Local hip-hop act Bliss N’ Eso debut at No.1 with their fifth album entitled “Circus in the Sky”, also becoming their second consecutive chart-topping album, as their fourth set “Running on Air” debuted at the top back on 9-Aug-2010.
“Circus in the Sky” becomes the 676th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2013) and the 535th for ARIA (1983 to 2013), plus it’s the fifteenth No.1 debut since February and 330th No.1 debut at the top of the Australian charts. The new No.1 is also the second pinnacle-peaker for the Illusive record label as the previous Bliss N’ Eso album was the other chart-topper for the company. And it’s Bliss’ third Top 10 album as “Flying Colours” debuted and peaked at No.10 in May 2008.
It’s the third No.1 album to feature ‘Circus’ in it’s title as previously there was “Circus Animals” for Cold Chisel (1 week 10-May-82) and “Psycho Circus” for Kiss (1 week 5-Oct-98). Plus it’s also the third album to feature ‘Sky’, as back in late February this year Nick Cave went to the top with “Push the Sky Away”, whilst the other was also an Australian act; Midnight Oil with “Blue Sky Mining” (2 weeks from 11-Mar-90). The new No.1 album becomes the 161st chart-topping album by an Australian Act and the 321st by a group.
Down a place to No.2 after debuting at No.1 last week is Harrison Craig’s “More Than a Dream” and making up an Australian top three this week by debuting at No.3 is Hillsong Live with “Glorious Ruins”. Back at the start of March Hillsong United scored their second No.1 album with “Zion” (re-entry at No.78 this week), and this new album becomes the churches fourteenth Top 10 album since their first in July 2002.
Pink’s national tour and new Top 15 single “True Love” help her album “The Truth About Love” to climb back up to No.4 this week, and after screening a new doco on Tuesday night (2nd July) about ABBA and Agnetha Faltskog’s new album, that former No.3 album “A” by Agnetha leaps back up seventy-seven places to No.5 this week. “The Great Country Songbook” for Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey is down three places to No.6, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” is down a place to No.7, “The Great Gatsby” Soundtrack halves itself by falling four places to No.8, but down seven places to No.9 is Kanye West with “Yeezus” and Bruno Mars rounds out the Top 10 at No.10 (down five places) with “Unorthodox Jukebox”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Pink also jumps with “Greatest Hits… So Far”, back up five places to No.12, the album having not been this high since April 2011. And also up five spots to No.14 is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with “The Heist”, whilst Imagine Dragons finally crack the Top 20 with “Night Visions”, which is up four places to a new peak of No.19. Russell Morris’ “Sharkmouth” jumps twelve places to No.23 and after entering at No.93 last week, “25 Years – The Chain” for Fleetwood Mac zooms up sixty-two places to No.31 this week. “Red” for Taylor Swift is back up nine places to No.33 and returning to the Top 100 at No.41 is Major Lazer with “Free the Universe” (HP-5), and finally Michael Jackson’s “#1’s” is back up twelve places to No.43 after the fourth anniversary of his passing.
DOWN DOWN: The same week his single leaves the Top 10 singles chart, Passenger also falls out of the Albums Top 10, as “All the Little Lights” (HP-2×3) is down three places to No.13 after fourteen broken weeks inside the ten. “Departures” for Bernard Fanning managed to rack up three weeks inside the Top 10 and after two weeks in the ten Empire of the Sun with “Ice on the Dune” is down six spots to No.15. After entering at No.11 last week Fat Freddy’s Drop is down thirteen spots to No.24 with “Blackbird”, and down ten places to No.35 is Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans”. The “Fast & Furious 6” Soundtrack falls twenty-two spots to No.53 and down nineteen to No.55 is David Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat: Ultimate”. J. Cole tumbles from last weeks No.14 debut to No.82 this week with “Born Sinner” whilst Falling in Reverse tumble seventy-four spots to No.94 with “Fashionably Late”. Falling out from last weeks Top 50 are “Chants” (#26) for The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, and the three You Am I re-entries from last week all leave.
The second album for Dream on Dreamer is entitled “Loveless” and it debuts at No.29 this week, surpassing the No.38 peak their first album “Heartbound” reached in August 2011. And also charting with their second set is Big Scary who enters at No.32 with “Not Art”. Their first entry “Vacation” debuted and peaked at No.37 in October 2011. Further down two local acts debut, with Diviney coming in at No.45 with their first album “Sex Games” and one place lower at No.46 is “Gargantua” for Ash Grunwald featuring Scott Owen and Andy Strachan. This is Ash’s eight album and fifth to chart, with this and the past three albums all entering inside the Top 50.
Lower 50: The ABBA/Agnetha special on earlier this past week helps not only “A” to charge back up the charts, but their compilations “18 Hits” (62 to 56) and “Abba Gold” (re-entry at No.63) are back up too. “Bad Blood” for Bastille is back up to No.65 and the returning albums to the Top 100 include “Long Live A$AP” for A$AP Rocky at No.70, “Teenage Dream” for Katy Perry at No.83, “Jersey Boys” cast recording at No.87 and greatest hits return for Kelly Clarkson (#89), Jimmy Barnes (#92), Keith Urban (#96) and The Foo Fighters (#97).
New entries in the lower fifty include the debut album for British singer-songwriter Tom Odell entitled “Long Way Down” at No.66 and the new Superman movie soundtrack “Man of Steel” at No.85. The last Superman soundtrack to chart was the original 1978 “Superman – The Movie” which managed a No.57 placing in early February 1979. Lastly coming in at No.93 is “Rescue & Restore” for August Burns Red, their sixth album and second to chart here, as their fourth set “Leveller” also made it to No.93 in late June 2011.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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