Meghan Trainor jumps back up four places to reclaim the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums chart with her debut album “Title”.
This is the fourth time that an album has returned to the top of the albums chart this year after “1989” by Taylor Swift (late January), “x” by Ed Sheeran (mid-May & late June) and “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” by Florence + the Machine (mid-June), with Meghan initially spending a single week at the top in mid-January with this album which has not dropped any lower than No.14 (mid-June) before recently spending four weeks at No.2 during most of July.
Right behind Meghan are two local acts entering the charts, firstly coming in at No.2 is Josh Pyke with his fifth studio album “But for All These Shrinking Hearts” which also becomes his fifth Top 10 album and now highest charting entry, as he previously went as high as No.3 with his second album “Chimney’s Afire” (Oct 2008). Entering at No.3 with his third studio album and now third No.3 peaking album is aboriginal artist Gurrumul and “The Gospel Album”. Gurrumul’s first entry was self-titled and first charted in April 2008 peaking at No.3 in November of that year, then his second set “Rrakala” debuted and peaked at No.3 in April 2011, so unless this new set climbs next week he will again have a No.3 peaking album.
Ed Sheeran jumps back up four places to No.4 with his “x” set and back up one to No.5 is Taylor Swift with her “1989” album. Adam Lambert was in the country this past week on a promo tour, and his current album “The Original High” (HP-4) bullets back up sixty-six places to No.6 giving the album its second week within the Top 10. The only survivor from last weeks Top 10 debuts is Alan Jackson with “Angels & Alcohol” which is down three to No.7, whilst back up one to No.8 is Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”. “Stages” for Josh Groban is down two spots to No.9 and former No.1 “Currents” for Tame Impala falls down seven to No.10 this week.
UP: Jason DeRulo also benefits from a promo tour, as his former No.12 album “Everything is 4” blasts back up fifty-seven places to land one place below its former peak at No.13, and James Bay is back up three to No.14 with “Chaos and the Calm”. Kendrick Lamar is back up thirty-one places to No.20 with “To Pimp a Butterfly” and after their recent shows here, Of Monsters and Men are back up seventeen to No.22 with “Beneath the Skin”, also benefiting from their recent tour also is Mark Ronson with “Uptown Special”, up fourteen to No.28. The recent DVD and Blu-Ray releases for “Pitch Perfect 2” (28 and 26) and “Furious 7” (49 to 37) help their soundtracks to climb back up this week and Galantis land their first week within the Top 50 as their debut album “Pharmacy” is up twenty-eight spots to a new peak of No.38. Zac Brown Band and their “Jekyll + Hyde” album jumps up sixty-one spots to No.39 and Drake blasts back up thirty-four spots to No.43 with “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late”.
DOWN: John & Olivia are down a place to No.11 with “Two Strong Hearts: (HP-1×3, WI10-5) and last weeks top two debuts both tumble this week, with “Node” (HP-1×1, WI10-1) for Northlane down eleven places to No.12 and “VII – Sturm und Drang” by Lamb of God dropping fourteen places from No.2 to No.16. Holy Holy tumble twenty places to No.31 with “When the Storms Would Come” and falling twelve to No.32 are The Wombats with “Glitterbug”. The Chemical Brothers are down seventeen spots to No.35 with “Born in the Echoes” and down ten to No.40 are “Empires” for Hillsong United and also down ten is Muse with “Drones” to No.48. Dropping out from last weeks Top 50 into the lower fifty are the ‘Southpaw’ soundtrack (13 to 51), Hermitude (37 to 54), Roger Waters (21 to 65, newly Gold (●) in sales), Magic Mike XXL (34 to 66), Seth Sentry (46 to 67), Flight Facilities (22 to 69, also Gold (●)) and Joe Satriani (23 to 98), with albums leaving the hundred from last weeks fifty including Hopsin (#15), Suze DeMarchi (#26), We Came as Romans (#29), Blur (#31) and Kate Noonan’s Vanguard (#33).
The final three Led Zeppelin studio albums have now been remastered and re-issued and they all returns to the charts within the Top 30 this week. April 1976’s “Presence” was the bands seventh studio album, climbing to No.4 (for four weeks) in May of that year, and is back in at No.21. Two places lower at No.23 is the return of their ninth and final studio album, December 1982’s “Coda” which jumped to No.9 in its second week on the charts. Finally back in at No.25 is their eight studio set “In Through the Out Door” (Aug 1979) which went to No.4 for three broken weeks, two in September and a third and final week in October of 1979.
English singer Lianne La Havas sees her second album debut at No.2 in her home country and here the set “Blood” is new at No.30 becoming her first chart entry in Australia. Also scoring their first chart entry are soul band The Internet with their third studio album “Ego Death”, which enters at No.45 this week, and the final Top 50 debut of the week is new at No.47, 79 year old bluesman Buddy Guy with “Born to Play Guitar”, his 49th studio album and only second to chart here in Australia. His 29th album “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”, which initially peaked at No.46 in early September 1991 and then later peaked at No.45 in late March of 1992.
Lower 50: “Sweet Talker” for Jessie J is back up seven to No.55 and Imagine Dragons’ first album “Smoke + Mirrors” returns at No.64. “Emma!” jumps back up fourteen places to No.75 and further returning albums this week come from Tori Kelly (#76), Essential Michael Jackson (#80), “The Very Best of Alan Jackson” (#83), Gang of Youths (#85), Maroon 5 (#86), Chet Faker (#88), Luke Bryan (#91), Human Nature (#92), In Hearts Wake (#96) and returning at #100 is the self-titled debut album for 5 Seconds of Summer.
The TV soundtrack for the offspring of fairy tale characters entitled “Descendants” comes in at No.57 this week, followed at No.59 by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with “Brandenburg Celebrates” which becomes the ensembles fourth ARIA Albums chart entry, and first non-Xmas album since August 2001’s “Vivaldi: il Flauto Dolce” (HP-78), whilst this new entry matches the peak that their “A Brandenburg Christmas” album made in late December 2011.
Bethel Music (an arm of the church) sees their third entry this week at No.60 with “Without Words: Synesthesia”, whilst the passing this past week of 1960’s singer Cilla Black sees her collection “The Very Best of” come in at No.68, her last entry being 1983’s set “The Very Best” (HP-51, March ’83). The new UK No.1 album is the fourth set (and first No.1) for English band The Maccabees entitled “Marks to Prove it”, and here it sneaks into the chart at No.97 becoming their first entry here at the same time.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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