Michael Buble holds for a third consecutive with his seasonal album “Christmas”, giving the album its twelfth accumulated week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
As five of the seven chart days fell over the Christmas period (the chart is calculated from Friday to Thursday), whilst the sixth day was a retail holiday (but not online) and the seventh Boxing Day sales (Thursday), it all helped Michael to hold on to the top spot, but the album most likely won’t be at the top next week. In the past the album has dropped to No.29 (2011) and No.28 (2012) the week after Christmas.
Also with “Christmas” holding for a third week, it becomes the equal third longest run at the top for 2013, as Michael’s album “To Be Loved” stayed for five weeks from April 22nd, with Pink notching up four weeks with “The Truth About Love” from three different runs (22-July, 5-12 August and 9-September), with the other album to achieve three weeks at the top being “Unorthodox Jukebox” for Bruno Mars from the 14th of January. Michael also reaches thirty accumulated weeks at No.1 in Australia with his five chart-topping sets, which puts him on an equal tally with Michael Jackson (6 albums) and Elton John (7 albums). All three are equal at No.10 on the list ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965-2013).
Katy Perry jumps back up three places to No.2 with “Prism”, which pushes the self-titled album for Beyonce down a place to No.3. Also down a spot are The Twelfth Man and “Willy Nilly” and Human Nature with “The Christmas Album” to No.4 and No.5 respectively. One Direction and Taylor Henderson hold at No.6 and No.7, whilst Eminem is back up a place to No.8 with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”. Lorde climbs back up a spot to No.9 with “Pure Heroine” and Fleetwood Mac return to the Top 10 at No.10 with “25 Years – The Chain”, the album notching up its tenth week inside the top ten.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: It’s a fairly stable chart this week due to the lack of new entries (there is only one), but back up into the Top 20 is Pink with “The Truth About Love” (23 to 19) and jumping up six places to No.20 are Imagine Dragons with “Night Visions”. The Arctic Monkeys (28 to 24), Flume (29 to 26), Jessica Mauboy (31 to 27) and OneRepublic (35 to 30) are all back up this week, with Lady GaGa jumping up nine spots to No.34 with “ArtPop” helped in part by her showcasing the album in last weekend’s ‘The Muppets and Lady GaGa Christmas Special’ screened on Channel 7. Daft Punk jumps back up nineteen places to No.40 with “Random Access Memories” and also back up into the Top 50 are Bastille with the repackaged “(All the) Bad Blood” (66 to 45), Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” (53 to 47) and London Grammar with “If You Wait” (52 to 48).
DOWN DOWN: The self-titled album for X-Factor 2013 winner Dami Im leaves the Top 10 after five weeks (one week at the top) within the ten, down three places to No.11 this week. Andre Rieu is down six places to No.31 with “Celebrates Abba”, whilst Keith Urban is back down twelve places to No.36 with “Fuse”. Now that their tour is over, Bon Jovi and their “Greatest Hits” drops ten places to No.37, the same with Taylor Swift after her tour, as “Red” is down twelve to No.44. After rebounding last week, “The Great Country Songbook” is back down sixteen places to No.61, whilst Jack Johnson’s recent tour helped boost his “From Here to Now to You” to No.34 last week, this week it falls twenty-nine places to No.63. Gurrumul us down twenty-one places to No.72 with the album “His Life and Music” and after debuting at No.48 last week, Matt Corby falls out from No.48 with his “Live on the Resolution Tour” album, with both is live sets now spending only a single week on the charts.
CHRISTMAS ALBUMS: Michael Buble and Human Nature retain their Top 5 places this week, whilst Susan Boyle drops nine places to No.25 with “Home for Christmas”. Mariah Carey is back up a couple of places to No.28 with “Merry Christmas”, and right behind her and up four places to a new peak of No.29 is Kelly Clarkson with “Wrapped in Red”. Rod Stewart is up a place to No.39 with his set “Merry Christmas, Baby”, and after a week within the Top 50 (and they sang at the Myer Music Bowl Carols by Candlelight), Anthony Callea drops back to No.51 with “This is Christmas” and Marina Prior is down seven to No.53 with “Candlelight Christmas”. Michael Crawford is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.55 with “O Holy Night” and holding on at No.95 is the Glee Cast with their “Christmas Album”.
The fourth studio album for Justin Bieber is the only new entry to the albums chart this week, new at No.35 is “The Journals”, which contains all of the tracks that Justin has been releasing since the start of October. There has been “Heartbreaker” (HP-30), “All That Matters” (HP-41, TW-93), “”Hold Tight” (HP-48), “Recovery” (HP-63), “Bad Day” (HP-54), “All Bad” (HP-60), “PYD” featuring R.Kelly (HP-56), “Roller Coaster” (HP-58), “Change Me” (HP-59) and “Confident” (HP-53). All three of his previous albums have reached the Top 10, with “My Worlds” and “Believe” going to No.1 and his Christmas album “Under the Mistletoe” reaching No.6 (Nov 2011).
Lower 50: Collections for Guns N’ Roses and Fleetwood Mac both climb up ten places to No.57 and No.65 respectively, whilst the Deluxe edition of “Sharkmouth” for Russell Morris is up eleven places to a new peak of No.67. Queens of the Stone Age leap back up thirty places to No.68 with “…Like Clockwork” and “21” for Adele is back up thirteen spots to No71. “The Best of Cold Chisel – All for You” jumps back up seventeen spots to No.79 and albums returning to the chart this week includes Havana Brown with “Flashing Lights” at No.80, “Circus in the Sky” for Bliss N’ Eso at No.81, Olly Murs’ “Right Place, Right Time” at No.90, “The Heist” for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at No.92, with greatest hits sets by Slim Dusty, Jimmy Barnes and Bruce Springsteen back in at No.96, No.97 and No.98 respectively.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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