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ARIA Albums: The Temper Trap ‘Thick As Thieves’ Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on June 18, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The third album for local rock act The Temper Trap entitled “Thick as Thieves” becomes the bands second consecutive No.1 album and third Top 10 set, entering at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.

“Thick as Thieves” becomes the 770th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 621st for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 416th to debut in the No.1 spot, plus the 21st No.1 album for 2016 (this time in 2015 we had just cracked 14). The strange thing that occurs this week is the record label for this weeks and last weeks are the same (Liberation), and this becomes the labels ninth No.1 album, but they have done it once before, when “30:30 Hindsight” for Jimmy Barnes (8-Sept, 2014) was taken over by fellow label-mate Vance Joy and their debut set “Dream Your Life Away” (15-Sept, 2014).

The self-titled second album for The Temper Trap was the bands first No.1 (28-May, 2012), so the group now joins the tally-board for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s, Albums’ as they have two No.1 albums and two weeks at the top, and they join eight other acts who have spent this long at the top during this decade, Madonna, Boy & Bear, 5SOS, Rufus, Ariana Grande, Flume, Sia and Jimmy Barnes.

Australia has had a ‘Thick as’ album at No.1 before, the Jethro Tull set “Thick as a Brick” (11 weeks from 10th July, 1972; pre-ARIA), and that is the only other ‘Thick’ to appear in a No.1 album title, plus we’ve had one set of ‘Thieves’ steal the top spot in the past, the second INXS No.1 album “Listen Like Thieves” (2 weeks from 14-Oct, 1985). One big milestone that the new No.1 album achieves this week is to become the 200th No.1 album for an Australian Act (solo or group) to make it to No.1, since the first “The Seekers’ Greatest Hits” (17 weeks from 27th July, 1968) did so almost forty-eight years ago. Plus this is the tenth No.1 for an Australian act this year, and the third in a row after Jimmy Barnes last week and Flume the previous week, whilst the new No.1 “Thick as Thieves” also becomes the 347th for a Group (local or overseas) to reach the top, the ninth for 2016.

Channel 9 re-screened the late 2015 program ‘Adele: Live in London’ this past week after The Voice on Monday night, and that has helped her album “25” to climb back up to No.2 this week, and last weeks No.1 debut for Jimmy Barnes in “Soul Searchin'” drops two places to No.3 this week, with the fourth consecutive No.1 in a row in “Lemonade” for Beyonce rising back up one spot to No.4 this week.

After re-peaking at No.3 last week, Meghan Trainor falls back down two places to No.5 with her second album “Thank You” and dropping four to No.6 is the second No.1 album for Flume in “Skin”, whilst the sixth and seventh former/current No.1 albums within the Top 10 follow Flume, with “Ripcord” for Keith Urban and “Views” by Drake both down a place each to No.7 and No.8 respectively.

The sixth studio album for Garbage entitled “Strange Little Birds” debuts at No.9 this week, becoming the bands seventh albums chart entry (6 studios and 1 best of) and sixth Top 10 album here in Australia, but their lowest debuting studio album too. Returning to the Top 10, up a massive sixty-five spots to No.10 is the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Greatest Hits” (HP-2×5, peaked Dec 2003 and again in Jan 2004), which was last within the Top 10 in late February of 2004, and is now notching up its 15th week within the ten. A couple of reasons why this album leaps so much, it is now under $10, iTunes had a Best of/Greatest Hits sale this past week, the group did interviews for their new album “The Getaway” (released Friday 17th of June), and they also did Karpool Karaoke with James Corden on his ‘Late Late Show’ this past week.

UP: The Adele screening earlier in the week also helps her second album “21” to rebound sixteen spots to No.20, last weeks No.26 debut for Paul Simon in “Stranger to Stranger” is up a couple of spots to a new peak of No.24, and further Best of cheaper sets to climb are “The Very Best” for INXS (41 to 25), “Greatest Hits” for Fleetwood Mac (re-enters at #33), “Essential” for Michael Jackson (66 to 39), “Ultimate Collection” for Richard Marx (re-entry #44, plus also touring here at the moment), “Greatest Hits” for Queen (67 to 46) and a third Top 50 returning album is “Hits” for Phil Collins at No.50. Further climbers are “Get Weird” for Little Mix (35 to 30), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” (74 to 38), the major Tony winner last weekend in “Hamilton” sees the cast recording re-enter the Top 100 at a new peak of No.42 this week, and returning to the fifty, up ten places to No.49 are “Together” for Marina Prior and Mark Vincent.

DOWN: The two albums which climbed back into the Top 10 last week dropout again this week, “The Very Best of” (HP-2, WI10-5) for Prince is down four to No.12 and the Dami Im covers album “Classic Carpenters” (HP-3, WI10-6) is down five to No.14. The third dropout from last weeks Top 10 is the Wolfe Brothers set “This Crazy Life”, which plummets forty-five places this week to No.55, and after climbing back up to No.11 last week, the Coldplay set “A Head Full of Dreams” is back down five to No.16, whilst after two weeks at No.16, “The Best of” for The Wiggles is also down five spots to No.21 this week. Further down “The Ride” for Catfish & the Bottlemen drops twenty-one spots to No.36, and the Radiohead album “A Moon Shaped Pool” drops eight to No.48. Falling into the lower fifty are the albums “Ultimate” for Prince (31 to 52), Hellyeah with “Undeb!able” (20 to 58), “Good Times!” for The Monkees (48 to 60), “Good Karma” by Roxette (25 to 62), “I Still Do” for Eric Clapton (46 to 63), “Shift” for The Living End (45 to 67), Blake Shelton’s “If I’m Honest” (40 to 77), Tegan & Sara with “Love You to Death” (13 to 71), “Wild Things” for Ladyhawke (19 to 73), Architects and their No.2 album from three weeks ago “All Our Gods Have Abandoned us” (39 to 74), Fifth Harmony and “7/27” (49 to 79), James Bay and his return to the Top 50 album from last week “Chaos and the Calm” (43 to 84) and “60 Summers” for Graeme Connors (28 to 88), with five albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50, Beartooth (#18), The Kills (#21), Jai Waetford (#24), Above & Beyond (#30) and Volbeat (#47).

Angus Stone returns to the ARIA Albums chart this week under another new moniker, this time as Dope Lemon whose debut album “Honey Bones” is new at No.11, whilst two places lower at No.13 is the third solo studio album for Nick Jonas called “Last Year was Complicated”, which becomes his highest charting album here, beating the No.40 peak his second self-titled set achieved back in March 2015. The final Top 20 debut this week is the fourth studio album for US hardcore metal act letlive, whose album “If I’m the Devil…” comes in at No.18, which is the bands second albums chart entry here after their third set “The Blackest Beautiful” debuted and peaked at No.66 back in mid-July of 2013.

US rock act Band of Horses see their fourth studio album “Why Are You OK” enter at No.22, becoming their third chart entry here, the previous two both charting and peaking around the same region, “Infinite Arms” (LP#2, HP-19, late May 2010) and then “Mirage Rock” (LP#3, HP-21, late Sept 2012). The fourth best of collection for Paul McCartney entitled “Pure McCartney” debuts at No.26, the 3CD set covering his solo, Wings and later recordings, whilst the second album for UK singer/songwriter Tom Odell “Wrong Crowd” is new at No.29, beating the No.66 peak that his first set “Long Way Down” achieved back in July of 2013, plus he debuts at No.2 in his home country behind the second #1 album for Rick Astley called “50”.

The two final Top 50 debuts this week include the compilation at No.32 “50 Best Songs” for kids TV show Play School, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, and then at No.41 is the first chart entry and second studio album for Papua New Guinea born and Sydney based female vocalist Ngaiire and “Blastoma”.

Lower 50: Kate Ceberano and her “Anthology” is back up seven to No.53, whilst the first lower fifty re-entry occurs at No.61, Luca Brasi and “If This is All We’re Going to Be” (HP-18), “19” by Adele rebounds thirty-two spots to No.68, “So Far So Good” by Bryan Adams (97 to 78), “Abba Gold & More” (re-entry at #81), “All Time Greatest Hits” for Neil Diamond (95 to 82) are further best of/collections to climb this week, whilst there are also more returning albums by The Amity Affliction (#87), Matilda The Musical (#92), Elle King (#93), Conrad Sewell (#95), twenty one pilots’ “Vessel” (#96), The Weeknd (#99) and “No Fixed Address” for Nickelback at #100.

Four piece Icelandic rock band Kaleo see their second album “A/B” debut at No.66, which is their first entry here and then three places lower at No.69 is US rapper, singer, producer and songwriter Jon Bellion with his debut album “The Human Condition”. “Hoka” for world music collective act Nahko & Medicine for the People is their third studio album, but first to chart here, and is new at No.72 this week, whilst the final new entry at No.85 is from Van Morrison entitled “…it’s Too Late to Stop Now… Volumes II, III, IV & DVD”, which is the follow-ups to his 1974 live album “…its Too Late to Stop Now”, which made it to No.23 here in mid 1974 (pre-ARIA).

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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