The fifth studio album for Las Vegas band The Killers entitled “Wonderful Wonderful” becomes their second No.1 album in Australia, and first chart entry in exactly five years.
“Wonderful Wonderful” becomes the 810th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2017) and the 661st for ARIA (1983 to 2017), plus the 454th to debut in the No.1 spot and the nineteenth No.1 album for this year (we were up to our 34th this time last year). The new No.1 is also the 27th for the Island Record Label since their first in December 1971 (Cat Stevens’ “Teaser & the Firecat” for 15 broken weeks until late March of 1972).
The band’s first album “Hot Fuss” took 30 weeks to climb to No.1 for a single week in late February of 2005, and since then they have charted with a further seven albums (in total it’s 5 studios, 2 GH’s and one EP), plus ALL of their studio albums have managed a Top 10 berth and this is their sixth Top 10 here (that includes their first compilation album “Sawdust” in Nov 2007), whilst their second best of “Direct Hits” rebounds thirty-two places this week to No.62, also helped by them being in the country on a promo tour and they played the AFL Grand Final half-time show on Saturday.
This the first time that the word ‘Wonderful’ has appeared in a No.1 title, the previous highest charted ‘Wonderful’ was the Elton John early 2016 set “Wonderful Crazy Night” (HP-11). This new No.1 is now the 284th to hit No.1 for an American act (solo, duo or group), and also the 366th by a Group (local or overseas) to make it to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
Last weeks No.1 debut of “Concrete and Gold” for The Foo Fighters is only down one spot to No.2 and US rapper Macklemore sees his second solo album become his third Top 10 album here, as “Gemini” comes in at No.3, whilst he previously took two albums into the ten with his collaborator Ryan Lewis in “The Heist” (HP-2, peaked late Jan 2013), and “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” (HP-6, March 2016). This new solo album for Mack is led by the current No.3 single “Glorious”, with the third track to chart from the album “Good Old Days” new at No.25 this week.
Ed Sheeran album “÷ (Divide)” drops back one spot to No.4 and last weeks No.2 entry of “Snow” for Angus & Julia Stone floats down three places to land at No.5 this week. The ‘Moana’ soundtrack is stable at No.6, and the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” soundtrack is back up three places to No.10 for a 13th broken week within the ten. Elvis Presley lands his 23rd Top 10 album in Australia this week as last weeks entry of “The 50 Greatest Hits” is up seven places to land at a new peak of No.7, whilst two former No.1 albums from local artists are up next; Anthony Callea with his “ARIA No.1 Hits in Symphony” is down three to No.8 and Paul Kelly’s “Life is Fine” is down two to No.9.
* Kendrick Lamar is back up six places to No.13 with his “Damn” album.
* A newly re-packaged national tour edition of “Essential Oils: The Great Circle Gold Tour Ed.” for Midnight Oil returns to the Top 100 at No.16 this week.
* The new No.1 singles chart artist in Post Malone sees his older album (which does not contain the new song) entitled “Stoney” jump up ten places to land at a new peak of No.25.
* There are two more albums returning to the chart within the Top 50, Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” is back in at No.34 and the Lady Gaga set “Joanne” returns at No.40.
* With her recent national tour occuring, the Tina Arena compilation “Greatest Hits / Interpretations” jumps up nineteen places to No.37 this week.
* Elton John started his national regional tour last week in Mackay (FNQld), and his collection “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” jumps up forty-six places to No.54.
* With The Killers in the country on a promo tour for their new album, the collection “Direct Hits” rebounds thirty-two spots to No.62, with further best of’s climbing for Cold Chisel (84 to 73), Michael Jackson (82 to 75), Play School (90 to 84), Maroon 5 (96 to 89) and Fleetwood Mac (99 to 96).
* A second Eminem entry in this weeks Top 100 in “The Eminem Show”, which is back up twelve to No.65.
* After falling last week, the self-titled Dua Lipa album is back up seven to No.66.
* Further lower fifty re-entries this week are “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac (#68), The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness” (#92), “Frozen” (#93), Little Mix and their “Glory Days” (#95), Roy Orbison and his “Ultimate Collection” (#97) and the 1980 AC/DC album “Back in Black” (#100).
* Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, firstly the Jack Johnson set “All the Light Above it Too” (HP-3, WI10-2) is down five to No.15, followed by Gang of Youths and “Go Farther in Lightness” (HP-1×1, WI10-5) dropping thirteen spots to No.17. Neil Finn’s “Out of Silence” (HP-9, WI10-1) drops back down nineteen places to No.28 and after landing their first Top 10 entry here last week, the Korean act BTS are back down twenty-five places to No.33 with their EP “Love Yourself” (HP-8, WI10-1).
* QOTSA fall down seven to No.19 with their “Villains” set.
* Pink’s “Greatest Hits… So Far” is down one spot to No.30 and newly certified 8x▲Platinum, whilst the only new LP cert this week is for Pearl Jam’s “RearViewMirror” which leaves the Top 100 and is now 5x▲Platinum in sales, whilst best of’s also drop for INXS (37 to 47), Queen (39 to 52), Crowded House (70 to 78), Red Hot Chili Peppers (34 to 83) and the ABBA Gold & more album (27 to 87),
* The National drop twenty-one places to No.36 with “Sleep Well Beast”.
* Drake is down thirteen places to No.44 with his mixtape “More Life”, and his “Views” album drops eight to No.69.
* Vance Joy plummet twenty places to No.45 with their debut set “Dream Your Life Away”.
* Kesha sees her “Rainbow” dim eleven places this week to No.49.
* Calvin Harris’ “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” drops thirteen places to No.57.
* The Prophets of Rage self-titled debut album falls fifty spots from its entry at No.11 to No.61 this week.
* Katy Perry drops ten places to No.63 with her “Witness” album.
* The remaining Linkin Park album within the chart this week is “One More Light”, which is down ten places to No.76.
* The “Baby Driver” soundtrack falls twenty-two places to No.80.
* Keith Urban has a nineteen place drop to No.81 for his “Ripcord” album.
* Lana Del Rey continues to fall, as her “Lust for Life” slips down fourteen places to No.82.
* The AC/DC “Live” set is back down ten spots to No.85.
* Bliss N’ Eso are almost “Off the Grid”, as the current album drops twenty-six places to No.86.
* Meg Mac drops fifteen places to No.91 with her “Low Blows” album.
* Odesza see their album “A Moment Apart” drop forty-three places to No.94.
* The War on Drugs plummet forty-six spots to No.98 with “A Deeper Understanding”.
* Albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour” (#20), Tired Lion and “Dumb Days” (#21), Galantis (#40), Touch Sensitive (#48) and Caligula’s Horse (#50).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (LP#37) – Roll with the Punches by Van Morrison is the follow-up to last years “Keep Me Singing”, which also debuted and peaked at No.11 like this new set. This album contains five new songs wrriten by Van and ten covers of songs by T-Bone Walker, Sam Cooke and Count Basie.
* #12 (LP#6) – Forgetting the Future by British India is the first album since their debut set “Guillotine” (HP-55) NOT to debut within the Top 10, as their previous four studio albums have debuted and peaked at No.5 (2008), No.10 (2010), No.10 (2013) and No.5 again (2015).
* #21 (LP#3) – Ugly Produce by King Parrot is the second albums chart entry for the local grindcore outfit, who also debuted and peaked at No.21 with their second album “Dead Set” (May 2015).
* #23 (LP#2) – Real Class Act by Fanny Lumsden is the local female country singers second album and now first to chart, as her debut set from 2015 “Small Town Big Shot” did not chart but was nominated for “ARIA Award for Best Country Album”.
* #26 (LP#8) – Bronx (V) by The Bronx sees the L.A. punk band score their third ARIA Albums Chart entry, as they’ve prviously charted with Bronx (III) (HP-98, Nov 2008) and Bronx (IV) (HP-37, Feb 2013).
* #39 (LP#2) – Double Dutchess by Fergie is the follow-up to the eleven year old “The Dutchess” which debuted last week eleven years ago (25th Sept, 2006) and eventually climbed to No.1 in its 45th week on the chart.
* #53 (LP#12) – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay by Cradle of Filth becomes the English bands seventh Top 100 entry here, and now their third to not land within the Top 50 first week.
* #56 (LP#5) – The Spark by Enter Shikari debuted in the UK Top 10, and here it becomes the bands fourth albums chart entry and now second to land in the lower fifty first week. Their previous album, 2015’s “The Mindsweep” was their highest charted so far at No.19.
* #59 (LP#5) – Haiku from Zero by Cut Copy is the local electro outfits fourth albums chart entry and first not to enter within the Top 20, as their second album “In Ghost Colours” debuted and peaked at No.1 in late March of 2008.
* #64 (LP#5) – Gossip by Sleeping with Sirens enters fifty places lower than their first entry from 2013 “Feel” (LP#3, HP-14), and that was followed by 2015’s “Madness” (LP#4, HP-13)
* #67 (LP#2) – Bats by Cub Sport is the second studio album and now first chart entry for the Brisbane indie pop band of four, having released their debut set “This is Our Vice” in 2016.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com