Like the singles chart this week, the No.1 position is stable; as the Human Nature album “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II” stays at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
For only the fifth time this year an album has held at the top for a second week, the other four being “25” for Adele (Jan), the “Molly” Soundtrack (Feb), “Ripcord” by Keith Urban (May) and the last was “The Getaway” for Red Hot Chili Peppers (June/July), and by staying for a second week it becomes the bands third consecutive covers album to rack up multiple weeks at the top; only their first No.1 “Counting Down” (May 1999) stayed at the top for a single week. The hold at the top also takes the four-piece vocal groups’ tally of weeks at No.1 to ten, moving them from equal 71st, to be now equal 63rd on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2016)’, alongside the ten weeks racked up by Coldplay, Silverchair (5 #1’s each), Live, Missy Higgins, Bruce Springsteen (3 #1’s each) and Dido (2 #1’s).
Last week we saw four of the Top 5 albums in the country by Australian acts, which has been repeated again this week, although three of them are debuts within the five this week. Two Sydney groups debut within the top five, the first of which are Gang of Youths with their six track EP entitled “Let Me Be Clear”, which enters at No.2 this week, and becomes their second albums chart entry after their debut album “The Positions” (TW-54) came in at No.5 back in May of 2015.
“25” by Adele spends its 37th week within the Top 10 by climbing back up one place to No.3 this week, after which there are three more debut entries. Coming in at No.4 is the second Sydney group, this one The Hellions with their fourth studio album and first Top 10 entry entitled “Opera Oblivia”, and it also becomes their third albums chart entry. The bands first entry was with their second album “Die Young” (HP-49, Oct 2013) and then their next entry was with “Indian Summer” (HP-19, Feb 2015).
‘The Voice’ 2016 winner was Alfie Arcuri whose debut album “Zenith” was selling for under $10 this past week, is new at No.5 this week, charting higher than last years winner Ellie Drennan achieved (“Close Your Eyes”, HP-14, Sept 2015), and then at No.6 is fourth and final Top 10 debut this week from US DJ and producer DJ Khaled with his ninth studio album “Major Key”, which is not only his first albums chart entry here, but also his first Top 10 entry too, and features two current charting singles in “For Free” with Drake (TW-79) and the new entry “Holy Key” with Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar (TW-99).
The fifth and sixth of the seven Australian acts within the Top 10 are up next, with “Wildflower” for The Avalanches down four to No.7 followed by Delta Goodrem and “Wings of the Wild”, dropping three to No.8, whilst Beyonce is also down three to No.9 with her “Lemonade” album, and the seventh and final Aussie in this weeks Top 10 is Keith Urban and his “Ripcord” album, which falls back three places to land at No.10 this week.
UP: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are touring the country at the moment, which helps their album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” to leap up fourteen places and land at No.11 this week, whilst jumping twenty places to land at No.20 is the Sia set “This is Acting”. “1989” by Taylor Swift is back up five to No.23 and another tourist in Troye Sivan sees his current album “Blue Neighbourhood” bullet back up sixty one spots to land at No.27 this week, and he is touring until the 13th of August, the album should again rise next week.
DOWN: There are four albums leaving the Top 10 this week, first of which is “Skin” (HP-1, WI10-6), which is down ten to No.12, “The Getaway” for RHCP (HP-1×2, WI10-6) drops four to No.13, “California” for Blink 182 (HP-2, WI10-4) is also down four to No.14 and last weeks other Top 10 debut in “Periphery III: Select Difficulty” (HP-8, WI10-1) plummets forty-two spots to No.56 this week. The RHCP “Greatest Hits” set drops six to No.17, “Blurryface” for twenty one pilots is down two to No.22 and is the only new certification within the Top 100 this week, now Gold (●) in sales, and down thirteen to No.28 is the Coldplay set “A Head Full of Dreams”. The latest Hillsong United album “Of Dirt and Grace” tumbles fifteen spots to No.29 and halving its position from last week is the No.1 album from three weeks ago, “Youth Authority” by Good Charlotte, which is down seventeen places to No.34 in its third week on the chart. The Cure collection of “Greatest Hits” drops back down nine to No.36 after returning last week after the tour here, and after rebounding last week the ScHoolboy Q album “Blank Face LP” descends twenty-five spots to land at No.44 this week, whilst the returning “Jukebox” album for Human Nature from last week is back down twenty-one places to No.45. Prince and his “Very Best of” set is down fourteen to No.47 and falling thirteen to No.49 is the self-titled album for Christine & the Queens. Falling into the lower fifty this week are Gang of Youths and “The Positions” (35 to 54), “Since I Left You” for The Avalanches (37 to 67), The 1975 (46 to 73), Phil Collins’ “No Jacket Required” (42 to 82), Jack Garratt and “Phase” (31 to 87), Michael Kiwanuka (48 to 88), and falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are former Splendor acts DMA’s (#50), Matt Corby (#22).
Formed in 1978 and releasing their first album 1982, it’s taken until this week for California based punk band Descendents to land their first albums chart entry here in Australia, as the seventh studio album entitled “Hypercaffium Spazzinate” enters at No.19, and is the groups first new album in twelve years. Canadian rock act Billy Talent see their fifth album “Afraid of Heights” enter at No.26 this week, becoming the bands third albums chart entry and now highest charting here, as their previous entry was their September 2012 album “Dead Silence” (HP-36), and they first charted with “Billy Talent III” (HP-44, July 2009).
The debut album for Chinese-American electro musician and singer ZHU comes in at No.35 entitled “GenerationWhy”, and a few places lower at No.38 is the soundtrack to the just opened film (4th of August) “Absolutely Fabulous”, featuring a new recording of the show’s theme tune “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Kylie Minogue, plus songs by Jason DeRulo, Santigold, La Roux, Paloma Faith plus classics by Peter Sarstedt, Leonard Cogen, Nancy Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Francoise Hardy and Sege Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin. The final Top 50 entry this week is at No.40, the six-track EP for local singer/songwriter Jarryd James entitled “High”, which features the July No.47 single “1000x” featuring Broods as guest vocalists, and this becomes his second albums chart entry, as his debut set “Thirty-One” debuted and peaked at No.2 in late September of 2015.
Lower 50: Sia not only jumps with her current album “This is Acting” (38 to 18), but her previous album “1000 Forms of Fear” also jumps up this week, climbing thirty-four places this week to No.53, back up twenty places to No.61 is the “Love Child-Season 3” TV Soundtrack, the new No.2 debut for Chainsmokers with Halsey sees her debut album “Badlands” jump back up thirty-three spots to No.64, whilst returning albums in the lower fifty start with best of collections for Neil Diamond (#60) and Abba (#63) and continue with “That’s the Spirit” for Bring Me the Horizon (#77), “Walking Under Stars” for Hilltop Hoods (#84), “19” by Adele (#91), tourist here next week Selena Gomez and “Revival” (#93), and soon to be touring nationally in Paul Dempsey and his recent set “Strange Loop” returns at No.95, with the Notorious B.I.G. collection back in at #99 and the 1980 classic for AC/DC in “Back in Black” returning at #100.
US country artist Jake Owen sees his fifth studio album “American Love” debut at No.55 this week, also becoming his first albums chart entry too, and the same occurs for husband and wife duo Bryan and Katie Torwalt who see their fourth album “Champion” become their first entry at No.75 this week for the California based Christian music duo. Lady Antebellum lead singer Hillary Scott has teamed with members of her family to release the album “Love Remains” under the name Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, their album enters at No.81 this week, and the final entry at No.90 is another teaming, this time Don Burrows and James Morrison for the set “In Good Company”, becoming the tenth albums chart entry for James, with his last being “A to Z of Jazz” (HP-67, March 2015) and the fifth overall for Don, but his first on the ARIA Albums Chart, as his last entry was the TV Soundtrack for ‘Sara Dane’ (HP-86, July 1982).
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