The third album for the English trio The xx becomes the band’s first No.1 album on the ARIA Albums chart, as “I See You” debuts in the pole position this week.
“I See You” becomes the 794th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2017) and the 645th for ARIA (1983 to 2017) and the 438th to debut at No.1, whilst the first for the record label ‘Young Turks’ (through Inertia in Australia), plus the third number one for this year so far. The set also becomes their third to chart here and now second Top 10, as their second album “Coexist” debuted and peaked at No.2 September of 2012.
This new No.1 is only the second with the word ‘See’ in its title, the other was “See the Sun” by Pete Murray (3-Oct, 2005) and the tenth with the word ‘You’ contained within the album’s name, the last was also the last new English act to hit the top here, The 1975 with “I Like it When You Sleep…” (7-March, 2016). “I See You” also becomes the 149th No.1 album by an English group to hit the top and the 359th by Group (local or overseas). Whilst The xx become the first group starting with the word ‘x’ to score a No.1 album in this country (plenty of albums titled ‘X’, but no groups until now), and also the 71st English act (group, duo or solo) to hit No.1 and 38th English Group to climb to the top here, plus the album also debuted at the top in their home country too.
After two weeks at No.1 the “Trolls” Soundtrack is back down one spot to No.2, and we still have a swag of animated soundtracks within the Top 5 this week, as “Sing” and “Moana” are both down two places to No.4 and No.5 respectively, whilst we say goodbye to the ‘Suicide Squad’ album, we say hello to the “La La Land” soundtrack, which is up six spots this week to a new peak of No.7, maintaining the four soundtracks within the Top 10 again for this week.
The fifth studio album for Australian sister act The McClymonts entitled “Endless” debuts at No.3 this week becoming the girls’ fourth Top 10 album (and fifth chart entry), and now second highest charting, as their second album “Wrapped Up Good” debuted and peaked at No.2 this week seven years ago (25-Jan, 2010). The Adele tour is not far away for Australia, and her “25” album is down two this week to No.6, whilst The Rolling Stones drop three to No.8 with “Blue & Lonesome”, which scores its first certification and is now Gold (●) in sales. Also dropping three places each are “Ripcord” by Keith Urban and “Starboy” for The Weeknd to No.9 and No.10 respectively.
* With Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds touring the country at the moment their latest album “Skeleton Tree” jumps back up thirty-three places to No.22.
* After plummeting last week the George Michael second compilation of his hits in “Twenty Five” rebounds this week eighteen places to No.23.
* With a fourth single released from the re-packaged album “This is Acting” for Sia, it is back up eight to No.25.
* Robbie Williams has been sitting at No.49 for the past couple of weeks with his “Heavy Entertainment Show”, which this week is back up twenty-one spots to No.28.
* The two kids albums which re-entered the Top 50 last week climb again this week, with “The Best of” for The Wiggles and “50 Best Songs” for Play School both up thirteen places to No.29 and No.35 respectively.
* Lady Gaga jumps back up ten spots to No.30 with her latest album “Joanne”.
* The second charting David Bowie compilation “Legacy” is up six places to a new peak of No.31.
* Human Nature climb back up ten spots to No.37 with their “Jukebox Vol.II” album.
* Local opera singer Mirusia returns to the Top 100 at No.38 with her latest album “This is Tomorrow” (HP-21, late April 2016) thanks to her recent live shows and new live DVD going to No.1 this week.
* After leaving the Top 50 last week, this week Disturbed is back up twelve spots to No.39 with their two times No.1 album (it went to the top on two distant occasions) “Immortalized”.
* After sitting in the lower half of the chart for the past nine weeks, the Bruce Springsteen compile “Chapter and Verse” jumps back up forty-six spots to No.40 this week.
* The “Greatest Hits” for Queen is back up fifteen spots to No.49.
* Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller” album is back up ten places to No.59.
* The Weeknd rebounds twenty-three places to No.66 with his first No.1 album here “Beauty Behind the Madness”.
* The Hilltop Hoods rise back up eleven places to No.73 with “Drinking… Walking… Restrung”.
* The second re-entry this week returns at No.76, Vance Joy and “Dream Your Life Away”, followed by Little Mix and “Get Weird” at No.83, “Lifelines” by I Prevail at No.88, “The Very Best of” for The Eagles at No.92, “Romanza” by Andrea Bocelli at No.93, Norah Jones’ “Day Breaks” at No.95, Sia’s “1000 Forms of Fear” at No.97 and The Amity Affliction are back in at No.99 with “This Could Be Heartbreak”.
* The “Frozen” soundtrack is back up seventeen spots to No.78.
* The weekly yo-yoing for the A Tribe Called Quest album “We Got it From Here…” isn’t so great as the past couple of weeks, but it is back up twelve to No.79.
* Best of sets for Fleetwood Mac (87 to 77, Very Best of) and Michael Jackson (96 to 84, The Essential) also climb back up the albums chart.
* Like the singles chart, there are three albums leaving the Top 10 this week, with “24K Magic” (HP-3, WI10-6) by Bruno Mars dropping from both top ten’s, the album is down three to No.11.
* After three more weeks within the Top 10, the “Suicide Squad: The Album” (HP-1×1, WI10-14) is back down three to No.13 this week.
* And after one week back within the ten, the Ed Sheeran second album “x (Multiply)” (HP-1×8, WI10-86) is back down five places to No.14, but with Ed in the country on a promo tour in two weeks time, it will most likely not drop much further.
* One George Michael comp is up, his first though is down this week, as “Ladies & Gentlemen” drops six this week to No.17, but it is newly certified 7x▲Platinum in sales.
* And the third and final new LP cert this week is for the Triple J compilation “Like a Version 12”, which is now Gold (●) in sales, and drops four places to No.21.
* Beyonce’s “Lemonade” flattens out a little and drops seven places this week to No.34.
* “My Dear Companion” for Emmylou, Dolly and Linda is down ten spots to No.41.
* After leaping back into the Top 20 two weeks ago, this week the INXS “Very Best of” drops twenty places to No.42.
* Childish Gambino had been climbing back up the charts the past two weeks with his latest set “Awaken, My Love!”, but this week it is down sixteen spots to No.44.
* Phil Collins is down ten to No.45 with his hits set “The Singles”.
* Now that their tour is well and truly over, the Coldplay album “A Head Full of Dreams” plummets this week, down twenty-one spots to No.47.
* Last week’s highest new entry for Dropkick Murphys in “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” is down a massive thirty-seven places to land at No.52.
* Falling again this week is “Blurryface” for twenty one pilots, down twelve to No.55.
* Three weeks ago the Cold Chisel “Best of-All for You” compilation jumped back into the Top 30, and this week it descends thirty-six spots to No.61.
* Drake and his “Views” sink down twenty-three spots to No.67.
* Illy falls seventeen places to No.69 with his first No.1 album “Two Degrees”.
* The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” set falls thirty-eight places to land at No.72 this week.
* Adele’s first album “19” is down fifteen places to No.74.
* Delta Goodrem drops fourteen places to No.89 with “Wings of the Wild”.
* Three weeks ago Halsey returned at No.52 with her “Badlands” album, which this week drops thirteen places to No.90 (down from #77).
* The Leonard Cohen “Essential” collection drops twenty-one places to No.91.
* And down fifteen spots to No.94 is the Tame Impala album “Currents”.
* Albums leaving the chart from last week’s Top 50 are “Night People” by You Me at Six (#20) and “Reanimate 3.0: The Covers EP for Halestorm (#30).
* #12 – Migration (LP#6) by Bonobo is the sixth album from the UK producer, DJ and musician who’s real name is Simon Green, and this is his first chart entry in Australia.
* #36 – Run the Jewels 3 (LP#3) by Run the Jewels is the duo’s third album and first chart entry here, the duo made up of EI-P (well know hip-hop producer) and Killer Mike (rapper and producer).
* #51 – Let Me Leave (LP#6) by Saviour is the latest studio album and second to chart for this Perth act, as they previously sent their second album “First Light to My Death Bed” into the charts in mid-October of 2013, reaching No.38 upon debut.
* #57 – Ambitions (LP#8) by One Ok Rock (pronounced One o’clock) becomes the Japanese rock bands first chart entry here in Australia and their eighth studio album.
* #82 – Machine Messiah (LP#14) by Sepultura becomes the band’s eighth Australian Albums Chart entry (five studios, one live, one best, one EP) and first since 2002’s live set “Under a Pale Grey Sky” (HP-98, 30-Sept, 2002), whilst their last studio album to chart was “Nation” (LP#8, HP-40, late March 2001), making this their third albums chart entry for this century.