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Tool Fear Inoculum

Australia Charts: Tool ‘Fear Inoculum’ debuts at no 1

by Gavin Ryan on September 7, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

American rock band Tool return with a new album called “Fear Inoculum” at No.1 this week in Australia, their first new album in thirteen years, and now their third consecutive No.1 here too.

“Fear Inoculum” by Tool becomes the 855th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 705th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 495th to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the 17th No.1 album for 2019 and not only the third No.1 for Tool but the third for their record label Volcano, their previous two chart toppers were “Lateralus” (1 week on 21st of May, 2001) and “10,000 Days” (1 week on 8th of May, 2006), which was also their last album charts entry. This new set also comes in at No.1 in New Zealand.

Back on the 12th of August chart the band saw four albums and an EP return to the Top 100 thanks to them being available on streaming platforms for the first time, so technically this becomes their fourth Top 10 album of 2019 as “Ænima” (#6), “Lateralus” (#8) and “10,000 Days” (#9) all returned within the Top 10. While this new album has seen the band land their first ever singles chart entries with the title track (TW-100, HP-68), and debuting songs “Pneuma” (#78) and “Invincible” (#89).

With this now becoming the band’s third No.1 album it moves them to equal 156th on the tally board for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965 to 2019′ alongside other three-weeks-from-three-No.1 album acts like Prince, You Am I, Bliss N’ Eso, Arctic Monkeys, and 5SOS. The word ‘Inoculum’ (a substance used for inoculation) is appearing in a No.1 album title for the first time, while it’s the second ‘Fear’ at the top, as Sia spent a week at the No.1 with her album “1000 Forms of Fear’ (14th of July, 2014). The new No.1 album also becomes the 302nd by an American act (solo, duo, group, male or female) to hit the top here, while also the 379th by a group (local or overseas) and the fifth by a group for 2019 after Bring Me the Horizon (Feb), Hilltop Hoods (March), BTS (April) and the last were Slipknot (August).

Taylor Swift dips one place to No.2 with last weeks No.1 albums entry “Lover”, which after only two weeks of sales is already certified Gold (●), while the set debuted at the top in both the U.S. and Canada this past week. Further former No.1 albums dropping within the Top 10 this week are the Ed Sheeran set “No.6 Collaborations Project” (2 to No.5), “When We All Fall Asleep…” for Billie Eilish (4 to No.7), stable at No.8 is the Elton John collection “Diamonds” (thanks to the recent DVD and Blu-Ray release of his biopic ‘Rocketman’), “We Are Not Your Kind” for Slipknot (5 to No.9) and lastly ‘A Star is Born’ (6 to No.10).

Three female artists also enjoy new albums debuting within the Top 10 this week, with current No.1 singles chart holder Toni Watson under her name Tones and I debuting at No.3 with her first EP called “The Kids are Coming”, with five of the six tracks placed within the Top 100 this week, only the song “Colourblind” (track 3) has yet to chart, while the EP has also landed at No.23 in New Zealand, No.39 in Sweden and at No.50 in Ireland (where her song “Dance Monkey” is also at No.1).

The sixth studio album and fifth to chart here in Australia for U.S. female singer Lana Del Rey is called “Norman Fucking Rockwell” and it enters at No.4 this week, becoming her first ever non-No.1 album here in Australia, as her past four albums all debuted at No.1, while this new set did take out the top spot first week in England (becoming her fourth #1 there). The fourth and final Top 10 debut this week is for another local female singer in Georgia Flipo who goes by the name of G Flip, and her debut set “About Us” comes in at No.6, featuring her singles “Drink Too Much” (HP-77, 2019) and “Killing My Time” (#79, 2018).

* The Travis Scott album “Astroworld” rebounds a massive thirty places this week to No.12, while he will be in Australia at the end of November for the SandTunes festival on the Gold Coast, which will be his only Australian shows (two shows on 30-Nov and 1-Dec).
* The Bon Iver recent No.8 album “i,i” returns to the chart this week at No.14 thanks to the just issued physical versions of the album.
* The Chris Brown album “Indigo” fell to No.33 last week, while this week it rises back up three spots to No.30.
* The three entries this week for Fleetwood Mac rise in “Rumours” (38 to No.31), The Very Best of (67 to No.63) and “50 Years-Don’t Stop” (79 to No.69), plus they will play their two final shows in Melbourne this week (7th and 9th of Sept) before moving over to New Zealand later in the week.
* As I mentioned in the Top 10 section the recent release of the DVD and Blu-Ray of the Elton John biopic here helps his collection to remain in the Top 10, but the soundtrack for his film ‘Rocketman’ rebounds sixteen places to No.37, which is the only rising soundtrack this week. While his 1974 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (which is scattered throughout the movie) returns at No.86.
* In anticipation of his third album hitting No.1 next week the debut Post Malone set “Stoney” is back up four places to No.39.
* Ahead of his new national tour starting on the 18th of September, the latest Jimmy Barnes album “My Criminal Record” rises back into the Top 50, up eleven spots to No.47, with his band’s collection by Cold Chisel in “All for You-The Best of” up six to No.58.
* Lizzo has the new No.1 song in America and two songs here within the Top 40 this week, which all helps her album “Cuz I Love You” (HP-38) to rebound here seventeen places to No.48.
* Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” rises back up five places to No.51.
* The debut at No.1 for the new Tool album also pulls back in or up three of their other albums this week in “Lateralus” (returns at #70), “Ænima” (82 to No.71) and “10,000 Days” (returns at #90).
* The 1988 breakout album for Guns N’ Roses in “Appetite for Destruction” rebounds seventeen places this week to No.80.

* There are four albums leaving the Top 10 this week, starting with The Teskey Brothers set “Run Home Slow” (HP-2, WI10-4, 7 to No.11), then Ed Sheeran’s third set “÷ (Divide)” (HP-1×27, WI10-106, 9 to No.15) and two of last weeks new entries in “Ginger” (HP-3, WI10-1, 3 to No.20) for Brockhampton and “Braindrops” for Tropical F**k Storm” (HP-10, WI10-1, leaves the Top 100 all together and is this weeks highest dropout).
* Hugh Jackman has now finished the Australian leg of his world tour, moving to America in October, which means the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ drops six places to No.18, with further falling soundtracks being for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (13 to No.17), ‘The Lion King’ (17 to No.35), ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (21 to No.41), ‘Palm Beach’ (47 to No.66), ‘Moana’ (70 to No.75), ‘Guardians Vol1.’ (80 to No.83), ‘Descendants 3’ (69 to No.84) and ‘Aladdin’ (76 to No.89).
* After climbing back up the past few weeks, this week the Luke Combs album “This One’s for You” falls back down eight spots to No.23.
* There’s a nine place slide to No.25 for the Khalid album “Free Spirit”.
* Ariana Grande dips down seven spots to No.26 with her set “thank u, next”, while she is also down one spot to No.85 with her “Sweetener” album.
* Pink drops nine places to No.27 with her latest album “Hurts 2B Human”.
* Ahead of next weeks one-year-within-the-chart, this week the EP for Billie Eilish called “Don’t Smile at Me” is down nine places to No.36.
* Rapper NF falls ten spots to No.38 with his album “The Search”.
* After last weeks new-entry surge for the older Taylor Swift albums, this week they move back down the chart, with “Reputation” sliding sixteen places to No.46 and her older set “1989” drops seven to No.49, which still gives her three albums within the Top 50.
* Thelma Plum dips back down ten places to No.50 with her first album “Better in Blak”.
* Eminem’s “Kamikaze” album last week logged it’s one-year upon the charts, this week is falls six spots to No.54, while his collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” drops eleven to No.61, with further sliding best of sets being for Maroon 5 (54 to No.55), Queen (GH 22 to No.28 and Platinum Collection 74 to No.78), Green Day (73 to No.82), The Wiggles (71 to No.87), Jason DeRulo (88 to No.93) and The Killers (86 to No.95).
* Last weeks debuts to score a second week are “So Much Fun” for Young Thug (36 to No.59) and “Duende” for local Dan Mullins (35 to No.68).
* Ziggy Alberts falls twelve places to No.64 with his set “Laps Around the Sun”.
* Local rapper ChillinIT falls twelve to No.73 with his set “Women, Wedd & Wordplay”.
* Two three week old sets tumbling down this week are “Atonement” for Killswitch Engage (29 to No.74) and the King Gizzard album “Infest the Rats’ Nest” (25 to No.76).
* The Bazzi mixtape “Soul Searching” falls sixteen spots this week to No.77.
* The Wiggles second dropping set this week is for their album “Party Time!”, down thirteen to No.91.
* The Conrad Sewell album “LIFE” tumbles again this week, down thirty-one places to No.97.
* Lee Kernaghan’s “Backroad Nation” plummets twenty-two spots to No.99 this week.
* Apart from the Tropical F**k Storm album leaving the Top 100 from No.10, other dropouts to depart from last weeks Top 50 were for Waax (#11) , Winterbourne (#24), recent tourist here Tom Walker (#46) and Knocked Loose (#49).

* #13 (mix#1) – We Love You Tecca by Lil’ Tecca is the debut mixtape for the U.S. rapper and it features his current Top 10 single “Ran$om” (TW-9), plus the album also debuted at No.9 in Ireland, one place lower than here in New Zealand (#14), England (#15) and The Netherlands (#19).

* #19 (LP#2) – Complex by Montaigne is the second studio and chart entry for the Australian singer Jessica Cerro who goes by the stage name of Montaigne, with her debut set being released three years ago called “Glorious Heights”, which debuted and peaked at No.4 in mid August of 2016.

* #21 (LP#4) – Positive Ring: Part 1 by DZ Deathrays is the fourth album and now third entry for the Brisbane based dance-punk trio, having previously charted with “Black Rat” (LP#2, HP-23, May 2014) and “Bloody Lovely” (HP-4, February 2018).

* #40 (LP#9) – Mojo by Ash Grunwald is the ninth studio album for the local singer from Melbourne and his first new album in just under four years, having last charted in early October of 2015 with “Now” (HP-52), with this new set becoming his seventh Top 100 entry and also his fifth Top 50 placing. He was last within the fifty in July 2013 with his album “Gargantua” (LP#7, HP-46).

* #43 (LP#25) – Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds by Paul Kelly & James Ledger is a collection of sixteen songs which set bird inspired poems to music, from words by Keats, Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Gwen Hardwood and A.D. Hope, while apart from Paul Kelly and James Ledger there are also songs by Alice Keith and The Seraphim Trio.

* #67 (LP#3) – Pressure by Wage War is the third studio album and now second entry for the American metalcore act, who last charted with “Deadweight” (LP#2, HP-45, mid-Aug, 2017).

* #73 (LP#11) – Threads by Sheryl Crow is supposed to be the final studio album for the singer songwriter, with four of the seventeen tracks on the album covers from such as acts The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, while overall this becomes her seventh albums chart entry here and follows-up her April 2017 set “Be Myself” (LP#10, HP-97).

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