The eighth studio album for P!nk entitled “Hurts 2B Human” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week becoming her sixth No.1 album in Australia.
“Hurts 2B Human” is the 847th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 697th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 487th to debut at No.1 (since the first in 1976), the ninth No.1 album for 2019 and the 40th chart topper for the record label RCA and their second for 2019, as “AMO” for Bring Me the Horizon spent a week at the top in early February. Plus the album also entered at the top in New Zealand (6th there) and England (her 3rd there) too.
P!nk’s sixth No.1 album comes a year-and-a-half (almost) since her last No.1 “Beautiful Trauma” (TW-77 to 62), and this new chart-topper takes her tally of weeks at No.1 here to now 41 weeks, placing her outright fifth on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019), breaking away from the tie she was stuck in with Adele (40 weeks), while on the list for ‘Tally of No.1 Albums’ she is now equal thirteenth alongside another of this years sixth-No.1-LP-act in The Hilltop Hoods plus also Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica. P!nk is now also the female artist (from any country) with the most accumulated weeks at No.1 and is second behind Madonna’s 11 No.1 albums as the female artist with the most No.1 albums. For this decade of accumulated weeks at No.1 she is stable at No.3 with now thirty weeks at the top during the 2010’s (ahead of her is Ed Sheeran with 36 weeks and Adele with 40 weeks).
This is the fifth album with the number “2” in it’s title to appear at No.1, and the first since “2” by Sneaky Sound System (1 week on 25th of August, 2008), and the first to feature the words ‘Hurts’ and ‘Human’. This new No.1 album is also the 298th by an American act (male, female, duo or group) to hit the top here and also the 129th by a Female American singer. P!nk’s 41st week at No.1 also places her at second for the listing of ‘American Artists with the most Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2019)’ behind the 46 overall weeks racked up by Neil Diamond (from 5 #1’s) and for the similar listing but just for Solo US Female Singers, P!nk is now more than twice the tally of the singer in second place, with P!nk on 41 weeks and Mariah Carey second on 20 weeks followed by Madonna with 19 weeks, after which is Taylor Swift (15 weeks) and then Whitney Houston (14 weeks). This week we also see a female artist replacing another female singer at the top, and the last time that this occurred at was also achieved by P!nk with her “Beautiful Trauma” album returning for a fifth week at No.1 back on the 4th of December, 2017 after Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” already knocked her from the top perch three weeks prior.
Thanks to her current national tour here at the moment (finishes up this coming week before moving to New Zealand), the Billie Eilish debut studio album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” is back down one spot to No.2, while it also returns to No.1 in both America and Canada (2nd overall week in both territories).
Rob Thomas was on a whirlwind promo trip here this past week to promote his fourth solo album “Chip Tooth Smile”, which becomes his fourth Top 4 solo album in Australia, after “The Great Unknown” (HP-4, late August 2015), “Cradlesong” (HP-3, peaked mid-August 2009) and his first was “…Something to Be” (HP-1, early May 2005). Coming in right behind Rob at No.4 is local act King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with their fourteenth studio album “Fishing for Fishies”, their first new set since December 2017’s “Gumboot Soup” (HP-6), while overall this is their fourteenth Top 100 chart entry (13 studios and 1 EP), while also their sixth Top 10 entry too, having peaked at either number two, three, four, six and ten so far, plus their new album came in at No.1 on the newly constructed ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.
The Seekers hold at No.5 for a second week with “Farewell”, while remaining within the Top 10 for another week are Khalid with his second album “Free Spirit” (2 to 7), Dean Lewis’ “A Place We Knew” (7 to 8, he started his national tour this week, so it might not drop much for the next few weeks), and BTS with their EP “Map of the Soul: Persona” (3 to 10).
There are two more debuts within the Top 10 this week, and coming in at No.6 is the fourteenth Live album for Australian church-based group Hillsong United called “People”, which also becomes their eighth Top 10 album and third Live Top 10 entry, plus also now their highest charted Live album, beating the No.8 peak of both “The I Heart Revolution” (2008) and “Of Dirt and Grace” (2016, and their last live album to chart). While the final Top 10 entry is the third studio album from the Welsh group Catfish & The Bottlemen called “The Balance” (#2 entry on the vinyl chart), which is new at No.9 and becomes the bands’ third Top 100 entry and now second Top 10 album after having previously charted with “The Balcony” (HP-51, 2014) and their last “The Ride” (HP-6, early June of 2016).
* Post Malone started his national tour here last weekend, and his latest album cracked the one-year mark last week, this week “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is back up two places to No.12 and now 2x▲Platinum in sales while his older set “Stoney” rebounds a massive fifteen places to No.21.
* The new entry at No.2 for the latest Taylor Swift single “ME!” helps her older albums to rise this week in “Reputation” (32 to 30) and more so “1989” (46 to 34).
* Human Nature started a national tour this past week, going through until May 11th, and this week their most recent album “Romance of the Jukebox” (HP-2, late August 2018) returns at No.37.
* Travis Scott climbs back up four places and into the Top 50 with his former No.1 “Astroworld” (52 to 48).
* Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” set jumps up eleven places to land at No.49, its first Top 50 placing since August of 2018 when it hit No.50 (prior to that it was May of 2017).
* Local rapper ChillinIt and his set “Women, Weed & Wordplay” rises back up eleven places to No.54.
* The first rising soundtrack this week is “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” (64 to 56) followed by ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse’ (80 to 77) and then a return for ‘Black Panther” (#83).
* The Hilltop Hoods older entry “Walking… Drinking… Restrung” bounces back up twelves spots to No.58.
* P!nk’s new entry helps her previous album “Beautiful Trauma” to rebound fifteen places to No.62.
* There was a new Shawn Mendes track issued this past week called “If I Can’t Have You” (not a cover) and it is NOT taken from his almost one-year old self-titled fourth album, but that set (in it’s 49th week) is back up seventeen spots to No.65, while he also returns with his previous album “illuminate” at No.95.
* Ed Sheeran’s first album “+ (Positive)” rise back up nineteen spots to No.71.
* One of the few rising best of sets this week is for Bon Jovi, who’re back up eight spots to No.76.
* Clean Bandit rebound twenty chart-rungs to No.78 with their set “What is Love?”.
* Further returning albums this week are by Jonas Blue (#79), I Prevail (#81, thanks to a vinyl edition issued last week), Kendrick Lamar with “Damn” (#88), Sticky Fingers’ “Caress Your Soul” (#89), Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction” (#97) and thanks to a new Top 50 hit this week the older Bazzi set “Cosmic” returns at No.98.
* Ariana Grande is also back in with her older set “Dangerous Woman” (#90) while she climbs a little with her “My Everything” album (99 to 96).
* There are five albums leaving the Top 10 this week, starting with first time leavers in “thank u, next” (HP-1×5, WI10-11) for Ariana Grande down four to No.13, the Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper soundtrack for “A Star is Born” (HP-1×11, WI10-29) down six to No.16 and all three Queen albums in the soundtrack to their biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (HP-1×4, WI10-27, down 6 to 14) and more so with their “Greatest Hits” (HP-2 in late 1981, WI10 in 2019 25 weeks, overall total from 2019, 2003 and 1981-82 is 42 weeks) and it drops down from 4 to 31, while plummeting forty-two spots to No.50 is their “Platinum Collection” (HP-4, WI01-25).
* ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack is down six places to No.17, while other falling film sets are for ‘Guardians Vol.1.’ (20 to 42), ‘Moana’ (57 to 72), Motley Crue’s ‘The Dirt’ (87 to 92) and ‘Guardians Vol.2′ (71 to 94).
* Last weeks highest entry for The Rolling Stones and their latest best of “Honk” falls eight places to No.23, while there is a mass exodus and drop-down for many best of and greatest hits sets this week from Elton John (Diamonds 37 to 39, and out with “Rocket Man” #33 and “One Night Only” #51), Eminem (23 to 40), INXS (25 to 46), P!nk (29 to 67), The Wiggles (61 to 70), The Killers (81 to 86), Red Hot Chili Peppers (69 to 99) and departing collections this week are by Cold Chisel (#24, highest dropout), Crowded House (#43), Queen (GH2 #45), ABBA (Gold #63, Gold & More #76), Guns N’ Roses (#72), Fleetwood Mac (GH #75, Very Best of #83 and The Chain #97), Foo Fighters (#78), Creedence (#86), Billy Joel (#88) and Paul Kelly (#100).
* Luke Combs is down six spots to No.25 with “This One’s for You”.
* Beyoncé’s Live debut from last week in “Homecoming” falls down fourteen spots this week to No.32, while her returned album from last week in “Lemonade” only down three places to No.20.
* Khalid’s first album “American Teen” slides down four spots to No.35 and is now ▲Platinum in sales on its two year chart anniversary (104 weeks).
* George Ezra slips down eight places to No.38 with “Staying at Tamara’s”.
* Vance Joy slips down with “Nation of Two” (56 to 64) and “Dream Your Life Away” (66 to 75).
* Matt Corby had been climbing for the past three weeks with his set “Rainbow Valley”, this week it slips back down thirteen places to No.66.
* Anderson .Paak falls only nine places this week to No.68 with “Ventura” while other three week old entries that drop are The Chemical Brothers with “No Geography” (74 to 84), and then the self-titled set for LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) falls eighteen spots to No.85.
* After returning at No.55 last week the second Hozier album “Wasteland, Baby!” falls this week eighteen places to No.73, and another of last weeks returnees falling this week is the Tom Walker set “What a Time To Be Alive (34 to 82).
* The third album and first entry last week for US female rapper Lizzo called “Cuz I Love You” plummets this week fifty three spots to No.91, while the Ten Tenors entry from last week “Love is in the Air” leaves the Top 100 from No.27.
* Further albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are the AC/DC “Live” set (#35) and the ‘Molly’ soundtrack (#48). All of these major drop downs for older titles and acts seems to be from a re-adjustment of streaming figures (ARIA hasn’t issued any press releases about this so far, so I am only speculating).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#5) – Crash Talk by ScHoolboy Q is now the third album to chart here for the US rapper and also his second No.11 set, as when her first charted with his third release in “Oxymoron” (early March 2014) it debuted and peaked at No.11, while his follow-up and last chart entry “Blank Face LP” debuted and peaked at No.9 in July of 2016, with this new album having so far scored two Top 100 entries in “Numb Numb Juice” (HP-70 in March) and this weeks newer entry “Floating” (#89).
* #22 (LP#4) – Love + Fear by Marina is the fourth issued album for Marina, this time just under her name and not the full bands name Marina & the Diamonds, with the ‘Love’ part of the album issued digitally at the start of April, and now the full set of Love + Fear becomes her/their fourth Top 100 entry and third into the Top 50, having last charted with “Froot” (HP-12, March 2015).
* #28 (LP#8) – In the End by The Cranberries is the first posthumous album from the Irish alt-rock band since their lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away in January of 2018, with most of the vocal tracks having been laid down as demos before her passing. It’s the overall eighth albums chart entry here (6 studios and two best of sets) and their first new albums chart entry since 2001’s fifth album “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” (HP-85)
* #33 (LP#10) – Back in the Swing by David Campbell is a new collection of eleven covers of songs such as “Come Fly With Me”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home”, “New York State of Mind” and “For Once in My Life”, and is now the tenth albums chart entry for the local crooner and TV presenter (8 studios and two cast recordings), and with Mother’s Day here in Australia next weekend, this album could rise over the next two weeks.
* #53 (LP#3) – Designer by Aldous Harding is the first entry here for the New Zealand indie-folk singer and songwriter, with this her third album released and it debuted at No.5 in her native country this week too.
* #55 (LP#3) – We Are a Team by Ceres is the third album and now first chart entry for the three-piece local rock outfit who’ve previously released the albums “Drag it Down on You” (2016) and “I Don’t Want to Be Anywhere But Here” (2014), plus their new album came in at No.3 on the new ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.
* #61 (Live#5) – Live at The Sydney Opera House by Paul Kelly is the fifth issued Live album for the local artist, who had his first Live album chart enter in October of 1992 with “Live, May 1992” (HP-72), while in November of 2013 his live teaming with Neil Finn for “Goin’ Your Way” made it to No.5, with this 2CD set containing 29 tracks.
* #63 (V/A) – Eurovision Song Contest: Tel Aviv 2019 by Various Artists is this years compilation of 41 entrants to the 2019 contest being held in Israel, with the Australian entry this year performed by Kate Miller-Heidke, with the broadcast to air on SBS from the 16th to 19th of May, which will give the album a massive boost for the 27th of May chart. (BTW my favourite apart from Kate is the Norwegian entry KEiiNO with “Spirit in the Sky”).
* #69 (LP#15) – Stay Around by J.J. Cale is the first posthumously released album of material from the American guitarist who passed away in late July of 2013. This is his first album of new material issued in ten years (his last was “Roll on” in 2009) and his first to chart since his collaboration with Eric Clapton on their set “Road to Escondido” (HP-43, entered Nov 2006, peaked early Feb 2007) and overall this is his twelfth albums chart entry (9 studios, one collaboration and two best of sets).
* #87 (LP#2) – Arizona Baby by Kevin Abstract is the third album, but second officially issued, and now the US rappers first chart entry in Australia, with his last album issued three years ago called “American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story” (2016).