Taylor Swift holds onto the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second week with her latest album “Reputation”, plus it scores a ▲Platinum certification too.
Taylor has now amassed fifteen weeks at the top here, moving her from equal 43rd to now equal 39th alongside other acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers (6 #1’s), Olivia Newton-John (5 #1’s), Matchbox 20 (4 #1’s) and Split Enz (3 #1 albums) who have also racked up 15 weeks at No.1. The top three albums are all on hold this week too, with Pink and her “Beautiful Trauma” at No.2 and the Ed Sheeran third album “÷ (Divide)” at No.3 for a thirty-eighth week within the Top 4 (it hasn’t dropped lower than #4 so far).
With three to four more chart weeks until Christmas (Xmas falls on a Monday this year) the Top 10 has three seasonal albums within the ten this week, with annual charter “Christmas” for Michael Buble is up three places to No.4 this week, followed by a new entry at No.7 with the eighth studio album and first Xmas-set for local singer/songwriter Sia entitled “Everyday is Christmas” at No.7, becoming her fourth Top 10 album in Australia, and all songs are original seasonal tunes, no covers at all. And returning to the chart at No.10 is the repacked “Friends for Christmas” (HP-1×2, peaked Dec 2016) for John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John which has three new tracks in “The First Noel”, “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “One Little Christmas Tree”, and after Mr.Buble is only the second Christmas set to reach No.1 here.
Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of it All” is down one spot to No.5 this week, followed by a two place rise to No.6 for “The Secret Daughter” Season 2 TV soundtrack for Jessica Mauboy, which benefits from a double-episode screening this past week, with the mid-season finale coming this week. This past week has seen the older Paul Kelly doco “Stories of Me” re-screening, plus his ‘Live at The Sydney Opera House’ playing on the ABC also, it helps his current album “Life is Fine” to rebound sixteen places to land at No.8 for an eighth week within the Top 10. The second and final NEW entry to the Top 10 is the first collaboration between husband and wife team Tim McGraw and Faith Hill entitled “The Rest of Our Life”, which debuts at No.9 becoming the second Top 10 for Tim and now his highest charted here (“Two Lanes of Freedom” reached No.10 in February of 2013), and the fourth Top 10 for Faith Hill, but her first this decade as she last landed within the Top 10 in October of 2002 with “Cry” (HP-10).
* With two Top 3 singles and third track at No.30, the Post Malone album “Stoney” (HP-9×2) is back up four spots to No.11.
* The Tame Impala album “Currents” (HP-1 ,late July 2015) has been re-issued with five bonus tracks including remixes and returns at No.13 this week.
* Lorde is touring the country at the moment and will appear at the ARIA Awards next week, and her second album “Melodrama” leaps back up thirty-five places to land at No.18, whilst her first album “Pure Heroine” returns at No.73.
* The other Paul Kelly entry to leap this week is his collection “Songs from the South Vol.1 & 2”, which is back up forty-eight places to its former peak of No.22, which it achieved back in November of 2008 in its second week on the chart (it’s now up to 86 accumulated Top 100 weeks).
* The 20th anniversary of Michael Hutchence passing occured this week, thus the INXS “Very Best of” is stable at No.25 this week, whilst the “Kick 30” drops out from No.38.
* Jess Mauboy’s “The Secret Daughter” Season 1 TV soundtrack is back up six to No.34.
* Founder of AC/DC Malcolm Young passed away this past week, and his band sees two of their classic albums return this week, with “Live” (1990) back in at No.47 and “Back in Black” (1980) a re-entry at No.58.
* Shawn Mendes will be at the ARIA Awards next week too, and his album “Illuminate” is back up four to No.50.
* London Grammar are back up five to No.68 with “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”.
* Amy Shark returns at No.80 with her EP “Night Thinker”.
* There are four albums leaving the Top 10 this week, firstly is the Roy Orbison set “A Love So Beautfiul” with RPO (HP-9, WI10-2) down two to No.12, the next three all debuted within the ten last week, Kerser and “Engraved in the Game” (HP-5, WI10-1) and “Sythesis” (HP-6, WI10-1) by Evanescence both drop thirty-four places each to No.39 and No.40 respectively, whilst there is a fifty-five place drop to No.64 for the Cold Chisel set “The Live Tapes Vol.4” (HP-9, WI10-1).
* Khalid drops five places to No.19 with his “American Teen” set.
* The Guy Sebastian single “Bloodstone” leaps to No.70 this week, but his album “Conscious” is down eight places to No.20.
* The older Taylor Swift album “1989” falls back down eight to No.28.
* Soundtracks dropping down this week are “Guardians Vol.2” (23 to 30), “Trolls” (29 to 37), “Guardians Vol.1” (37 to 52), “Stranger Things” TV soundtrack (62 to 84), “Suicide Squad” (86 to 91) and “Baby Driver” (61 to 94).
* With the Stevie Nicks tour here over, her band Fleetwood Mac see their collections drop, with “The Very Best of” down seventeen to No.36 and their “G.H’s” drops twenty to No.67.
* Down twelve to No.38 is the Triple J “Like a Version 13” album.
* The Eminem best of “Curtain Call: The Hits” is down eleven places to No.41, whilst other falling collections are by Red Hot Chili Peppers (50 to 59), Phil Collins (58 to 65), the new Elton John set “Diamonds” (33 to 70) and Prince (88 to 96).
* The Pnau album “Changa” tumbles down thirty-three places to land at No.44.
* Even though he toured here this past week, both Drake albums fall with “More Life” down thirteen to No.45 and “Views” drops ten to No.66.
* Maroon 5 fall twenty-five places to No.46 with their current album “Red Pill Blues”.
* The Foo Fighers recent No.1 album “Concrete and Gold” drops eighteen places to No.53.
* Kendrick Lamar is down eleven spots to No.54 with his “Damn.” album.
* Kelly Clarkson’s Graham Norton appearance last Friday night slows the drop for her new album “Meaning of Life”, it’s only down nine places to No.74 this week.
* The Shaina Twain return set “Now” plummets thirty-nine spots to No.75.
* Down twenty-five places to No.82 is the Hillsong Worship album “The Peace Project”.
* The 30th Anniversary re-pack of Jimmy Barnes’ “For the Working Class Man” drops thirteen to No.87.
* The self-titled Dua Lipa album drops thirteen places to No.89.
* The Chainsmokers are down fifteen spots to No.90 with their album “Memories… Do Not Open”.
* Three weeks ago the 360 album “Vintage Modern” debuted at No.3, now this week it plummets forty-seven places to No.92.
* Kygo is down eighteen spots to No.95 with his second album “Kids in Love”.
* The Corrs debut from last week “Jupiter Calling” descends a massive seventy places to No.97 this week.
* With three seasonal albums within the Top 10 this week, the next festive-set is the Chris Isaak album “Christmas”, which jumps up twenty places to land at a new peak of No.26.
* The Elvis Presley and RPO album “Christmas with…” is up seven places to a new peak of No.35.
* The sixth and final Top 50 seasonal album is by The Wiggles who see their re-done “Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas” rise eleven places to a new peak of No.48.
* With a re-packed Pentatonix Christmas album debuting (see below) the eighth and final Xmas set this week is the Hanson album “Finally it’s Christmas”, which is down four to No.93.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #16 (GH#2) – Greatest Hits: God’s Favourite Band by Green Day is the US rock trio’s second Greatest Hits collection and fifth compilation of songs from the band, their first collection was “International Superhits!”, which hit No.11 upon debut and stayed there for two weeks back in early November of 2001, with the band having six more studio albums since then.
* #17 (L#12) – The Book of Souls: Live Chapter by Iron Maiden was recorded during the 2016-17 “Book of Souls” world tour and features two discs with fifteen tracks in total, and this becomes the bands sixth Live album to chart here and it also becomes their highest charted live album too, as their first Live set “Live After Death” made it No.31 in early December of 1985.
* #29 (VA) – Spawn (Again) A Tribute to Silverchair by Various Artists is a ten-track tribute to the local rock-act who twenty-three years ago saw their first single “Tomorrow” at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, with covers performed by The Amity Affliction, In Hearts Wake, The Brave, Hands Like Houses, Northlane and Tonight Alive amongst them.
* #31 (EP#3) – My Tired Mind (EP) by The Pierce Brothers is an eight track (six studio and two live) set for the local pair, who back in late May hit No.9 with “The Records Were Ours”, and this becomes the duos fourth Top 40 entry too.
* #57 (LP#4) – The Architect by Paloma Faith is the new UK No.1 album this week and now the third Top 100 entry here for the UK singer, who last charted in March 2014 with her third album “A Perfect Contradiction” (HP-4, peaked August 2014) and prior to that charted with her second set “Fall to Grace” (HP-49, peaked early July 2012).
* #81 (LP#11) – Low in High School by Morrissey is the twelfth albums chart entry for The Smiths lead singer (eleven studio and one collection), and becomes his second lowest charted album, as his ninth set “Years of Refusal” debuted and peaked at No.87 in February of 2009, with his last entry being July 2014’s “World Peace is None of Your Business” (HP-58).
* #83 (LP#5) – A Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix is a re-packed version of their 2016 seasonal set (HP-16, late October 2016) with five extra tracks including their versions of “Deck the Halls”, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” and the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”.
* #98 (LP#4) – Lambs & Lions by Chase Rice is the second albums chart entry here for the US country singer, as his third album “Ignite the Night” made it to No.23 back in March of 2016.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com