The duo of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou are known as Busby Marou, and their third album “Postcards from the Shell House” lands at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Postcards from the Shell House” becomes the 798th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2017) and the 549th for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the 442nd to debut at No.1, the seventh No.1 for 2017 and the 30th for the Warner (direct) label. This new Top 10 entry for the pair also becomes their second Top 10 album, as their second set “Farewell Fitzroy” debuted and peaked at No.5 in October of 2013, whilst they first charted with their self-titled debut album which made it to No.24 in July of 2011.
This is the first time at No.1 for the words ‘Postcards’ and ‘Shell’, but the seventh for a ‘House’ on top of the chart-hill, the most recent being ‘This House is Not for Sale’ by Bon Jovi (14-Nov, 2016). This new No.1 becomes the 213th by an Australian Act (solo, duo or group) to make it to No.1 and the seventeenth for a duo (local or overseas). Busby Marou also become the 107th Australian act (solo, duo or group) to reach the No.1 Albums spot and the fifth Australian duo (not including solo male & female team-ups), which includes Savage Garden, Angus & Julia Stone (2 #1’s each), The Presets and Hermitude (one #1 album apiece).
Last weeks No.1 debut for the ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ soundtrack drops a single place to No.2 this week, whilst the 16th studio album for Ryan Adams entitled “Prisoner” debuts at No.3, becoming his third Top 10 album in Australia, and now his highest charted, beating the No.9 peak of his “1989” (late Sept 2015) cover album and No.10 peak for his self-titled album from September of 2014.
Adele holds at No.4 for a 59th week within the Top 10 with her third album “25”, which most likely won’t move much due to her upcoming tour here, and climbing back up are the “Trolls” soundtrack (6 to 5) and “x” by Ed Sheeran (10 to 6), ahead of his third album out next Friday (3rd of March), which could give Ed the 800th No.1 album in Australia (this week is #798, next week if we get a new #1 it will be the 799th, thus Ed the following week would be the 800th with his “÷ (Divide)” set.
The second of four of last weeks Top 10 debuts has survived for a second week within the Top 10, the current UK No.1 album for a second week is down here four places to No.7, “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man. After scoring a new peak last week of No.5, the Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” set is back down three spots to No.8, and maintaining a third soundtrack within the Top 10 again this week is done by the ‘Moana’ album holding at No.9, and now that his album has landed a second Top 50 hit this week (#47), the Bruno Mars album “24k Magic” is back up three to No.10 for a seventh non-consecutive week within the Top 10.
* After leaving the Top 10 last week, the “Sing” soundtrack is back up four places to No.11, as too the Keith Urban “Ripcord” album, back up three to No.13 (it could rise again next week due to a limited edition blue vinyl released on Friday).
* Ed and Adele are also climbing outside of the Top 10 this week, with Ed’s first album “+ (Positive)” back up seven places to No.16, and Adele’s second set “21” rising eleven to No.17, and her first album “19” is back up five spots to No.45.
* The recent announcement of a tour and reunion for Midnight Oil has helped their “Essential Oils” set to return to the Top 100 at No.31 this week.
* The George Michael tribute at both the Grammys and Brit Awards over the past weeks helps his “Ladies & Gentlemen” collection to climb back up six spots to No.34.
* The Cold Chisel collection “The Best of – All for You” rebounds eleven spots to No.35 this week.
* Returning to the Top 100 thanks to her recent shows around the country (and her upcoming Don Henley support in March with Jewel) the Melody Pool album “Deep Dark Savage Heart” (HP-49, June 2016) returns to the chart at No.67.
* Multi-BRIT Award winner this past David Bowie sees his final studio album “Blackstar” rise back up twenty-five places this week to land at No.69, which his “Legacy” collection rebounds twenty spots to No.77.
* Further returning albums come from J. Cole and “All Eyez on Me” (#86), Leonartd Cohen’s “You Want it Darker” (#91), “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” for Elton John (#92), Dope Lemon and his “Honey Bones” (#95, new EP released this past Friday the 24th), Neil Diamond’s “All Time Greatest Hits” (#96) and “Straight Outta Compton” for N.W.A. (#99).
* There were four Top 10 debuts last week, two are safe this week, the other two drop out dramatically, with Thundamentals “Everyone We Know” (HP-2, WI10-1) falling nineteen places this week to No.21, and “Get on Your Feet” (HP-7, WI10-1) for Adam Brand down twenty-six spots to No.33. The third and final Top 10 exit goes to recent tourists here Human Nature with “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II” (HP-1×2, WI10-9), which this week slides down fourteen to No.22.
* The No.1 album from three weeks ago was the Dune Rats with “The Kids Will Know it’s Bullshit”, which is down eight places this week to No.25.
* Now that his tour is over, all four of the current Top 100 entries for Bruce Springsteen slip down this week, firstly “Chapter & Verse” is down eight to No.29, his “Greatest Hits” set drops fifteen to No.53, his 1984 set “Born in the U.S.A.” is down eight to No.68 and finally “The Essential” drops twelve places to No.73.
* With the new Triple J Hottest 100 album on Friday, their former “Like a Version Vol.12” slips down nine spots to No.40.
* The two “Use Your Illusion” albums for G N’R drop back down this week, with Vol.2 down eight to No.41 and Vol.1 falling fifteen to No.50.
* Also falling fifteen spots to No.51 is Lady Gaga and her “Joanne” set.
* After three weeks in the Top 50, the latest Train album “A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat” is down fourteen rungs to No.55.
* The debut EP from Jess and Matt which entered last week in “Belmont Street” falls fifty-nine spots this week to No.79.
* After blazing up to No.58 last week, the James Blundell “Campfire” album is down twenty-three spots this week to No.81.
* And another album that rose back up last week, falls this week, in Robbie Williams’ latest set “The Heavy Evtertainment Show”, down nineteen spots this week to No.85.
* The streaming splurge last week for Prince and his returned “Very Best of” slumps this week, dropping forty-four spots to No.89.
* And now that his tour is over, Ludocivo Einaudi’s “Elements” album is down forty-four places also, to No.98.
* The only album leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 is the Jay UF set “Final Notice” (#22).
* #15 (LP#48) – The Wiggles’ Nursery Rhymes by The Wiggles is the 48th album for the long-running children’s entertainers, and joins their other current charting album “The Best of” (HP-16, TW-47), which up until now had been their highest charting album, but the new debut NOW becomes the groups highest charting album in Australia and only seventh Top 50 placing.
* #26 (EP#1) – The Middle Kids (EP) by The Middle Kids are Hannah, Tim and Harry from Sydney, whose first release is their self-titled six-track EP, with the trio touring the US from last week, and they will be doing shows here in Australia in mid-April.
* #42 (LP#5) – FUTURE by Future is the rap artists fifth studio album and second to chart here after “EVOL” (HP-31, Feb 2016) and this new set will be followed next week by his sixth album entitled “HNDRXX”.
* #43 (LP#6) – All Australian Girl by Tania Kernaghan is the first new album from the local country singer since 2009’s “Livin’ the Dream” (didn’t make the Top 100 Albums, but HP-17 on the ARIA Country chart), and this becomes her third albums chart entry and first this century, as her first two albums “December Moon” (HP-30, 1997) and “Dancing on Water” (HP-29, 1999) both charted, but nothing since then nationally.
* #56 (LP#6) – After a Time by Holly Throsby has also been a while coming, as her last solo entry was with her fifth album “Team” (HP-41, March 2011), although she did team up for ‘Seeker, Lover, Keeper’ with Sarah Blasko and Sallly Seltman. Overall this becomes Holly’s fourth solo albums chart entry.
* #58 (LP#5) – Sleep No More by Jack Savoretti recently became his highest charted album in his home country of England (made it to No.6), and here it becomes his second chart entry after his fourth set “Written in Scars” made it to No.47 in March of 2016.
* #59 (LP#1) – The Switch by Route 33 is the first entry for the Australian duo of Trent McArdle and Jock Barnes, the name of the band made up from their home states Coronation Drive in Brisbane (Route 33).
* #66 (ST##) – T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack is the follow-up to the 1996 film, starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle, who re-team for another drug-fueled crazy ride in Edinburgh, Scotland. The original soundtrack made it to No.5 in July of 1996, and returns to the chart this week to #100, and this new album contains songs by Blondie, The Clash, Underworld, Queen, The Proidgy and Run-D.M.C. amongst its tracks.
* #70 (LP#12) – Windy City by Alison Krauss becomes the third Top 100 entry for Alison, and her first solo, as she previously charted with Robert Plant on the set “Raising Sand” (HP-45, peaked March 2009) and then with her band Union State on “Paper Airplane” (HP-82, May 2011).
* #72 (LP#47) – Back Home Again by Daniel O’Donnell becomes the twelfth Top 100 albums chart entry for this Irish singer.
Gavin Ryan appears with thanks to Australian-Charts.com