It wouldn’t be October if we didn’t see a Triple J “Like a Version” album go to No.1, as this year’s Volume 12 of the unique covers album lands first week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Like a Version Volume 12” becomes the 785th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 636th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 431st to debut at No.1 and the 36th No.1 for 2016 (this time last year we had reached 27 No.1’s), plus this becomes the fifth No.1 album for the ABC Record label, and previously the “Like a Version” albums that went to the top were Vol.9 (28-Oct, 2013), Vol.10 (20-Oct, 2014) and Vol.11 (12-Oct, 2015), all so far have spent a single week at the top.
Overall this becomes the 27th Various Artists compilation to reach the top in Australia (the ninth for ARIA though) and the seventh time that the word ‘Like’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, the last one was back in March of this year for The 1975 and “I Like it When You Sleep…”, and of course the previous three ‘Version’ albums are the one such titled sets to reach the top here, plus this is also the 18th Australian Album to make it to the top for 2016.
The battle for the top spot this week sees four album debut in the top four spots, and coming in at No.2 are Green Day with their twelfth studio album entitled “Revolution Radio”, becoming the band’s tenth Top 10 album and sixth Top 3 set all up. New at No.3 is Barry Gibb with only his second solo album entitled “In the Now”, his first album of new material since the Bee Gees 2001 album “This is Where I Came in” (HP-16, April 2001), and this also becomes his first solo album entry, as his 1984 set ‘Now Voyager’ never charted here.
New at No.4 is the sixth studio album for Norah Jones entitled “Day Breaks”, becoming her fifth Top 5 album here in Australia and her first album in four years, her last entry being “Little Broken Hearts” (HP-5, May 2012). The first of three surviving albums from last week’s Top 10 is the soundtrack for ‘Suicide Squad’, which is down one spot to No.5, and also saved is Keith Urban and his “Riptide” set, down four to No.7 and last weeks No.1 debut for Sticky Fingers and “Westway (The Glitter & the Slums)” falls nine spots to land at No.10 this week.
Florida-based US rock band Alter Bridge see their fifth studio album entitled “The Last Hero” debut at No.6 this week, becoming the band’s first ever Top 10 placing here in Australia, previously they had made it as high as No.13 with their fourth (and previous) album “Fortress” (7th Oct 2013). For the first time, OneRepublic debut within the Top 10, this time with their fourth album “Oh My My”, which lands at No.8, and this becomes their third Top 10 album too. And finally new at No.9 is Swedish metal band Meshuggah and their eighth full-length album “The Violent Sleep of Reason”, which becomes their second chart entry here and first Top 10 album, as their seventh set “Koloss” debuted and peaked at No.36 in early April of 2012.
UP: Tickets for Justin Bieber’s 2017 tour here went on sale this past week, which is why his recent album “Purpose” jumps back up sixteen places to No.11 this week, whilst a recent below $10 sale on some online retailers sees jumps for older album titles like “1989” for Taylor Swift (26 to 17), “x” by Ed Sheeran (28 to 19), “Title” by Meghan Trainor (37 to 24) and “Beauty Behind the Madness” for The Weeknd (53 to 32). Also climbing back up this week are Disturbed and “Immortalized” (40 to 33), “The Best of” for The Wiggles (45 to 38) and “This is Acting” for Sia (59 to 44), which should leap again in a few weeks time when the extended version of the album is issued.
DOWN: With seven albums entering the Top 10 this week, it’s quite a clean-out, so first falling out is last weeks No.2 debut “22, A Million” for Bon Iver (HP-2, WI10-1) down ten places to No.12, followed by “Trio Collection” (HP-3, WI10-4) for Dolly, Linda & Emmylou which is down five to No.14, after which the Bruce Springsteen collection “Chapter & Verse” (HP-2, WI10-2) is down ten to No.15. “Illuminate” for Shawn Mendes (HP-3, WI10-2) is down eight to No.18 and the No.1 album from three weeks ago in Passenger’s “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea” (HP-1×1, WI10-2) falls fifteen spots to No.21, after which the final two albums leaving the ten actually debuted there last week, “Sorceress” for Opeth (7 to 34), and “The Altar” for BANKS (8 to 35). “25” for Adele is down five to No.20 and “Encore” for Barbra Streisand drops eleven to No.23, “Skeleton Tree” for Nick Cave falls twelve to No.28 and down ten to No.29 is the soundtrack for “Bridget Jones’s Baby”. The current US No.1 album for Solange and “A Seat at the Table” is down nine here to No.30 and falling twenty to No.31 is the Van Morrison debut from last week “Keep Me Singing”, after which The Sunny Cowgirls see their “Here We Go” album fall twenty-six places to No.39. Falling ten to No.41 is Delta Goodrem and “Wings of the Wild”, Anthony Callea falls twenty-five places to No.43 with “Backbone”, and after his AFL Grand Final rebound last week the Vance Joy album “Dream Your Life Away” falls thirty-one to No.48 this week. Falling into the lower fifty are Tash Sultana (36 to 54), Jason Aldean (38 to 57), Pixies (23 to 63), Regina Spektor (20 to 67), Bernard Fanning (43 to 71), Dolly Parton (49 to 74), Airbourne (33 to 76), Craig David (29 to 89), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Yellowcard (#14), Planetshakers (#25), Melissa Helser & Jonathan David (#32), Amber Lawrence (#44), Epica (#46) and Danny Brown (#48).
The sixth album and first new material in five years for US band Sum 41 entitled “13 Voices” is new at funnily enough No.13 this week, and it also matches their previous best effort, album No.3 “Chuck” which also peaked at No.13 on the 18th of October in 2004 (exactly twelve years ago), plus this becomes their third Top 20 album, as their last album “Screaming Bloody Murder” debuted and peaked at No.16 in early April of 2011. The other Top 20 debut this week is the teaming of Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen with a collection of covers entitled “Death’s Dateless Night”, a group of songs tat could be played at funerals, and this is the 22nd studio album for Paul and his fifteenth Top 20 album too.
The debut album for the act D.D.Dumbo entitled “Utopia Defeated” debuts at No.22 this week, followed at No.27 by the thirteenth studio album by US punk band NOFX called “First Ditch Effort”, becoming their eighth Top 100 and sixth Top 30 appearance, and first new material since 2012’s “Self Entitled” (HP-51). Another album of covers, this time, Melissa Etheridge sees her fourteenth studio album “MEmphis Rock and Soul” enter at No.40, featuring her take on classic songs like “Hold On, I’m Coming”, “Respect Yourself” and “Rock Me Baby” amongst its twelve tracks. Finally coming in at No.49 is the debut album for local artist Julia Jacklin entitled “Don’t Let the Kids Win”.
Lower 50: With the current season of “We Will Rock You” playing, the Queen collection “Greatest Hits” is back up seven this week to No.56, now in it’s accumulated fourth year on the charts (208 weeks) since it first entered back in mid-November of 1981. Hilltop Hoods take their “Drinking, Walking, Restrung” set back up twelve to No.60, “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac is back up twenty-two spots to No.61 and the best of set for Guns N’ Roses is back up fourteen to No.62. The first of five returning albums this week is led by recent tourist here Ellie Goulding and “Delirium” is back in at No.73, after which “G.H.” sets for Fleetwood Mac and N.W.A. are back in at No.90 and No.95 respectively, “Of Dirt and Grace” for Hillsong returns at No.92 and back in at No.98 is Sia and her “1000 Forms of Fear” album.
The fifth album by Perth band The Panics just misses out on a Top 50 berth this week, as their set “Hole in Your Pocket” comes in at No.52, becoming their lowest charting album so far and their fourth Top 100 entry overall. New at No.72 is “Liv On” by Olivia Newton-John who has teamed with singers Amy Sky and Beth Neilsen Chapman on the new album, after which the third album for US electro duo Phantogram becomes their first entry, the album is easily titled “Three” and is new at No.93, a then one place lower at No.94 is Hillsong – Live with “Let Hope Rule” and finally sneaking at #100 is the sixth album for US Christian melodic metalcore act The Devil Wears Prada entitled “Transit Blues”, becoming their third entry here.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com