The sixth studio album for British rock band Bring Me the Horizon entitled “amo” becomes their fourth consecutive No.1 album here in Australia, while in their homeland it becomes the first chart-topper this week.
“amo” is now the 841st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 692nd for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 481st to debut at No.1 (last October 22nd for Paul Kelly and “Nature” was the last to debut at No.1), plus it’s also the 39th No.1 album for the record label RCA (their last was “Beautiful Trauma” for Pink in October of 2017), plus as I mentioned it’s also the fourth No.1 here for Bring Me the Horizon, whose three previous sets all spent a single week at the top:
18-Oct, 2010 – There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen it. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret (1 week)
08-Apr, 2013 – Sempiternal (1 week)
21-Sep, 2015 – That’s the Spirit (1 week)
This fourth No.1 in Australia for Bring Me the Horizon puts them at No.134 on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums (1965 to 2019) alongside other 4×4 acts like Lana Del Rey and The Amity Affliction, while those three acts are now tied at No.11 on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 2010’s’ (Bring Me the Horizon move up from No.20 to equal 11th on that list now).
There has not been an album featuring or titled ‘amo’ to hit the top before, but I did look for three word titled No.1 albums of the past and came up with “Rio” by Duran Duran (July 1982), “Wow” for Bananarama (June 1988), “ish” for 1927 (May 1989), “Pop” for U2 (March 1997), “S&M” by Metallica (Nov 1999) “Red” by Taylor Swift (Oct 2013) “Now” for Shania Twain (Oct 2017) and “KOD” for J. Cole (April 2018), making this now the ninth No.1 album with three letters in its title.
This new No.1 for Bring Me the Horizon also becomes the 154th No.1 album by an English act (solo male or female, duo or group) and the first time since mid-January of 2016 that an English performer has taken over the top spot from another English act, as BMTH knocked Queen off the top spot, back in January of 2016 Adele’s “25” was dethroned by David Bowie’s last album “Black Star”. For Groups this is now the 375th No.1 album by a group (either local or overseas), and as both BMTH and Queen are both English groups, it’s also the first time since June 2015 where on English band has knocked another from the top spot, back then it was Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” which was knocked off by Muse with “Drones”, and then the following week Florence + the Machine reclaimed the top spot.
Not moving from it’s No.2 spot is the soundtrack for “A Star is Born” for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which is on hold at the top again in New Zealand for a 15th week at No.1 there, while the first four weeks of 2019 have had Queen’s soundtrack for “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the top, that set now falling down two places this week to land at No.3, while Queen themselves are also down one spot to No.4 with their “Greatest Hits” and also fall two places to No.7 with their other Top 10 set “The Platinum Collection”.
The ninth studio album for The Backstreet Boys entitled “DNA” debuts at No.5 this week, becoming the bands sixth Top 10 album in Australia, and their first since 2005’s “Never Gone” (HP-6, July 2005). The third and final soundtrack within the Top 10 this week is for ‘The Greatest Showman’, which is down two spots to No.6, while the current national tour for country singer Keith Urban helps boost his latest album “Graffiti U” back up twelve places to land at No.8 for the albums seventh week within the Top 10. Dropping down three places each are “÷ (Divide)” for Ed Sheeran and “Beerbongs & Bentleys” by Post Malone to No.9 and No.10 respectively.
* Returning to the Top 100 at a new peak of No.11 are Ocean Alley with “Chiaroscuro” (former peak was No.15), which is back in due to their No.1 position with “Confidence” on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2018.
* With a few JJJ100 wins under her belt this past week Billie Eilish is back up a couple of spot to No.14 with her set “Don’t Smile at Me” (HP-13).
* The Cold Chisel “All for You-The Best of” jumps up twenty-three spots to No.17 thanks to Jimmy Barnes’ current tour, with other climbing collections being by INXS (35 to 24), Paul Kelly (returns at No.36 thanks his ‘Live at the Opera House’ set being played on TV on Australia Day), Crowded House (52 to 42), Maroon 5 (67 to 63, upcoming national tour from February 19th), Red Hot Chili Peppers (71 to 67), John Farnham (81 to 70), The Wiggles (returns at No.71), Troy Cassar-Daley (returns at No.73), Missy Higgins (78 to 77), Green Day (returns at No.96) and Billy Joel with his “Greatest Hits Vol.1 & 2” returns at No.99.
* George Ezra jumps back up nine spots to No.18 with his second set “Staying at Tamara’s”, while his debut set “Wanted on Voyage” returns to the chart at No.76.
* Amy Shark’s No.5 JJJ100 ranking pulls her “Love Monster” album back up three spots to No.20.
* Luke Combs and his set “This One’s for You” is back up a couple of spots to No.28 and now Gold (●) in sales.
* Rufus du Sol bound back up twenty-two places to No.29 with their third album “Solace”, thanks in part to their four JJJ100 entries (all within the Top 50), and they are also setting off on a national tour from mid-February until early March, then they head off overseas from late March until early October.
* The AC/DC “Live” album rebounds twenty-two spots to No.33.
* Ziggy Alberts also scored two entries to the JJJ100 for 2018, thus his album “Laps Around the Sun” is back up a couple of places to No.47.
* The boy-band Why Don’t We return to the chart at No.50 with their debut album “8 Letters”, with other returning albums being “Go Farther in Lightness” for Gang of Youths (#86), “Damn.” by Kendrick Lamar (#93) and “Purpose” for Justin Bieber (#98).
* The “Molly” soundtrack jumps back up thirty-four spots to No.52, with other rising soundtracks being for ‘Black Panther’ (84 to 78) and ‘Moana’ (89 to 84).
* Vance Joy scored two back-to-back JJJ100 entries at No.54 (Saturday Sun) and No.53 (We’re Going Home), which has helped their second album “Nation of Two” back up fourteen spots to No.59.
* The Hilltop Hoods rise back up eight spots to No.64 with “Drinking… Walking… Restrung”.
* Jonas Blue rebounds ten places to No.72 with his debut set “Blue”.
* The Sticky Fingers’ album “Caress Your Soul” rises back up fourteen spots to No.81.
* Like the singles chart, three albums leave the Top 10 this week, with last weeks returnee in “The Singles” for Phil Collins (HP-6, WI10-2a) down four spots to No.13, leaving the Top 10 for the first time is “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” (HP-4, WI10-10) which is down five places to No.15, while last weeks highest new entry in “Heard it in a Past Life” (HP-8, WI10-1) for Maggie Rogers plummets down thirty-six places to land at No.44.
* Ariana Grande’s new album is out next week, and this week her most recent release “Sweetener” drops down seven places to No.21, while she also moves down seven with “My Everything” to No.97.
* The soundtrack for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” falls down fourteen places to No.31, with another big drop for a film album being for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (26 to 34).
* With their tour now over as of last weekend, the “Delta” album for Mumford & Sons is down fourteen to No.35.
* There’s a ten place fall to No.39 for the Post Malone older entry “Stoney”.
* Niall Horan issued a live set on Friday, and his return last week for “Flicker” is back down sixteen to No.48.
* Dropping collections this week are by Pink (48 to 54), Fleetwood Mac (GH 56 to 62, Very Best of 60 to 66), ABBA (Gold 63 to 82) and Bon Jovi (83 to 92).
* Florence + the Machine’s “High as Hope” falls down twenty-four spots this week to No.65.
* Adele’s “25” drops down nine spots to No.74.
* XXXTentacion’s “Skins” set falls down this week eight places to No.83.
* Bruno Mars returned last week at No.47 with his third set “24k Magic”, which this week tumbles down forty places to No.87.
* The Fleetwood Mac set “Rumours” drops back down twenty-one places to No.90.
* Nicki Minaj’s album “Queen” loses some chart-shine and falls down fourteen spots to No.91.
* Another of last weeks Top 50 returning albums was the Lorde set “Melodrama”, which falls fifty-one spots this week to land at No.94.
* Albums leaving from last weeks entries were the self-titled set for Cub Sport (#12), the vinyl re-issues for Missy Higgins (#18 and #34) and also for Silverchair (#36 and #64), plus debuts from James Blake (#22), Future (#33, the U.S. and Canadian No.1 albums this week), Papa Roach (#42) and Dodie (#50).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #23 (Live#11) – Victory (Live) by Bethel Music becomes the sixth charted album for the American Christian Worship collective from California (five live albums and one remix set), with those five live albums all charting within the Top 40 (now), their highest charted being “Have it All” (HP-8, in March of 2016).
* #27 (LP#8) – A Salute to The Seekers by Mirusia is a collection of the local opera singer performing classical-pop versions of songs by The Seekers like “Georgy Girl”, “Emerald City”, “Someday One Day”, their first big hit “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “Morningtown Ride”, “The Carnival is Over”, “A World of Our Own” and “I Am Australian”. This is the fourth Top 100 and third Top 30 entry here for the singer also.
* #41 (LPE3) – Toast to Our Differences by Rudimental is the third album for the UK drum & bass act who took their first two albums into the charts within the Top 5, their debut set “Home” debuted and peaked at No.2 in May of 2013, while they debuted and peaked at No.4 with their second album “We the Generation” (Oct 2015). This new album features the former singles “Sun Comes Up” (HP-57, June 2017), “These Days” (HP-2, peaked Feb. 2018) and “Let Me Live” (HP-77, June 2018)
* #43 (EP#4) – Inner Monologue Part 1 by Julia Michaels is the second of four EP’s released by Julia to have now charted locally, as she hit No.97 in August of 2017 with her third set “Nervous System”, with two of the six tracks on this new set including duets with Selena Gomez and another with Niall Horan.
* #49 (LP#12) – Weezer (Teal Album) by Weezer is now the eleventh studio album to chart here in Australia, plus by debuting within the Top 50 it also becomes their ninth set to chart within this chart region, and they could increase that again soon as they are set to release their 13th album “Weezer (Black Album)” at the start of March, 2019. Of the five (so far) self-titled (with colours) studio albums released by the group, four of them have charted locally (Green HP-25 in 2001, Red HP-21 in 2008, White HP-28 in 2016 and now Teal).
* #57 (LP#3) – Almost Free by Fidlar is the third studio album and now second to chart here for the U.S. California skate-punk band, with their second set “Too” hitting No.28 in September of 2015.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com