The fifth studio album for Blue Mountains, NSW act Hermitude becomes the bands first No.1 album on the ARIA Charts, as “Dark Night, Sweet Light” enters in the top spot, which also gives the duo their first Top 10 album.
“Dark Night, Sweet Light” becomes the 730th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 581st for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the first ever for their record label Elefant Traks. This becomes the first album with ‘Dark’ in its title, but the eleventh with ‘Night’, the closest ‘Sweet’ at No.1 was the Jeff Buckley album from this time in May, 1998 “Sketches (for My Sweetheart the Drunk)” and the fifth with ‘Light(s)’ in its title, the last one being the Foo Fighters with “Wasting Light” (April 2011).
Hermitude’s album becomes the 181st for an Australian act to reach the top and the second for this year after Lee Kernaghan in March/April, and Hermitude are the 95th Australian act to reach the top, plus they’re the fourth Australian duo to reach No.1 after Angus & Julia Stone (2 #1’s), The Presets and Savage Garden (two No.1’s), whilst overall they are the fourteenth duo to make it to the top, the last being The Madden Brothers in September 2014. The bands only other album to chart was their fourth album “Hyperparadise” which debuted and peaked at No.37 in mid-February 2012.
The seventh studio album and first new material since June 1997 for Faith No More debuts at No.2 this week, entitled “Sol Invictus” it becomes the bands sixth Top 10 album (from eight entries; six studios, one Live and one Best of set) and by debuting at No.2 it becomes their third album to peak this high, as their first entry (and 3rd studio album) “The Real Thing” climbed to No.2 in August 1990 and then their fifth studio album “King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime” debuted and peaked at No.2 in early April 1995, but they have gone one better, as their sixth album “Album of the Year” debuted at No.1 in late June 1997.
Holding at its debut position from last week is the ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack whilst last weeks No.1 album “x” for Ed Sheeran drops back down three places to No.4. The only other album to hold steady in the Top 10 this week is the previous No.1 album to Ed, Mumford & Sons with “Wilder Mind” at No.5, followed by Sam Smith dropping two places to No.6 with his album “In the Lonely Hour” which is spending its one year anniversary on the charts still lodged within the Top 10, having only spent eleven weeks outside of the ten, dropping no lower than No.17 in all that time.
With Taylor Swift landing a fourth Top 10 single in “Bad Blood” from “1989” it helps the album to climb back up two places to No.7 (plus a ‘karaoke’ version of the album was just issued also), and dropping two places to No.8 is Meghan Trainor with “Title” whilst last weeks Mums’ Day winner “Stages” for Josh Groban is this week down seven places to No.9, with Sia down three places to No.10 with “1000 Forms of Fear”.
UP: With the DVD and BR for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ just released here, the soundtrack leaps back up ten places to No.16 this week, whilst new (to Australia) Ed Sheeran material in the former of his EP conglomeration “5” leaps up thirty-one spots to land at No.17 this week. Eminem blasts back into the fifty, up thirty-seven places to No.24 with his collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” and right behind are recent tourists Nickelback with “No Fixed Address”, back up thirty-three spots to No.25, with the bands “The Best of Volume 1” re-entering the hundred at No.47. Two local acts who are touring at the moment also see their albums leap back up, San Cisco jump sixty-three spots to No.32 with “Gracetown” and right behind them Gang of Youths are back up forty-seven places to land at No.33 with “The Positions”. Spandau Ballet also toured here and their “The Story: The Very Best of” is up eleven spots to No.35 whilst the final re-entry within the fifty is from B.B. King, who passed away this week, his former No.78 album from March 1999 “His Definitive Greatest Hits” comes back in at a new peak of No.49.
DOWN: After nine weeks within the Top 10 (four of those at No.1), Lee Kernaghan drops eight places to No.10 with “Spirit of the ANZACS”, with the other T10 dropout being “Jukebox” (WI10-11) for the recent tourists Human Nature, which plummets from No.8 to No.50 this week which also suffers from post-Mothers Day sales too. In Hearts Wake drop thirteen places to No.27 with “Skydancer” and “Dream Your Life Away” for Vance Joy drops nine to No.28, and down ten to No.30 is Ed Sheeran with “+”. Dropping fourteen places to No.31 is Zac Brown Band with “Jekyll + Hyde” and down eleven to No.36 is the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Soundtrack, and another post-mum selling album that drops hard is Bette Midler’s “It’s the Girls”, down twenty-six to No.38. The Triple J album “Beat the Drum” is down twenty-five to No.40, “Rock or Bust” for AC/DC drops thirteen to No.42 whilst down fourteen to No.44 is INXS with “The Very Best” with another collection in The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999” dropping twenty-one spots to No.48. Falling into the lower fifty are Blur (38 to 54), Sufjan Stevens (41 to 56), Stan Walker (22 to 57), Kelly Clarkson (23 to 59), Dr. Hook (45 to 63), George Ezra (47 to 66), Snoop Dogg (32 to 67), Ariana Grande (39 to 70), Alt-J (40 to 74), Patrizio Buanne (33 to 78), Empire Soundtrack (31 to 86), Damien Leith (42 to 87), and leaving the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are Paul Potts (#36), Paloma Faith (#49) and Backstreet Boys (#50).
The fourth studio album for US act Twenty One Pilots debuts at No.11 this week entitled “Blurryface”, it surpasses the bands first chart entry here, “Vessels” which peaked at No.51 in January 2014. Former Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers sees his second solo album “The Desired Effect” comes in at No.14, with his first entry being the No.5 album “Flamingo” (Sept 2010). The final Top 20 debut comes in at No.19, Zedd with “True Colors” which is the Russian/German artists second studio album but first to chart here in Australia, and this new album features the current singles “I Want You to Know” (TW-53) with Selena Gomez and new entry “Papercut” with Troye Sivan (#93).
Melbourne hardcore punk/sludge metal act King Parrot see their second album also become their first chart entry, as the album “Dead Set” comes in at No.21 this week, whilst the debut album for Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst simply entitled “Conchita” comes in at No.26 after her recent tour here and this weekends Eurovision Competition in Vienna, with the soundtrack for that event coming in at No.53 this week.
The sixth studio and fourth album to chart here in Australia for the band Hot Chip comes in at No.29 this week entitled “Why Make Sense?”, with the next new entry ten places lower at No.39, Leonard Cohen with the live album “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour”. Finally Melbourne artist Jasmine Rae sees her fourth album “Heartbeat” come in at No.41 becoming her third Top 50 album and first new entry since “If I Want to” debuted and peaked at No.23 in August 2013 (her highest charting album so far).
Lower 50: Neil Diamond jumps up sixteen places to No.51 with his collection “All Time Greatest Hits”, AllDay returns at No.60 with “Startup Cult”, Foo Fighters “Greatest Hits” is back up eighteen places to No.65, with further returning albums being the self-titled set for Royal Blood (#89), and best of/greatest hits collections for Bon Jovi (#94), The Wiggles (#96) and Blink 182 (#100).
As I mentioned above the new Eurovision 2015: Vienna album comes in at No.53, followed at No.58 by the twelfth studio album for Paul Weller entitled “Saturn’s Pattern” coming in at No.58 and becoming his seventh solo album to chart here in Australia. Four places lower at No.62 is the latest collection for Eric Clapton entitled “Forever Man: The Best of”, which is the eighth Best of/GH set for Eric to chart here, but the first new one in over seven years, his last was “Complete Clapton” (HP-38, Oct 2007).
Cairns, Queensland conceived and now Melbourne based duo of Drew Foster and Michael Counsel are known as the act Fozzey and VanC and their EP “No Feat” comes in at No.69. The second B.B. King entry is new at No.75 and is the 1965 recorded live album “Live at the Regal”, which becomes the former king of the blues’ overall fifth albums chart entry, as he didn’t land his first LP entries here until 1997. The final new entry comes in at No.92, the soundtrack to the new film “Mad Max: Fury Road”, with the film series only other entry being “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” which climbed to No.31 in early September of 1985.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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