9 to 25). “1989” for Taylor Swift is down nine to No.28 and “Purpose” for Justin Bieber drops twelve to No.30. “Title” for Meghan Trainor falls nine to No.32 and “Get Weird” by Little Mix drops eight to No.35. The “Essential Michael Jackson” collection falls twenty-two places to No.43 and falling into the lower fifty are Halsey (30 to 52), Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (31 to 56), Santana (48 to 64), PJ Harvey (29 to 66), Deftones (43 to 69), Ed Sheeran and his first album “+” (37 to 70), The Lumineers (49 to 73), Prince “Hits 1” (40 to 75), John Williamson (32 to 83), A$AP Ferg (16 to 86) and Lee Kernaghan (41 to 96), whilst leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Camp Code (#36), Melbourne Ska Orchestra (#38) and four Prince albums from #20, #22, #25 and #46.
Making his seventh albums chart appearance since his first back in 1989 is local artist Graeme Connors and his latest best of set “60 Summers”, which debuts at No.11 and it becomes his highest charting album of his career and his seventh overall chart entry (5 studios and two best of sets). Another local act in Tasmania’s four-piece punk-rock band Luca Brasi (also a character from ‘The Godfather’) see their third studio album “If This is all We’re Going to Be” becoming their first chart entry by debuting at No.18 this week.
There are three more local acts debuting within the Top 50 this week (and one US artist), with Melbourne act King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard whose eighth studio album “Nonagon Infinity” comes in at No.19, becoming the bands third albums chart entry and highest charting ever after “I’m in Your Mind” (LP#5, HP-85, 17th Nov, 2014) and then “Paper Mache Dream Balloon (LP#7, HP-89, 23rd Nov, 2015). Melbourne artist Olympia sees her debut set “Self Talk” come in at No.26 and she will be touring the country from the 26th of May, and “The Ultimate Collection” for Richard Marx comes in at No.37, spurred by tickets going on sale for his early June national tour, and the final Top 50 entry is the second album and first entry for local Hunter Valley singer Melody Pool and her set “Deep Dark Savage Heart” comes in at No.49 ahead of her tour from May 13th.
Lower 50: Season five of ‘The Voice’ kicked off last weekend, and new judge Ronan Keating sees his recent album “Time of My Life” (HP-6) return at No.53 this week, whilst Bethel Music are back in at No.54 with “Have it All (Live)”. “Chaos and the Calm” for James Bay is back up sixteen to No.57 and returning at No.59 are Rudimental with their second album “We the Generation”, with further returns coming for Elvis Presley (#77), Hillsong Young & Free (#81), Hozier (#84), Celtic Thunder (#85), Samantha Jade (#89), Greta Bradman (#92), The Jezabels (#94), Like a Version Vol.11 (#95), Bon Jovi (#97), The Wiggles (#98), Human Nature (#99) and Halfway (#100).
There are two more albums debuting in the lower fifty this week, with US (Florida) thrash metal act Tremonti taking their third album “Dust” in at No.58, becoming the bands first albums chart entry here. And finally the fifth album for local singer/songwriter Amber Lawrence debuts at No.88 entitled “The Kids Gone Country”, becoming her third albums chart entry after “3” (LP#3, HP-41, Jan 2012) and “Superheroes” (LP#4, HP-43, Sept 2014).
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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