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Australian Albums: Good Charlotte ‘Youth Authority’ Scores Top Spot

by Gavin Ryan on July 25, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The sixth studio album for US rock act Good Charlotte becomes the acts second No.1 album here, as “Youth Authority” lands the pole position on this weeks ARIA Albums Chart.

“Youth Authority” becomes the 774th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 625th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016) and the 420th to debut at No.1, whilst its the first for the band’s own label MDDN to reach the top, it is technically the third chart-topping album for the group, as bands third album “The Chronicles of Life and Death” spent a week at the top back on the 11th of October in 2004, then when The Madden Brothers released their own album in “Greetings from California” it went to the top on Sept 22nd in 2014, and now they have their second as Good Charlotte and third overall.

This becomes the 25th No.1 album for 2016 (we were up to 16 at this time last year), and the first time that either the words ‘Youth’ and ‘Authority’ have appeared in a No.1 album title. This becomes the sixth album for 2016 by an American act and overall its the 275th by an American performer (solo or group), plus the 350th by a Group (local or overseas) and the twelfth for 2016 for a group.

Last weeks No.1 debut of “Wildflower” for The Avalanches drops down one spot to No.2 and landing the second and final Top 10 entry of the week is the debut solo album for Midnight Oil front-man Peter Garrett entitled “A Version of Now”. There are seven former and current No.1 albums in the Top 10 this week, with Delta Goodrem’s third No.1 from three weeks ago “Wings of the Wild” down two this week to No.4 and the first No.1 album from this year in “25” for Adele is down one spot to No.5 this week.

Blink 182 stick around for a third week in the Top 10 with “California”, which drops three to No.6 and down two to No.7 is the Beyonce album “Lemonade”, whilst on hold at No.8 for a second week is the Hillsong United album “Of Dirt and Grace-Live from the Land”, which had a wider (and retail) release last week. “The Getaway” for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “Ripcord” for Keith Urban are both down three places each to No.9 and No.10 respectively and are the sixth and seventh former No.1 albums in the Top 10 for this week.

UP: The Play School “50 Best Songs” is on hold at its No.17 peak for a third broken week, and back up four to No.25 is the Hilltop Hoods “Drinking…Walking…Restrung”. With the new singles chart entry and pending August tour the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” is back up four to No.32, and with The 1975 playing the ‘Splendor’ festival this weekend their former No.1 album “I Like it When You Sleep…” is back up to No.44, whilst the “case/lang/veirs” album rebounds eleven spots to No.47 this week.

DOWN: After one week back in the Top 10, “Views” (HP-1×1, WI10-10) by Drake is back down two spots to No.12 this week, and the other Top 10 dropout is last weeks No.9 debut of “Blank Face LP” (HP-9, WI10-1) for ScHoolboy Q which is down twenty-five spots this week to No.34. Jimmy Barnes’ “Soul Searchin'” set drops eight to No.29 and Broods are also down eight to No.39 with their second album “Conscious”. Ed Sheeran drops nine to No.41 with his “x” set and “Bloom” for Rufus falls ten to No.48 this week. Tumbling into the lower fifty this week are Justin Bieber (40 to 51), The Temper Trap (41 to 53), Diesel (30 to 58), David Bowie’s “Nothing Has Changed” (46 to 59), Eric Clapton (43 to 60), Biffy Clyro (15 to 61), with dropouts from the Top 100 from last week Top 50 consisting of albums for In Stero (#18) and Switchfoot (#34).

The second album for former Triple J unearthed winner (2011) Emma Louise is entitled “Supercry” and it debuts at No.14 this week, two places lower than her debut set “vs. Head vs. Heart” (HP-12 early April 2013) achieved in its first week over three years ago. And the second Top 20 debut for this week is by local-four-sister group Stonefield and their second album entitled “As Above, So Below” which comes in at No.19, two places higher than their self-titled (HP-21) debut album from October of 2013.

The remake of the 1984 comedy “Ghostbusters” sees the soundtrack for the just opened film debut at No.21 this week, featuring songs by Walk the Moon, Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott, G-Eazy and Jeremih, Elle King, Zayn, Mark Ronson, DMX, plus the original by Ray Parker Jr. (HP-2×2, peaked late Sept 1984) and this weeks No.21 debut for 5 Seconds of Summer in “Girls Talk Boys”. The original “Ghostbusters” soundtrack debuted at No.29 back in mid-October of 1984, climbing to No.11 by mid-December for four weeks.

The second album for British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka debuts at No.35 this week entitled “Love & Hate”, it also debuts at No.1 in his home countries chart this week, his first there. Here he previously made it to No.67 with his debut set “Home Again” (entry late March 2012, peaked late July 2012). Like Peter Garrett debuting with his first album, another rock artist who first started in the 1970’s also enters with his first solo album; Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sees his debut album “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” come in at No.37 this week, whilst one place lower at No.38 is the seventeenth studio album for guitar legend Jeff Beck entitled “Loud Hailer”, and this is his first new album in over six years, as his last entry was his 16th set “Emotion & Commotion” (HP-49, late March 2010) and overall this is his tenth albums chart entry in Australia (nine studio and one live album).

The final two new entries to this weeks Top 50 are a new compilation of Slim Dusty truck themed songs entitled “Prime Movers” at No.43 and then at No.46 is “H A R D L O V E” for NeedToBreathe, the sixth album for the US alternative act, and their first to chart here in Australia.

Lower 50: “IRE” for Parkway Drive returns to the Top 100 at No.55 thanks to a new deluxe digital bonus edition released, the “Waco” album for Violent Soho jumps back up fifteen places to No.70 and the Kate Ceberano “Anthology” climbs again this week, up six to No.72, whilst returning at No.77 is the N.W.A. album “Straight Outta Compton” and the Jimmy Fallon performance for Troye Sivan this past week also helps his album “Blue Neighbourhood” to climb back up nine to No.80. “Nonagon Infinity” for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard jumps back up thirteen spots to No.82, and further returns occur for Elle King (#84), “Walking Under Stars” for The Hilltop Hoods (#85), self-titled Rage Against the Machine (#93), “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” for RHCP (#96) and back in at #100 is the last Katy Perry album “Prism”. The only new entry in the lower fifty this week is the cast recording for the Queen based musical “We Will Rock You” at No.99, which is currently in Brisbane at the moment.

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