Local Australian act Vance Joy lands his second No.1 album with his second album “Nation of Two” atop the ARIA Albums chart this week.
“Nation of Two” becomes the 817th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018) and the 668th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), the 460th album to debut at No.1 and the eleventh chart-topping set for the Liberation Record label, their last being back in June 2016 when “Thick as Thieves” for The Temper Trap logged one week at the top, and this is the second (new) No.1 album for 2018.
Vance Joy took their first album “Dream Your Life Away” to the top almost three-and-a-half years ago when it debuted at the top on the 15th of September in 2014, that albums is back into the Top 20 this week at No.18 for its 156th week within the Top 100. Vance Joy becomes the sixteenth act during this decade to land two No.1 albums including other local acts such as Boy & Bear, 5 Seconds of Summer, RuFuS, Sia, Flume, Jimmy Barnes, The Temper Trap, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Anthony Callea.
At this time back in 1991 was the last album with the word ‘Nation’ in its title to hit the top, that was “Rhythm Nation 1814” for Janet Jackson which was spending its fourth and final week at No.1 here, while it is the fifth album title with the word ‘Two’ in its name, the last one being “Two Degrees” for Illy (1 wk on 21st of Nov., 2016). The new No.1 album also becomes the 219th by an Australian act (first for the year), and the 226th by a Solo Male artists too.
So after eight weeks at No.1 “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack is down a spot to No.2, but retains its lead in England (8th wk) and returns to the top in New Zealand (3rd overall wk), with further soundtracks within the Top 10 being the current US & Canadian No.1 album for “Black Panther” and “Fifty Shades Freed” set, both albums are down two spots to No.4 and No.6 respectively.
Ed Sheeran kicked off his 2018 national tour here in Perth on Friday, so expect his album “÷ (Divide)” to possibly rise next week, but for now it’s on hold at No.3 on it’s one-year anniversary of charting, the set having dropped no lower than No.4 during the past year, while logging just over two years within the Top 10 (105 wks) is his second set “x (Multiply)” which is up two spots to No.8, while his debut album “+ (Positive)” leaps up eight spots to No.12 (300th week within the Top 100) and has so far amassed 38 weeks within the Top 10 (unlike in the UK this week where all three of his albums have spent a year or more within their Top 10).
Post Malone’s new entry from his forthcoming album doesn’t diminish his older set “Stoney” too much, as it is down one spot to No.7, while on hold at No.9 is the Pink set “Beautiful Trauma” and back down three spots to No.10 is “Revival” for Eminem. The second and final Top 10 debut this week is new at No.5, “Depth of Field” for local singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko which is her sixth studio album and now sixth entry and fifth Top 10 album, plus it is her equal highest charted as her third set “As Day Follows Night” debuted and peaked at No.5 in late July of 2009.
* Gang of Youths are starting an international tour in Nashville, Tennessee on March 19th, and the group will be overseas until mid-July taking in also Canada and England and appearing at the Pinkpop Festival in The Netherlands (June), OperAir in Switzerland (early July), Mad Cool Festival in Spain (mid-July) and finally the Latitude Festival in London (mid-July), and this week their second album “Go Farther in Lightness” is back up five spots to No.14.
* Thanks to his new albums debut at No.1 the first Vance Joy chart-topping album “Dream Your Life Away” jumps back up eight spots to No.18.
* Queen with Adam Lambert kicked off their 2018 Australian tour on the 21st of February, and that helps their two charting collections to rise in the 1982 set “Greatest Hits” (40 to 29) and their “Platinum Collection” (79 to 60).
* Fall Out Boy turn back around and rise eleven spots to No.32 with their “M A N I A” set.
* The Carole King musical playing in Melbourne at the moment helps her 1971 album “Tapestry” to climb five spots to No.39, while the Green Day musical helps their “Greatest Hits: God’s Favourite Band” to move up one spot to No.70.
* Local group Ball Park Music kicked off a national tour on February 23rd in Brisbane and although last Top 5 debut falls, they return to the chart with their first two albums in “Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs” (LP#1, HP-36) at No.43 and “Museum” (LP#2, HP-9) at No.62.
* First Aid Kit return at No.47 with their recent album “Ruins” as the duo will be touring here in early April, plus they appeared on the screened Graham Norton Show last Friday night (23rd Feb.)
* Robbie Williams is in the middle of an Australian tour at the moment too, promoting his “Heavy Entertainment Show” album which returns at No.72, while his last collection of hits in “In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010” is back in at No.51.
* Both Fleetwood Mac collections rise this week with “The Very Best of” up two to No.61 and their 1989 set “Greatest Hits” is back up eleven spots to No.65. Further rising best of are for Guns N’ Roses (78 to 69), Roy Orbison (returns at No.79), Cat Stevens (93 to 84), ABBA Gold (returns at No.85), and Creedence Clearwater Revival (returns at No.93).
* Pnau are back up five places to No.77 with their “Changa” album.
* Further returning albums are by Paul Kelly and “Life is Fine” (#87), Coldplay and their “4CD Catalogue Set” (#88), “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” by Bruno Mars (#96) and “Sleep Well Beast” by The National (#100) who did shows here in the past two weeks.
* Both of last weeks Top 10 debuts exit this week, with the Ball Park Music set “Good Mood” (HP-5, WI10-1) down thirty-three places to No.38 and “Make Way for Love” (HP-8, WI10-1) by Marlon Williams descending forty-one spots to No.49.
* The second Sam Smith album “The Thrill of it All” is down one spot to No.17 and now ▲Platinum in sales.
* Justin Timberlake left the Top 10 last week with “Man of the Woods”, and now this week the set drops out of the Top 20, down eleven spots to No.22.
* Camila Cabello has just been announced as one of two guest on Taylor Swift’s new world tour (Charli XCX is the other), and her album “Camila” drops down five spots to No.23.
* The Wombats fall fourteen places to No.27 with “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life”.
* Falling collections/best of’s are by Eminem (25 to 33), The Wiggles (36 to 42), Cold Chisel (37 to 44), Red Hot Chili Peppers (48 to 55), The Killers (55 to 64), Elton John (67 to 75) and Shania Twain (57 to 86).
* Lorde’s “Melodrama” dives down eleven places to No.46.
* Now that his tour has finished here the Macklemore “Gemini” album drops down thirty-one places to No.59.
* Hockey Dad are down seventeen places to No.63 with their recent Top 10 set “Blend Inn”.
* Niall Horan is again down with his debut set “Flicker”, dropping ten spots to No.66, while Harry Styles self-titled set drops nine to No.82.
* The ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ soundtrack tumbles twenty-two places to No.71 this week and the “Stranger Things” TV soundtrack drops nine spots to No.90.
* After rising the past couple of week the No.1 album this week in 2016 for The Hilltop Hoods and “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” (29th Feb, 2016) is down twenty-one spots to No.74.
* Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol.13” drops down twelve places to No.80.
* Maroon 5 see a fourth single from their “Red Pill Blues” enter the Top 100 this week, but the album is down eleven places to No.91.
* The Sia set “This is Acting” falls twelve chart-rungs to No.95.
* The Foo Fighters latest studio album “Concrete & Gold” plummets thirty-nine spots to No.98.
* Last weeks re-entry for Sticky Fingers and “Caress Your Soul” is back down eleven to No.99.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (Mixtape#1) – Day69 by 6ix9ine is the moniker of US rapper Daniel Hernandez from New York and this is his first album release and mixtape with the eleven track set featuring guests such as Young Thug, Tory Lanez, Fetty Wap and Offset and is supported by the singles “Gummo” and “Kooda”.
* #20 (LP#6) – Bootikins by Augie March is the Australian acts sixth album and first new material in almost three-and-a-half years since their October 2014 released fifth set “Havens Dumb” (HP-14), and this becomes their sixth albums chart entry and fourth Top 20 set too, with their highest charted album being 2008’s “Watch Me Disappear” (HP-8, October 2008).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com