Coldplay score their sixth No.1 album in Australia with their eighth studio album, a 2CD set of songs called “Everyday Life”.
“Everyday Life” for Coldplay becomes the 861st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 711th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 501st to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the 23rd No.1 album for 2019 and the 20th chart-topping album for the Parlophone records label (they had the very first one back in January of 1965 with The Beatles ‘A Hard Days Night’) .
This is now the sixth No.1 album from eight albums for Coldplay, having previously hit the top with “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (LP#2, 1 week on 2-Sept, 2002), “X & Y” (LP#3, 1 week on 13-June, 2005), “Viva la Vida” (LP#4, 4 weeks from 23-June, 2008), “Mylo Xyloto” (LP#5, 1 week on 28-October, 2011) and their last was “Ghost Stories” (LP#6, 3 weeks from 26-May, 2014), and with this new set it now brings their tally of weeks at No.1 in Australia to 11 from their six No.1 sets. This moves them up from equal 66th to now No.57 on the listings for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ just ahead of Bruce Springsteen (11 weeks but from four albums), while they are now also equal seventh on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums’ along with Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, while that list has grown this year with three other acts during 2019 scoring their sixth No.1 set in The Hilltop Hoods, Pink and Kylie Minogue. On the similar listing for this decade the band moves from equal 20th to now outright twelfth.
This is the fourth No.1 album with the word ‘Every’ in it’s title (no ‘Everyday’ before), the ninth with a ‘Day’ in it (since the first in 1965, mentioned above), and then eleventh time that a ‘Life’ has been seen at the top, the last being back in late May of this year for the Conrad Sewell debut album “Life” (27th of May, 2019). This new No.1 album is also the first for an English act since Ed Sheeran in late August and overall this is the 156th No.1 album by an English act (male, female, solo, duo or group), while it is also the 380th No.1 album here for a group (local or overseas) and the first since early September when Tool debuted at the top. Coldplay are now third on the listing for English band’s with the most No.1 albums behind The Beatles (14 #1’s) and then The Rolling Stones (7 #1 albums), after which are Coldplay (6) and then followed by Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, The Police, One Direction and Bring Me the Horizon all with four No.1’s apiece. On an overall English acts at No.1 listing (solo, duo and groups), they are also third, stuck again behind The Beatles, then The Rolling Stones who are tied with Elton John and Rod Stewart who all have had seven No.1’s apiece (Rod debuts with a new album this week, and Elton is doing his final tour here soon so he could capture that eighth No.1 album, maybe).
Two double albums debut in the top two spots this week, as the new Robbie Williams album of seasonal tunes called “The Christmas Present” enters at No.2 this week, becoming his thirteenth Top 10 and sixth Top 2 album (four No.1’s and now two #2’s) in Australia and his first Top 10 placing since “The Heavy Entertainment Show” debuted and peaked at No.4 in mid November of 2016. The album includes many duets with acts such as Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Tyson Fury and Bryan Adams, while a heap of new tracks are included there are standards such as “Winter Wonderland”, “Merry Xmas Everybody” (Slade),”Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”, “The Christmas Song”, “Rudolph”, and “Santa Baby”, while there are a few non-seasonal tracks on it too, such as one of his two duets with Rod Stewart on a remake of “It Takes Two” (originally 1966 for Marvin Gaye, then covered by Rod and Tina Turner in 1991).
And talking of Rod Stewart, he lands at No.3 with his new compilation album “You’re in My Heart” which features his classic tracks alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (something which has become a staple at this time of year since Elvis first did it 2015). This becomes his 22nd Top 10 album in Australia (since his first in 1971 with his third album “Every Picture Tells a Story”) and his first since “Another Country” debuted and peaked at No.9 in early November of 2015, and this new album comes in either a 15 track single CD edition or a two CD 22 track version and includes his major hits like “Maggie May”, “Sailing”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “You’re in My Heart”, “Young Turks”, “Rhythm of My Heart” and “Have I Told You Lately”.
Last weeks No.1 entry for Paul Kelly and his third collection of hits in “Songs from the South: 1985-2019” is down three places this week to No.4, followed by American Music Award winner this past week Post Malone with his “Hollywood’s Bleeding” set (4 to No.5), while stable at its lowest position and namesake is the Ed Sheeran set “No.6 Collaborations Project”. Luke Combs drops four places to No.7 with his recent No.1 set “What You See is What You Get” while Multi-ARIA Award winner Tones and I is back up a place to No.8 with her debut EP “The Kids are Coming”, followed by a four place drop to No.9 for the Taylor Swift set “Lover”, with her album winning big at the aforementioned AMA’s this past week, but for the album here this is it’s lowest position in its fourteen weeks of charting.
New at No.10 is the recent inductees into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Human Nature with their third collection of singles called “Still Telling Everybody: 30 Years of Hits” (title taken from their second single “Tellin’ Everybody” in 1996 and which is re-covered on the album too). The quartet performed a medley of their singles at the ARIA Awards on Thursday night, and of their three issued collections this becomes their first to crack the Top 10, as their first collection in “Here & Now: The Best of” debuted at No.12 in late November of 2001 and then rose to No.11 in it’s fourth week, while their second issued set “The Essential” failed to chart. In the 20+ years of the band charting (30 years together, 23 years charting; firstly in late March of 1996), this is their eleventh Top 10 album here and follows on from their No.2 entry from Sept., 2018 in “Romance of the Jukebox” (HP-2).
* The Teskey Brothers scored three ARIA Awards this past week, “Best Group”, “Best Blues & Roots Album” and “Sound Engineer of the Year” for Sam Teskey, which has helped their current album “Run Home Slow” to rebound forty places and jump back up to No.14 this week, while their previous album “Half Mile Harvest” (HP-18) returns to the chart at No.57.
* The Michael Hutchence documentary “Mystify” was screened on the ABC this past week, and that has helped the bands collection “The Very Best” to rebound nine places to No.23.
* The ‘Frozen 2′ soundtrack stays stable at No.24 after debuting there last week, but with the film opening this past Thursday (28th) in cinemas here, expect the album to fly next week, while a screening this past week of the first movie helps its soundtrack to rise back up ten spots to No.72.
* A newly expanded 3CD set of the Kylie Minogue latest collection “Step Back in Time” returns the album to the chart at No.25 this week, it contains a massive megamix “F9” and songs previously missed in her collection like “Into the Blue”, “Chocolate”, “Did it Again”, “Some Kind of Bliss”, “Word is Out” and “If You Were With Me Now” among them.
* An expanded edition of the Lewis Capaldi debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” sees the album climb back up six spots to No.28 and land its third singles chart entry this week too.
* Further climbing collections this week are for Cold Chisel (51 to No.47) and for Queen (GH 90 to No.81).
* Three of the four albums leaving the Top 10 this week are for Billie Eilish and her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” (HP-1×7, WI10-34; another AMA winner this past week) down four places to No.12 and leaving the Top 10 for the first time this week, followed by the new U.S. and Canadian No.1 album in “Courage” (HP-2, WI10-1, 2 to No.13) for Celine Dion with another of last weeks new entries leaving this week in “Ocean” (HP-7, WI10-1, 7 to No.39) for Lady Antebellum (the fourth dropout is mentioned in the Xmas section below).
* Elton John starts his three months Australian and New Zealand tour in Perth this weekend and Channel 9 screened a couple of specials with him late in the week, and for now his latest collection “Diamonds” is down four spots to No.18, but it will rise again during his tour here.
* Luke Combs’ debut album “This One’s for You” scores its first ▲Platinum sales cert this week in its 89th week within the Top 100, the set down five this week to No.22.
* Kanye West falls down sixteen places to No.27 with his latest album “Jesus is King”.
* Jessica Mauboy has an eight place drop to No.30 with her “Hilda” album.
* After returning to the chart three weeks ago at No.2, this week the “Ghosteen” album for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds slides down nineteen spots to No.31.
* Pink and her “Hurts 2B Human” set tumbles down eighteen places to No.34.
* Now that their tour has wound up in Perth this past week, the U2 album “The Joshua Tree” falls down fourteen places to No.37.
* The soundtracks falling this week are for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody” (26 to No.38), ‘The Greatest Showman” (31 to No.42) and ‘A Star is Born’ (30 to No.43).
* Billie Eilish not only leaves the Top 10 for the first time, but her older entry EP “Don’t Smile at Me” is down twelve places to No.40.
* The self-titled Shawn Mendes fourth album drops down sixteen spots to No.41.
* Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” set falls ten places to No.45.
* After rebounding back up the chart for the past few weeks, this week the Tool set “Fear Inoculum” plummets back down twenty-seven spots to No.46.
* Drake’s “Scorpion” set drops down fifteen places to No.48.
* ARIA Award winners The Hilltop Hoods see both of their album entries fall seven places apiece with “The Great Expanse” (43 to No.50) and “Restrung” (80 to No.87).
* The Beatles slump twenty-four spots to No.53 with their “Abbey Road” album.
* Travis Scott sees a seventeen place slide to No.54 with his “Astroworld” album.
* Lizzo drops down nineteen spots to No.55 with “Cuz I Love You”.
* G Flip’s first album “About Us” was nominated but didn’t win any ARIA Awards this week, and is down fifteen spots to No.56.
* Falling collections this week are by Maroon 5 (49 to No.58), Eminem (60 to No.64), Green Day (73 to No.80), Jason DeRulo (58 to No.83), The Killers (79 to No.84), The Wiggles (78 to No.88) and Foo Fighters (86 to No.94).
* There’s a twenty place fall to No.59 for the latest Triple J compile of “Like a Version Vol.15”.
* Post Malone’s first set “Stoney” drops down thirteen spots to No.61.
* The Chris Brown latest album “Indigo” falls nineteen places this week to No.65.
* Rex Orange County and his first entry in “Pony” gallops down twenty-one spots to No.68.
* The Lil’ Tecca set “We Love You Tecca” peaked at No.13, and now in its thirteenth week on the charts it is down eighteen spots to No.70.
* Andrea Bocelli’s repacked “Si (Forever)” is down again, this week falling seventeen spots to No.73.
* The third week running New Zealand No.1 album in “Six60(3)” for Six60 is here down a massive thirty-three places to No.77 this week.
* Two more albums from last week manage a second week within the Top 100 in the new U.S. No.2 album “Chixtape 5” for Tory Lanez (18 to No.78) and “Apple Crumble” for Earl Sweatshirt (38 to No.90), while falling out from last weeks new entries are sets by Lil’ Peep (#55, the highest dropout this week) and Milky Chance (#63).
* The Sticky Fingers album “Caress Your Soul” falls down nineteen spots to No.86.
* Summer Walker’s “Over it” falls twenty places to land at No.92.
* Adele’s “25” debuted at No.1 this week in 2015, and now four years later it is down fourteen places to No.95 in its 209th week within the Top 100 (four year total next week).
* One last major drop in the Tyler, the Creator set “Igor”, down thirty-one spots to #100.
* The soundtrack for the film “Last Christmas” (HP-7, WI10-2) is down five places this week to No.15.
* The annual Michael Buble “Christmas” climb begins again this year as his set blasts back up forty places to land at No.19.
* Human Nature have a second album charting this week in “The Christmas Album”, which is up seven places to No.35.
* Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” returned to the chart this week at No.68, while the album its taken from in “Merry Christmas” rises nine places to No.36.
* After falling out of the Top 100 last week, this week The Seekers set “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (HP-50) returns to the chart at No.51.
* The John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John set “Friends for Christmas” drops down twelve places to No.52.
* see the below new entries for three more new seasonal titles entering this week.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#15) – Thanks for the Dance by Leonard Cohen is the follow-up to his final studio album “You Want it Darker” (HP-2, Nov 2016) which was issued just before his passing in 2016, and this album produced by his son Adam features further recordings from the sessions and also guests such as Beck, Damien Rice and Jennifer Warnes among them, and this new album becomes his fourteenth to chart in Australia (11 studio, 2 live, 1 best of) and now his first posthumous release too.
* #16 (LP#9) – 9 by Jason Aldean is the ninth studio album and now fifth Top 20 (6th Top 100) album in Australia, having previously charted with “Night Train” (LP#5, HP-97, March 2015) “Old Boots, New Dirt” (LP#6, HP-13, March 2015), “They Don’t Know” (LP#7, HP-5, Sept 2016) and “Rearview Town” (LP#8, HP-10, April 2018).
* #29 (LP#65) – Happy Days by Andre Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra was recorded for his 70th birthday on October 1st of this year and is now his 65th album released, while here it is his follow-up to his December 2018 No.27 set “Romantic Moments II”.
* #33 (LP#14) – Hyperspace by Beck is the fourteenth studio album for the musician and now his twelfth to chart here (11 studios and 1 compilation) and is the follow-up to his 2017 set “Colors” (HP-14, October 2017), while this is now his tenth Top 40 placing too.
* #44 (Xmas) – Bing at Christmas by Bing Crosby & the London Symphony Orchestra is a collection of thirteen classic tracks previously recorded by the 1940’s crooner, but this time with the added London Symphony Orchestra and featuring his songs like “White Christmas”, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, “Jingle Bells”, “Little Drummer Boy” and “12 Days of Christmas” among them. This week (Dec 2) in 1945 his first seasonal collection “Merry Christmas” started a ten year and 36 weeks stay at the top in America (it would go back to the top every year in the 1940’s and again up until 1957).
* #66 (LP#5) – Faxing Zimbabwe by The Basics is the side-project band for Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) and this is the bands fifth studio album and first to chart within the Top 100. The group issued their first album “Get Back” in 2003 and their last set “The Age of Entitlement” in August of 2015.
* #89 (Live#3) – Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship by Chris Tomlin is the fourth entry and second Christmas album for the U.S. contemporary Christian singer who has charted in the past with “Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship” (Live#2, HP-19, Nov 2011) and then “Burning Lights” (LP#7, HP-71, Jan 2013) and his last was “Never Lose Sight” (LP#11, HP-71, November 2016), with this new entry first being issued in October of 2015.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com