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Jimmy Barnes Soul Searchin

ARIA Albums: Jimmy Barnes ‘Soul Searchin’ Is His 15th No 1

by Gavin Ryan on June 11, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The sixteenth studio album and fourth soul album for Jimmy Barnes debuts at No.1 this week entitled “Soul Searchin'”, and the set becomes his eleventh No.1 album in Australia, the most for a local artist, and the equal second best of all time here.

“Soul Searchin'” becomes the 769th No.1 Album (1965 to 2016) in Australia and the 620th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 415th to debut in the top spot, and the ninth for the Liberation record label; their second this year after the ‘Molly’ TV Soundtrack was at the top for two weeks in February. And as I mentioned at the top this is the eleventh No.1 album for Jimmy, tying him with Madonna and U2 at equal second on the list of ‘Most No.1 Albums’ behind The Beatles who scored 14 here (most pre-ARIA in the 1960’s), and Jimmy now adds his place to the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums, 2010’s’ as this is his second No.1 for this decade so he joins Madonna, Boy & Bear, 5SOS, Rufus, Sia, Ariana Grande and last weeks addition Flume who’ve all had two No.1’s for a single week each from 2010 to now.

Of the four Soul albums Jimmy has now put out, this becomes his third to top the chart, with the first “Soul Deep” (3 broken weeks from 17-Nov, 1991) and then his third “The Rhythm and the Blues” (2 weeks from 7-Sept, 2009), whilst the second soul album “Soul Deeper… Songs from the South” debuted and peaked at No.3 in November 2000. This new No.1 album becomes the fifth with ‘Soul’ in its title, the most recent being “All the Lost Souls” for James Blunt in late Sept of 2007, and the first with ‘Searchin’ within its title. Plus Jimmy new No.1 becomes the 199th by an Aussie act to land at No.1 album, the ninth (from 20 #1’s) for a local artist this year and the album is also the 215th by a Solo Male artist to reach No.1, the seventh for 2016 and the fourth by a local solo male artist.

Like his first self-titled album, “Skin” by Flume has spent a single week at the top, this week it drops a place to No.2, whilst the second album for Meghan Trainor entitled “Thank You” jumps back up four spots to its former entry and peak position of No.3 thanks to her promo tour here this past week, also pulling her debut album “Title” back up thirteen spots to No.17, whilst on hold at No.4 is Adele and her third album “25”. Previous to this week the Beyonce album “Lemonade” has been at numbers 1, 2 or 3, so this week its drop down two places to his its lowest chart ranking so far of No.5, whilst down a place to No.6 is Keith Urban with his “Ripcord” album and the sixth and final No.1 album within the Top 10 this week is “Views” by Drake which is back up three places to No.7.

Two albums return to the Top 10 this week, “The Very Best of” for Prince is up four places to No.8 for its fifth accumulated week within the ten, and up two to No.9 is the Dami Im covers album “Classic Carpenters” for a sixth broken week in the Top 10, and the second and final Top 10 debut this week comes from local country duo Tom and Nick Wolfe, who go by the name The Wolfe Brothers, and their third album “This Crazy Life” debuts at No.10 becoming the brothers’ first Top 10 album here, and their third Top 20 placing, as they’ve previously charted with “It’s On” (LP#1, HP-18, March 2013) and then “Nothin’ But Trouble” (LP#2, HP-13, Sept 2014).

UP: With tickets now on sale for their late 2016 tour, the Coldplay album “A Head Full of Dreams” climbs again this week, up two places to No.11 and after tumbling last week, the album “1989” by Taylor Swift is back up fourteen spots this week to No.14, and holding at its No.16 debut/peak from last week is “The Best of” for The Wiggles, after which the aforementioned “Title” by Meghan Trainor jumps back up thirteen spots to No.17. Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful” rebounds twenty-nine spots to leap up to No.23 and also back within the fifty is Halsey with her “Badlands” set, rising back up twenty places to No.33 after which James Bay is back within too, up forty-six chart rungs to land at No.43 with “Chaos and the Calm”.

DOWN: Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, the first of which is the recent No.1 set for Ariana Grande and “Dangerous Woman” (HP-1×1, WI10-2) which is down three to No.12, the other three albums leaving the Top 10 all spent a single week within the ten, “The Ride” (HP-6) for Catfish & the Bottlemen down nine to No.15, but dropping harder are Architects with “All Our Gods Have Abandoned us” (HP-2) down thirty-seven spots to No.39 and falling forty-one to No.49 is Fifth Harmony with “7/27” (HP-8). After rebounding last week, “60 Summers” for Graeme Connors drops back ten to No.28, “Bloom” for Rufus tumbles twenty-three spots to No.38, “A Moon Shaped Pool” for Radiohead is down fifteen to No.40, Blake Shelton halves last weeks spot by falling twenty-two to No.44 with “If I’m Honest”, “Shift” for The Living End is down nine to No.45, Eric Clapton tumbles again this week with “I Still Do”, down nineteen to No.46, The Monkees’ “Good Times” falls twenty-eight to No.48 and down thirteen to No.50 is the Paul Dempsey album “Strange Loop”. Falling into the lower fifty are Bob Dyaln (26 to 57), Marina Prior & Mark Vincent (43 to 59), Kate Ceberano (39 to 60), James Blake (46 to 36), Prince and his “The Hits” set (44 to 64), The Cat Empire (32 to 68), Flume’s first album (42 to 72), Red Hot Chili Peppers’ GH (45 to 75), Eurovision 2016 album (48 to 77), Lacuna Coil (19 to 82) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are Rates (#14), Dierks Bentley (#21), Winterbourne (#23) and Beth Orton (#47).

Love You to Death” is the eighth studio album for Canadian twin sisters Tegan & Sara debuts at No.13, and it becomes the girls’ fourth album to enter here and now highest charting, beating the No.14 peak that their seventh set “Heartthrob” achieved in February of 2013. New at No.18 is the second studio album and first chart entry for US hardcore act Beartooth entitled “Aggressive”, with the third album for Ladyhawke entitled “Wild Things” new one place lower at No.19, becoming her third successive Top 20 album, as her first two entries also peaked within the twenty, her first the self titled “Ladyhawke” (LP#1, HP-16, Oct 2008) and then “Anxiety” (LP#2 HP-17, June 2012), so expect her next album again in another four years time.

The fifth studio album and fifth chart entry here for US heavy metal super-group Hellyeah debuts at No.20 entitled “Unden!able”, which becomes the acts highest charting album in Australia, beating their previous best effort, “Band of Brothers” (LP#3, HP-32, July 2012). And another act scoring their highest charting album is Anglo-American act The Kills with their fifth album (second to enter here) “Ash & Ice“, with their previous album being their first entry here; “Blood Pressures” (LP#4, HP-43, April 2011).

Local singer Jai Waetford (X-Factor Season 5, third placed) sees his fourth EP enter this week at No.24 entitled “Heart Miles” (it has eight tracks so should it be called an EP?), and this is his second albums chart entry after his first self-titled EP made it to No.21 in December of 2013. One place lower at No.25 is the tenth studio album for Roxette entitled “Good Karma” which becomes their seventh studio album to enter here, their last being “Charm School” (HP-49, Feb 2011), and the new UK No.1 album debuts at No.26 here, “Stranger to Stranger”, the thirteenth studio album for Paul Simon, becoming his ninth studio set to chart here, with his last being his twelfth set “So Beautiful or So What” (HP-41, May 2011).

British prog-trance trio Above & Beyond enter at No.30 with their sixth album “Acoustic II”, which becomes their third album to chart in Australia, their previous entries being “Group Therapy” (LP#3, HP-56, 2011) and then their highest charting set here “We Are All We Need” (LP#5, HP-11, late Jan 2011). The final Top 50 entry this week comes in at No.47 and is the first chart entry here for a Danish heavy metal act called Volbeat entitled “Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie”, which is the acts ninth studio album.

Lower 50: Rising fourteen to No.51 is David Bowie with his last studio album “Blackstar”, whilst Ellie Goulding returns at No.52 with her latest album “Delirium”. “Back to Black” for Amy Winehouse is back up twenty-nine places to No.55 and the “Frozen” soundtrack is up eleven to No.56. The Avalanches’ debut album “Since I Left You” (HP-21, entered Dec 2000, peaked Oct 2001) returns at No.62 this week (in its 62nd week within the Top 100 too) thanks to the news that the group are releasing their second album in early July and they land a new entry on the singles chart this week.

Elton John is up seven to No.70 with his collection “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits”, whilst his 1973 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is back in at No.98 this week. Further returns come this week from Dr. Hook (#76), Keith Urban GH (#78), Urthboy (#79), Lana Del Rey (#80), Kurt Cobain (#83), Ariana Grande (#86), Maroon 5 GH (#87), Jimmy Barnes’ “Hindsight 30:30” (#90), Melanie Martinez (#94), Neil Diamond GH (#95), Bryan Adams GH (#97) and Best of Bowie (#99).

Michael Franti & Spearhead debut at No.65 with their ninth studio album entitled “SoulRocker”, with becomes the bands ninth album to chart here (eight Spearhead and one solo Franti set), and is their first entry since October 2010’s seventh Spearhead album “The Sound of Sunshine” (HP-34). US female country singer Maren Morris sees her fourth studio album “Hero” become her first chart entry here, coming in at No.69 this week, whilst the fourth entry for country super-group The Highwaymen enters at No.89, “Live – American Outlaws”, which is the fifth compilation of the acts material, and a third country act entering this week in the lower fifty are the duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney), whose second album “Obsessed” enters at No.91, becoming their first chart entry here.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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