The soundtrack for the film “The Greatest Showman” remains at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for a third consecutive week, with the set also on hold in England and America for a second week.
By spending three straight weeks at No.1 “The Greatest Showman” equals the “Trolls” soundtracks run at the top from last week (but that was for three broken weeks), and the longest running soundtrack for this decade is the four week occupier “Fifty Shades Grey” in February of 2015. The second and final Top 10 soundtrack this week features another Australian actor in Rebel Wilson in “Pitch Perfect 3”, which is down two places to No.9.
“÷ (Divide)” for Ed Sheeran remains at No.2, whilst also on hold within the ten are “Revival” by Eminem at No.4 and “Stoney” for recent tourist here Post Malone at No.6. Down two places each are Pink with her “Beautiful Trauma” and Taylor Swift and “Reputation” to No.5 and No.7 respectively, whilst Sam Smith is down a single place to No.10 with “The Thrill of it All”.
The debut album for former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello debuts at No.3 this week, featuring three current Top 100 entries in former No.1 “Havana” (TW-4), bullet track “Never Be the Same” (57 to 17) and new entry “Real Friends” at No.86. The other Top 10 debut is the second collection of hits for The Cranberries entitled “Stars: The Best of 1992-2002”, which was originally released in 2002 but charts for the first time this week due to the passing of the bands lead singer Dolores O’Riordan this past week, and with the album debuting at No.8 it becomes the bands third Top 10 album for their chart career in Australia.
* The Foo Fighters will be touring Australia at the end of January, and their current album “Concrete and Gold” is back up seventeen places to No.18, whilst their collection in their “Greatest Hits” rises nineteen spots to land at No.30 in its 210th week within the Top 100 (that’s four years and two weeks of charting).
* The self-titled album for Harry Styles is back up seven places to No.38.
* With a second Top 100 singles chart entry this week for Vance Joy from their new album due in a months time, their debut set “Dream Your Life Away” is back up thirteen places to No.46.
* The Cranberries see their second album and former No.1 set “No Need to Argue” (peaked Jan 1995) return this week at No.52.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits” album is up six places to No.56 and their “Platinum Collection” is up two spots to No.96, with the band alongside Adam Lambert in the country in a months time.
* The new Top 50 placing for the Angus & Julia Stone song “Chateau” helps their set “Snow” to rise five to No.57, whilst a new Dua Lipa debut benefits her self-titled set to rise six spots to No.59.
* Halsey sees her second album “hopeless kingdom fountain” move back up eleven spots to No.72.
* With The xx in the country on tour at the moment, their album “I See You” (HP-1) is back in at No.81, with further returns being “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac at No.99 and the Play School “50 Best Songs” in at #100.
* Two albums leave the Top 10 this week, with the Imagine Dragons set “Evolve” (HP-4, WI10-8a) dropping four places to No.12 and the ‘Moana’ soundtrack (HP-2, WI10-23a) down four to No.14.
* Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” set drops back down seven places to No.21.
* Dropping best of collections this week are for Eminem (17 to 22), INXS (13 to 25), Cold Chisel (11 to 29), Daryl Braithwaite (22 to 31), Elton John and his “Diamonds” set (28 to 41), Pink (37 to 42), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 33 to 44 and GH’s 42 to 69), Red Hot Chili Peppers (40 to 50), Guns N’ Roses (25 to 60), The Killers (51 to 75), Crowded House (68 to 76), Elvis Presley (56 to 78), Green Day (73 to 84), ABBA (Gold only 78 to 86), Maroon 5 (76 to 89), Midnight Oil (82 to 93), and falling out of the Top 100 from No.50 is the “ABBA Gold & More” set, whilst also leaving are GH’s for Phil Collins (#66), Tom Petty (#69), Cat Stevens (#71 and #97) and Nickelback (#93).
* Jessica Mauboy’s second season album for “The Secret Daughter” drops thirteen places to No.28.
* Paul Kelly and his first and former No.1 album “Life is Fine” is down eleven spots to No.34, whilst his collection “Songs from the South Vol.1 & 2” plummets fifty-one spots to land at No.98.
* Lorde is down eleven places to No.36 with her second set “Melodrama”.
* After climbing for the past few weeks the Chris Brown set “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” is back down seven places to No.37.
* The pending Macklemore early February tour should help his “Gemini” set to climb, but for now it falls seventeen places to No.48.
* Next weekend is the annual Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, so expect their “Like a Version Vol.13” album to climb in two weeks time, as for this week it is down seventeen to No.49.
* After scoring a Gold last week the debut album for Niall Horan in “Flicker” is this week down twelve to No.51.
* U2 just announced a world tour for their current album “Songs of Experience”, which this week falls sixteen places to No.54.
* The Weeknd drops eleven places to No.55 with his “Starboy” set.
* Shawn Mendes’ “Illuminate” set dims thirteen places to drop to No.61.
* The Roy Orbison and RPO set “A Love So Beautiful” falls nineteen places to land at No.63.
* Both dropping eleven places each are G-Eazy with “The Beautiful & Damned” and Little Mix with “Glory Days” to No.65 and No.66 respectively.
* The 1990 set “Live” for AC/DC falls down ten spots to No.68.
* Both Drake entries drop down, with his “More Life” set falling thirteen to No.70 and his “Views” diminishing eight spots to No.92.
* After rising the past couple of weeks, this week the Pnau set “Changa” is down eighteen places to No.71.
* The final seasonal set charting is the uber-charted “Christmas” for Michael Buble, which takes a big tumble this week, down fifty-four spots to No.73.
* The Hilltop Hoods fall thirteen places to No.83 with their album “Drinking…Walking…Restrung”.
* The Sia set “This is Acting” falls back down eleven places to No.85.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#4) – Underworld by Tonight Alive becomes the local bands fourth Top 15 entry, having previously charted with “What Are You Sacred of?” (HP-15, Oct 2011), “The Other Side” (HP-5, Sept 2013) and “Limitless” (HP-6, March 2016).
* #13 (LP#5) – Vale by Black Veil Brides is the US rock bands fourth albums chart entry here, with the band first charting with their second set “Set the World on Fire” (HP-77, June 2011), followed by “Wretched and Dive: The Story of the Wild Ones” (HP-17, Jan 2013), and they last charted with their self-titled fourth album in November of 2014 (HP-23), thus this new entry becomes their highest charted album in Australia.
* #17 (Stck) – Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical by the Original Cast is for the recently opened stage musical featuring music written by locals Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, plus six songs by ABBA included in the production including “Waterloo”, “Fernando”, “I Do, I Do, I Do”, “SOS” and “Money, Money, Money” amongst them, with actress Gina Riley’s daughter Maggie McKenna playing the title role of Muriel alongside Justine Clarke and Gary Sweet as her Heslop parents. And by debuting at No.17 the cast recording surpasses the original No.19 peak of the movie soundtrack from November of 1994.
* #20 (LP#16) – What Happens Next by Joe Satriani becomes the tenth Top 100 entry in Australia for guitarist Joe, with his last entry being July 2015’s “Shockwave Supernova” (HP-23) and this is his fourth album to chart for this decade too.
* #39 (LP#1) – Idiot Proverbs by Tiny Little Houses is the debut album for the Melbourne act who previously have released the EP “Snow Globe” in 2016, with this becoming their first chart entry.
* #40 (GH#4) – Gold by The Cranberries is the third entry this week for the Irish band who lost their lead singer this past week, and unlike their No.8 entry this week which has 20 tracks, this is a 2CD 31 track compilation that has no edited version or cut-down tracks and was originally released in 2008.
* #45 (LP#8) – Wrong Creatures by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club might be the bands eighth studio album, but it now becomes their seventh Top 100 and fourth Top 50 albums chart entry here, with the San Francisco rock act previously entering our charts in early April of 2013 with their seventh set “Spectre at the Feast” (HP-53).
* #80 (LP#11) – Voices of Angels by Celtic Woman was originally released overseas in 2016 and makes its first entry this week becoming their sixth overall entry here.
* #95 (LP#10) – No Cross, No Crown by Corrosion of Conformity is the first albums chart entry in Australia for the US heavy metal act from Northern California who originally formed in 1982 lasting until 2006, then reforming in 2010, this their third album since they regrouped.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com