It’s a sixth week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, last week scoring Gold, and now this week its newly ▲Platinum in sales.
“The Greatest Showman” and its six weeks on top double the amount of time that cast member Zac Efron’s first No.1 musical-soundtrack stayed atop the ARIA Albums chart, as his “High School Musical” set from late July of 2006 spent three weeks at No.1, and by staying at No.1 for a now sixth week “The Greatest Showman” becomes the equal second longest running No.1 for this century, as exactly at this time in 2001 the ‘Coyote Ugly” set was up to its fourth (of 6) weeks at the top, while the longest running No.1 soundtrack so far this century was for the musical ‘Moulin Rouge’ which logged eleven weeks at the top from late May in 2001. The soundtrack also spends its fifth week at No.1 in England and its first week at the top in New Zealand.
The ‘Showman’ soundtrack might not be at the top next week as two major films sets could replace it in ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ or the new Marvel ‘Black Panther’ set by Kendrick Lamar, but this week it was expected that the fifth studio album for Justin Timberlake and “Man of the Woods” would take out the top spot, but alas it comes in at No.2 becoming his fifth Top 10 album in the process and second highest charted, as he previously scored two No.1’s with “Future Sex/Lovesounds” (Sept 2006) and then “The 20/20 Experience” (the first one) in March of 2103. The new JT album has two Top 50 entries this week in the albums first release “Filthy” (TW-44) and new entry “Say Something” (36 to 24), plus this past week he performed the half-time show at the Super Bowl.
Ed Sheeran and his “÷ (Divide)” set drop down one spot to No.3 and up one to a new peak of No.5 is Post Malone with his “Stoney” album, while dropping back down three places is Pink and her “Beautiful Trauma” set, whilst she managed with a sore throat to sing the US national anthem at the Super Bowl this past week. On hold are “Revival” by Eminem and “Reputation” for Taylor Swift and No.8 and No.9 respectively, and last weeks Top 10 return for the Gang of Youths second album “Go Farther in Lightness” is back down six places to No.10.
There are two further albums debuting within the Top 10 this week, with local dance-punk act DZ Deathrays and their third album “Bloody Lovely” coming in at No.4, which becomes their second Top 50 entry and now first Top 10, as their 2014 set “Black Rat” debuted and peaked at No.23 in May of that year. And current entrant on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ in Shannon Noll sees his fifth studio album “Unbroken” debut at No.7 becoming his sixth Top 10 album (five studios and one GH’s), matching the peak of his 2008 best of set “No Turning Back: The Story So Far” (Oct 2008), while his last albums chart entry was the October 2011 fourth album “A Million Suns” (HP-8). This new album contains the former singles “Who I Am” and “Southern Sky” plus his cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 song “Fortunate Son”.
* The current US and Canadian No.1 album for Migos and “Culture II” is up fifteen places to a new peak of No.13.
* Macklemore is on tour in Australia at the moment which helps his “Gemini” album to rise back up eleven places to No.16.
* Shania Twain announced an Australia tour this past week for late November and early December, and this week she scores two album re-entries in her most recent set “Now!” at No.32 and her “Greatest Hits” collection returning at No.38.
* Rising collections this week go to Pink (37 to 33), The Wiggles (54 to 45), Red Hot Chili Peppers (63 to 54 in its 300th week within the Top 100), Roy Orbison (returns #83), Cat Stevens (returns at No.89), Queen and their “Platinum Collection” (returns at No.95).
* The new Dua Lipa track pulls her self-titled debut album back up six places to No.39.
* The new Top 50 entry for Vance Joy sees their first album “Dream Your Life Away” rise six to No.41.
* The Carole King musical opens in Melbourne next Friday, and her 1971 set “Tapestry” is up seven spots to No.49 this week.
* The current tour here for the Celtic Woman helps their album “Voices of Angels” to return to the Top 100 at a new peak of No.57.
* Further returning albums are by Evanescence and “Synthesis” (#77, new edition issued and a vinyl edition came out on Friday), “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” for Bruno Mars (#87), the Rick Price and Jack Jones set “California Dreaming” (#97) and “So Good” for Zara Larsson (#99).
* The Fleetwood Mac set “Rumours” is back up thirteen spots to No.80.
* Three albums leave the Top 10 this week with the debut set for Camila Cabello and “Camila” (HP-3, WI10-3) down five to No.12, last week return for the Foo Fighters “Greatest Hits” (HP-1×1, WI10-14a) falls back down fifteen to No.20 and last weeks highest entry of “Catharsis” (HP-10, WI10-1) by Machine Head plummets twenty-five spots to No.35.
* The Kendrick Lamar rise last week for “DAMN.” is back down six this week to No.19.
* Fall Out Boy fall ten places to No.28 with their latest set “M A N I A”.
* The Foo Fighters also fall with their studio album “Concrete and Gold”, down fifteen to No.29.
* The soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 3” is down ten spots to No.30, with other soundtracks falling being “The Secret Daughter Season 2” (58 to 68) and the “Molly” set (40 to 90).
* Falling best of’s for this week are by Cold Chisel (26 to 40), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 32 to 42, and GH 64 to 73), Elton John (Diamonds 34 to 48), Crowded House (49 to 65), The Cranberries (38 to 66) and Daryl Braithwaite (61 to 93).
* The AC/DC 1991 “Live” album is back down twelve places to No.51.
* The First Aid Kit debut from three weeks ago and “Ruins” is down twenty-four spots to No.53.
* Luke Bryan is down thirteen spots to No.55 with “What Makes You Country”.
* The Paul Kelly former No.1 set “Life is Fine” descends twelve places to No.56.
* The Triple J “Like a Version Vol.13” set falls fifteen spots to land at No.63.
* Little Mix and their “Glory Days” set are down nine spots to No.94.
* The two albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are the Paul Kelly best of (#41) and the Craig David entry at No.43 for “The Time is Now”.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #27 (LP#1) – Amen by Rich Brian is the debut album for Indonesian rapper Brian Imanuel who has been releasing songs since 2016 with his first single “Dat $tick” was remixed by Ghostface Killah, plus this album came in at No.30 in New Zealand also.
* #64 (EP#1) – As She Pleases (EP) by Madison Beer is a seven track debut set for the US actress and singer, with the EP’s first release being “Dead” from May 2017 while last November the albums second release was issued in “Say it To My Face”.
* #74 (LP#2) – Natural Born Chillers by The Bennies is the local bands second albums chart entry, as their first set “Wisdom Machine” debuted and peaked at No.40 in April of 2016
* #82 (LP#18) – Walk Between Worlds by Simple Minds is the bands first album of new material in four years since 2014’s ‘Big Music’, which was followed by their ‘Acoustic’ album covering their own songs, while chart wise this is their first entry since 1995’s “Good News from the Next World” (HP-20, March 1995), and overall their tenth albums chart entry (8 studios, 1 live and 1 best of).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com