The year of 2018 has been topped and tailed by long running soundtracks, “A Star is Born” now racks up its eighth week at the top, matching the eight-week-stay achieved by “The Greatest Showman” in January and February.
“A Star is Born” is again the top seller here and also New Zealand (8th week too), and the soundtrack is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales, plus the album is now the equal second longest running soundtrack at No.1 during this century, as sitting in the lead is ‘Moulin Rouge’ at 11 weeks (2001), followed the aforementioned ‘The Greatest Showman’ equal at 8 weeks, that set climbed back to the top in England this week for its 22nd week at their summit, here the album is back up two places to No.6, while the reimagined version of the album is on hold at No.9. Lady Gaga’s tally of weeks at No.1 on the albums chart has now increased to thirteen weeks from three chart-topping albums, moving her from 55th to now equal 47th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018) alongside Led Zeppelin, Midnight Oil (both with 4 #1’s), James Blunt and Susan Boyle (both two #1’s apiece).
Queen spend a sixth week at No.2 with the soundtrack to their biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and the album is newly certified Gold (●) in sales, while they are also within the Top 10 with their 1981 set “Greatest Hits” (down one to No.4) and “The Platinum Collection” (on hold at No.7). The third act with multiple albums within the Top 10 is Michael Buble who is back up to No.3 with his seasonal set “Christmas” (5 to 3) and his latest studio album “Love” is back up one spot to No.5.
The second seasonal album within the Top 10 this week is the annual returning “Friends for Christmas” by John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, which is up three spots to No.10 for it’s fourteenth week inside the Top 10 (it has only amassed 20 weeks on the Top 100, so more weeks within the ten than outside of it). The highest new entry to the albums chart this week is the first posthumous and overall third studio album for the rapper XXXTentacion entitled “Skins”, which comes in at No.8, becoming his second Top 10 album in Australia and featuring his track “Bad!” (HP-31, TW-35), as his second album “?” climbed back to No.2 in July after his passing, and overall his three studio albums have all landed within the Top 30, as his debut set “17” peaked at No.29 in September of 2017.
* Andrea Bocelli climbs back up to No.11 with his latest album “Si”.
* The Drake set “Scorpion” is back up three spots to No.23.
* The soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” rises up four spots to No.30, with other climbing soundtracks being for “Guardians Vol.1” (59 to 55) and ‘Moana’ (80 to 78).
* With a new remix for the Shawn Mendes track “Lost in Japan” (TW 57 to 38), his self-titled fourth album jumps back up fifteen spots to No.32.
* Paul Kelly’s current ‘Making Gravy’ tour helps his “Nature” set to climb back up eight places to No.33 (although nature did play a major part in his Friday night outdoors deluge in Melbourne delaying his performance).
* Andre Rieu’s “Romantic Moments II” rebounds again from 27 to 73 to now back up to No.34.
* The twenty one pilots set “Trench” rebounds eighteen spots this week to No.39.
* Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol.14” compilation is back up eleven places to No.40.
* Recent tourists here Bon Jovi are back up to No.50 with their “Greatest Hits” set, with other climbing best of’s being for Shania Twain (83 to 54, she also returns at No.64 with “Now”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (81 to 79), The Eagles (Very Best of returns at No.87) and Crowded House (95 to 88).
* Queen’s 1976 album “A Night at the Opera” is back up seven spots to No.68.
* Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” rises back up sixteen places to No.73.
* The debut Ed Sheeran album “+” climbs back up fourteen spots to No.82.
* Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” returned last week at No.99, this week it rises fourteen spots to No.85.
* Further returning albums are for Grace Van Fleet (#89), Cardi B (#94), Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” (#98) and the Disturbed set “Evolution” (#100).
* The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are “Love Monster” (HP-1, WI10-6a) for Amy Shark, down seven to No.17 and last weeks highest entry for The 1975 and “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” (HP-4, WI10-1), which plummets forty-four spots to land at No.48.
* Ed Sheeran drops down four places to No.15 with “÷ (Divide)”, while his second set “x” is down one to No.51.
* The fifth and final Queen entry in “Greatest Hits II” is down three spots to No.27, with other falling collections being for Missy Higgins (22 to 28), Cold Chisel (37 to 42), INXS (49 to 53) and Pink (55 to 58).
* Billie Eilish drops down nine spots to No.36 with “Don’t Smile at Me”.
* Travis Scott falls back down eight places to No.41 with his “Astroworld” set.
* Rita Ora’s “Phoenix” falls fifteen places to land at No.46.
* The repackaged 50th anniversary edition of “The Beatles (White Album)” falls twenty places to No.59.
* Ziggy Alberts tumbles down sixteen places to land at No.62 with “Laps Around the Sun”.
* The Calum Scott re-packed debut set “Only Human” is back down thirty-three places to No.65 after last weeks re-issue-surge.
* Some of last weeks debuts to survive for a second week are Ski Mask the Slump God with “Stokeley” (35 to 69), the current US and Canadian No.1 album for Meek Mill and “Congratulations” (30 to 95) and “What is Love?” for Clean Bandit (48 to 97).
* After their recent post-ARIA Awards surge the 5SOS album “Youngblood” is back down nine to No.70.
* Barbra Streisand’s “Walls” crumbles down twelve chart-rungs this week to No.74.
* Roy Orbison and the RPO’s “Unchained Melody” falls twelve spots too, down to No.75.
* Khalid’s EP “Suncity” drops down nineteen places to No.83.
* Midnight Oil’s live set “Armistice Day” plummets twenty-five places this week to No.90.
* Jess Glynne drops down twenty-one spots to No.91 with “Always in Between”.
* Troye Sivan plummets twenty places this week to No.99 with his “Bloom” album.
* The only album leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 is “Some Rap Songs” for Earl Sweatshirt (#40) while other debuts from last week NOT to score another week on the charts were by Def Leppard (#71), Alessia Cara (#76) and Olafur Arnalds (#84).
* Two seasonal titles within the Top 10 this week for Michael Buble (TW-3) and the duet set for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John (TW-10).
* Climbing six spots to a new peak of No.12 is the David Campbell set “Baby it’s Christmas”.
* Human Nature’s “The Christmas Album” is up two places to No.13.
* Mariah Carey’s 1994 set “Merry Christmas” is on hold at No.14 this week.
* Marc Vincent claims another new peak for “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, up to No.16.
* After dropping down five places last week the Samantha Jade set “The Magic of Christmas” (HP-23) is back up two spots this week to No.26.
* “Christmas with” Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra jumps up twenty-three spots to land at No.35.
* Both seasonal entries for Pentatonix climb this week, with their older set “That’s Christmas to Me” up twelve to No.60 and their 2018 album “Christmas is Here!” up four places to a new peak of No.96.
* The Wiggles seasonal set “Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas” drops down eighteen spots to No.72.
* Lee Kernaghan drops down nine spots to No.77 with “Driving Home for Christmas”.
* John Legend’s “A Legendary Christmas” spent a week in the chart at No.88 four weeks ago, now that album returns to the chart at a new peak of No.84.
* Andre Rieu and his “Best of Christmas” set leaves after one more week in the chart from No.87.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #18 (Live#5) – Live in Buenos Aires by Coldplay is the band’s fifth official live album and second to chart as their first live set “Live 2003” debuted and peaked at No.16 in November of 2003. The new live album was recorded in La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November of 2017 during their world tour for ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ with the two disc set containing 24 tracks in total from their debut hit ‘Yellow’ all the way through to their last album.
* #29 (Comp#16) – The Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the new compilation to team together an older act (The Carpenters) with the classical Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who are also currently charting with Elvis Presley (TW-35) and Roy Orbison (TW-75). This new set features revamped versions of their songs like “Yesterday Once More”, “Hurting Each Other”, “For All We Know”, “Close to You”, “Superstar”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”, and “Top of the World” among its 18 tracks.
* #49 (LP#40) – The Prophet Speaks by Van Morrison is the 40th studio album for the Irish singer, this new set featuring six original compositions and also covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Willie Dixon and J.D. Harris.
* #57 (LP#10) – Everythang’s Corrupt by Ice Cube is his first studio album in eight years and becomes his eleventh chart entry in Australia (nine studios and two compilations), five of this eleven cracking the Top 50, his highest charting set here being 2000’s sixth album “War & Peace Vol.2 (The Peace Disc)” (HP-24).
* #61 (LP#1) – Friends Keep Secrets by Benny Blanco is the seven track debut set for the US producer and artist, which features his two current chart entries in “Eastside” (with Halsey and Khalid, TW-10) and “I Found You” (with Calvin Harris, HP-54, out this week), plus the album features guest artists such as Juice WRLD, Swae Lee, Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack.
* #93 (LP#2) – Ticket to L.A. by Brett Young is the California based country singers second album and first to chart here in Australia, as his February 2017 self-titled set didn’t crack our Top 100. The lead single from the album is “Here Tonight” and the set also features a duet with Gavin DeGraw too entitled “Chapters”.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com