The tenth studio album for Eminem titled “Kamikaze” was a surprise release last week and it now enters the top of the ARIA Albums Chart to become his tenth No.1 album here (8 studios, one soundtrack and one best of).
“Kamikaze” becomes the 20th No.1 album for 2018, the 835 No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2018), the 686th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), the 477th to debut at No.1 (1976 to 2018) and also the 29th for the record label Interscope and second for them this year (J. Cole was the other one). The physical release of the album occurred on Friday, so this first weeks worth of sales is all digital.
Eminem first hit the top here for a single week in early March of 2001 with set “The Marshall Mathers LP”, and last hit the top with his ninth studio album “Revival” (1 wk on 25th of Dec, 2017) nine months ago, and as this new album becomes his tenth overall No.1 album here he is now equal third on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums’ (1965 to 2018) alongside other Ten#1LP acts in Bon Jovi and John Farnham. His tally on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ is now up to 28 weeks, moving him up to fifteenth on that list (2 wks behind Elton John and Michael Jackson’s tally of 30 weeks). For this decade’s listing of accumulated weeks at No.1 he has had three No.1’s sets and a tally of 13 weeks placing him sixth for this decade behind Taylor Swift’s 15 accumulated weeks.
This is the first time that the word ‘Kamikaze’ has appeared in a No.1 album title and the only two charted ‘Kamikaze’ albums previously were for Slade in 1984 with ‘The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome’ (HP-50) and for Twista in 2004 (HP-76) also titled ‘Kamikaze’. This new No.1 album also becomes the 294th by an American Act (solo, duo or group) and the 234th by a Solo Male Act (local or overseas) and the ninth for 2018, plus Eminem is also the fifth rap artist to score a No.1 album this year after J. Cole (April), Post Malone (May), Kanye West (June), Drake (July) and Travis Scott (August).
The top three albums this week are all debuts (like it was two weeks ago), and the debut album for local singer/songwriter Tash Sultana entitled “Flow State” comes in at No.2 becoming her highest chart entry as her debut EP “Notion” debuted and peaked at No.11 in October of 2016, and following Tash is the second studio album for Perth artist Troye Sivan titled “Bloom”, which becomes the 23 year old’s third Top 10 album, after his previous entries in his EP “Wild” (HP-1, Sept 2015) and his debut album “Blue Neighbourhood” (HP-6, Dec 2015), with his new set also coming in at No.3 in New Zealand too.
Ariana Grande with her “Sweetner” album and Drake with his “Scorpion” are both down two spots to No.4 and No.5 respectively, while down one to No.6 is the Ed Sheeran long running Top 10 epic set “÷ (Divide)”. The soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman” hold at No.8 this week and dropping three to No.9 is the Post Malone set “Beerbongs & Bentleys”.
Two further Top 10 debuts this week are the ninth studio album, sixth entry and now fifth Top 10 album for the act Passenger entitled “Runaway”, coming in at No.7 which is one place lower than his August 2017 eighth album “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” (HP-6), and the debut album for five-piece boy-band Why Don’t We called “8 Letters” (but their name has nine letters in it!!) coming in at No.10, propelled into the chart by their recent promo visit here two weeks ago.
* Vance Joy started a national tour recently and his albums are back up in “Nation of Two” (35 to 19) which is now Gold (●) in sales and last weeks 2xP certified debut set “Dream Your Life Away” blasts back up thirty-two spots to land at No.41.
* The new Eminem debut also pulls his collection of songs in “Curtain Call: The Hits” back up the chart eight places to No.27, while her also re-enters with “Revival” (#69) and “The Eminem Show” (#88).
* The recent tour announcement for February of 2019 for Phil Collins sees his “Singles” collection rise back up this week nine spots to No.31, while further climbing collections are by Queen (GH stable at #32, Platinum Collection 43 to 40), The Wiggles (80 to 65), Bon Jovi (re-enters at #85), Fleetwood Mac (GH returns at #93) and Crowded House (returns at #99).
* George Ezra’s new No.3 single “Shotgun” again helps his album “Staying at Tamara’s” to climb, this week it is up six spots to No.35.
* Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve” set returns to the Top 50, up five to No.47 this week.
* The Sticky Fingers rise back up thirteen places to No.73 with “Caress Your Soul”.
* The five albums leaving the Top 10 this week are the soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (HP-1×2, WI10-7) down four to No.11, “Astroworld” by Travis Scott (HP-1×1, WI10-4) down two to No.12, “Romance of the Jukebox” for Human Nature (HP-2, WI10-2) falling twelve to No.16, last weeks No.1 entry for The Amity Affliction and “Misery” (HP-1×1, WI10-1) plummeting sixteen spots to No.17 (their 2012 set “Chasing Ghosts” fell from #1 to #15 also), and the new US No.1 album for Korean boy-band BTS and “Love Yourself: Answer” (HP-9, WI10-1) falls fifteen to No.26.
* With Pink now touring New Zealand and her return here not until later in September (to perform the missed Sydney shows when she was sick), her most recent studio album “Beautiful Trauma” drops down eight to No.22 and the “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” is down six to No.25.
* John Williamson sees his latest set “Butcherbird” fall seven to No.20 thanks to some Father’s Day sales during this weeks chart period.
* Post Malone falls back down seven places to No.30 with his “Stoney” set after a rise last week.
* Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” drops nine spots to No.34 and scores its first cert and is now Gold (●) in sales.
* Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” scores a new certification of 2x▲Platinum ahead of her October tour and the set is down four to No.37, while her “1989” album is down one to No.79.
* Khalid and his debut set “American Teen” drops down nine spots to No.38.
* Falling best of’s this week are by Celine Dion (27 to 44), Maroon 5 (49 to 53), INXS (56 to 59), ABBA (Gold 50 to 60, Gold & More 61 to 70), Cold Chisel (57 to 63), Guns N’ Roses (51 to 66), Aretha Franklin (Queen of Soul 66 to 80 and Respect-Very Best of 70 to 81), Jason DeRulo (81 to 83), Michael Jackson (82 to 94), Red Hot Chili Peppers (87 to 97), Green Day (83 to 98) and The Foo Fighters (91 to 100).
* Last weeks debut for Alice in Chains and “Rainier Fog” plummets thirty-seven spots to No.52.
* Aled Jones dives down twenty-three spots to No.57 with “One Voice: Believe”.
* Gang of Youths drop down eleven places to No.58 with “Go Farther in Lightness”.
* Dean Lewis’ rebound last week to No.36 with “Same Kind of Different” falls back down this week twenty-seven spots to No.61
* The soundtrack for ‘Suicide Squad’ is down two places to No.62 on its two-year chart anniversary (#1 at this time in 2016), with other falling soundtracks being for “Guardians Vol.2″ (55 to 64), the ‘Deadpool 2” set (63 to 72) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (71 to 78).
* Beccy Cole debuted at No.31 last week with her “Lioness” set, and this week it tumbles down thirty-six spots to No.67.
* After returning last week to the chart the Carole King 1971 (current 1971 US #1 at this time of the year) “Tapestry” is back down thirteen spots to No.82.
* The two older Ariana Grande albums are both down this week in “Dangerous Woman” (72 to 86) and My Everything” (85 to 91).
* Florence + the Machine plummet twenty-eight spots to No.87 with their “High as Hope” set.
* Trippie Redd drops down twenty-five places to No.90 with his set “Life’s a Trip”.
* Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” slips down thirteen spots to No.92.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are by Neil & Liam Finn (#21) and also Interpol (#26).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #24 (LP#52) – Wiggle Pop! by The Wiggles is the four piece children’s act’s 52nd studio album and second for the year, as they scored their highest charted set back in March with “Nursery Rhymes 2” (HP-3), and this new entry now becomes their fourth highest charted album and overall their 21st albums chart entry too.
* #43 (LP#5) – Let’s Go Sunshine by The Kooks is the English indie-rock bands first new album in exactly four years (8th of Sep 2014 was when ‘Listen’ was issued), and with this now being their fifth albums chart entry here it is their lowest charted since their debut set “Inside In/Inside Out” (debuted July 2006, peaked at No.84 in October of 2008).
* #49 (L#11) – A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia, Paris by Alice Cooper was recorded live in Paris on December of 2017 during his European Tour in support of his last studio album called “Paranormal” (HP-4, July 2017).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com