Ed Sheeran remains at No.1 for a fifteenth broken week with his third studio album “÷ (Divide)”.
Ed’s set gives him a total of 24 overall weeks at No.1 in Australia, and on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965-2017’ he moves from 21st to now equal 18th alongside Eminem (from 7 #1’s), Celine Dion (5 #1’s) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (3 #1’s). Plus on the same list for this decade he moves from equal second to now outright second as he surpasses the 23 weeks racked up by Pink, and now sits behind the 40 weeks Adele has achieved this decade. There have only been two album in the past that have spent 15 weeks at No.1, “Teaser and the Firecat” by Cat Stevens (from 6th Dec, 1971) and “Love Over Gold” for Dire Straits (from 11th Oct, 1982).
The sixth studio album for Stone Sour entitled “Hydrograd” is the highest new entry at No.2 this week, becoming the bands fifth albums chart entry here, their third Top 10 entry, their highest charted album and also the first time they have claimed the ‘Highest Entry of the Week’ feat. Lorde dropped a single place last week with her second album “Melodrama”, which continues a single place drop this week, down to No.3, whilst a massive promo tour for Katy Perry around the country pays off as her “Witness” (HP-2) album jumps back up six spots to land at No.4.
The second and final Top 10 debut this week is the fifth studio album for Calvin Harris called “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” which comes in at No.5 and becomes his fourth albums chart entry and now third successive Top 5/10 album, as his 2014 set “Motion” debuted and peaked at No.3 and then his 2012 album “18 Months” debuted and peaked at No.5. This new album has four songs within the Top 100 this week, and it’s first Top 10 in “Feels”, which jumps to No.9 this week. Imagine Dragons’ debut from last week “Evolve” matches the No.6 placing of the current single “Thunder”, and also down two spots are Nickelback to No.7 with “Feed the Machine”. After a single week out of the Top 10, the Kendrick Lamar album “DAMN.” is back up three spots to No.8 for an eleventh week within the Top 10, and also back into the ten, but leaping up fourteen spots to No.9 are Hillsong United and “Wonder” for a third week inside the Top 10, and finally down one spot to No.10 are London Grammar with “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”.
* Last week Ed Sheeran had an album within each Top 10 (10, 20 and 30), now this week he has one within the Top 10 and two climbers in the Top 20, with “x (Multiply)” back up four to No.11 and his first album “+ (Positive)” climbing three places to No.18.
* Adele also sees two of her albums climb this week, with “25” back up six to No.12 and her last set “21” is back up eight spots to No.40.
* With school holidays now on all over the country, the soundtracks for films climb this week, with ‘Moana’ (19 to 15), ‘Trolls’ (20 to 16), ‘ Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.1’ (24 to 21, TV screened too), ‘Suicide Squad’ (34 to 30) and the ‘Frozen’ (70 to 66, ice show on in Melbourne atm) set.
* The tickets for the end of the year tour for The Weeknd helps his “Starboy” album climb back up eight to No.20, whilst the Bruno Mars “24k Magic” also benefits from an forthcoming tour and is back up eight places too, to No.22.
* Shawn Mendes was on the Graham Norton show screened here on the 30th of June, and his tour is still set for late November here, and his “Illuminate” album is back up nineteen spots to No.24.
* The Taylor Swift album “1989” is back up nine to No.32.
* The Wiggles “The Best of” set rises back up eight to No.39 and further rising best of/GH sets are by Guns N’ Roses (52 to 41), INXS (53 to 46), Tina Arena (50 to 47), Play School (69 to 62), Roy Orbison (78 to 69), Maroon 5 (84 to 78) and on hold at No.82 are the Red Hot Chili Peppers GH’s, whilst the set for Fleetwood Mac returns at #100.
* The stream-sales heavy “So Good” for Zara Larsson is back up nine to No.54.
* Returns to the Top 100 start at No.58 with “Awaken, My Love!” for Childish Gambino at No.58 followed at No.59 by “Lemonade” for newly second-time mama Beyonce, “Welcome Home” for Zac Brown Band at No.67, “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” for Hilltop Hoods at No.91, “Prism” by Katy Perry at No.93 and at No.94 “Let There Be Light” for Hillsong Worship.
* Back up eleven to No.86 is the double-pack for twenty pilots of “Vessel” and :Blurryface”.
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, all falling into the Top 40 and lower. The first is the new US No.1 album (physical just released here on Friday), “Grateful” (HP-7, WI10-1) by DJ Khaled, which falls thirty places to No.37, the repacked “OK Computer” (HP-6, WI10-3a) for Radiohead drops thirty-eight spots to No.44, and another repack set in “Guide to Better Living” (HP-8, WI10-1) for Grinspoon plummets fifty-five spots to No.63 and finally the biggest drop of the week goes to last weeks No.3 debut “Murder of the Universe” (HP-3, WI10-1) for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard which drops a massive sixty-eight spots to land at No.71 this week.
* Soundtracks for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” (12 to 17), “Beauty & the Beast” (14 to 25) and last weeks re-entry for “Purple Rain” by Prince (13 to 27) drop down this week.
* Only down five places this week is Halsey and her second album “hopeless fountain kingdom”.
* Lady Antebellum fall ten places to No.43 with their “Heart Break” album and also down ten is the first Lorde set “Pure Heroine” to No.48.
* Pete Murray’s “Camacho” was just released on vinyl on Friday (7th July), and this week it leaves the Top 50, down seventeen spots to No.56.
* Vince Staples plummets forty places from his debut at No.17 last week with “Big Fish Theory” to No.57 this week.
* Alt-j are down fourteen spots to No.60 with their “Relaxer” set.
* The Tash Sultana EP “Notion” drops twelve to No.68.
* Rise Against drop down eighteen spots to No.76 with their “Wolves” album.
* Falling nineteen places to No.81 is the Roger Waters set “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.
* Fleet-Foxes debuted at No.10 three weeks ago, and now this week their “Crack-Up” set falls thirty-five spots to No.84.
* Not even the new Robin Schulz track for James Blunt can lift his album “The Afterlove” back up (at the moment), as it falls twenty-three spots to No.9 this week.
* The only album falling out of the Top 50 from last weeks chart is the Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole set “The Great Country Songbook Vol.II” from No.32.
* #14 (LP#4) – You Don’t Know Lonely by Tex, Don & Charlie is the fourth time that Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen have banded together to record an album, this being their first collaboration since 2005’s “All is Forgiven” (HP-58, 3rd October, 2005) and by debuting so high it beats the No.40 peak of their first teaming “Sad But True” (HP-40, peaked March 1995).
* #31 (LP#1) – Future Friends – Part One by Superfruit are Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying from the vocal group Pentatonix, who host a comedy web series called Superfruit, which is also their production moniker too, this is their first release and chart entry.
* #53 (LP#1) – LANY by LANY stands for Los Angeles New York, and the three member band have released four EP’s since 2014 and this is the first full album and chart entry here.
* #80 (GH#1) – Best of, B-Sides and Rarities by Josh Pyke is the eighth albums chart entry for the Sydney singer/songwriter, having sent five studio albums, one EP, a live recording and now a Greatest Hits set into the charts.
* #85 (LP#4) – Jason Owen Sings John Denver: 20th Anniversary by Jason Owens is the former 2012 X-Factor runner-up’s third albums chart entry and four to be released. Jason covers famous John Denver songs on this album such as “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, “Annie’s Song”, “Sunshine on My Shoulder”, “I’m Sorry”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Some Days are Diamonds” amongst its twelve songs, with the 20th anniversary of John’s passing occurring in October of this year.
* #95 (TVSk) – Love Child Season 4 TV Soundtrack charts the week after the season finale, and features covers of sixties and seventies songs by Stan Walker, Cyrus, Dami Im, Jess & Matt, Samantha Jade, Adam Harvey and original classics like “Spirit in the Sky”, “Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy”, “Hi Honey Ho” and “Hush” by Deep Purple amongst its sixteen tracks.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com