The soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, plus it’s also at No.1 in New Zealand (also 2nd wk), America and Canada (both 3rd wk).
Like the two other soundtracks which held the top spot this year in ‘The Greatest Showman’ (8 weeks) and ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ (2 weeks) this current soundtrack retains its top spot for another week, while for Lady Gaga it increases her tally on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018) to seven weeks, moving her from equal 104th to now equal 90th alongside Michael Crawford and David Bowie who have also had three No.1 albums with a total of seven weeks at the top in Australia, while for this decade’s listing Lady Gaga holds at No.8 (her next nearest tally to beat is 9 weeks notched up by One Direction).
We could see the new Queen biopic soundtrack ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ overtake ‘A Star is Born’ next week as the filmed opened around the world on Thursday and Friday, with the soundtrack climbing three places to a new peak of No.2 this week, and if it does go to the top next week it’ll be the first time since August of 2001 that a soundtrack takes over the No.1 spot from another soundtrack (if it happens next week I will let you know which soundtracks did it seventeen years ago). The last time Queen was this high on the charts was in mid December of 1981 with their “Greatest Hits” set which is sitting at No.11 this week.
Eminem is back up one spot to No.3 with his “Kamikaze” album, while current national tourist Taylor Swift sees her 51 week old album “Reputation” leap back into the Top 10 for the first time since mid-February, up eight places to land at No.4, while also returning to the Top 10 this week are “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack (13 to 6, 45th week in Top 10) and “Beerbongs & Bentley’s” for Post Malone (14 to 9, 25th week in Top 10).
The highest new entry this week is the Gang of Youths first live album “MTV Unplugged (Live in Melbourne)” which debuts at No.5 this week becoming the local acts fourth Top 10 and Top 5 album, while the sixteenth studio album and new UK No.1 album is by Andrea Bocelli entitled “Si” (‘yes’ in Italian) which here comes in at No.7 to become his seventh Top 10 album in Australia and his first since his last album “Cinema” which also debuted and peaked at No.7 on this week three years ago (2nd of November, 2015). This new album features guest acts such as Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban and his song Matteo Bocelli.
Last weeks highest entry at No.2 for Rufus Du Sol and their third album “Solace” drops back down six places to land at No.8 this week, while Ed Sheeran’s third set “÷ (Divide)” falls two places to its lowest chart position ever of No.10, but it has stayed within the Top 10 for 87 weeks now, and with a slew of new albums coming next week from acts such as Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Tenacious D, Samantha Jade, The Prodigy and Matt Corby it could get pushed out of the Top 10 for the first time.
* The opening on Thursday here of the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sees the bands two collections jump back up this week and both land within the Top 20, with their 1981 “Greatest Hits” up fourteen places to No.11 (its highest chart position since late April of 1992) and “The Platinum Collection” which is up eleven spots to a new peak of No.18, having originally peaked at No.21 back in October of 2003.
* Further climbing collections are by Cold Chisel (21 to 19), Pink (52 to 42), INXS (56 to 50), ABBA (Gold 64 to 63, Gold & More is stable at No.86), Crowded House (returns at No.77), The Wiggles (85 to 81), Bon Jovi (returns at No.92 helped by their pending tour and Jon’s interview on The Project last Sunday night) and The Foo Fighters hold at #100.
* Last week The Kingdom Choir sneaked into the chart at No.92 with their debut album “Stand by Me”, which this week charges up seventy-one places to land at a new peak of No.21.
* Taylor Swift’s current tour not only helps her latest album to return to the Top 10, but her No.1 album from this week in 2014 and “1989” rises back up eight places to No.29 and she returns at No.96 with her “Fearless” set.
* George Ezra’s “Staying at Tamara’s” is back up six places to No.32 this week.
* The soundtrack for ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is back up eight spots to No.37, with its DVD and Blu-Ray release occurring this coming week, so it will probably climb again next week, with further rising soundtracks being for ‘Moana’ (72 to 69) and Jimmy Barnes’ ‘Working Class Boy-The Soundtracks’ (77 to 73).
* A repackaged edition of The Teskey Brothers June 2017 album “Half Mile Harvest” (HP-18) returns at No.48.
* The new entry for the live Gang of Youths album helps their last studio album “Go Farther in Lightness” to rise back up eighteen spots to No.55.
* Calum Scott just toured the country and his debut set “Only Human” (HP-5) returns this week at No.57.
* Also back in at No.58 is the recent No.3 set for The Living End and “Wunderbar”.
* Pink’s new entry to the Top 30 this week also helps her No.1 album from this time last year in “Beautiful Trauma” to rise back up six spots to No.59.
* Further returning albums this week are by Parkway Drive with “Reverence” (#91), “Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle (#94) and “Living the Dream” by Slash (#97).
* Five albums leave the Top 10 this week thanks to three returning and two debuting albums, with all five of them being debuts within the ten last week. “Evolution” for Disturbed (HP-3, WI10-1) is down nine to No.12, “Like a Version Vol.14” (HP-6, WI10-1) falls nine also to No.15, Greta Van Fleet with “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” (HP-10, WI10-1) falls fifteen places to No.25, the Khalid EP “Suncity” (HP-9, WI10-1) tumbles eighteen spots to No.27 and the Troy Cassar-Daley “Greatest Hits” (HP-7, WI10-1) set has the biggest drop from last weeks Top 10, down thirty-eight places to No.45.
* twenty one pilots’ “Trench” falls down nine spots to No.28.
* The Eminem collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” drops down eight places to No.30, while he also tumbles thirty-three places to No.99 with “The Eminem Show”, with the only other falling collections being by Maroon 5 (51 to 62) and Major Lazer (74 to 95).
* Travis Scott sees his “Astroworld” set slide down nine places to No.33.
* The self-titled Shawn Mendes album is also down nine spots to land at No.35.
* Cher’s “Dancing Queen” set tumbles twenty-four places this week to No.40 (it could climb next week with the release here of ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ on DVD and Blu-Ray).
* Khalid sees his debut album “American Teen” also fall this week, down fourteen spots to No.47.
* David Guetta leaves the Top 50 after six week with his “7” set, down twelve places to No.51.
* Cardi B drops down ten places to No.54 with her album “Invasion of Privacy”.
* Also down ten spots to No.56 is Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” album.
* Lil’ Wayne falls twenty-six places to land at No.60 with his album “Tha Carter V”.
* The self-titled debut album for Ella Mai falls down nineteen spots to No.60.
* Sticky Fingers drop down ten spots to No.64 with “Caress Your Soul”.
* The self-titled Dua Lipa album falls back down fourteen places to No.67.
* The mixtape for Future and Juice WRLD called “WRLD on Drugs” plummets forty-three spots to No.71, while the mixtape for BTS rapper RM called “Mono” leaves the Top 100 from last weeks No.36, with the highest dropout being “Rue” for Hellions from No.23.
* Panic! At the Disco drops down thirteen places to No.74 with “Pray for the Wicked”.
* 6lack’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” plummets this week twenty-seven spots to No.75.
* The soundtrack for ‘The Black Panther’ falls twenty-three places to No.80, while the TV soundtrack for ‘Molly’ tumbles twenty-four spots to No.83 and ‘Suicide Squad’ set falls twenty-seven chart rungs to No.87.
* Mac Miller’s “Swimming” floats down fifteen places to No.82.
* The debut album for Quavo and “Quavo Huncho” plummets forty-three spots to No.84.
* Troye Sivan falls eighteen places to No.89 with his second album “Bloom”.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #13 (LP#1) – Atlas Shoulders by The Pierce Brothers is the Melbourne brothers’ first full length studio album, having previously charted four EP’s, two of which landed within the Top 10 in “Into the Dirt” (HP-10, Oct 2015) and “The Records Were Ours” (HP-9, late May 2017).
* #17 (LP#1) – Ballads 1 by joji is the debut album for Japanese singer/songwriter George Miller under his moniker of joji, with the album featuring guests including rapper Trippie Redd.
* #20 (LP#8) – Honey by Robyn is the fourth albums chart entry here for the Swedish singer, and her second Top 20 entry as she teamed with Röyksopp in mid 2014 for “Do it Again” which debuted and peaked at No.14.
* #34 (LP#9/X#1) – Baby it’s Christmas by David Campbell is the first seasonal album for the local singer and crooner, and his seventh charted album and first in over four years, as he last charted with “Sings John Bucchino” (HP-37, June 2014), and this set contains David’s covers of “Jingle Bells”, “The Christmas Song”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “White Christmas” among its twelve tracks.
* #41 (LP#1) – Women, Weed & Wordplay by ChillinIt is the debut album for the local rapper from Sydney.
* #65 (S’track) – Suspiria soundtrack by Thom Yorke is for the new horror/suspense film by Luca Guadagnino (who last directed ‘Call Me By Your Name’) and this is the first full-length soundtrack released by the Radiohead front man.
* #66 (LP#8.X#1) – Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Mark Vincent is the eighth album for the 25 year old opera singer and his first seasonal recording, with Mark taking on such classics as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Little Drummer Boy” (with Russell Watson) and “Silent Night”, plus he also does a duet with Marina Prior, the set containing twelve Christmas tunes.
* #88 (LP#6/X#1) – A Legendary Christmas by John Legend the third and final seasonal album entering this week is the sixth studio and first Christmas set for John Legend who covers such songs as “Silver Bells”, “Please Come Home for Christmas”, “The Christmas Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, with guests including Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com