The seventh studio album for Passenger entitled “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea” becomes his first No.1 album on the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
“Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea” becomes the 783rd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 634th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 429th to debut in the top spot, whilst his record label ‘Black Crow’ lands its first No.1 with this album; previously we’ve had a No.1 album on the record labels Black Yak (Whitlams) and Blackground (Timbaland) too. This is the 34th No.1 album for 2016, as this time last year we had achieved 25 chart-topping albums, and this new No.1 set also took out the top of the UK Albums chart this week too.
This is only the second album with the word ‘Young’ in its title, the other was “Young Modern” for Silverchair (4 weeks from 9th April, 2007) and the third with a ‘Morning’ after the “Good Morning Vietnam” soundtrack (3 weeks from 3rd June, 1988) and “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” by Oasis (5 weeks from 4th February, 1996). One title has come close to the word ‘Old’ in the George Michael album “Older” (1 week on 26th May, 1996) and also the third for the word ‘Sea’ after “Sunrise Over Sea” for the John Butler Trio (3 weeks from 15th March 2004) and the last one was “To the Sea” for Jack Johnson (1 week, 14th June 2010).
The new number one also becomes the 147th by an English act to make it to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart and the fourth for 2016 after David Bowie (Jan), The 1975 (March) and Zayn (April), and Passenger is the 70th English act to hit the top of the albums chart. Passenger is also the 218th Solo Male performer (local or overseas) to make it to the top here and the tenth for 2016, plus he is also the 27th Solo Male English artist to hit No.1 here since George Harrison was the first back in 1971. The new No.1 album also helps break Passenger’s No.2 streak as well, he first spent four broken weeks at No.2 with “All the Little Lights” (3 weeks in April 2013 and a fourth and final week in August of the same year), and then his “Whispers” album debuted and peaked at No.2 in June of 2014.
The eighth compilation of hits for Bruce Springsteen entitled “Chapter and Verse” debuts at No.2 this week, released to coincide with his autobiography entitled ‘Born to Run’ which was released at the same time. The album has a song handpicked by Bruce from each of his studio albums, plus five previously unreleased songs, and overall this becomes his eighth best of set to chart and the third of them to reach the Top 10, as he also sent the compilations of “Greatest Hits” (HP-1×1, peaked 12th March, 1995) and his last was “Collection 1973-2012” (HP-6, peaked early April 2013) into the Top 10 previously.
“Illuminate” by Shawn Mendes is the second album for the eighteen year old Canadian singer and it debuts at No.3 this week becoming his first Top 10 album here in Australia, as his first set “Handwritten” debuted and peaked at No.18 in April of 2015, whilst this new album has his recent second No.4 single in “Treat You Better” (TW-17) and the new track “Mercy” (TW 22 from 35) which he performed on ‘The Late Late Show’ with James Corden this past week, plus his new album has so far debuted at the top in Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
After almost reclaiming the top spot last week the soundtrack for ‘Suicide Squad’ is back down two spots to No.4 this week, whilst climbing back up one place to No.5 is the Barbra Streisand duets album “Encore”. Last week’s No.1 entry of “Backbone” for Anthony Callea falls five places to No.6 this week and down three to No.7 is the Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris “Trio Collection”, whilst falling four spots to No.8 is the second No.1 album for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in “Skeleton Tree”, down five to No.8.
The fourth and final Top 10 debut this week occurs at No.9 this week, “Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical” by the Australian Cast featuring David Campbell, which is playing now in Sydney at the Lyric Theater. And as David Campbell is the one singing most of the tunes on the album, this also becomes his fifth Top 10 album here, and his first since 2010’s “On Broadway” (HP-7). The final album within the ten this week is “25” by Adele, which is down two places to No.10, and only the second time in its 45 weeks run on the charts (and within the Top 10) that it has been this low, the other time was five weeks ago at the start of September.
UP: Ed Sheeran blasts back up twenty places to No.17 with his “x” album and thanks to a new single and pending tour (starts October 27th) for Delta Goodrem, her album “Wings of the Wild” blasts back up twenty-four places to land at No.18. John Williamson sees “His Favourite Collection” jump back up five spots to No.20 and continuing its climb back up is “Dangerous Woman” for Ariana Grande, up three spots to No.28 this week, whilst right behind her and back up six to No.29 are The Wiggles with “The Best of”. Returning to the Top 100 within the fifty this week is Vance Joy and “Dream Your Life Away” at No.41 ahead of his AFL Grand Final appearance on Saturday the 1st of October (so it could climb again next week), and “Together” for Marina Prior and Mark Vincent returns at No.45.
DOWN: Two of the four albums that leave the Top 10 this week do so within the Top 30, the other two fall all the way down into the lower fifty. Firstly down five to No.12 is the soundtrack for “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (HP-7) and Usher tumbles nineteen places to No.24 with “Hard II Love” (HP-5). Die Antwoord falls forty-seven places to No.56 with “Mount Ninja & Da Nice Time Kid” (HP-9) and falling sixty spots to No.70 is REMI and “Divas and Demons” (HP-10), all albums having debuted within the Top 10 last week. Jason Aldean drops seven to No.19 with “They Don’t Know”, Safia falls twelve to No.23 with “Infernal”, The Beatles’ “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” is down fifteen places to No.31, “Bad Vibrations” for A Day to Remember falls ten to No.33, “This Could Be Heartbreak” by The Amity Affliction is down nine to No.35, Harts sees his set “Smoke Fire Hope Desire” fall fourteen to No.36, and after the altered position from last week of a No.17 debut (instead of the original No.52 as first reported), the Meat Loaf album “Braver Than We Are” is down twenty-three places to No.40. “Blonde” for Frank Ocean drops fourteen spots to No.46 and “The Getaway” for Red Hot Chili Peppers falls back down thirty-three spots to No.48 this week. Falling into the lower fifty are Bastille (28 to 53), Jack White (29 to 60), Led Zeppelin (BBC Sessions, 34 to 62), Bring Me the Horizon (49 to 76), and falling out the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Mac Miller (#13) and Matt Corby (#41).
Melbourne alternative artist Tash Sultana lands her first chart entry as her EP “Notion” debuts at No.11 this week, and a few places lower at No.13 is the local rock act Airbourne with their fourth album “Breakin’ Outta Hell” (it debuted at #9 in the UK this week too), becoming the act’s highest charting album here and third 20 and fourth Top 30 entry, as previously they have charted with “Runnin’ Wild” (HP-21, July 2007), “Not Guts, No Glory” (HP-19, March 2010) and their last set was “Black Dog Barking” (HP-17, late May 2013).
My Chemical Romance see their third album “The Black Parade” return to the chart at No.15 with a tenth anniversary bonus edition re-titled “The Black Parade: Living with Ghosts”, the bonus disc containing live and demo tracks from the original album from ten years, it reached No.3 on the 6th of November in 2006. And the final Top 50 debut this week sees the eighth studio album for Every Time I Die entitled “Low Teens” enter at No.25, the band’s fourth albums chart entry and now highest peaking set too, previously they charted with “New Junk Aesthetic” (LP#5, HP-81, Sept 2009), “Ex Lives” (LP#6, HP-46, March 2012) and their last set was “From Parts Unknown” (LP#7, HP-32, July 2014).
Lower 50: Their latest studio set dropped massively this week, but the “Greatest Hits” set for the RHCP is back up to No.52, and with so much Jimmy Barnes on the TV this past week promoting his first autobiography, his bands set “The Best of – All for You” by Cold Chisel is back up sixteen places to No.66, and right behind them we see a return at No.67 for the Ed Sheeran album “+’ followed by James Bay at No.69 with “Chaos and the Calm”, plus a “Greatest Hits” set for Tracy Chapman is back in at No.74. The G.H.’s for Fleetwood Mac is back up fourteen places to No.80 and “The Ultimate Collection” for Creedence is back up twelve to No.85, whilst further returning albums are the “Aladdin” Cast Recording (#84), “Me Before You” Soundtrack (#89), the self-titled album for Camp Cope (#91) and finally “Classic Carpenters” for Dami Im at #93 after her appearance on Channel 7’s ‘The Big Music Quiz’ last Sunday night.
US indie band Warpaint see their third album “Heads Up” enter at No.51 this week, becoming the band’s second entry here after their second and self-titled set “Warpaint” debuted and peaked at No.35 in late January of 2014. US blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa lands at No.71 debut with his fourteenth live album entitled “Live at the Greek Theatre”. UK singer Billy Bragg teams up with American artist Joe Henry for a covers album entitled “Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad”, with the pair doing covers from Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family among the tracks, with the guys having taken trips across the US by train to discover the songs. Finally sneaking in at #100 is a mixtape by rapper Ty Dolla $ign called “Campaign”, his ninth mixtape and first albums chart entry here.
compiled by Gavin Ryan for Australian-Charts.com