Returning for a fourth run at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week is Taylor Swift with “1989”, which notches up its fifth overall week at the top, helped by her current two Top 10 singles “Blank Space” (#3) and “Shake it off” (#6).
Taylor Swift now accumulates nine weeks at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart from her three chart-topping albums “Speak Now” (1 week, Nov 2010), “Red” (3 weeks, Oct 2012) and now “1989” (5 weeks from Nov 2014), which puts her equal 67th on the list of ‘Most Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1965 to 2015’ alongside other nine-week-accum-acts Pearl Jam, Avril Lavigne, Powderfinger, One Direction, Olivia Newton-John, Lionel Richie and Norah Jones. For this decade, Taylor is now equal fourth for ‘Most Weeks at No.1: Accumulated’ alongside One Direction who have also notched up nine weeks from their four No.1 albums.
Taylor swaps places with last weeks No.1, Ed Sheeran and his second set “x” which is back down to No.2, whilst jumping up three places to No.3 is Sam Smith with his former No.2 set “In the Lonely Hour”, whilst also climbing back up is the ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack to No.4 (it debuted on the charts this week last year) and The Hilltop Hoods with “Walking Under Stars” up five to No.5.
AC/DC drop two places to No.6 with “Rock or Bust”, whilst One Direction climb back up one spot to No.7 with “FOUR”, after which there are three albums all returning to the Top 10 after a long absence. With the DVD and BR of the film released only a couple of weeks ago, the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1” (HP-2) soundtrack jumps up fourteen spots to No.8 after being away for the past fifteen weeks, now logging its seventh week within the Top 10 (last appeared late Sept 2014). After 31 weeks outside of the ten, INXS’ “The Very Best” jumps back up eleven places to No.9 to log a 21st week within the ten (last appeared June 2014) and back up eleven also is another local act with a former No.1 (two weeks) album, Chet Faker with “Built on Glass”, which has been out of the ten since July 2014 (24 weeks ago) and now is back for its ninth week inside the Top 10.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The self-titled third album for The Veronicas is back up to No.11 and Calvin Harris’ latest “Motion” (HP-3) leaps back up twenty-one places to No.14, and with the new No.2 single in the country, the self-titled album for Hozier is up to a new peak of No.18 jumping sixteen spots this week. Another self-titled set in the form of 5 Seconds of Summer debut album is up thirteen spots to No.19, with their “LiveSOS” up three to No.16 and up eight to No.20 is the first of two new certified albums this week, “Wanted on Voyage” for George Ezra which is Gold (●) in sales, and we also see Nicki Minaj jump back up seven to No.22 with her new album “The Pinkprint”. Ariana Grande is up twelve to No.24 with her second album “My Everything” and Vance Joy see their debut set “Dream Your Life Away” also jumps twelve to No.27, whilst David Guetta is up eleven to No.29 with “Listen”. The repackaged “Ghost Stories” for Coldplay jumps again this week, up sixteen places to No.31 and the current self-titled album for Angus & Julia Stone is back up nine to No.34, with The Foo Fighters “Greatest Hits” leaping thirty-two places to No.35. Further collections returning to the Top 50 this week come from Fleetwood Mac and their “Greatest Hits” set re-entering the hundred at No.38, Pink with “Greatest Hits… So Far” (65 to 39), Guns N’ Roses’ “Greatest Hits” (60 to 41), “Curtain Call: The Hits” for Eminem (71 to 45) and re-entering the Top 100 at No.50 is “Abba Gold & More”. Also back into the fifty are “This is All Yours” for Alt-J (58 to 44), “Red” by Taylor Swift (70 to 46) and “5: The Gray Chapter” for Slipknot (61 to 48).
DOWN DOWN: After nine straight weeks in the Top 10, Human Nature drops seven places to No.12 this week with “Jukebox” (HP-2×2) and another album leaving the ten for the first time is “Sonic Highways” for The Foo Fighters (HP-1×1) down six to No.15 after seven weeks within the ten, whilst the final Top 10 dropout is Michael Buble with “Christmas”, which drop from 3 to No.36 which is the only festive season album left in the Top 100 this week, and follows the big drop it achieved in previous years (2011: 1 to 29; 2012: 1 to 28 and 2013: 1 to 36) now notching up 24 weeks in total within the Top 10, with five of those occurring in the recent run. Pink Floyd drops five to No.21 with “The Endless River”, and last weeks jump to No.12 for “Like a Version Volume 10” is down eleven this week to No.23. Jimmy Barnes is down seven to No.25 with “30:30 Hindsight” and Barbra Streisand descends fifteen places to No.26 with “Partners” with The Eagles’ “Selected Works 1972-1999” dropping sixteen to No.30. The self-titled album for Dean Ray is down six to No.32 and newly certified Gold (●), with his X-Factor rival/winner Marlisa down nine to No.47 this week and the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga album “Cheek to Cheek” down sixteen places to No.49 this week. Dropping down into the lower fifty this week are albums by Garth Brooks (37 to 56), Jessica Mauboy (45 to 62), Neil Diamond (31 to 64), “The Art of McCartney” compilation (44 to 69) and Paul Kelly (41 to 100), whilst leaving the Top 100 from last week Top 50 are Christmas albums for Human Nature (#23), Mariah Carey (#24), Pentatonix (#27), Lee Kernaghan (#48) and the Susan Boyle album “Hope” (#50).
Lower 50: The repackaged and remixed album for Iggy Azalea “Reclassified” leaps back up thirty-two places to No.51, whilst last weeks highest new entry “Sucker” for Charli XCX is up three places to a new peak of No.53. Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” is back up twenty-six spots to No.59, with the self-titled album for Royal Blood back up twenty-four places to No.65, “The Very Very Best of” for Crowded House is up twenty-three to No.67 and the only surviving debut from last weeks four entries for Joe Cocker is “The Best of”, which jumps up eighteen places to a new peak of No.70.
There is one new entry to the albums chart this week, and like this week last year when the ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack debuted in the first week of the year, we also have a kid-themed film with a well known soundtrack, the 2014 remake of the 1977 classic “Annie”, with this being the first time that the musical has charted in Australia, neither the film or stage productions have managed to enter the local charts before, and this new soundtrack has a couple of songs that have been re-worked by local artist Sia.
There are a heap of returning albums this week apart from the single debut, firstly the collections come from Michael Jackson (#54 #1’s and #86 Essential), Bruce Springsteen (#57), Cold Chisel (#58), Bob Marley & the Wailers (#60), Phil Collins (#71), Elvis Presley (#73), Blink 182 (#75), Neil Diamond (#78), The Angels (#89), Elton John (#90), Nickelback (#91) and albums from Pharrell Williams (#63), Imagine Dragons (#66), The Amity Affliction (#77), Beyonce (#79), Maroon 5 (#82), Lorde (#87), Daft Punk (#88), Lana Del Rey (#94), D’Angelo (#98) and the recently DVD and BR released films’ soundtrack to “Begin Again” (#93).
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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