One Direction take out the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart this week with their third consecutive No.1 album “Midnight Memories”, becoming the first British act since Coldplay to land three or more No.1 albums here.
“Midnight Memories” becomes the 691st No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2013) and the 550th for ARIA (1983 to 2013). And by debuting at the top it becomes the 345th album to debut at No.1 on the ARIA Charts, and the 34th No.1 album for 2013, plus the eleventh consecutive album to debut at the top (earlier this year there were fifteen back-to-back debuts at the top). It’s also the seventh No.1 for the Syco label (Simon Cowell’s label), as previously there has been albums by il Divo, Leona Lewis, two for Susan Boyle and now three for One Direction. The album also picks up a first week ▲Platinum sales certification.
Robbie Williams and Coldplay are the only two other British acts this century to have notched up three or more No.1 albums, whilst this new entry at the top for 1D gives them an eighth accumulated week at the top of the Australian charts. They spent five weeks at the top from April 6th last year with their first set “Up All Night” (TW-44), and then their second album “Take Me Home” (TW-51) debuted at the top on 19th November of 2012, and as noted those two albums are still charting thanks to their recent concert tour here.
It’s only the second album to feature the word ‘Midnight’ in its title, the other being Linkin Park with “Minutes to Midnight” (28-May-07) and the third album with ‘Memories’, the first was the Enya album “Memories of Tree – Greatest Hits” (17-Dec-95) and the most recent being Daft Punk with “Random Access Memories” (27-May-13). The album also becomes the 135th by an English performer to hit the top, with “AM” by The Arctic Monkeys being the last in mid-September, and it’s the 328th by a Group to reach No.1 in Australia, with Pearl Jam and “Lightning Bolt” being the last on 21st of October.
Katy Perry holds at No.2 with “Prism”, whilst last weeks No.1 debut of the self-titled album for X-Factor 2013 winner Dami Im is down to No.3, whilst also picking up a ▲Platinum certification, after achieving Gold last week. The other Top 10 debut for the week is “Willy Nilly – The Twelfth Man’s Biggest Hits” by comedian The Twelfth Man, who has been a summer albums staple since his first No.1 albums “Wired World of Sports” in 1987/88. His seven previous albums have all gone to No.1, whilst his last entry “The Box Set” (all seven albums) reached No.17 in late 2009.
Eminem is down a couple of places to No.5 with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”, and Human Nature is up three places to a new peak of No.6 with “The Christmas Album”. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” is down a couple of places to No.7 whilst Lorde is down one spot to No.8 with “Pure Heroine”. “The Best of Nickelback Volume 1” is down three places to No.9 (and they now have a 1-2-3-4-5-6 peak for their previous & current albums), with Tina Arena holding at No.10 for a third week with “Reset”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Michael Buble is back up a couple of places to No.11 with his former 2011/2012 No.1 album “Christmas”, whilst Susan Boyle is up to a new peak of No.18 with “Home for Christmas”. Fleetwood Mac are back up three places to No.15 with “25 Years – The Chain”, which is now certified ▲Platinum in sales, with the three new entries on the singles chart for Flume and Chet Faker, helping Flume’s self-titled album back up to No.20, whilst Michael Buble has had his album “To Be Loved” re-packaged, boosting the album back up sixty-two places to No.22. Returning to the Top 50 (also re-packaged) is Bastille at No.45, their former “Bad Blood” (HP-10) album now featuring their current Top 10 single “Of the Night” (TW-8) and re-titled “All This Bad Blood”.
DOWN DOWN: Lady GaGa drops down eight places to No.16 with “ArtPop” (HP-2) after spending two weeks within the Top 10, and after debuting at No.4 last week, Little Mix are down to No.17 this week with their second album “Salute”. Neil Finn and Paul Kelly with “Goin’ Your Way” and OneRepublic’s “Native” drop seven places each to No.23 and No.24 respectively, with Birdy is back down nine places to No.34 with “Fire Within”. Illy tumbles twenty-five places to No.39 with “Cinematic” and Celine Dion dives twenty-one places to No.42 with “Loved Me Back to Life”. Arcade Fire drop fifteen places to No.47 with “Reflektor” and Pearl Jam see their “Lightning Bolt” tumble down twenty-one places to No.55. The Killers and their compilation “Direct Hits” drop twenty-six places to No.67 and Drake falls twenty-nine spots to No.73 with his former No.2 album “Nothing Was the Same”. The Beatles “On Air: Live at the BBC Vol.2” plummets forty-four spots to No.84 and James Arthur is down forty-one to No.87 with his self-titled album. Jake Bugg and “Shangri La” falls fifty-two places to No.90, The Seekers’ “The Golden Jubilee Album” is also down fifty-two, to No.97 and falling out from last weeks Top 50 is the No.30 debut of the self-titled album for Spiderbait.
Bernard Fanning debuts at No.19 with his “iTunes Sessions”, whilst another local act debut with a live set; Cold Chisel are new at No.27 and No.28 with “The Live Tapes Volume 1: Live at the Hordern Pavilion, April 18, 2012, with the Deluxe (DVD+CD) edition in first, the standard (CD only) edition one place lower. The final new entry to the Top 50 this week is in at No.29, Five Finger Death Punch with “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2”, which follows up the first volume which debuted and peaked at No.13 in mid-August.
Lower 50: “Atlas” by Rufus is back up nine places to No.59 now that the new single “Tonight” has debuted on the charts and Olly Murs’ tour edition of his “Right Place, Right Time” album helps it back up twelve places to No.62. Anthony Callea climbs nine places to No.70 with “This is Christmas” (HP-60), with Amy Winehouse and “Back in Black” back up eighteen places to No.75. “Dora’s Christmas” is back up thirteen places to No.81 and returning to the charts this week is “Merry Christmas, Baby” (HP-3) for Rod Stewart at No.63, “Wrapped in Red” for Kelly Clarkson back in at a new peak of No.64, “Red” for Taylor Swift returns at No.69 ahead of her national tour, “Harvest of Gold” by Gossling at No.72, “Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album” (HP-13) at No.82, and “The Best of Cold Chisel – All for You” (HP-2) by Cold Chisel at No.89.
The fourth album for Daughtry entitled “Baptized” is new at No.56, becoming their fourth consecutive charting album, with the bands previous three albums all reaching the Top 40. New at No.85 is “BZ20” for Boyzone, the bands fifth studio album and second for this decade, as they hit No.34 in October 2010 with “Brother”. The final new entry at No.96 is the “Greatest Hits” collection for Dido.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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