Bruno Mars holds for a second week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart with “Unorthodox Jukebox”, but making a bid for the top spot is the “Les Miserables” soundtrack, which rises a place to No.2 this week, whilst the current (and last week) No.1 singles holder Macklemore and Ryan Lewis jump up five places to No.3 with “The Heist” album (now Gold ● in sales).
Pink holds at No.4 with “The Truth about Love”, but Ed Sheeran is down three places to No.5 with “+” (HP-1×1) after two weeks at No.2. “Red” for Taylor Swift also holds steady at No.6, with Guy Sebastian’s “Armageddon” down two places this week to No.7. Swapping places this week are “Pitch Perfect” up one place to No.9, and down a spot to No.10 with “Take Me Home” is One Direction.
Of Monsters and Men originally debuted in April 2012 (HP-89, 1 week) with “My Head is an Animal”. The album then again returned for another single week in late July (#95), returning once again in mid-September when it started to steadily climb up the charts thanks to the hit single “Little Talks” (TW-11). With new single “Mountain Sound” leaping up to a new peak of No.53 this week, the album also gains a new chart peak by climbing four places to No.8, and now its first week inside the Top 10.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: “Babel” by Mumford & Sons holds steady at No.11, but is now certified 2x▲ (Platinum).The Lumineers self-titled album is up eight places to a new peak of No.15 and The Rolling Stones move back up one place to No.16 with “GRRR!” (now 2x ▲). Flo Rida gains a fifth Top 10 single from “Wild Ones” (HP-5), the album is back up nine places to No.18, whilst bulleting up fifty-one places to No.21 are The Killers with “Battle Born” (HP-2). Reece Mastin keeps yo-yoing with his “Beautiful Nightmare” album, its back up sixteen places to No.24 this week, and ahead of the national tour, the “Greatest Hits” for Red Hot Chili Peppers is back up fifteen places to No.43.
DOWN DOWN: After eight broken weeks inside the Top 10, “Mythology” (HP-6×2) for The Bee Gees drops down five places to No.12. David Guetta drops seven places to No.26 with “Nothing but the Beat: Ultimate”, but after leaping back up last week, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” is back down seventeen places to No.37. The Seekers keep falling ten places a week, as “The Golden Jubilee” (HP-10) has over the past three weeks dropped from 20 to 30 and now it’s down to No.40.
“Ceremonials” (now 3x▲) for Florence + the Machine is down six places to No.44 and falling nine spots to No.46 are The Black Keys with “El Camino”. The Rubens’ self-titled album falls sixteen spots to No.49, and tumbling down nineteen spots to No.65 is “The Hobbit” soundtrack.
US Rock band Black Veil Brides score the highest new entry of the week, as their third album “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones” debuts at No.17, far surpassing their first chart entry here with their second album, “Set the World on Fire” (HP-77, June 2011).
US Celtic Punk band The Dropkick Murphy’s also land their highest charting album this week, as their eight album (fourth here to chart) “Signed and Sealed in Blood” debuts at No.23. Their March 2011 (seventh) album “Going Out in Style” debuted and peaked at No.26, previously they have also charted with “The Meanest of Times” (sixth LP HP-85, Oct 2007) and “The Warriors Code (fifth LP HP-80, June 2005).
The third and final Top 50 new entry is from local country act The Sunny Cowgirls who debut at No.42 with their fifth album “What We Do”. It becomes their third Top 50 entry, and the bands previous charting material is listed below…
23-May-05|80|1|Little Bit Rusty
04-Sep-06|93|2|Long Five Days
11-Aug-08|37|6|Dust Will Settle
21-Jan-13|42|1|What We Do
Lower 50: With Keith Urban now a judge on American Idol (the show started screening here on Thursday 17th of January); his best of set “The Story So Far” (HP-1×1) is back up thirteen to No.53. The XX see their “Coexist” album jump back up twenty-three places to No.54 and Rodriguez continues to climb each week with his 1970 album “Cold Fact” (HP-23, peaked July 1978); it is up ten spots this week to No.64.
Chet Faker takes his album “Thinking in Textures” up fourteen places to a new peak of No.66, having previously peaked at No.67 in August of 2012. “California 37” (HP-9) for Train is back up fifteen places to No.73 and the Lee Kernaghan album “Beautiful Noise” (HP-9) bounces back up twenty-one places to No.77. Seth Sentry and his “This was Tomorrow” (HP-6) set are back up sixteen spots to No.80.
The only new entry to the lower section of the Top 100 is the soundtrack to the Golden Globe winning TV series “Girls”, which debuts at No.69. Returning to the chart though are Labrinth with “Electronic Earth” (HP-38) at No.78, Lisa Mitchell and “Bless This Mess” (HP-7) one place lower at No.79. “I’m With You” (HP-2) for the Red Hot Chili Peppers returns at No.83 and the Gary Clark Jr. album “Blak & Blu” (HP-34) is back in at No.99.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com