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ARIA Albums: RÜFÜS Debuts At Number One

by Gavin Ryan on August 18, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

Sydney indie-dance trio RÜFÜS take out the new No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums chart with their debut album “Atlas”, becoming the 678th album to reach the top of the Australian Albums Chart (1965 to 2013) and the 537th for ARIA (1983 to 2013).

It’s also the first No.1 for the record label Sweat it Out and the first time that the word ‘Atlas’ has appeared in a No.1 album title (the closest title was “Atlantic Crossing” for Rod Stewart in November 1975). The album also becomes the 163rd No.1 by an Australian act, and the 323rd by a Group. RÜFÜS are the 86th Australian act to reach No.1 since The Seekers (this time back in 1968) and they’re the 51st Australian group to make it to the top. Lastly “Atlas” becomes the 332nd album to debut at No.1 and it’s the 21st No.1 album for 2013 and the ninth by an Australian act for this year.

It’s an Aussie one-two debut this week as Brisbane’s alt-rock band Dead Letter Circus debut at No.2 with their second album “The Catalyst Fire”. It equals the debut and peak of their first album “This is the Warning” (May 2010), and it’s also the first time since 21-April-2008 that we’ve had two Australian albums debut at No.1 and No.2.

After her ninth non-consecutive week at No.1, Pink is down to No.3 with “The Truth About Love”, but with many more shows to go on her current national tour it could go back to the top several more times, whilst she is also at No.6 with her “Greatest Hits… So Far” collection. And for future tourists Fleetwood Mac, they also have two albums inside the Top 10 this week, with “25 Years – The Chain” (now ● Gold) up to a new peak of No.4 and their late 1988 (peaked Jan 89) released collection “Greatest Hits” (HP-3) jumping fifty-eight places to No.8 helped by their interview on ‘Sunday Night’ (Ch.7, 11-Aug). The last time Fleetwood Mac had two albums within the Top 10 was back in February 1977 when “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” were both within the ten for five weeks.

Passenger is down a couple of places to No.5 with “All the Little Lights” and Imagine Dragons drop back three places to No.7 with “Night Visions”. Ahead of Father’s Day on September 1st, Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey are back up two places to No.10 with “The Great Country Songbook” and landing the third Aussie debut inside the Top 10 this week at No.9 are Cloud Control with their second album entitled “Dream Cave”. This also becomes their first Top 10 entry as their debut set “Bliss Release” debuted and peaked at No.20 in late May 2010.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: With Bastille doing shows around the country this weekend (from 16-Aug), their slow climbing album “Bad Blood” takes a massive leap up twenty-three places to a new peak of No.18 in it’s eighteenth week within the Top 100. The Backstreet Boys had only released their new album digitally when it entered at No.73 last week, and this week “In a World Like This” bullets up fifty-three places to No.30, with Pink’s “Funhouse” back up thirty-three places to No.34 this week. Fleetwood Mac not only have two albums inside the Top 10, but they also have four albums within the Top 40, as “Rumours” jumps back up fifty-six places to No.37 and they return to the Top 100 at No.40 with the longest ARIA charting album (ever) “The Very Best of” (HP-16) in its 318th Top 100 week.

DOWN DOWN: “Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars leaves the Top 10 for only the second time in it’s 36 weeks within the Top 100 (that’s 34 weeks inside the Top 10), as it drop to it’s lowest placing so far of No.12. Bliss N’ Eso are down five places to No.13 with “Circus in the Sky” (HP-1) after six weeks within the Top 10 and after jumping back in last week to No.7, Michael Buble is back down seven to No.14 with “To Be Loved”. Last weeks two Top 10 debuts also fall out, with Horrorshow down twenty places to No.22 with “King Amongst Many” and falling nineteen places to No.28 is Snakadaktal with “Sleep in the Water”. “A” by Agnetha is down fourteen places to No.36 whilst the Five Finger Death Punch album “The Wrong Side of Heaven… Vol.1” drops thirty places to No.43. Luke Kennedy tumbles twenty-three places to No.44 with “A Time for Us”, but Jasmine Rae is down fifty-one places to No.74 with “If I Want to”. Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 includes “Collection” by Michael Buble (#25), The Civil Wars self-titled second album (#35) and “Hobo Rocket” by Pond (#37).

English heavy metal band Asking Alexandria debut at No.11 with their third album entitled “From Death to Destiny”. This is their second album to chart here after their second set “Reckless and Relentless” debuted and peaked at No.30 in April 2011. Country singer Charley Pride is touring Australia and New Zealand in November, and ahead of his tour is the new compilation “40 Years of Pride”, which is a former NZ No.1 album and debuts here this week at No.21 (also in time for Father’s Day). Charley’s last charting album here was back in February 1997 (16 years ago) with the album “30 Years of Pride” (HP-25) and this is his tenth best-of/greatest hits compilation to chart in Australia, with his tally being eleven albums chart entries since 1975 (10 best of and 1 studio album). Diesel debuts at No.31 with his thirteenth studio album entitled “Let it Fly”, also becoming his first Top 50 charting album since July 2009’s “Project Blues: Saturday Suffering Fools” (HP-50) and his tenth Top 50 albums appearance (8 studio, 1 live and 1 collaboration {Wilson Diesel}).

Lower 50: With Lana Del Rey landing a new Top 20 entry with the remixed “Summertime Sadness”, her album “Born to Die” is back up twenty-two places to No.54 and thanks to their current reunion tour You Am I see their three previous albums “Hi Fi Way” (#56), “Hourly, Daily” (#58) and “Sound as Ever” (#59) return to the ARIA Albums chart again. Birdy and her self-titled album are back up eleven places to No.60 and The Bee Gees see their “Mythology” album jump back up thirteen places to No.69. Jagwar Ma return to the Top 100 at a new peak of No.71 with “Howlin’”, and picking up new certifications are “Unapologetic” for Rihanna (now ▲ Platinum) and up eleven places to No.76 and the self-titled former No.1 for Paramore (now ● Gold) back up to No.81. Other returning albums this week come from “The Sapphires” soundtrack at No.93, “Our Version of Events” by Emeli Sande at No.95 and the Coldplay collection “CD Catalogue Set” at No.97.

The third album for Sydney based singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson becomes his first ARIA Albums chart entry at No.61 entitled “Let the River Run”, which is helped by the current No.66 single “Middle Ground”. Another local ensemble consisting of Paul Kelly, James Ledger, Genevieve Lacy and the ANAM Musicians debuts at No.65 with the album “Conversations with Ghosts”. A third Australian act to enter in the lower fifty is in at No.100, 1927 with “Generation I”, whilst the other new entry is from the Disney film “Teen Beach Movie” which debuts at No.89.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to



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