The fourth EP (second via a major label) for singer/songwriter Troye Sivan is the six track set “Wild” which debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums chart this week.
“Wild” becomes the 741st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 592nd for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 388th to debut in the No.1 position, whilst it’s the seventeenth for the EMI label (direct), their last being the self-titled album from August 2014 for Angus & Julia Stone. This is also the first time that an EP (Extended Play) album has debuted let alone reached the top of the Australian Albums chart, as most EP’s are four track sets which enter over on the singles chart, where plenty of EP’s have previously gone to No.1, but this is the first for the albums chart.
The “Wild” EP has so far debuted at No.3 in New Zealand and No.5 in England and Ireland (as of Friday), whilst the single/title track enters here at No.16 and No.38 in NZ and No.62 in both England and Ireland again. This is the first time that the word ‘Wild’ has appeared in a No.1 album, whilst earlier this year on the 11th of May we had the closest similar titled from Mumford & Sons, “Wilder Mind”.
The new No.1 EP/Album becomes the 186th No.1 album for an Australian artist, and the seventh for 2015, whilst the entry is the 206th to reach the top for a Solo Male Artist, the only other Aussie Male to hit the top this year being Lee Kernaghan back in late March. Troye becomes the 98th Australian Artist to hit the top of the albums chart and he also becomes the 25th Aussie Male Solo Artist to reach the top, plus Troye (who just turned 20 in June) becomes the youngest Aussie act to hit the top since Taylor Henderson did so with “Burnt Letters” in July 2014 when he had just turned 21.
The sixteenth studio album for Iron Maiden entitled “The Book of Souls” enters at No.2 this week, whilst it takes the top spot on the UK Albums chart. Here it becomes their second consecutive No.2 studio album, as their fifteenth set “The Final Frontier” debuted and peaked at No.2 in late August in 2010, and it also becomes the third Top 10 album in Australia, as prior to F.F. they had only cracked the ten once here with “Number of the Beast” (LP#3, HP-8, peaked August 1982).
The sixth studio album for US heavy metal act Five Finger Death Punch debuts at No.3 with the aptly titled “Got Your Six”, which becomes the bands fourth albums chart entry and their very first Top 10 entry for Australia. Their previous entries here have been “American Capitalist” (LP#3, HP-50, Oct 2011) and then “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1” (LP#4, HP-13, Aug 2013), followed by the “Volume 2” of that album (LP#5, HP-29, Dec 2013), their last album to chart here..
Last weeks debut at No.1, “Beauty Behind the Madness” for The Weeknd drops down three places to No.4 after which Ed Sheeran climbs back up two places to No.5 with his “x” album. “Compton” by Dr. Dre and “1989” for Taylor Swift both drop down two places to No.6 and No.7 respectively, whilst Jimmy Barnes holds at No.10 with his collection “Best of The Soul Years”.
Since N.W.A. first charted in Australia 25 years ago, they have NEVER had a Top 10 album here, but this week they land two within the same week, as their debut album “Straight Outta Compton” blasts up thirty-one places to land at a new peak of No.8 (formerly peaked at No.51 in late July 1990) and right behind that, up fifteen spots to No.9 is their first “Greatest Hits” set (former peak was #64 in mid-Sept 1996). These leaps up the chart are all helped by the bands biopic opening in cinemas during the past chart week (on Thursday the 3rd of September), and further down the chart we have many more movements from the band and its individual artists.
The Dr. Dre album “2001” (original peak #53 in August 2000, recent peak of #30 in late August) blasts back up twenty-five places to land a new peak of No.26, and the 2006 compilation for N.W.A. “The Strength of Street Knowledge: The Best of” lands its first week within the Top 50 by blasting up thirty-six spots to No.33, whilst Ice Cube sees his 2001 collection of “Greatest Hits” enter at No.41 and then at No.49 is his debut album from 1990 entitled “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted”, with both albums making their first chart appearances and these entries take his chart tally to ten entries (8 studio, 2 best of). In the lower fifty further entries occur for another band member in Eazy-E, with his best of collection from 1995 “Eternal E” coming in at No.71, and his debut album “Eazy-Duz-it” from 1988 is new at No.82, with the track “Boyz-N-the-Hood” entering the singles chart for the first time this week at No.69. Finally at No.91 is the debut album for Dr. Dre entitled “The Chronic” (Dec 1992) which is making its first chart appearance this week, and it also means that Dr. Dre has all three of his released albums within the Top 100 this week.
UP: The debut album for Vance Joy “Dream Your Life Away” has been re-packaged for his upcoming tour here with Taylor Swift and to include their current Top 10 single “Fire & the Flood”, which all helps the album to blast back up twenty-four places to No.12 this week. With Father’s Day last weekend (in Australia), it seems that some dads might have received the new Teddy Tahu Rhodes album “From Broadway to La Scala” because it jumps up fifteen places to a new peak of No.29, the recent Muse album “Drones” is back up nineteen spots to No.40 this week, whilst also returning to the Top 50, up seventeen places to No.44 is Ed Sheeran’s debut album “+”.
DOWN: There are five albums dropping out of the Top 10 this week, with two of them having spent two weeks in the ten, “Immortalized” (HP-1, WI10-2) by Disturbed down five to No.11 and “Burning Bridges” (HP-3, WI10-2) for Bon Jovi dropping eleven to No.20. And after debuting in the Top 10 last week these three albums all fall out this week, “Badlands” for Halsey (2 to 13), “What Went Down” by Foals (3 to 16) and “TwelveFour” by The Paper Kites (8 to 51). Rob Thomas falls ten places to No.25 with “The Great Unknown” and down eleven to No.32 is the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack. Mumford & Sons drop seven to No.35 with their “Wilder Minds” album and down fifteen places to No.37 are The Waifs with “Beautiful You”, whilst Bullet for My Valentine drop twelve places this week to No.38 with “Venom”. Greta Bradman is down eleven to No.42 with “My Hero” and the soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 2” drops twenty-two places to No.47. Dropping down into the lower fifty this week are Dead Letter Circus (30 to 52), Josh Groban (37 to 57), Sia (46 to 58), Jessie J (38 to 62), Motorhead (29 to 63), the ‘Southpaw’ soundtrack (47 to 64), Paul Simon (45 to 65), Gin Wigmore (13 to 77) and Drake (41 to 92), whilst leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are Last Dinosaurs (#18), Icehouse (#27), Beach House (#34) and Maddie & Tae (#49).
Simply Red appeared on the Grand Final of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this past week, and also announced a February 2016 tour of Australia, plus the group released their eleventh studio album “Big Love” this past week, which enters at No.22 this week, and they also debut at No.18 with the collection “Song Book 1985-2010” which was first issued in 2013, and becomes their second collection to chart here, as their “Greatest Hits” set made it to No.4 in November 1996. With these two albums for the group entering so high, they become their first Top 50 appearance since their eighth album “Home” debuted and peaked at No.15 in June 2003.
Los Angeles skate/garage punk band Fidlar see their second album “Too” become their first Australian chart entry as it enters at No.28 this week, whilst a couple of places lower is US rapper and producer Travi$ Scott (real name Jacques Webster) who is also making his first ARIA Albums chart appearance also, with his third album “Rodeo” coming in at No.30 this week. Melbourne rapper Maundz sees his second album “Nobody’s Business” debut at No.36 this week, far surpassing the No.86 peak that his first album “Zero” reached in June of 2012, whilst the final new entry to the Top 50 comes in at No.39, and is the first collection of hits for new X-Factor Australia judge James Blunt (starts on Sunday 13th of Sept here) entitled “I’ll Take Everything: The Best of”.
Lower 50: The ABC have been re-screening music documentaries over the past couple of weekends, and last week they replayed the Queen doco, which helps their “Greatest Hits” set to jump back up twenty places to No.67, whilst the GH for Fleetwood Mac are also up twenty spots to No.69. Lee Kernaghan re-enters at No.73 with his “Ultimate Hits” (HP-8) set and also back in are Jimmy Barnes with “30:30 Hindsight” (#81), Neil Diamond’s “All Time Greatest Hits” (#84), Human Nature with “Jukebox” (#85). Leon Bridges’ “Coming Home” (#86), “The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra” (#89). Hermitude with “Dark Night Sweet Light” (#94) and sneaking back in at #100 is Triple J’s “Like a Version Volume 10”.
Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West make up the London based duo Oh Wonder whose self-titled debut album “Oh Wonder” comes in at No.56, whilst new at No.59 is the fifth studio album for US rock act The Wonder Years entitled “No Closer to Heaven” which becomes the band first chart entry here. Oz rock act Thirsty Merc debuts at No.68 with the independently released album “Shifting Gears”, the acts fourth studio album and fifth overall entry (4 studio, 1 live) and the debut album for the side project of Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach are called The Arcs and their album “Yours, Dreamily” comes in at No.75 this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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