The seventh album for 2013 to notch up two or more weeks occurs this week, as Eminem holds at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”.
Plus another rarer occurrence occurs too, as Eminem holds the top of both the singles and albums chart, as “The Monster” climbed to No.1 over on the singles chart. The last time this occurred was back on 29-August 2011 when Gotye occupied both the singles and albums No.1 spot for a single week. This is the sixth time that Eminem has done this also, 5-March 2001 (Stan & The Marshall Mathers LP), 3-June 2002 (Without Me & The Eminem Show) and then again 17-June-2002 with the same two. His fourth such time was 27-Jan-2003 for two weeks with “Lose Yourself” and the “8 Mile” Soundtrack. His last time was on 19th July in 2010 with “Love the Way You Lie” and its parent album “Recovery”. Eminem is now third on a list of ‘Most Dual occupations at No.1’ behind Soundtrack’s with seventeen occurrences and The Beatles who did it fourteen times.
So with Eminem holding the top spot, Lady GaGa debuts at No.2 with her third album “ArtPop”, but only her previous album “Born This Way” has debuted at the top, as “The Fame Monster” took sixteen weeks before hitting the top. Katy Perry is down a place to No.3 with “Prism”, and then new at No.4 is Illy with his fourth album “Cinematic”. This becomes his first Top 10 entry, as he has previously charted with his second album “The Chase” (HP-25, Nov 2010) and his third set “Bring it Back” (HP-15, Oct 2012).
New at No.5 is “Goin’ Your Way” for Neil Finn and Paul Kelly, which becomes Neil’s third solo Top 10 entry and Paul’s fifth, whilst it’s also Paul’s second highest charting album after “Songs from the South: Greatest Hits”, which spent four weeks at No.2 from June 1997.
Lorde is down a couple of places to No.6 with her debut album “Pure Heroine” and leaping back up fifty-five places to No.7 is the self-titled album for Flume, which has been re-packaged ahead of his multiple ARIA Award Nominations (Awards are on Dec 1st). James Blunt picks up a Gold (●) sales certification for his “Moon Landing” album, which is down three places to No.8 and Tina Arena is down two spots to No.10 with “Reset”. Debuting in between at No.9 is the 25th studio album (eleventh English language album) for Celine Dion entitled “Loved Me Back to Life”, which by entering at No.9 becomes her eighth Top 10 album in Australia since she first debuted at No.9 with “The Colour of My Love” (HP-1×8) back in March 1994.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The Jason DeRulo album “Tattoos” bounces back up thirteen places to No.15 and with OneRepublic in the country this past week, their “Native” album is back up five places to No.16. Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey rebound sixty-four places to No.37 this week with their “The Great Country Songbook” album and now that The Seekers are touring again, their “Golden Jubilee Album” (HP-10) returns to the Top 100 at No.39.
DOWN DOWN: The five albums leaving the Top 10 this week are “Like a Version Volume 9” (TW-11, HP-1×1, WI10-3), “True” for Avicii (TW-13, HP-2, WI10-6), “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire is down fourteen places to No.17 (HP-3, WI10-1), “Andre Rieu Celebrates Abba”/”Music of the Night” (TW-18, HP-10, WI10-1) and the new self-titled album for Avril Lavigne plummets twenty-nine places to No.36 after debuting and peaking at No.7 last week. Jessica Mauboy drops fourteen places to No.25 and Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is down thirteen to No.26, but now certified Gold (●) in sales and The Arctic Monkeys fall twelve to No.27 with “AM” and Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” falls seventeen to No.29 this week. Haim see “Days are Gone” down fourteen places to No.34 and now that her tour has finished, “4” for Beyonce is down twenty-eight places to No.42, with last weeks re-entry “I Am… Sacha Fierce” down forty-six to No.94. Havana Brown is down eighteen places to No.49 with “Flashing Lights”, whilst Linkin Park are down forty-six places to No.71 with “Recharged”, and Kerser’s “S.C.O.T.” falls forty places to No.72. Debuting last week at No.41 was Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work”, which this week is down to No.84, but a bigger tumble occurs for Cut Copy and “Free Your Mind”, which is down seventy-one places to No.90 (from #19 debut). Although Tinie Tempah’s first album notched up three single-week chart entries, I thought his new album would last a little longer, but alas after one week at No.22, “Demonstration” leaves the Top 100 this week, and also falling out from last weeks Top 50 is “Harvest of Gold” for Gossling from No.37.
XMAS ALBUMS: Human Nature debut at No.12 with “The Christmas Album”, which is their first entry in exactly three years, as back on 22-Nov-2010 they entered with “Vegas: Songs from Sin City” (HP-21), so this becomes their ninth studio album to chart. For the past two Christmas seasons, the Michael Buble “Christmas” album has been a No.1 fixture, and it re-enters again at No.19 this week, whilst last weeks entry for Susan Boyle entitled “Home for Christmas” jumps up twenty-three places to a new peak of No.22. Also entering this week at No.60 is Anthony Callea with “This is Christmas”, and the first seasonal offering to chart this year was “Dora’s Christmas”, which is back up to No.82 this week.
The self titled debut album for X-Factor UK 2012 winner James Arthur debuts at No.14, featuring the former No.2 single “Impossible” and the current charting track “You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Loves You” (HP-22, TW-78). The Beatles land two entries this week, firstly at No.28 is “Live at the BBC Volume 2”, whilst the original “Live at the BBC Volume 1” along with the new edition has been combined into “Live at the BBC” which is new at No.77. The first edition originally charted in December 1994 debuting and peaking at No.2.
The Killers debut at No.30 with “Direct Hits”, a Best of compilation covering songs from their previous four albums. They have charted with a comp before; “Sawdust” (HP-6, Nov 2007) which contained rarities, b-sides, covers and remixes. One place lower at No.31, local country singer Adam Brand sees his tenth album “My Acoustic Diary” becomes his tenth Top 50 entry, whilst new at No.40 is il Divo with their seventh studio album “A Musical Affair”.
Lower 50: Olly Murs did a tour here this past week, and his album “Right Place, Right Time” is back in at No.62, with “The Essential Bob Dylan” back in at No.68. Uncle Jed won A.G.T. this past week, and their 2010 self-titled album jumps up nineteen places to a new peak of No.74, with Busby Marou and “Farewell Fitzroy” returning at No.78. Also back in is “The Best of Cold Chisel – All for You” at No.85, “Back to Black” for Amy Winehouse at No.96, “Love in the Future” for John Legend at No.98 and Nirvana’s “Nevermind” returns at No.99.
The third studio album for The Wanted entitled “Word of Mouth” is their first to chart here, and debuts at No.64 this week, whilst the sixth studio album for local act The Bamboos is new at No.80 entitled “Fever in the Road”. The group has previously charted with “Medicine Man” (HP-28) in June 2012.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com