BTS land their fourth Top 10 entry and now first No.1 position in Australia as their new seven track EP called “Map of the Soul: Persona” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Map of the Soul: Persona” becomes the 846th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 697th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 486th to debut at No.1, the eighth No.1 album for 2019, and only the second EP to take out the top spot, the other was the Troye Sivan set “Wild” (1 week on 14-Sept-2015), plus it is the first time at the top for the bands record label Big Hit Entertainment.
It’s the first time that the either of the words’ ‘Map’ or ‘Persona’ have appeared in a No.1 album title, but it’s the sixth ‘Soul’ at the summit after “Rubber Soul” for The Beatles (11 weeks from 26-Feb-1966), “Soul Provider” by Michael Bolton (3 weeks from 6-May-90), Jimmy Barnes’ “Soul Deep” (3 weeks from 17-Nov-91) “All the Lost Souls” for James Blunt (1 week on 27-Sept-2007), and the last was another Jimmy Barnes set “Soul Searchin'” (1 week on 13-June-2016). BTS are now the first Korean act (solo, duo or group) from either North or South Korea to top the Australian Albums charts, while their new No.1 album is also the 377th performed by a group (local or international) and the third group for this year to hit the top here after Bring Me the Horizon (early Feb) and The Hilltop Hoods (early March). Plus the EP also debuted at the top in both New Zealand and England this week.
After two weeks at the top of both the singles and album charts’ Billie Eilish is down a spot to No.2 (on both charts too) with “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, which in turn pushes down last weeks No.2 entry for Khalid and “Free Spirit” to No.3 (entered at No.1 in both Canada and the U.S.A. this week). Debuting at No.4 is the fifth live album for Australian 60’s folk act The Seekers entitled “Farewell”, which features 22 of the band’s songs, plus it was also issued on DVD at the same time, and by entering so high it becomes their 21st Albums chart entry (9 studios, 4 Live, 6 Greatest Hits, 2 Box Sets) and overall this is their twelfth Top 10 album in Australia, with their last T10 set being their last entry here “The Golden Jubilee Album” (HP10, entered early Dec and peaked in late Dec of 2012).
Queen again have three albums within the Top 10 this week, with their “Greatest Hits” down one spot to No.5, their biopic soundtrack for “Bohemian Rhapsody” is stable at No.6 and spending it’s half-a-year anniversary (26 weeks) still inside the Top 10, and then their “Platinum Collection” drops down two spots to No.9. Dean Lewis falls four spots this week to No.7 with “A Place We Knew” (he is doing the ‘World Famous Rooftop’ next Friday (26th) in Melbourne, so he might not fall out of the Top 10 just yet). Ariana Grande is also down three places to No.8 with “thank u, next” and falling two spots to land at No.10 is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born” (28th week within the Top 10).
* The soundtrack for the July 2014 released film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1′ is again on the rise, back up to No.22 this week (215 weeks charted), while Vol.2 moves back up eighteen spots to No.65, with another soundtrack climbing being for “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” (58 to 54).
* Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” is back up five places to No.28, while she also moves up with her older entry “My Everything” (87 to 80).
* The Maroon 5 “Singles Collection” rebounds ten places this week to No.40, with other rising Best of sets being by Elton John (Diamonds 47 to 42), Queen (GH2 51 to 48), Bon Jovi (81 to 71), Guns N’ Roses (84 to 72), Fleetwood Mac (GH 80 to 77) and The Killers (returns at No.85).
* The Presets second and breakout album “Apocalypso” was issued on limited edition coloured vinyl last week (also for Record Store Day too) and it returns this week at No.51 (they also did the same colour vinyl for their debut set “Beams” but that did not return to the Top 100 this week).
* After leaving the Top 100 last week from No.40, the Boogie Wit da Hoodie album “Hoodie SZN” returns this week at No.62.
* Matt Corby’s current tour again helps his “Rainbow Valley” set to rise, up four to No.61.
* Nine weeks ago the Bring Me the Horizon album “AMO” debuted at No.1, and now this week after falling continuously for the past eight weeks, it scores its first rise back up the chart, climbing fifteen places to No.73.
* Vance Joy see their first album “Dream Your Life Away” rise back up eighteen places to No.74.
* Thanks to their new EP debuting at No.1, the older BTS album “Love Yourself: Answer” returns to the chart at No.81, with further returns being “Beautiful Trauma” by Pink (#91) and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” for Elton John (#100).
* Florida Georgia Line rebound nine places to No.88 with “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”, most likely due to a vinyl release of the album last week.
* The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are for Hilltop Hoods with “The Great Expanse” (HP1x1, WI10-7) down two to No.11 and after returning last week the soundtrack to ‘The Great Showman’ (HP-1×8, WI10-65a) drops back down two places to No.12.
* Dua Lipa and her self-titled album moves down five places to No.23.
* Eminem’s “Kamikaze” falls seven places this week to No.26.
* The Eminem collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” dips four spots to No.24, with other falling best of sets being for Cold Chisel (31 to 32), INXS (stable at No.34), Pink (35 to 37), Elton John (Rocket Man 38 to 41, One Night Only 59 to 67), The Wiggles (53 to 55), Crowded House (49 to 56), ABBA (Gold 68 to 69, Gold & More 73 to 83), Red Hot Chili Peppers (69 to 79), Foo Fighters (73 to 82), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 70 to 89) and Billy Joel (91 to 94).
* Thanks to his second album debuting last week the Khalid debut set “American Teen” got a boost back up the albums chart, while this week it falls back down five spots to No.27.
* Juice WRLD sees his second album “Death Race for Love” fall down ten spots to No.36, while last weeks returned debut set “Goodbye & Good Riddance” tumbles twenty-one places to land at No.93 this week.
* Of last weeks new entries to survive for a second week are Russell Morris with “Black and Blue Heart” (12 to 39) and Brooks & Dunn with “Reboot” (15 to 53).
* Thanks to its recent TV screening the ‘Moana’ soundtrack returned to the Top 50 last week at No.46, while this week it is back down six spots to No.52, with other falling soundtracks being for ‘Molly’ (61 to 63), Motely Crue and ‘The Dirt’ (44 to 70), ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (64 to 78) and ‘Black Panther’ (71 to 97).
* Imagine Dragons see their most recent album “Origins” fall this week sixteen spots to No.57.
* Rita Ora’s “Phoenix” set burns down eight places this week to No.60.
* I Prevail tumbles twenty-eight spots this week to No.64 with their “Trauma” set.
* The older Vance Joy album is rising this week, while their second set “Nation of Two” drops down nine spots to No.66.
* Local rapper ChillinIt falls down fourteen places to No.68 with “Women, Weed & Wordplay”.
* The self-titled fourth Shawn Mendes album drops down sixteen spots to No.76.
* Sam Smith plummets back down thirty places to No.86 with “The Thrill of it All”.
* Rufus du Sol fall twenty-four places to No.90 with “Solace”.
* After a surge last week, this week the Clean Bandit album “What is Love?” drops back down eighteen places to No.96.
* Jones Blue falls ten spots to No.99 with his debut album “Blue”.
* The four albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are all debuting sets from last week for Periphery (#21), Sara Bareilles (#25), Pup (#29) and I Know Leopard (#39).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #14 (LP#7) – Begin Again by Norah Jones is a collection of seven songs which Norah recorded but did not release between 2018 and this year, plus she started a national tour here on April 12th which runs through until the end of the month taking in New Zealand also. Of her seven studio albums and one compilation to chart here, this is her second to miss out on a Top 10 placement, the other being her compile set “…Featuring” (HP-20, Nov 2010).
* #17 (LP#9) – No Geography by The Chemical Brothers is the ninth studio album for the UK electronic duo and it becomes their tenth overall entry here (8 studios and two compiles) and their first new music since “Born in the Echoes” (HP-5, July 2015).
* #19 (LP#4) – Ventura by Anderson .Paak is the fourth album for the U.S. Singer and his fourth entry here as well (3 studios and one collaboration album), and it also becomes his highest charted set here too, beating the No.20 peak of his last entry and album “Oxnard” (HP-20, Nov., 2018).
* #21 (LP#7) – Raindance by Sara Storer is the eighth overall entry for the local female country singer (7 albums and one Best of), with this now her sixth Top 50 entry and now her highest charted album here too, beating the No.24 peak of her third album “Firefly” (peaked early August 2005) and this is also her first album in three years (and one month).
* #31 (LP#4) – Nature/Nurture by Clowns is the Melbourne acts fourth release but first to chart nationally, having issued their last set “Lucid Again” in May of 2017.
* #49 (LP#1) – Labrinth, Sia & Diplo present… LSD by LSD is a collaboration album between the UK rapper Labrinth, Australian singer and songstress Sia and American DJ Diplo, who’ve issued six singles from this album, two so far having charted in “Audio” (HP-91) and then “Thunderclouds” (HP-69) both in 2018.
* #92 (LP#4) – My Happy Place by Emma Bunton is the first new album for the Spice Girl (Baby) since her third set from December 2006, and this becomes her second albums chart entry here, having seen her first set “A Girl Like Me” make it to No.86 in mid-May of 2001. This new album has two new songs and eight covers featuring Emma duetting with artists such as Will Young, Jade Jones, Robbie Williams and her son on a cover of The Beatles track “Here Comes the Sun”.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com