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ARIA Albums: Kendrick Lamar Soars, Madonna Stiffs

by Gavin Ryan on March 21, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Kendrick Lamar has the debuted at number one on the ARIA Chart but Madonna has had a spectacular fall.

The third studio album for Kendrick Lamar was released earlier in the week (it was due 24th March), as a digital album initially (no physical for the first week), and this has helped his set called “To Pimp a Butterfly” to enter the ARIA Albums chart first week at No.1.

“To Pimp a Butterfly” is the 726th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 577th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 23rd for the Interscope label, and with last weeks No.1 for Madonna also on the same label, it’s the first time that an Interscope act has taken over the top spot from another, whilst the new No.1 debut also becomes the 375th to enter the charts first week in the top spot. The album also becomes Kendrick’s first Top 10 hit, as his second album and first to chart here; “Good Kid. M.A.A.D. City” made it to No.23 in November 2012 spending 35 broken weeks within the Top 100 up until early September 2014.

It’s the first time that the word ‘Pimp’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, and only the second with a ‘Butterfly’, as Mariah Carey went to the top with a such-named album in late September 1997 for a single week. The album also becomes the 266th for an American act, whilst Kendrick is the 145th American artist to land at No.1 here and the album is the 201st by a Male Artist and Mr Lamar is also the 43rd Solo Male American artist to make to No.1 in Australia, the last (new) act was Pharrell Williams 53 weeks ago with “G I R L’ (17-March-2014).

If Kendrick hadn’t been released early, then we would be seeing the first national No.1 album for local country singer Lee Kernaghan this week, as his thirteenth studio album (11 studio and 2 Xmas albums) “Spirit of the Anzacs” comes in at No.2 this week, but it still becomes his highest charting album and now his eighth Top 10 album since his first reached the ten with his third album “1959”, which debuted and peaked at No.9 in July 1995.

With ten new albums entering within the Top 20 this week, here’s a look at who survived from last weeks Top 10 albums, and the only stable title within the Top 10 is Taylor Swift at No.3 with “1989”, whilst down a place each are Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour” and Ed Sheeran with “x” to No.6 and No.7 respectively. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” Soundtrack drops five places to No.9 and down three to No.10 is Meghan Trainor with “Title”.

A second local country artist to land within the Top 5 this week is the 11th album for Troy Cassar-Daley entitled “Freedom Ride”, which comes in at No.4 and becomes his third consecutive Top 10 album after “Home” (HP-9, March 2012) and his collaboration album with Adam Harvey “The Great Country Songbook” (HP-2, June 2013). And one place lower at No.5 is the fifth studio album for Melbourne act British India entitled “Nothing Touches Me”, which becomes the bands fourth consecutive Top 10 album. Their last two albums “Controller” (April 2013) and “Avalanche” (May 2010) both debuted and peaked at No.10, and their second set “Thieves” matched this weeks position by coming in at No.5 in late July 2008. The fifth and final entry and the fourth Aussie act to enter the Top 10 this week is Xavier Rudd with The United Nations and his eighth album “Nanna”, and Xavier is landing his fifth consecutive Top 10 album, with his last entry “Spirit Bird” (June 2012) being highest charting album to date, reaching No.2.

UP: Lady Antebellum started their national tour here late last week, and the current album “747” blasts back up fifty-four places to land at No.20 this week, with the two other sets to charge back up being Bjork with “Vulnicura” returning to the Top 100 at No.32 and Brooke Fraser re-entering at No.48 with “Brutal Romantic”.

Madonna Rebel Heart Music NewsDOWN: With soooo many new entries to the Top 20, the top two entries last week drop dramatically this week, with Madonna and “Rebel Heart” down seventeen places from No.1 to No.18 this week. The last act to drop so hard from the top spot was the self-titled debut album for MKTO which fell to No.19 in its second week in mid-February 2014. And San Cisco see their second album “Gracetown” drop twenty-one places to No.23 this week. Other Top 10 dropouts are Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” (10 to 30) and the two other debutees from last week, “Friday Night” by Jason Owen (9 to 51) and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with “Chasing Yesterday” (8 to 55). Other big drops come from The Eagles “Selected Works” (11 to 21), Mark Ronson (17 to 26), Chris Brown & Tyga (16 to 33), Roxette (15 to 34), Drake (27 to 38), Jack U (26 to 41), Foo Fighters G.H. (18 to 42), London Grammar (28 to 45), Angus & Julia Stone (34 to 46), The Veronicas (31 to 49), Guy Sebastian (30 to 53), Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” (24 to 56), Nickelback (42 to 61), One Direction (43 to 69), Calvin Harris (49 to 70), Led Zeppelin (37 to 73), Fall Out Boy (46 to 76), The Eagles “Complete” (29 to 80), Bon Jovi G.H. (44 to 88) and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Nick Jonas (#40) and First Aid Kit (#45).

The fourth winner of Australian Idol was Damien Leith, who this week sees his eighth album debut at No.11 entitled “Songs from Ireland”, whilst one place lower at No.12 is the third album for Marina & the Diamonds entitled “Froot”, which becomes the acts highest charting album here, beating the No.32 of their previous album “Electra Heart” (May 2012). New at No.13 is the fourth album (second to chart here) for Sleeping with Sirens called “Madness”, which lands one place higher than their last album “Feel” (HP-14, June 2013).

The first new studio album in eight years for US indie-rock act Modest Mouse comes in at No.15 this week entitled “Strangers to Ourselves”. The bands last entry was the EP “No One’s First, and You’re Next” (HP-91, Aug 2009), whilst their last studio album “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” debuted and peaked at No.12 in late March 2007. One place lower at No.16 is the second entry here for US country artist Luke Bryan entitled “Spring Break… Checkin’ Out”, which beats the No.19 peak his fourth album “Crash My Party” achieved in late August 2013.

Former Sugarland vocalist Kristian Bush sees his debut solo album “Southern Gravity” debut at No.31 this week, whilst the final new entry to the fifty is at No.39 is “The Very Best of” for Celtic Thunder becoming the bands ninth chart appearance and second collection, as “Heartland” made it to No.18 in May 2012, which has so far been the acts highest charting album.

Lower 50: “The Merri Soul Sessions” for Paul Kelly returns to the Top 100 at No.54, current visitors Imagine Dragons and their first album “Night Visions” is back up eight to No.57, Olly Murs’ current Top 20 single “Up” helps his recent album “Never Been Better” return at No.65, whilst also returning this week are “A.M.” for Chris Young (#72), “Essential” for Michael Jackson (#78), Lady Antebellum with “Need You Now” (#81), G.H.’s for Red Hot Chili Peppers (#93) and the 1971 album for Carole King “Tapestry” (#96).

The self-titled sixth studio album for Hobart’s death metal act Psycroptic becomes the bands first ARIA Albums chart entry, coming in at No.59, whilst one place lower at No.60 is another act making their albums chart debut, US act Fences with their second album entitled “Lesser Oceans”. And coming in at No.77 is the fourth album for US country act Kacey Musgraves entitled “Same Trailer Different Park”, and like the other two debuts here, it’s also the first chart entry here for Kacey.

The ninth studio album from 1984 for Judas Priest entitled “Defenders of the Faith” has been given a thirtieth anniversary make-over and makes its first Australian chart appearance at No.90 this week, whilst one place lower at No.91 is the first entry and third studio album for another US country singer Lee Brice, his new set is entitled “I Don’t Dance”.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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