The eighth studio album for Eminem entitled “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” becomes his seventh No.1 album in Australia.
The ‘MMLP2’ has debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums chart after only being released on Tuesday, so that’s three days of chart sales.
The MMLP2 becomes the 689th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2013) and the 548th for ARIA (1983 to 2013). It’s the 32nd number one album for 2013 and it becomes 343rd album to debut at the top. It’s the twentieth chart-topping album for the Interscope label, with the last being “MDNA” for Madonna (April 2012).
As I mentioned, it becomes the seventh No.1 album for Eminem (eighth if you want to include the ‘8 Mile’ soundtrack), and this debut brings his tally at the top of the Australian charts to twenty-three weeks, placing him at No.19 on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’, whilst he moves up the list of acts with the ‘Most No.1 Albums’ to tie with Rod Stewart, Elton John and The Twelfth Man (who has a new GH set out in a couple of weeks).
The first No.1 album for Eminem was ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ (5-March-2001), so of course this becomes the second album with both ‘Marshall’ and ‘Mathers’ in its title to reach No.1, and the album becomes the 251st by an American Artist to reach No.1 here, whilst its also the 191st for a Male Solo Artist, with Keith Urban being the last back in late September.
Katy Perry drops back a place to No.2 with last weeks No.1 debut “Prism”, which achieves ▲Platinum in sales this week, and then new at No.3 is the fourth studio album for Arcade Fire entitled “Reflektor”, which becomes their third Top 10 and highest charting album here, as they have previously charted with “Funeral” (Feb 2005, HP-80), “Neon Bible” (March 2007, HP-7) and “The Suburbs” (Aug 2010, HP-6).
Lorde is down a couple of places to No.4 with “Pure Heroine”, and also dropping two places are “Moon Landing” by James Blunt and “Like a Version Vol.9” to No.5 and No.6 respectively. Tina Arena scores a Gold (●) sales certification for “Reset” which is down to No.8, whilst Avicii is down a place to No.9 with “True”. The fifth and self-titled studio album for Avril Lavigne comes in at No.7 this week, giving her fifth successive Top 10 album in Australia, with her four previous albums being three No.1’s and a No.2 set. Rounding out the fourth Top 10 debut at No.10 is Andre Rieu who is touring here at the moment, the album entitled “Celebrates Abba / Music of the Night”. It becomes his sixth Top 10 album for Australia.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Jessica Mauboy stays put at No.11 with her “Beautiful” album, but picks up a Gold (●) sales accreditation, whilst Lana Del Rey leaps up thirty-five places to a new peak of No.17 (former peak #18) with her album “Born to Die – Paradise Edition”. A bunch of Greatest Hits sets rebound or return this week including Guns N’ Roses (43 to 24), Pink (41 to 27), The Eagles (71 to 33), Bon Jovi (48 to 30), Michael Jackson (66 to 40), and the longest charting album in ARIA History (TW-328 weeks), “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” (63 to 47). Boy & Bear are back up four places to No.29 with “Harlequin Dream” (now Gold ●), with another local act, Rufus back up to No.44 with “Atlas” and Birds of Tokyo with “March Fires” is back up thirty-five spots to No.50. Beyonce’s tour brings her third album “I Am… Sacha Fierce” (HP-3) back into the charts at No.48 and the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack rebound’s twenty-five places to No.49 and is now certified Platinum (▲) in sales.
DOWN DOWN: Former No.1 albums “Lightning Bolt” for Pearl Jam and “Bangerz” by Miley Cyrus fall out of the Top 10 to No.12 and No.13 respectively, and after debuting within the Top 10 last week, dropping out after a single week are Linkin Park with “Recharged” (7 to 25) and “S.C.O.T.” for Kerser (5 to 32). “25 Years – The Chain” for Fleetwood Mac and “Tattoos” by Jason DeRulo both drop ten places to No.26 and No.28, with One Direction’s “Take Me Home” down twelve places to No.34. “Fuse” for Keith Urban drops fourteen places to No.35 and Birdy tumbles twenty places to No.43 with “Fire Within”. Kings of Leon see their “Mechanical Bull” drop down fourteen spots to No.46, whilst after their tour, Fall Out Boy are back down thirty-three places to No.58 with “Save Rock and Roll”. Also tumbling out of the Top 50 are “Tribute” by John Newman (31 to 60), “All the Little Lights” by Passenger (38 to 61), “Born to Die” for Lana Del Rey (35 to 63), Paul Kelly’s “Songs from the South Vol.1&2” (34 to 70), “Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors” (39 to 71), “…Like Clockwork” for Queens of the Stone Age (51 to 74, now Gold ●), Bernard Fanning with “Departures” (28 to 75), “From Here to Now to You” by Jack Johnson (46 to 76), “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” by Katy Perry (42 to 77), “The Quartet Sessions” by Mark Vincent (37 to 79), “Vengeance Falls” for Trivium (44 to 81), “Home” by Rudimental (58 to 86), “Closer to the Truth” by Cher (40 to 89) and dropping out from the Top 50 is “Farewell Fitzroy” by Busby Marou from No.36.
Cut Copy debut at No.19 with their fourth studio album entitled “Free Your Mind”, which becomes their third album to chart and first NOT to debut within the Top 10, as they have previously been there with “In Ghost Colours” (March 2008, HP-1) and “Zonoscope” (Feb 2011, HP-3). A few places lower at No.22 is the second album for UK artist Tinie Tempah entitled “Demonstration”, which far surpasses the No.71 peak his debut album “Disc-Overy” achieved in April 2011.
The debut album for local singer Gossling entitled “Harvest of Gold” is new at No.37, whilst Toby Keith scores his second chart entry here with his seventeenth studio album, “Drinks After Work”, new at No.41 this week. He previously charted with his 16th set “Hope on the Rocks” (HP-80) back in November 2012. The final Top 50 entry for the week is in at No.45, “Home for Christmas” the new Susan Boyle album.
Lower 50: Albums jumping back up in the lower fifty include “+” for Ed Sheeran (86 to 53), “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” for Bruno Mars (94 to 54), Red Hot Chili Peppers GH (83 to 55), “Flume” by Flume (84 to 62) and returning albums include “The Number Ones” for The Bee Gees at No.52, “Hits” by Phil Collins at #59, “Greatest Hits” for Bruce Springsteen at No.65, “Ice on the Dune” for Empire of the Sun at No.66, “Abba Gold” at No.69, the debut self-titled album for Birdy at No.72, “Moonfire” for Boy & Bear at No.78, “Our Version of Events” for Emeli Sande at No.80, “More Than a Dream” by Harrison Craig at No.82, “The Very Best of the Doors” at No.87, “The Essential” by Simon & Garfunkel at No.88, “El Camino” for The Black Keys at No.90, the self-titled album for Paramore at No.92 and at No.96, 97 and 98 are collections for Robbie Williams (In and Out of Consciousness), Neil Young and Johnny Cash (The Essential) respectively.
Damien Leith debuts at No.57 with his seventh album aptly titled “Chapter Seven”, and the 2010 self-titled album for current Australia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists Uncle Jed sees its first entry at No.93. The final new entry at No.99 is the fourth studio album for M.I.A. entitled “Matangi”. This becomes her third album entry in Australia, as she has previously charted with “Kala” (Aug 2007, HP-46) and “Maya” (July 2010, HP-21).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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