The Hugh Jackman led soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman” remains for a fifth straight week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
And by staying for a fifth week at the top it becomes the longest running soundtrack at No.1 for this decade, with the last soundtrack staying this long at the top being from July 2008 for the “Mamma Mia!” set (the second part to it comes out later this year too), and the album has also held for a fourth week at the top in England as well, while the set here scores the only new albums certification for the week , picking up a Gold (●) in sales. This also might be the last week (for now) that the album is at No.1, as Justin Timberlake just issued his fifth album “Man of the Woods” on Friday.
“÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran holds again at No.2, placing him at both positions on the singles and albums chart this week, as his track “Perfect” leaves the top spot on the singles chart after eight weeks at the top, while Pink and her former No.1 set “Beautiful Trauma” are back up two spots to No.3, and the entire Top 5 albums are all current or former No.1 sets, with the late August 2017 album “Go Farther in Lightness” for Gang of Youths rebounding twenty-four places to land at No.4, thanks to the group scoring four placings in the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2017 ranking at No.41, No.10, No.5 and No.2. The fifth and final consecutive former/current No.1 album is for The Foo Fighters and their November 2009 “Greatest Hits” (1 wk stay) set which is back up six places to No.5 thanks to their current national tour, the album last being within the Top 10 back in March of 2015 when they toured here last time, and this is the 14th overall week inside the ten for the album also.
Post Malone is back to his former peak of No.6 with his “Stoney” set and after falling from 3 to 8 last week the Camila Cavello debut debut album “Camila” is back up one spot to No.7 thanks to the albums second Top 10 single this week in “Never Be the Same”, also at No.7 over on the singles chart. Eminem and his “Revival” set are down two places to No.8 and holding for a twelfth week within the Top 10 at No.9 is Taylor Swift and her “Reputation”. The highest entry of the week occurs at No.10 as the ninth studio album for Machine Head entitled “Catharsis” debuts, becoming the bands third Top 10 album and third No.10 placing, as their last two albums have also debuted and peaked at No.10 in “Unto the Locust” (LP#7, Oct, 2011) and “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (LP#8, Nov, 2014) and overall this is the bands eighth Top 100 albums chart entry (their first one didn’t chart here).
* Kendrick Lamar not only won four Grammy’s last week for his “DAMN.” album, her also scored the No.1 slot on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2017 countdown with his song “Humble” (TW-45 to 20), plus songs at No.34 with “DNA.”, No.92 “LOVE.” (returns at No.100 nationally) and No.97 with “Loyalty”, and this all helps his set to rise back ten places to No.13.
* The other Foo Fighters entry for the week in their latest studio album “Concrete & Gold” is back up one spot to No.14 also thanks to their national tour.
* The big winner at the 60th Grammy Awards was Bruno Mars for his album “24k Magic”, which on our charts is back up eight places to No.17.
* Lorde was the only female artist up for ‘Album of the Year’ for her second album “Melodrama”, which rises back up twelve places to No.22.
* The INXS collection “The Very Best” is back up four places to No.23, with other rising Best of’s being for Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 42 to 32 and GH 73 to 64), Elton John (“Diamonds” 48 to 32 and “Rocket Man” returns at No.76) after he announced his last ever world tour; Paul Kelly (95 to 41) thanks to a re-broadcast of his ‘Live at the Sydney Opera House’ concert, The Eagles (50 to 46), Crowded House (70 to 49), Australian Crawl (returns at No.74), The Killers (returns at No.84), Midnight Oil (re-entry at No.89) and the Play School (re-entry at No.91) set.
* Macklemore kicked off his current Australia tour on Friday, and his “Gemini” album is already back up sixteen places to No.27.
* The No.3 placing for the Angus & Julia Stone song “Chateau” (new peak TW-26) on the J100 helps their “Snow” set to leap back up fifteen places to No.30, plus the title track from their album made it at No.98 on the countdown also.
* The AC/DC “Live” set rises back into the Top 50, up thirteen places to No.39.
* Molly Meldrum celebrated his 75th birthday this past week, and the “Molly” TV Soundtrack is back up forty-one spots to No.40.
* The new Top 10 single for Pnau and “Go Bang” (TW-9) helps their album “Changa” to rise fourteen places to No.52.
* The Jungle Giants album “Quiet Ferocity” (HP-11, July 2017) returns at No.65 thanks to the band scoring four placings in the J100 of No.59, No.57, No.50 and No.16.
* Vera Blue landed two J100 placings as well, and her set “Perennial” returns at No.67, with the No.29 and No.15 placing for “Regular Touch” returning at No.98 on the singles chart.
* The Hilltop Hoods “Walking… Drinking… Restrung” is back up fifteen places to No.68.
* Amy Shark’s EP “Night Thinker” returns at No.70 after two J100 placings at No.83 and No.25.
* The new Drake No.1 single sees his two albums within the Top 100 climb with “Views” (82 to 73) and stay on hold for “More Life” (TW-51).
* Leaving the Top 10 for the first time is the Sam Smith second album “The Thrill of it All” (HP-2, WI10-12), down eight to No.12, with Imagine Dragons down one spot to No.11 with their “Evolve” set (HP-4, WI10-9a), and the third and final album to leave is last weeks No.3 debut (and this weeks US No.1 album) for Fall Out Boy and “M A N I A” (HP-3, WI10-1), down fifteen to No.18.
* The soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect 3” falls down eight places to No.20, while other soundtracks sliding are for “Trolls” (47 to 53), “The Secret Daughter Season 2” (35 to 58) “Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical” (41 to 81) and “Stranger Things” (62 to 86).
* The debut set for Ed Sheeran and “+ (Positive)” is down seven places to No.25.
* The First Aid Kit debut from last week in “Ruins” is down sixteen places to No.29.
* Dropping collections this week are by Eminem (24 to 31), The Cranberries (Stars 14 to 38 and ‘Gold’ leaves the Top 100), Daryl Braithwaite (32 to 61), Red Hot Chili Peppers (53 to 63), Guns N’ Roses (61 to 77), Michael Jackson (69 to 88) and Elvis Presley with “The King” (65 to 99)
* The Luke Bryan debut from three weeks ago in “What Makes You Country” is down eleven to No.42.
* Vance Joy slide back down nine spots to No.47 with “Dream Your Life Away”.
* U2’s “Songs of Experience slides down sixteen places to No.80 even after the band performed at the Grammy Awards this past week.
* The self-titled Harry Styles album falls again this week, down twelve places to No.87.
* Three of last weeks Top 50 debuts leave the Top 100 this week for Missy Lancaster (#26), Of Mice & Men (#29) and Black Label Society (#30), while other entries from last week not lasting for a second stay were for K21 (#58) and Rend Collective (#97).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #28 (LP#3) – Culture II by Migos enters two places lower than the first “Culture” (HP-26, Feb 2017) from this week in 2017, with their current single “Motorsport” leaping to a new peak of No.73 this week.
* #43 (LP#7) – The Time is Now by Craig David becomes the seventh Top 100 and sixth Top 50 albums chart entry for UK singer who first charted in 2000 with “Born to Do it” (HP-2), this new album coming in at No.2 in the UK behind “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, and Craig’s new album has collaborations with JP Cooper, Bastille, GoldLink and grime MC AJ Tracey.
* #55 (LP#6) – Common Ground by Above & Beyond is the UK progressive trance acts sixth studio album and fourth Top 100 entry here, having first charted with their third set “Group Therapy” (HP-56, June 2011) and their last entry was with their fifth album “Acoustic II” (HP-30, June 2016).
* #69 (LP#3) – Reckless Love by Cory Asbury is the first albums chart entry for Bethel Music Collective pastor and songwriter Cory who comes from North Carolina.
* #72 (Collab#3) – Black Coffee by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa is the US singer/songwriters eleventh studio album and third collaboration with US guitarist Joe Bonamassa, while for both acts it is their first ARIA Albums chart entry.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com