After their first two albums debuted and peaked at No.4, local act Tame Impala see their third album “Currents” land at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart this week.
“Currents” becomes the 735th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 586th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), the 382nd album to debut at the top of the albums chart and the fourth for the Modular record label, whose last two chart-topping albums were in 2008 (Cut Copy and The Presets), their first prior to that was late 1998’s self-titled debut album for The Living End, which has been the labels longest run at the top, this set spent two broken weeks at the top, all of their previous place-getters spent a single week at No.1.
The bands new set comes in at No.3 in the UK this week and here their first two albums were “Innerspeaker” (HP-4, May 2010) and “Lonerism” (HP-4, Oct 2012) which return to the lower half of the hundred this week, plus they also charted in April 2014 with the live set “Live Versions” (HP-91). This is the first time that the word ‘current(s)’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, and this album becomes the 184th by an Australian act to make it to No.1, plus the band becomes the 96th local act to make it to the top of our charts, and they are the 54th Australian Group and the album is the 343rd by a group to make it to the top and the fifth for this year after Mumford & Sons, Hillsong United, Florence + the Machine and Muse.
Holding at No.2 for a third week is Meghan Trainor with her “Title” album and swapping places this week are Taylor Swift with her “1989” album (helped by her extra shows announced this past week for December) up to No.3 and down one to No.4 is “x” for Ed Sheeran. The next new entry to the Top 10 comes in at No.5; the eighth studio album for The Chemical Brothers entitled “Born in the Echoes” and this is the acts first new album in just over five years. By debuting so high it becomes the acts sixth Top 10 album in Australia and second to debut at No.5, as their January 2005 set “Push the Button” entered in the same position as this weeks new set.
After three weeks at No.1, “Two Strong Hearts” for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John drops back down five places to No.6 and thanks to his tour just starting this week, Josh Groban (who will be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this coming Sunday) sees his recent album “Stages” jump back up thirty-five places to No.7. Down a place each are “How Big…” for Florence + the Machine and “In the Lonely Hour” for Sam Smith to No.8 and No.9 respectively, whilst the third Top 10 debut coming in at No.10 is the soundtrack to the just released film “Magic Mike XXL”, whilst the prior films’ soundtrack never made it onto the charts.
UP: David Bowie’s exhibition in Melbourne keeps his collection “Nothing Has Changed” rising, its up to a new peak of No.13 this week, whilst returning to the hundred at No.20 is The Eagles best of set “The Complete Greatest Hits”. One week out from its one year chart anniversary, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack is back up six to No.24 and with Of Monsters and Men in the country for the ‘Splendor in the Grass’ festival, their current album “Beneath the Skin” is back up thirteen to No.30. A$AP Rocky is back up twenty-four spots to No.33 with “A.L.L.A.” and The Wombats scuttle back up twenty-three spots to No.41 with their “Glitterbug” set, whilst Mark Ronson’s tour here returns his album “Uptown Special” to the hundred at No.42. Leaping fifty-three places is the soundtrack to the just opened film “Paper Towns” to No.44 and the December 2008 former No.73 album “Some Guys Have all the Luck” for Rod Stewart returns to the hundred at a new peak of No.49 this week.
DOWN: The only new certification this week is the latest Mumford & Sons album “Wilder Mind” (HP-1, WI10-6) which is now Gold (●) in sales and only down two spots to No.11 as their November tour here was announced just recently. Down six to No.16 is the INXS “Very Best of” after one back into the ten, and last weeks two Top 10 debuts also drop out this week, with “Communion” for Years & Years which remains at No.1 in the UK for a second week (plus they’re at Splendor too), but here it drops from 5 to No.22 and Tuka’s debut at No.6 last week with “Life Death Time Eternal” descends to No.31 this week. Muse fall ten to No.25 with “Drones” and “Empires” for Hillsong is down twelve to No.34, whilst Seth Sentry and his “Strange New Past” is down fourteen places to No.35. The “Furious 7” soundtrack is down eleven to No.37 and down fifteen to No.40 is the “Greatest Hits” for Bon Jovi. “Sweet Talker” for Jessie J is back down fifteen to No.46 and the “Love Child Season 2” TV soundtrack drops twenty-one to No.48. Big drops out of last weeks fifty are from James Taylor (29 to 60), Queen (46 to 62), Lee Kernaghan (44 to 65), Notorious B.I.G. (36 to 67), Jason DeRulo (47 to 72), Cradle of Filth (28 to 93) and Alpine (48 to 98), whilst leaving the hundred from last weeks fifty are R5 (#19), Owl City (#33) and Miguel (#39).
The second album for the act Ms Mr debuts at No.12 this week entitled “How Does it Feel” which lands ten places higher than their debut set achieved back in May 2013, as “Secondhand Rapture” debuted and peaked at No.22. Also charting higher with their second album are Art of Sleeping whose second set “Shake Shiver” is new at No.27 this week, far surpassing the No.95 peak that their first album “Like a Thief” achieved in October 2012.
The fifth album for Brooklyn based electro duo Ratatat becomes the acts first chart entry in Australia, as “Magnifique” comes in at No.29 this week, the act has only charted once on the singles chart as guest act on the song “Pursuit of Happiness” (HP-41) by Kid Cudi peaking in February 2010. Also landing his first entry from his fifth release is former Drive-by Truckers lead singer Jason Isbell with “Something More Than Free” coming in at No.32. And finally making her ARIA Albums chart debut with her second album is UK singer Jessie Ware, her album “Tough Love” made it to No.9 in her home country in 2014 and debuts at No.36 here.
Lower 50: Flight Facilities return to the chart at No.51 with “Down to Earth” and Phil Collins’ “Hits” is back in at No.55, whilst the new Tame Impala No.1 helps their previous albums to re-enter, with “Innerspeaker” at No.61 and “Lonerism” is back in at No.79. Florence’s second album “Ceremonials” is back up twenty-one spots to No.63 and thanks to their new single debuting in the Top 10, the self-titled 5 Seconds of Summer album is back up sixteen places to No.75. Further returning albums are from Savage Garden with “The Singles” (#90), “Run” by Alison Wonderland (#95) and “The Positions” by Gang of Youths (#96).
There is only one new entry in the lower fifty this week, coming in at No.52 is “Tunnel at the End of the Light” by Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses, which is the third collaboration between Tex and the Horses, they previously charted with “Sweet Nothing” (HP-34, Aug 2003) and their self-titled album (HP-72, June 2011), plus it’s the tenth albums chart entry for Tex Perkins solo or with collaborators.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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