Taylor Swift returns for a fifth time to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with “1989”.
The Taylor Swift ‘1989’ album has notched up its seventh accumulated week at No.1, with the last album to return five times to the top of the Australian charts being “21” by Adele in 2011 and 2012.
Taylor also racks up her eleventh accumulated week from her three No.1 albums, moving her from equal 60th to 51st on the list of ‘Most Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ alongside The Foo Fighters, Men at Work, Eurythmics and Australian Crawl, whilst for this decade she is now equal third alongside Eminem who racked up eleven weeks from his two No.1 albums this decade.
The fourth studio album for UK producer and songwriter Mark Ronson entitled “Uptown Special” debuts at No.2 this week to become both his second Top 10 entry and second albums chart entry for ARIA, as his third set “Record Collection” debuted and peaked at No.6 in October 2010, racking up 31 weeks in the Top 100. Mark and Bruno Mars recently spent six weeks at No.1 with the albums lead single “Uptown Funk”, which is also sitting at No.2 this week, whilst the album also features such guests as Stevie Wonder, Mystikal and several other newer artists.
The second and final top ten entry this week is at No.3, Fall Out Boy and their sixth studio album “American Beauty/American Psycho”, which by debuting at No.3 becomes their second highest charting album and fourth Top 10 album overall, their last set “Save Rock & Roll” debuted and peaked at No.2 in April 2013. The current album saw “Centuries” reach No.55 last September and it returns at No.94 this week, whilst the albums second entry occurred last week, “Immortals” (HP-82) which leaves the hundred this week.
Ed Sheeran is down a place to No.4 with his ‘x’ (multiply) album and last weeks No.1 debut for Meghan Trainor “Title” drops four places to No.5 this week, whilst down two places each are Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour” and the self-titled set for Hozier to No.6 and No.7 respectively. The Hilltop Hoods with “Walking Under Stars” and the film soundtrack for “Frozen” are both down a place each to No.8 and No.9 whilst returning to the top ten at No.10 is Sia with “1000 Forms of Fear”, which has not appeared in the ten since last August, this week though it claims its fifth weeks inside the Top 10 thanks to its new No.5 single “Elastic Heart”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: In anticipation of this weekends Triple J Hottest 100, their recent “Like a Version Vol.10” collection climbs back up to No.16, whilst the next significant climb is a return to the Top 100 for the former No.2 album “Nevermind” by Nirvana at No.32, racking up its 268th week within the hundred. Paul Kelly returned last week to the charts with “The Merri Soul Sessions”, which this week rises thirteen places to No.34 and leaping back into the Top 50, up thirty-eight places to No.47 is Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole with their covers album “Great Women of Country”.
DOWN DOWN: The three albums leaving this weeks Top 10 are firstly the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Soundtrack (HP-2, WI10-9) down six places to No.12, “Built on Glass” for Chet Faker (HP-1×2, WI10-10) down three to No.13 and George Ezra with “Wanted on Voyage” (HP-4, WI10-2) down five to No.14. “Motion” for Calvin Harris drops seven to No.21 just as the album notches up its fourth Top 10 and fifth Top 20 entry with “Pray to God” and after debuting last week at No.13, the “Into the Woods” Soundtrack drops nine spots to No.22 this week. “Jukebox” for Human Nature and “Sonic Highways” for The Foo Fighters both fall seven places each to No.23 and No.25 respectively. Pink Floyd drop ten places to No.36 with “The Endless River”, Barbra Streisand with “Partners” plus Katy Perry and “Prism” are both down eleven places to No.38 and No.39 respectively, whilst Alt-J drop nine to No.40 with “This is All Yours”. “LiveSOS” for 5SOS drops eleven to No.43, Jimmy Barnes’ “30:30 Hindsight” is down nine to No.46 and The Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits” falls twelve to No.50. Big drops from last weeks Top 50 include “5SOS” (40 to 55), “Sadnecessary” (33 to 59), “Halcyon Days” (44 to 64), GnR’s “Greatest Hits” (49 to 69), “Sounds of the 80’s” (46 to 71) and leaving from last weeks fifty are 2Cellos with “Celloverse” from No.24 after their recent visit here.
The fourth studio album for UK electronic trio Above & Beyond debuts at No.11 with “We Are All We Need”, which becomes their first Top 50 entry and second ARIA Top 100 Albums chart entry, as their third set “Group Therapy” debuted and peaked at No.56 in June 2011. Recent visitor here (Falls Festival) Joey Bada$$ sees his debut album “B4.Da.$$” come in at No.17 this week and the final Top 20 entry is new at No.19, Enter Shikari with “The Mindsweep” which is their fifth studio album and now highest charting, as their two previous entries were “Common Dreads” (LP#2, HP-55, June 2009) and “A Flash Flood of Colour” (LP#3, HP-32, Jan 2012).
Portland, Oregon folk act The Decemberists see their seventh studio album become their third ARIA Albums chart entry this week by debuting at No.27 with “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”, landing one place lower than their previous album “The King is Dead” (HP-26, Jan 2011). And right behind at No.28 is the surprise released eighth studio album for Bjork entitled “Vulnicura”, which manages to land a little higher than her last effort, October 2011’s “Biophilia” (HP-31). The final Top 50 entry is new at No.45, the debut album for Melbourne act Storm the Sky entitled “Permanence”.
Lower 50: With Maroon 5 landing the second highest new entry this week with “Sugar”, their parent album “V” returns at No.54, whilst also back into the charts are The Kooks with “Listen” (#63), “Songs from the South Vol.1&2” for Paul Kelly (#67), “The Story so Far” for Keith Urban (#89) and The Hilltop Hoods with “Drinking from the Sun” (#99). The self-titled classic album for Rage Against the Machine leaps up thirty places to No.70 this week and “The Best of-All for You” for Cold Chisel is back up thirteen to No.83, whilst the only new album certification this week is for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga with “Cheek to Cheek” (67 to 98) achieving Gold (●) in sales.
Husband and wife duo O’Shea see their third album “The Famine and the Feast” debut at No.52 this week, with their first album “Mr. & Mrs.” peaking at No.39 in June 2012 (it debuted originally in October 2011) and then this time two years ago they went to No.24 with “One + One” (28-Jan-2013). The ninth studio album and fifth chart entry in Australia for Belle & Sebastian enters at No.57 entitled “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance” , their last entry being October 2010’s “Write About Love” (HP-74).
The sixth Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings film and the third in The Hobbit trilogy entitled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” sees the soundtrack by Howard Shore enter at No.74 this week. The two previous Hobbit soundtracks made it to No.45 (‘An Unexpected Journey’ Dec 2012) and No.69 (‘The Desolation of Smaug’ Dec 2013).
Lupe Fiasco was just in the country recently touring with Nelly and B.o.B, and his fifth album “Tetsuo & Youth” comes in at No.85 becoming his fifth chart entry here, whilst further entries come via Swedish hardcore punk group Raised Fist with their sixth studio album (and first entry here) entitled “From the North” at No.93 and the final new entry is at No.95, Wednesday 13 with “Monster of the Universe: Come Out and Plague”, the seventh studio album for the alias of Joseph Poole and also his/their first albums chart entry here.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.