The seventh studio album for Cali-rock-band QOTSA or as their better known Queens of the Stone Age entitled “Villains”, becomes the bands second successive No.1 album in Australia this week.
“Villains” becomes the 807th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2017) and the 658th for ARIA (1983 to 2017), and the 451st to debut in the top spot, plus the 16th No.1 album for 2017 (we were up to our 30th #1LP at the same time last year), and as I mentioned at the start, now the second No.1 for the band (and their record label ‘Matador’), who previously debuted at the top with their sixth album “Like Clockwork” (10th June, 2013).
This is the first time that the word ‘Villains’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, the previous highest charted ‘Villain’ was Marilyn Manson with their set “Born Villain’ (HP-16, May 2012). And now that the band have their second No.1 for this decade, they are now equal 26th on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums: 2010’s’ alongside thirteen other acts who have had two #1’s for a total of two weeks at the top, such as Madonna, 5SOS, Flume, Nick Cave, Lorde, The Weeknd, Sia and Jimmy Barnes. The new No.1 album also becomes the 282nd by an American Act (solo, duo or group) to hit No.1 here and also the album is the 364th by a Group to hit the top spot (local or overseas).
In a rare feat, Paul Kelly’s latest album “Life is Fine” is on hold at No.2 for the second week, and I say rare because all but one of the seven previous Top 10 albums he has achieved during his chart career have only stayed within the Top 10 for a single week (his 2001 set “…Nothing But a Dream” did manage two weeks), as his only long-running Top 10 was with his “Songs from the South” (TW-82) set back in 1997 (16 weeks within the Top 10, his longest run ever). Also on hold this week is the third Ed Sheeran album “÷ (Divide)” marking its half-year anniversary by not having moved any lower than No.3 in its entire chart run.
There are three soundtracks within the Top 10 this week, most notably are both of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ volumes which are both within the ten, as the recent DVD and Blu-Ray release for Vol.2 helps its set to rise five places this week to No.4, and Vol.1 is back up six places to land at No.8. The third and final Top 10 soundtrack this week is on hold at No.10, “Moana”. The final non-debut entry to this weeks higher-area is last weeks No.1 debut for Gang of Youths entitled “Go Farther in Lightness”, which this week drops six places to land at No.7.
The second of four Top 10 debuts this week is at No.5, the fourth studio album for The War on Drugs entitled “A Deeper Understanding”, which becomes the US indie-rock bands second entry here and now first Top 10 placing, as they last charted in March of 2014 with their third album “Lost in the Dream” (HP-28). One place lower at No.6 is the sixth studio album, second entry and now first Top 10 entry for local singer Kim Churchill entitled “Weight_Falls”, his previous entry being his 2014 fifth set “Silence / Win” (HP-32, June 2014). And finally coming in at No.9 is the self-titled third studio album for Fifth Harmony, and it becomes the now-four-piece groups second Top 10 album, as last years “7/27” debuted and peaked at No.8 in early June of 2016, and their first set “Reflection” made it to No.16 in February of 2015, with the lead single from the new album in “Down” (HP-66) returning at No.80 this week.
* With the release and No.1 debut of a new Taylor Swift single, her older album “1989” jumps back up fifteen places to No.16 this week (even though it’s not on the album).
* Khalid is on hold at his peak of No.19 with “American Teen”.
* Climbing best of compilations this week go to Queen (37 to 25), Fleetwood Mac’s “GH” (76 to 26) and “Very Best of” (93 to 88, thanks to the Stevie Nicks future tour with The Pretenders), Guns N’ Roses (78 to 36), Glen Campbell in “The Collection” returning at a new peak of No.55 and his “20 Golden Greats” (99 to 78); Crowded House (61 to 56), Michael Jackson (84 to 77), Red Hot Chili Peppers (100 to 84) and a further return for Queen (The Platinum Collection) at No.98.
* The host of the 2017 MTV VMA’s in Katy Perry sees her “Witness” rise six places to No.27, plus the album had a special new edition just released too.
* Nickelback rise up eight places to No.33 with “Feed the Machine”, and their collection is back in at #100 this week too.
* Did Dan Sultan’s appearance on ‘Q&A’ last week boost his sales, maybe it did, because his most recent album “Killer” jumps back up thirteen places to No.38, plus his national tour kicks off on September 1st in Geelong (Vic) which will boost the album again for next week too.
* Stone Sour score a second rising week (after last week) with “Hydrograd”, now back up fifteen to No.41.
* Meg Mac bounces back up eighteen places to No.47 with her “Low Blows”.
* Ariana Grande tours here from the 5th of September (this coming week), and her most recent album “Dangerous Woman” is back up ten places to No.49.
* Further returning albums this week include “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac at No.62, The Jungle Giants with “Quiet Ferocity” at No.65, “How Did We Get So Dark?” for Royal Blood at No.89 and the Kehlani set “SweetSexySavage” at No.95.
* Sia and “This is Acting” is back up fifteen places to No.75.
* Last week we saw the highest dropout from the charts occur in the self-titled second album for Jen Cloher from No.5, well this week we see that chart-feat beaten as not only do three of last weeks Top 10 debuts leave the Top 100, but the No.4 entry for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and “Sketches of Brunswick East” (HP-4, WI10-1) is now the highest Top 100 drop out, but we also see two more of last weeks Top 10 debuts leave the entire chart too, “Science Fiction” (HP-6, WI10-1) for Brand New from No.6 (the new US #1 album this week too), and then Neck Deep with “The Peace and the Panic” (HP-8, WI10-1). Also falling out of the Top 10 from last week is new entry in “Dear Desolation” (HP-5, WI10-1) for Thy Art is Murder which is down sixty-two places to No.67, whilst the fifth and final Top 10 dropout is “Rainbow” (HP-7, WI10-2) for Kesha, down eight to No.15.
* Falling soundtracks this week go to “Baby Driver” (17 to 21), “Trolls” (22 to 28) and “Suicide Squad” (53 to 58).
* Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album drops thirteen places to No.31 this week.
* There’s an eleven place slide for the Calvin Harris album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” to No.32.
* The debut Ed Sheeran album “+ (Positive)” falls ten spots to No.34.
* The Weeknd is down twelve chart-rungs to No.37 with his “Starboy” set, whilst his older album “Beauty Behind the Madness” is down ten spots to No.93.
* Carole King is down nineteen places to No.46 with her 1971 “Tapestry” album, whilst her tribute album by local artists in “Beautiful”, drops twenty-two spots to No.69.
* After climbing last week, this week the London Grammar set “Truth is a Beautiful Thing” is back down eleven spots to No.54.
* Tyler, The Creator plummets twenty-nine spots to No.63 with his “Flower Boy” album.
* The debut Linkin Park album “Hybrid Theory” (2000) is down thirty places to No.68, whilst their most recent album “One More Light” is down five spots this week to No.45.
* There’s a nineteen place drop to No.71 for the Amy Shark “Night Thinker” EP.
* Hillsong United are down eighteen to No.72 with “Wonder”.
* Pete Murray skids down thirty-two places to No.76 with his “Camacho” set.
* Arcade Fire see an eighteen place fall to No.80 with “Everything Now”.
* There are a further four albums that leave the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50, all of which debuted on the chart last week, Sarah McLeod (#29), Grizzly Bear (#26), Steven Wilson (#30) and A$AP Ferg (#35).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #12 (LP#2) – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell – PVRIS is the second album, and first chart entry for the US trio who are pronounced after the city Paris, they just inverted the A for a V, and their first set “White Noise” was released in 2014.
* #20 (LP#1) – Reservoir by Gordi is the debut album for Australian folk-tronic artist born Sophie Peyton in Canowindra, NSW, and now is Sydney based. This is the artist’s second release, with an EP entitled “Clever Disguise” coming out in 2016.
* #22 (LP#1) – Luv is Rage 2 by Lil’ Uzi Vert is the debut album by the US rapper born Symere Woods, and whose single “XO Tour Llif 3” has been charting for the past 14 weeks reaching No.37 and achieving a Gold sales certification. The reason his debut album is entitled ‘Luv is Rage 2’ as it follows on from a series of EP’s he did titled ‘Luv is Rage’ (2015) and ‘Luv is Rage 1.5’ (Feb 2017).
* #24 (LP#2) – Cozy Tapes, Vol.2: Too Cozy by A$AP Mob lands half-as-high than its predecessor “Cozy Tapes Vol.1: Friends” (HP-50, Nov 2016), and now becomes the rap groups second chart entry here, with this album so far producing the single “Feels So Good”.
* #29 (LP#1) – 17 by XXXTentacion is the US rappers debut album who is currently 19 years old, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, who has so far released one mixtape prior to this set, and has one more album and mixtape due by the end of this year.
* #83 (LP#6) – Beast Epic by Iron & Wine is the third albums chart entry for Samuel Beam who goes by the name of Iron & Wine, he previously charted with his third album “The Shepherd’s Dog” (HP-98, Oct 2007) and fourth album “Kiss Each Other Clean” (HP-36, Jan 2011).
* #94 (LP#4) – Blue Chips 7000 by Action Bronson is the fourth album and second entry for the New York rapper born Arian Asllani, and he previously charted here with his third album “Mr Wonderful” (HP-26, late March 2015).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com