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Chet Faker: Photo Ros O'Gorman

Chet Faker: Photo Ros O'Gorman

Chet Faker Stays No 1 ARIA ALBUMS

by Gavin Ryan on April 26, 2014

in Live,News

Chet Faker holds for a second week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart with “Built on Glass”, which becomes the first Aussie studio album since “The Sapphires” (20-27 August, 2012) soundtrack to hold for more than one week at the top.

Even though Harrison Craig did achieve two weeks in 2013 with his “More Than a Dream” album, it was two broken weeks at the top, and the INXS’ “Very Best of” spent seven weeks at the top, but that was a best of compilation and not a studio album. And the last Male Solo artist to rack up more than one week at the top with a new studio album (as opposed to Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album which spent three weeks from 16-Dec-13, but was a two year old album) was Eminem from last November with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” which stayed atop for two weeks.

Also last week I mentioned that Chet Faker had notched up the 700th No.1 album for Australia (1965 to 2014), and thanks to Mick Robbins asking if any other Aussie acts had claimed the century before, the answer is no, and below is a list of the previous 100’s:

100 – The Long Run – The Eagles (22-October-1979)
200 – Introducing the Hardline According to – Terence Trent D’Arby (2-May-1988)
300 – Spaghetti Incident – Gun N’ Roses (5-December-1993)
400 – Songs from Dawson’s Creek – TV Soundtrack (31-May-1999)
500 – il Divo – il Divo (9-May-2005)
600 – Brand New Eyes – Paramore (5-October-2009)
700 – Built on Glass – Chet Faker (21-April-2014)

The ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack climbs back up to its former peak of No.2 this week (achieved 27-Jan-2014, week four on the charts), and with the DVD and BR release occurring this week (April 30th), we could see the album climb to the top next week (the only competition next week are new releases from Damon Albarn, Mark Vincent, Sol3 Mio, The Vamps or Iggy Azalea). INXS swap places with Frozen, as their “Very Best of” is down to No.3 this week, but blasting back into the Top 5 at No.4 is “Beautiful” for Jessica Mauboy, which up thirteen places from No.17 making it a fourth week within the Top 10 for the album, having debuted at No.3 back in October of 2013. The fourth of six Aussie acts within the Top 10 is Harrison Craig who hold for a second week at No.5 with his new set “L.O.V.E.”.

The highest new entry of the week coming in at No.6 is the third album for Scottish singer Paolo Nutini entitled “Caustic Love”, which is also the new No.1 album in the UK this past week. The new set becomes his first Top 10 achievement in Australia, as his previous entries were with “These Streets” (HP-16, peaked April 2007) and “Sunny Side Up” (HP-39, June 2009). The final two local artists within the ten this week are Russell Morris with “Van Diemen’s Land” down three to No.7 and Dan Sultan with “Blackbird” down a couple of places to No.8, Rounding out the Top 10 are Katy Perry with “Prism” at No.9 (down a place) and dropping three to No.10 is Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L”.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: After falling out of the Top 100 a couple of weeks ago, the Nickelback collection “The Best of Volume 1” re-enters the chart at No.11, whilst the re-packaged tour edition of Jason DeRulo’s “Tattoos” leaps back up thirty-nine places to No.13 this week as he kicked off his national tour this weekend. Landing a new peak of No.16 is Cliff Richard with “The Fabulous Rock N’ Roll Songbook” after his series of interviews this past week, plus it’s his first Top 20 achievement since 1994’s “The Hit List” compilation made it No.2 in March 1995. Bastille are back up twenty-two spots to No.17 with “(All the) Bad Blood”, and right behind them with a newly repackaged edition of “Night Visions” are Imagine Dragon, up twelve to No.18. OneRepublic land a fourth chart entry from “Native”, which this week leaps back up fifty-four places to No.26, and Kylie Minogue turns back around with “Kiss Me Once” and is up fourteen to No.27. The recent No.16 remix album of “True: Avicii by Avicii” comes back in at No.31 thanks to the new track “Lay Me Down” (new at No.99), whilst Ellie Goulding’s performance on The Graham Norton Show last Sunday night has helped her “Halcyon Days” album to bullet back up forty-nine spots to No.34. John Legend is back up twenty places to No.35 with “Love in the Future” and also returning to the Top 50 are Robbie Williams with “Swings Both Ways” (72 to 40), “Random Access Memories” for Daft Punk (88 to 47), “Settle” for Disclosure (71 to 48 and now Gold (●) in sales), “Days are Gone” for Haim (86 to 50) and a third re-entry to the Top 50 is at No.49, Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz”.

DOWN DOWN: After a single week within the Top 10, “Abba Gold & More” is down a couple of places to No.12 (it should go back up after Eurovision, which is on next weekend), with the other drop-out being “Flesh & Blood” for the John Butler Trio, which plummets twenty-four spots this week to No.33. Bliss N’ Eso drops back ten spots to No.23 with “Circus in the Sky” and falling twenty places to No.32 is Johnny Cash with “Out Among the Stars”. Ball Park Music continues to fall, as “Puddinghead” falls twenty-three places to No.37. Asgeir takes his first big tumble, as “In the Silence” is down twenty-two spots to No.42, whilst the ‘Divergent’ soundtrack falls back twenty-six places to No.44, with the former No.1 from Eminem down nineteen to No.45. Further falling albums that drop out of the Top 50 this week include Steel Panther (28 to 52), Bruno Mars (37 to 54), Nirvana (40 to 57), Beyonce (45 to 60), Love Child Soundtrack (36 to 66), Red Hot Chili Peppers GH’s (48 to 72) and Chet Faker with “Thinking in Textures” (43 to 95), whilst leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Black Label Society (#31), American Authors (#35), Rachael Leahcar (#38) and Saskwatch (#46).

LA musician ZHU debuts on the singles chart at No.14 with “Faded”, whilst their debut six-track EP “The Nightday” comes in at No.20 this week. Sydney act New Empire take their third album “In a Breath” into the charts at No.28 this week, becoming their second set to chart, as they’ve previously entered with their second set “Symmetry” (HP-39, September 2011). The final Top 50 entry is new at No.41, “Beautiful Wild” for Melbourne band Bonjah, which is the bands third studio set, but first to chart on the ARIA Top 100.

DOWN DOWN: Passenger again climbs with his previous album “All the Little Lights”, which this week is back up nineteen spots to No.56, and Flume is back up to No.58 with his self-titled set (from #75). Jake Bugg returns with his two albums this week after his recent visit here, his second set “Shanrgi-La” (HP-38) back in at No.62 and his self-titled (HP-19) debut album returning at No.87. Further re-entries come at No.74 from Sara Bareilles with “The Blessed Unrest” (HP-73), “Sex and Love” (HP-23) for Enrique Iglesias at No.84, “Amazing” (HP-27) for Marcia Hines at No.96 and after his recent interviews and tour, Hugh Laurie is back in at No.97 with “Didn’t it Rain” (HP-35).

With Mother’s Day in Australia only a couple of weeks away, there are a couple of new entries this week that are slanted towards mums’, with Andre Rieu new at No.63 with “Magic of the Musicals”, and at No.67 is “Engelbert Calling” by Engelbert Humperdinck, his fifteenth album to chart here, and first new entry since September 2012’s “Release Me – The Best of” (HP-87). Also new at No.77 are Celtic Thunder with “My Land”, the groups eighth ARIA Albums chart entry.

The soundtrack for ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ debuts at No.71 this week, with two tracks having already charted from the set, Tonight Alive with “The Edge” (HP-78) and the new entry this week from Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar “It’s on Again” (TW-85), plus the previous soundtrack failed to chart, so this is the fourth Spiderman album to chart (after the first three Toby Maguire films; #1 HP-12 in June 2002; #2 HP-25, July 2004 and #3 HP-62, May 2007).

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest occurs in Copenhagen in the first week of May, and this years album charts prior to the competition, as the 2012 (HP-15, 4-June-2012) and 2013 (HP-16, 27-May-2013) sets debuted and peaked the week after the show was screened, so expect a big jump for the album in the next couple of weeks. The final new entry of the week comes in at No.91, Tame Impala with their first live album entitled “Live Versions”, with their ARIA Award winning album “Lonerism” down a few places to No.53 this week.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to

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