For the first time since Ed Sheeran in mid-July has an album held on for a second (or more) week at No.1, as last weeks entry at the summit in “Hollywood’s Bleeding” for Post Malone holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Hollywood’s Bleeding” also climbs to the top spot in New Zealand (it debuted at #2 there last week) and debuts at the summit in both America and Canada and is now the sixth album for 2019 to hold for a consecutive week, the previous acts were Queen (Jan), Ariana Grande (Feb), Billie Eilish (April), Pink (May) and lastly Ed Sheeran (July). On the tally boards Post Malone now rises from 162nd to 146th on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 1965 to 2019′ alongside other acts with four weeks from 2 No.1’s in Tina Arena, The Corrs, Guns N’ Roses, Moby and Drake. And for this decade he rises from 31st to now 22nd alongside Mumford & Sons, Beyoncé, Drake and Coldplay (4 weeks from 2 #1 LP’s). Plus this two week stay matches the two accumulated weeks his previous album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” achieved in May of 2018.
Holding at No.2 for a third week is the Taylor Swift set “Lover”, while down one place apiece are the Ed Sheeran set “No.6 Collaborations Project” and “The Kids are Coming EP” for Tones and I to No.4 and No.6 respectively. Billie Eilish is on hold at No.8 with her first album “When We All Fall Asleep…”, which is headed for a half-year stay within the Top 10 next week, while falling down within the ten are the Tool album “Fear Inoculum” (4 to No.9) and Lana Del Rey with “Norman F**king Rockwell” (7 to No.10).
There are three new entries to the Top 10 this week, all of which are debuting albums, starting at No.3 is the second EP for sixteen-year-old local singer Ruel called “Free Time”, which becomes his second Top 100 entry and now first Top 10 placing, as his first release “Ready” made it to No.76 in late June of 2018, while this EP contains his first Top 50 hit “Painkiller” (HP-35, TW-60), plus the new entry for this week “Real Thing” (TW-73).
The 13th studio album for U.S. nu-metal act Korn called “The Nothing” enters at No.5 becoming their eighth Top 10 album (7 studios and 1 Best of) and overall their fifteenth entry (all 13 studio sets, 1 GH and 1 Live album), and of their five albums issued this decade this is their fourth to hit the Top 10 and their first new materiel since late October 2016’s “The Serenity of Suffering” (HP-5). Also scoring their first Top 10 placing this week is Charli XCX with her third studio album called “Charli”, which enters at No.7, plus it’s also her first ever Top 50 placing, as she previously charted with “Sucker” (LP#2, HP-53, Dec 2014) and “Number 1 Angel” (Mixtape#3, HP-74, March 2017).
* Khalid rises back up seven places to No.15 with his second album “Free Spirit”, while he is stable at No.51 with his first set “American Teen”.
* The ‘Rocketman’ soundtrack is up one to No.38, while the ‘Aladdin’ album rebounds eight to No.53, both having recently been issued on DVD and Blu Ray, ‘Aladdin’ just this past week.
* Ocean Alley returned to the singles chart #100, but their album “Chiaroscuro” leaps back into the albums chart at No.67, with further returns by Dope Lemon with “Smooth Big Cat” (#76), Rufus du Sol and “Solace” (#90, while their remixed version of the album leaves after one week at No.69), “Evolve” by Imagine Dragons (#92), “Things That We Drink to” for Morgan Evans (#96), “Dream Your Life Away” for Vance Joy (#97) and “My Criminal Record” for Jimmy Barnes (#99), but NO return for any Cars albums or compilations, with lead singer Ric Ocasek passing away this week (Monday here) at 75.
* The Queen “Platinum Collection” rebounds eight places to No.82.
* Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album also moves back up thirteen spots to No.85.
* There is one falling Elton album this week, and that’s his collection “Diamonds” (HP-3x3m WI10-15) which is down four spots to No.13, followed by last weeks debuting album for Melanie Martinez and “K-12” (HP-6, WI10-1) which drops down eight spots to No.14, while the third and final album leaving the ten this week also departs from the Top 100 in the EP for Mallrat called “Driving Music” (HP-10, WI10-1, WI100-1) and it is the highest departing album of the week.
* G Flip sees her album “About Us” descend a further five places this week to No.18.
* The soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born’ falls eight spots to No.19, with other falling movie-sets being for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (18 to No.21), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (17 to No.25), ‘The Lion King’ (33 to No.48), ‘Moana’ (65 to No.69) and leaving after four weeks is ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (#56).
* Last week Lil’ Tecca dropped only two spots with his set “We Love You Tecca”, but this week the mixtape for the U.S. rapper falls seven spots to No.22.
* Travis Scott drops ten places to No.26 with his “Astroworld” album.
* The only newly certified album this week is the Ariana Grande set “thank u, next”, which is newly ▲Platinum in sales, the album moving down three to No.27, while she is down two places to No.79 with her other entry “Sweetener”.
* Slipknot slides down seven places to No.28 with their six week old entry “We Are Not Your Kind”.
* Hilltop Hoods’ “The Great Expanse” album drops down eleven places to No.39, plus there’s an eight place slide for their “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” set to No.58.
* Brockhampton tumbles eleven places to No.40 with their recent No.3 entry “Ginger”.
* The Teskey Brothers tumble again this week with their second album “Run Home Slow”, falling eighteen spots to No.43.
* The Fleetwood Mac tour of New Zealand last week saw their 1978 set “Rumours” return to the Top 10 this week, here that set drops down thirteen places to No.50, while they also slide with “50 Years – Don’t Stop” (23 to No.77) and “The Very Best of” (70 to #100, 513 weeks in the Top 100, Longest Charted Album record holder).
* Further falling collections this week are by Maroon 5 (43 to No.52), INXS (53 to No.55), Cold Chisel (57 to No.59), The Wiggles (67 to No.74), Foo Fighters (81 to No.83) and The Killers (83 to No.84).
* The Eminem album “Kamikaze” falls ten places to No.56.
* Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” plummets this week thirteen places to No.60, while her “1989” set is only down five to No.54.
* Lizzo this week falls eleven spots to No.66 with “Coz I Love You”, but expect a rebound next week as the vinyl set was issued on Friday.
* The ONLY non-Top 10 debut from last week to score a second week within the Top 100 is the Jax Jones set “Snacks (Supersize)”, which is down fourteen places to No.58, as entries from last week to depart the T100 this week were by Melinda Schneider (#58), Rufus du Sol (#69), Lindsey Stirling (#74), Iggy Pop (#91) and Status Quo (#98, vinyl edition also issued on Friday).
* Young Thug drops down nine spots to No.71 with his album “So Much Fun”.
* Thelma Plum continues her decline down the chart with her first album “Better in Blak”, this week it drops eighteen places to No.93.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#1) – The Gereg by The Hu is the first album for the Mongolian rock band formed in 2016 who used traditional Mongolian instrumentation and singing, with the four piece act calling their style of music ‘hunnu rock’, with ‘hunnu’ in Mongolian meaning ‘human’. The album has (so far) debuted at No.7 in Scotland and within the Top 30 in both England and Germany.
* #12 (LP#1) – The Return by Sampa the Great is the first album for the Zambian-born singer and rapper who was born Sampa Tembo in 1993 and now resides in Melbourne since 2018, having moved here to Australia in 2014.
* #23 (LP#3) – III by The Lumineers is the bands third album and first in over three years, plus their first NOT to make it into the Top 10 (so far), as their self-titled debut set eventually peaked at No.7 in early April of 2013 (first making it into the Top 10 in early February of the same year), then their second set “Cleopatra” debuted and peaked at No.2 in mid April of 2016.
* #36 (LP#7) – Beneath the Eyre by Pixies is the overall seventh album for the U.S. band and their third since they reformed in 2013, while it’s also their seventh entry (5 studios and 2 best of sets) plus their fourth Top 50 placing having previously charted this high with “Death to the Pixies” (GH#2, HP-24, Oct 1997), “Indie Cindy” (LP#5, HP-21 May 2014) and their last album “Head Carrier” (LP#6, HP-23, October 2016).
* #62 (LP#1) – Hypersonic Missiles by Sam Fender is the first album for the English singer who was one of the BBC’s Sound of 2018 emerging artists alongside Khalid, Sigrid and Lewis Capaldi, and this album has debuted at the top of the Album charts in both England and Scotland this week.
* #94 (LP#3) – Miami Memory by Alex Cameron is the third album and now first chart entry for the indie and synth pop act from Sydney, with his first two albums being “Jumping the Shark” (2016) and “Forced Witness” (2017).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com