Ed Sheeran returns to the No.1 spot in the ARIA Albums Chart with his third album “÷ (Divide)”, the first return to the top for the album since September 11th and the 21st week overall for the set.
“÷ (Divide)” is now having its seventh run at the top of the Albums chart here, and its return also boosts Ed’s weeks at No.1 to 30 wks, moving him to now equal twelfth of the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965-2017’ alongside Elton John (seven #1’s) and Michael Jackson (6 #1’s), plus he regains the overall second position on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 2010’s’ pulling away from Pink’s 29 weeks at the top. And with the Divide set racking up its 21st week at No.1 it now becomes the ninth longest run for a No.1 album in Australia, and is four weeks away from equalling John Farnham’s 1986/87 “Whispering Jack” album at 25 weeks.
After two more weeks at the top, the Pink set “Beautiful Trauma” is down to No.2, followed by two former No.1 seasonal albums in Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album on hold at No.3 and last years No.1 Xmas album for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John with “Friends for Christmas” (Deluxe Edition), rising up two places to land at No.4, which pushes down “Reputation” for Taylor Swift to No.5.
The only Top 10 debut for this week is the sixth album for US country single Luke Bryan entitled “What Makes You Country” coming in at No.6, which becomes his fourth albums chart entry here and now second Top 10 hit, as his last studio album “Kill the Lights” debuted and peaked at No.4 in mid-August of 2015. Rising back up two places to No.7 is Sam Smith with “The Thrill of it All”, whilst down one spot to No.8 is the Season 2 soundtrack by Jessica Mauboy for “The Secret Daughter”. Last weeks U2 debut for “Songs of Experience” drops down four spots to No.9 and down two places to No.10 is the Daryl Braithwaite collection “Days Go By”.
* Elton John was one of the many guests on Graham Norton last Friday night, and his collection “Diamonds” climbs again this week, up six places to a new peak of No.13.
* Ed Sheeran sees all three of his albums climb this week, with his second set “x” up five to No.22 and his debut set “+” is up ten places to land at No.33.
* Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol.13” is back up eight places to No.27.
* With the Paul McCartney tour taking in Sydney this past week, his compilation “Pure McCartney” jumps up thirty-two places to No.35.
* Kendrick Lamar picked up two Grammy nominations for his “DAMN.” album this week, and the set here rises twenty places to No.39 thanks also to a new expanded edition just issued.
* Adele’s “25” rises back up twelve spots to No.41 (it was #1 this week two years ago), and her second set “21” returns at No.98 also.
* There’s a twenty-eight place rise to No.43 for the Bruno Mars album “24k Magic”, which had a TV special screened here on Friday night (Live at the Apollo, N.Y.), which could help it to rise again next week.
* Rising collections are for Paul Kelly (61 to 54), current tourist Cat Stevens (63 to 56), about to be tourists Queen (76 to 62), Crowded House (82 to 68), Guns N’ Roses (87 to 69) and The Foo Fighters (returns at No.73).
* Jack Johnson is in the middle of an Australian tour, and his most recent album “All the Light Above it Too” jumps up twenty-eight places to No.65.
* The “Notion” EP for Tash Sultana is back up twenty-four places to No.72.
* The Killers’ “Wonderful Wonderful” set is back up twenty places to No.74, and their “Direct Hits” collection returns at No.93.
* After returning last week, the Katy Perry “Witness” album rises twelve places to No.80.
* Further returning albums come from Anthony Callea and his recent No.1 album “Aria No.1 Hits in Symphony” (#87) and screened last weekend on Channel 7 was “Frozen”, whose soundtrack returns at No.96.
* The only Top 10 departure is for a seasonal title, so see the below ‘Christmas’ section for that album info.
* Post Malone leaves the Top 20 for the first time since early October, as “Stoney” is down four to No.21.
* Harry Styles’ self-titled album moves down four places to No.30.
* “The Secret Daughter: Season 1” soundtrack for Jessica Mauboy drops twelve spots to No.50.
* Shawn Mendes tumbles twenty-three chart-rungs to No.51 with his “Illuminate” album.
* Green Day are down ten places to No.75 with their latest compilation “Greatest Hits: God’s Favourite Band”.
* The return last week for The Hilltop Hoods album “Drinking, Walking; Restrung” drops back down this week twenty places to No.76.
* One Elton compilation rises in “Diamonds”, whilst his older compile “Rocket Man” drops down thirty-six places to No.82.
* The 5 Finger Death Punch best of “A Decade of Destruction” plummets fifty-three spots to No.83.
* With her local tour now over, the Sia album “This is Acting” is back down thirty-five places to No.86.
* The Easybeats “Anthology 1965-1969” is down fourteen spots to No.89, whilst younger brothers’ band AC/DC see their “Live” album move down fourteen places to No.91.
* Last weeks debut for The Rolling Stones and their early recordings “On Air” tumbles forty-three places to No.97.
* The Amy Shark EP “Night Thinker” drops down thirty spots to No.100.
* Three albums leave the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50, all three debuting within the fifty last week for Chris Stapletonn (#25), Van Morrison (#31) and Miguel (#44).
* Two albums within the Top 10 this week for Christmas, and dropping down six places to No.16 is the Sia album “Everyday is Christmas” (HP-7, WI10-2a).
* Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” returned at No.13 last week and is down one spot to No.14 this week.
* “A Pentatonix Christmas” for Pentatonix is back down three to No.24.
* Human Nature are in the country for a small tour this week, and their return last week of “The Christmas Album” is down three places to No.25.
* Holding at its peak of No.29 is The Wiggles set “A Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas”.
* Chris Isaak is back up eight places to No.34 with his “Christmas” (HP-26) album.
* Josh Groban’s expanded “Noel” album is back up three spots to No.59.
* Hanson drop back down nine spots to No.78 with “Finally it’s Christmas”.
* Last Saturday night on Channel 9 the new “Trolls Holiday” half-hour seasonal special was broadcast, and the album is up five places this week to a new peak of No.92.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #45 (Live#9) – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic by Barbra Streisand is the ninth live album for Barbra, and the 19 tracks were recorded on her August 2016 to May 2017 same-titled tour for sixteen shows in 14 cities across America, with the Miami performance recorded for Netflix. This becomes her fourth Live album to chart here, with her last being “Timeless: Live in Concert” (HP-66, 2000)
* #53 (S’tk) – The Greatest Showman Soundtrack is an eleven track recording from the forthcoming Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron film about P.T. Barnham, with the original songs performed by Hugh, Zac, Zendaya, Keala Settle and Michelle Williams.
* #88 (LP#26) – One Voice at Christmas by Aled Jones is the seasonal edition of his May No.13 album “One Voice”, with the album covering Xmas songs such as “O Holy Night”. “Away in a Manger”, “Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night”.
LET YOU DOWN NF ●
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey ▲ 4
WHAT ABOUT US P!nk ▲ 3
SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers & Coldplay ▲ 6
CHATEAU Angus & Julia Stone ●
No Albums this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com