The sixth studio album for UK indie-rock act The Arctic Monkeys titled “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart and becomes their third No.1 album in Australia, the set also taking the crown in their home country of England.
“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” becomes the 823rd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018) and the 674th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the 466th to debut at the top of the Aussie album charts, plus the second for the Domino record label, the other being the bands previous album “AM” (16th Sept, 2013, 1 wk), with the bands debut set “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (27th Feb, 2006, 1 wk) being the groups other (third) No.1 album here.
The Arctic Monkeys join other acts with three weeks and three No.1 albums in Prince, You Am I, The Amity Affliction and Bliss N’ Eso, while its the first time that the words ‘Tranquility’, ‘Base’ and ‘Casino’ have made it into a No.1 album title, its the third ‘Hotel’ to occupy the Albums summit after “Hotel California” by The Eagles (12 weeks from 17th of Jan, 1977) and “Dream Days at the Hotel Existence” for Powderfinger (1 wk on 11th of June, 2007). Exactly a year ago (22nd of May, 2017) saw the last English act hit the top here with a new album in the self-titled Harry Styles album (TW-98) and this is the 152nd No.1 album by an English performer (solo, duo or group) and it also is the 368th No.1 album by a Group (local or overseas).
The DVD and Blu-ray release two weeks ago for ‘The Greatest Showman’ helps it to climb back up again this week to No.2, while recent promotion for Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” set sees it rise to No.3 (or these could both be residual Mothers Day sales helping them to rise too, as three of this past weeks sales days included that period). Last Sunday night Channel 7 screened the first part of two for the Olivia Newton-John biopic starring Delta Goodrem as ON-J, and this week the soundtrack for the telemovie debuts at No.4 titled “I Honestly Love You”, featuring eight of Olivia’s songs covered by Delta, plus a new duet with Olivia in “Love is a Gift”.
The current New Zealand (3rd wk), American (2nd wk) and Canadian (1st wk) No.1 album in the Post Malone set “Beerbongs & Bentleys” which is down three places here to No.5, while Ed Sheeran hits his lowest ever position of No.6 with his third album “÷ (Divide)”, with last weeks No.1 entry “Reverence” by Parkway Drive falling seven places to No.8 and Missy Higgins is down four places to No.10 with “Solastalgia”. Two further Top 10 debuts are the second album for Charlie Puth and “Voicenotes” at No.7, coming in one place higher than his debut set “Nine Track Mind” (HP-8) achieved back in February of 2016, and new at No.9 is the debut album for US heavy metal super-group Bad Wolves and “Disobey” at No.9, with the albums lead single “Zombie” (HP-26) sitting at No.53 this week.
* With Imagine Dragons touring the country at the moment their latest album “Evolve” jumps back up ten places to No.12.
* The 186 week running older Taylor Swift album “1989” rebounds twenty places to No.18.
* The soundtrack for ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ rises back up seventeen places to No.25 thanks its recent DVD and Blu-ray release.
* Adele sees her two current album entries jump back up this week in “25” (51 to 32) and her older set “21” (83 to 57).
* Dami Im rises again this week with “I Hear a Song”, not as much as last weeks 56 place jump though, she is up a couple of places to No.33, most likely from residual Mother’s Day sales.
* Angus & Julia Stone are still touring nationally (and will be into June), and their “Snow” rises twelve spots this week to No.38.
* Last weeks return for the Fleetwood Mac set “Greatest Hits” is back up ten spots to No.47, with another rising collection being for Queen and their ‘Greatest Hits’ from No.65 to No.62, helped by the late-weeks ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film trailer just released.
* Ocean Alley head overseas to America next week, and their recent national tour helps their current album “Chiaroscuro” to leap back up thirty-six places to land at No.56.
* The Arctic Monkeys last album “AM” returns to the chart at No.67, while the Lady Gaga set “Joanne” is back in at No.68, with further returns being “Ripcord” by Keith Urban (#73) and “This House is Not for Sale” by Bon Jovi (#85).
* With the latest EP for The Weeknd dropping his two older sets rise back up in “Beauty Behind the Madness” (81 to 69) and “Starboy” (77 to 72).
* The new No.1 song for Childish Gambino helps his older set “Awaken, My Love!” to rise twelve to No.78, while he returns at No.99 with “Because the Internet”.
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, firstly the Gurumul Yunipingu set “Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)” (HP-1×1, WI10-4) is down six to No.15, “KOD” for J. Cole (HP-1×1, WI10-3) drops nine to No.16 and two of last weeks debuts also leave in “Good Thing” for Leon Bridges (HP-8, WI10-1), down twenty-two spots to No.30 and the debut album for Middle Kids in “Lost Friends” (HP-10, WI10-1) plummets fifty-six spots to No.66.
* Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples are down eight places to No.19 with “Campfire”.
* The soundtrack for ‘Black Panther’ drops six places to No.24 (DVD/BR out in early June), while other soundtracks falling are for “Guardians Vol.1” (17 to 26), ‘Guardians Vol.2’ (27 to 31) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (70 to 80).
* The Sam Smith set “The Thrill of it All” drops back down eleven spots to No.27.
* Kylie Minogue’s “Golden” album dips down eight places to No.29.
* The Hillsong Worship album “There is More” is down seven places to No.36.
* Kendrick Lamar is down nine to No.37 with “Damn”.
* After climbing the past few weeks, the Patrizio Buanne set “Italissimo” falls back eighteen spots to No.44.
* The Killers drop fourteen places to No.48 with “Killer Hits”, with their album “Wonderful Wonderful” plummeting forty-five spots to No.94.
* Samantha Jade is down twelve places to No.51 with her covers album “Best of My Love”.
* A Perfect Circle tumble again with “Eat the Elephant”, down twenty-five spots to No.55.
* DMA’s are also down twenty-five places too to No.58 with “For Now”.
* The Elton John & Bernie Taupin tribute album “Revamp” is down twenty-five places to No.61.
* Further collections dropping are by The Wiggles (58 to 64), Guns N’ Roses (60 to 70), Cold Chisel (69 to 81), The Foo Fighters (72 to 82) and Crowded House (78 to 89).
* The Eminem album “Revival” drops down fifteen places to No.74.
* Migos dive down eighteen places to No.79 with “Culture II”.
* Calum Scott drops twenty-eight chart rungs to No.83 with his debut set “Only Human”.
* There’s a sixteen place drop to No.84 for the Lorde second set “Melodrama”.
* Rae Sremmurd descend fifty places to No.87 with last weeks debut of their third album “SR3MM”.
* The self-titled Camila Cabello album falls thirty-four spots to No.88.
* The Drake album “Views” leaves from No.89 and his mixtape ‘More Life’ drops fourteen to No.90.
* The Carole King 1971 album “Tapestry” falls twenty spots to No.91.
* Vance Joy sees their debut album “Dream Your Life Away” fall fourteen places to No.93.
* Chris Brown is down twelve places to No.96 with his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” album.
* This time last year the Harry Styles self-titled album debuted at the top, and this week it is back down eighteen places to No.99.
* George Ezra and his second set “Staying at Tamara’s” falls eighteen places too, down to #100.
* Three of last weeks debuts within the Top 50 leave the hundred this week in “A Laughing Death in Meatspace” for Tropical F**k Storm (#25), “Singularity” for Jon Hopkins (#44) and “Attention Attention” by Shinedown (#45).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #14 (V/A) – Eurovision Song Contest Lisbon, 2018 by Various Artists, this past weekends contest saw Israel take out the win with their song ‘Toy’, while the 43 song set also features this weeks No.31 return for local singer Jessica Mauboy and “We Got Love”, which placed at No.20 in the grand final.
* #39 (LP#7) – 7 by Beach House is the seventh studio album and third entry here for the American duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally whose previous two entries also both cracked the Top 40 in “Bloom” (LP#4, HP-40, May 2012) and their follow-up “Depression Cherry” (LP#5, HP-34, September 2015).
* #42 (EP#1) – My Astral Plane (EP) by Esoterik is the Eso in the local hip-hop group Bliss N’ Eso and this is his debut solo EP featuring nine tracks in total.
* #49 (LP#1) – Die Lit by Playboi Carti is the debut album for the US rapper born Jordan Terrell Carter and it features guest acts such as Nicki Minaj, Skepta, Travis Scott, Lil’ Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller and Young Thug.
* #52 (LP#2) – Turning Up the Dial by Hayley Jensen was the fourth placed finalists on the 2004 series of Australian Idol (Season 2), and she later became lead singer of the band Seasons who changed their name to Silver Cities, with Hayley returning to her country roots a couple of years ago this now becomes her first chart entry and her second solo album after “Note to Self” was issued in September of 2007.
* #53 (LP#17) – The Prodigal Son by Ry Cooder is the first album of new material in six years by the singer and guitarist who released his first album back in 1970, with his last release being “Election Special” (HP-49, late August of 2012).
* #63 (LP#5) – Orbit by Spit Syndicate is the Sydney hip-hop duo’s fifth studio album and follow-up to 2017’s “One Good Shirt Had us All Fly” (HP-19, April 2017), while they have also charted with “Sunday Gentlemen” (HP-13, March 2013).
* #77 (LP#2) – St. Leonards by Slowly Slowly is frontman Ben Stewart’s second album for the Aussie group and first to chart nationally.
* #92 (LP#12) – All I See is War by Sevendust is the sixth album to chart here for the American band and follow’s up October 2015’s “Kill the Flaw” (HP-44), with their best effort being 2001’s “Animosity” (HP-34).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com