Australian Charts: Ed Sheeran 'Collaboration Project No 1' spends 5th week as no 1 album -
Ed Sheeran photo by Ros O'Gorman

Ed Sheeran photo by Ros O'Gorman

Australian Charts: Ed Sheeran ‘Collaboration Project No 1’ spends 5th week as no 1 album

by Gavin Ryan on August 25, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

Ed Sheeran regains the top spot in Australia with his set “No.6 Collaborations Project” for a fifth week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

“No.6 Collaborations Project” also regains the No.1 slot in England (5th week) and holds again in New Zealand (6th straight week), and it becomes the fourth album to regain the No.1 slot on the Albums chart this year after ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack (11th of Feb.), Ariana Grande (11th of March) and Billie Eilish (which did it on five separate occasions, firstly on the 29th of April). Ed’s fourth No.1 album also becomes now the equal second longest running No.1 for the year, tying at five week racked up one two different runs at the top for Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”, with Billie Eilish in the lead at seven overall weeks at No.1 during 2019.

The return to the top for Ed Sheeran gives a rise to his overall weeks at No.1 in Australia, moving him up to outright sixth on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965 to 2019′ to 41 weeks (from four #1 albums), two weeks away from tying with P!nk and five weeks away from Neil Diamond’s 1970’s total of 43 weeks. On the similar list for this decade (2010 to 2019), Ed now takes the lead on that tally board, surpassing the 40 weeks accumulated for Adele during this decade. Lastly this is third of Ed’s four No.1 albums to score multiple runs at the top, with his second set “x (Multiply)” landing six separate runs at the top (8 weeks in total at #1) and his third album “÷ (Divide)” which had nine different runs at the top from 13th of March 2017 until mid-April of 2018 (27 weeks in total), that set is back up one spot to No.10 this week for a 105th week within the Top 10 (2 years and one week).

The 15th studio album for local act King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard debuts at No.2 this week called “Infest the Rats’ Nest”, becoming the psych-rock acts seventh Top 10 album in Australia, their second Top 10 for 2019 and also their second No.2 set, as they made it this high previously with their set “Flying Microtonal Banana” (early March 2017), while back in early May they made it to No.4 with “Fishing for Fishies”.

Last weeks No.1 album here and in England was the Slipknot set “We Are Not Your Kind”, which is down two places to No.3, their lowest drop-off from the top spot of their three No.1 albums, their last two sets falling to No.5 (“5: The Gray Chapter”, 2014) and No.4 (“All Hope is Gone”, 2008, but it did score two consecutive weeks at the top) ,while this new album debuted at the top in both America and Canada this past week. After which is the second and final Top 10 debut this week in another U.S. metal act for Killswitch Engage called “Atonement”, which by debuting at No.4 becomes their third Top 10 album in Australia and now their highest charted, beating their two previous Top 10 entries “Incarnate” (LP#7, HP-5, mid-March 2016) and “Disarm the Descent” (LP#6, HP-6, early April 2013), and of the bands eight studio albums this is now their sixth to chart in Australia.

Down a place apiece are the Billie Eilish set “When We All Fall Asleep…” and the soundtrack to “A Star is Born” to No.5 and No.6 respectively, while the second and final Top 10 soundtrack this week is for the remake of ‘The Lion King’, which falls three places to No.9. The Teskey Brothers’ album “Run Home Slow” falls four spots to No.7, while the Elton John collection “Diamonds” is back up one place to No.9.

* Hugh Jackman’s current national tour holds the soundtrack to his film “The Greatest Showman” at No.12 this week, while the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rises back up two spots to No.13. The ‘Palm Beach’ soundtrack is up four places to a new peak of No.33, while the recent local screening of the Disney TV film ‘Descendants 3’ (HP-36) rebounds the accompanying album back up thirty two places to No.37. Also rising are soundtracks for ‘Moana’ (85 to 73), ‘Rocketman’ (86 to 80) and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.1′ (returns at #89).
* Post Malone rises with his two entries in “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (16 to 15) and “Stoney” (40 to 35).
* Luke Combs rebounds five spots to No.18 with his set “This One’s for You”.
* The older EP for Billie Eilish and “Don’t Smile at Me” is back up six places to No.23.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits” set also rises this week, up four to No.26, with their “Platinum Collection” back up three to No.74, with other rising collections being for Eminem (47 to 42), Maroon 5 (54 to 51), the two Fleetwood Mac collections mentioned below, The Wiggles (72 to 67), Jason DeRulo (82 to a new peak of No.76 {former peak was #77}), Green Day (81 to 77) and Bon Jovi (99 to 84).
* The current tourists in Fleetwood Mac rise with “Rumours” (39 to 31), “The Very Best of” (71 to 59) and return at No.82 with their “Greatest Hits” set.
* Tom Walker kicked off a national tour here this past week, and his debut album “What a Time to Be Alive” (HP-18) returns to the chart at No.39.
* With the new Taylor Swift album “Lover” due to hit the chart next week, her two older entries rise back up in anticipation of the new set, with “Reputation” jumping up sixteen places to No.41 and “1989” rebounding thirteen spots to No.49, in it’s 252nd week on the charts (almost five years on the chart, eight weeks shy at the moment).
* Khalid sees his two albums within the Top 50 this week also, with “Free Spirit” up one to No.16, it’s his older/debut set “American Teen” which rises back up eight spots to No.43
* Thelma Plum rebounds a massive twenty-one spots this week to No.45 with her first album “Better in Blak”.
* Cardi B rises back up five places to No.48 with her “Invasion of Privacy” album.
* Bruce Springsteen rebounds a massive thirty-one chart-rungs this week with his most recent No.1 studio album “Western Stars” (83 to 52).
* Amy Shark swims back up seven places this week to No.53 with her “Love Monster” album.
* With Sydney rapper ChillinIT scoring his first singles chart entry this week from his forthcoming second album “The Octagon”, his debut set “Women, Weed & Wordplay” is back up seven to No.57.
* Adele climbs back up twelve spots to No.63 with her “25” set, while her second album “21” returns at No.91 for a 368th week within the Top 100 (that’s 7 years and four weeks within the T100).
* Bulleting back up twenty-one spots to No.66 is the Sticky Fingers set “Caress Your Soul”.
* Further returning titles this week are “Staying at Tamara’s” for George Ezra (#75, fell out last week), current touring artist Lee Kernaghan with his latest set “Backroad Nation” (#81, fell out last week also), “Evolve” by Imagine Dragons (#88), “Dream Your Life Away” by Vance Joy (#90), Morgan Evans’ “Things That We Drink to” (#92), Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” (#97) and the Benee EP “Fire on Marzz” (#98).

* After a single week back within the Top 10, the Conrad Sewell debut set “LIFE” (HP-1, WI10-4a) is down one spot this week to No.11, with the two further Top 10 dropouts being new entries from last week in “I,I” for Bon Iver (HP-8, WI10-1, 8 to 55) and from current tourists Fleetwood Mac and their collection set “50 Years – Don’t Stop” (HP-7, WI10-1), which plummets seventy-eight spots to No.85.
* Of last weeks debuts to land a second week this week (albeit declining) are the sets for Bazzi and his “Soul Searching” mixtape (25 to 36), “Wild Seeds” for Seeker, Lover, Keeper (14 to 58) and the Safia set “Story’s Start or End” (13 to 95), while departing after a week on the charts were albums by Trippie Redd (#24, highest dropout of the week), Route 33 (#26) and Rick Ross (#79).
* The new Tool album will drop next Friday (30th of August), but of their recent stream-returned albums to the chart we see them retain three older albums this week with “Ænima” (33 to 44), “Lateralus” (38 to 61) and “10,000 Days” (43 to 83), while they depart with “Undertow” (HP-21, #74).
* Falling soundtracks this week are for ‘Aladdin’ (49 to 65) and ‘Yesterday’ (61 to 94).
* The Northlane three week old entry “A1IEN” this week plummets forty-five spots to No.87.
* While another three week entry in Drake’s “Care Package” tumbles forty-six places to land at No.96.
* The Teskey Brothers see their debut returned album “Half Mile Harvest” becomes the second biggest internal Top 100 drop this week (after Fleetwood Mac’s drop), down a massive fifty-six places to the of the chart at #100.

* #14 (Stk) – Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ soundtrack is the album of music for the ninth Tarantino film set in 1969 Hollywood and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie which opened in cinemas last week. The album contains era-heavy songs from Deep Purple, Roy Head & the Traits, The Buchanan Brothers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Box Tops, Mitch Ryder, Simon & Garfunkel, Los Bravos, Neil Diamond, Joe Feliciano and Vanilla Fudge among them.

* #34 (LP#9) – The Center Won’t Hold by Sleater-Kinney is the ninth album for the now duo (from three members), with this new entry becoming their highest to chart in Australia, and second overall entry here, as their last set “No Cities to Love” debuted and peaked at No.63 in early February of 2015.

* #54 (LP#3) – Ascend by ILLENIUM is the third album and now first albums chart entry here for the American musician, DJ and producer born Nicholas Miller, with this new set containing his current singles chart entry “Takeaway” with The Chainsmokers (TW-37, HP-32).

* #64 (LP#2) – Wasted Energy by Press Club is the second album and now first entry for the Brunswick in Melbourne four-piece rock band, who issued their first album “Late Teens” in March of 2018, with the boys currently touring England until early September before touring Europe throughout the rest of Sept., and then returning home for local shows from late October.

* #70 (EP#1) – Floor Seats by A$AP Ferg is the first EP for the A$AP recording family member, and here it becomes his third overall albums chart entry after “Always Strive and Prosper” (LP#2, HP-16, early May 2016) and his mixtape “Still Striving” (mix#2, HP-35, late August 2017).

* #78 (LP#6) – This is Not a Safe Place by Ride is the second album since the band reformed in 2016 and their first of those two to actually chart, as their 2017 comeback set was called “Weather Diaries”, while this becomes the Oxford, England bands third overall entry in Australia and first for this century, as they previously charted with “Going Blank Again” (HP-56, peaked mid-April 1992) and their highest charted set “Carnival of Light” (HP-32, peaked mid-July 1994).

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