Eminem’s “Kamikaze” holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart helped by the physical release a week after it’s initial digital drop.
Of the six rap albums to hit No.1 this year in Australia, this becomes the third to log a second week (or more) at the top, with Post Malone and his “Beerbongs & Bentleys” set spending two broken weeks at No.1 (start and end of May) and “Scorpion” for Drake having two runs and three weeks at the top (9th &16th of July and again on 20th of August). Eminem last spent two weeks at the top with his set “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (11th & 18th of Nov, 2013) and he has now racked up 29 weeks at No.1 from his ten chart-topping albums, and while he doesn’t move from #15 on the listing for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018) he is now one week away from tying with Elton John (7 #1 LP’s) and Michael Jackson (6 #1 LP’s) and their 30 accumulated weeks at the top here. For this decade he has now racked up 14 weeks at the top, one week shy of the 15 weeks achieved by Taylor Swift, so maybe he can tie there too.
The debut album for Byron Bay rock-garage-surf trio Skegss entitled “My Own Mess” is the highest entry this week coming in at No.2, and while the threesome have previously released 4 EP’s since 2015 this is their first ever chart entry (plus it’s also the second week in a row where a local acts debut album has entered at #2 as Tash Sultana did it last week). Ariana Grande is back up one spot to No.3 with her latest album “Sweetener” and the remaining albums which stay within the Top 10 for another week are all on hold, with “Scorpion” for Drake at No.5, Ed Sheeran’s “÷ (Divide)” at No.6 (80th week within the Top 10), “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack at No.8 and Post Malone’s former No.1 “Beerbongs & Bentleys” at No.9.
The eighteenth solo album (25th if you include the Wings albums’) for Paul McCartney entitled “Egypt Station” debuts at No.4 this week becoming the 76 year old’s first Top 10 album for this century here, with his last album to climb this high being 11th solo studio album “Flaming Pie” (HP-9) in June of 1997, and overall this is his 18th Top 10 album (16 studios and two compilations). Rapper Mac Miller passed away on the 7th of September and the 26 year old sees his last album from August of this year titled “Swimming” (former peak of No.21) return to the chart this week at a new peak of No.7, with his 2016 set “The Divine Feminine” (HP-13) coming back in at No.78. The fourth and final new entry to the Top 10 is second studio album and sixth release from the New Orleans act $uicideboy$ entitled “I Want to Die in New Orleans” coming in at No.10, and this is their first major label release, four of the five previous releases were all as MP3 albums and files.
* Vance Joy’s current national tour sees his albums rise again this week with “Nation of Two” up one spot to No.18 and his debut album “Dream Your Life Away” up five to No.36 (they were both just issued as limited edition colored vinyl so they could rise again next week).
* The Eminem collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” is back up six spots to No.21, with other climbing best of’s being for Queen (32 to 27), Maroon 5 (53 to 39), INXS (on hold at #59), Cold Chisel (63 to 61), Jason DeRulo (83 to a new peak of No.77), Green Day (98 to 81), Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits” (returns at No.82 thanks to her current book promo tour), Foo Fighters (100 to 85), Fleetwood Mac (returns at No.87), Crowded House (99 to 90) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (97 to 93).
* Cardi B’s fight with Nicki Minaj this past week helps her album “Invasion of Privacy” to climb back up six places to No.22 (Nicki’s Queen is down three to No.16 though).
* Two older rap albums climb back up in “Stoney” for Post Malone (30 to 26) and “American Teen” for Khalid (38 to 30).
* Taylor Swift starts her 2018 tour here in around a month (Oct 19th in Perth) and her “Reputation” album is back up six to No.31 and her older set “1989” rises fifteen places to No.64.
* Panic! At the Disco are up four spots to No.32 with “Pray for the Weekend” as their track “High Hopes” remains within the Top 10 at No.8.
* The new Imagine Dragons track “Natural” just jumped into the Top 40 this week, but it is NOT from the last album “Evolve”, but that hasn’t stopped that set from moving back up ten places this week to No.37.
* A few soundtracks move up a few places this week in ‘Black Panther’ (48 to 45), ‘Moana’ (50 to 47), Molly (54 to 53) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (62 to 54).
* Maroon 5’s “Red Pill Blues” leaps up twenty-four places to No.51, with their “Singles Collection” climbing up fourteen to No.39.
* Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” flies back up sixteen places to land at No.60.
* Sticky Fingers climb again this week with “Caress Your Soul”, up eleven spots to No.62.
* With a new Top 10 debut for a duet between Lil’ Pump and Kanye West, KW’s most recent No.1 album “ye” is back up eight spots to No.63.
* With the new Ariana Grande album moving back up the chart, her two previous sets also rise in “Dangerous Woman” (86 to 76) and “My Everything” (91 to 88).
* Further returning albums are “The Divine Feminine” for Mac Miller at No.78, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” for Chris Brown at No.92, the self-titled Dua Lipa album at No.96 and J Cole with “KOD” (#98).
* All four album dropouts from the Top 10 entered their last week, with Troye Sivan down eight to No.11 with his second studio album “Bloom” (HP-3), “Flow State” for Tash Sultana (HP-2, 2 to 14), “Runaway” by Passenger (HP-7, 7 to 48) and “8 Letters” for Why Don’t We (HP-10, 10 to 55).
* Human Nature are down eight places to No.24 with “Romance of the Jukebox”.
* The Amity Affliction and their “Misery” declines eleven spots to No.28.
* BTS drop down seven places to No.33 with “Love Yourself: Answer”.
* Now that Father’s Day in well and truly over in Australia the most recent John Williamson set called “Butcherbird” flies down twenty-four places to No.44.
* Keith Urban drops down fifteen places to No.49 with “Graffiti U”.
* Falling collections this week are by Phil Collins (31 to 56), Celine Dion (44 to 66), The Wiggles (65 to 68), ABBA (Gold 60 to 72), Guns N’ Roses (66 to 74), with dropouts for both Aretha Franklin collections (#80 and #81).
* Jimmy Barnes’ “Working Class Boy-The Soundtracks” tumbles down forty-two spots to No.65.
* Dean Lewis is down ten places this week to No.71 with his debut set “Same Kind of Different”.
* Aled Jones’ “One Voice: Believe” descends thirty-two spots to land at No.89.
* Elvis’ gospel collection “Where No One Stands Alone” plummets forty-eighty spots to No.99.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are by The Wiggles (#24), The Kooks (#43), il Divo (#46) and Alice Cooper (#49).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #38 (LP#3) – Look Up Child by Lauren Daigie is the second studio album and third overall release (she also did a Xmas album in 2016) for US contemporary Christian Music artist who in 2017 received a Grammy nomination for her song “Trust in Me” (Best Christian Contemporary Song category), plus this is her first chart entry here in Australia.
* #43 (LP#2) – Zoo by Russ is the second studio album and now second entry here for the US rapper and singer born Russell Vitale (aged 25), with his debut set “There’s Really a Wolf” hitting No.54 in May of 2017.
* #57 (LP#12) – Book of Bad Decisions by Clutch becomes the third chart entry for the US rock band who first charted with their tenth set “Earth Rocker” (HP-82, April 2013) and then hit their highest peak with their last release “Psychic Warfare” (HP-23, October 2015).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com