Welsh heavy metal act Bullet for My Valentine see their fifth studio album “Venom” become their first No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart this week.
“Venom” becomes the 738th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 589th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 385th album to debut at No.1 plus the 23rd for the RCA label, and their first since “Bangerz” for Miley Cyrus debuted at the top in mid-October 2013, and finally it’s the first time that the word ‘venom’ has appeared in a No.1 title and in fact it’s the first ever venom injected title to enter the albums chart.
Bullet for My Valentine are the first Welsh act to hit No.1 in Australia, beating Shirley Bassey (two No.2 albums in the 1965) Tom Jones (two #2 albums in 1969 and a No.3 album with John Farnham in 2005) and Bonnie Tyler also made it to No.3 in 1983 with her “Faster Than the Speed of Night” album, so now we have our first Welsh act at the top, and they also become the 345th group to make it to No.1. This new entry also becomes the fourth Top 5 album for the group who first charted here with their second album “Scream. Aim. Fire” (HP-4, Feb 2008) followed by “Fever” (LP#3, HP-5, May 2010) and their last was “Temper Temper” (LP#4, HP-4, Feb 2013).
Brisbane alt-rock band Dead Letter Circus see their third album “Aesthesis” debut at No.2 this week, becoming the bands third successive album to debut and peak at No.2, as their first set “This is the Warning” (May 2010) came in at No.2 and their second album “The Catalyst Fire” (Aug 2013) achieved the same entry and peak, now they do it for the third time (similar to Gurrumul landing three #3 albums recently).
It’s all new entries within the top three this week, coming in at No.3 is the compilation “Best of The Soul Years” for Jimmy Barnes, which features tracks from his previous three ‘soul’ albums “Soul Deep” (HP-1×3, Nov 1991), “Soul Deeper” (HP-3, Nov 2000) and “The Rhythm and The Blues” (HP-1×2, Sept 2009). Last weeks No.1 debut for Dr. Dre “Compton” is down three places to No.4 and the fourth and final Top 5/10 debut this week is at No.5, The Waifs with their seventh studio album entitled “Beautiful You”. This becomes the bands fourth Top 5 album and sixth overall to enter (four studio and two live albums), with their previous T10 entries being “Up All Night” (LP#4, HP-3, Jan. 2003), “Sun Dirt Water” (LP#5, HP-2, Sept 2007) and their last entry was “Temptation” (LP#6, HP-3, March 2011).
Down a place each are “1989” for Taylor Swift and “x” for Ed Sheeran to No.6 and No.7 respectively, whilst falling five to No.8 is Meghan Trainor with “Title”, with “Hoops” for The Rubens tumbling seven places to No.9 this week after having debuted at No.2 last week. The only new certified album this week is James Bay with “Chaos and the Calm” (now Gold (●)) which is down two places to No.10 this week.
UP: Kendrick Lamar is back up seven spots to No.22 with his former No.1 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” and the previously released self-titled album for Avril Lavigne (HP-7, Nov 2013) is back into the Top 100 at No.23 this week. Paul Simon is up twelve places to a new peak of No.39 with his compilation “The Ultimate Collection” and Lee Kernaghan climbs again this week with “Spirit of the ANZACS” to No.46.
DOWN: “Stages” (HP-2, WI10-7) for Josh Groban is down five spots to No.12 this week and is by far his longest run within the Top 10 in Australia (“Awake” only stayed for 2 weeks in May 2007), Luke Bryan and his first T10 album here “Kill the Lights” (HP-4) are down nine spots to No.13 after one week within the ten, whilst down six to No.16 is Adam Lambert with “The Original High” (HP-4, WI10-3) and the fourth and final dropout is “The Gospel Album” (HP-3, WI10-2) for Gurrumul dropping nine spots to No.18, and it has spent as much time within the Top 10 as his last album did. Greta Bradman falls thirteen places to No.24 this week with her classical album “My Hero”, Fear Factory drop fourteen to No.29 with “Genexus”, Shane Nicholson loses twenty-one chart places by falling to No.37 with “Hell Breaks Loose”, Josh Pyke tumbles nineteen to No.40 with “But for All These Shrinking Hearts”, and dropping down eighteen spots to No.50 is Major Lazer with “Peace is the Mission”. Falling down into the lower fifty are The Jungle Giants (25 to 52), Of Monsters & Men (37 to 56), Buried in Verona (17 to 65), Drake (42 to 66), Galantis (45 to 68), Chemical Brothers (43 to 71), The Wombats (34 to 76), Mark Ronson (50 to 88) and falling out of the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are Mac DeMarco (#24) and Tommy Emmanuel (#31).
American DJ and remixer Dillon Francis sees his new EP “This Mixtape is Fire” debut at No.25 this week, becoming his second chart entry here, as his debut album “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” made it to No.33 in November 2014, meaning this new entry is his highest charting so far and it features his collaboration with Kygo entitled “Coming Over”. A few places lower at No.27 is former US Season 3 of The Voice (2012) contestant Melanie Martinez (she made it to top six) with her debut album “Cry Baby” which comes in at No.27, whilst one place lower at No.28 is the second album and first entry for another Welsh act entitled Neck Deep, their debut with “Life’s Not Out to Get You” which recently peaked at No.8 in the UK Album charts.
The tenth album for rock act Soulfly debuts at No.41 entitled “Archangel”, and becomes the bands eleventh chart entry (10 studio and 1 EP), followed a few places lower at No.43 by the first entry for local singer/songwriter Andrew Hagger entitled “Vivid”, plus he is playing shows at the moment (Sydney next weekend). And the final entry to the fifty comes in at No.47, Sydney act Stories with their debut album “The Youth to Become”.
Lower 50: Jessie J is back up fourteen places to No.54 with her “Sweet Talker” album and back up fifteen to No.62 is “Freedom Ride” for Troy Cassar-Daley, with “Choose Your Weapon” by Hiatus Kaiyote back in at No.64. “The Best of–All for You” for Cold Chisel is back up thirteen spots to No.73, the newly re-packaged tour edition of “V” for Maroon 5 is up twenty-one places to No.78 and further returning albums come from The Amity Affliction with “Let the Ocean Take Me” (#80), “Nanna” for Xavier Rudd (#92) and “Blurryface” for recent tourists twenty one pilots (#95).
The TV Soundtrack for the show “True Detective” debuts at No.51 this week, followed by the new entry at No.53, “Subliminal Criminals”, the seventh studio album for US punk act Stray from the Path, which is their first entry here. Also making their first chart entry with their eight studio album are local act The Basics (main member is Wally De Backer aka Gotye) with “The Age of Entitlement” coming in at No.60. Knoxville, Tennessee spiritual act United Pursuit land their first chart entry at No.67 entitled “Simple Gospel (Live)”, whilst the final entry of the week comes in at No.81 and is the debut album for UK punk hardcore act Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, their set is entitled “Blossom”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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