Ed Sheeran might have lost the No.1 singles spot in Australia, but his third album “÷ (Divide)” stays for a sixth straight week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
Ed’s tally of overall weeks at No.1 on the Albums chart now climbs to fifteen weeks, moving him from equal 42nd to now equal 38th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2017) alongside the 15 weeks notched up by Red Hot Chili Peppers (6 #1’s), Olivia Newton-John (5 #1’s), Matchbox 20 (4 #1’s) and Split Enz (3 #1’s also).
Three of the four Top 10 entries come in right behind No.1 this week, the first of which is “Greatest Hits & Interpretations” for Tina Arena coming in at No.2, becoming her eighth Top 10 and fourth Top 2 album, plus of her three Greatest Hits so far, this is the second to hit the Top 10 and the highest placed of all three, as “Souvenirs” peaked at No.37 in late 2000, whilst “Greatest Hits 1994 – 2004” made it to No.10 upon debut in November of 2004. The ‘interpretations’ part of the album features covers by acts such as Clare Bowen, Jimmy Barnes, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke and duets with Dannii Minogue, Jessica Mauboy & The Veronicas, plus covers by Tina of songs by Foreigner, INXS and Maria McKee.
Melbourne four-piece rock band Smith Street Band see their fourth album “More Scared of You Than You Are of Me” debut at No.3, becoming the bands second chart entry and now first Top 10, as they first charted with their third album “Throw Me in the River” (HP-18, November, 2014). And new at No.4 is the debut album for US duo The Chainsmokers entitled “Memories… Do Not Open”, which contains three of the bands current chart entries, “Paris” (HP-4, TW-18), “Something Just Like This” (HP-2, TW-3) and “The One” (HP-36, TW-43), the bands previous chart entries appear on their first two EP’s “Bouquet” and “Collage”.
Adele’s “25” is down one spot to No.5, followed by this weeks three soundtracks within the Top 10, last weeks No.2 ‘Moana’ (now Gold (●) in sales) drops four to No.6, current theatrical release “Beauty and the Beast” is down two places to No.7 and on hold at No.8 are the “Trolls”. Also on hold this week is the Ed Sheeran’s second album “x (Multiply)” at No.9 and the fourth and final new entry at No.10 is a six-track EP for Pentatonix entitled “PTX, Vol.IV(4) – The Classics”, which contains covers of songs by John Lennon, Queen, Judy Garland, a-ha, Elvis Presley and their recent Dolly Parton duet on “Jolene”, plus this becomes the bands second Top 10 entry in Australia after their 2015 self-titled set debuted and peaked at No.5.
* All three of Bruno Mars’ albums are not only within the Top 100 this week, but they all rise. His latest “24K Magic” is up two places to No.22, whilst his first two in “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” (69 to 48) and “Unorthodox Jukebox” (90 to 54) leap back up the chart this week.
* After returning to the Top 50 last week, the Taylor Swift “1989” set rises again this week, up thirteen places to No.27.
* As ANZAC day draws closer (April 25th), the ‘Remembrance” (HP-26) collection rebounds nineteen places to land at No.29 this week.
* With the second ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film out here on April 24th, the first volumes soundtrack is back seven places to No.35.
* Shawn Mendes announced a tour here for later in the year this past week, and that helps his second album “Illuminate” to rise back up forty-six places to No.50.
* With a new singles chart entry, Beyonce is back up ten places to No.58 with her “Lemonade” set (even though its not on this album).
* Rising thirteen places is “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac to No.64.
* With a new Halsey single entering at No.21 (from her forthcoming second album), her debut set “Badlands” returns at No.74, followed by further re-entries in “Endless” by The McClymonts (#77), “Know-it-All” for Alessia Cara (#82), Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” (#86), “Death of a Bachelor” for Panic! at the Disco (#91), Tame Impala’s “Currents” (#96), “The Black Parade / Living with Ghosts (10th Ann.Ed.) for My Chemical Romance (#97) and the 1999 set for Red Hot Chili Peppers in “Californication” (#98).
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, with last weeks returnee “Sing” (HP-2, WI10-7) back down five to No.11, and then “The 25th Anniversary Album” (HP-2, Wi10-2) for Lee Kernaghan dropping three to No.13, followed by two big tumbles in “Emperor of Sand” (HP-3, WI10-1) for Mastodon falling twenty-one spots to No.24 and “Automaton” (HP-7, WI10-1) by Jamiroquai plummeting thirty-five spots to No.42.
* Rag’N’Bone Man’s rise last week is short-lived, as “Human” drops back down six to No.17.
* Last weeks rise for Rag was due to his Graham Norton Show appearance the prior week, well last weeks performer (screened here) was James Blunt, who is only down four this week to No.18 with his latest set “The Afterlove”.
* Jon Steven’s tenth solo album “Starlight” drops back down twelve to No.28 after last weeks debut.
* Drake’s playlist “More Life” falls fifteen places to No.32.
* Last weeks debut at No.12 for Body Count and “Bloodlust” this week tumbles twenty-one spots to land at No.33
* Twenty One Pilots’ “Blurryface” is back down ten to No.36.
* The soundtrack for the HBO TV Series “Big Little Lies” falls fifteen spots to No.38 in its second week.
* The Waifs tumble eighteen places to No.43 with their first No.1 “Ironbark”.
* Last weeks Wiggles debut with Jimmy Barnes in “Och Aye the G’Nu” leaves the Top 100 from its debut of No.34, but their collection “The Best of” is only down twelve to No.47 and newly certified as Gold (●) in sales, whilst their “Nursery Rhymes” set is down seven to No.52, with the “Play School: 50 Best Songs” set falling twenty-six to No.79.
* The other new cert and also now Gold (●) is “Starboy” for The Weeknd, down six to No.55 this week.
* Northlane debuted at No.3 three weeks ago with “Mesmer, which this week is down thirty-six places to No.57, as too Steel Panther who three weeks ago debuted at No.10 with “Lower the Bar”; it drops thirty-two to No.62 this week.
* Falling fifteen places to No.61 is the EP “Notion” for Tash Sultana.
* The Blondie and Cyndi Lauper national tour finished up this past week, and Cyndi’s “Detour” return for last week is down fifty-one places to No.66 this week, whilst the “Greatest Hits” debut last week for Blondie drops twenty places to No.93.
* Polish Club plummet forty-nine spots to No.68 with last weeks entry “Alright Already”.
* Down twenty-one places to No.74 is Disturbed and their two times No.1 set “Immortalized”.
* Best of/Greatest Hits sets for Nickelback (64 to 80) and Queen (65 to 84) both fall this week.
* Milky Chance are losing “Blossom” as it falls twenty-nine spots to land at No.88.
* Kasey Chambers’ “Dragonfly” plummets thirty-eight spots to land down at No.94 this week.
* Further albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Goldfrapp (#20), Dixie Chicks (#31) and Bob Dylan (#36).
* #14 (LP#3) – Pure Comedy by Father John Misty is the second albums chart entry for Josh Tillman’s alter-ego, his first entry being with his second album “I Love You, Honeybear” (HP-38, peaked March 2015), so with this new album coming in so high, it becomes his highest charted album in Australia.
* #15 (LP#14) – Starlight (Live) by Bethel Music is the fourth albums chart entry for the Church, and their third Top 20 entry after “We Will Not Be Shaken” (HP-14, Feb 2015) and last years “Have it All” (HP-8, March 2016).
* #16 (LP#4) – Coming Home by Falling in Reverse becomes the US rock bands second highest chart set, their highest so far being their last set “Just Like You” (LP#, HP-8, March 2015), whilst their first two entries came in around the same chart region as this new entry; “The Drug in Me is You” (LP#1, HP-21, August 2011) and “Fashionably Late” (LP#2, HP-20, July 2013).
* #19 (LP#2) – All Amerikkkan Bada$$ by Joey Bada$$ sees his first singles chart entry this week in “Rockabye Baby” (TW-97), and this becomes his second albums chart entry, as his first set “B4.Da.’$$” (HP-17, February. 2015).
* #20 (LP#20) – Infinite by Deep Purple is the fourth album this century for the English classic rock band formed in the mid 1960’s, and their first new album charts entry since 1990’s “Slaves and Masters” (HP-72, Nov 1990), this becoming the twentieth overall entry (11 studio, 4 Live and 5 Best of’s) and first for this century.
* #25 (LP#4) – Shadows by Rachael Leahcar is the fourth album for 2012 The Voice (Season 1) third-placed Rachael, who brought an album out every year since 2012, and now this latest one comes exactly three years since her last “Here Comes the Sun” (HP-38, April 2014), with this new set becoming her third highest charted, as previously she entered with “Shooting Star” (LP#1, HP-5, July 2012) and Romantique (LP#2, HP-10, April 2013).
* #34 (LP#14) – Wish You Were Here by The Ten Tenors is the eighth Top 100 entry for the local ensemble and this becomes the boys’ seventh Top 50 appearance, with this new set featuring covers by John Lennon, Queen, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, INXS, Roy Orbison, Whitney Houston and other passed singers such as Jon English, Prince, Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.
* #46 (LP#5) – Binge & Purgatory by Deez Nuts is the Aussie hardcore punk bands fifth straight entry to the ARIA Albums Chart, starting with “Stay True” (LP#1, HP-80, Oct 2008) and then their next four albums have now all reached the Top 50, their highest so far being their last set “Word is Bond” (LP#4, HP-20, April 2015).
* #60 (LP#5) – The Far Field by Future Island is the US synth-pop bands first Australian chart entry.
* #75 (LP#5) – Whisper in the Crowd by Paul Costa is the local country artists second entry, as he previously charted with “Wheels & Steel” (HP-32, August 2012).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com