The seventh studio album for local group The John Butler Trio entitled “Home” becomes the acts fourth No.1 album in Australia this week.
“Home” is the 836th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018), the 687th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), the 478th to debut at No.1 (1976 to 2018) and the 21st for the year, while also the fifth for their record label Jarrah (4 for John Butler Trio and 1 for The Waifs). This is also the bands sixth Top 10 album (5 studio and one live) and their ninth Top 50 (and Top 100) entry (6 out of their 7 studio albums and three live sets).
The John Butler trio last scored a No.1 album over eight years when “April Uprising” spent a single week at the top in April of 2010, while their two other No.1 sets were “Grand National” (1 wk, 2-April, 2007) and “Sunrise Over Sea” (3 wks from 15-March, 2004). The band now moves from equal 141st to now equal 101st on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2018)’ alongside other six week accumulated totals by AC/DC (5 #1’s), Bob Dylan (3 #1’s), Phil Collins and Oasis (2 #1’s).
With this now becoming the acts fourth No.1 album they join seventeen other acts as equal 23rd on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums (1965 to 2018) alongside ABBA, Dire Straits, Midnight Oil, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, The Police, Cold Chisel, Robbie Williams, INXS, The Hilltop Hoods, One Direction, Hillsong, Human Nature, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. While for the ‘Accumulated No.1 Albums: 2010’s’ they now score their second for the decade and sit alongside 21 other acts who have also scored two No.1’s and two weeks at the top, which this year has added such acts as Vance Joy, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, Parkway Drive and The Arctic Monkeys.
This is the third album to hit No.1 with the word ‘Home’ in it’s title, the first being the Hothouse Flowers set from March 1991 ‘Home’ for a single week, while the second and most recent other ‘Home’ at the top was for One Direction and ‘Take Me Home” (2 wks from 19-Nov, 2012). The new No.1 album also becomes the 227th by an Australian Act (solo, duo or group) to hit No.1 and the ninth for 2018 by an Aussie act, beating the eight from 2017 (20 in 2016 was the record for this decade so far), and for Groups (local or overseas) this is the 373rd to hit No.1 in Australia (7th for 2018).
There are three debuts at the top of the charts this week, and coming in at No.2 is the 26th studio album for the icon Cher entitled “Dancing Queen”, an album of ten ABBA songs inspired by her performance in the July/August No.1 album and movie “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2 wks), plus with her touring the country at the moment the 72 year old has also landed at No.2 in New Zealand and England this week with this new set. This becomes her sixteenth Top 100 entry (1 live, 4 GH’s and eleven studios) and her highest charted studio album since her 1989 set “Heart of Stone” (No.1 for 1 wk on 27-Nov, 1989) or her soundtrack appearances on ‘Burlesque’ (HP-2, Feb 2011) and only her third Top 10 studio album. The Living End debut with their eighth studio album called “Wunderbar” at No.3 this week, giving them their ninth Top 10 album (eight studios and one best of) and their sixth successive Top 4 studio album, with the trio hitting No.4 with their last album “Shift” (May 2016).
Eminem’s four weeks at the top with “Kamikaze” is now over as this week the album drops three places to No.4, with the set still at the top in New Zealand (5th wk) and returning to the summit in Canada (3rd wk). The newly repackaged collection for Cold Chisel and “The Best of-All for You”, which was also issued on vinyl, sees the set leap back up forty-one places to land at No.5, the albums first Top 10 appearance since it fell out in February of 2012, having debuted at No.2 in late October of 2011, with this now being its eleventh week within the Top 10.
The twelfth studio album for Lil’ Wayne entitled “Tha Carter V (5)” debuts at No.6 this week (and six tracks from the album enter the singles chart too), becoming his second Top 10 album here, as his ninth album “Tha Carter IV (4)” debuted and peaked at No.9 in September of 2011, while overall this is his sixth Top 100 Albums chart appearance, his last being 2013’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” (HP-43, April, 2013).
For the third time the Ed Sheeran album “÷ (Divide)” has dropped to it’s lowest position ever of No.7, down four spots this week, while also dropping are former No.1 sets for Drake and “Scorpion” (2 to 9) and “Sweetener” for Ariana Grande (5 to 10). The fifth and final debut within the Top 10 comes in at No.8 and is the fourth studio album for US rapper and singer Logic entitled YSIV (Young Sinatra IV), and by debuting within the Top 10 it becomes his second Top 10 entry, as his March 2018 mixtape “Bobby Tarantino II” debuted and peaked at No.10, so this is now his highest charted album here and also his fifth albums chart entry all up (four studios and one mixtape).
* Not only does the newly repackaged Cold Chisel Best of fly up the charts, but lead singer Jimmy Barnes’ latest compile “Working Class Boy-The Soundtracks” leaps back up fifty-seven spots to land at No.11, helped by the screening on the show on Channel 7 this past week, while Jimmy also returns to the chart at No.77 with his best of compilation “Hits”.
* Taylor Swift is back up six spots to No.16 with her “Reputation” album as her tour here gets closer, while her older set “1989” is back up nine places to No.55.
* With Carrie Underwood in the country last week her latest album “Cry Pretty” is back up six spots to No.20.
* Luke Combs jumps ten spots to No.29 with his latest album “This One’s for You”.
* George Ezra’s third week as the No.1 singles chart holder with “Shotgun” propels his second album “Staying at Tamara’s” back up five places to land at No.30 this week.
* Aled Jones’ “One Voice: Believe” continues to climb back up the albums chart, this week rising seventeen places to No.33.
* The Tony Bennett and Diana Krall duets album “Love is Here to Stay” is back up five to No.36.
* Ahead of the soon to be release MTV Unplugged set the Gang of Youths 2017 album “Go Father in Lightness” jumps up twenty-six places to No.43.
* With the new Cher collection of ABBA songs debuting at No.2, the originals by ABBA on their best of’s climb back up too; “ABBA Gold & More” (71 to 47) and “ABBA Gold” (78 to 56), while Cher herself returns at No.78 with her collection “Greatest Hits 1965-1992”.
* Kanye West rises back up thirteen places to No.82 with his new namesake “ye”.
* The third and final returning album this week is “Butcherbird” for John Williamson at No.99.
* Six albums leave the Top 10 this week after the five debuts and one re-entry to the ten, dropping out of the Top 10 for the first time are two albums in “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack (HP-1×8, WI10-42) and “Beerbongs & Bentleys” for Post Malone (HP-1×2, WI10-22, newly ▲Platinum) both down five places each to No.12 and No.13 respectively. The new US No.1 album this week is the Brockhampton set “Iridescence” (HP-6, WI10-1) which here tumbles down seventeen spots to No.23, followed by “Living the Dream” for Slash (HP-4, WI10-1) plummeting thirty-eight to No.42, “I Love Songs” (HP-9, WI10-1) for Thundmentals disastrously falls seventy-five spots to No.84, while the biggest tumble from last weeks Top 10 is the Top 100 exit for the self-titled album by Dead Letter Circus (HP-10, WI10-1).
* Vance Joy moves down with both of their albums this week in “Nation of Two” (12 to 19) and “Dream Your Life Away” (42 to 61).
* The soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is only down three spots this week (possibly due to Cher’s current tour here), with other falling soundtracks being for ‘Guardians Vol.1’ (28 to 34), ‘Moana’ (51 to 57), ‘Black Panther’ (53 to 59) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (58 to 65, but that movie screened here on Thursday night this past week, so it might climb again next week).
* Amy Shark drops down six places to No.22 with her debut set “Love Monster”.
* Nicki Minaj falls nine places to No.26 with her “Queen” set.
* David Guetta is down twelve places to No.27 with his album “7”.
* The Eminem best “Curtain Call: The Hits” slides back down seven to No.28, while his album “The Eminem Show” is down five to No.89, with other falling collections being by Pink (29 to 35), Maroon 5 (44 to 48), INXS (47 to 51), Green Day (72 to 81), Phil Collins (76 to 86), Guns N’ Roses (70 to 91), Foo Fighters (89 to 96) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (75 to 98).
* 6lack sees his recent Top 10 album “East Atlanta Love Letter” drop down thirteen spots to No.32.
* Cardi B dips down eight spots to No.38 with “Invasion of Privacy”.
* Post Malone sees his older set “Stoney” slide down seven spots to No.44.
* Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” set drops double digits this week, falling eighteen places to No.45.
* Tash Sultana’s debut album “Flow State” drops eighteen spots also, down to No.50.
* Mac Miller’s last studio album “Swimming” is a third in a row to fall eighteen places, down to No.52.
* 5 Seconds of Summer leave the Top 50 for the first time with their “Youngblood” album, down five spots to No.54 after fifteen weeks within the Top 50 (surpassing their last albums 11 weeks within the Top 50).
* Adele’s “25” is down six spots to No.62, while her “21” set falls three places to No.100.
* BTS are only down seven places this week to No.65 with “Love Yourself: Answer”.
* Keith Urban falls ten places to No.71 with his set “Graffiti U”.
* Human Nature plummet twenty-two spots to No.88 with their latest set “Romance of the Jukebox”.
* The Amity Affliction’s recent No.1 album “Misery” tumbles twenty-nine places this week to No.94.
* Last weeks debut at No.14 for Josh Groban and “Bridges” descends a massive eight-three spots to land at No.97.
* Other than the Dead Letter Circus album leaving the Top 100 from No.10, two further albums leave the entire chart from last weeks Top 50, Prince and “Piano & a Microphone” (#33) and The Paper Kites set “On the Corner Where You Live” (#48), with other debuts from last week leaving by The Story So Far (#55), Machine Gun Kelly (#62), Joe Bonamassa (#81), The Aints! (#82) and The Chainsmokers (#87).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #15 (LP#30) – Blood Red Roses by Rod Stewart is the new UK No.1 album this week (and also in his native Scotland) and here it becomes his 28th studio album to chart and his first to miss a Top 10 berth since his 2009 set “Soulbook” (HP-11, Nov 2009), with his last albums chart entry here being “Another Country” (HP-9, Nov 2015).
* #60 (LP#2) – Infinite Games by The Black Queen is the second album for the US electronic trio and their first to chart here in Australia, as their debut set “Fever Daydream” never cracked the Top 100.
* #63 (LP#1) – Brighter Days by Sigala is debut album for the DJ and producer born Bruce Fielder, with ten of the sixteen tracks on this album already being released as single as far back as his debut song “Easy Love” (HP-14, Sept 2015), up to his latest single “Just Got Paid” with Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana.
* #66 (LP#3) – Disease by Beartooth is the first of the US hardcore punk acts three studio albums to chart here.
* #69 (Live#7) – Hallelujah Here Below by Elevation Worship is the seventh live album for the contemporary worship band from Charlotte, North Carolina, having placed two live sets on our charts in the past in “Here as in Heaven” (HP-27, Feb 2016) and “There is a Cloud” (HP-33, April 2017).
* #75 (LP#1) – summerskin by Eves Karydas is the debut album for the indie pop local singer who has so far released the tracks “Couch”, “There for You” and “Further Than the Planes Fly”, while she also supported Dua Lipa on her Australian tour.
* #80 (GH#3) – An American Treasure by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is a 63 songs compile of tracks, live recordings, outtakes, and obscurer songs from the passed Tom Petty and is his third best of to chart locally after “Greatest Hits” (HP-16 in 1994 and then No.9 in October of 2017) and “Anthology: Through the Years” (HP-51, Oct 2017).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com