For the second time this year, Ed Sheeran’s second album and second No.1 “x” returns to the top, this week notching up its eighth accumulated week atop the ARIA Albums Chart.
“x” for Ed was last at the top on the chart dated 18th June, 2015 and this past week the album also spent its full year in the charts within the Top 10, and the same occurred in New Zealand this week too, the album spent a whole year in the top ten and also returned to the top of their album charts. Last weeks returnee to the top spot “How Big How Blue, How Beautiful” for Florence + the Machine swaps places with Ed and drops back down to No.2.
With a second No.1 single from the album, Meghan Trainor and her debut set “Title” jumps back up seven places to No.3, whilst the highest new entry occurs at No.4, the fourth studio album and first in over eight years for former teen star Hilary Duff entitled “Breathe in Breathe Out”, which by debuting so high becomes her third Top 10 album and highest charting studio album, as her compilation “Most Wanted” debuted and peaked at No.3 in September 2005, whilst her other Top 10 set was her second album “Hilary Duff” (HP-6, Oct 2004).
Muse drop two places to No.5 with the recent No.1 set “Drones” and holding at No.6 is Taylor Swift with her “1989” album, whilst back up a place to No.7 is Sam Smith with his debut album “In the Lonely Hour”. The second and final Top 10 entry of the week occurs at No.8, the debut album for Texas based US soul and gospel singer Leon Bridges entitled “Coming Home”. The remainder of the Top 10 sees Seth Sentry drop four places to No.9 with “Strange New Past” and the “Pitch Perfect 2” soundtrack down three spots to No.10.
UP: The first major climb this week occurs down at No.25, with The Hilltop Hoods jumping back up twelve places with “Walking Under Stars”, whilst one place higher at No.24 sees the return to the Top 100 of the “Greatest Hits” collection for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Wombats jump back up fourteen places to No.37 with their latest set “Glitterbug” and another “G.H.” set returning to the Top 50 is for The Offspring at No.49, whilst the announcement this past week for her March 2016 tour for Madonna, sees her recent album “Rebel Heart” return at No.50 this week.
DOWN: After returning the Top 10 last week at No.9, “Wilder Mind” (HP-1×1, WI10-4) for Mumford & Sons is back down five to No.14 and last weeks highest entry at No.4 for Adam Lambert “The Original High” descends eighteen places to No.22 this week. The TV Soundtrack for “Love Child Season 2” drops down seven to No.26 and the “Furious 7” film soundtrack is down ten places to No.27. Last weeks debuts for Alpine with “Yuck” (16 to 31) and “The Singles” for Savage Garden (15 to 35) both drop hard this week, with the “A.L.L.A.” album for A$AP Rocky dropping ten to No.36. Down twelve to No.39 is “Talk” for Daniel Johns and falling eleven to No.44 is “Listen” for David Guetta, with further big drops come from Faith No More and “Sol Invictus” (29 to 46), the re-packaged “Sticky Fingers” for The Rolling Stones (30 to 47) and the first “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack which is back down ten places to No.48. Dropping into the lower fifty from last weeks Top 50 are Vance Joy (39 to 51), Maroon 5 with “V” (49 to 58 and now Gold (●) in sales), Courtney Barnett (44 to 59), Angus & Julia Stone (48 to 60), Eurovision 2015: Vienna” (47 to 75), the EP for Ta-Ku (18 to 83), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Giorgio Moroder (#23), all of the returning Karnivool albums (#32, #35 and #41) and the No.50 entry for Ocean Grove drops out this week too.
The fifth studio album for US alternative rock act Breaking Benjamin debuts at No.11 to become the bands first chart entry here in Australia, their new set is titled “Dark Before Dawn”, whilst one place lower at No.12 is the seventeenth studio album for James Taylor entitled “Before This World”, which by debuting so high is now his highest peaking on the ARIA charts, beating the No.48 peak his last albums chart entry “October Road” achieved in September 2002. In fact his last album to appear so high on the Australian charts was his 1977 album “J.T.” which climbed to No.10 for two weeks in October of that year.
The debut album from Till Lindemann (the lead singer from hardcore metal act Rammstein) is a group he put together using his surname Lindemann, and their album “Skills in Pills” comes in at No.17. The fourth studio album for Melbourne act Oh Mercy comes in at No.28 entitled “When We Talk About Love” which becomes the bands third album to chart, whilst one place lower at No.29 is “Get to Heaven” by Everything Everything, the UK acts third album and second to chart here, as the second album for the band “Arc” debuted and peaked at No.70 in January 2013.
Tim McGraw sees his seventh chart entry with a compilation album of his hits, this week coming in at No.32 is his latest set “35 Biggest Hits”, which is only his second collection to make it into the Top 50, his other was “Greatest Hits Volumes 1, 2 & 3” which climbed to No.19 in late September 2010. The final Top 50 entry is the debut album for UK four-piece act Wolf Alice, coming in at No.41 is “My Love is Cool”.
Lower 50: “AM” for The Arctic Monkeys jumps back up thirty places to No.52, Chet Faker’s new Top 50 singles chart entry helps his current album “Built on Glass” back up thirteen spots to No.53, the recent return tour of Australia for 5 Seconds of Summer helps their debut self-titled album back in at No.56, and also back in are The Hilltop Hoods at No.61 with “Drinking from the Sun” and the classic Alanis Morissette album “Jagged Little Pill” returns at No.64. Rising eighteen places each are the “Greatest Hits” collection for Guns N’ Roses and the recent album for twenty one pilots entitled “Blurryface” which both climb back up to No.68 and No.69 respectively. Jumping back up twenty-three to No.71 are Bon Jovi with their “G.H.’s” set and further returning albums come from Normie Rowe with his collection “Frenzy” at No.82, “Jukebox” for Human Nature at No.84, “G.H.’s” for Fleetwood Mac at No.89, Blur with “The Magic Whip” (#91), Chris Brown & Tyga with “Fan of a Fan” (#92), “Like a Version Volume 10” (#98) and back in at #100 is “Hybrid Theory” for Linkin Park.
There are two new entries to the charts in the lower fifty, with both acts walking somewhere in our region of space. The third studio album for Walk the Moon comes in at No.85 entitled “Talking is Hard” featuring the current Top 10 single “Shut Up and Dance” and is their first ARIA Albums chart entry, and new at No.96 is “Sing it All Away” for Walk Off the Earth, the acts sixth studio album but their first to chart here in Australia.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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