Ed Sheeran holds for a second week with his fourth No.1 album here “No.6 Collaborations Project”, while the set also hold again in both England and New Zealand and debuted at the summit in the U.S. and Canada.
With all five chart regions now claiming the new Ed album at No.1 it becomes the 30th time that all five charts have had the same title at the top, and the fourth time for this year after Ariana Grande (25th of Feb.), Billie Eilish (15th of April) and the last was P!nk (13th of May). Ed now also increases his tally of weeks at No.1 to 38 weeks in total, and while he doesn’t move up on any of the tally boards (2010’s #2 and overall 1965 to 2019 #9) he does now tie with Rod Stewart’s 38 weeks at No.1 in Australia (from seven #1’s) to be the equal eighth highest on the ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965 to 2019’.
Billie Eilish moves back up one spot to No.2 with her seven week running No.1 set “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go”, and after it’s wide cinematic release last week the soundtrack for the 2019 edition of ‘The Lion King” bounds up seven places to a new peak of No.3, the same peak that the original 1994 animated films soundtrack achieved in it’s ninth week, this time it’s been achieved in its second week on the chart and if it goes higher it will surpass the originals albums peak. The second and final soundtrack within the Top 10 this week is for ‘A Star is Born’, which returned to the Top 10 last week thanks to it’s availability on streaming services now, the set this week is down one spot to No.10.
The rest of the Top 10 (apart from one new entry) are all climbers this week, back up one spot apiece are the Elton John collection “Diamonds” and P!nk with “Hurts 2B Human” to No.4 and No.5 respectively, and after a couple of weeks of sitting at No.8, the Ed Sheeran third album “÷ (Divide)” is back up two spots to No.6 after which are returning-to-the-ten sets “Free Spirit” for Khalid (11 to 8, 14th week within the Top 10) and the Post Malone second album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (15 to 9, 38 weeks within the Top 10).
The only album debuting within the Top 10 this week is new at No.7 and is the ninth studio album for the Swedish power-metal act Sabaton called “The Great War”, which has entered at No.1 in both their home country of Sweden and also in Germany. This is the band’s first Top 10 entry and overall their second chart entry locally, as their eighth set “The Last Stand” debuted and peaked at No.29 in late August of 2016, and this album has the added advantage of coming out in multiple coloured vinyl editions and also two different CD editions (single and double extended edition).
* Just like the soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ rising due to it now on streaming services, the Queen biopic for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is also being shown now too, and it’s soundtrack rises back up three to No.11, while not only does the bands’ “Greatest Hits” zoom back up twenty-four places to No.19, but the album also jumps to No.1 on the vinyl chart this week.
* Splendour in the Grass Festival performers to see rises this week are Dean Lewis with “A Place We Knew” (19 to 13), “Between Us” for Hayden James (40 to 31), “Laps Around the Sun” for Ziggy Alberts (65 to 42) and re-entries for “CTRL” for SZA (#90), “Currents” by Tame Impala (#92) and “The Balance” for Catfish & the Bottlemen (#93).
* Thom Yorke’s third solo album “Anima” spent a single week within the Top 100 in the first week of July at No.52 before falling out the following week, and now with the physical album issued last week the set returns to the chart at a new peak of No.23 (#3 vinyl LP).
* Drake’s “Scorpion” album rises back up five spots to No.24.
* Further soundtracks rising this week are for ‘Aladdin’ (30 to 27) and ‘Guardians Vol.1′ (86 to 84) after both part 1 & 2 were shown recently on TV.
* The self-titled and long-running Dua Lipa album (87 weeks) is back up six places to No.28.
* Both the Post Malone and Khalid albums have climbed back into the Top 10 this week with their second album, but both acts’ first set’s also rise back up in “Stoney” for Post, up seven places to No.35, and “American Teen” for Khalid jumping fifteen spots to No.47.
* With a vinyl version of their second greatest hits set called “The Very Very Best of” issued last week, the Crowded House collection returns to the Top 100 at No.36, while the album is sitting at No.2 on the vinyl chart, with further rising collections being for Maroon 5 (59 to 50) and Queen (Platinum Collection 81 to 79).
* Conrad Sewell’s debut set “LIFE” rebounds ten spots to No.38 this week.
* Cardi B rises back up six spots to No.39 with “Invasion of Privacy”.
* Expect a bigger rise next week for the XXXTentacion set “?” due to a 2CD expanded edition of the album issued on Friday, but for this week it is up six places to No.43.
* With another new Taylor Swift new singles chart entry this week her older sets respond with upward momentum in “Reputation” (58 to 48) and “1989” (63 to 56).
* The Travis Scott set “Astroworld” is back up fifteen spots also, to No.49, with a new video for “Wake Up” by Travis out on Friday from that album.
* There’s a seven place rise to No.53 for the latest Wiggles album “Party Time!”.
* Apart from the aforementioned Splendour acts returning the charts, there are also re-entries for “Cosmic” by Bazzi (#95), “Originals” by Prince (#97, helped by the physical release, as its the #7 vinyl seller of the week), “Death Race for Love” by Juice WRLD (#99) and “Caress Your Soul” for Sticky Fingers (#100).
* There are three albums leaving the Top 10 this week all of which debuted within the Top 10 last week, plus they were all performers at Splendour in the Grass last weekend too. “Better in Blak” (HP-4, WI10-1 4 to 17) for Thelma Plum, “Smooth Big Cat” (HP-2, WI10-1, 2 to 32) for Dope Lemon and “Starry Night Over the Phone” by AllDay (HP-7, WI10-1, 7 to 45).
* Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” leaves the Top 20 after five weeks and is down five to No.22.
* Film soundtracks falling this week are for ‘Yesterday’ (18 to 26, which had a vinyl edition issued on Friday, so it might rise next week), ‘Rocketman’ (39 to 46), ‘Moana’ (71 to 72) and ‘Frozen’ (84 to 91).
* Not as big of a fall this week for the Dreamville and J. Cole’s set “Revenge of the Dreamers III”, only dropping seven spots this week to No.29.
* INXS’ “The Very Best” falls seven spots to No.41, while the Michael Hutchence recent entry “Mystify” leaves the chart after two weeks, departing from No.51. Further falling collections are by Kylie Minogue (26 to 64), The Beatles (54 to 69), Green Day (75 to 81), The Wiggles (78 to 82), The Seekers (79 to 83), and Bon Jovi (87 to 96).
* The 1977 Fleetwood Mac classic album “Rumours” drops down thirteen spots to No.51.
* Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” drops back down eleven places this week to No.58.
* The Black Keys tumble down twenty-eight spots to No.60 with their four week old set “Let’s Rock”.
* Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins” starts to drop again (after a slight rise last week), down eleven to No.61.
* Shawn Mendes has two singles and also two album certifications this week, with his fourth and self-titled set down one spot to No.62 and his third set “illuminte” departing from #96, both of which are newly certified ▲Platinum in sales.
* After their annual gathering is over it is usual for Hillsong albums to drop down, which their latest set “People” has done this week, descending forty places to No.63.
* Adele’s “25” falls ten places to No.65, while her second album “21” is down five to No.98.
* Machine Gun Kelly rises on the singles chart, but his album “Hotel Diablo” slips down fourteen to No.66.
* BTS see their current EP “Map of the Soul: Persona” slide this week twenty-four spots to No.68.
* Mark Ronson’s “Late Night Feelings” album tumbles thirty-three places to No.70.
* The Top 30 debut last week for the third BANKS album “III” is this week down a massive forty-nine spots to land at No.74.
* Elton John’s 1974 set “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” drops down nineteen places to No.85.
* The George Ezra second set “Staying at Tamara’s” falls ten spots to No.87.
* The only album leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 is the Blake O’Connor set “Everything I Feel” (#31), while the only other of last weeks debut’s to depart was the DMA’s “MTV Unplugged (Live in Melbourne)” set from #94.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #12 (St#2) – The Lion King: The Gift by Beyoncé is an album of songs inspired by, and one from the soundtrack (Spirit, TW-99) for the new “live-action” remake of ‘The Lion King’, whose original soundtrack jumped to No.3 this week. The album of songs features guest alongside Beyoncé like her husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, as well as with Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and WizKid among them, while a second song from this album called “Mood 4 Eva” debuted at No.48 this week. This is the second Beyoncé soundtrack to chart after “Dreamgirls” hit No.15 in late January of 2007 (she also did four songs on the soundtrack for ‘Cadillac Records’ in late 2008), so this becomes her highest soundtrack entry here.
* #30 (LP#1) – Conduit by Gravemind is the debut album for the Melbourne metal act which has been recording this album for the past two years. The band issued two previous EP’s called “The Deathgate” (2017) and “The Hateful One” (2015).
* #52 (LP#2) – In My Defense by Iggy Azalea is the second album for the Australian born and Los Angeles based female rapper, whose first set “The New Classic” debuted and peaked at No.2 in early May of 2014, while she also charted with her remixes album “Reclassified” (HP-32, early December 2014). The three singles issued from the album so far have failed to chart in “Sally Walker”, “Started” and the most recent “F**k it Up”.
* #55 (LP#7) – Order in Decline by Sum 41 is the seventh album for the Canadian rock band, plus their seventh entry here too, while it’s entry at No.55 is one place higher than their lowest previous entry in their second album “Does This Look Infected?” (HP-56, early December, 2002), with the bands last album “13 Voices” (LP#6, peaked mid-Oct, 2016) being their equal highest charted here alongside “Chuck” (LP#3, HP-13, peaked mid-Oct, 2004).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com