Returning for an eleventh week at No.1 in Australia is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper soundtrack album for “A Star is Born”, the set also holding for a sixteenth week at the summit in New Zealand.
Two years and one week ago (6th of Feb, 2017) was the last time that a soundtrack album climbed back to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, the set back then was “Trolls” for a third and final week, but with many more Award shows occurring in the next few weeks and with the movie “A Star is Born” nominated in many of them, it could retain the top spot again in the future, just next week it will most likely be knocked from the top spot by the new Ariana Grande album issued on Friday. The albums return to the No.1 spot increases Lady Gaga’s tally on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019) to now a total of sixteen weeks, moving her from equal 43rd to now equal 37th alongside INXS (16 weeks from four #1’s), while on the same listing for this decade she now moves from equal seventh to now equal fifth alongside Eminem with sixteen weeks at the top also.
There are only Queen and Soundtracks within the Top 5 this week, with the biopic soundtrack for Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” back up one spot to No.2, their “Greatest Hits” is up one also to No.3, and their “Platinum Collection” rises back up two spots to No.5 (plus the DVD and Blu-Ray for their film is out this coming week), while the third and final Top 5/10 soundtrack is “The Greatest Showman” up two places to land at No.4 (helped by the music being used in the new ads for Ch.10’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’) .
The debut EP for Billie Eilish called “Don’t Smile at Me” cracks the Top 10 for the first time this week as it rises eight places to land at a new peak of No.6, ahead of her debut album coming out at the end of March. Last weeks No.1 debut for Bring Me the Horizon with “amo” drops down six places this week to No.7, which of their four No.1’s here is their second best drop from the top spot, as their last chart topping album here in 2015’s “That’s the Spirit” fell to No.3 in its second week.
Keith Urban wrapped up his Australian tour this past week and his current album “Graffiti U” holds at No.8 for another week, while swapping places are “Beerbongs & Bentleys” for Post Malone up one spot to No.9 and Ed Sheeran’s “÷ (Divide)” is down one place to No.10.
* Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze” is back up four spot to No.12, while his “Curtain Call: The Hits” rises three to No.23, all thanks to his pending tour here in a couple of weeks time.
* George Ezra’s “Staying at Tamara’s” is back up four places to No.14.
* Travis Scott rises five places to No.20 with his “Astroworld” album.
* XXXTentacion is back up six spots to No.24 with his second album “?”.
* With his first Top 50 singles chart entry this week the second album for A Boogie wit da Hoodie called “Hoodie SZN” jumps up nineteen places to land at a new peak of No.26.
* Post Malone’s older set “Stoney” is back up ten places to No.29.
* Shawn Mendes’ fourth and self-titled album rebounds nineteen spots to land at No.34.
* Ziggy Alberts’ “Laps Around the Sun” set rises eleven spots to No.36.
* Both Khalid entries are within the Top 50 this week, with his debut set “American Teen” back up nine to No.37 and his most recent EP “Suncity” rising ten places to No.46.
* Pink just announced this past week that she’ll have a new album out in April, thus her “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” rises back up sixteen spots to No.38, while right behind her are this past weeks Super Bowl halftime act and soon-to-be-touring here in Maroon 5, whose “Greatest Hits” jumps up twenty-four spots to No.39, with other rising collections being for Red Hot Chili Peppers (67 to 51), Missy Higgins (77 to 52), Guns N’ Roses (60 to 54), The Wiggles (71 to 58, new album just issued too), Fleetwood Mac (GH 62 to 61, 25 Years-The Chain returns at No.93), Elton John (‘Diamonds’ returns at #76 and ‘Rocket Man’ is back in at No.80 thanks to his tour dates here being announced), Green Day (96 to 84) and ABBA (‘Gold & More’ returns at #90).
* Also surging thanks to a new singles chart entry is 21 Savage who’s latest album “I Am > I Was” jumps back up twenty-two places this week to No.47.
* The soundtracks climbing this week are ‘Guardians Vo.1’ (58 to 48), ‘Black Panther’ (78 to 60) and ‘Moana’ (84 to 82).
* Hilltop Hoods are two weeks away from releasing their eighth studio album “The Great Expanse” (22nd of February), and this week their second remix album “Drinking… Walking… Restrung” is up fifteen places to No.49, plus the band were just announced as the support for the upcoming Eminem February tour.
* Vance Joy see their second set “Nation of Two” rise six to No.53, while they also return to the chart with their debut set “Dream Your Life Away” at No.99.
* Gang of Youths leap up thirty places to No.56 with “Go Farther in Lightness”.
* Local rapper ChillinIt is also up a massive thirty places to land at No.59 with “Women, Weed and Wordplay”.
* Clean Bandit rises eleven spots to No.64 with “What is Love”, plus their former collaborator Jess Glynne is back up seventeen places to No.68 with “Always in Between”, thanks to her current tour here.
* Sticky Fingers just issued a new album on Friday called “Yours to Keep”, but their older set “Caress Your Soul” is back up ten places to No.71.
* The Chainsmokers last week issued the physical release of their album “Sick Boy”, which this week is back in at No.72, with further re-entries being for about-to-tour Maroon 5 with “Red Pill Blues” (#74), “Ballads1” for Joji (#87), “Trench” by 21 Pilots (#89), “Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses (#92), also about to tour here (from Feb 23rd) are The Arctic Monkeys who return at No.94 with “AM”, just finished tourist Keith Urban returns with “Ripcord” (#95), the self-titled set for Ella Mai (#96) and back in at #100 is Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.
* Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.” album jumps back up twenty places to No.73.
* Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” rises back up twelve places this week to No.79.
* The only Top 10 dropout this week is the new U.S.A. and Canadian No.1 set for The Backstreet Boys and their “DNA” album (HP-5, WI10-1), which here drops down twenty-two spots to No.27.
* Phil Collins’ “The Singles” is down three places to No.16, while other falling collections are by Cold Chisel (17 to 32), INXS (24 to 35), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 66 to 70), Crowded House (42 to 83), ABBA (Gold 82 to 91) and Paul Kelly (36 to 98).
* Ocean Alley’s return last week at No.11 with “Chiaroscuro” drops back down eight to No.19.
* Soundtracks sliding are for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (34 to 40), ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse’ (31 to 41) and ‘Molly’ (52 to 78).
* The AC/DC “Live” album drops down ten places to No.43.
* Maggie Rogers slides down eleven places to No.55 with “Heard it All in a Past Life”.
* Mumford & Sons’ “Delta” plummets twenty-eight spots this week to land at No.63.
* Niall Horan drops down nineteen places to No.67 with his debut set “Flicker”.
* Julia Michaels just finished as support act to Keith Urban’s national tour, and her debut from last week “Inner Monologues Part 1” drops down forty-two spots to No.85.
* The Seal album “Standards” drops a massive fifty-four places this week, down to No.86.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 were by Bethel Music (#23), Mirusia (#27), Rudimental (#41), Weezer (#49) and Why Don’t We (#50).
* #13 (LP#7) – Resist by Within Temptation is the seventh studio album and now the fourth Top 100, third Top 50 and also the Dutch symphonic-metal acts highest charted album here in Australia, beating the No.26 peak of their sixth album “Hydra” (peaked Feb 2014).
* #17 (LP#3) – Don’t Feed the Pop Machine by Broods is the New Zealand duo’s third studio album and now their fourth Top 30 placing as they have charted all three of their albums along with their self-titled debut EP, the pair reaching No.2 with their July 2016 second set “Conscious”, while this new album debuted at No.3 in their home country.
* #50 (Comp) – Kidz Bop 2019 by Kidz Bop Kids is the first of the many issued Kidz Bop collections, where talented kids remake current pop/chart hits, editing out the bad language. This new set features covers of “One Kiss”, “Girls Like You”, “Youngblood”, “In My Feelings”, “Eastside”, “No Tears Left to Cry”, “This is Me” and “God’s Plan” among it’s 22 tracks.
* #77 (LP#3) – Burn the Ships by For King & Country is the third album for Christian pop duo made up of brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone, with this set being issued back in early October of 2018 with the album peaking at No.7 on the U.S. Billboard chart (and #1 on their Christian Charts too), plus it becomes their first national charting album also.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com