Sydney metalcore act Northlane see their third studio album “Node” becomes the acts second Top 10 entry and their first No.1 album upon the ARIA Albums chart.
“Node” becomes the 736th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 587th for ARIA (1983 to 2015) and is the 383rd album to debut at No.1, plus it’s the first time that the ‘Unified’ record label through Warner has achieved a No.1 placing and also the first time that the word ‘node’ has featured in a No.1 album title (or any charted albums’ title). As I mentioned above it is the acts second Top 10 album, as their second set “Singularity” debuted and peaked at No.3 in April 2013, whilst their first album “Discoveries” made it to No.85 in November 2011.
“Node” is now the 185th album by an Australian act to make it to No.1 and the third in a row for an Aussie act after last weeks debut for Tame Impala and prior to that John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John were at the top for three weeks. The last time one local act took over from another three times in a row was back in July 2014 when 5 Seconds of Summer (7-July) were then dethroned by Sia (14-July) and then a week later Taylor Henderson was at No.1 (21-July). Northlane now become the 97th Australian act to land a No.1 album and the 55th Australian group to reach the summit, and their album is also the 344th by a group (local or overseas) to make it to the top of the ARIA Albums chart.
Another metal act debuting at No.2 are US group Lamb of God with their seventh album “VII – Sturm und Drang” (Storm and Stress) which becomes the acts fourth album to chart here in Australia, their third Top 10 and now their highest charting set. Previously they charted with their fourth album “Sacrament” (HP-25, Aug 2006) then their fifth set “Wrath” (HP-8, March 2009) and their last was with their sixth album “Resolution” (HP-3, Jan 2012).
Last weeks No.1 debut of “Currents” for Tame Impala is only down two places to No.3 this week helped by their shows at ‘Splendor in the Grass’, whilst the third and final Top 10 debut for the week is the twentieth studio album for country artist Alan Jackson entitled “Angels and Alcohol” and by coming in at No.4 is becomes his third Top 10 album and now highest charting, as his two previous Top 10 entries were “Thirty Miles West” (HP-6, June 2012) and the compilation “34 Number Ones” which climbed to No.7 in March 2011.
After three more weeks at No.2, “Title” for Meghan Trainor and last weeks No.3 album of “1989” for Taylor Swift both drop back down three places to No.5 and No.6 respectively, whilst recent tourist here Josh Groban sees his “Stages” album hold at No.7. “x” for Ed Sheeran drops four places to No.8 and down one spot to No.9 is recent ‘Splendor’ festival headliners Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, whilst recent No.1 album “Two Strong Hearts” for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John is down four places to No.10, but could rebound in a couple of weeks when the DVD and Blu-Ray of the tour comes out.
Splendor in the Grass: Most of the album rises this week occur due to acts that appeared at the ‘Splendor in the Grass’ festival last weekend, and apart from the aforementioned Top 10 acts, the first outside of the ten to climb are The Wombats, who are back up twenty-one spots to No.20 with “Glitterbug”, “Down to Earth” for Flight Facilities is back up twenty-nine places to No.22, “Communion” for Years & Years drops a little to No.27 and another headline act in Blur see their recent comeback album “The Magic Whip” up twenty-two places to No.31. Of Monsters and Men and their “Beneath the Skin” album drops nine to No.39 whilst Mark Ronson is stable at No.42 with his “Uptown Special” set and blasting back up forty-two places to No.43 is Alison Wonderland with her ‘Run’ album and Florence’s previous album “Ceremonials” is back up sixteen places to No.47.
UP: Non-Splendor rising albums come from Major Lazer who rise back up four to No.24 with “Peace is the Mission”, “Empires” for Hillsong United is also back up four to No.30, “Dream Your Life Away” for Vance Joy leaps back up thirty-eight spots to No.40 helped by the new single (not from the album) “Fire & the Flood” coming in at No.21. Also returning to the Top 50 are Queen with their “Greatest Hits” (62 to 44) and “Pure Heroine” for Lorde (56 to 48).
DOWN: Sam Smith has been in the Top 10 every week of this year, except now for this week, as his “In the Lonely Hour” (HP-1×2, WI10-50), album is down three places to No.12, having returned to the ten back in mid-December 2014. The two other Top 10 dropouts only entered their last week, with the new UK No.1 album “Born in the Echoes” for The Chemical Brothers falling thirteen places to No.18 and the “Magic Mike XXL” soundtrack down twenty-four places to No.34. “Wilder Mind” for Mumford & Sons is only down three to No.14 due to their concert announcements and down nine to No.25 is the recent Top 10 returnee “Very Best of” for INXS. The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack is down nine to No.28 and falling nineteen to No.32 is the David Bowie compilation “Nothing Has Changed: The Best of”, whilst notching up its one-year anniversary by falling eleven places to No.35 is the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack. The self-titled album for Hozier is down ten to No.36 and Hermitude tumble sixteen places to No.37 with their former No.1 album “Dark Night Sweet Light”, whilst another former No.1 in “Drones” for Muse drops thirteen to No.38. The Hilltop Hoods are down eighteen to No.41 with “Walking Under Stars” (one-year anniversary is next week), and Seth Sentry is down eleven to No.46 with “Strange New Past”, whilst another soundtrack drops this week, ‘Furious 7’, which is down twelve to No.49 and down seventeen to No.50 is the A$AP Rocky album “A.L.L.A.”. Falling out from the Top 50 are albums for Ms Mr (12 to 60, Splendor act), Jessie J (46 to 62), Tuka (31 to 64), Bon Jovi (40 to 69), Daniel Johns (50 to 73), Leon Bridges (38 to 76), Jason Isbell (32 to 92), Neil Diamond (47 to 94), Fleetwood Mac’s “Very Best of” (14 to 96) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are The Eagles with “The Complete Greatest Hits” (#20), Art of Sleeping (#27, Splendor act), Ratata (#29), Jessie Ware (#36) ‘Paper Towns’ soundtrack (#44) and Rod Stewart (#49).
Brisbane four piece act Holy Holy see their debut album “When the Storms Would Come” debut at No.11 this week, helped by their ‘Splendor’ appearances last weekend too. Coming in at No.13 is the soundtrack to the new Jake Gyllenhaal boxing film “Southpaw”, which features the current No.79 single for Eminem “Kings Never Die”, which further artists appearing on the set include The Weeknd, Busta Ryhmes, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent and The Notorious B.I.G. amongst its fourteen tracks.
Los Angeles rapper Marcus Jamal Hopson goes by the stage-name Hopsin, and his fifth studio album “Pound Syndrome” debuts at No.15 to become his first chart entry here. Returning to the charts at No.21 is the third studio album for former Pink Floyd bassist and songwriter Roger Waters entitled “Amused to Death” which has been digitally re-mastered, featuring a new 5.1 multichannel audio mix, and the album originally peaked at No.14 upon entry in late September of 1992.
The fifteenth studio album for guitarist Joe Satriani entitled “Shockwave Supernova” debuts at No.23 becoming his ninth album to chart in Australia and his first Top 50 appearance since his fourth album “The Extremist” made it to No.29 in late August of 1992, with his last studio album “Unstoppable Momentum” making it to No.81 in May 2013. Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi debuts at No.26 with her second solo entry entitled “Home”, with her previous entry being “Telelove” (HP-40, April 1999).
US metal act We Came as Romans see their fourth self-titled album debut at No.29 this week, becoming the acts third Top 100 entry but first to make it into the Top 50, as they previously charted with their second album “Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be” (HP-72, Sept 2011) and their third set “Tracing Back Roots” (HP-83, August 2013). Former George lead singer and well established solo artist Katie Nonnan debuts at No.33 with her seventh solo album chart entry “Transmutant” under the name of Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, and this is the fourth Top 50 album for Katie now.
Lower 50: The Wiggles’ “Meet the Orchestra” returns to the chart at a new peak of No.52 this week (it formerly made it to No.62) and back up nineteen places each are “The Best of – All for You” by Cold Chisel and “Wanted on Voyage” by George Ezra to No.55 and No.57 respectively. Further ‘Splendor in the Grass’ acts making moves in the lower fifty include the self-titled Royal Blood album returning at No.61, Everything Everything are back in at No.65 with “Get to Heaven”, Purity Ring come back in at No.83 with “Another Eternity”, dance artist Porter Robinson sees his album “Worlds” re-enter at No.93 and the final ‘Splendor’ act in the lower fifty is Alpine holding at No.98 with “Yuck”. The repackaged 25th Anniversary edition of the 1990 No.1 album “In Concert” for The Three Tenors returns at No.67, Jason DeRulo’s visit here this week also helps his album “Everything is 4” back up to No.70, Drake is back up ten places to No.77 with “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late” and further returning albums come from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” (#81), “The Eminem Show” by Eminem (#85), “Emma!” for Emma! (#89), thanks to the new film/documentary, Amy Winehouse and “Back to Black” returns in at No.91 and also re-entering is the self-titled album for Flume (#99) and Zac Brown Band with “Jekyll + Hyde” (#100).
There are two new entries in the lower fifty this week, with Jill Scott debuting at No.68 with her fifth studio album entitled “Woman”, which becomes her first chart entry here in Australia, and further down at No.90 is the collection album for Celtic Woman entitled “Decade”, which becomes the acts fifth chart entry overall.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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