It’s been over two years since a country artist has taken out the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, but this week Luke Combs sees his second album “What You See is What You Get” debut at the summit in Australia this week.
“What You See is What You Get” by Luke Combs becomes the 859th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 709th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 499th to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the 21st No.1 for 2019 and the 45th for the Sony subsidiary label Columbia and their second this year after Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” in late June of this year, in fact that was the last country performed No.1 album here, while the last #1 set by a country artist was “Now” for Shania Twain (1 week on 9th of October, 2017).
This is the second album and entry for Luke Combs, whose debut set “This One’s for You” has so far reached No.7 (peaked late March of 2019) and that set is sitting at No.17 this week in it’s 87th week within the Top 100. This is the sixth No.1 album with the word ‘What’ in it’s titles, the twelfth ‘You’ (and the second with two You’s in it’s title, the other was The 1975 set “I Like it When You Sleep, For You Are so Beautiful yet Unaware of it”, 1 week on 7-March, 2016), the third ‘See’ and also the third ‘Get’ in a No.1 album title in Australia.
The new No.1 album also becomes the 305th by an American act to hit the top here (the 10th for 2019), and Luke Combs is the 155th American Act (solo, duo, group, male or female) to hit No.1, while also the 49th Solo American Male Singer and the album is also the 243rd by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas) and the eighth for 2019 after Kanye West, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Barnes. Conrad Sewell and the first for this year was Dean Lewis.
Returning to the chart at a new peak of No.2 is the 17th studio album for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and “Ghosteen”, which returns to the Top 100 at No.2 thanks to the physical release (CD, vinyl) of the album last week, which originally debuted and peaked at No.7 on the 14th of October, making it now the bands fifth Top 2 album in Australia (two #1’s and now three #2’s).
The high new and old entries pushes down last weeks top four albums this week, with Post Malone and his “Hollywood’s Bleeding”, Ed Sheeran’s “No.6 Collaborations Project” and “Lover” for Taylor Swift all moving down one place each to No.3, No.4 and No.5 respectively, while last weeks No.1 album for Kanye West and “Jesus is King” falls five places this week to No.6. There are also drops for the Billie Eilish album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” (6 to No.9) and the Tones and I EP “The Kids are Coming” (5 to No.10).
Two further Top 10 debuts this week are the No.7 entry for the soundtrack to the new Paul Feig (Bridesmaids/Ghostbuster remake) film “Last Christmas” using the music of George Michael and Wham! ONLY on the soundtrack from the bands early music like 1984’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (nothing from the 1983 first album) and many of George’s solo songs like “Too Funky”, “Faith”, “Fastlove” and “Freedom! 90” among the fourteen tracks. This is followed by the new No.1 album in their native New Zealand for the group Six60, whose third self-titled album “Six60(3)” enters here at No.8 this week to not only become their first chart entry in Australia, but also their first Top 10 placing too.
* The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” rebounds seven places this week and is back up to No.15.
* Pink’s “Hurts 2B Human” album rebounds five spots to No.23.
* With U2 in the country at the moment touring and playing their entire 1987 album “The Joshua Tree”, that set returns to the chart this week at No.28.
* While a repackaged edition of last years album for Andrea Bocelli in “Si” is now “Si Forever” and features six new tracks including his cover of “Danny Boy”, “Ode to Joy” and duets with Ellie Goulding and actress Jennifer Garner.
* Tool rise again this week with their recent No.1 set “Fear Inoculum”, back up four to No.37.
* Lizzo should jump back up next week as her album “Cuz I Love You” has been repackaged this week, but for now it rises back up six spots to No.39.
* Local artist G Flip rebounds eleven places this week to No.44 with her album “About Us”.
* Tyler, the Creator continues to yo-yo on the charts with his “Igor” set, this week it’s back up eleven spots to No.46.
* Two of last weeks four Christmas albums climb this week (the other two drop down), with the John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John set “Friends for Christmas” back up fourteen spots to No.53 and the Human Nature set “The Christmas Album” rising ten places to No.55.
* The Jason DeRulo collection “Platinum Hits” leaps up eighteen places to a new peak of No.59 this week (in it’s 29th week within the T100) thanks possibly to his new material issued last week, with the only other rising best of set being for The Wiggles (84 to No.82).
* The Hilltop Hoods doco will screen on the ABC near the end of the month, and their current 2019 album “The Great Expanse” is this week back up five spots to No.61.
* Further returning albums this week are “Down to Earth” for Flight Facilities (#70), ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ soundtrack (#78), “Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses (#81), “Map of the Soul: Persona” for BTS (#88), the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack (#97, Vol.2 came out on Friday) and lastly “21” for Adele (#99).
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, starting with Jessica Mauboy with “Hilda” (HP-1×1, WI10-3, 9 to No.12), last weeks returnee for the self-titled fourth Shawn Mendes set (HP-1×1, WI10-10a, 8 to No.19), “Pony” by Rex Orange County (HP-4, WI10-2, 10 to No.25) and the biggest drop down is for the Archie Roach first Top 10 from last week “Tell Me Why” (HP-7, WI10-1, 7 to No.87), falling a massive eighty places this week.
* The soundtracks dropping this week are for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (20 to No.21), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (25 to No.27), ‘A Star is Born’ (23 to No.29) and ‘Moana’ (89 to No.94).
* The Triple J compilation “Like a Version Vol.15” falls this week eleven spots to No.24.
* Four of last weeks new entries and re-entries score a second Top 100 week in “From Out of Nowhere” for Jeff Lynne’s ELO (12 to No.34), “Merry Christmas” for Mariah Carey (36 to No.48, overall 52nd week within the Top 100), “Travelin’ Thru Bootleg’s 1967-1969” for Bob Dylan (21 to No.89) and The Seekers’ “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (50 to No.93).
* Lewis Capaldi might have recaptured the top single spots in both America (2nd week) and Canada (3rd week) with his balled “Someone You Loved”, but here his debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” drops down six spots to No.35.
* Maroon 5’s “Singles Collection” drops down three to No.41, while further collection slumps occurring for Cold Chisel (40 to No.51), Eminem (49 to No.64), The Killers (71 to No.75), Queen (GH 72 to No.79), Green Day (76 to No.80) and Foo Fighters (83 to No,98).
* Lil’ Tecca drops down nine spots to No.42 with his mixtape “We Love You Tecca”.
* Chris Brown’s “Indigo” falls eight spots to No.45 this week.
* The fourth and fifth album that is spending a third week in the charts and falling are the James Blunt set “Once Upon a Mind” (31 to No.54) and “Three Chords and the Truth” for Van Morrison, which halves its position from last week and falls thirty places to No.60 (down from #30).
* There’s a ten place drop to No.56 with the XXXTentaction set “?”.
* Summer Walker and her album “Over it” falls down fifteen places to No.62.
* Hillsong Worship tumble down twenty-nine places to land at No.63 with “Awake”.
* Cardi B and her “Invasion of Privacy” album slides down twelve spots to No.68.
* ChillinIT slips down nine spots to No.71 with his debut set “Women, Weed & Wordplay.
* Amy Shark’s “Love Monster” falls down fifteen places to No.85.
* James Arthur’s third set “You” falls this week fifteen spots too, down to No.90.
* After his tour resurgence last week the third Shawn Mendes album “Illuminate” is this week back down thirty-eight places to No.92.
* Melanie Martinz might be spending her last week within the Top 100, as her ten week old second album “K-12” slides down the chart mountain fifteen places to land at the No.96 berth.
* Miranda Lambert scored the highest new entry in the U.S. this week with her “Wildcard” set (#4), while here it is the highest dropout of the week, falling out from No.19, while further new entries from last to depart this week are by Michel Kiwanuka (#39), ‘Charlie’s Angles 2019′ soundtrack (#58, should return next week as the filmed opened on Thursday this past week), Yelawolf (#60), The Babe Rainbow (#61) and the EP for Earl Sweatshirt (#98).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#6) – Sunsets and Full Moons by The Script is the sixth album for the Irish rock band and their fifth and the new No.1 in England this week (their #3 album only made it to No.2 there) and their sixth consecutive No.1 in their home country of Ireland, while here it becomes their first ever NOT to debut or peak within the Top 10, with their last album “Freedom Child” (LP#5, Sept 2017) debuted and peaking at No.5.
* #22 (LP#2) – Magdalene by FKA Twigs is the second album for the English singer born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, whose last album was over five years ago in “LP1” which made it to No.30 here in August of 2014, thus this new album is her highest charted album here.
* #28 (LP#5) – The Joshua Tree by U2 see above for info
* #30 (LP#2) – Hot Pink by Doja Cat is the first entry and second album for the American rapper, singer and producer who also scores her first singles chart entry this week in the track “Juicy” (new TW #68) featuring rapper Tyga. Her first album was called “Amala” and came out in late March of 2018.
* #31 (LP#16.2) – Si Forever (Diamond Edition) by Andrea Bocelli see above for info
* #65 (LP#3) – World War Joy… Push My Luck by The Chainsmokers is an evolving album of tracks as they are released, and so far six of the ten tracks have been revelaed for the duo’s third album (and second to do this staggered release), including “Who Do You Love” (with 5SOS), “Kills You Slowly”, “Call You Mine”, their current chart entry “Takeaway” (TW-60, HP-32) and the just issued single “Push My Luck”.
* #84 (LP#5) – Back to Love by Vanessa Amarosi is the local pop singers first new album in excatly ten years, as she issued “Hazardous” (HP-7) in the first week of November 2009, and now she is back with her fifth studio album and fifth entry (four studios and one compilation), while this album has so far seen two singles make the ARIA digital charts in “Heavy Like the Head” (April, HP-33) and “Hello Me” (September, HP-37).
* #91 (LP#2) – Certified Hitmaker by Lil’ Mosey is the first entry and second album for the 17 year old US rapper and singer, who also makes his singles chart debut this week with “Stuck in a Dream” with rapper Gunna, which enters in a similar chart region of No.92 on the singles chart. His first album was called “Northsbest” (as he’s from Seattle, Washington in the north-west of America) and was issued in mid-October of 2018.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com