For only the third time this year, a previous No.1 album has gone back to the top of the ARIA Albums chart, as Florence + the Machine jump back up two places to No.1 with their second No.1 album (and now their longest running at two weeks) “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”.
The two previous returnees to the top spot this year were “1989” by Taylor Swift (5-Jan and 26-Jan) and “x” for Ed Sheeran (18-May), with Ed jumping back up three places to No.2 this week in the albums 52nd week within the Top 100 and also Top 10, as it has only been as low as #10 in the last week of September in 2014, and the last album to spend a continuous year within the Top 10 was “21” by Adele which had a constant run of 65 weeks during its Top 10 total of 72 weeks, whilst Ed’s debut album “+” (TW-34) has racked up 35 weeks during its 194 week run in the Top 100 and 128 weeks in the Top 50.
After a single week at the top (again) Muse drop back down two places to No.3 with “Drones”, their previous No.1 albums both stay a single week at the top after debuting at the peak position. The highest new entry this week comes in at No.4, the third studio album for Adam Lambert entitled “The Original High”, which also becomes his third Top 10 album in Australia, as he first charted with “For Your Entertainment” (HP-5, March 2010, peaked Nov 2010) and then “Trespassing” (debuted & peaked at #10, May 2012), which means that his new album becomes his highest charting set in Australia so far.
Last weeks No.2 entry for Seth Sentry “Strange New Past” is down three places to No.5 this week, with “1989” for Taylor Swift climbing back up two to No.6, whilst dropping a place to No.7 is the soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 2” which picks up a Gold (●) in sales this week. Sam Smith is down a place to No.8 with “In the Lonely Hour” and returning to the Top 10; both up two places each are “Wilder Mind” by Mumford & Sons and “Title” by Meghan Trainor at No.9 and No.10 respectively.
UP: The self-titled album for Hozier is back up seven places to No.12 and the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack jumps back up to No.24 this week. James from Vance Joy appeared on RockWiz last weekend, and the bands album “Dream Your Life Away” is back up to No.39, with the self-titled Angus & Julia Stone album climbing to No.48 this week.
DOWN: Like the singles chart, there are three titles leaving the Top 10 this week, with Major Lazer only down two places to No.11 with “Peace is the Mission” (HP-5, WI10-2) whilst last weeks No.4 debut for Of Monsters and Men entitled “Beneath the Skin” is down nine to No.13 after a single week within the ten, and after returning for a third week in the Top 10 last week, Hermitude drop back down four to No.14 with “Dark Night, Sweet Light”. Hillsong United tumble seven to No.21 with “Empires” and down nine to No.26 is A$AP Rocky with “A.L.L.A.”. Jamie XX is down twelve to No.28 with “In Colour”; Kendrick Lamar drops eight to No.36 with “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Josh Groban drops fourteen to No.40 with “Stages”. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack falls ten places to No.42, Courtney Barnett is down seventeen to No.44 with “Sometimes I Sit and Think…”, and now becoming the longest charting album of the series, the “Eurovision: Vienna 2015” album is spending its fifth week on the charts (four weeks was the previous record for last years set) and drops eleven places to No.47. Dropping hard from last weeks Top 50 are Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (31 to 56), Alison Wonderland (33 to 60), Jebediah (40 to 62), The Darkness (39 to 79) and Leftfield (42 to 100), whilst the only dropout from the Top 100 from last weeks fifty is “Cauterize” for Tremonti (#37).
The first of three Australian entries within the Top 20 starts with the former duo of Savage Garden, who debut at No.15 with their second collection of tracks “The Singles” which follows on ten years since their last best of “Truly, Madly, Completely – The Best of Savage Garden” which climbed to No.11 in the first week of December in 2005. One place lower at No.16 is Melbourne band Alpine with their second album entitled “Yuck”, with the bands debut set “A is for Alpine” having debuted and peaked at No.11 in mid-August 2012. Finally the EP “Songs to Make Up to” by Perth artist Ta-Ku debuts at No.18 becoming his first ARIA chart entry.
Godfather of disco Giorgio Moroder sees his thirteen studio album and first in thirty years enter at No.23 this week entitled “Déjà vu” featuring guest vocals from Sia, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Charli XCX amongst its tracks. This becomes the fifth albums chart entry for Giorgio and the highest charting album for him too, as his first entry here “Knights in White Satin” (HP-43) climbed into the Top 50 in March 1977, and his last album and entry was the 1985 collaboration set with Human League lead singer Phil Oakey on the self-titled set “Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakey” (HP-52, peaked 30-Sept-1985).
Perth rock act Karnivool re-issued their three studio albums on vinyl for the first time, plus new digital editions with bonus tracks, which helps them to all enter this week. Firstly their second album “Sound Awake” (HP-2, June 2009) returns at No.32, followed by their most recent set “Asymmetry” (HP-1, July 2013) back in at No.35. And finally the bands’ debut album “Themata” makes its first Top 100 chart appearance this week at No.41. The final Top 50 entry is the third EP for US rock band Ocean Grove (from New Jersey, USA) entitled “Black Label (EP)” which becomes the bands first entry here in Australia.
Lower 50: Stan Walker climbs back up fifteen places to No.55 with “Truth & Soul”, and the first of eleven returning albums occurs at No.67 for Creedence Clearwater Revival and their set “The Ultimate Collection” followed a few places lower at No.69 by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with “The Traveling Kind” which returns due to the pair about to tour our country. Also back in are British India with “Nothing Touches Me” (#80), “Freedom Ride” for Troy Cassar-Daley (#94), “21” by Adele (#96) and “Blue Planet Eyes” for The Preatures (#99), whilst best of and collections return for Guns N’ Roses (#86), Neil Diamond (#89), Elton John (#92), Bon Jovi (#97) and also due to Glenn Shorrock appearing on RockWiz last weeks, the Little River Band collection is back in at No.98.
Ryan Adams debuts at No.52 with the live album “Ten Songs from Live at Carnegie Hall”, and a few places lower, and with a new album out on Friday; James Taylor sees his new collection “James Taylor’s Greatest Hits” enter at No.57. Lead singer of the band Fun is Nate Ruess, who enters at No.61 with his debut solo release entitled “Grand Romantic”. The final new entry is at No.95, “Sorry I Let it Come Between us” by Melbourne act Saskwatch which becomes the bands second entry after “Nose Dive” made it to No.46 in April 2014.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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