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Australian Charts: Ariana Grande thank u, next Debuts at No 1

by Gavin Ryan on February 18, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

The fifth studio album for Ariana Grande called “thank u, next” enters at the top of the charts here in Australia, plus also in England and New Zealand.

“thank u, next” is the 842nd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019) and the 693rd for ARIA (1983 to 2019), plus the 482nd album to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976) and the ninth No.1 for the record label Republic while also the fourth consecutive No.1 album for Ariana Grande, all of which have logged one week at the top (so far) starting with her second set “My Everything” (1-Sept, 2014, TW-65), “Dangerous Woman” (30-May, 2016,TW-57) and only six months ago was “Sweetener” (27-Aug, 2018, TW-14, 26th week within the Top 100). All twelve tracks from the new Ariana album have landed within the Top 50 this week too, surpassing her previous albums record of all 15 tracks within the Top 100.

On the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019)’ Ariana moves from equal 160th to now equal 134th alongside other acts who’ve spent four weeks at No.1 from four chart-topping albums like Bring Me the Horizon, Lana Del Rey and The Amity Affliction, all of whom Ariana is also tied with on the same listing for this decade (all equal at #11 on that listing). This is also the first time that the words ‘thank’ and ‘next’ have appeared in a No.1 album title.

This new No.1 album becomes the 296th for an American performer (solo, duo or group) and the first new U.S performed set for 2019 (21 Pilots were the last in mid-October {or you can count Lady Gaga from late October also}), plus this is also the 127th by a Female performer (local or overseas), with Ariana’s last No.1 from the 27th of August, 2018 being the last SOLO female artist from America at the top (although Lady Gaga was at the top, but her album/soundtrack was attributed to both her and Bradley Cooper).

Ariana Grande’s fourth No.1 album also makes her the equal third on the listing for ‘American Female Singers with the most No.1 Albums’, sitting at the top is Madonna with 11 No.1 Albums, followed by Pink with 5 (who has the most accumulated weeks at 40 in total), and then a tie now for four apiece between Taylor Swift, Lana Dey Rey and now Ariana Grande, while they are followed with 3 #1’s by Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga.

While the album from the film ‘A Star is Born’ was not nominated for any Grammy Awards, the three wins that the albums lead single “Shallow” received means that the album is only down one place to No.2 this week (it returns for a ninth week at No.1 in Canada), plus the film picked up a BAFTA this week for ‘Best Original Music’, while the No.3 album is also a soundtrack in the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which is down one spot this week, and that film won two BAFTA’s in ‘Sound’ and ‘Lead Actor’ for Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, while Queen also have two compilations entrenched within the Top 10 in their “Greatest Hits” down two places to No.5 and “The Platinum Collection” (5 to 7).

The second and final Top 10 debut this week comes in at No.4 and is the fourth studio album for the Sydney reggae infusion act Sticky Fingers entitled “Yours to Keep”, which becomes the bands fourth albums chart entry and now their third Top 5 album too, as their last entry “Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)” debuted and peaked at No.1 in early October of 2016, and they also hit No.3 with their second set “Land of Pleasure” (August 2014), with their debut set “Caress Your Soul” hitting No.39 in March of 2013, that album most recently returned to the chart and re-peaked at No.48 last October (TW-68).

The soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ drops down two places to No.6 this week, while also down two spots after peaking at No.6 last week to No.8 this week is the Billie Eilish set “Don’t Smile at Me”. Holding stable are “Beerbongs & Bentleys” for Post Malone and Ed Sheeran’s “÷ (Divide)” at No.9 and No.10 respectively.

* With Eminem on our shores at the end of February his “Kamikaze” album is up one spot to No.11 and newly certified ▲Platinum in sales, while his collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” rises four places to No.19 and he returns at No.92 with his older set “The Eminem Show”, while his tour mates in The Hilltop Hoods are up five places to No.44 with “Drinking… Walking… Restrung”.
* Dua Lipa won two Grammy’s this past week for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Dance Track’, and her repackaged debut self-titled album returns to the chart at No.13 this week.
* The three older Ariana Grande albums rise back up this week in “Sweetener” (21 to 14), “Dangerous Woman” (75 to 57) and “My Everything” (returns at No.65).
* Luke Combs climbs back up six places to No.22 with “This One’s for You”.
* The returning U.S. No.1 album for a third week is here up three places to a new peak of No.23, “Hoodie SZN” for A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
* Cardi B won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Album’ this past week for her set “Invasion of Privacy”, which helps it to rebound nineteen places to No.26.
* Rita Ora rises four spots to No.29 with her “Phoenix” set (she sang a medley of songs on The Graham Norton show screened here last week, which was a NYE edition).
* Jess Glynne’s current tour here helps boost her second album “Always in Between” back up thirty-three spots this week to land at No.35.
* Elton John has been announcing new dates for his finale tour for November and December of 2019, and his three chart entries all rise this week due to this, with “Diamonds” up thirty-three spots to No.43, his other collection “Rocket Man” shoots up twenty-eight places to No.52 and his 1974 set “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” returned at #100 last week and is up twenty-six spots this week to No74.
* Adele’s “25” album rebounds thirteen places to No.56.
* The ‘Molly’ soundtrack rises back up nineteen spots to No.59, while the ‘Guardians Vol.2’ set returns at No.99.
* Other rising collections are by Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 70 to 64), Crowded House (83 to 69), Green Day (84 to 83), ABBA (Gold & More 90 to 88) and The Foo Fighters (returns at No.89).
* Further returning albums are “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac (#80), “Like a Version Vol.14” (#93), “My Own Mess” by Skegss (#95), Grammy Award winner for ‘Album of the Year’ by Kasey Musgraves and “Golden Hour” returns at No.97, “Swimming” by Mac Miller (#98) and “Things That We Drink to” for Morgan Evans (#100).

* The two albums leaving the Top 10 are “amo” for Bring Me the Horizon (HP-1×1, WI10-2) down ten places to No.17 and now that his tour is over here the Keith Urban set “Graffiti U” (HP-2, WI10-8a) drops down sixteen places to No.24.
* Ocean Alley fall down seventeen spots to No.36 with “Chiaroscuro”.
* Backstreet Boys’ “DNA’ album fell out of the Top 10 last week, this week it declines eleven spots to No.38.
* Falling collections are by INXS (35 to 39), Pink (38 to 42), Phil Collins (post tour drop 16 to 45), Maroon 5 (39 to 48), Missy Higgins (52 to 54), Guns N’ Roses (54 to 58), The Wiggles (58 to 70), Fleetwood Mac (GH 61 to 75) and ABBA (Gold 91 to 94).
* The soundtrack for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’ drops down twelve places to No.53 (the DVD/BR is out at the end of March), with further falling soundtracks being for ‘Black Panther’ (60 to 67) and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (40 to 84).
* 21 Savage falls down eight places to No.55 with “I Am > I Was”.
* Last weeks debut for the compilation “Kidz Bop 2019” falls down thirteen places to No.63.
* Maggie Rogers falls down seventeen spots to No.72 with “Heard it in a Past Life”.
* After rebounding last week the Gang of Youths album “Go Farther in Lightness” falls back down seventeen spots this week to No.73.
* Jonas Blue drops eleven spots to No.65 with his debut set “Blue”.
* David Guetta’s “7” album falls twelve chart rungs to No.78.
* Broods debuted at No.17 last week with their third album “Don’t Feed the Pop Monster”, which this week tumbles down sixty-eight places to land at No.85, while further debuts from last week NOT to hang around for a second week within the Top 100 were by Within Temptation (#13, highest dropout) and For King & Country (#77).
* Maroon 5 are in the country this coming week and their most recent album ‘Red Pill Blues” is down twelve spots to No.86 and it also scores its first certification and is now Gold (●) in sales.

* #60 (LP#24) – A Symphony of Hits by Michael Bolton is a collection of twelve songs from Michael’s career accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra, including “Said I Love You, But I Lied”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “Soul Provider”, “How Can We Be Lovers” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. This is his first new entry since “Songs of Cinema” made it to No.81 in February of 2017.

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