The debut album for local female singer songwriter Amy Shark titled “Love Monster” sweeps into the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
“Love Monster” becomes the 830th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018), the 681st for ARIA (1983 to 2018) and also the 473rd to debut at No.1 and the first for her record label Wonderlick Entertainment (through Sony) and this new chart-topping album is the 15th for 2018.
This week in 1991 (21st of July) the Noiseworks album “Love vs. Money” debuted at the top and this new ‘Love’ album becomes the fifteenth with that word in its title to reach No.1 here, while its the third to feature the word ‘Monster’ after Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” (2010) and David Bowie’s “Scary Monsters” (1980). The new No.1 album also becomes the 225th to hit the top by an Australian artist (7th for 2018), and the 125th by an Female Australian Artist (2nd this year after Kylie’s “Golden” in mid-April). Amy Shark is also the 113th Australian act to hit the top here and she also becomes the 15th Solo Aussie Female singer to make it to No.1 since Olivia Newton-John was the first in 1980.
In New Zealand, England (both 3rd wk), America and Canada (both 2nd wk) the Drake set “Scorpion” holds the top spot, while here it drops down a place to No.2, pushing last weeks risers down again for “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack (2 to 3) and “÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran (3 to 5), while debuting in between those two long running Top 5 albums is the soundtrack to “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”, debuting at No.4 exactly ten years after the original soundtrack took over the top spot in Australia (5 wks from 21st of July, 2008), with this new soundtrack featuring different ABBA songs such as “I Kissed the Teacher”. “One of Us”, “Waterloo”, “Fernando”, “The Name of the Game”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Super Trooper” and “Dancing Queen” among its 18 tracks.
The third Adam Brand collection of hits debuts at No.6 entitled “Milestones… 20 Years” becoming his second best of to chart (“You’re a Revhead” hit No.39 in June 2011) and now first to hit the Top 10, while overall this is his sixth Top 10 album locally. Dropping two places each are “Beerbongs & Bentleys” for Post Malone and current tourist Pink with “Beautiful Trauma” to No.7 and No.8 respectively, with the self-titled Shawn Mendes set down one place to No.9 and falling three places to No.10 is the XXXTentacion album “?”.
* Pink climbs two spots to No.13 with her collection “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!”, while she is also up eight places to No.82 with her “Funhouse” set.
* Kendrick Lamar’s current visit to our shores helps his “DAMN.” album to climb ten spots to No.19, with his “Black Panther” soundtrack rising back up five spots to No.32, while his last album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” jumps sixteen spots to No.62.
* Vance Joy jumps back up twelve spots to No.21 with “Nation of Two”.
* The Carters album “Everything is Love” got a physical release last week and it helps it to rise back up twenty three spots to No.26.
* Last week the Slim Dusty collection “The Very Best of” clocked up it’s 1000th week on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, and now this week the set returns to the national Top 100 at No.31 for its 73rd week in the charts.
* Khalid is back up six places to No.34 with his debut album “American Teen”.
* There’s a twelve place rise back up to No.42 for the Bruno Mars set “24k Magic”.
* Shawn Mendes’ second album “Illuminate” jumps back up sixteen places to land at No.49.
* Maroon 5 are back up five spots to No.50 with the hits set “Singles Collection”, with further rising best of’s for Elton John (Diamonds returns at No.57 thanks to TV special about him), Red Hot Chili Peppers (75 to 61), Fleetwood Mac (GH returns at No.85), Green Day (returns at #95) and “ABBA Gold” (returns at #97).
* Migos and their “Culture II” set is back up seven spots to No.67.
* Lorde blasts back up twenty-one places to No.68 with her second set “Melodrama”.
* With a new Hilltop Hoods song debuting this week their “Drinking…Walking… Restrung” set jumps back up fourteen places to No.73.
* Further returning albums are for Dean Lewis with “Same Kind of Different” (#80), current tourist Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite with “No Mercy in This Land” (#83), Amy Shark’s debut EP “Night Thinker” (#84) and Carole King with “Tapestry” (#92).
* As Ariana Grande lands a new Top 5 single, her older albums climb back up in “Dangerous Woman” (86 to 81) and “My Everything” (99 to 88).
* As George Ezra finally scores an entry this week with “Shotgun” from his album “Staying at Tamara’s”, it climbs back up eleven spots to No.89.
* Three albums leave the Top 10 this week in “High as Hope” (HP-4, WI10-2) for Florence + the Machine down seven to No.11, “Pray for the Wicked” (HP-1, WI10-2a) by Panic! at the Disco falling three to No.12 and “The Best So Far…2018 Tour Edition” by Celine Dion (HP-10, WI10-1) falling four to No.14.
* Gorillaz fall eight spots to No.25 with “The Now Now” set.
* The soundtrack for “Moana” drops nine places to No.30, while also falling are “Suicide Squad” (68 to 77), “Molly” (77 to 93) and “Frozen” (73 to 96).
* Calum Scott falls six places to No.33 with “Only Human”.
* Kanye West drops down six spots to No.38 with ‘ye’ (physical came out on Friday), while his Kids See Ghost set plummets nineteen to No.90.
* Odette falls thirty-one spots to No.44 with her debut set “To a Stranger”.
* The Rubens fall down eleven spots to No.53 with their latest set “Lo La Ru”.
* Both Hillsong albums rose last week, but this week they drop dramatically for “There is More” (18 to 58) and “III” by Hillsong Young & Free (12 to 91).
* Falling collections this week are by Bon Jovi (52 to 60), Cold Chisel (60 to 65), Queen (59 to 66), Crowded House (61 to 76) and The Foo Fighters (70 to 94).
* Bullet for My Valentine drops twenty-five places to No.63 with their “Gravity” set.
* After a rebound last week after her promo tour the Bebe Rexha debut set “Expectations” falls back down thirty-four places to No.69.
* Parkway Drive fall ten spots to No.74 with their “Reverence” album.
* The Weeknd drops twelve spots to No.75 with his “My Dear Melancholy,” EP.
* Sam Smith is also down ten places to No.86 with his second album “The Thrill of it All”.
* Judith Durham plummets fifty-two spots to No.98 with her collection of unreleased material “So Much More”.
* Drake falls eighteen places to No.99 with his “Views” set.
* Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are “Measurements” for Didirri (#19) and “Palo Santo” for Years & Years (#26).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #18 (LP#1) – Double Rainbow by The Babe Rainbow is the debut album for Canadian producer born Cameron Reed who has previously released two EP’s in “Shaved” (2010) and “Endless Path” (2011).
* #54 (LP#4) – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven is the fourth album for the US heavy metal act and first to appear on our charts.
* #55 (LP#6) – Rolling Papers 2 by Wiz Khalifa is the fourth studio album to chart here for the US rapper and is his first new album in almost four years, as he last charted in late August of 2014 with “Blacc Hollywood” (HP-26).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com