The fourteenth studio album for Kylie Minogue titled “Golden” becomes her fifth No.1 on the ARIA Albums Charts, plus the set also took out the top spot in England (her 6th there) and Scotland as well.
“Golden” becomes the 818th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2018), the 669th for ARIA (1983 to 2018) and the 461st to debut in the top spot, plus the third new No.1 album for the year and the eleventh chart-topping set for the Liberation record label, whose last No.1 set was six weeks ago for Vance Joy and “Nation of Two” (#817th No.1 album).
Kylie first hit the top here with her “Light Years set for one week in October of 2000, following it up exactly one year later with “Fever” (5 wks from 15-Oct, 2001), with her tenth set “X” logging a solo stay in early December of 2007, while her last chart-topper here was with “Kiss Me Once” (24th March, 2014 for one week), taking her tally to now five No.1 albums, placing her equal 17th on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums’ alongside other five #1 achievers as Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, AC/DC, Silverchair, Powerfinger and Crowded House amongst them. She is also now equal 73rd on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1; 1965 to 2018’, as she has now racked up nine overall weeks at the top here from her five No.1’s, sitting alongside Pearl Jam (8 #1’s), Powderfinger (5 #1’s also), One Direction (4 #1’s), Avril Lavigne (3 #1’s) and Lionel Richie (2 #1’s).
As this is Kylie’s second No.1 album for this decade she joins the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Albums” with other two-weeks-from-two-No.1’s like Madonna, 5SOS, Boy & Bear, RuFuS, Sia, Flume, Jimmy Barnes, Temper Trap, Barbra Streisand, Nick Cave, The Weeknd, Lorde, QOTSA, Anthony Callea and Vance Joy. This is the third album with ‘Golden’ as or in its title to hit the top here, the first being “20 Golden Greats” for Creedence Clearwater Revival (2 wks from 4th of Feb, 1980) and the most recent was by Powderfinger and “Golden Rule” (1 wk, 23rd November, 2009). “Golden” is now the 220th No.1 album by an Australian artist, and the 124th for a Female singer, and the first since Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” (20th Nov, 2017), while Kylie is now equal first on the list for ‘Australian Female Singers with the most No.1 Albums’ alongside Olivia Newton-John and Kasey Chambers who have both had five No.1 albums apiece (Kasey has a new album coming out soon so she might surpass them both).
It was a battle for the top spot this week between Kylie and local church group Hillsong Worship whose 29th studio album “There is More” becomes the 24th Top 10 set for the church (under it’s many guises) plus its tenth Top 2 album. Ed Sheeran drops down two places to No.3 with his third album ” ÷ (Divide)” after 27 broken weeks at the top here, while it holds for 35th week in New Zealand where he recently wrapped up his national tour, and also down two spots to No.4 is the soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman”, with two more surviving albums from last weeks Top 10 being the new US and Canadian No.1 set “My Dear Melancholy,” (EP) for The Weeknd which here is down five to No.8 and Ed Sheeran’s “x (Multiply)” is also down five places to land at No.9.
There are four further Top 10 debut this week, coming in at No.5 is the tribute album to Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and “Revamp: The Songs of…”, which features covers by such acts as Pink, Logic, Coldplay, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Demi Lovato, The Killers, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, QOTSA and Miley Cyrus, while a second country version also enter this week. The debut album for US female rapper Cardi B entitled “Invasion of Privacy” comes in at No.6, and features five Top 100 entries here this week (see singles section).
Local singer/songwriter Alison Wonderland sees her second album “Awake” come in at No.7, which is one place lower than her debut set “Run” (HP-6) achieved in late March of 2015, with this new album led by the single “Church” (TW/HP-54). The sixth and final Top 10 entry is the fifth studio album for actor Jared Leto’s band Thirty Seconds to Mars entitled “America”, which comes in at No.10 helping it to become their second Top 10 album in Australia, as their last set from late May of 2013 “Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams” debuted and peaked at No.4, while overall this is their fifth albums chart entry here.
* Both of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtracks are back up this week, with “Vol.1” back into the Top 20 and up five to No.17 and “Vol.2” is up three to No.25, with other rising soundtrack being for “Trolls” (69 to 58) and “Stranger Things” (79 to 71).
* The announcement this past week of Neil Finn replacing Lindsay Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac for their next tour helps the bands “Very Best of” set to rise twenty-one spots to No.32, with other rising Greatest Hits sets being for Guns N’ Roses (45 to 41), Crowded House (57 to 47), The Killers (73 to 54), Prince (returns at #68), Cat Stevens (returns at #79), Neil Diamond (returns at #83), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (returns at #84), and Eurythmics (returns at #97).
* Lorde’s :Melodrama” album blasts back up forty-one spots to No.36.
* Next weekend (from 21st of April) Harry Styles will be touring the country, and this week his self titled set is back up five places to No.77.
* Halsey jumps back up fifteen spots to No.78 with her “hopeless kingdom fountain” album.
* Keith Urban rises eleven spots to No.80 with his “Ripcord” set.
* Further returning albums are “The Eminem Show” at No.85 and “Wonderful! Wonderful!” by The Killers at No.91.
* There are six albums leaving the Top 10 this week, all falling into the Top 20, with “+ (Positive)” (HP-1×1, WI10-44a) for Ed Sheeran down four to No.11, “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars (HP-3, WI10-14a) falling seven to No.12, “Stoney” by Post Malone (HP-5, Wi10-16a) down three to No.13, “?” by XXXTentacion (HP-3, WI10-3) dropping nine places to No.15, the “Black Panther” soundtrack (HP-2, WI10-8) leaves the Top 10 for the first time and is down seven to No.16, while the self-titled Dua Lipa set (HP-8, WI10-2a) falls ten places to No.18.
* Taylor Swift leaves the Top 20 with both of her chart entries, as “Reputation” and “1989” are both down nine spots apiece to No.22 and No.23 respectively.
* Vance Joy tumbles back down thirteen places to No.24 with his second album “Nation of Two”, while his debut set “Dream Your Life Away” drops twelve spots to No.64.
* Down ten places is “Beautiful Life” for Pink to No.26, while here “Greatest Hits… So Far” album is also down ten to No.56.
* The soundtrack for “Fifty Shades Freed” is also down ten places, to No.27, with further dropping soundtracks being for “Molly” (64 to 95) and “Frozen” (leaves from No.84).
* The second George Ezra album “Staying at Tamara’s” falls fifteen to No.33.
* Dami Im plummets twenty-two places to No.34 with her covers set “I Hear a Song”.
* Calum Scott falls fourteen to No.35 with his debut album “Only Human”.
* Eminem sees his most recent studio album “Revival” fall ten places to No.39.
* The two older Bruno Mars albums are also down this week with “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” sliding nine spots to No.43 and “Unorthodox Jukebox” plummets thirty-four places to No.96.
* The debut set for Camila Cabello and “Camilla” drops nineteen spots to No.45.
* Dropping fourteen places apiece are “Purpose” for Justin Bieber and “The Thrill of it All” by Sam Smith to No.50 and No.51 respectively.
* Falling collections are by Queen (48 to 55), The Wiggles (44 to 63), Lionel Richie (38 to 66), Cold Chisel (54 to 70), AC/DC Live (56 to 73), and Phil Collins leaves from #41.
* Logic leaves the Top 50 with his mixtape “Bobby Tarantino II”, down thirteen to No.62.
* Last weeks Bluesfest return for Rag’N’Bone Man and “Human” falls back down thirty-two spots to No.65.
* Luke Combs is down fifteen places to No.82 with his set “This One’s For You”, while Luke Bryan drops thirty spots to No.88 with “What Makes You Country”.
* Last weeks return at No.51 for the Metallica set “Hardwired…to Self Destruct” drops back down thirty-eights spots to No.89.
* Jack White plummets fifty-seven places to No.90 with his latest set “Boarding House Reach”.
* “Snow” falls for Angus & Julia Stone as their set tumbles down thirty-three spots to No.99.
* Albums dropping out from last weeks Top 50 are from Hayley Kiyoko (#20), Kacey Musgraves (#25), Escape the Fate (#39), with further new entries from last week leaving for Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite (#60), BTS (#71) and Steffany Gretzinger (#98).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #19 (V/A) – Johnny Cash: Forever Words by Various Artists is a collection of the former country legends poems and lyrics as performed by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Kasey Musgraves, an older recording from the passed Chris Cornell, along with others like Alison Krauss, T-Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, Jewel, Elvis Costello and The Jayhawks amongst the sixteen tracks.
* #20 (LP#2) – Echoes in Blue by City Calm Down becomes the local alt-pop Melbourne band’s second albums chart entry and surpasses the No.25 peak of their debut set “In a Restless House” (HP-25, November 2015).
* #30 (LP#1) – The Album by Aunty Donna is the first album of material from the comedy troupe who formed during their education at the University of Ballarat in 2011, with three of the bands members hosting Rage last weekend, the albums lead single being “Chuffed (Dad Song)”.
* #37 (LP#10) – Loudmouth Soup by Cosmic Psychos is the first albums chart entry for the local band who formed in 1982, with this their tenth studio album and first new material in three years.
* #52 (LP#8) – Erase Me by Underoath is the fourth album to chart here for the American Christian metalcore act and their first new album in nine-and-a-half years, last charting in November of 2010 with their seventh album “Ø (Disambiguation)” (HP-74), whilst they have also charted with “Define the Great Line” (LP#5, HP-28, July 2006) and “Lost in the Sound of Separation” (LP#6, HP-36, September 2008).
* #57 (V/A) – Restoration: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin by Various Artists is similar to this weeks No.5 collection of covered Elton & Bernie songs, instead this edition is done by country artists such as Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Don Henley, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and the only artist to appear on both sets Miley Cyrus.
* #59 (LP#2) – Vacation in Hell by Flatbush Zombies, are named after their Brooklyn, New York bureau of Flatbush where they originate from, and this is their second albums chart entry here, as their debut set “3001: A Laced Odyssey” made it to No.39 here in March of 2016, with this new album featuring guest acts such as A$AP Twelvyy, Jadakiss, Portugal.The Man and Denzel Curry.
* #72 (S’tk) – The Searcher Original Soundtrack by Elvis Presley is the soundtrack to the HBO April 14th released multi part documentary series about his music and work, and features such Elvis classics as “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight”. “That’s All Right”, “Suspicious Minds” and “It’s Now or Never” amongst its eighteen tracks.
* #74 (LP#4) – Ivory by Gin Wigmore is the New Zealand singers fourth entry here and now lowest charted, as her debut set “Holy Smoke” peaked at No.69 here in the first week of October, 2009, plus it also became her first non-No.1 set in her native country too.
* #76 (LP#4) – Sex & Food by Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the second New Zealand act entering here this week with their fourth album and second chart entry, as their third set “Multi-Love” debuted and peaked at No.45 in June of 2015.