Both the singles and albums chart’s this week have stable No.1’s, as the Ed Sheeran album “÷ (Divide)” is on hold for a seventeenth broken week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
Ed’s “÷ (Divide)” is now equal fifteenth on the list for ‘Most Weeks at No.1: Albums’ alongside two sixties long-stayers (pre-ARIA), “Going Places” for Herb Alpert (1967) and the very first Australian act to achieved a No.1 here The Seekers and their “Greatest Hits” set (1968). Ed now has a total of 26 weeks amassed from his three No.1 albums here, moving him to outright 15th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1965 to 2017’, one week shy of Skyhooks (27 weeks).
The debut full-length album for Melbourne singer/songwriter Meg Mac is the highest new entry, as “Low Blows” debuts at No.2 this week, and it’s first singles chart entry “Maybe it’s My First Time” debuts at No.92 this week. For the five weeks that Lorde’s second album “Melodrama” has been on the charts it hasn’t dropped below the Top 3, which is where is returns to this week, down one spot to No.3, whilst rebounding (again) is the Katy Perry “Witness” album to No.4.
Another film-set-score cracks the Top 10 for 2017 at No.5, as the “Baby Driver” soundtrack leaps up forty-two places thanks to its full cinema release in the past week. Last weeks highest debuting album and this weeks No.1 in the USA and Canada is the Jay-Z set “4:44”, which is down three places to No.6, whilst back up two spots to No.7 is Kendrick Lamar and “DAMN.”. On hold at No.8 is the Imagine Dragons album “Evolve” becoming the bands second longest running Top 10 album (their debut “Night Visions” racked up eight weeks overall). Calvin Harris is down four places to No.9 with “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” and the second Top 10 debut this week comes in at No.10, the compilation “Punk Goes Pop, Vol.7”, featuring such acts as The Amity Affliction (doing The Weeknd) and THE PLOT IN YOU (covering James Bay), plus other covers of Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars, Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, twenty-one pilots, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, whilst previously Vol.6 in the series reached No.26 in November of 2014.
* Rag’N’Bone Man sees a massive jump of sixteen places to land at No.11 with his debut album “Human” (HP-3) thanks to his current tour here, ending on Monday the 24th of July.
* Royal Blood turn back around and climb up ten places to No.26 with their latest album “How Did We Get So Dark?”.
* Pete Murray has fallen every week for the past six weeks with his “Camacho” album, which this week leaps back up thirty-eight places to land at No.31, thanks in part to its vinyl release last week.
* Little Mix started their national tour on Sunday the 23rd of July, and this week their album “Glory Days” is back up eight places to No.35.
* The new Vance Joy single debuting at No.31 this week helps their former album “Dream Your Life Away” to jump up twenty-five spots to land at No.42.
* Gorillaz see a twenty-six place rise to No.52 with their “Humanz” album.
* Alt-J rise back up nine spots to No.70 with their “Relaxer” set.
* The first of six returning albums this week is led by AllDay and his “Speeding” album, back in at No.82, followed by “After Hours, Close to Dawn” for Kingswood (#84), “One More Light” for Linkin Park (#87), which will leap next week due to their lead singer passing on Thursday night/Friday morning. k.d. Lang started her national tour this past week for the 25th Anniversary of her breakout album “Ingenue” (HP-3), which the re-packged 25th Ann.Ed. returns the set to the chart at No.90 this week, followed by further returns “After Laughter” by Paramore (#93) and the Hilltop Hoods set “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” (#100).
* Haim debuted within the Top 5 last week with their second album “Something to Tell You” (HP-4, WI10-1), which this week is down ten places to No.14 (and could rise next week after their G.Norton appearance on Friday, screened here). The two other Top 10 dropouts this week have achieved the same amount of weeks within the ten, “Feed the Machine” (HP-3, WI10-4) for Nickelback is down two places to No.12 and the Hillsong United set “Wonder” (HP-4, WI10-4a) falls twelve spots to land at No.18.
* Stone Sour are down seven places to No.19 with “Hydrograd”.
* London Grammar drop eight spots to No.25 with “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”.
* The soundtrack for “Suicide Squad” is down ten to No.43, the “Sing” set is down thirteen spots to No.50, “Beauty and the Beast” plummets twenty-six to No.54, and the “Frozen” soundtrack is back down nine to No.65, with the “Purple Rain” album for Prince down ten to No.78.
* Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” album is back down twelve spots to No.38.
* Drake is down ten spots to No.40 with “More Life”.
* Halving its position from last week is the DJ Khaled set “Grateful”, down twenty-two spots to No.44.
* The INXS “Very Best of” is down twelve to No.47, with further collections dropping including The Wiggles (41 to 53), Queen (48 to 55), Crowded House (51 to 71), Tina Arena (72 to 89), RHCP (81 to 94), Fleetwood Mac (GH, 76 to 96) and Maroon 5 (83 to 98).
* The Chainsmokers debut album “Memories… Do Not Open” drops fourteen places to No.48.
* Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” is down sixteen spots to No.61 and her previous album “My Everything” drops twenty-one spots to No.95.
* Kaleo drops fifteen places to No.64 with their “A/B” album.
* Last weeks No.11 debut for The Jungle Giants of their third album “Quiet Ferocity” is this week down a massive fifty-seven places to No.68.
* Lorde drops some “Pure Heroine” down thirty-three places to No.72.
* Single named ladies Sia and Halsey both drop this week twelve places; with Sia’s “This is Acting” (62 to 74) and Halsey’s debut set “Badland” (63 to 75).
* Lady Antebellum are back down fifteen places to No.76 with their latest “Heart Break” album.
* The Weeknd is down twenty-one spots to No.91 with “Beauty Behind the Madness”.
* The rapackaged “OK Computer” for Radiohead drops nineteen spots to No.92.
* Two albums leave the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50, “Issa Album” for 21 Savage (#42) and the Tex, Don & Charlie set “You Don’t Know Lonely” (#50).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com