The 25th studio album and their first (full) covers album in “Blue & Lonesome” for The Rolling Stones debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
“Blue & Lonesome” becomes the 791st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 642nd for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 42nd No.1 Album for 2016 and the 437th to debut in the No.1 position. It also becomes the first No.1 album for this decade for the Polydor record label, and the labels nineteenth overall since they first claimed a No.1 in March 1968 with the Cream album “Disraeli Gears”, with the labels last chart-topping album being “Songs for My Mother” by Ronan Keating (4 weeks from 27th April, 2009).
It’s been 22 1/2 years since The Rolling Stones last hit the top here in Australia, when “Voodoo Lounge” (31-July, 1994) spent a single week at No.1, so this becomes the band’s first chart leader for this century, and gives them the longest gap in Australian Albums Chart history between first and current No.1 albums, as the band’s self-titled set was the second No.1 album in Australia (16th Jan, 1965) for three weeks, and below are all of the bands chart-topping albums here:
16-Jan-65|#02|3wks|The Rolling Stones
02-Mar-68|#11|3wks|Their Satanic Majesties Request
26-Nov-73|#53|4wks|Goats Head Soup
31-July-94|307|1 wk|Voodoo Lounge
12-Dec-16|791|2 wk|Blue & Lonesome
The Rolling Stones have now had seven No.1 albums in Australia, ranking them equal eighth on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums 1965-2016’ alongside Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Twelfth Man and Eminem. Plus they have now notched up 25 overall weeks at No.1 from those seven albums, placing them equal 15th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1 1965-2016’ alongside U2 and Savage Garden. This also becomes the bands 35th Top 10 album (4 live, 7 best ofs, 24 studios).
This becomes the ninth album with ‘Blue’ in it’s title, the last one being the Florence + the Machine set “How Big, How Blue…” (8th June, 2015) and the first to feature the word ‘Lonesome’ at the top. This new No.1 album becomes the 148th by an English Act (group, duo or solo) to hit the top (the 5th for 2016 after Bowie, Zayn, 1975 and Passenger), and the 358th overall by a Group (local or overseas) and the 20th for 2016 by a Group too.
For the last weeks of 2015, the Michael Buble seasonal album “Christmas” spent two weeks at No.2, becoming his first year of not returning to the No.1 festive season pole position (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 all rang with bells at the top for the set), and this week “Christmas” for Mr. Buble is back up one spot to No.2, meaning he could be back at the top next week for a fourteenth week at the summit, and this week he swaps places with the former No.1 “Hardwired… to Self Destruct” by Metallica which for a second week is down one place, this time to No.3.
The other festive season Top 10 this week is the John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John collaboration “Friends for Christmas” which is on hold at No.4 this week, whilst back up one place each are “25” for Adele and “The Secret Daughter” (newly certified ▲Platinum) by Jessica Mauboy to No.5 and No.6 respectively. Keith Urban is back in the country touring at the moment, and his newly re-packaged tour-edition of his former No.1 “Ripcord” (May 2016) jumps back up ten places to notch up a 19th week within the Top 10.
Last weeks No.1 debut for The Weeknd and “Starboy” falls seven places this week to No.8, whilst the second and final Top 10 debut for this week comes in at No.9 and is third studio album for US RnB artist Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) “Awaken, My Love!”, and it becomes his first Top 10 placing here in Australia, whilst his fourth albums chart entry overall, as he previously charted with “Camp” (LP#1, HP-99, Jan 2013), “Because the Internet” (LP#2, HP-37, Dec 2013) and the “Kauai” EP (EP#2, HP-25, Oct 2014) and his current albums second entry “Redbone” jumps into the Top 50 at No.42 becoming his highest charting single here. And returning to the Top 10, up one spot from last week to land at No.10 is “The Wonder of You” for Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, racking up a fifth week within the Top 10 and newly certified Gold (●) in sales in the process too.
* The new animated feature “Trolls” sees its soundtrack leap up nine spots this week to a new peak of No12.
* Coldplay just started their national tour here this past week, and this helps the repacked tour edition of “A Head Full of Dreams” to jump back up eight places to No.14, whilst their “4CD Catalogue Set” jumps up seventeen places to land at No.50 too.
* With the DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Suicide Squad” occurring here last week (5th Dec), the soundtrack is back up five places to No.20 this week.
* Adele’s second album “21” climbs back up eight to No.34.
* Last week the A Tribe Called Quest final album “We Got it from Here…” fell from 46 to No.95, but this week it bounces back up fifty-one spots to land at No.44.
* After falling out last week, the former No.1 album for Sticky Fingers is back into the Top 100 at No.46 this week, followed at No.52 by Carrie Underwood and “Storyteller” thanks to her tour alongside Keith Urban.
* Andre Rieu returned last week with his latest album “Falling in Love”, which is up seventeen spots to No.56 this week.
* With the recently announced tour here in 2017, Nick Cave is back up nine to No.71 with his recent second No.1 album “Skeleton Tree”.
* Further returning albums in the lower fifty are “Lemonade” for Beyonce after her multiple Grammy nominations this week at No.82, with a new Chisel live album debuting high, their collection “The Best of – All for You” is back in at No.84. Two further returns occur for The Koi Boys at No.93 with “Meant to Be” and with the just released trailer for Volume 2 in mid 2017 occurring this past week, the soundtrack for “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1” is back in at No.94.
* Bruno Mars only lasted two weeks in the Top 10 with his third album “24k Magic” (HP-3, WI10-2) and is down five spots to No.13 this week, but his first album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” also spent its first two weeks in the ten, then returning during on its tenth chart week when further singles from the album were released.
* “Very Very Best of” for Crowded House (HP-5, WI10-1) after finally cracking the Top 10 for the first time is back down twelve places to No.17 this week, close to where it was three weeks ago (#14).
* Robbie Williams’ “The Heavy Entertainment Show” (HP-4, WI10-4) is down nine spots to No.18 this week.
* The fourth and final Top 10 dropout is last weeks No.10 entry for local rap/hip-hop duo A.B. Original (HP-10, WI10-1) which falls forty-five places to No.55 this week.
* Leonard Cohen drops six places to No.19 with “You Want it Darker”.
* After debuting at No.14 last week, the Susan Boyle album “A Wonderful World” drops eight spots this week to No.22.
* Phil Collins’ latest collection “The Singles” is down six places to No.24.
* The other Top 20 entry from last week in “Gunslinger” for Garth Brooks is down twelve chart notches to No.28.
* After two weeks back in the chart at No.19, the multi ARIA Award winner Flume is down ten places to No.29 with “Skin”.
* Cliff Richard is also down twelve to No.38 with “Just… Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll” too.
* James Arthur sees his second album “Back from the Edge” fall eleven spots this week to No.39.
* Another ARIA winner who falls this week is Sia and “This is Acting”, down eleven to No.43.
* Illy scored his first No.1 album four weeks ago with “Two Degrees”, which drops eighteen spots this week to No.45.
* Bieber’s “Purpose” leaves the Top 50 again this week, down thirteen to No.61.
* Birds of Tokyo need to put on the brakes with their new album, because “Brace” falls again, down this week seventeen spots to No.62.
* Delta Goodrem descends twenty-three places with her “Wings of the Wild” set to No.64.
* With a new double-album edition debuting this week, the single edition of “Blurryface” by twenty one pilots drops back down thirty-three spots to No.67.
* Dropping fourteen spots to No.68 is the latest Sting album “57th & 9th”.
* Kerser plummets thirty-four spots to No.77 with “Tradition”, which only debuted at No.4 three weeks ago.
* Both Prince compilations drop this week, with “The Very Best of” down fifteen to No.75 and last weeks new entry “4Ever” down forty-three spots to No.79.
* The album which debuted just above Prince last week in the Kate Bush set “Before the Dawn” falls forty-six spots this week to land at No.81.
* Another big ARIA Award winner who slumps back down this week is Troye Sivan and his “Blue Neighbourhood”, which is down thirty-eight places this week to No.95.
* All three albums that returned to the Top 100 last week for The Butterfly Effect retreat out of the chart this week, two of which left from the fifty, “Begins Here” (#47) and “Imago” (#49), whilst also gone is their set “Final Conversion of Kings” (#56).
* The two Pentatonix seasonal albums are both within the Top 40 this week, with their most recent edition “A Pentatonix Christmas” (HP-16) back up one to No.23 and “That’s Christmas to Me” (HP-21) rising five to No.32.
* Mariah Carey’s classic “Merry Christmas” jumps back up six to No.25 and the lead single from the album “All I Want for Christmas is You” is back within the Top 40 singles chart this week too.
* “The Christmas Album” for Human Nature jumps back up eight places to No.30, whilst their “Gimme Some Lovin'” set is stable at No.33.
* Back within the Top 50 this week are The Ten Tenors and their set “Our Christmas Wish”, which is back up nine places to No.42.
* After a re-packaged surge last week, the “Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition” falls back down eighteen spots this week to No.48.
* The Neil Diamond “Acoustic Christmas” album previously peaked at No.84, but this week it is back up nine spots to land a new peak of No.80.
* The final seasonal album in the charts is last weeks returned set “Best of Christmas” (HP-46) by Andre Rieu, which is back up seven spots to No.86 this week.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #12 (Live6) – Live Tapes Volume 3: Live at Manly Vale Hotel, 7th June 1983 – Cold Chisel continue their issuing of some of their classic performances, and this third edition is now the highest charting of their three recent live sets, with Vol.2 peaking at No.19 in Nov 2014. (The band’s first live album from 1981 “Swingshift” went to No.1, so that is their highest charting live album overall).
* #26 – The Hamilton Mixtape – Broadway Cast, sees the popular US stage production take its songs and blend them into a mixtape, and by debuting so high it surpasses the No.42 peak that the original cast recording achieved back in late June.
* #31 (EP3) – “Part 1 EP” – Guy Sebastian, is a six track extended play of new material ahead of Part 2 sometime in early 2017, with this new set containing the former chart entry “Candle” (HP-59, Sept 2016) and the current entry “Set in Stone” (HP-11, TW-29), plus whilst this is his third EP (the first two contained older tracks), it is his first to chart.
* #35 (GH1) – “The Best of: Act One” – Kate Miller-Hiedke has so far released four studio albums and two soundtracks/cast recordings, plus a few side projects, and her first collection of hits sees a No.35 debut this week, whilst three of her four studio albums have all reached the Top 10 (her first set made it to No.11 in 2007).
* #37 (LP#5) – “Darkness and Light” – John Legend sees his fifth studio album become his sixth albums chart entry (five studios, one collaboration) this week and becomes his fourth album to place within Top 50, with the lead single from the album “Love Me Now” (HP-25) back up two places this week to No.33 and newly certified Gold (●) in sales too.
* #41 (LP#3&4) – Vessel / Blurryface – twenty one pilots see their third and fourth albums re-packed into a 2CD set, and in doing so it gives the bands third album “Vessel” its first berth within the Top 50, as the album has so far peaked at No.51 during its long lower-fifty run.
* #58 (LP#8) – W:/2016Album/ – Deadmau5 once again has the unique album title, and this becomes his fifth Top 100 entry here in Australia.
* #60 (LP#1) – Kane Brown – Kane Brown is the self-titled debut album for this US country singer.
* #85 (LP#1) – Ember to Inferno – Trivium; this was the band’s 2003 debut album, which has been re-packed with bonus material and hits the albums chart for the first time, becoming their sixth albums chart entry (all but LP#2 has charted here).
* #97 (LP#1) – Communication – Nicole Millar is the debut album for the local singer/songwriter, and features her current single “Signals”.