Queen retain their lead on the ARIA Albums Chart for a third straight week with the biopic soundtrack ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the set also newly certified ▲Platinum in sales too.
The soundtrack for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ now becomes the longest running of the two No.1 albums for Queen, as their 1976 third album “A Night at the Opera” spent two week at the summit from mid-March, and thus they have now accumulated five weeks at the top in Australia, moving them up on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019)’ from equal 133rd to now equal 114th alongside other acts who have racked up five weeks at the top like Cold Chisel (from 4 albums), Nirvana, The Black Eyed Peas, Anthony Callea (all from 3 #1’s), Michael Bolton, Def Leppard, Diesel, Green Day, il Divo, Shannon Noll, Jack Johnson and Cliff Richard (all with two #1 albums).
Holding onto it’s No.2 position again for a third week is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’, which has to wait until March to find out if it has any Oscar nominations, but for now it is also at the top in New Zealand (13th week) and Canada (8th week). The other Top 5 soundtrack again this week is the current UK No.1 album (27th week) in ‘The Greatest Showman’, which is down one spot to No.4, while the covers album in “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” drops down two places to No.8.
Queen also have two more albums within the Top 5 again this week, with their “Greatest Hits” back up two spots to No.3 while their other best of “The Platinum Collection” drops down one place to No.5 after scoring a new peak of No.4 last week. Ed Sheeran’s third set “÷ (Divide)” climbs back up two spots to No.6, while Post Malone with his “Beerbongs & Bentleys” album and Drake with his “Scorpion” set are stable at No.7 and No.9 respectively, and returning to the Top 10 for an overall eleventh week within the ten is Eminem and his “Kamikaze” album.
* The current No.1 song in “Sunflower” by Post Malone with Swae Lee is taken from the animated film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse”, whose soundtrack is up one spot to a new peak of No.11, while the other new soundtrack within the Top 20 is “Mary Poppins Returns”, which holds at its peak of No.15 for a second week. Other rising soundtracks are for ‘Guardians Vol.1’ (48 to 39), ‘Moana’ (76 to 60), ‘Black Panther’ (69 to 63) and ‘Molly’ (87 to 83).
* Billie Eilish and her set “Don’t Smile at Me” are up one spot this week to a new peak of No.13.
* The most recent album for Ariana Grande and “Sweetener” is back up two spots to No.14, while her older set “My Everything” rebounds fourteen spots to No.85.
* Imagine Dragons break back into the Top 20 with “Origins”, up three spots to No.18.
* Luke Combs rises back up five spots to No.20 with “This One’s for You”.
* The older entry for Post Malone and “Stoney” is back up five to No.21 and newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
* The Queen older collection “Greatest Hits II” is back up five spots to No.24, while there are also rises for other collections by INXS (36 to 31), ABBA (Gold 47 to 43), just started touring Phil Collins (91 to 48), Maroon 5 (63 to 50), Crowded House (60 to 58), The Wiggles (77 to 69), Paul Kelly (returns at #88), Elton John (Diamonds returns at No.93) and The Eagles (returns at No.98).
* The first two Ed Sheeran albums are also on the rise this week, with his second set “x” up five to No.25 and his debut album “+” back up six places to No.65.
* Ziggy Alberts continues to rise with his album “Laps Around the Sun”, back up four spots this week to No.29.
* Mumford & Sons’ fourth album “Delta” rebounds nineteen spots to No.30.
* Taylor Swift and her older entry “1989” is up eleven chart rungs to No.34.
* Soon to be tourist Keith Urban (starts 23rd of January, this coming week) is back up eleven spots to No.35 with his latest album “Graffiti U”.
* The new No.1 album in America debuted here last week in “Hoodie SZN” by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, which here is up sixteen places to a new peak of No.37.
* The AC/DC “Live” set is back up six spots to No.44.
* The highest returning album this week is the most recent album for Florence + the Machine and “High as Hope”, which comes back in at No.47, followed by the just announced August-Sept 2019 tourists Fleetwood Mac who return with two albums in their “Greatest Hits” (#78), “The Very Best of” (#95) and rise with their 1978 classic “Rumours” (90 to 81). There are also re-entries for BTS with “Love Yourself: Answer” (#92), “Sick Boy” for The Chainsmokers (#96) and “Red Pill Blues” by Maroon 5 (#97).
* The debut album for Jonas Blue and “Blue” is back up sixteen places to No.56.
* Troye Sivan just issued a new single from his “Bloom” album called “Lucky Strike”, and his album leaps back up forty-one spots this week to No.57.
* Jess Glynne rebounds twenty places to No.61 with her second album “Always in Between”.
* Back up ten places to No.70 is the Triple J compilation album “Like a Version Vol.14′.
* Sticky Fingers’ set “Caress Your Soul” jumps back up seventeen spots to land at No.79.
* Last week the ChillinIt album “Women, Weed & Wordplay” returned at No.95, this week it is back up eleven spots to No.84.
* After returning to the Top 10 last week the Taylor Swift album “Reputation” (HP-1x2m WI10-16a) drops back down two spots to No.12.
* Both of George Ezra’s albums move back down this week with “Staying at Tamara’s” down three to No.16 and his debut set “Waiting on Voyage” dropping fifteen spots to No.99.
* The Eminem collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” returned to the Top 20 last week, this week it slips back down five places to No.23, with other falling collections being by Cold Chisel (23 to 28), Pink (35 to 36), RHCP (58 to 59), Guns N’ Roses (19 to 62), Missy Higgins (57 to 71), ABBA (Gold & More, 79 to 87), Bon Jovi (78 to 100) and departing from the Top 100 are best of sets for Cat Stevens (#28, the highest dropout of the week), Neil Diamond (#33), Bee Gees (#54) and The Killers (#85).
* 21 Savage sees his entry “I Am > I Was” fall down nine places to No.40.
* Andrea Bocelli leaves the Top 50 this week with his most recent album “Si”, dropping thirteen spots to No.51.
* Michael Buble also departs the fifty with his latest set “Love”, plummeting this week twenty-nine places to No.72.
* Calum Scott drops back down twelve places to No.73 with his repackaged album “Only Human”.
* Benny Blanco’s album “Friends Keep Secrets” tumbles twenty-two spots to No.77.
* Ocean Alley returned last week with their set “Chiaroscuro”, which falls back down twelve spots to No.80.
* The fifth album for Little Mix and “LM5” drops down a massive twenty-six spots to No.91.
* #53 (LP#5) – Magnolia by Randy Houser is the fifth studio album and now first entry for the US Country singer and features his current U.S. Top 50 Country single “What Whiskey Does” featuring Hillary Lindsey.
* #66 (GH#10) – Greatest Hits by John Farnham is a repackaged and Gold Series edition of his tenth collection “Anthology Part 1” which hit No.1 for a week on the 12th of October in 1997, re-issued and re-packaged for his upcoming ‘Red Hot Summer Tour’ which kicks off at the end of March.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com