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Lime Cordiale 14 Steps To A Better You

Australian Charts: Lime Cordiale Have Australia’s No 1 Album

by Gavin Ryan on July 19, 2020

in News,Noise Pro

The second studio album for Sydney group Lime Cordiale called “14 Steps to a Better You” debut’s at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, becoming their second chart entry, first Top 10 and No.1 Album too.

“14 Steps to a Better You” is the 886th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2020), the 736th for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the 524th to debut at No.1 (1976 to 2020), the 24th album for 2020 and the first for the band Lime Cordiale and second number one album for their record label Chugg Music (through MGM).

Lime Cordiale are led by the brothers Oliver and Louis Leimbach and the group formed in 2009 around the Northern Beaches of Sydney, first coming to the attention of Icehouse frontman Iva Davies who gave them the support act on his bands 2011 comeback tour. The band issued three EP’s from 2012 to 2015 and their first studio album “Permanent Vacation” which made it to No.79 in October of 2017. Of the eight singles previously issued from this 14 track album, the only chart entry has been their Triple J Hottest 100 #7 single for 2019 in “Robbery” which made it to No.63 upon debut back in February of this year.

This is the first time that the number “14” or even the word has topped the albums chart in Australia, although Janet Jackson did hit No.1 in 1990 with “Rhythm Nation 1814” (3 weeks) which contains a “14” within it title. It’s been 53 weeks since the word ‘Step(s)’ appeared in an album title, after 2019’s Kylie collection “Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection” (1 week on 8th of July, 2019). It’s the twelfth time for the word ‘You’ (Luke Combs “What You See is What You Get” was the last from Nov. 2019) and the first time for the word ‘Better’.

Even though Lime Cordiale are led by the two Leimbach brothers, there are still a six piece outfit, so instead of classing them as a duo I have categorized them as a group. So the band becomes the 245th Australian act (solo, duo, group, male or female) to top the local charts and the ninth for 2020, which already surpasses the eight from 2019 and 2017, while its close to the ten Aussie No.1 albums from 2018 (20 in 2016 is the record to beat). They are also the first sole Australian act at the top in almost a month as Vika & Linda last hit the top on June 22nd (although the “Music from the Home Front” {2 weeks from June 26th} album was full of local acts too), and Lime Cordiale become the 119th Australian Act to hit No.1 here also. For groups the band are now the 392nd to hit the top locally, and the first time since 2016 that we’ve cracked double figures for groups at No.1 during a calendar year, as we’ve now racked up eleven groups at the top this year (it was 20 in 2016), the last being The 1975 at the start of June, while the new No.1 album also give the band the honour of becoming the 66th Australian Group to hit the top here.

There are three albums landing within the top three spots this week, with Sydney trip-hop trio DMA’s coming in at No.2 with their third album “The Glow”, which becomes their third Top 10 album and fourth overall entry (3 albums and 1 Live set), following on from “Hills End” (HP-8, March 2016) and “For Now” (HP-7, May 2018) and last years “MTV Unplugged: Live” (HP-94, July 2019), with their new album also landing at No.1 in Scotland and No.4 in England this weekend.

The third album and first posthumous release for slain rapper Juice WRLD called “Legends Never Die” comes in at No.3 this week to become his second Top 10 placing and fourth overall albums chart entry (3 studios and one mixtape alongside rapper Future), plus this new set becomes his highest charted album and it debuted at No.1 in New Zealand, England, Ireland and Norway (so far). Nine singles from the album are within the Top 50 singles chart this week including it’s first release “Righteous” (HP-15, peaked May 2020) is back within the Top 100 at No.25, while he scores two Top 10 placings in “Come & Go” with Marshmello and “Life’s a Mess” with Halsey, with other acts helping to finish the album and lend their vocals to his tracks including Trippie Redd, Polo G, The Kid Laroi, Dr. Luke and Skrillex.

Last weeks “slain-rapper” entry was for Pop Smoke which came in at No.1 (I thought we might have had the first back-to-back posthumous No.1’s this week for the first time ever, but alas not yet) and it falls three spots to No.4 this week, followed by a single place slip to No.5 for Harry Styles’ “Fine Line” and after a huge return to the chart last week the ‘Hamilton’ cast recording is up one spot this week to a new peak of No.6, while it also swaps places with the Billie Eilish debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go” down one to No.7 and logging its 66th week within the Top 10 too. Dropping three places to No.8 is the recent No.1 compilation “Music from the Home Front”, followed by a returning-to-the-ten album for Luke Combs in “What You See is What You Get” which is back up two places to No.9 and now spending its tenth overall week within the ten, and lastly down one spot to No.10 is the Post Malone set “Hollywood’s Bleeding” which is now up to its 38th week within the Top 10.

Taylor Swift rises back up four spots to No.13 with her “Lover” set, while she also rebounds sixteen spots to No.37 with her older entry “1989”. Lewis Capaldi’s debut album is back up three to No.15 and thanks to a vinyl and physical release last week the recent Make Them Suffer album called “How to Survive a Funeral” leaps back into the Top 100 at a new peak of No.17, having previously made it to No.48 and spending one week within the chart on June 29th, 2020.
The EP’s for Billie Eilish (34 to No.27), Benee (40 to No.36) and Tones and I (47 to No.41) all rise back up this week, with collections rising for Eminem (37 to No.32), Maroon 5 (38 to No.33) and INXS (41 to No.35). Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 masterpiece “Rumours” rebounds fifteen places to land at No.40, while the new Juice WRLD entry helps his first set “Goodbye & Good Riddance” (HP-39) to rise back up three spots to No.43, while the last returning album to the fifty this week is “Artists Unite for Fire Fight”, back up nineteen places to land at No.50.

There are four albums leaving the Top 10 this week, with last weeks No.2 set for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with their live set “Chunky Shrapnel” (HP-2, WI10-1) falling out of the Top 50, followed by the Bob Dylan set “Rough and Rowdy Ways” (HP-2×2, WI10-3) which tumbles down eleven spots to land at No.14. Two former No.1 sets also leave in “Future Nostalgia” for Dua Lipa (HP-1×1, WI10-14) down one to No.11 and the Lady Gaga album “Chromatica” (HP-1×2, WI10-6) which drops four places to land at No.12.
The Weeknd falls six places to No.18 with “After Hours”, while both Ed Sheeran entries drop down in “÷ (Divide)” (15 to No.20) and “No.6 Collaborations Project” (14 to No.21), which is its first time outside of the Top 20 in its 53 weeks on the chart (its previous lowest position was #16). After rising back up last week thanks to a new single issued/charting in “Half a Man” (digital #28) the Dean Lewis album “A Place We Knew” is back down four this week to No.24, with recent No.3 peaking Ocean Alley dropping five this week to No.26 with “Lonely Diamond”.
The rising soundtracks from last week all turn back around this week in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (25 to No.30), ‘Frozen 2’ (30 to No.34) and ‘The Greatest Showman’ (33 to No.39), with last weeks No.24 peaking Pop Smoke mixtape “Meet the Woo 2” falling back down fourteen places this week to No.38. Halsey drops eleven spots to No.42 with her “Manic” third album, Polo G falls six to No.45 with “GOAT”, 5SOS stumble down fourteen places to No.46 with “C A L M” and Drake’s “Scorpion” is his only Top 50 entry this week, it’s down six places to No.48.

* #28 (LP#3) – Monsters by The Midnight is the third album for the Los Angeles based duo of Jamison Tyler Lyle and Tim Daniel McEwan who met in 2012 and released their first material as an EP in 2014, followed by their debut album in 2016 called “Endless Summer”, after which was “Nocturnal” (EP in 2017) and then in 2018 their second album called “Kids”, while this becomes their first charted album in Australia too.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.

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