The fifth studio album for US chanteuse Lana Del Rey becomes her fourth consecutive No.1 album in Australia, as “Lust for Life” enters the ARIA Albums Chart in the top position this week.
“Lust for Life” becomes the 804th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 655th for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the 448th to debut in the No.1 position and the 26th for the Interscope record label. All of the previous Lana albums have debut in the top spot but have only stayed for a single week, so will this new set do the same, as previously she went to No.1 with “Born to Die” (13-Feb-2012), “Ultraviolence” (23-June-2014) and “Honeymoon” (28-Sept-2015).
On the list for ‘Most Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Albums’ she moves from seventeenth to now eleventh, tying with other acts who have achieved four accumulated weeks at the top this decade like Justin Bieber and Keith Urban (3 #1’s each), and then Coldplay, Mumford & Sons and Beyonce (all with two #1’s apiece). This is the first time that the word ‘Lust’ has appeared in a No.1 album title and the eight for a ‘Life’, with the last one being Vance Joy and “Dream Your Life Away”.
The new No.1 album becomes the 281st by an American act (solo, duo or group) to hit No.1 here, and Lana is the first from the USA this year to have a No.1 album, whilst for Female Solo Artists this new chart-topping album becomes the 120th overall, and the third for 2017 after No.1 sets from Lorde (26th June) and Kasey Chambers (30th Jan). Looking at the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums: Female; American’, Lana is now equal second for the most chart-topping albums alongside the four achieved by Pink (34 weeks at No.1 in total though), whilst leading the pack with eleven No.1 albums is Madonna, whilst now equal third place are Barbra Stresiand, Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift with three No.1’s apiece.
The singles chart saw 16 Linkin Park entries this week, whilst the album chart has eleven albums from the group, and the highest of those returning sets is the bands debut album “Hybrid Theory” at its former peak of No.2 (three weeks in February 2002), followed by their seventh studio album which came out only a couple of months ago (mid-May), “One More Light” (HP-3), which leaps back up eighty-three spots to land just behind its former peak and sit at No.4 this week. Two more of the bands album are back within the Top 10 too, as “Meteora” (LP#2, HP-2, 31st March, 2003) at No.5 and their first No.1 album in “Minutes to Midnight” (LP#3, HP-1×1, peaked 28th May, 2007) is back in at No.7, with more to follow further in the report.
Former No.1 “÷ (Divide)” by Ed Sheeran drops to its lowest position of its 21 week chart run, as it falls two spots to No.3 this week after seventeen broken weeks at the top. Last weeks leap into the Top 10 for the “Baby Driver” soundtrack is back down four places to No.9 this week and falling seven spots to No.10 is the second Lorde album “Melodrama”. There are two more new entries to the Top 10 this week, with the debut Vera Blue album (and second overall if I include her Celia Pavey album from 2013, “This Music” (HP-14); post The Voice shows), entitled “Perennial” coming in at No.6, and also scoring his first Top 10 album here is rapper Tyler, The Creator with his fourth studio album “Flower Boy” coming in at No.8. His three previous album all charted here, with his third set “Cherry Bomb” (HP-13, April 2015) being his previous best chart effort until this week.
* The Rag’N’Bone Man national tour which concluded during last weeks chart sales week helps to keep his debut album “Human” at No.11 for a second week.
* Not only did the music world lose the Linkin Park lead singer, but local singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu also passed this week, and his three albums return to the chart this week, with his self-titled “Gurrumul” (HP-3, peaked Nov 2008) back in at No.27 and his second set “Rrakala” (HP-3, peaked late April 2011) returns at No.81, whilst his last set “The Gospel Album” (HP-3, August 2015) is back in at No.66.
* Right after Geoffrey’s return is the next of the many Linkin Park returns this week, with their Jay-Z duet album “Collision Course” (HP-8, peaked Jan 2005) at No.28, followed by their last studio album “The Hunting Party” (LP#6, HP-3, peaked June 2014) at No.38, “Living Things” (LP#5, HP-2, early July 2012) at No.40, the band’s longest running No.1 in “A Thousand Suns” (LP#4, HP-1×4, Sept. 2010) at No.47, their second live album “Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes” (HP-24, peaked Dec 2008, now Gold (●) in sales) at No.59, and finally their remix album “ReAnimation” (HP-16, peaked August 2002, also newly Gold (●)) is back in at No.84.
* Two big tours of the country at the moment see their albums rise and sit back-to-back this week, firstly Little Mix and “Glory Days” is back up six to No.29 and the 25th Anniversary edition and tour for k.d.Lang’s “Ingenue” helps it to leap up sixty places and land at No.30 this week.
* Amy Shark performed at the ‘Splendour in the Grass’ concerts last weekend, and her EP “Night Thinker” is back up thirteen places to No.45, which also benefits other acts who appeared there such as Tash Sultana and her “Notion” (EP) (63 to 60), Catfish & the Bottlemen with “The Ride” (returns at #88) and The Dune Rats’ “The Kids Will Know it’s Bullshit” (returns at #80).
* With a massive influx of Linkin Park and new entries to the Top 10 this week, we say goodbye to seven former Top 10 albums; “Witness” (HP-2, WI10-6) for Katy Perry (4 to 12), “DAMN.” (HP-2, WI10-13) for Kendrick Lamar (7 to 13 and newly Gold (●) in sales), “Evolve” (HP-4, WI10-4) by Imagine Dragons (8 to 14), last weeks highest entry for Meg Mac and “Low Blows” (HP-2, WI10-1, 2 to 15), “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” (HP-5, WI10-3) for Calvin Harris (9 to 16), the Jay-Z set “4:44” (HP-3, WI10-2, 6 to 22), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks debut at No.10 is the “Punk Goes Pop Vol.7” (HP-10, WI10-1) compilation.
* Soundtracks for films dropping this week are “Guardians Vol.2” (16 to 25), “Trolls” (17 to 26), “Guardians Vol.1” (23 to 32), “Suicide Squad” (43 to 52), “Sing” (50 to 58), “Beauty & the Beast” (54 to 75) and “Frozen” (65 to 76).
* Hillsong United with “Wonder” and Stone Sour’s “Hydrograd” both fall fifteen places each to No.33 and No.34 respectively.
* Dropping fourteen places is The Weeknd album “Starboy” to No.41.
* Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” falls ten places to No.48.
* Bliss N’ Eso tumble eighteen places to land at No.50 with their former No.1 set “Off the Grid”.
* After a rise last week, the Pete Murray set “Camacho” falls back down twenty places to No.51.
* Drake is down thirteen to No.53 with his mixtape album “More Life”, and his album “Views” falls ten to No.87.
* Keith Urban tumbles out of the Top 50, down eighteen places to No.63 with his “Ripcord” album.
* Khalid falls fourteen places to No.65 with his “American Teen” set.
* The 50th Anniversary edition of The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers” tumbles thirfty-seven places this week to land at No.70.
* Zara Larsson is down twelve to No.72 with her “So Good” album, which should rise next week as she is the country on a promo tour at the moment.
* DJ Khaled might have the No.1 song in the country and three songs overall within the Top 15, but his album “Grateful” is down twenty-nine spots to No.73.
* Roy Orbison’s “Ultimate Collection” falls fifteen spots to No.77.
* Halsey plummets forty-six spots to No.85 with her second album “hopeless fountain kingdom”, and her debut set “Badlands” is down twenty-three places to No.98.
* Oh Wonder might have been at Splendour last weekend, but their new album “Ultralife” descends a massive fifty-five places to No.92 this week.
* Lady Antebellum drops twenty-four places to land at #100 with their “Heart Break” album.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com