The film soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman” remains at the top of the ARIA Albums chart for a fourth straight week.
And by staying at the top again it becomes the equal longest running soundtrack or cast recording to top the albums chart during this decade, with the 2015 set “Fifty Shades Grey” being the other four week running No.1 soundtrack, and if it stays again for another week it will become the longest for this decade.
Again at No.2 is “÷ (Divide)” for Ed Sheeran, which is only five weeks away from its one year anniversary, the album not having slipped any lower than No.4 on two separate occasions in September and October of 2017. The seventh studio album for US rock group Fall Out Boy comes in at No.3 entitled “M A N I A”, and it becomes their fifth Top 10 album and second successive No.3 set as their late-January 2015 album “American Beauty/American Psycho” debuted and peaked there too, with the bands highest set so far being their fifth album “Save Rock and Roll” (HP-2, April 2013).
With Sam Smith here for a holiday and then a promo tour, his album “The Thrill of it All” jumps back up six places to No.4, whilst on hold at No.5 is the Pink set “Beautiful Trauma”. Eminem’s current album “Revival” drops down two places to No.6, Post Malone is back down one place to No.7 with his “Stoney” set and last weeks highest entry in the debut set “Camila” for Camila Cabello slides down five places to No.8. Taylor Swift and her “Reputation” are down two places to No.9 and returning to the Top 10 for a ninth accumulated week are Imagine Dragons with “Evolve”, up two places to land at No.10.
* With the Foo Fighters kicking off their national tour in the west last week, their two chart entries climb this week, with the bands “Greatest Hits” leaping up nineteen places to land at No.11, while their most recent album “Concrete and Gold” is up three spots to No.15.
* The collection for Cold Chisel in “All for You: The Best of” rises seven places to No.22, with other rising GH’s being for Elvis Presley and “The King” (78 to 65), which is the only new certified album this week, now 2x▲Platinum; then for Michael Jackson (77 to 69), Crowded House (76 to 70), Maroon 5 (89 to 76), Green Day (84 to 79) and Neil Diamond returns at No.87 after he announced his touring retirement this past week.
* Kendrick Lamar could win a few Grammy Awards this weekend for his “DAMN.” set, but for now it is back up three spots to No.23.
* Vance Joy climbed back into the Top 50 last week with his debut set “Dream Your Life Away”, which this week rises eight places to No.38.
* With a pending tour in early February, the Macklemore set “Gemini” is back up five to No.43.
* The Weeknd is back up eleven places to No.44 with his “Starboy” set, and returning at No.94 is his previous album “Beauty Behind the Madness” at No.94.
* Angus & Julia Stone climb back into the Top 50 for the first time since late October 2017 with “Snow”, rising twelve places to No.45.
* The new Dua Lipa single “IDGAF” and its giant leap to No.23 helps her self-titled album to move back up thirteen spots and land at No.46 this week.
* With two new Drake tracks debuting this week, his older albums are back up too, with “More Life” rising nineteen places to No.51 and his “Views” improve ten places to No.82.
* The AC/DC “live” album is back up sixteen places to No.52.
* Carole King’s 1971 set “Tapestry” rises back up ten places to No.54.
* The Celtic Woman album “Voices of Angels” is up thirteen places to a new peak of No.67.
* The David Campbell cast recording for the stage show “Dream Lover-The Bobby Darin Musical” (HP-9) has just started a two week run in Melbourne, and the album for it returns at No.71 this week.
* Further returning albums are the “Frozen” soundtrack (#89), Def Leppard’s 1987 set “Hysteria” (#90, thanks to their back catalogue being put on streaming services for the first time), Sticky Fingers’ “Caress Your Soul” (#98) and “So Good” by Zara Larsson (#99).
* The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are the “Pitch Perfect 3” soundtrack (HP-7×2, WI10-3) down three spots to No.12 and last weeks entry for The Cranberries and “Stars: The Best of 1992-2002” (HP-8, WI10-1) dropping six places to No.14.
* Jessica Mauboy’s “Secret Daughter Series 2” soundtrack is down seven places to No.35, whilst last weeks debut for the cast recording for “Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical” plummets twenty-four places to No.41.
* The Elton John collection “Diamonds” drops seven places to No.48, and also falling is The Cranberries set from last week “Gold” from No.40 to No.78.
* Both former-1D-member entries fall this week with their solo albums, with “Flicker” for Niall Horan down twelve spots to No.63 and the self-titled Harry Styles album falls thirty-seven spots to No.75.
* The U2 album “Songs of Experience” is down ten places to No.64.
* There is a nine place slide to No.72 for the Roy Orbison set “A Love so Beautiful” with the RPO.
* The group Tonight Alive debuted at No.11 last week with their fourth album “Underworld”, which this week drops a massive seventy-four places to land at No.85.
* The G-Eazy set “The Beautiful & Damned” slides back down twenty-six spots to No.91.
* Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are four albums that debuted within the fifty last week in “Vale” for Black Veil Brides (#13), the Joe Satriani set “What Happens Next” (#20), the debut set for Tiny Little Houses and “Idiot Proverbs” (#39) and “Wrong Creatures” for the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club” (#45).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #13 (LP#4) – Ruins by First by Aid Kit becomes the bands third No.1 album in their home country of Sweden and now their third albums chart entry in Australia, as they previously charted here with “The Lion’s Roar” (LP#2, HP-36, Feb 2012) and then “Stay Gold” (LP#3, HP-9, June 2014).
* #26 (LP#1) – Piece of Me by Missy Lancaster is the debut album for the singer/songwriter and 2017 CMC New Australian Artist of the Year nominee who released her indie EP “Missy” in 2016.
* #29 (LP#5) – Defy by Of Mice & Men becomes the American metal bands third albums chart entry here, the band sending their third album “Restoring Force” (HP-9) into our charts in February of 2014, with a re-packaged edition in “Restoring Force: Full Circle” charting a year later (HP-74, March 2015), whilst their fourth set “Cold World” hit No.27 in September of 2016.
* #30 (LP#10) – Grimmest Hits by Black Label Society becomes the US metal acts fourth albums chart entry here and by coming in at No.30 it is their highest charted set, as their last album from April 2014 in “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” hit No.31, whilst they have also charted with “Order of the Black” (LP#8, HP-44, August 2010) and first entered with “Shot to Hell” (LP#7, HP-64, Sept 2006).
* #58 (LP#1) – Any Given D-Day by K21 is the first studio album for the Adelaide rapper who collaborated in Chicago with songwriter and rapper Rhymefest, with this set featuring guests such as The Hilltop Hoods, Remi, Sesta & Trials and Joy & Sparks.
*#97 (LP#9) – Good News by Rend Collective is the first albums chart entry for the Northern Irish Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band and their ninth studio album too, with two of their sets hitting No.1 on the US Christian Albums chart in 2014 and 2015.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com