The soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ is now the longest running No.1 album for 2018 as it logs a ninth week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
Last week I mentioned that ‘A Star is Born’ was now the equal second longest running soundtrack for this century, well now it is outright the second longest, surpassing the eight weeks racked up the current UK No.1 album for ‘The Greatest Showman’ (here TW-5) which spent its eight weeks at the top here during January and February of this year, while the leader this century at 11 weeks is for ‘Moulin Rouge’ (2001).
The top four albums are all on hold this week, with the long-running (and waiting) Queen soundtrack for their biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at No.2 again and their “Greatest Hits” collection is stable at No.4, while they have their “Platinum Collection” set down two places to No.9 this week. Holding also is the seasonal classic album (now) “Christmas” for Michael Buble at No.3, while he is also within the Top 10 at No.7 (down two spots) with the current Canadian No.1 album “Love”.
The aforementioned soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ is back up one spot to No.5 and the covers album ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined’ is also up one place this week, to No.8. The second and final seasonal album within the Top 10 is stable at No.10, the John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John set “Friends for Christmas”, which was in the No.1 spot this week back in 2016.
The only new entry to the Top 10 this week is the debut at No.6 for “Springsteen on Broadway”, which captures the live performances of Bruce Springsteen as he did his solo five-shows-a-week and singing live on Broadway from October of 2017 through to earlier in 2018. The fifteen tracks featured on the album range from his early work like ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Thunder Road’ up to songs from his albums ‘Devils & Dust’ and ‘The Rising’, all performed by Bruce on stage with either only a Guitar, Piano or reciting from his autobiography ‘Born to Run’. This is his fourth of six live albums to chart in Australia, as this time back in 1986 he was at No.1 in both America and Canada with “Live 1975-85” (here HP-3), while he also charted with “Live in New York City” (HP-30, April 2001) and “Live in Dublin” (GP-40, June 2007), also this is his 19th Top 10 album in Australia too.
* All three Ed Sheeran albums move back up this week with “÷ (Divide)” moving back up two places to No.13, his “x” set is up nine notches to No.42 and his debut set “+” climbs ten spots to No.72.
* Paul Kelly’s current national tour helps propel his latest album “Nature” back up twelve spots to No.21, while his collection “Songs from the South Vol.1 & 2” returns to the chart at No.77.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits Vol.2” set is back up three spots to No.24, with other climbing collections being for Cold Chisel (42 to 37), Eminem (44 to 41), INXS (53 to 47), ABBA (56 to 52), Pink (58 to 57), The Eagles (87 to 73), Guns N’ Roses (returns at No.89, they also return with “Appetite for Destruction” at No.86) and Phil Collins (returns at No.95).
* The Triple J ‘Like a Version Vol.14’ jumps up twelve places this week to No.28.
* Andre Rieu sees his “Romantic Moments II” (HP-27) rise only four places this week to No.30.
* The twenty one pilots set “Trench” rises again this week, up eight spots to No.31.
* Keith Urban is up six places to No.39 with his set “Graffiti U”.
* Rufus du Sol leap back up twenty-four spots this week to No.43 with their third album “Solace”.
* The soundtrack for ‘Guardians Vol.1’ is up ten spots to No.45, while the ‘Vol.2′ set returns at No.88.
* Adele was at No.1 this week in 2015, and the “25” album this week rebounds forty spots to No.46.
* No.1 this week for the first of 16 weeks at No.1 in 1968 and into 1969, was “The Beatles (White Album)” (from 21st of Dec, 1968) album, the 50th anniversary set of that album is back up five spots this week to No.54.
* Pink jumps back up fifteen spots to No.58 with her “Beautiful Trauma” set.
* Roy Orbison’s second teaming with the R.P.O. and “Unchained Melody” rises back up fourteen places this week to land at No.61.
* The just released vinyl for Barbra Streisand’s “Walls” album could be the reason it rises back up seven spots this week to No.67.
* After continually falling since its second week on the charts, this week for its sixth week on the chart the Live Midnight Oil set “Armistice Day” is up sixteen spots to No.74.
* Apart from the Paul Kelly, Guardians Vol.2, Phil Collins and two Guns N’ Roses returns, there are also re-entries for Matt Corby and his “Rainbow Valley” (#96), George Ezra’s “Wanted on Voyage” (#97), Panic! At the Disco with “Pray for the Wicked” (#98) and the Tash Sultana set “Flow State” (#100).
* The only album leaving the Top 10 this week is last weeks highest new entry in “Skins” (HP-8, WI10-1) for slain rapper XXXTentaction which drops down thirty-two places to land at No.40, while his older entry “?” drops down twelve spots to No.49.
* Post Malone is down one place to No.22 with “Beerbongs & Bentleys”, while his older entry “Stoney” falls six spots to No.69.
* Drake drops nine spots to No.32 with his “Scorpion” album.
* Last weeks debut for Coldplay and “Live in Buenos Aires” falls seventeen spots this week to No.35.
* Missy Higgins best of “The Special Ones” drops down eight places to No.36, with other falling collections being for Bon Jovi (54 to 65), Shania Twain (54 to 65) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (79 to 80).
* The self-titled fourth album for Shawn Mendes falls back down this week six spots to No.38.
* Travis Scott drops seven chart rungs to No.48 with his “Astroworld” set.
* Billie Eilish falls down fourteen places to No.50 with her EP “Don’t Smile at Me”.
* Little Mix see their fifth set “LM5” drops down fifteen spots to No.53.
* Rita Ora slides down thirteen notches to No.59 with her second set “Phoenix”.
* The re-packaged Calum Scott set “Only Human” drops down eleven places this week to No.76.
* The 1975 set “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” plummets thirty spots to No.78.
* Further second week stays occur for Ice Cube with “Everythang’s Corrupt” (57 to 79), “The Prophet Speaks” by Van Morrison (49 to 82), “The Carpenters with the R.P.O.” (29 to 90) and “Friends Keep Secrets” for Benny Blanco (61 to 99).
* Shania Twain is also down with her “Now” set, falling twenty-one places to No.85.
* With one more week (mostly) of Christmas sales left to report for this year, we are currently at two albums within the Top 10 this week for Michael Buble at No.3 and the teaming album for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John at No.10.
* David Campbell holds his No.12 peak for his first seasonal set “Baby it’s Christmas”.
* Human Nature’s “The Christmas Album” and Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” are down one place apiece to No.14 and No.15 respectively.
* While also down one to No.17 is Mark Vincent with his album “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
* Local pop singer Samantha Jade has the seventh Top 20 Christmas set this week, as her album “The Magic of Christmas” rises six places to score a new peak of No.20.
* The Elvis Presley and R.P.O. album “Christmas with…” jumps up twelve spots to No.23 this week.
* The two Pentatonix albums both rise this week with their older set “That’s Christmas to Me” up four to No.56 and their 2018 album “Christmas is Here!” jumping twenty-one places to a new peak of No.75.
* Country singer Lee Kernaghan sees his “Driving Home for Christmas” set rise fourteen spots to No.63.
* The two dropping Christmas albums are for The Wiggles (72 to 83) and John Legend (84 to 94), whose 2018 Christmas special which ties in with his album “A Legendary Christmas” was screened on TV here on Friday night, so the album might rise next week thanks to that show.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #27 (S’tk) – Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse Soundtrack features the current No.2 single in Australia in “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and as the animated multi-universe film was released around the world in the past week its soundtrack enters within the Top 30 this week. This is the fifth ‘Spiderman’ soundtrack to chart in Australia, the first and highest charted was the May 2002 debut set which peaked at No.12. This new album features mostly R’n’B and rap artists such as Jaden Smith, Nicki Minaj, Juice WRLD, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, XXXTentacion, Vince Staples and DJ Khalil.
* #60 (LP#2) – Icarus Falls by Zayn is the second album from the first member of One Direction to leave the band in Zayn Malik, whose debut album “Mind of Mine” went to No.1 upon release back in April of 2016, now he charts much lower with his second album which features the earlier 2018 single “Let Me” (HP-29, peaked April 2018).
* #93 (LP#3) – Dying to Live by Kodak Black is the second studio album for the US rapper and his first to chart here in Australia, plus it contains his current chart entry too “Zeze” (HP-14, TW-28).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com