Fourteen months after her fifth No.1 album locally, this week Kylie Minogue lands her sixth chart-topping album in Australia as her fourth (major) best of set “Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection” takes out the top spot here and also in England.
“Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection” for Kylie Minogue becomes the 851st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 701st for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 491st album to debut at No.1 (since 1976) the 13th No.1 album for 2019, the sixth No.1 album for Kylie and also the fourth chart-topper for the record label BMG, which used to be through Sony Music here and is now a label under Warner’s banner, as the previous three No.1 sets for the label were during their Sony years with one for Guy Sebastian (his first set in 2003), and two for Shannon Noll (2004 and 2005).
With Kylie taking the top spot in both Australia and England this week (helped by her UK Glastonbury show), she first was at top of both charts with her album “Fever” (15th of October, 2001 for one week) and then she did it again last year with “Golden” (16th of April, 2018), so this makes it the third time she has topped both album charts. This is her seventh UK No.1 album and here her sixth, which means she moves up on the list of ‘Accumulated No.1 Albums’ from equal 18th to now equal 13th with other acts who have scored six No.1 sets in Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and after this years additions in The Hilltop Hoods and Pink, while her weeks as No.1 have now risen to ten weeks, moving her up also on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019) from equal 74th to now outright 66th, ahead of Coldplay, Silverchair and Kasey Chambers (10 weeks from 5 #1’s) and Human Nature (10 weeks from 4 #1’s), plus for this decade listing she moves up to equal 22nd with three weeks at No.1 this decade from three chart-topping sets.
The last time we had a best of or greatest hits collection at the top in Australia was back on February 17th, 2014 when the INXS “Very Best of” (TW-39) started a seven week broken run at the top, and this new No.1 becomes the 61st Greatest Hits/Best of set to make it to the top in Australia. This is first time that the words ‘Step’ and “Definitive’ have appeared in a No.1 album title, the sixth for Back and the fifth for Time, while the seventh for ‘Collection’. Kylie’s new No.1 album becomes the 233rd by an Australian act to hit the top (solo, duo, group, male or female) and the 130th by a Solo Female artist (local or overseas). And of the 27 weeks of charting for 2019, this is the fifteenth week at No.1 by a female artist, as we have also had chart-topping sets from Ariana Grande (5 weeks), Billie Eilish (6 weeks), Pink (3 weeks) and now Kylie (1 week).
Last weeks sixth week at the top for Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” could be its last for awhile, as Ed Sheeran is about to issue a new album next week, so if she returns next week it could be the seventh and last, but for this week the longest running No.1 of 2019 is down one spot to No.2. This is followed by the two other Top 10 debuts of the week, both of which are the ninth studio albums for the two acts in Chris Brown and The Black Keys. Coming in at No.3 is “Indigo” by Chris Brown, his seventh Top 10 album in Australia (6 as a lead artist, one in a collaboration with Tyga in 2015), and it is now his equal second highest charted album here, tying with “F.A.M.E.” (LP#4, HP-3, 2011), while he has gone one place higher here with his follow-up “Fortune” (LP#5, HP-2, 2012). This double disc album has already had six song released from it, two of which are sitting within the Top 20 this week in “No Guidance” (TW-12) and “Don’t Check on Me” (debuts at #20).
New at No.4 is “Let’s Rock” for The Black Keys, the bands ninth album, eighth entry here, seventh Top 50 placing and fourth Top 10 peak, as their last set “Turn Blue” (LP#8) spent a week at No.1 on 19th of May, 2014 which means this is their first chart entry in over five years. With three new high entries, there are three place drops for Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” (2 to 5), “Diamonds” for Elton John (3 to 6), “Hurts 2B Human” by Pink (4 to 7) and last weeks new entry of the “7” (EP) by Lil’ Nas X (5 to 8, and No.1 in Canada this week). Two older albums return to the Top 10 after the drop-downs in Ed Sheeran’s third set “÷ (Divide)” which rises four spots to No.9 for a 97th week within the Top 10, and blasting back up seventy-eight places to No.10 is Pink’s last album “Beautiful Trauma” which in it’s 76th Top 100 week is logging its 25th week inside the Top 10, having not been this high since August of 2018 (I don’t know the full reason for this rise, it could be that it’s no won sale under $15 in most places).
* Morgan Evans’ tickets went on sale recently for his upcoming October national tour, and this week his second album “Things That We Drink to” (HP-5) returns to the chart at No.13.
* Last weeks debut for the soundtrack to the film ‘Yesterday’ entered at No.41 and this week with a wider release week since it’s cinema opening, the album blasts up twenty-seven spots to land at a new peak of No.14, while The Beatles infused film also pulls back into the charts the bands collection album “#1” at No.36.
* Lewis Capaldi’s debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” jumps back up nine places to No.19.
* Ed Sheeran’s new album coming out next Friday also helps pull his second studio set “x (Multiply)” back up too, rising nine spots this week to No.33.
* Adele’s “25” rebounds twenty-one places to No.34.
* ’60 Minutes’ last weekend interviewed Neil Finn about his recent joining with the touring Fleetwood Mac, who will all be here in August and September, thus the band rises this week with “Rumours” (70 to 41) and return with the ‘Longest Charted Album’ in “The Very Best of” (#68, 505 weeks).
* Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” jumps back up ten places to No.47, with other rising collections being for Green Day (86 to 82) and The Killers (92 to 90).
* Little Mix were doing promo for their new single “Bounce Back” this week, and their most recent album “LM5” this week returns at No.51.
* ChillinIt and his first entry “Women, Weed & Wordplay” is back up to No.63.
* Further returning albums are for Troye Sivan and “Bloom” (touring in September, #76), “Cuz I Love You” by Lizzo (#92) and Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” (#95).
* Five albums leave the Top 10 this week, first is last weeks returning set of Queen’s biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (HP-1×4, WI10-30, 10 to 11), followed by first-time leaver “Free Spirit” by Khalid (HP-2, WI10-12, 9 to 12), Jimmy Barnes’ “My Criminal Record” (HP-1×1, WI10-4, 6 to 16), last weeks debut “Late Night Feelings” by Mark Ronson (HP-7, WI10- 7 to 28) and the plummeting “Madame X” by Madonna (HP-2, WI10-2, 8 to 32).
* Further soundtracks dropping this week are for ‘A Star is Born’ (11 to 15), ‘Aladdin’ (14 to 21), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (21 to 22), ‘Rocketman’ (16 to 25), ‘Moana’ (66 to 79) and ‘Guardians Vol.1′ (79 to 93).
* Hayden James’ debut album “Between Us” drops a further nine spots this week to No.31.
* Jonas Brothers’ “Happiness Begins” album slides down eleven places to No.35.
* DJ Khaled’s “Father of Asahd” declines six spots to No.40.
* Collections falling this week are by The Seekers (38 to 45), Maroon 5 (48 to 64), Susan Boyle (31 to 69), The Wiggles (71 to 77), Queen (Platinum Collection 64 to 83) and Bon Jovi (75 to 100).
* Lee Kernaghan’s “Backroad Nation” slides down eighteen places to land at No.50.
* The new U.S.A. No.1 album this week is “Help us Stranger” for The Saboteurs, which here is down thirty spots to No.53, with a further second week falling album being “Party Time!” for The Wiggles (30 to 58).
* Tyler, the Creator’s “Igor” album falls eighteen spots this week to No.55.
* The Avicii posthumous album “Tim” plummets thirty places to No.65.
* There’s a ten place drop to No.66 for the Travis Scott set “Astroworld”.
* Elton John’s 1974 set “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” skips down twelve steps to No.70.
* Tyga drops twenty places to No.74 with his “Legendary” album.
* Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve” is down ten to No.78 while their newer release “Origins” falls twelve to No.88.
* Juice WRLD is reduced to one albums chart entry this week as his second set “Death Race for Love” falls twelve places to land at No.84.
* George Ezra’s “Staying at Tamara’s” falls twenty-two spots to No.85.
* Calum Scott drops down twenty-six places to No.86 with “Only Human”.
* Joji sees his 2018 album “Ballads 1” drop down twenty spots to No.94.
* The third Shawn Mendes set “illumination” falls down twenty places also, to No.97, while his self-titled set and fourth album drops nine to No.56.
* Like his dropping single this week, the Boogie wit da Hoodie album is also down, in “Hoodie SZN”, which declines fifteen places to No.99.
* Three albums from last weeks Top 50 depart the entire Top 100 this week, all of which debuted last week, in the Prince album “Originals” (#18), followed by “Keepsake” by Hatchie (#25) and “Rise” for the Hollywood Vampires (#44), with further debuts from last week to leave in albums for Hot Chip (#59), Two Door Cinema Club (#62) and Gucci Mane (#82).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #26 (LP#2) – Case Study 01 by Daniel Caeser is the second album for the Canadian singer born Ashton Simmonds, and his first to chart here in Australia, as his 2017 debut album “Freudian” failed to chart here. The new album features guests such as Brandy, Pharrell Williams, John Mayer and Sean Leon.
* #49 (LP#16) – Piano Book by Lang Lang is the first entry here for the classical pianist from the Shenhe district of China (he now lives in New York City), with him covering classical works on this album by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert.
* #52 (LP#3) – Anima by Thom Yorke will be issued physically (CD and vinyl) at the end of July, so this initial entry is on digital and streaming sales only, with his being his third entry here for the Radiohead front man, whose debut album “The Eraser” hit No.2 in mid-July of 2006, while he also charted last year with the soundtrack for the film ‘Suspiria’ (HP-65, November 2018).
* #61 (Collab#2) – Bandana by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib is the second time that the two US rappers have teamed up, as in 2014 they issued “Pinata”, and overall this is Freddie’s sixth album (three studios and three collabs.) while his very first chart entry here.
* #62 (LP#3) – Perfect Ten by Mustard is the third album for US rapper born Dijon McFarlane, and now his first albums chart entry here, while his previous titles were under the name DJ Mustard. This album has already seen a Top 50 berth for “Pure Water” (mid-March, 2019) which featured Migos, while the album also features guest acts such as A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Tyga, Boogie wit da Hoodie, Future, Quavo, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Ella Mai and Ty Dolla $ign.
* #73 (S/tk) – BTS World Soundtrack by BTS is the Korean seven-piece boy-bands soundtrack to the just released video game ‘BTS World’, which also came out last week, with four new songs on the album and ten tracks of music from the game itself. Two of the four new tracks have charted so far in “Dream Glow” (HP-77, 17th of June) and “A Brand New Day” (HP-41 on the digital charts, 24th of June). The boys also see their recent No.1 EP “Map of the Soul: Persona” drop down eight places this week to No.54, the first time in its twelve weeks of charting to drop into the lower fifty of the chart.
* #75 (EP#1) – Fire on Marzz (EP) by Benee is the debut EP for the New Zealand female singer who was born Stella Bennett in 2000, and who hit No.14 in her homeland in 2018 with her second single “Soaked” which is on this first release as well as the further NZ singles “Evil Spider” and “Want Me Back”.
* #91 (EP#3) – Inner Monologues Part 2 by Julia Michaels is the second EP this year for Julia, whose Part 1 set hit No.43 here in the first week of February this year, and this is her third overall albums chart entry, as her first EP “Nervous System” made it to No.97 in 2017.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com