ARIA Albums: Keith Urban Spends Second Week At No 1 -
Keith Urban, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2014 photo by Ros O'Gorman

Keith Urban, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2014 photo by Ros O'Gorman

ARIA Albums: Keith Urban Spends Second Week At No 1

by Gavin Ryan on May 21, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

For only the third time during 2016, the No.1 album in the country is stable this week, with the Keith Urban set “Ripcord” maintaining its lead on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Back at the start of the year the Adele album “25” was spending its sixth and seventh week at the top, whilst in February the “Molly” TV Soundtrack spent two weeks at No.1, making Keith now only the third act this year to stay put at No.1, but with new albums from former No.1 acts like Ariana Grande, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton all out on Friday, this might be Keith’s second and final week at No.1. It does take his tally of weeks at No.1 this decade to four, moving him from equal fourteenth to equal tenth alongside only one act, Justin Bieber who has also had three #1 albums and spent four weeks atop the Australian Albums chart during this decade.

Climbing back up one spot to No.2 is the sixth album for Beyonce and “Lemonade” now that its been issued with a bonus DVD for the albums’ tracks, after which the highest new entry this week at No.3 and it is the second album for Meghan Trainor entitled “Thank You”, with her first set “Title” jumping back up twenty to No.18 and having spent two broke weeks at No.1 during 2015. The new album features the two current Top 20 tracks “No” (TW-19) and the new one “Me Too” (TW-18).

The Living End debut at No.4 with their seventh studio album and first new material in almost five years entitled “Shift”, plus for the eight albums that have charted for the trio since 1998 (seven studios and one best of), ALL of them have not only reached the Top 10, but they have ALL debuted within the Top 10 too, two of which debuted at No.1, “The Living End” (LP#1, 2 weeks from 19th Oct, 1998) and then “State of Emergency” (LP#4, 1 week on 13th Feb, 2006).

The third and final Top 10 debut this week is the third solo album for former Something for Kate front-man Paul Dempsey entitled “Strange Loop”, which is new at No.5 and it matches the peak his first solo set “Everything is True” (24th August, 2009, returns at No.62 this week) achieved, whilst his second album “Shotgun Karaoke” debuted and peaked at No.17 in mid-October of 2013.

Radiohead and their sixth No.2 album (7th if you include front-man Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” from mid-July 2006), drops four places this week to No.6 and down three places each are “25” by Adele and “Views” for Drake to No.7 and No.8 respectively. The “Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2016” album rebound’s fifty-one spots to land a new peak of No.9 (it first peaked at No.42 in late April upon release), and it also becomes the second Eurovision album to land within the Top 10 here, as last years “Vienna” edition made it to No.4 after the broadcast, and as the Australian entrant this year came in second place, the album could stay within the ten again next week, whilst the artist we sent this year; Dami Im, is at No.10 with her latest album “Classic Carpenters”, which is down three spots to No.10, plus her previous album “Heart Beats” (HP-7) comes back in at No.84.

UP: Taylor Swift and her “1989” album jump back up seventeen places to No.15 and as I mentioned before the new Meghan Trainor album drags her first back up twenty places to No.18, plus with Little Mix now scoring two Top 50 entries this week, their album “Get Weird” jumps up eight to No.29. Coldplay announced a December 2016 tour late in the chart week, and their “A Head Full of Dreams” set is back up to No.31 whilst Sam Smith’s debut album “In the Lonely Hour” is back up fourteen to No.34. The Weeknd rises nine to No.40 with “Beauty Behind the Madness” and returning to the Top 50 are Elle King with “Love Stuff” (61 to 46), “+” for Ed Sheeran (76 to 49) and The Cat Empire with their recent No.1 set “Rising with the Sun” (58 to 50).

DOWN: The first of four dropouts from last weeks Top 10 is “The Very Best of” (HP-2, WI10-3) for Prince down five to No.11, whilst his other set “The Hits/The B-Sides” (HP-4, WI10/16-2) falls seven to No.17, after which the Marina Prior and Mark Vincent set “Together” (HP-5, WI10-3) is down twelve to No.20 and the 3CD set for Kate Ceberano with “Anthology” (HP-9, WI10-1) plummets twenty-four spots to No.35. Leaving the Top 20 for the first time this year (it fell to No.22 in late December of 2015) is the “Molly” TV Soundtrack, down nine to No.23 and falling ten to No.27 is “x” for Ed Sheeran, with “21” for Adele halving last weeks position by falling fifteen to No.30. Skepta’s debut from last week “Konnichiwa” is down twenty-three to No.36 and down ten to No.37 is the Graeme Connors set “60 Summers”, whilst now that their tour has finished here the Iron Maiden set “The Book of Souls” is down fourteen to No.38. “99.9%” for Kaytranada drops eighteen to No.39 and “Telluric” for Matt Corby is down fourteen to No.47, and dropping into the lower fifty are Charlie Puth (29 to 51), Paul Kelly (43 to 58), Cyndi Lauper (26 to 59), The Screaming Jets (30 to 67), Andrea Bocelli (36 to 68), Rob Zombie (47 to 69), Josh Groban (18 to 70), Conrad Sewell (40 to 71), Anohni (35 to 77), Adele’s “19” (46 to 79), Travis Collins (20 to 83), Andy Black (23 to 86) with the only album dropping out of the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 being the debut album for Tourist entitled “U” (#39).

The fourth album for Pierce the Veil debuts at No.12 entitled “Misadventures”, becoming the bands second Top 100 entry and now highest charting album, as their previous entry was with “Collide with the Sky” (LP#3, HP-81) back in late July of 2012. One place lower at No.13 is the debut album for Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo, the album “Cloud Nine” debuting at No.1 in his home country too, with a No.2 in Sweden and No.3 in England.

The seventh album for DevilDriver entitled “Trust No One” comes in at No.21 this week, becoming the California bands fifth set to chart here and first in almost three years; the group having hit the Top 50 from album #3 onwards, their highest charting so far being their only Top 10 entry “Beast” (LP#5, HP-9, late Feb 2011). New at No.25 is the first entry here for US rock band Modern Baseball entitled “Holy Ghost”, which is the group’s third studio album. The final Top 50 entry this week is the eighth studio album for metalcore act Hatebreed at No.33 it’s called “The Concrete Confessional”, which is the bands third albums chart entry here, previously they have charted with “Supremacy” (LP#4, HP-32) and then “Hatebreed” (LP#6, HP-68), making this new album their second Top 50 entry in the process, and it almost matched their former best peak too.

Lower 50: Back up twelve places to No.52 is the “Essential” for Michael Jackson, with the Cold Chisel collection “The Best of – All for You” rising seventeen to No.54, and thanks to the No.30 debut for the Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood duet over on the singles chart, Carrie’s most recent album “Storyteller” is back in at No.56. Paul Dempsey’s first solo album “Everything is True” is back in at No.62 thanks to his new sets Top 5 entry and the No.1 album from six weeks ago, “Gore” by Deftones jumps back up twenty-eight places to No.66.

The self-titled album for Flume is back up thirteen to No.74 and “Matilda The Musical” climbs back up twenty-one spots to No.75, whilst further returning albums come from Rachel Platten (#80), The 1975 (#82), Dami Im with “Heart Beats” (#84), Birdy after last weeks Graham Norton appearance with “Beautiful Lies” (#85), Selena Gomez (#96), Prince with “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (#97) and finally Greta Bradman (#98). There are four new entries in the lower fifty this week, first of which is the second album and first Top 100 entry for Sydney based rapper L-Fresh the Lion, the set entitled “Become” enters at No.55. The former Punjab, India act tackles racism and prejudice in his lyrics with a late 90’s/early 2000’s US hip hop feel to his sound.

Recently Melbourne hosted the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the album from the tour debuts at No.73 this week, with the 2010 edition on DVD spending seven weeks at No.1 on the DVD sales chart from April 2010. Ed Sheeran’s record label Gingerbread Man has already given is Jamie Lawson, and now Northern Ireland singer Foy Vance sees his third solo album (first for Gingerbread Man though) entitled “The Wild Swan” comes in at No.87. Finally new at No.99 is another act with their third album and first entry here, Norwegian heavy metal act Kvelertak (Norwegian for ‘stranglehold’ or ‘chokehold’) and “Nattesferd”, which came in at No.2 in their home country behind the new Kygo album, which here is new at No.13.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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