Ariana Grande logs a fourth broken week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week with her fifth studio album “thank u, next”.
“thank u, next” is now the equal longest running No.1 album for this year, matching the four weeks racked up at the start of the year by the soundtrack for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and it increases the tally of weeks at No.1 for Ariana to now seven weeks, moving her on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019)’ from equal 102nd to now equal 90th alongside The Police (7 weeks from 4#1’s), while for this decade she climbs from tenth to ninth breaking away from her six weeks tie with recent chart-toppers The Hilltop Hoods (6 weeks from 4 #1’s).
Scoring the highest entry this week and the highest charted album of his career is Scott Barrow, a.k.a. rapper Kerser, whose eighth studio album “Lifestyle” comes in at No.2, and with all eight of his albums having charted locally, this is his sixth Top 10 album too, with his previous best effort being his sixth set “Tradition” (HP-4, Nov 2016), while he last charted in November of 2017 with “Engraved in the Game” (HP-5).
The soundtrack for the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is back up one spot to No.3 followed by the bands “Greatest Hits”, also up a spot to land at No.4, while their other Top 10 entry “Platinum Collection” is down a spot to No.7. The Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper soundtrack for their film ‘A Star is Born’ leaves the Top 3 for the first time in its 23 week chart run, and drops to its lowest position so far of No.5, and it has now spent as much time in the Top 10 as her debut album “The Fame” (2008, 23 overall weeks) and is now equal second for weeks in the Top 10 behind it’s updated version in “The Fame Monster” (2009, 29 weeks).
Dropping four places to No.6 are The Hilltop Hoods with “The Great Expanse”, while the third and final Top 10 soundtrack in ‘The Greatest Showman’ drops down two places to No.9, and stable at No.10 is last weeks returned set “Beerbongs & Bentleys” for Post Malone. The second and final Top 10 debut this week is the second album for U.S. rapper Juice WRLD called “Death Race for Love” which comes in at No.8, becoming his second overall entry as he hit No.28 in November of 2018 on the mixtape with fellow rapper Future called “WRLD on Drugs”, and this is now his first Top 10 album in Australia.
* With Luke Combs on his second national tour this past week his debut one-year old album (52 weeks this week) “This One’s for You” is back up to No.19.
* With a third singe charting from the Amy Shark debut album “Love Monster” it is back up four spots to No.26.
* The Jimmy Barnes doco ‘Working Class Boy’ was screened on Channel 7 this past week, and his band Cold Chisel see their collection “The Best of-All for You” jump back up seven spots to No.33, with other rising collections being for Elton John (Diamonds 57 to 37, Rocket Man 80 to 38), INXS (51 to 48), Guns N’ Roses (54 to 50), Maroon 5 (55 to 51), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of returns at #55, 25-Years: The Chain returns at #62, GH returns at #69), Crowded House (70 to 57), Green Day (returns at No.79), ABBA (Gold & More 92 to 83), Bon Jovi (returns at No.85) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (returns at No.86).
* With another new Khalid entry this week his debut album “American Teen” is back up seven places to No.35, while his second album is three weeks away from being issued.
* The soundtrack for ‘Guardians Vol.1’ jumps back up seventeen spots to No.36, while other climbing soundtracks are for ‘Molly’ (77 to 46), ‘Forrest Gump’ (91 to 56), ‘Moana’ (83 to 76) and ‘Suicide Squad’ returns at No.91.
* Kylie Minogue started her “Golden” tour in Australia this past week, and that album returns at No.43 this week.
* The Eagles were also on tour here this past week and they return three collections to the chart in “The Complete Greatest Hits” at No.59, “The Very Best of” at No.77 and “Selected Works: 1972 – 1999” at #100.
* Ocean Alley are back up seven spots to No.61 with their set “Chiaroscuro”.
* Apart from the above mentioned Fleetwood Mac collections, they have two further albums climbing this week in “Rumours” (79 to 65) and “The Dance” returns at No.93, making it five albums within the Top 100 this week.
* Guns N’ Roses 1988 set “Appetite for Destruction” jumps back up twenty-four spots to No.74.
* Two albums leave the Top 10 this week, with last weeks debut for Hozier and “Wasteland, Baby!” (HP-8, WI10-1, this weeks U.S. #1 album) down fifteen places to No.23 and last weeks returnee for Ed Sheeran and “÷ (Divide)” (HP-1×27, WI10-96a) down three places to No.12.
* Eminem has three albums charting this week, with his “Curtain Call: The Hits” down three to No.16 followed by his latest album “Kamikaze” down five to No.17 and his older set “The Eminem Show” dropping five spots also, down to No.63.
* Drake drops down four spots to No.18 with his “Scorpion” set, which has gone from Gold in sales to now 2x▲Platinum.
* Now that their recent tour here is over the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” falls back down nine spots to No.32, with other falling collections being for Foo Fighters (85 to 88) and ABBA (Gold 84 to 95).
* Ariana Grande’s 2018 set “Sweetener” falls down eleven spots to No.42.
* Rufus du Sol fall back down fifteen spots to No.47 with their third album “Solace”.
* Ziggy Alberts’ “Laps Around the Sun” drops down eleven places to No.49.
* Tom Walker’s set “What a Time to Be Alive” which entered at No.18 last week plummets down forty-two spots to No.60 this week, while also surviving for a second week within the Top 100 is the Lil’ Skies set “Shelby” (20 to 78).
* Offset and his album “Father of 4” falls twenty-four spots to No.67.
* The DVD and Blu-Ray for ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse’ will be issued locally on March 27th, and this week the soundtrack is down twelve spots to No.73, while the ‘Black Panther’ set is also down twelve to No.81.
* After their tour the Arctic Monkeys set “AM” is back down thirty-five places to No.80.
* Clean Bandit drop down ten places to No.82 with “What is Love”.
* Jonas Blue and his debut album “Blue” drops seventeen places to No.92.
* The Khalid EP “Suncity falls down thirteen spots to land at No.94.
* Eleven of last weeks albums that entered all leave the Top 100 this week, the highest of which is “Tasmania” for Pond (#15) followed by sets for Solange (#17), Bryan Adams (#21, Canadian No.1 album this week), The Prodigy (#34), 2 Chainz (#35), Mansionair (#37), In Flames (#48), The Viper Creek Band (#56), While She Sleeps (#63), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (#73) and Mark Morton (#97).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#5) – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 by Foals is the UK acts fifth studio album and now fourth to chart, plus their first non-Top 10 album since they first charted with their second set “Total Life Forever” (HP-68, 2010), and the second part of this album is due to be issued in mid September of this year.
* #14 (LP#5) – Still on My Mind by Dido is the fifth album for the UK singer and her first in six years, as she last charted with “Girl Who Got Away” (HP-12, March 2013) while overall this is her seventh chart entry (5 studio, 1 Live set, 1 GH).
* #15 (LP#1) – Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly is the debut album for Perth based indie-rock artist who previously issued her EP “Thrush Metal” in 2017.
* #29 (LP#5) – Girl by Maren Morris is her second major label album and fifth overall release, plus it becomes her second entry in Australia and now her highest charted, as she hit No.69 in 2016 with her “Hero” set.
* #71 (LP#11) – Gold in a Brass Age by David Gray is the overall eighth albums chart entry here for the English musician (7 studios and 1 GH), and his first studio album since June 2014’s “Mutineers” (HP-67), while he last charted here with his collection “The Best of” (HP-91, 2016).
* #84 (LP#1) – Sucker Punch by Ingrid is the debut album for the Norwegian singer and features her former chart entry “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (HP-80, 2017) and current single “Don’t Feel Like Crying”.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com