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Kanye West photo by Ros O'Gorman

Kanye West photo by Ros O'Gorman

Australian Charts: Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’ Debuts At No 1

by on November 2, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

Kanye West scores his third No.1 album in Australia this week as he debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with his ninth album, this one a gospel set called “Jesus is King”.

“Jesus is King” is the 858th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019) and the 708th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 498th to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the 20th album for 2019 and the sixth for the record label Def Jam with Kanye’s two previous No.1 sets being “Yeezus” (1 week on 24th of June, 2013) and then “Ye” (1 week on 11th of June, 2018), plus it also lands at No.2 in England and No.1 in New Zealand.

With this now becoming the third #1 set for Kanye West he now rises to equal 157th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 1965 to 2019′ and on the same listing for this decade he moves from equal 34th (with 15 other acts) to now equal 24th alongside other acts this decade with three weeks from three #1 albums in Bon Jovi, Jimmy Barnes, 5SOS, Bliss N’ Eso and Kylie Minogue.

This is the first time that the word ‘King’ has crowned the top of the Australian Albums Chart (6 different albums with a ‘King’ in the title have peaked at No.2, and the Kings of Leon have had three chart topping albums, but their King is in their name and not their album titles), while it’s the second appearance at the summit for ‘Jesus’, who last trekked this high up the charts from early August in 1992 when the John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Jon Stevens led cast recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar” logged ten weeks at No.1. The new No.1 album also becomes the 304th by an American Artist (solo, duo, group, male or female) to hit the top here (the 9th for 2019) and the 242nd by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas) and the seventh within 2019.

Holding steady this week are the current U.S. (returns for 4th week) and Canadian (6th week) No.1 album in “Hollywood’s Bleeding” by Post Malone followed by Ed Sheeran’s “No.6 Collaboration Project” at No.2 and No.3 respectively, while new at No.4 is the third album for English recording artist born Alexander O’Connor who uses the stage name Rex Orange County (Rex from Alexander, Orange County from O’C in his surname, which also stands for the name of the TV show “The O.C.” aka Orange County). The album “Pony” is his third issued but his first on a major label, plus now his first to chart in Australia.

This is followed at No.5 by the sixth studio album for another English singer in James Blunt with “Once Upon a Mind”, which instantly becomes his sixth Top 10 album in Australia since his first in 2004, with this new set landing a couple of places higher than his 2017 set “The Afterlove” which debuted and peaked at No.7. The only newly certified album this week (within the Top 100) is the latest Taylor Swift set “Lover”, which is now ▲Platinum in sales and drops down two places to No.6, while last weeks No.1 entry for Jessica Mauboy and “Hilda” is this week down six spots to land at No.7. The Tones and I EP “The Kids are Coming” drops three spots to No.8, while the Billie Eilish set “When We All Fall Asleep…” is only down a single place to No.9 with the latest Triple J “Like a Version Vol.15” decling four spots from last weeks entry to land at No.10 this week.

* Shawn Mendes’ national tour finishes up this weekend in Sydney (2-3, Nov) and this has helped his self-titled and tour-repackaged fourth album to jump back up eleven spots this week to No.13, while his third set “Illuminate” rises back up twenty-seven places to No.65.
* Local rapper ChillinIT sees his debut set which initially peaked at No.41 upon debut this time last year this week zoom up a massive forty-one spots to land at a new peak of No.18, ahead of his second album being released in “The Octagon” (no date known as yet, just late 2019 atm).
* Lizzo’s first Top 10 entry this week on the singles chart with “Good as Hell” helps her album “Cuz I Love You” rebound six spots this week to No.31.
* Tyler, the Creator rebounds seventeen spots this week to No.40 with his recently physically issued set “Igor”.
* An expanded four CD set of the 1978 Fleetwood Mac classic album “Rumours” was issued last week, which this week helps the album to climb back up seventeen spots to No.43.
* There’s a very small rise for the INXS “Very Best of” (51 to 50), with the only other climbing best of sets being for Queen (GH 83 to No.75 and Platinum on hold at No.85).
* Three albums return this week in the ‘Rocketman’ soundtrack (#87), current tourists Dan + Shay with their self-titled album (#92) and the just issued physically released “Solace Remixed” for Rufus du Sol (#100).

* Three of last weeks debuts fall hard from last weeks Top 10, starting with The Foals set “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2” (HP-10, WI10-1, 10 to No.62), then the Alter Bridge album “Walk the Sky” (HP-7, WI10-1, 7 to No.83) and leaving the entrire Top 100 from last weeks T10 is the Horrorshow set “New Normal” (HP-9, WI10-1, 9 to out).
* The only three week old entry left this week is “Awake” by Hillsong Woship (11 to No.19).
* The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album slips down eight places to No.24.
* Dropping soundtracks this week are for ‘A Star is Born’ (21 to No.23), ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (20 to No.25), ‘The Greatest Showmna’ (25 to No.26, five weeks away from its 2nd year anniversary), ‘Aladdin’ (74 to No.86) and ‘Frozen’ (96 to No.98, second soundtrack out by the end of Nov.).
* Pink falls seven places to No.29 with her “Hurts 2B Human” album.
* Two RnB albums falling down and landing back-to-back are “Astroworld” for Travis Scott (26 to No.34) and “Indigo” by Chris Brown (28 to No.35).
* Summer Walker is down eight spots this week to No.39 with her debut set “Over it”.
* Falling best of sets this week are by Maroon 5 (41 to No.42), Cold Chisel (34 to No.44), Eminem (43 to No.54), Green Day (62 to No.70), Jason DeRulo (71 to No.72), Foo Fighters (79 to No.91) and Bon Jovi (91 to No.97).
* Post Malone’s first album “Stoney” stumbles down eight places to No.48.
* G Flip sees her album “About Us” slide down twelve spots to No.51.
* The only other album to last for a second week from last weeks new entries is the James Arthur third album called “You” (23 to No.59), as leaving this week are newbies from last week by Christie Lamb (#15), Bad//Dreems (#38), Ali Barter (#53) and Jimmy Eat World (#56).
* Lana Del Rey falls down sixteen places to No.60 with “Norman F**king Rockwell”.
* There’s a fourteen places decline for the Melanie Martinez second set “K-12” to No.64.
* “KIRK” for DaBaby falls this week twenty spots to No.67, as too does The Wiggles set “Party Time!” to No.88.
* Tool lapse twenty-one places to No.69 with their nine week old entry “Fear Inoculum”.
* Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” set slides down ten places to No.82.
* The Teskey Brothers fall down sixteen spots to No.93 with “Run Home Slow”.
* Morgan Evans’ “Things That We Drink to” returned to the chart last week ay No.73, and this week it falls back down twenty-six spots to land at No.99.

* #11 (LP#41) – Three Chords and the Truth by Van Morrison is the 41st studio album for the Irish singer who was last up this high in October of 2017 with his 37th album “Roll With the Punches” (HP-11), which is also the same peak his 36th set “Keep Me Singing” also achieved in October of 2016, while all fourteen tracks on this new album are all new original songs for Van too.

* #14 (LP#5) – Boneshaker by Airbourne is the fifth album and entry for the Australian hard rock band from Warrnambool, with all but their first album “Runnin’ Wild” (HP-21, July 2007) now peaking within the Top 20 locally, having previoulsy charted with “No Guts, No Glory” (LP#2, HP-19, 2010), “Black Dog Barking” (LP#3, HP-17, 2013) and their last being “Breakin’ Outta Hell” (LP#4, HP-13, 2016).

* #20 (LP#1) – The Dark Pool by Thornhill is the debut full studio album for the Melbourne five piece metal/hard rock outfit who in 2018 released their debut EP called “Butterfly”.

* #27 (Comp#6) – Vols. 11 & 12 by Desert Sessions is the first new ‘Desert Sessions’ recordings in almost sixteen years, this new compilation of songs featuring artists such as Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Les Claypool (Primus), Matt Sweeney and QOTSA founder and Desert Sessions ringleader Joshua Homme.

* #41 (LP#1) – Cheap Queen by King Princess is the debut album for Mikaela Mullaney Straus who goes by the stage name of just simply King Princess, who last year made it to No.25 on the singles chart with her first single “1950”, taken from her debut EP called “Make My Bed”.

* #45 (LP#19.2) – Western Stars – Songs from the Film by Bruce Springsteen is the same bar-one track listing of his June 2019 album called “Western Stars” (HP-1×1), with an added bonus track of his cover of the Glen Campbell 1975 song “Rhinestone Cowboy”, with Bruce Springsteen directing the film and live performances which are interspersed with filmed, archival and live footage from Bruce’s life and career.

* #47 (LP#2) – N.A.T.I.O.N. by Bad Wolves is the second album and now entry for the American heavy metal supergroup who took their debut set “Disobey” into the chart at No.9 last May (2018) and now their second album is also their second Top 50 placing too.

* #61 (LP#2) – Cry by Cigarettes After Sex comes in thirty-five places higher than their self titled debut set achieved in 2018 (HP-96), thus this is now the second entry for the American ambient pop group.

* #79 (LP#3) – self-titled by Old Dominion is the third album and now second entry here for the American country band whose second album “Happy Endings” made it to No.84 in 2017.

Kanye West scores his third No.1 album in Australia this week as he debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with his ninth album, this one a gospel set called “Jesus is King”.

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