Jessica Mauboy sees her fourth studio album “Hilda” become her third chart-topping album in Australia this week, but her first as a solo artist (the other two were soundtracks).
“Hilda” named after her Aunty who died at the age of 19, becomes the 856th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019) and the 707th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), plus the 497th to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the 19th chart-topping album for 2019, the 25th for the Sony record label (their second for the year after Conrad Sewell in late May), and the third No.1 set appearance for Jessica, who this week exactly three years ago she started a three week reign at the top with the soundtrack to her debut TV series “The Secret Daughter” (24-October, 2016), while her first No.1 slot was on the soundtrack to her debut film “The Sapphires” (2 weeks from 20-August, 2012).
It’s a rare feat for two female Australian solo singers to occupy the top of both the singles and albums chart with Tones and I and Jessica Mauboy holding this week respectively, but this week is the first time since the 11th of July, 2016 that two female Aussie acts have help the top of both charts. Back then it was The Veronicas with “In My Blood” (1st of 2 weeks) on the singles chart, while Delta Goodrem debuted in the No.1 albums slot with “Wings of the Wild” (1 week stay).
This new No.1 for Jessica Mauboy also places her for the first time on the album tally listings, with the 1965-2019 tally-board placing her at equal No.142 (4 weeks from 2 #1 albums) and she also enters this decades list at equal 19th alongside Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Beyoncé and Drake who’ve all had two #1’s this decade with four weeks at the top. This is the first time that the word ‘Hilda’ has appeared in a No.1 album title or even a charting album too, while the new No.1 album becomes the 234rd Australian Performed No.1 Album (solo, duo, group, male or female), the sixth for this year and the first since Kylie’s collection hit the top in early July, and as for solo female singers this is now the 132nd No.1 set for a Solo Female Singer (local or overseas) and the sixth for 2019 after Ariana Grande (Feb/March), Pink (May), Billie Eilish (April/June/July), Kylie (July) and Taylor Swift (Sept.).
After six weeks in the No.1 spot the Post Malone album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” drops down one spot to land at No.2 this week, plus the album picks up its first sales certification and is newly Gold (●) in sales, with the album holding the No.1 spot in New Zealand (6th week) and it returns to the top in Canada (5th week). This is followed by two more former No.1 albums in the Ed Sheeran duets set “No.6 Collaborations Project” and the Taylor Swift set “Lover” at No.3 and No.4 respectively, with Tones and I stable at No.5 with her debut EP “The Kids are Coming”, which lands its second Top 10 hit this week too.
The second of five new Top 10 entries this week occurs at No.6 and is the annual Triple J compile from their on-air series “Like a Version”, with Volume 15 entering in the same location as last years Vol.14 set achieved, while in previous years this month has been synonymous with their albums hitting the No.1 spot, starting with Vol.9 (28-Oct, 2013), Vol.10 (20-Oct, 2014), Vol.11 (12-Oct, 2015) Vol.12 (17-Oct, 2016) and Vol.13 (16-Oct, 2017), with this years two CD set containing covers by Hilltop Hoods, Amy Shark, Lily Allen, San Cisco, Yungblud, Vance Joy, Charli XCX, Broods, King Princess and The Wombats among them, and of the series this is the fourteenth to chart and the tenth to hit the Top 10 (Vol.2 didn’t chart).
New at No.7 is the sixth studio album, the fifth entry and now second successive Top 10 album for the band Alter Bridge, whose latest album is called “Walk the Sky”, landing one place lower than their October 2016 fifth album “The Last Hero”. The Billie Eilish album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” is down two places to No.8 followed by two more new entries.
Coming in at No.9 is the fifth album for Australian hip-hop act Horrorshow called “New Normal”, which by entering at No.9 becomes their third consecutive Top 10 locally and third overall entry in the charts having previously scored with “King Amongst Many” (LP#3, HP-2, August 2013) and their last album “Bardo State” (HP-4, March 2017). In March the group Foals issued the first part of two albums for this year called “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1” which debuted and peaked at No.11, while this week the second part debuts one place higher at No.10, plus it lands in the No.1 spot in their home country of England, while here it becomes their fifth albums chart entry and now their third Top 10 here too.
* The self-titled and repackaged Shawn Mendes album is back up five this week to No.24, while his third set “illuminate” returns at No.92.
* Rising best of sets this week are by Cold Chisel (37 to No.34), Jason DeRulo (75 to a new peak of No.71), The Killers (77 to No.76), Foo Fighters (87 to No.79) and Bon Jovi (94 to No.91).
* XXXTentation’s “?” album rises again this week, up four to No.46.
* Returning albums this week are for Morgan Evans with “Things That We Drink to” (#73), Rufus du Sol and “Solce” (#90, the remixed physical version of the album came out on Friday), multi ARIA Award nominee Thelma Plum with “Better in Blak” (#98) and Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (#100).
* Five albums depart from the Top 10 this week, starting with last weeks highest new entry in “Awake” for Hillsong Worship (HP-3, WI10-1, 3 to No.11) and vinyl only issued “Chemical Heart (Best of)” for Grinspoon (HP-9, WI10-1) which departs from the entire Top 100 this week. Long running No.1 and Top 10 entry “÷ (Divide)” for Ed Sheeran (HP-1×27, WI10-108a) is down four to No.12, Elton John’s collection “Diamonds” (HP-3×4, WI10-17a) drops down four to No.14 but will most likely be back up within the ten when he starts his final tour here in a months time, while the No.1 album this week in 1969 locally (for it’s first of 18 weeks at No.1) was The Beatles set “Abbey Road” which has logged three weeks within the Top 10 this year and drops down nine spots to No.16 this week.
* Dean Lewis’ “A Place We Knew” drops seven spots to No.19.
* Soundtracks sliding down this week are for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (16 to No.20), ‘A Star is Born’ (13 to No.21), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (20 to No.25), ‘Aladdin’ (65 to No.74), ‘Moana’ (83 to No.84) while ‘Frozen’ is just that, frozen at No.96.
* Chris Brown drops back down seven places to No.28 with his “Indigo” album.
* Summer Walker falls twelve places to No.31 with her debut set “Over it”.
* Ruel’s EP “Free Time” declines thirteen spots this week to No.36.
* After hitting a new peak of No.26 last week the Lizzo album “Cuz I Love You” this week falls eleven spots to No.37.
* Sliding collections/best of sets this week are by Maroon 5 (38 to No.41), Eminem (36 to No.43), INXS (49 to No.51), Green Day (61 to No.62), The Wiggles (70 to No.78), Queen (GH 53 to No.83 and Platinum Collection 84 to No.85) and Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 92 to No.95).
* Lana Del Rey also drops eleven spots to No.44 with her latest album “Norman F**king Rockwell”.
* DaBaby and his second album “KIRK” drops down thirteen spots to No.47.
* Hayden James’ album “Between Us” drops down fourteen places to No.54, but a new remixed version of the album was issued on Friday, so the set could climb next week.
* Tyler, the Creator and his set “Igor” slumps this week thirteen spots to No.57.
* The only other two entries from last week to score a second week this week are “Head in the Clouds II” by 88rising (30 to No.67) and “True 2 Myself” for Lil’ TJay (59 to No.82).
* Amy Shark’s “Love Monster” album falls nine places this week to No.80.
* The Blink-182 five week old entry “Nine” falls twenty-three spots to land down at No.97.
* Apart from the Grinspoon album leaving from No.9, further dropout from last weeks new and returning entries were by Babymetal (#18), Angie McMahon (#44), Lacuna Coil (#47), Elbow (#60) and Big Thief (#99).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #15 (LP#3) – Broken Lines by Christie Lamb becomes the third issued and charted album for the local female country singer, whose debut set “All She Wrote” hit No.51 in mid-March of 2014 and she last charted with her second set “Loaded”, which debuted and peaked at No.22 in March of 2017, and now this week her third album becomes her highest charted album of the three.
* #23 (LP#3) – YOU by James Arthur is the English artists third album and entry in Australia, the set landing at No.2 in England, while here its his lowest placed album, having previously charted with “James Arthur” (HP-14, Nov 2013) and then his first and only Top 10 entry “Back from the Edge” (HP-8, Nov 2016).
* #38 (LP#3) – Doomsday Ballet by Bad//Dreems is the third album and entry for the Adelaide rock act, with all three of their albums now charting within the Top 40 or higher, as they have previously entered with “Dogs at Bay” (LP#1, HP-33, late August, 2015) and “Gutful” (LP#2, HP-23, May 2017).
* #53 (LP#2) – Hello, I’m Doing My Best by Ali Barter is the sixth and final Aussie performed entry of the week, as the second album for the Melbourne based female singer/songwritter becomes her second entry too, as her debut set “A Suitable Girl” debuted and peaked at No.17 in April of 2017.
* #56 (LP#10) – Surviving by Jimmy Eat World is now the eighth albums chart entry for the U.S. rock act whose fourth album “Bleed American” was their first to chart here (HP-54, July 2001) followed by their self-titled debut set in February of 2002 (HP-84), with their last set being “Integrity Blues” (LP#9, HP-27, October 2016).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com