For a rare third week in a row the Pink album “Beautiful Trauma” leads the ARIA Albums Chart at No.1, whilst she might not retain the top spot next week with new stuff coming from Sam Smith and potential No.1 albums from Guy Sebastian and Maroon 5, the week after which sees the new Taylor Swift album due for release.
Pink now has the equal second longest running No.1 album for 2017, tying with the “Trolls” soundtrack which spent three broken weeks at the top during January and February, the longest run for this year of course is the Ed Sheeran Divide album at 20 weeks. Pink’s tally of weeks at No.1 now moves to 37 weeks (1 week shy of Rod Stewart’s 38 weeks), and for this decade she has now amassed 26 weeks at the top (Ed Sheeran is ahead of her in second place with 29 weeks).
Moving back up to No.2 is the Ed Sheeran long-running No.1 set “÷ (Divide)”, whilst the highest new entry for the week occures at No.3, the fourth studio album for local rapper 360 entitled “Vintage Modern”, which becomes his third albums chart entry and also third Top 5 album, as his last set “Utopia” debuted and peaked at No.2 in June of 2014, and previously he first charted with his second album “Falling & Flying” (HP-4, October 2011).
Last weeks No.2 entry for Niall Horan and “Flicker” is down two places to No.4 and is the new No.1 album in both America and Canada this week. After which there are three more Top 10 entries for the week, coming in at No.5 with his eighth studio album is Chris Brown (and featuring 2CDs with 40 tracks in total) dropping early digitally this week (CD came out on Friday) entitled “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”, which has so far seen four of its five released tracks chart within the past year from “Grass is Greener” (HP-97), “Party” (HP-82), “Privacy” (HP-61) and the current entry “Questions” (HP-56, TW-63), and this becomes his sixth Top 10 album in Australia (five studio and 1 collab).
Another artist with their eighth studio album enters at No.6; Kelly Clarkson and “Meaning of Life” which is also her sixth Top 10 album in Australia and so far lowest Top 10 peak (#5 or higher for the previous entries). And finally at No.7 is the second Christmas album for brothers-three group Hanson entitled “Finally it’s Christmas”, entering the charts almost twenty years since their first seasonal album, as their late November 1997 set “Snowed in” spent two weeks at No.3 and four weeks in the Top 10, overall this is their fourth Top 10 album here. The remainder of the Top 10 is taken up the Jessica Mauboy “Secret Daughter Season 2” soundtrack which is down one to No.8, at hold at its No.9 peak for a second week is Post Malone and “Stoney”, and scoring a second week within the Top 10 after returning last week is the George Michael album “Listen without Prejudice Vol.1”, down five to No.10.
* With only slight movements within the Top 20 this week, the first big rise occurs just outside of the twenty, as the Fleetwood Mac “Very Best of” jumps back up forty places to No.22, with the album still holding the record for the longest charted album at 445 weeks, whilst their “Greatest Hits” collection is back up eight spots to No.78.
* Jimmy Barnes has been touring his second autobiography “Working Class Man” for the past couple of weeks, and the original 1987 30th Anniversary edition of the album is this week up eighteen places to land at No.23.
* The soundtrack for “Trolls” is back up ten places to No.24.
* Ahead of the new Taylor Swift album her older set “1989” is back up six to No.25 this week.
* The first George Michael collection in “Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of” is back up thirteen places to No.42, whilst his second set “Twenty-Five” drops down five to No.33.
* Dua Lipa announced a March 2018 solo tour last week, and this week her self-titled album jumps back up thirty-five places to land at No.31.
* The Eagles collection “The Very Best of” soars sixty-one spots to land at the No.32 perch this week, with further G.H’s sets rising this week for Red Hot Chili Peppers (52 to 39), The Killers (50 to 44), Phil Collins’ “Hits” (returns at No.58), Tina Arena (returns at No.66), Prince (77 to 70), Shania Twain (80 to 73), David Bowie (“Legacy” returns at No.76), Michael Jackson (89 to 84) and Play School (returns at No.93).
* Further returns occur for Tash Sultana (#71), Michael Buble’s “Christmas” set (#74), “The Secret Daughter Season 1″ (#80), Rag N’ Bone Man” (#90), Linkin Park’s “One More Light” (#92), London Grammar (#94) and Luke Combs with “This One’s for You” (#100).
* The Michael Jackson collection “Scream” is back up six to No.85 after the Halloween week.
* After returning to the Top 10 last week thanks to their current national tour, the Midnight Oil “Essential Oils” (HP-7, WI10-2) collection is back down three to No.11, followed by the recent No.1 set “Like a Version Vol.13” for Triple J (HP-1×1, WI10-3), down six to No.12 and the Macklemore album “Gemini” (HP-3, WI10-5) leaves the ten for the first time and is down three to No.13. Last weeks No.4 entry for Trivium and “The Sin and the Sentence” (HP-4, WI10-1) plummets thirty-nine spots to land at No.43 this week.
* The Pink collection “Greatest Hits… So Far” is down seven to No.19 and her last album “The Truth About Love” plummets thirty-six places to No.81 this week.
* There’s a twelve place drop for the Paul Kelly album “Life is Fine” to No.34.
* Adele’s “25” is also down twelve places, descending to No.38 this week.
* Ed Sheeran’s first album “+ (Positive)” is down nine places to No.45.
* Demi Lovato’s rise last week was short lived, as this week her “Tell Me You Love Me” album is back down twenty-eight places to No.48.
* The Killers album “Wonderful Wonderful” drops a massive thirty places to No.51.
* Last weeks entry for Hillsong Worship in “The Peace Project” drops a masive thirty-four spots to No.52.
* Now that their tour here is over The Chainsmokers album “Memories… Do Not Open” is back down twenty-six places to No.53.
* Angus & Julia Stone keep climbing with their single “Chateau”, but their album “Snow” keeps falling, this week down twenty-five places to No.55.
* There’s a ten place drop to No.59 for the Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” set, plus other collections dropping are by Elvis Presley (39 to 61), Foo Fighters (38 to 63), Cold Chisel (57 to 64) and The Wiggles (68 to 86).
* The Weeknd set “Starboy” is down fourteen places to No.72.
* Before it starts its climb back up in the next few weeks, for this week the Elvis Presley “Christmas with…” set is down nine places to No.75.
* The only newly certified album this week is the self-titled Harry Styles set, which is ▲Platinum now and down twenty-four places to No.87.
* Miley Cyrus sees her latest album “Younger Now” drop a massive fifty-one spots to No.91.
* The Marilyn Manson album “Heaven Upside Down” drops thirty-six places to No.96.
* Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” tumbles twenty-one chart-rungs to No.97 this week.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last week Top 50 are for Darius Rucker (#29), Chris Young (#33) and Future with Young Thug (#35).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #35 (LP#3) – Urn by Ne Obliviscaris is the third album by Melbourne six-piece heavy metal group and their second to chart, as their 2014 set “Citadel” hit No.42 in mid-November, which makes this their highest charted album so far.
* #37 (LP#2) – Beach House 3 by Ty Dolla $ign is the second album and first entry for the US rapper, with the first two Beach House’s being mixtapes from 2012 and 2013, and this new set has so far charted the single “Love U Better” (HP-97).
* #41 (LP#4) – Trial by Fire by Yelawolf is the second albums chart entry for the US hip hop artist, as his third set “Love Story” made it to No.19 in late April of 2015.
* #42 (LP#5) – Five by The Hollywood Undead is the first albums chart entry for the L.A. rap-rock band and is on track to become their sixth Top 20 album in the US (five studios and 1 remix album).
* #54 (LP#5) – Nat King Cole and Me by Gregory Porter is the second albums chart entry for the US jazz and soul musican, who appeared on the Graham Norton show screened here last Friday, with this album of covers of Nat King Cole songs including “Mona Lisa”, “Nature Boy”, “Smile” and “The Christmas Song”. Previously he reached No.65 with his fourth album “Take Me to the Alley”.
* #57 (Colab#1) – Without Warning by 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’ is a mixtape of ten tracks including songs with Travis Scott, Quavo, and the albums three artists 21 Savage, Offset and hip-hop/trap artist Metro Boomin’, with this becoming 21’s second albums chart entry after his debut set “Issa Album” hit No.42 back in July.
* #67 (LP#11) – Pacific Daydream by Weezer is the tenth consecutive album to chart here for the US rock band who first charted with their second album “Pinkerton” (HP-38) in October of 1996, with their tenth album “Weezer (White album)” hitting No.28 in April of 2016.
* #69 (LP#7) – The Canyon by The Used becomes the ninth album to chart for the four-piece US band, who’ve charted all seven of their studio albums along with a Live album (“Berth”, HP-39, Feb 2007) and compilation in “Maybe Memories” (HP-95), July 2013. This is the first of their studio albums NOT to chart within the Top 50 first week though.
* #95 (Xm#5) – Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas! by The Wiggles is the first of the five seasonal albums to chart for the kids group, who first released the same-titled album back in 1996 (with the original Wiggles line-up), followed by further Xmas sets in 2006, 2011 and 2012 (a collection of their seasonal songs), with this new set featuring the current incarnation of the group performing 18 songs.
* #99 (LP#10) – Scream Above the Sounds by Stereophonics is the tenth album for the Welsh rock act, with this new set coming in at No.2 in the UK this week, and here it becomes their ninth album to chart (their seventh album in 2009 didn’t chart here).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com