The final No.1 of the year is the same as its been for the past ten weeks, the soundtrack to the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper version of “A Star is Born”. The album also hold at No.1 in New Zealand (10th week) and goes back to the top in Canada (6th overall week).
“A Star is Born” and its ten weeks at the top becomes only the eighth soundtrack to crack double figures at the top of the albums chart (this does not include Artist based soundtracks for acts like The Beatles, Elvis or Prince). It sits one week behind the eleven week-stay achieved by ‘Moulin Rouge’ in 2001, the only other double-digit run for a soundtrack this century, while the last ten week running soundtrack/cast recording was for the 1992 version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, while also that decade the ‘Titanic’ (1998) logged eleven weeks at the top.
This tenth week at the top also increases Lady Gaga’s tally of weeks on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018)’ to now fifteen weeks from her three No.1 albums, placing her equal 39th on that list alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers (6 #1’s), Olivia Newton-John (5 #1’s), Matchbox 20 and Taylor Swift (both with 4 #1’s) and Split Enz (3 #1’s), plus Lady Gaga is now also tied in this decade alongside Taylor Swift at No.6 (on this decades listing).
It’s now been eight weeks since Queen climbed and held its peak of No.2 for the biopic soundtrack in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, while they are also within the Top 10 with their 1981 collection “Greatest Hits” down one to No.5 and “The Platinum Collection” back up two spots to No.7. Michael Buble holds at No.3 with his seasonal set “Christmas”, while he is also down one spot to No.8 with his latest studio album “Love”. Also doubling up this week is the current UK No.1 album in ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack which was their first No.1 of the year and now their last No.1 of the year too, having logged 24 weeks at the during the year, here the set is up one spot to No.4, while the covers album “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” rises two places to No.6.
Two albums return to the Top 10 this week in Mariah Carey’s 1994 seasonal set “Merry Christmas” which is up six spots to No.9 helped by the albums lead single “All I Want for Christmas is You” finally claiming a No.1 spot here, the set now landing it’s fourth overall week within the Top 10, it was only ever previously inside the Top 10 during its initial chart run in 1994. And the second return is “÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran which is back up three spots to No.10 to log its 89th week within the Top 10.
* Eminem’s former No.1 album “Kamikaze” rises back up seven spots to land at No.12, while his “Curtain Call: The Hits” set jumps up eight spots to No.33.
* George Ezra climbs up three spots to No.15 with his second album “Staying at Tamara’s”, while his debut set “Wanted on Voyage” returned last week and is up nine places to No.88.
* Both Post Malone albums chart entries rise this week in “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (22 to 19) and “Stoney” (69 to 67).
* Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” is back up four spots to No.21.
* Last weeks debut of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” is up four spots to a new peak of No.23, with other rising soundtracks being for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (34 to 26), Jimmy Barnes’ “Working Class Boy” (returns at No.76) and “Guardians Vol.2” (88 to 81).
* Imagine Dragons’ “Origins” is up four spots to No.25 and their older album “Evolve” is up seven to No.48.
* Further climbing collections are by Cold Chisel (37 to 27), INXS (47 to 40), Pink (57 to 44), current tourist Paul Kelly (77 to 49), The Eagles (73 to 60), Bon Jovi (64 to 62), Red Hot Chili Peppers (80 to 64), Crowded House (returns at No.66), Guns N’ Roses (89 to 70), Phil Collins (95 to 84), Elton John (‘Diamonds’ returns at No.95 thanks to a TV special), The Killers (‘Direct Hits’ returns at No.97) and ABBA (Gold & More re-enters at No.98).
* The self-titled fourth album for Shawn Mendes rises back up nine spots to No.29.
* Pink also climbs back up six places to No.52 with her set “Beautiful Trauma”.
* 5 Seconds of Summer and their “Youngblood” set are back up six places to No.65.
* The AC/DC “Live” set jumps back up ten spots to land at No.71 this week.
* Panic! At the Disco leap back up twenty-five spots to No.73 with “Pray for the Wicked”.
* Sam Smith rises nine spots to No.78 with his second album “The Thrill of it All”.
* Tash Sultana snuck back in at #100 last week with “Flow State”, which this week jumps up twenty places to No.80.
* Further returning albums are for Morgan Evans with “Things That We Drink to” (#82), Troye Sivan and “Bloom” (#86), “Evolution” for Disturbed (#87), the 1973 classic “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd (#89), Cher with “Dancing Queen” (#99) and the Cardi B debut set “Invasion of Privacy” (#100).
* The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are last weeks highest entry “Springsteen on Broadway” (HP-6, WI10-1) for Bruce Springsteen down five to No.11 and “Friends for Christmas” (HP-1×2, WI10-15a) for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John dropping seven spots to No.17.
* Paul Kelly’s collection climbed back into the Top 50 this week while his latest album “Nature” is down three places to No.24.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits II” set drops down six spots to No.30, with the only other falling collection being for Missy Higgins (36 to 42).
* The twenty one pilots album “Trench” had been climbing for the past few weeks, but this week it drops down five spots to No.36.
* The Live albums for both Coldplay (35 to 51) and Midnight Oil (70 to 94) drop down this week.
* Rufus Du Sol falls back down thirteen chart rungs to No.56 with “Solace”.
* Both entries for XXXTentacion fall down this week in his older set “?” (49 to 58) and his most recent release “Skins” tumbling forty-three spots to No.83.
* Andre Rieu falls back down thirty-one places to No.61 with his “Romantic Moments II”.
* Gang of Youths slide down seven spots to No.69 with “Go Farther in Lightness”.
* Rita Ora and set “Phoenix” fall down thirteen spots to No.72.
* The second album for Zayn which debuted last week in “Icarus Falls” drops fourteen places to land at No.74.
* The Roy Orbison and RPO set “Unchained Melody” falls down sixteen spots to No.77.
* Ziggy Alberts’ “Laps Around the Sun” plummets twenty-eight spots to land at No.94.
* The Barbra Streisand album “Walls” drops down twenty-nine places to No.96.
* With Michael Buble (#3) and Mariah Carey (#9) both inside the Top 10 this week we see the John and Olivia set “Friends for Christmas” drop down seven spots to No.17 after sitting at No.10 for the past two weeks.
* David Campbell peaked at No.12 last week with “Baby it’s Christmas” and even after his Xmas special aired during the past week he only drops down four spots this week to No.16.
* Human Nature and their set “The Christmas Album” are down four places to No.18.
* Mark Vincent and his album “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” peaked at No.16 and is this week down three spots to No.20.
* Climbing one spot to No.22 is the Elvis Presley and RPO set “Christmas with…” (HP-7).
* Samantha Jade sees her seasonal set “The Magic of Christmas” drop down fifteen to No.35.
* Last Friday night Channel 9 screened ‘A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissie’, and the accompanying album for John Legend leaps up fifty-five places to land at a new peak of No.39.
* Pentatonix have this week all three of their Christmas albums within the Top 100, as their first “That’s Christmas to Me” is down three spots to No.59, their 2018 collection “Christmas is Here!” drops down ten spots to No.85 and their second release from 2016 “A Pentatonix Christmas” (HP-16) returns at No.93.
* The two drop-out seasonal-sets this week were for Lee Kernaghan (#63) and The Wiggles (#83).
* #34 (LP#2) – I Am > I Was by 21 Savage is the US rappers second solo album and third overall entry here in Australia, as he previously charted with his debut set “Issa Album” (HP-42, July 2017) and then on the collaboration set “Without Warning” (HP-39, Nov 2017) alongside Offset and Metro Boomin’. The albums song “A Lot” is the only non-Christmas new entry this week, coming in at No.92.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com