The second No.1 album for a solo One Direction member occurs this week, as the self-titled Harry Styles album enters at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, scoring Gold (●) in sales first week too.
“Harry Styles” becomes the 802nd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2017) and the 653rd for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the 446th to debut at No.1 and now the 40th self-titled album to hit the top, the last being Lukas Graham (1 week on 11th April, 2016), with the previous week (4-April, 2016) being the week that Zayn entered with “Mind of Mine”. Plus with Harry co-hosting ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ for all of the past week, it has really helped boost his sales, with the album also landing at No.1 in the UK this week.
This becomes the 43rd No.1 for the Columbia record label (their first since Barbra Streisand’s “Partners”, 5th Sept, 2016) and first album with the word ‘Harry’ and the second with a ‘Style(s)’ in it after 28 Days went to the top in late July of 2000 with “UpStyleDown” (1 week). The album also becomes the 151st No.1 album by an English Act (solo, duo or group), the 222nd English performed No.1 album and Harry becomes the 72nd English Act (solo, duo or group) to hit the top and the 28th Solo English Male artist to claim an Australian No.1 album.
Dropping to No.2 for a second time after nine broken weeks at No.1 is the Ed Sheeran album “÷ (Divide)”, followed at No.3 by the second of three Top 10 entries this week, the fifth studio album for Paramore entitled “After Laughter”. This becomes the bands fifth albums chart entry (four studios and one live set) and first new material in over four years, as their self-titled fourth album hit No.1 on the 15th of April, 2013 (1 week), prior to which they also debuted at No.1 with “Brand New Eyes” (1 week on 5th October, 2009), with their previous entries being “Riot!” (LP#2, HP-47, peaked mid-June 2009, entered early Sept 2007) and their live entry was “The Final Riot!” (HP-38, peaked mid-January 2009).
After peaking at No.2 last week the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” soundtrack drops back two places to No.4, whilst also down two spots apiece are Kendrick Lamar with “Damn.”, “A Tribute to Mario Lanza” by Mark Vincent and “25” by Adele to numbers five, seven and nine respectively. Rebounding four places to No.6, for its 99th week within the Top 10, is Ed Sheeran’s second album “x (Multiply)”, and down one spot to No.10 is the Tina Arena “Greatest Hits & Interpretations”, with the final Top 10 entry for this week coming in at No.8, “Welcome Home” for the Zac Brown Band, the groups sixth studio album and fourth entry here (three studios and one GH) and now their second Top 10 entry, as their last album “Jekyll + Hyde” debuted and peaked at No.6 in mid-May of 2015, whilst their first entry here was “Uncaged” (LP#4, HP-38, peaked late July 2012).
* With Eurovision on last weekend (12th to 14th of May), the parent album “Eurovision Song Contest 2017; Kyiv” rebounds forty-four places to land at a new peak of No.15, with Australia’s entrant Isaiah coming in ninth overall for this year, his song from this album “Don’t Come Easy” is new at No.69 this week.
* With Mother’s Day sales still falling during three of the last weeks chart days (12th to 14th May), we see a rise for The Ten Tenors’ “Wish You Were Here”, up eight to No.18 to become the operatic troupes fifth Top 20 album here.
* The soundtrack for the film “Sing” jumps back up fourteen places to No.22 and is newly Gold (●) in sales, whilst the recent MTV Movie Award winning “Beauty & the Beast” stops falling this week and is back up four spots to No.35, with the recent DVD and Blu-Ray release for “Fifty Shades Darker” helping its soundtrack to rise back up nine to No.83.
* Rag’N’Bone Man is back up six spots to No.25 with his debut album “Human”.
* Mums might have also recieved the latest James Blunt album “The Afterlove”, as it’s back up eight spots to No.26, or even “21” by Adele (40 to 33).
* Right before Eurovision kicked off last week, SBS screened an Australian voted for ‘Top 40 Best Eurovision Songs’ poll, showing the count down the night before the Semi-finals started, with ABBA taking out No.2 with their 1974 entry “Waterloo”, which helps the 70’s act to re-enter at No.56 with their compilation “ABBA Gold and More”.
* Taylor Swift is back up twenty places to No.58 with her “1989” album.
* CDB kicked off a promo campaign this week for their comeback album “Tailored for Now – Eleven R&B Super Jams” (HP-28), which jumps back up twenty-two places this week to No.65.
* Jessica Mauboy’s “The Secret Daughter” soundtrack rises back up sixteen spots to No.74.
* On Wednesday (17th May), it was announced that Soundgarden and Audiolsave lead singer Chris Cornell had passed away, which is why the March 1994 No.1 album “Superunknown” for Soundgarden returns to the chart this week at No.78 (with one day worth of sales).
* Further returning albums occur for Fleetwood Mac and “Rumours” (#85), Illy and his former No.1 “Two Degrees” (#86), Lorde and her debut set “Pure Herione” (#90), the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” (#91), and Kendrick Lamar with “To Pimp a Butterfly” (#99).
* The first of three albums leaving the Top 10 is “24k Magic” for Bruno Mars (HP-3, WI10-9) down five to No.11, followed by former No.1 “Off the Grid” for Bliss N’ Eso (HP-1×1, WI10-2), with last weeks only debut leaving this week also, “Lovely Creatures-The Best of” for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (HP-8, WI10-1), which plummets twenty-eight spots to No.36.
* Gorillaz drop down the chart-tree nine rungs to land at No.20 with their “Humanz” set.
* After peaking at No.13 for the past two weeks, the Aled Jones album “One Voice” drops this week eight places to No.21.
* Amy Shark swims down seven spots to No.31 with her debut EP “Night Thinker” this week.
* After landing his first Top 20 album in Australia last weeks (and Canadian No.1 this week), the Chris Stapleton album “From a Room: Volume1” drops twenty-seven spots this week to No.47.
* Another of last weeks entries in “This Old Dog” by Mac DeMArco is down twenty-five to No.48, whilst albums that debuted just above Mac tumble further, with “Afterglow” by Asgeir falling thirty-two places to No.54 and the Kasabian entry of “For Crying Out Loud” is down thirty-eight to No.59.
* Three more plummets from last weeks entrants are “The Water” by San Cisco (I unfortunately left this off the initial email I sent out last week), down fifty places to No.67, “Everybody” by Logic drops forty-three to No.68 and the biggest drop within the Top 100 occuring for At the Drive-in and “in•ter a•li•a” down a massive fifty-eight spots to land at No.73.
* After climbing back up last week, this week the Vance Joy album “Dream Your Life Away” is back down sixteen places to No.82.
* The eighth film in the franchise of Fast & Furious sees “The Fate of the Furious” soundtrack drop twenty-eight places this week to No.89.
* Last week the double album for twenty one pilots of “Vessel”/”Blurryface” returned to the chart at No.75, now this week it is back down twenty spots to No.95.
* Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Blondie (#29), Pond (#33), Motionless in White (#35) and Green Day (#46, now that their tour is over).
* #17 (LP#4) – The Endless Mile by Dead Letter Circus is the bands first non-No.2 album, as their first three sets all debuted and peaked at No.2, “This is the Warning” (LP#1, May 2010), “The Catalyst Fire” (Aug 2013) and then “Aesthesis” (August 2015), plus they also charted an EP “Stand Apart” (HP-24, Sept 2014).
* #27 (LP#1) – Same Kind of Different by Dean Lewis is the debut album for the Australian singer from Sydney, with his track “Waves” up to a new peak of No.12 this week and certified ▲Platinum and follow-up track “Need You Now” just released.
* #29 (LP#8) – Poison the Parish by Seether is the fifth studio album for the South African rock band to chart here, and their first new material in just under three years, and by debuting within the Top 30 it becomes their highest charted album here, they previously had gotten as high as No.38 with their third album and first to chart here, “Disclaimer II”, in late August of 2004.
* #37 (LP#3) – Bloom by Machine Gun Kelly enters one place higher than his second album “General Admission” achieved back in late October of 2015, this now becoming his second chart entry here in Australia. The album features his two chart entries of “Bad Things” (HP-22) and “At My Best” (HP-87).
* #38 (Box) – The Full Tank by Midnight Oil is a box-set of the bands eleven studio albums plus their two EP’s and a DVD of their video clips, so a 14 box set all up. This was also released alongside “The Overflow Tank”, a 8 DVD and 4 CD box set of concert material, plus this box set was also issued on vinyl too. All released to coincide with their comeback tour later in the year.
* #62 (LP#1) – Stoney by Post Malone is the debut album for Austin Richard Post who is currently charting with the single “Congratulations”, which is up to a new peak of No.37 this week.
* #93 (LP#13) – A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller entered at No.6 in the UK this week, and here it becomes his eighth chart entry, with his last entry being the May 2015 “Saturns Pattern” (HP-58).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com