The second self-titled album for Danish #1 singles holders Lukas Graham becomes the new No.1 album in Australia this week, plus it has also landed at the top in the home country too (#2 in the UK).
“Lukas Graham” becomes the 762nd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 613th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 408th to debut at No.1 and the twelfth album to make it to No.1 during 2016. And as the album is self-titled it also becomes the 39th such album, the last being Angus & Julia Stone back in mid-August of 2014. This is also the 19th No.1 album for the Warner (direct) label, with their last being the Muse album “Drones” (15th June, 2015).
As I mentioned in my singles Chartifacts section, this becomes the 123rd time that an act has occupied the top of both charts, and the only other Danish act to make it to No.1 on the Albums chart did it also, Aqua and their “Aquarium” along with the single “Doctor Jones” stayed atop both charts for two weeks in late January of 1998. So Lukas Graham’s first self-titled album from 2012 did not chart here, but their second has, and they also become the second Danish act to make it to top of the Aussie albums chart, plus they’re also the 357th Group (local or international) to hit No.1 and the sixth group this year after Rufus, Hilltop Hoods, The 1975, Cat Empire and most recently Violent Soho.
At No.2 again this week is Adele with “25” and last weeks No.1 debut for Zayn with “Mind of Mine” is down two places to No.3 this week. The “Molly” TV Soundtrack is down one spot to No.4 and holding at No.5 for a third week are The Hilltop Hoods with “Drinking… Walking… Restrung” helped by the band starting their national tour last week in Sydney (Brisbane was last night), with Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth to follow each successive week until the end of the month.
In early September of 2015 the heavy metal act Disturbed scored their second No.1 album here with “Immortalized” which this week returns to the Top 10 at No.6, up seven places, helped by their cover of “Sounds of Silence” jumping to No.4 over on the singles chart, and this is the first time that one of the bands albums has climbed back into the Top 10 too. Another metal act who debut within the ten this week is Japanese female-three-piece vocal-metal group Babymetal, whose second album “Metal Resistance” comes in at No.7 (No.2 in Japan).
Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” is down one spot to No.8 this week, but the third and final Top 10 debut this week occurs at No.9, The Last Shadow Puppets with “Everything You’ve Come to Expect” (#1 in the UK), which becomes the duo’s first Top 10 entry here, as their debut set “The Age of Understatement” debuted and peaked at No.30 back in late April of 2008. And returning to the Top 10 for the first time since early February is Ed Sheeran’s “x”, which is up nine spots to No.10, racking up its 82nd week within the Top 10, and again this week we have eight current or former No.1 albums within the ten.
UP: “Blurryface” for twenty one pilots is back up eight places to No.16 and after their recent tour here the self-titled album for Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats returns to the chart at a new peak of No.19 (former peak was #82 back on 31st August, 2015). “Six Ribbons” for Jon English is back up five places to No.22 after his memorial this past week and back up eleven to No.27 is the “Essential Michael Jackson”. With Little Mix scoring a new Top 30 hit this week, their parent album “Get Weird” leaps back up forty-nine places to No.29 and also jumping back into the fifty are Meghan Trainor with “Title” (33 from 57), “+” for Ed Sheeran (37 from 80), “Walking Under Stars” by Hilltop Hoods (46 from 90), “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” (returns at #48) and “That’s the Spirit” for Bring Me the Horizon (50 from 63), whilst Elton John’s appearance on Graham Norton last Friday (here) helps his collection “Rocket Man” The Definitive Hits” to climb back up thirteen to No.36.
DOWN: There are five albums falling out of the Top 10 this week with three of them being former No.1’s, “Telluric” for Matt Corby (#1×1, WI10-3) is down six to No.14, followed by “1989” (HP-1×9, WI10-66) by Taylor Swift, which also falls six and is down to No.15, with the third and final former #1 falling is “WACO” (HP-1×1, WI10-2) for Violent Soho, down eleven to No.17. The two other dropouts both debuted within the ten last week, “The Black” for Asking Alexandria (4 to 25) and “Beautiful Lies” for Birdy (10 to 42). After peaking at No.11 last week, Elle King is back down seven to No.18 with “Love Stuff” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fall six to No.20 with “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”. The only new album certification this week goes to Rufus with “Bloom”, which is down one to No.23 and now Gold (●) in sales, with the next big drop coming for Charlie Puth and his debut set “Nine Track Mind”, down ten to No.35. Jeff Buckley with his “You and I” covers album is down fifteen to No.38 and after several weeks back within the Top 20 after his Grammy wins, the Kendrick Lamar album “To Pimp a Butterfly” falls twenty-one spots to No.39, with his recent set “Untitled Unmastered” falling eighteen to No.47, and down ten to No.40 is the Iggy Pop set “Post Pop Depression”, with last weeks debuts of “Momentum (Live in Manila) for Planetshakers down twenty-three to No.43 and the Amon Amarth set “JomsViking” down thirty to No.45 and finally down seventeen to No.49 is The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness”. Falling hard into the lower fifty are Joe Bonamassa (17 to 51), INXS (44 to 57), Kiiara (46 to 63), The 1975 (43 to 67), Killswitch Engage (50 to 75), Gwen Stefani (33 to 79), Melissa Etheridge (34 to 87), and falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Icehouse (#35), Phil Collins (#37), The Bennies (#40) and the soundtrack for ‘Batman vs. Superman’ (#45).
Back in late January a reality-show act featuring three young men debuted and peaked at No.11; that was Brothers3 with “Brothers Never Part”, and this week three-piece male-vocal group and former X-Factor contestants from 2016 In Stereo see their debut album “She’s Rock N’ Roll” come in at No.11 too. One place lower at No.12 is “Super” the thirteenth studio album in 30 years for The Pet Shop Boys, and their first since the July 2013 set “Electric” (HP-24), and this is the duo’s highest charting album in just under twenty years, as back in September of 1996 they hit No.3 with their fifth album “Bilingual” and this new set also debuted at No.3 in the UK this week.
The final Top 50 debut this week is the tenth studio album for California act Weezer entitled “Weezer (White Album)” coming in at No.28, and it becomes the bands ninth album to chart here (their first didn’t make it), and their third self-titled (plus color) album after “Weezer (Green Album)” (HP-25, May 2001) and “Weezer (Red Album)” (HP-21, June 2008), and eight of their nine albums that have charted here have all peaked within the Top 50, apart from their eighth set “Hurley” (HP-55, Sept 2010).
Lower 50: The cast recording for “Matilda: The Musical” leaps up thirty places to a new peak of No.55 and rising eleven to No.56 is Troye Sivan and “Blue Neighbourhood” after his recent tour announcement here, and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is back up nine to No.61. Back in at No.64 is Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” and after falling last week, the Baauer debut album “AA” is back up seventeen spots to No.65, whilst further returning albums this week are from Notorious B.I.G. with “Life After Death” (#1 in the US this week in 1997) at No.74, “Playlist” for Birds of Tokyo (#78), self titled album by Jamie Lawson (#81), City Calm Down and “In a Restless House” (#83), City and Colour with “If I Should Go Before You” (#85), “Eternal Return” for Sarah Blasko (#86), “Confident” by Demi Lovato (#88), “Pure Heroine” by Lorde (#90), “Listen” for David Guetta (#91) and sneaking back in at #100 is the AC/DC 1980 album “Back in Black”.
Kirsty Lee Akers sees her fourth studio album “Burn Baby Burn” enter at No.52 this week becoming the local singers first albums chart entry, whilst a place lower at No.53 is the latest compilation album for Bette Midler called “A Gift of Love”, which should keep rising as we head towards Mothers Day in Australia in early May, and this is her fifth best of/greatest hits set to chart here. The self-titled debut EP for US hip hop duo of Big Sean and singer Jhene Aiko who are going under the name Twenty88 comes in at No.82 and the final debut this week is also an EP, from the current No.5 singles chart act Gnash and his seven track set “us” comes in at No.93.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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