Ed Sheeran holds firm to the No.1 albums slot in Australia with his third studio album “÷ (Divide)” for a twenty-seventh non-consecutive week at the top here.
“÷ (Divide)” brings Ed tally of weeks at the top here to now 36 weeks, placing him again at No.9 on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1; Albums; 1965 to 2018′, two weeks shy now of Rod Stewart and his tally of 38 weeks, while the album “÷ (Divide)” is one week shy of the 28 weeks racked up by the “Hair” cast recording from 1969, but with two new contenders for next weeks throne for Hillsong and Kylie Minogue, this might be the last week for Ed’s album at the moment, but he is within the Top 10 with his first two albums “x (Multiply)” and “+ (Positive)”, both up one spot to No.4 and No.7 respectively.
“The Greatest Showman” soundtrack holds for fifth week at No.2, while it returned for a twelfth week at the top in England this week, and the “Black Panther” soundtrack is back up one to No.9.
The first EP for The Weeknd and “My Dear Melancholy,” debuts at No.3 this week, becoming his third Top 10 album while all six tracks from the set debut within the Top 50, with lead song “Call Out My Name” also coming in at No.3 this week on the singles chart. Bruno Mars is down one spot to No.5 with his “24k Magic” album while the XXXTentacion album “?” is on hold at No.6. The self titled Dua Lipa album returns to the Top 10 for a second week and is up five spots to a new peak of No.8, while also returning is “Stoney” for Post Malone, up two to No.10 for a sixteenth overall week within the ten, while his new album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” has just been announced for April 27th.
* Taylor Swift is back-to-back with herself this week, with “Reputation” up two to No.13 and her previous set “1989” leaps up eleven to No.14.
* As the Imagine Dragons tour gets closer for May their “Evolve” album is back up four to No.15.
* A part of the recent Bluesfest for this year was Rag’N’Bone Man whose debut album “Human” returns at No.23 this week.
* The INXS “Very Best of” is back up six to No.24, with other rising collections being for Eminem (32 to 30), Lionel Richie (90 to 38), Guns N’ Roses (59 to 45), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 89 to 53 and their G.H.’s 95 to 85), Crowded House (62 to 57), RHCP (67 to 61), “The King” for Elvis Presley (returns at #87), Elton John (Rocket Man 99 to 88) and “The Singles” set for Savage Garden (#97, their debut set started a 19 week run this week in 1997).
* The soundtrack for “Guardians Vol.2” rebounds nineteen spots to No.28, with the “Molly” TV set rising eight to No.64, the :Stranger Things” set is back in at No.79, and the ‘Frozen’ set is also up (97 to 84).
* Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” rises again this week, up six to No.36.
* The new high entry for The Weeknd sees his two former No.1 sets rise back up in “Starboy” (63 to 40) and “Beauty Behind the Madness” (83 to 43).
* Carole King’s 1971 set “Tapestry” rises seven places to land at No.50.
* The Metallica set “Hardwired…to Self Destruct” is back into the chart at No.51, with further returns for Bon Jovi and “This House is Not for Sale” (#63), “Joanne” for Lady Gaga (#70), Lana Del Rey toured here last week so she re-enters with both “Lust for Life” (#74) and “Born to Die” (#92), Cold Chisel’s “Live Tapes Vol.3” (#80), “Prism” by Katy Perry (#89) and “Ripcord” for Keith Urban (#91).
* All three of last weeks Top 10 debuts depart this week, with Dami Im and “I Hear a Song” (HP-3) down nine to No.12, “Staying at Tamara’s” (HP-7) by George Ezra sliding eleven to No.18 and The Wolfe Brothers with “Country Heart” (HP-9), plummeting forty-six spots to No.55.
* Eminem’s “Revival” drops eight places to No.29.
* The new No.1 album in both America and Canada for Jack White with “Boarding House Reach” drops twenty-two spots here to No.33.
* The Migos album “Culture II” is down eleven places to No.34.
* Falling Greatest Hits sets are for Phil Collins (36 to 41), The Wiggles (37 to 44), Pink (40 to 46), Queen (GH 43 to 48; Platinum Collection 73 to 94), Foo Fighters (48 to 59), The Killers (66 to 73), Maroon 5 (69 to 90), ABBA (Gold 68 to 95; Gold & More 65 to 99) and Elton John’s “Diamonds” (86 to 100).
* Adele’s “25” drops nine to No.47 and her “21” set is down four to No.78.
* The Logic mixtape “Bobby Tarantino II” drops twenty places to No.49.
* Luke Bryan slides down thirty-one spots to No.58 with “What Makes You Country”, while Luke Combs drops seventeen places to No.67 with “This One’s for You”.
* The Bruno Mars second album “Unorthodox Jukebox” drops eighteen places to No.62.
* Chris Brown slides twenty places to No.65 with “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”.
* The Angus & Julia Stone set “Snow” falls fifteen spots to No.66.
* Justin Timberlake plummets twenty-three spots to No.72 with his latest album “Man of the Woods”.
* The Drake set “More Life” is down twenty-two spots to No.75, while “Views” exits from No.70.
* Lorde falls twenty-one places to No.77 with her “Melodrama” set.
* Ocean Alley see their album “Chiaroscuro” tumble forty-six chart rungs to No.81.
* There’s a forty-four place plummet for the Judas Priest set “Firepower” to No.83.
* Halsey is down thirteen to No.93 with her “hopeless kingdom fountain” set.
* Sticky Fingers slide down twenty-five to No.96 with “Caress Your Soul”.
* The Ian Moss self-titled album leaves from No.54 (3 wks in the chart) and last weeks entry for Diplo and his “California (EP)” leaves from No.58, while the re-packaged Led Zeppelin set “Who The West Was Won’ departs from No.60.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #20 (LP#1) – Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko is the first release for the US singer and actress who has starred in the films ‘Insidious 3’ and ‘XOXO’ and in two ‘Scooby Doo!’ TV movies as Velma and was a regular on the TV series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, ‘The Fosters’ and more recently ‘C.S.I.: Cyber’.
* #25 (LP#7) – Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves is the fourth major label release and seventh overall album for the US country singer with this now becoming her highest charted album here, while she previously entered with “Same Trailer Different Park” (HP-77, 2013) and “Pageant Material” (HP-33, July 2015).
* #39 (LP#6) – I Am Human by Escape the Fate is the fifth albums chart entry here for the U.S. rock band, who have had three of their four previous entries all debut and peak within the Top 40, with their last set “Hate Me” becoming their highest charted at No.32 in November of 2015.
* #60 (LP#14) – No Mercy in This Land by Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite is the fifteenth album for Ben Harper to chart here since his first in 1994, with this being his second teaming with the blues-man Charlie Musselwhite, as their early 2013 set “Get Up!” made it to No.44, while Ben last charted here in April 2016 with his band The Innocent Criminals and “Call it What it is” (HP-11).
* #71 (LP#5) – Brace Yourself by BTS is the Korean boy-bands third Japanese album and fifth overall plus their second to chart here, as they scored a No.8 debut and peak in late September of 2017 with their EP “Love Yourself: Her”.
* #98 (LP#2) – Blackout by Steffany Gretzinger is a singer-songwriter associated with the Bethel Music and church, with this being her second album and her first to chart nationally, with her debut set “The Undoing” coming out in August of 2014.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com