Billie Eilish has taken advantage of a quieter release week and has regained the No.1 spot in Australia with her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” for a third run at the top and a fourth overall week at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“When We All Fall Asleep…” is also again at the top in New Zealand (6th week) and the album also becomes the equal second longest-running No.1 album here for the year too, as it ties with the Queen biopic soundtrack ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and its four weeks at the top from the start of the year, while ahead of them both on five weeks is Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” on five weeks at No.1.
It’s regular for some albums to regain the top spot a second time, but a third is more rare, as the last set to do this was “÷ (Divide)” for Ed Sheeran two years ago (29th of May, 2017 chart), that set going on to have eight separate stays and 27 weeks at No.1. But with two big albums issued on Friday, the set might not hold next week, as she’ll have competition from both Jimmy Barnes and Susan Boyle’s new albums.
After falling to No.4 after three weeks at No.1, this week the P!nk album “Hurts 2B Human” is back up two places to No.2, while last weeks chart-pinnacle debut in the Conrad Sewell set “LIFE” is down two places to No.3, helped by his current national tour which will continue here until the 7th of June, while two more of last weeks new entries hold for a second week within the ten in “Igor” for Tyler, the Creator (#1 in the U.S.A. this week) and “Father of Asahd” for DJ Khaled (#1 in Canada this week), which both drop two places to No.5 and No.9 respectively.
After a single week last week with NO soundtracks within the Top 10, this week the two new debuts to the ten are both from just released films, first of which is the live-action remake of the Disney 1993 animated film ‘Aladdin’, whose soundtrack is the highest new entry this week at No.4, which instantly surpasses the No.15 peaked achieved by the original set in late June of 1993, while the same lead single from the album also chart this week in “A Whole New World”, this time around sung by Zhavia Ward and Zayn (TW-73). While the films new genie (Gin) is played by Will Smith, who performs three of the songs on the soundtrack, with this being his highest charted soundtrack for his acting since ‘Suicide Squad’ which hit No.1 (15th-Aug-2016).
The biopic for Elton John’s life (or the first part of it at least) called “Rocketman” sees its soundtrack enter at No.6 this week featuring 22 of Elton’s track as performed by the actor portraying him in the film Taron Egerton, along with fellow cast members Jamie Bell (as Bernie Taupin) and Richard Madden (as Elton’s manager) while Elton does on a specifically written song for the film alongside Taron called “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”. The soundtrack covers his songbook from 1970’s “Your Song” through until 1983’s “I’m Still Standing” (the soundtrack jumps from late 1976 to 1983 in his releases, bypassing seven big hits in between those years). Plus this is the second soundtrack of Elton John songs to land within the Top 10 here, as 1994’s ‘The Lion King’ made it to No.3, while the live-action version of that film is due out July 19th and will again contain Elton’s songs, plus some new material he has written for Beyoncé.
PLUS Elton’s most recent collection of songs called “Diamonds” jumps into the Top 10 this week, up a massive fourteen places to No.8, scoring a new peak in the process, as the set previously peaked at No.13 in mid-December of 2017. Of the eight best of sets to chart here for Elton, this is now his sixth to make it into the Top 10, and overall this is his 33rd (23 studios, 1 live, 3 soundtracks and six compilations) Top 10 album since his first in 1970, and also his first Top 10 placement this decade, since his previous compilation “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” made it to No.10 on the 9th of April, 2007.
The last two remaining albums within the Top 10 this week are both newly certified Gold (●) in sales, the first of which is “Free Spirit” for Khalid, which is up a spot to No.7, and with a vinyl release on Friday it might climb again next week, while down one spot to No.10 is the Dean Lewis debut set “A Place We Knew”, which has been within the Top 10 for all ten of its charting weeks so far.
* Queen’s biopic soundtrack ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is back up three spots to No.11, while on hold are the soundtracks for ‘The Greatest Showman’ (#20) and ‘Moana’ (#70).
* With a second singles chart Top 10 entry this week for Ed Sheeran, his three albums rises again in “÷ (Divide)” (18 to 15), “x” (39 to 35) and his first set “+” (66 to 62).
* The Ten Tenors jumped to a new peak last week with their latest set “Love is in the Air”, which this week climbs two places to another new peak of No.23.
* Eminem’s best of set “Curtain Call: The Hits” is back up five places to No.33, with other rising collections being for Queen (GH 40 to 39), Maroon 5 (48 to 45), Red Hot Chili Peppers (79 to 68), Green Day (85 to 71), Bon Jovi (returns at #72), Foo Fighters (94 to 78) and The Killers (returns at #100).
* Elton John appears on three albums within the Top 40 this week, as his 1973 set “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” jumps up twenty-three spots to land at No.40, while the album hasn’t appeared in the Top 50 section of the chart since mid-March of 1975.
* Ziggy Alberts rises back up nine spots to No.50 with his “Laps Around the Sun” album.
* Fleetwood Macs “Rumours” dropped fifteen places last week to No.65, this week it is back up thirteen spots to No.52.
* U.S. singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers toured Australia this past week, and plays in New Zealand tonight (1st of June), which helps her debut set “Heard it All in a Past Life” (HP-8) return this week at No.63.
* Imagine Dragons’ two chart entries are back-to-back this week, with their older entry “Evolve” back up seven spots to No.73, while their newer entry “Origins” is down six spots to No.74.
* Further returning albums this week are “The Eminem Show” at No.79, the self-titled set for Ella Mai (#96) and Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” (#97).
* All three albums that leave the Top 10 this week all debuted within it last week, starting with the Lewis Capaldi debut album (#1 in England for a second week) called “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” (HP-10, WI10-1, 10 to 14), the self-titled album for Rammstein (HP-5, WI10-1, 5 to 18) and The National with “I Am Easy to Find” (HP-6, WI10-1, 6 to 28).
* The Hilltop Hoods’ “The Great Expanse” album is down four places to No.19, while their other entry “Walking…Drinking…Restrung” falls ten spots to No.56.
* Sliding soundtracks this week are for ‘A Star is Born’ (19 to 21), ‘Guardians Vol.1’ (55 to 69), ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined’ (69 to 82) and ‘Black Panther’ (84 to 94).
* The Seekers’ “Farwell” set doesn’t fall as hard this week as it did last week, only down five places to No.26.
* The BTS EP “Map of the Soul: Persona’ falls six places to No.30 in its seventh week within the Top 50, becoming the bands longest run within the Top 50 in Australia.
* Now that the contest is over and done for the year, the album for ‘Eurovision 2019: Tel Aviv’ falls down this week twenty-one places to No.34.
* Rob Thomas’ “Chip Tooth Smile” loses some lustre again this week, down nine spots to No.41.
* The Hillsong United set “People” drops down eleven places to No.46.
* Logic and his album “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” falls this week fifteen places to No.49.
* Both entries for Juice WRLD move down this week, his second set “Death Race for the World” falls nine spots to No.58, and his first album “Goodbye and Good Riddance” drops only three places to No.76.
* The self-titled Shawn Mendes set drops eight spots to No.61, while his previous album in “illuminate” is down two spots to No.98.
* Falling best of sets this week are by INXS (60 to 64), Queen (Platinum Collection 61 to 66) and The Wiggles (72 to 75).
* Last weeks debut for Crooked Colours called “Langata” drops down thirteen places to No.65.
* Beyoncé and her “Lemonade” album moves down ten spots this week to No.77.
* The Vampire Weekend’s latest album “Father of the Bride” declines this week thirty-eight spots to land down at No.83.
* Morgan Evans’ “Things That We Drink to” album slides down fifteen places to No.86.
* Tyler, the Creator’s previous album “Flower Boy” returned to the chart last week with his new album “Igor”, but this week the older album drops back down twelve places to No.89.
* Kendrick Lamar’s older set ‘Good Kid…’ might’ve returned at No.97, but his other entry this week in “Damn.” is down ten spots to No.99.
* Three albums leave this weeks chart from last weeks Top 50 in the Alex Lahey second album “The Best of Luck Club (#30), followed by the 20th Anniversary Edition of “The Captain” for Kasey Chambers (#31) and also “Dedicated” by Carly Rae Jepsen (#33), while other debuts from last to leave this week are the ‘Game of Thrones: Season 8’ soundtrack (#75) and the Whitesnake set “Flesh & Blood” (#86).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #22 (LP#1) – self-titled by Amyl and the Sniffers is the debut set for the Melbourne based pub and punk rock band led by vocalist Amy Taylor. The four-piece band have been releasing EP’s since 2016, five so far, and their name is taken from the older practice of sniffing amyl (amyl nitrate) on the dance-floor to heighten your musical experience, plus this album is the No.1 selling vinyl album of the week.
* #25 (LP#4) – 4Real 4Real by YG is the fourth issued and charted album here in Australia for the U.S. rapper, born Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson in Compton, California, while this becomes his third Top 50 placing locally, having previously charted with “My Krazy Life” (LP#1, HP-68, 2014), “Still Brazy” (LP#2, HP-24, 2016) and his last album “Stay Dangerous” (LP#3, HP-15, August 2018).
* #44 (EP#2) – New Songs for Old Problems (EP) by Middle Kids is the second EP and now third albums chart entry for the Sydney based trio, having previously charted with their first self titled EP (HP-26, late Feb 2017) and their debut studio album “Lost Friends” (HP-10, mid-May of 2018).
* #55 (LP#6) – Flamagra by Flying Lotus is the stage name of Steven Ellison from L.A., California with this being his sixth studio album and second to chart here, as his last album from four-and-a-half years ago called “You’re Dead!” debuted and peaked at No.48 in mid October of 2014. The album also contains guest artists such as Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Denzel Curry, Thundercat and Solange.
* #95 (Collab) – Escape from New York by Beast Coast, Joey Bada$$ & Flatbush Zombies is a collective of rappers under the supergroup name of Beast Coast, with both Joey and Flatbush Zombies two of the many under acts under it’s banner, which also includes Zombie Juice, CJ Fly and AK the Savior, with this being the collectives first album.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com