The first new No.1 album for 2015 is also the first to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums chart too, 21 year-old US singer Meghan Trainor with her debut album simply called “Title”.
The album becomes the first debut set to enter at No.1 since The Madden Brothers did so in mid-September of last year with “Greetings from California” (22-Sept) and the first for a female artist since X-Factor 2013 winner Dami Im and her self-titled set back on 25th Nov., 2013. “Title” is the 723rd No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 574th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), whilst it’s the first No.1 album for the Epic label this decade, their last being “The Essential Michael Jackson” which went to No.1 the week after his passing in early July 2009.
This is the first album with the word ‘Title’ in its name to appear at No.1 in Australia and the previous highest charting album to feature the word ‘title’ was the Deadmau5 set “>Album Title Goes Here< which reached No.11 in October 2012. Meghan also becomes the 264th American act to land a No.1 here (Foo Fighters with “Sonic Highways” was the last new No.1) and she becomes the 144th American Artist to reach the top, whilst she is also the 108th Female Artist and the 35th American Female artist, with the last new US Female artist to land a number one album here being Ariana Grande back at the start of September 2014. After six broken weeks (and probably more to come), Taylor Swift drops back to No.2 with “1989”, which leaps from two to now 4x▲Platinum in sales, whilst also down a single spot are Ed Sheeran with “x” to No.3 and Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour” to No.4, but leaping up three places to a new peak of No.5 is the self-titled album for Hozier. The “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1” Soundtrack is on hold at No.6, as too are The Hilltop Hoods with “Walking Under Stars” at No.7, whilst the second film album within the Top 10 this week is for “Frozen”, which is down three to No.8 and newly crowned 4x▲Platinum. After leaping into the Top 10 last week, George Ezra falls back down five places to No.9 with “Wanted on Voyage”, and returning to the ten, back up four places to No.10 is Chet Faker with “Built on Glass”, which receives its first ▲ Platinum certification this week too. NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: With the new Sia track debuting in the Top 10 this week, her album “1000 Forms of Fear” (HP-1) leaps back up twenty-three places to No.11, whilst the same effect (although not as big a jump) happens for Guy Sebastian and “Madness”, back up to No.22 this week. The 1975 and their self-titled album leap back into the Top 100 at a new peak of No.29 this week (former peak was No.43 in October 2013) thanks to their tour of the country (15-18 Jan), and Flight Facilities jump back up twenty places to No.35 with “Down to Earth”, plus The Preatures are back up fourteen spots to No.39 with “Blue Planet Eyes”, and also re-entering the hundred within this weeks Top 50 are Ellie Goulding with “Halcyon Days” at No.44 and Paul Kelly with “The Merri Soul Sessions” at No.47. DOWN DOWN: The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are One Direction with “Four” (HP-1x1, WI10-8) which matches the eight weeks their previous album spent within the Top 10, but the group is touring here in February, so it should go back up then and rack up some more weeks within the Top 10; and after one more week back into the ten, the self-titled album for The Veronicas drops down ten places to No.19 this week. Human Nature drop five to No.16 with their “Jukebox” album and INXS’ “The Very Best” is down seven to No.20. Barbra’s “Partners” descend twelve spots to No.27 and Katy Perry’s “Prism” is down eleven to No.28. Back-to-back certifications at No.30 and No.31 for The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999” (26 to 30) and Alt-j with “This is All Yours” (28 to 31), both now Gold (●) in sales, whilst the “LiveSOS” for 5 Seconds of Summer is down eight to No.32 and their self-titled set is also down eight to No.40. David Guetta drops twelve places to No.42 with “Listen” and the “Greatest Hits… So Far” for Pink descends fifteen spots to No.48, whilst the same collection for Guns N’ Roses is down a spot to No.49, but newly crowned 8x▲Platinum in sales. Big drops occur for Neil Diamond (27 to 55), Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (46 to 67), Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (43 to 69), Queen (49 to 84) and Coldplay (45 to 87). As January is generally the month of soundtracks entering the charts, this week is no exception, as the multi-award nominated film “Into the Woods” sees its soundtrack debut at No.13, giving us five albums within the Top 100 from films this week. The other Top 50 debut for this week is new at No.24, “Celloverse” for the duo 2Cellos which becomes their first Top 50 placing in Australia and their third Top 100 chart entry, as they have previously charted with “2Cellos” (HP-69, Dec 2011) and “In2ition” (HP-96, Jan 2013). Lower 50: With Sheppard touring here at the moment before they head over to Canada and America in February, their debut set “Bombs Away” jumps back up nineteen places to No.51, whilst Rodriguez’s “Cold Fact” leaps back up thirty-one spots to No.53, and Slipknot are back up fifteen to No.58 with “5: The Gray Chapter”. Imagine Dragons jump back up fifteen too to No.61 with “Night Visions” and The Amity Affliction jump eighteen spots to No.62 with “Let the Ocean Take Me”. There’s an eighteen place jump for D’Angelo with “Black Messiah” to No.64 and “The Essential” for Michael Jackson is back up twenty-one spots to No.65. There are NO new entries in the lower fifty this week, but there are plenty of returning albums in the form of The Wiggles’ collection “Hot Potatoes!” (#74)“Whispers” (#73) and “All the Little Lights” (#81) for Passenger, “747” for Lady Antebellum (#80), “21” by Adele (#83), Taylor Henderson with “Burnt Letters” (#86), Dan Sultan and “Blackbird” (#88), Banks with “Goddess” (#90) The War of Drugs with “Lost in the Dream” (#91), Chet Faker’s EP “Thinking in Textures” (#99) and finally the self-titled set from June 1993 for Rage Against the Machine (HP-12) at #100.——————————————————————————————————————————————Never miss a story! Get your free Noise11.com daily music news email alert. Subscribe to the Noise11 Music Newsletter here
compiled by Gavin Ryan