The second album for Flume entitled “Skin” becomes his second successive album to debut in the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Skin” becomes the 768th (1965 to 2016) No.1 Album in Australia and the 619th (1983 to 2016) for the ARIA Albums Chart and the 19th for 2016, plus the 414th to debut in the No.1 spot, whilst the third for the Future Classic record label after his self-titled set (1 wk, 4-Feb, 2013) and the labels last was the Chet Faker album “Built on Glass” (2 wks from 21-April, 2014), and Flume joins the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Albums’ alongside last weeks No.1 debut Ariana Grande plus Madonna, Boy & Bear, 5SOS, Rufus and Sia who have all had two No.1 albums and spent two weeks at the top during this decade.
This new No.1 album is only the second time we’ve seen some ‘Skin’ at the top of the Australian Albums chart, the other one being twelve years and one week ago, “Under My Skin” by Avril Lavigne (1 week on 31-May, 2014). “Skin” by Flume is also the 198th No.1 album by an Australian Artist (solo or group) to make it to No.1,the eighth for 2016 and the album is also the 214th by a Solo Male Act to hit the top, the sixth for this year and previous Aussie’s solo Male acts to top the charts this year were Matt Corby (21st March) and Keith Urban (16th May). The album has debuted at the top in New Zealand and No.3 in Belgium, whilst also appearing in The Netherlands (#17), England (#25), Ireland (#28), Norway (#29), France (#41) and Germany (#43).
UK metalcore act Architects see their seventh album “All Our Gods Have Abandoned us” debut at No.2 here, becoming the groups second chart entry and first Top 10, as their sixth set “Lost Forever//Lost Together” debuted and peaked at No.13 (17-March, 2014). “Lemonade” for Beyonce is still within the top three, down one spot to No.3 this week and back up one to No.4 is Adele with her “25” album, whilst the fourth No.1 album within the top five this week is Keith Urban and “Ripcord” which is down two places to No.5.
The new UK No.1 album this week is the second album for British act Catfish & the Bottlemen entitled “The Ride”, which debuts at No.6 here and becomes not only their first Top 10 entry but their first Top 50 placing, as their debut set “The Balcony” made it to No.51 last year. “Thank You” for Meghan Trainor falls three places to No.7 now that the album has a second Top 10 hit this week and the fourth and final Top 10 debut this week comes in at No.8, the second studio album for X-Factor US act Fifth Harmony entitled “7/27”, which becomes their first Top 10 album, as their first albums chart entry “Reflections” debuted and peaked at No.16 back in mid-Feb 2015. Last weeks No.1 debut for Ariana Grande and “Dangerous Woman” falls eight places to No.9 this week and down two to No.10 is Drake and “Views”.
UP: “Bloom” for Rufus jumps back up fifteen places to No.15, the boys just finished their Australasian tour this past week before they do some overseas Festivals in July, whilst “60 Summers” for Graeme Connors blasts back up thirty-one spots to No.18 this week. The Cat Empire and “Rising with the Sun” jumps up fifteen to No.32, the first Flume self-titled album is back up fourteen spots to No.42 and the boys from Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on Sunday Night (Ch.7) last weekend talking about their upcoming new studio album, plus further promotions around the place, which helps their “Greatest Hits” set to leap back into the chart at No.45 this week.
DOWN: There are four albums leaving the Top 10 this week, first of which is the Dami Im covers album “Classic Carpenters” (9 to 11, HP-3, WI10-5) and then “The Very Best of” for Prince (7 to 12, HP-2, WI10-4), last weeks No.10 debut for Eric Clapton in “I Still Do” (10 to 27, HP-10, WI10-1) is down seventeen spots this week, but a bigger drop occurs for Taylor Swift and her “1989” (HP-1×8, WI10-68) set which is down twenty-two spots to No.28 this week. The Blake Shelton debut from last week “If I’m Honest” is down nine to No.22; “A Moon Shaped Pool” for Radiohead is down thirteen to No.25, Bob Dylan tumbles fifteen to No.26 with “Fallen Angels” and swapping places this week are number #15 and #30 (see the ‘Up’ section for the other one), with last weeks No.15 down fifteen to No.30, “Title” for Meghan Trainor. The collection “Ultimate” for Prince and “Shift” for The Living End both drop eleven places each to No.34 and No.36 respectively, whilst “Strange Loop” by Paul Dempsey drops fifteen spots to No.37 this week. After rebounding last week, the Kate Ceberano collection “Anthology” falls twenty-one places to No.39 and down twelve to No.43 is the Marina Prior and Mark Vincent album “Together”, with the other Prince best of set “The Hits/The B-Sides” down twenty-three to No.44. James Blake falls twenty-seven to No.46 with “The Colour in Everything” whilst the “Eurovision: Stockholm 2016” album is down twenty-eight this week to No.48. Falling into the lower fifty are Skepta (42 to 55), Paul Kelly (48 to 58), “Purple Rain” (45 to 64), Sam Smith (29 to 66), Pierce the Veil (40 to 68), Kygo (41 to 70), Highasakite (24 to 78), The Weeknd (26 to 79), “+” for Ed Sheeran (17 to 83), Elle King (38 to 88) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Issues (#36), Saosin (#44) and Matt Corby (#46).
Sydney rapper Rates sees his second album “Untold” debut at No.14 this week, his first set “Destroy & Rebuild” made it to No.38 in late June of 2013. Another Aussie act enters a few places lower at No.16, kids entertainers The Wiggles with “The Best of”, the previous collection “Hot Potatoes: The Best of” (HP-32) leaving the chart this week after having notched up 84 weeks within the Top 100 since it first entered back in late May of 200, plus this album also becomes the acts highest charting album EVER in Australia since they first charted in November 1997.
The eighth studio album for Italian Gothic rock act Lacuna Coil entitled “Delirium” enters at No.19 this week, becoming the bands second chart entry here as they reached No.78 in May 2009 with their fifth album “Shallow Life”. Returning to the Australian charts with their first new album in twenty years is sixties act The Monkees and “Good Times” which enters at No.20 and is the (now a trio) twelfth studio album for the act, with their last studio album to chart here being (pre-ARIA) “The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees” (LP#5, HP-5, Sept 1968) and they last appeared on the ARIA charts with the collection “Monkeemania: Very Best of” (HP-54) back in March 2012.
“Black” by Dierks Bentley is new at No.21 and is his first of three charted albums to land within the Top 50, as his two previous entries were “Home” (HP-52, Feb 2012) and “Riser” (HP-62, March 2014). The entry at No.23 is the debut EP “Pendulum” by local duo Winterbourne and the final Top 50 entry this week is from Beth Orton and her sixth studio album “Kidsticks”, which is new at No.47 and becomes her seventh chart entry (six studios and one best of) and this is her fourth Top 50 placed album in Australia.
Lower 50: Jumping back up twenty-two spots to No.52 is Florence and the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” and up ten to No.59 is “The Essential” for Michael Jackson, with the second of twelve re-entries this week occurring at No.73 for Anohni and “Hopelessness” (HP-35), with other returning sets being “Dream Your Life Away” for Vance Joy #81, “Hills End” by DMA’s #82, “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse #84, the newly released DVD and Blu-Ray of ‘Deadpool’ sees the Junkie XL soundtrack return at #87. Then James Bay is back in at #89 with his debut set “Chaos and the Calm”; the former No.1 album for The 1975 and “I Like it When You Sleep…” #93; “Currents” by Tame Impala #96; “Have it All (Live)” for Bethel Music #97, “Harvey’s Bar… The Backyard Sessions” by Adam Harvey #98 and finally “The Very Best of” for Fleetwood Mac #100.
There are five new entries in the lower fifty, the first of which is “By Default” by Bands of Skills at No.54, the bands fourth studio album and third entry here after “Sweet Sour” (LP#2, HP-35, Feb 2012) and “Himalayan” (LP#3, HP-24, April 2014).”To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere” by Thrice is new at No.57 and becomes the California natives fourth entry here and is the highest charting album for the act.
“The Dream is Over” for Toronto, Canada four-piece punk-rock group Pup is new at No.69 and the second album for the act is their first chart entry here, whilst a few places lower at No.72 is “Everything’s Beautiful” by Robert Glasper and Miles Davis, the jazz/hip-hop artist working with older Davis music to produce the new album. The final new entry is “The Evil Divide” by Death Angel at No.80, the 8th studio album for the five piece California and their first to chart in Australia.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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