Lee Kernaghan stays at No.1 for a third consecutive week with his album “Spirit of the ANZACS”.
‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ has the longest stay at the top for an Australian artist since INXS and their collection “The Very Best” (TW-37) returned to the top for its fifth to seventh week (31-March to 14-April, 2014).
With his tour of Australia wrapping up this past week, it helps Ed Sheeran and his second album “x” to remain at No.2 plus it brings his first album “+” back into the Top 10, up six places to No.6, the album was last in the Top 10 back in late April 2013 (almost two years ago). The soundtrack for “Furious 7” leaps up thirty places to land at No.3 this week after the movie opened around the country last Thursday, whilst there are six tracks from the album within the Top 100 singles and the closing credits song “See You Again” for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth leaps to No.1 this week. This becomes the franchises second Top 10 album, as the sixth film spent a week at No.10 in mid-June of 2013.
US band All Time Low land the highest new entry of the week with their sixth studio album coming in at No.4 entitled “Future Hearts”. By entering so high this becomes the bands first Top 10 album, as their last two entries “Don’t Panic” (LP#5 Oct 2012) and “Dirty Work” (LP#4, June 2011) both debuted and peaked at No.13, whilst the bands first entry here was their third album “Nothing Personal” (June 2009) which spent a week on the albums chart at No.71.
After leaping to a new peak of No.3 last week, the self-titled album for Hozier is down two places to No.5, whilst also down two spots and returning to its lowest position again is Taylor Swift with “1989” to No.7. Down one spot to No.8 is Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour”, Meghan Trainor drops four to No.9 with “Title” and diving six places to No.10 is Kendrick Lamar with “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
UP: The Hilltop Hoods climb back up four places to No.13 with “Walking Under Stars” and Sia is up six to No.14 with “1000 Forms of Fear” thanks to a Top 40 debut from the album. Arctic Monkeys zoom up fifty places to No.15 with their former No.1 album from 2013 “AM”, and UK band The Architects toured here this past week, and their March 2014 album “Lost Forever // Lost Together” (HP-13) returns at No.23 this week. Fleetwood Mac jump up thirteen to No.24 with “The Very Best of”, Ariana Grande is up eighteen to No.25 with her former No.1 “My Everything”, the self-titled album for The Veronicas climbs nine to No.27 and the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack leaps thirty-two spots to No.29, whilst returning to the Top 100 at No.30 is “Hungry Ghost” for Violent Soho and Sheppard with “Bombs Away” at No.34. Neil Diamond leaps fifty-one places to a new peak of No.32 with “The Best of”, and “The Essential” for Michael Jackson is back up twenty-three spots to No.36, with other big leaps including “Motion” for Calvin Harris (54 to 39), “30:30 Hindsight” for Jimmy Barnes (57 to 40), “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” by Kendrick Lamar (92 to 44), “Piece by Piece” for Kelly Clarkson (62 to 46), “Goin’ Your Way” for Neil Finn & Paul Kelly (82 to 49) and “Sadnecessary” for Milky Chance (91 to 50).
DOWN: After two weeks within the Top 10 James Bay and his debut album “Chaos & the Calm” (HP-3) is down three to No.12 and after a single week within the ten, two of last weeks Top 10 debuts dropout, “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue” for Van Morrison is down six to No.16 and last weeks highest new entry for The Prodigy “The Day is My Enemy” drops thirteen spots to No.21. Courtney Barnett is down seven to No.18 with “Sometimes I Sit and Think…” and after returning at No.19 Silverchair’s debut album “Frogstomp” (20th Ann.Ed.) is down seven places to No.26. Troy Cassar-Daley drops thirteen to No.38 with “Freedom Ride” and Damien Leith is down seventeen to No.43 with “Songs from Ireland” and now that his tour is over Paolo Nutini drops back sixteen to No.45 with “Caustic Love” and Mark Knopfler plummets twenty-five places to No.48 with “The Tracker”. Albums dropping out from last weeks Top 50 are Nightwish (16 to 51), Mark Ronson (40 to 52), Human Nature (35 to 54), British India (28 to 59), Fleetwood Mac’s “Greatest Hits” (48 to 65), Xavier Rudd (45 to 72), Madonna (44 to 73), Death Cab for Cutie (21 to 80), Action Bronson (41 to 99) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Short Stack (#12), Madeon (#31), Rose Carleo (#38), Taylor Swift with “Fearless” (#46) and Melinda Schneider & Beccy Cole (#49).
Indie folk artist Sufjan Stevens sees his ninth studio album “Carrie & Lowell” becomes his highest charting album here, as it debuts at No.11 this week also becoming his first Top 50 albums chart appearance. He has previously charted three albums in the lower fifty, “Come on Feel the Illinoise” (LP#5, HP-86, Sept 2005), “The Avalanche” (LP#6, HP-97, July 2006) and his last entry was “The Age of Adz” (LP#8, HP-61).
Lower 50: There are fifteen returning albums in the lower fifty this week, with Best of sets from The Doors (#60), Blink 182 (#70), Air Supply (#82), and Guns N’ Roses (#100) back in along with albums by The 1975 (#53), Eric Clapton & Friends (#61), Of Monsters and Men (#63), Jessica Mauboy (#68), Justice Crew (#69), Tame Impala (#78), Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” (#81), Beck (#84), Jack Johnson (#91), Nirvana (#94) and the LiveSOS from 5SOS (#95).
The four new albums in the lower section start with the No.67 entry for Van Halen “Tokyo Dome in Concert”, just as Warner re-issues their back catalogue as digital albums for the first time. Two further collections also debut, with The Gorillaz best of “The Singles Collection 2001-2011” at No.85 and a few places lower at No.87, Talking Heads with their compilation “The Best of”. And landing at No.98 is the eleventh studio album for former Beach Boys lead singer Brian Wilson entitled “No Pier Pressure”, which becomes his fifth studio album to chart in Australia, his last entry here was his ninth album “Re-imagines Gershwin” (HP-95) back in September 2010.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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