The third studio album for local rock-pop act 5 Seconds of Summer and “Youngblood” becomes their third successive No.1 studio album to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Youngblood” becomes the 827th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018) and the 678th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the 470th to debut at No.1 and also the 23rd chart-topping album for Capitol Records and their first since Keith Urban’s “Ripcord” (16th May, 2016). The band first hit the top with their self-titled debut set on the 7th of July, 2014 and followed it the next year with “Sounds Good, Feels Good” (2nd Nov, 2015), both sets staying at the top for a single week.The new album also debuted high in The Netherlands, New Zealand (both #2), England, Belgium, Ireland (all #3) and Italy (#5) so far.
As this is their third No.1 album and also now third overall week at No.1, the group now move up on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 2010’s’ to equal eighteenth alongside other acts with three weeks and three No.1 albums for this decade like Bring Me the Horizon, Hillsong United, The Amity Affliction, Bon Jovi and Bliss N’ Eso. This is the third time for both the words ‘Young’ and ‘Blood’ to appear in a No.1 album title, Passenger was the last ‘Young’ in October 2016 with “Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea”, and Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head” was the last ‘Blood’ album title on the 2nd of September, 2002.
This new No.1 album is also the 224th by an Australian act to make it to No.1 and the sixth for this year, while it is also the 370th No.1 album for a Group (local or overseas). I mentioned in the singles section that this is the 128th time that an act has held the top of both the singles and albums charts, plus the 19th by a local Aussie act too, but I didn’t mention that this is the 14th time that the album and song title matched at the top, the last time this occurred was back on June 30th, 2003 when Delta Goodrem held the top for two weeks with her debut album “Innocent Eyes” as did the same-titled song.
It’s a 21st week at the top of the UK Albums chart for “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack, while here it is back up one spot to No.2, swapping places with the Post Malone set “Beerbongs and Bentleys”, which is down one to No.3 and it returns to the top of the albums charts in both New Zealand (6th wk) and Canada (3rd wk). Ed Sheeran is back up one spot to No.4 with his third set “÷ (Divide)” and after being killed this week in Florida the 20 year old rapper XXXTentaction sees his second album “?” (HP-3) rebound twenty-one spots to No.5.
A surprise release last Friday for both Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z of an album entitled “Everything is Love” under the moniker of The Carters, with that set debuting at No.6 this week, followed at No.7 by a returning debut album for recent promo visitor to our shores Calum Scott with “Only Human” (HP-5), while another young male pop star in Shawn Mendes is down one spot to No.8 with his self-titled third album. Kanye West slips down four spots to No.10 with his “ye” set and debuting at No.9 is the eighth studio album for Christina Aguilera entitled “Liberation”, which becomes her sixth Top 10 album (this includes the #2 soundtrack for ‘Burlesque’) and her first new entry since her 2012 set “Lotus” (HP-19, Dec 2012).
* The Eminem collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” was last within the Top 20 back in January of this year, and the sset it is back up twelve spots to No.18, while other climbing best of’s are by Pink (54 to 44), The Wiggles (63 to 61), Maroon 5 (67 to 66), Crowded House (79 to 77), Cold Chisel (82 to 79), The Foo Fighters (87 to 85) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (98 to 87).
* The Beach Boys and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra collaboration self-titled album is at No.4 in England and here it rises five spots to a new peak of No.32.
* Bon Jovi just announced a December tour of Australia, and their most recent album “This House is Not for Sale” returns to the chart at No.34.
* Gang of Youths jump back up into the Top 50 this week with “Go Farther in Lightness” (57 to 48).
* Hilltop Hoods returned again last week at No.91 with “Drinking… Walking…Restrung”, this week it is back up nine spots to No.82.
* With the new Drake album out next Friday (29th of June, Scorpion), his most recent album “More Life” is back up nine places to No.84.
* The third and final returning album this week is back in at No.99, Dr. Dre with “2001”.
* There are five albums leaving the Top 10 this week, first is the self-titled set Kids See Ghosts (HP-4, WI10-1), down nine spots to No.13, followed by “x (Multiply)” for Ed Sheeran (HP-1×8, WI10-118a), sliding four to No.14, last weeks No.1 debut for Sheppard and “Watching the Sky” (HP-1×1, WI10-1) plummets this week twenty places to land at No.21, “Hi Viz” (HP-5, WI10-2) for The Presets tumbles nineteen spots to No.28 and the biggest dropout from last weeks Top 10 is the Lily Allen set “No Shame” (HP-8, WI10-1), down thirty-nine spots to land at No.47.
* Keith Urban is down seven spots to No.19 with “Graffiti U”.
* After rebounding last week the first soundtrack for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is back down five to No.20, while the second volume drops four to No.29, with other sliding soundtracks being for “Black Panther” (21 to 26), “Deadpool 2” (27 to 39), “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (45 to 55),”Fifty Shades Freed” (48 to 57), “Suicide Squad” (75 to 80) and “Molly” (76 to 86).
* Vance Joy falls back down with both albums, their latest set “Nation of Two” is down seven to No.27 and their older set “Dream Your Life Away” is down eleven to No.94.
* Taylor Swift’s “1989” set is down fifteen spots to No.38.
* Falling best of’s this week are by INXS (36 to 41), Queen (GH 35 to 42, Platinum Collection 72 to 74), Olivia Newton-John (14 to 52), Guns N’ Roses (52 to 63) and The Killers (88 to 96).
* Parkway Drive slips down seventeen spots to No.46 with their recent No.1 album “Reverence”.
* Last weeks debut for Jorja Smith and “Lost & Found” falls forty spots to No.53.
* The EP for The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,” leaves the Top 50 for the first time and is down eighteen spots to No.56, while his older album “Beauty Behind the Madness” falls twenty-five places to No.93 and his “Starboy” set leaves from No.74.
* The Arctic Monkeys No.1 from six weeks ago “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” falls twenty-four to No.58.
* Shawn Mendes’ second album “illuminate” drops sixteen places to land at No.59.
* BTS managed to score four weeks within the Top 50 (their longest run so far) with their album “Love Yourself: Tears”, which this week drops eighteen places to No.65.
* Hillsong Worship plummet thirty-six spots to No.67 with “There is More”.
* A$AP Rocky debuted at No.5 four weeks ago with “Testing”, which this week is down twenty-four spots to No.68.
* The self-titled Dua Lipa album is down thirteen places to No.69.
* There’s a twenty places fall to No.73 for the debut album “Flicker” by Niall Horan.
* Anne-Marie slides down twelve spots to No.78 with her debut album “Speak Your Mind”.
* Gurumul Yunupingu drops down twenty-three spots to No.88 with “Djarimirri”.
* Metal act Ghost sees their recent No.7 debut “Prequelle” plummet twenty-nine spots this week to No.98.
* Pusha T and his set “Daytona” drop down twenty-seven spots to land at #100.
* Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are albums by The Ten Tenors (#40) and Chvrches (#50).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#2) – Songs from the Village by Jess & Matt is the third entry and second studio album for the 2015 X-Factor contestants who took their self-titled debut album into the charts at No.9 in December of 2015, and followed it up in February of 2017 with the EP “Belmont Street” (HP-20).
* #12 (LP#1) – Post Traumatic by Mike Shinoda is the lead singer of Linkin Park, and this is his debut solo album, and features guest appearances by Blackbear, K.Flay, Chino Moreno and Machine Gun Kelly among its sixteen tracks.
* #24 (LP#1) – Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is the debut album for the Melbourne five piece indie rock act who have released two EP’s previously in “Talk Tight” (2016) and “The French Press” (2017).
* #36 (LP#1) – What Comes Next by Cosmo’s Midnight is the debut album for the Sydney based twins of Cosmo and Patrick Liney, who have also issued two EP’s in the past in “Surge” (2013) and “Moments” (2015).
* #37 (LP#3) – Redemption by Jay Rock is the first chart entry and third studio album for the US rapper born Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr., whose last set was “90059” which made it to No.16 in America in 2015.
* #45 (LP#18) – The Blues is Alive and Well by Buddy Guy is the eighteen studio album and now third Top 50 album in Australia for the blues man, whose last album “Born to Play Guitar” (August 2015, HP-47) won the 2016 Grammy Award for best ‘Blues Album’, and this set matches his previous best effort from 1991 “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” (HP-45, peaked in March 1992).
* #54 (LP#12) – Nasir by Nas is his first new album in almost six years, as his eleventh album “Life is Good” debuted and peaked at No.27 in July of 2012, and this is now his eighth Top 100 entry in Australia since he first charted in April of 1999 with his third set “I Am… The Autobiography” (HP-77).
* #62 (LP#3) – Living Proof by State Champs is the U.S. punk bands’ second albums chart entry in Australia, as their last release “Around the World and Back” debuted and peaked at No.31 in November of 2015.
* #72 (EP#1) – Raw (EP) by Kristy James is the first entry for local female country singer Kristy who co-wrote and produced five of the six tracks on this EP.
* #76 (EP#1) – Ready (EP) by Ruel is the six-track debut EP for the Sydney singer-songwriter with three tracks having already charted from this set in “Don’t Tell Me” (HP-86, 2017), “Dazed & Confused” (HP-53, drops out this week) and new entry this week “Younger” (HP-86).
* #83 (LP#3) – Call the Comet by Johnny Marr is the third album and Top 10 release in the UK for the former Smiths guitarist, and this becomes his first chart entry here in Australia, having released his first two albums earlier this decade in “The Messenger” (2013) and “Playland” (2014).
* #91 (LP#6) – Sunnyland by Mayday Parade is the sixth studio album and now third entry to the charts in Australia, as the US rock band previously charted with their self-titled third album (HP-84, Oct 2011) and their fifth set “Black Lines” (HP-32, October 2015).