Pink remains at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with her “Beautiful Trauma” album for a sixth broken week at No.1.
“Beautiful Trauma” now takes Pink’s tally of weeks at No.1 in Australia to 40 weeks, and on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums 1965 to 2017’ she is now equal fifth alongside the 40 weeks racked up by Adele from her two No.1 albums, with her next target being the 46 weeks achieved by Neil Diamond’s five chart-topping albums. For this decade Pink has now tallied 29 weeks at No.1, placing her now equal second alongside Ed Sheeran on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s; Albums’, with Adele leading that list on her aforementioned 40 weeks.
Speaking of Ed Sheeran, his third album “÷ (Divide)” is back up one spot to No.2 thanks to his new No.1 single this week, and also up one spot to No.3 is the Michael Buble “Christmas” set, with Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” down two spots to No.4 this week. The only NEW entry to the Top 10 this week is the fourteenth studio album for Irish rock band U2 entitled “Songs of Experience” coming in at No.5, and it becomes the bands 17th Top 10 album in Australia, and surpasses the peak of the companion album “Songs of Innocence” (HP-7, Oct. 2014), with the album coming in at the same position in the UK this week.
The second of three Top 10 seasonal albums occurs at No.6, as the Farnham & ON-J set “Friends for Christmas (Deluxe)” is up two places to No.6 and newly certified 2x▲Platinum in sales, whilst the third set is the Sia album “Everyday is Christmas” (HP-7), which is back up four places to No.10 for a second week within the Top 10 thanks to her current national tour. Down one spot to No.7 is the Jessica Mauboy soundtrack for “The Secret Daughter: Season 2”, followed by last weeks highest entry for Daryl Braithwaite and “Days Go By: Definitive Greatest Hits Collection”, down three to No.8 and finally dropping a couple of spots to No.9 is the Sam Smith set “The Thrill of it All”.
* Imagine Dragons see their “Evolve” album jump back up eight places to No.15, the last time the album was this high was back in late September, and this is its 13th week within the Top 20.
* Both Elton John compilations rise this week, and his 1974 album returns lower down. Firstly his new 3CD GH set “Diamonds” leaps up forty-nine spots to land at a new peak of No.19 (former peak was #33), his older set “Rocket Man” (HP-10) is back up thirty-four spots to No.46 and his 1974 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” return at No.95, and with him appearing on G.Norton this past Friday to promote his new album, the set(s) could rise again next week.
* All Ed Sheeran albums rise back up this week, with his second set “x” up six to No.27 and his first album “+” back into the Top 50, rising twelve to No.43.
* Shawn Mendes has been touring the country, and his “Illuminate” album is back up fourteen places to No.28 this week.
* The Foo Fighters’ “Concrete and Gold”jums back up thirteen places to No.37 this week.
* The Weeknd is another act touring the country at the moment, and his No.1 album from late November of 2016 in “Starboy” is back up thirty-two places to No.49, whilst his previous album “Beauty Behind the Madness” returns at No.80.
* Sia continues her national tour too, and her last studio album “This is Acting” is back up twelve places to No.53.
* A new expanded vinyl edition of The Hilltop Hoods album “Drinking from the Sun, Walking Under Stars, Restrung” was released last week, which helps the set back into the chart at No.56 this week.
* Hillsong Worship are back up fourteen places to No.58 with their set “The Peace Project”.
* Paul McCartney last toured Australia in the early 1990’s, and this past week he has graced up with a national tour, thus his collection “Pure McCartney” returns at No.67 this week.
* The recently two-part biopic “Friday on My Mind: The Easybeats Story” concluded last Sunday night on the ABC, and this week their 1980 collection “Abolsute Anthology 1965-1969” (HP-35, peaked late Dec 1980) returns to the chart at No.75.
* Further re-entries this week are “Kick30” for INXS at No.78, “The 50 Greatest Hits” for Elvis at No.83, Jimmy Barnes with his 30th Anniversary edition of “For the Working Class Man” (#86), Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” (#88, Mick Fleetwood is in the country promoting his new book), “Witness” for Katy Perry (#92), another touring artist who started just this past week in Jack Johnson and “All the Lights Above it Too” (#93) and The Killers most recent album “Wonderful Wonderful” (#94).
* There are two albums leaving the Top 10 this week, the second is mentioned below in the Xmas titles, the other is for recent 4xARIA Award winner Paul Kelly with his first No.1 album in Australia “Life is Fine” (HP-1×1, WI10-9a), down three to No.12.
* After rebounding last week due to being the ARIA Album of the Year winner, Gang of Youths slide only four places this week to No.16 with “Go Farther in Lightness”.
* Khalid drops down eleven places to No.32 with “American Teen”.
* Now that her tour is over here, Lorde is down sixteen places to No.33 with “Melodrama”, with her “Pure Heroine” leaving the charts from #62.
* Guy Sebastian drops ten places to No.34 with his “Conscious” set.
* Macklemore is touring in February 2018, but for now his “Gemini” album drops eight to No.36.
* The soundtrack for “The Secret Daughter: Season 1” is back down eleven places to No.38, with “The Trolls” set moving down eleven to No.41 and “Stranger Things” TV soundtrack down sixteen places to No.91.
* The “Best of-All for You” by Cold Chisel drops down thirteen spots to No.47, with other GH sets dropping from Midnight Oil (40 to 55), Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of; 35 to 57), Paul Kelly (36 to 61), Cat Stevens (even though he’s touring, 58 to 63), The Eagles (48 to 64), Green Day (41 to 65), AC/DC “Live” (67 to 77), Crowded House (57 to 82), Fleetwood Mac (GH, 69 to 89) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (70 to 98).
* Chris Brown is down ninteen places to No.50 with his “Heartbreaks on a Full Moon” set.
* After a burst to No.32 last week, the Seal album “Standards” is back down twenty places this week to No.52.
* The Platinum edition of the Little Mix album “Glory Days” returned at No.11 last week, and this week it tumbles forty-nine places to No.60.
* The Tim McGraw and Faith Hill album “The Rest of Our Life” falls down twenty-three spots to No.66.
* Maroon 5 are down nine places to No.68 with their recent studio album “Red Pill Blues”.
* After ARIA Awards winning surge last week, Amy Shark’s EP “Night Thinker” is back down twenty-four places to No.70.
* Carole King’s 1971 set “Tapestry” drops down twenty-seven places to No.74.
* Pnau might have their new single climbing the charts, but their album “Changa” is this week down nineteen places to No.79.
* Justin Bieber drops twenty places to No.81 with his “Purpose” album from this week in 2015.
* Drake drops nineteen places to No.90 with his “More Life” set.
* Tash Sultana also sees her EP drop this week, “Notion” is down thirteen places to No.96.
* Vance Joy plummet forty-three places to No.99 with their “Dream Your Life Away” album.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (#18), Bjork (#22) and Hopsin (#37).
* After one week within the Top 10, the Elvis Preley and RPO set “Christmas with…” (HP-10, WI10-1) is down a spot to No.11.
* Two former No.2 seasonal sets return to the chart this week, back in at No.13 is Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” and the Human Nature set “The Christmas Album” re-enters at No.22.
* A Pentatonix Christmas (now fixed by ARIA for its chart info) leaps back into the Top 30 this week, up a massive forty-five places to No.21, five away from its former peak of No.16.
* Leaping twenty places to a new peak of No.29 is the fifth seasonal album for The Wiggles in “Wiggly, Wiggly, Christmas”.
* After dropping out of the Top 50 last week, the Chris Isaak “Christmas” set is back up nine to No.42.
* Josh Groban’s expanded edition of “Noel” is down ten places to No.62.
* After slowly falling down over the past couple of weeks, this week the Hanson set “Finally it’s Christmas” is back up twenty-two places to land at No.69.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #25 (LP#3) – From a Room: Volume 2 by Chris Stapleton lands five places lower than his first volume from May this year (“From a Room: Vol.1, HP-20), and becomes his third studio and charting album, as his debut set “The Traveller” made it to No.47 in November of 2015.
* #30 (GH#1) – A Decade of Destruction by Five Finger Death Punch is the hard-rock bands first collection of songs, and features two new tracks including their new single “Trouble”. This is their fifth albums chart entry since they first took their third album “American Capitalist” (HP-50) into our charts back in October of 2011.
* #31 (LP#38) – Versatile by Van Morrison is a collection of sixteen tracks, ten of which are covers of older tracks like “Unchained Melody”, “Skye Boat Song”, “Makin’ Whoopee” and the Gershwin song “They Can’t Take That Away
* #44 (LP#4) – War & Leisure by Miguel becomes the third album to chart here for the US singer, songwriter and actor, and this album peaks around where his first chart entry and second album did so back in September of 2013, when “Kaleidoscope Dream” reached No.45, whilst his last entry was his third album “Wildheart”, which debuted and peaked at No.8 in mid July of 2015.
* #54 (GH#26) – On Air by The Rolling Stones is a single and also a two CD set of their songs performed by the band and recorded by the BBC in England between 1963 and 1965, and features early and live recordings of some of their songs like “Satisfaction”, “It’s All Over Now”, “Route 66”, “The Last Time”, “Around and Around”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Walking the Dog” and “Little by Little”.
* #85 (LP#39) – The Visitor by Neil Young + Promise of the Real is the third collaboration between Neil and Promise, after the “The Monsanato Years” (HP-23, June 2015) and the live album “Earth” (HP-37, June 2016).
* #97 (S’tk) – Trolls Holiday Soundtrack is a seven track set of songs performed in the recently broadcast and then DVD/BR issued “Trolls Holiday” Christmas special, with tracks once again performed by the cast of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel and Icona Pop.
SILENCE Marshmello x Khalid ▲ 2
YOUNG DUMB & BROKE Khalid ▲ 3
UNFORGETTABLE French Montana Feat. Swae Lee ▲ 4
LET YOU DOWN Peking Duk Feat. Icona Pop ●
STARGAZING EP Kygo ●
THE HORSES Daryl Braithwaite ▲ 5
FALLIN’ Jessica Mauboy ▲ 2
FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS [DELUXE EDITION] John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John ▲ 2
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com