It’s now a seventh week at the top in Australia for the soundtrack to “A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, plus the set also holds for the same period in New Zealand too.
This seventh week for ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack means that Lady Gaga’s tally of weeks at No.1 has now climbed to twelve in total from her three No.1 sets, moving her from equal 56th to now equal 51st on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018) alongside Foo Fighters (7 #1’s), Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Robbie Williams (all four #1’s) and Meatloaf (2 #1’s). For this decade’s tally of twelve weeks also keeps her on hold at No.7 again (the person above her on that list is Taylor Swift with 15 weeks this decade).
The entire top three albums haven’t changed from last week, with the soundtrack to the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” on hold at its peak of No.2 for a fifth week while their 1981 “Greatest Hits” set is stable at No.3 again, with the bands third Top 10 entry being their 2003 “Platinum Collection” which peaked at No.5 last week and is down two spots to No.7 this week.
The third studio album for the UK rock group The 1975 entitled “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” is the only Top 10 debut this week here, coming in at No.4, while the set becomes their third successive No.1 album in the homeland of England this week. This Top 10 debut now becomes the band’s second Top 10 entry here, having debuted at the top with their second set “I Like it When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of it” (1 week, March 2016), having first charted with their self-titled set back in September of 2013 (HP-29, peaked eventually in January of 2015).
There are two more multi-album acts in the Top 10 this week with Michael Buble and his latest album “Love” (#1 in Canada this week) down two spots to No.6, while his seasonal album “Christmas” is back up four spots to No.5 this week. ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack is stable at No.8 this week, and the set goes from single ▲Platinum to now 3x▲Platinum in sales on it’s one-year anniversary of entry, while the covers album “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” is down three spots to No.9. Lastly the ARIA Award winner ‘Album of the Year’ for Amy Shark entitled “Love Monster” continues its post-award-wins-climb and is back up two spots to No.10 for an overall sixth week within the Top 10.
* The current Ariana Grande album “Sweetener” is now under $10 at JB Hifi, and the set is back up eight places to No.23.
* The re-packaged Calum Scott debut album “Only Human” leaps up fifty-six places to No.32.
* With the physical release recently and the re-Top 10 placing for Travis Scott his album “Astroworld” is back up to No.33.
* Post ARIA rises this week are by Paul Kelly and “Nature” (51 to 41, presenter) Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” (55 to 42, host), “Nation of Two” by Vance Joy (50 to 44, winner), 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Youngblood” (75 to 61, multi winners), Troye Sivan with “Bloom” (96 to 79, nominee and presenter) and returning at No.86 is “Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)” for Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who won multiple awards on the night.
* Ziggy Alberts rises again this week with “Laps Around the Sun”, up twelve places to No.46.
* The Bon Jovi tour of Australia is currently in full swing, and their “Greatest Hits” set leaps back up twenty places to No.52, with other rising collections being for ABBA (Gold, 70 to 56) and Shania Twain (returns at No.83).
* Queen’s 1976 album “A Night at the Opera” is back up nine places to No.75.
* Nicki Minaj climbs back up ten places to No.88 with her album titled “Queen”.
* After leaving the chart last week for the first time the 2015 current No.1 album “25” by Adele is back in at No.94, while also returning at No.99 is Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic”.
* The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are “Delta” for Mumford & Sons (HP-5, WI10-2) down eleven to No.21 and last weeks entry in “The Special Ones” for Missy Higgins (HP-7, WI10-1) down fifteen places to No.22.
* This past week in 1991 was the anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s passing, and the bands “Greatest Hits II” went to the top in both New Zealand and England, while this week that set is down seven places to No.24, with other falling collections being by Eminem (33 to 45), INXS (43 to 49), Pink (40 to 55), Red Hot Chili Peppers (42 to 81), Guns N’ Roses (68 to 85), Crowded House (80 to 95) and Maroon 5 (78 to 98).
* The Imagine Dragons set “Origins” is down nine places to No.25, with their older set “Evolve” down one place to No.53.
* Rita Ora debuted at No.15 last week with her second album “Phoenix”, which this week falls sixteen spots to No.31.
* The fifth Little Mix set “LM5” halves its position from last week, down nineteen places to No.38.
* The re-packaged fiftieth anniversary edition of ‘The Beatles (White Album)’ for The Beatles drops down thirteen places to No.39.
* Post Malone’s “Stoney” set drops down seven places to No.60.
* Roy Orbison’s second teaming with the RPO and “Unchained Melody” drops down nineteen spots to No.63.
* Khalid is down with both his latest EP “Suncity” (57 to 64) and his debut album “American Teen” which drops ten places to No.74.
* The Midnight Oil live set “Armistice Day” falls down twenty places to land at No.65.
* Rufus du Sol see their current album “Solace” fall twenty-three spots to No.67.
* Also falling twenty spots is the Taylor Swift older set “1989” to No.69.
* After zooming up the chart last week with his new set “Romantic Moments II”, this week the Andre Rieu set plummets back down forty-five spots to land at No.73, but his Best of Xmas set gives him a second entry this week.
* Mark Knopfler’s latest album “Down the Road Wherever” falls twenty-nine spots to No.77.
* Morgan Evans drops down twenty-three places to No.82 with “Things We Drink to”.
* Matt Corby slides sixteen places to No.90 with “Rainbow Valley”.
* Sam Smith tumbles down eighteen spots to No.91 with “The Thrill of it All”.
* Muse plummet thirty-two chart-rungs to No.92 with their latest album “Simulation Theory”.
* Metro Boomin’ drop down a massive thirty-one places to No.97 with “Not All Heroes Wear Capes”.
* The only album leaving the Top 100 from last week Top 50 is the Karise Eden set “Born to Fight”, while other debuts from last week to leave were by Take That (#63) and Lil’ Peep (#71).
* With Michael Buble’s “Christmas” climbing up to No.5 this week it becomes one of six seasonal-sets within the Top 20 this week, with the next album being “Friends of Christmas” by John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John up sixteen places to No.13.
* This is followed by the Mariah Carey 1994 set “Merry Christmas”, also climbing sixteen spots to land at No.14.
* The Human Nature album “The Christmas Album” jumps up six places to land at No.15.
* Mark Vincent keeps scoring new peaks for his first Christmas album, as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” leaps fifteen places to land at a new chart height of No.17, giving all nine of his album chart entries now Top 20 berths.
* David Campbell’s first ever silly-season-set also cracks the Top 20, with “Baby it’s Christmas” up six spots to a new peak of No.24.
* Last weeks debut for Samantha Jade and “The Magic of Christmas” falls down five to No.28, but with her doing in-store appearance this week it might climb next week and closer to Christmas.
* Last year The Wiggles second-titled “Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas” spent two weeks at No.29, and now this week that album returns at No.54, while their long running “The Best of” leaves the chart this week after tallying 128 weeks within the Top 100.
* Another of last years seasonal albums was the Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra teaming “Christmas” (HP-7, peaked late December 2017), which is back in at No.58.
* Local country singer Lee Kernaghan’s 2014 seasonal set “Driving Home for Christmas” (HP-46, peaked mid-Nov., 2014) is back in this week at No.68.
* The first of three seasonal albums by acapella group Pentatonix was “That’s Christmas to Me” (HP-21, peaked Dec 2014) which is back in at No.72 this week, while their third and latest set “Christmas is Here!” debuts at No.100 featuring guests such as Kelly Clarkson and Maren Morris.
* Andre Rieu’s 2014 “Best of Christmas” set (HP-46) is back in at No.87, giving us a total of thirteen Christmas and seasonal albums within the Top 100 this week.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #30 (LP#4) – Championships by Meek Mill is now the third studio album and fourth overall entry here for the US rapper born Robert Rihmeek Williams having charted in the past with “Dreams Worth More than Money” (LP#2, HP-26, July 2015), “Wins & Losses” (LP#3, HP-91, 2017) and his mixtape “DC4” (HP-58, 2016), so this new entry now becomes his second Top 30 placing with the albums charted single being “Going Bad” (debut’s TW-42).
* #35 (LP#1) – Stockeley by Ski Mask the Slump God is the debut album for the U.S. rapper born Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne who is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from Jamaican descent, with this album featuring guests acts such as Juice WRLD, Lil’ Yachty and Lil’ Baby.
* #40 (LP#3) – Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt is the third studio and fourth overall entry for Thebe Neruda Kgositsile from Los Angeles, California, with all fourth of his entries now landing within the Top 40. He has charted with “Doris” (LP#1, HP-23, late August 2013), “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside” (LP#2, HP-33, late March 2015) and the collaborative set with Odd Future in “The Of Tape Vol.2” (HP-34, early April of 2012).
* #48 (LP#2) – What is Love? by Clean Bandit becomes the UK electronic acts highest charting album here, as their debut set “New Eyes” didn’t crack the Top 100 (it made No.17 on the ARIA Dance Album Charts), with this new album already seeing four singles issued from the album since late 2016’s “Rockabye” (HP-1), “Symphony” (HP-4), “I Miss You” (HP-20) and “Solo” (HP-7).
* #71 (GH#5) – The Story So Far… The Best of by Def Leppard is a two disc 35 track compilation of the bands singles from 1981 to more recent album tracks, and it’s released just after their recent national tour, with this being their fourth (of five) best of sets to chart, with previous entries being “Retro Active” (HP-33, peaked Nov., 1993), “Vault” (HP-9, peaked Nov., 1995) and then “Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection” (HP-81, May 2005).
* #76 (LP#2) – The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara is the 22 year old’s second album, having debuted and peaked at No.16 in March of 2016 with her first album “Know-it-All”, with this new set featuring the single “Growing Pains” (HP-87).
* #84 (LP#4) – Re:Member by Alofur Arnalds is the fourth studio album and now first entry for the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer who issued his first solo album “Eulogy for Evolution” in 2007.
* #100 (LP#7/X#3) – Christmas is Here! by Pentatonix (see ‘Christmas Titles’ above).