Drake and his album “Scorpion” hold for a second week atop the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming only the third album to log a second consecutive week at No.1 in Australia during 2018.
“Scorpion” is also at the top in New Zealand, England (both also 2nd week at #1) and it debuts at the top in America and Canada becoming the first time since “÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran (March, 2017) that all five album charts have matched the No.1 set, while for this year it becomes the third album to log a second straight week at the top after the aforementioned Ed Sheeran set (12th March to 9th of April, 5 weeks) and “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack (8 weeks from 8th of January), while Post Malone did spend two weeks at the top with his “Beerbongs & Bentleys” set, but that was for two broken weeks (7th of May and 28th of May).
Last weeks debut at the top for Drake made him only the third rap artist to score two No.1 albums in Australia after Eminem (9 albums) and Kanye West (2 #1’s), plus Drake now moves from equal 28th to now equal 24th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 2010’s’ alongside Kings of Leon, Florence + the Machine and Katy Perry for having two No.1’s and logging three weeks at the top, plus Drake should hold for another week or two as his physical album for “Scorpion” was issued on Friday, though he does have some competition from the debut Amy Shark album just issued also.
The two aforementioned longest running No.1 albums for the year are right behind Drake this week, with “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack and the Ed Sheeran set “÷ (Divide)” both rising back up three places to No.2 and No.3 respectively. The only other surviving debut from last weeks Top 10 is the third album for Florence + the Machine with “High as Hope”, which is down two places to No.4, while the Post Malone set “Beerbongs and Bentleys” rises back up three spots to No.5.
Pink is currently touring the country to promote her “Beautiful Trauma” album which is back up eight places to No.6 for a 21st week within the Top 10, its first appearance within the ten since mid-March, while back up two spots to No.7 is “?” for XXXTentacion, and returning to the Top 10 are the self-titled Shawn Mendes album (6th week), up four to No.8 (thanks possibly to it’s vinyl release last week) and “Pray for the Wicked” by Panic! at the Disco (2nd wk) which fell from #1 to No.11 last week and is back up two spots to No.9. The only Top 10 debut this week is the Asia/Pacific only release for the upcoming late July national tour by Celine Dion with the album entitled “The Best So Far… 2018 Tour Edition”, which is her ninth English collection of hits and it becomes her fourth best of to chart here since her first at the end of the last century “All the Way… a Decade of Song” (HP-1×2, 20th Dec, 1999), while her last here was just under ten years ago with “My Love-The Essential Collection” (HP-24, Nov 2008) and overall this is her ninth Top 10 album in Australia since her first in 1994, “The Colour of My Love” (HP-1×8).
* It’s just a month away from the national 5 Seconds of Summer tour (13th of August), and their recent No.1 set “Youngblood” climbs back up to No.11.
* Hillsong had their annual conference this past week (9th to 12th of July), and this helps their two chart entries to rise this week in “III” for Hillsong Young & Free, up three spots to a new peak of No.12 and their set “There is More” for Hillsong Worship leaps back up forty-seven places to land at No.18.
* Pink’s tour is also helping her collection “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” to rise back up a couple of spots to No.15 plus she also returns with two older albums in “The Truth About Love” (#82) and “Funhouse” (#94), while other climbing best of’s are by Eminem (33 to 28), The Wiggles (36 to 34), Queen (GH 45 to 44, Platinum Collection 69 to 59), Foo Fighters (75 to 70), Red Hot Chili Peppers (returns at #75), Fleetwood Mac (91 to 87) and also returning is the collection for both The Backstreet Boys (#90, HP-47) and The Killers (#95).
* Luke Combs is back up three spots to No.35 with his latest set “This One’s for You”.
* Kendrick Lamar’s current tour here also helps his two entries to rise in his album “DAMN.” (41 to 29) and the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack (40 to 37), while he returns with “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” (#78).
* Bebe Rexha popped into the country this past week to promote her debut album “Expectations”, which fell from 19 to 85 last week and now this week it rebounds fifty places to leap back up to No.35.
* Last weeks debut for Judith Durham and “So Much More” climbs this week twelve spots to a new peak of No.46, becoming her fifth solo Top 50 appearance.
* The Weeknd EP “My Dear Melancholy,” is back up seven spots to No.63.
* Migos and their “Culture II” set rises nineteen places to No.74.
* Further returning albums are for Ariana Grande and “Dangerous Woman” (#86) and “My Everything” (#99), “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” for The Hilltop Hoods (#91) and the George Ezra set “Staying at Tamara’s” (#100).
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, all of them having entered/returned to the Top 10 last week starting with the re-packaged “Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses (HP-7×2, WI10-5a), down seven to No.14, “The Now Now” (HP-4, WI10-1) for Gorillaz (4 to 17), “Gravity” by Bullet for My Valentine (HP-10, WI10-1) (10 to 38) and the biggest fall of all is The Rubens with “Lo La Ru” (HP-3, WI10-1) down thirty-nine spots to No.42.
* Calum Scott falls five places to No.27 with his debut set “Only Human”.
* Keith Urban leaves the Top 30 with “Graffiti U”, down six spots to No.31.
* Kanye West sees his recent No.1 set “ye” fall eleven places to No.32, while his collaboration set “Kids See Ghosts” falls twenty-three spots to No.71.
* Soundtracks falling this week are “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” (31 to 45), ’13 Reasons Why: Season 2′ (43 to 66), “Molly” (73 to 77), ‘Deadpool 2’ (80 to 83) and ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ (79 to 93).
* Dropping collections are by ABBA (30 to 47), Bon Jovi (46 to 52) and Maroon 5 (51 to 55).
* The Carters just issued their “Everything is Love” on CD on Friday, so the drop this week from 26 to 49 might be reversed next week.
* Parkway Drive are down twelve places to No.64 with the recent No.1 set “Reverence”.
* Shawn Mendes’ latest album is back into the Top 10 this week, but his older entry in “Illuminate” is down ten places to No.65.
* The self-titled Dua Lipa album falls twelve places to No.69.
* Ocean Alley fall forty-five places to No.79 with their set titled “Chiaroscuro”.
* Drake sees his last studio album “Views” slide down ten places this week to No.81, while his “More Life” mix-set leaves after 64 weeks within the Top 100.
* The debut set for Camila Cabello titled “Camila” is down fifteen places this week to No.84.
* The Presets have a ten place drop to No.88 with their latest album “Hi Viz”.
* Sheppard plummet another twenty-nine places to No.92 with their No.1 album from five weeks ago “Watching the Sky”.
* The only Top 50 entry to fall out of the entire Top 100 this week is the Pendulum remix set “The Reworks” (#29).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #13 (LP#1) – To a Stranger by Odette is the debut album for UK born and Western Sydney based singer songwriter born Georgia Odette Sallybanks to a South African mother and English father, with this album to be followed by a national tour during August and September.
* #19 (EP#1) – Measurements by Didirri is the six-track debut EP for the Melbourne singer-songwriter who will be the support act on the September Vance Joy national tour, plus he played at SxSW earlier this year also.
* #26 (LP#2) – Palo Santo by Years & Years is the second album for the British electro-pop outfit, whose debut set “Communion” debuted and peaked at No.5 three years and one week ago (20th July, 2015).
* #97 (LP#1) – 21st Century Liability by Yungblud is the debut album for the British alt-rock artist who was born Dominic Harrison in August 1998 (making him 19 years old), plus he released his self-titled debut EP back in January also.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com