It’s a fifth straight week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for the soundtrack to ‘A Star is Born’, which also holds for fifth stay in New Zealand too.
‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper helps increase Gaga’s weeks at No.1 to now ten overall weeks, moving her up on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018)’ from equal 77th to now equal 68th alongside other acts who have racked up ten weeks from three No.1 albums like Live, Missy Higgins and Bruce Springsteen, while on the same list but for this decade she is now outright seventh having broken away from her tie with One Direction (9 weeks from 4 #1’s).
The tenth studio album for Michael Buble enters at the top in England, while here and in N.Z. the set “❤️ (Love)” enters at No.2, becoming his eighth Top 10 and Top 2 album in Australia, which is the same peak that his ninth album “Nobody But Me” achieved in its second week on the chart back in mid-November of 2016. This new album features eleven tracks (13 on the deluxe edition) nine (or 11) of which are covers including “When I Fall in Love”, “I Only Have Eyes for You”, “Such a Night”, “Help Me Make it Through the Night” and “Unforgettable” among them.
This week back in 1981 Queen were sitting at the top in both New Zealand and England with their “Greatest Hits” set, while it eventually reached No.2 in the third week of December here (held off the top by Men At Work’s debut album “Business as Usual”). Now the soundtrack to their biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was held off the top for three weeks by the soundtrack to ‘A Star is Born’, with the Queen soundtrack down one place this week to No.3, while they also have two compilations within the Top 10 also this week in that ’81 “Greatest Hits” set down three to No.6 and their 2003 compile “The Platinum Collection” down one spot to No.7.
The new entry at No.4 is “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined”, which is the soundtrack’s songs redone by current pop and rock acts, and features the current Pink No.27 single “A Million Dreams” along with other acts like Panic! At the Disco, Years & Years with Jess Glynne, Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur and Anne-Marie, Sara Barielles, Kesha, Pentatonix and Craig David among the thirteen tracks, while the original soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ is back up two places to No.9 for it’s 46th week within the Top 10 (and it’s 50th week on the chart).
The fourth studio album for Mumford & Sons titled “Delta” (also the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet too) comes in at No.5 becoming the English bands fourth Top 5 album in the process and their lowest entry position of their four albums (so far), as their debut album “Sigh No More” came in initially at No.4 before climbing to No.1 in it’s sixteenth chart week (Feb 2010). Little Mix have the fourth and final Top 10 debut this week with their fifth album “LM5” which comes in at No.8 and becomes their fifth Top 10 entry here too, coming in two places higher than their debut set “DNA” which in early December of 2012 debuted and peaked at No.10. The second returning album to the Top 10 this week is the Ed Sheeran third set “÷ (Divide)”, up three spots to land at No.10 for its 88th week within the ten.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits II” set is up three places to No.17,with other climbing compilations being for Eminem (31 to 29), Red Hot Chili Peppers (returns at No.30 thanks to a new tour announced for February 2019), INXS (48 to 42), ABBA (Gold 79 to 77 and Gold & More returns at No.92) and Elvis Presley (‘The King’ returns at No.93).
* Sam Smith’s current national tour sees his second album “The Thrill of it All” up one spot this week to No.38.
* The recent physical release for the Travis Scott former No.1 set “Astroworld” sees it climb this week five spots to No.41.
* Luke Combs is back up six spots to No.48 with “This One’s for You”.
* The No.1 album from this week in 1991 was the AC/DC set “Live” which is on hold at No.69 this week.
* Keith Urban will be hosting the ARIA Awards this coming week and his latest album “Graffiti U” is back up eleven places to No.75.
* Calum Scott’s return last week with his debut album “Only Human” is up eight spots this week to No.87.
* Six albums leave the Top 10 this week all of which entered within the ten last week, starting with the new No.1 album in Canada in “Origins” for Imagine Dragons (HP-4, WI10-1, 4 to 12) and then “The Beatles (White Album)” (HP-1×18, WI10-1 in 2018, 10 to 26) by The Beatles, Midnight Oil’s “Armistice Day: Live at the Domain, Sydney” (HP-5, WI10-1, 5 to 27), Ziggy Alberts with “Laps Around the Sun” (HP-9, WI10-1, 9 to 39), “Simulation Theory” by Muse (HP-7, WI10-1, 7 to 40) and finally Architects with “Holy Hell” (HP-8, WI10-1, 8 to 57).
* The No.1 album this time last year was “Reputation” for Taylor Swift which drops down eight spots this week to No.22, while her No.1 at this time in 2014 was her previous set “1989” is down eleven places to No.55.
* Ariana Grande drops back down six places to No.24 with her “Sweetener” set, while she is down fifteen spots to No.95 with “Dangerous Woman” and leaves with “My Everything” (#87) which is newly certified ▲Platinum.
* Barbra Streisand’s “Walls” crumble thirteen spots this week to No.34.
* The soundtrack for ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ drops down twelve spots to No.35 after its recent surge due to its DVD and Blu-Ray release, with other soundtracks falling being for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1’ (66 to 81) and ‘Moana’ (76 to 84).
* George Ezra for this week is down eight spots to No.36 with “Staying at Tamara’s”, but with a new single and his ARIA Award performance this coming week he could possibly rise next week.
* Rufus du Sol fall fourteen places to No.43 with their “Solace” set.
* The Cold Chisel “Best of-All for You” drops down thirteen places to No.45, with other falling best of’s for Pink (38 to 46, No.1 this week in 2010), Guns N’ Roses (67 to 73), Crowded House (65 to 76), Maroon 5 (71 to 78), Bon Jovi (75 to 82) and The Wiggles (82 to 88).
* The self-titled Shawn Mendes album drops down eight places to No.49.
* Metro Boomin’ fall a further sixteen spots this week to No.51 with “Not All Heroes Wear Capes”.
* Lil’ Peep’s posthumous album “Come Over When You’re Sober, Part 2” plummets thirty-nine places to No.54.
* The Paul Kelly “Nature” set tumbles down twenty-two places to No.56.
* The older Imagine Dragons entry in “Evolve” falls eleven places to No.58.
* The Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol.14” compile drops down eighteen spots to No.60.
* Disturbed falls twenty-five places to No.65 with their “Evolution” album.
* twenty one pilots falls thirteen places to No.66 with their former No.1 album “Trench”.
* Matt Corby debuted at No.4 three weeks ago, now his “Rainbow Valley” slides down forty-one spots to No.67.
* Two albums surviving for a second week on the charts are “Blue” for Jonas Blue (50 to 68) and “A Love Letter to You 3” for Trippie Redd (36 to 91).
* Morgan Evans drops down sixteen spots to No.71 with “Things That We Drink to”.
* The only Queen album falling in double figures this week is their 1976 set “A Night at the Opera” which is down thirteen places to No.74.
* Ed Sheeran’s “+” set falls seventeen spots to No.80.
* David Guetta slides down eleven places to No.83 with his “7” album.
* Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” slumps down seventeen spots to land at No.85.
* Nicki Minaj sees her “Queen” album fall thirteen places to No.90.
* John Butler Trio have taken eight weeks to fall down to No.98 with “Home”, falling twenty-four spots this week.
* joji and his “Ballads 1” set falls twenty-nine places to No.99.
* And down nineteen places to No.100 is the ChillinIt set “Women, Weed & Wordplay”.
* The new US No.1 album this week is the Kane Brown set “Experiment”, which here is the only set leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50, dropping out out from No.33.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #14 (LP#9) – Down the Road Wherever by Mark Knopfler is the ninth solo album for the former Dire Straits front man, who last charted with in 2016 with “The Tracker” (HP-12) his highest charted album, with this new album becoming his second highest charted and third Top 20 entry as her first was this high in 2000 with his second solo release “Sailing to Philadelphia” (HP-16).
* #15 (LP#15) – Caution by Mariah Carey is the fifteenth studio album for the singer whose first charted back in mid 1990 with her self-titled album (HP-6), and now her new set becomes her overall 22nd albums chart entry with this being her first new material in four and-a-half years, last charting in June 2014 with “Me, I am Mariah… Exclusive Chanteuse” (HP-5).
* #18 (EP#2) – Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions by Kip Moore is a seven track acoustic EP and his second released, while overall this is his third albums chart entry having charted previously with “Wild Ones” (LP#2, HP-31, August 2015) and “Slowheart” (LP#3, HP-6, September 2017).
* #20 (LP#3) – Oxnard by Anderson.Paak is the third studio album Brandon Paak Anderson under his stage name of Anderson.Paak and now his highest charted set here and second overall entry as he hit No.85 with his last album “Malibu” in early 2016, with this new album featuring guests such as Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg and J. Cole.
* #32 (Comp#34) – Unchained Melody by Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the second collaboration between the late great Roy and the Orchestra, as this time last year they hit No.9 with “A Love so Beautiful” (13-Nov, 2017), with this new set containing re-do’s of Roy’s recordings like the albums title track, “Blue Bayou”, “She’s a Mystery to Me”, “Falling”, “Walk on”, “Crawling Back” and “Too Soon to Know” among its 15 tracks.
* #53 (Comp#2) – self titled by Chris Cornell is a compile of his previous four solo albums and his work with Temple of the Dogs, Soundgarden and Audioslave plus a new song “When Bad Does Good”, with this entry becoming his lowest charted set (so far) and overall his sixth solo entry and first since he passed away in May of 2017.
* #63 (LP#10) – Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol.1/LP: No Past.No Future.No Sun by The Smashing Pumpkins is the tenth studio album and now their thirteenth entry here (9 studio albums, two compilations and two EP’s) and their first release in just under four years, as they last charted with their ninth album “Monuments to an Elegy” (HP-55, December 2014.
* #97 (LP#?) – Romantic Moments II by Andre Rieu is a sixteen track set of classical songs including his versions of “Sunrise Sunset” (from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’), “Strangers in the Night”, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”, “El Condor Pasa”, and “Amazing Grace” among them.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com