Ed Sheeran holds at No.1 for a third (non-consecutive) week with his second album “x”, which also racks up a ▲Platinum certification in its sixth week on the charts.
Climbing back up three places to No.2 is the ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack, which also notches up sales for 2x▲Platinum and a 29th straight week within the Top 10. The last soundtrack to notch up this many weeks within the ten was the re-issued ‘Grease’ score, which spent 14 weeks in the Top 10 in 1991 and a further sixteen in 1998, making it thirty weeks within the ARIA Albums chart (the original 1978 album spent 36 weeks within the ten, giving Grease a total of 66 weeks within the ten overall).
After two weeks at No.2, Sheppard drop down to No.3 with their debut album “Bombs Away”, whilst current No.1 single holder Paloma Faith sees her third album “A Perfect Contradiction” become her first Top 10 album in Australia, as the album jumps up eleven places to a new peak of No.4, helped also by her promo tour of the country this past week. The debut self-titled album for 5 Seconds of Summer debuted at No.1 in the USA this past week, and here it rises back up two places to No.5, whilst returning to the Top 10, up eight to No.6, is Sam Smith with “In the Lonely Hour”. Taylor Henderson is down four places to No.7 with his second album “Burnt Letters” and thanks to her tour and Splendour in the Grass appearance, Lily Allen bullets back into the Top 10 at No.9 with “Sheezus”, jumping twenty-three places from last week, whilst Sia is down six spots to No.10 with “1000 Forms of Fear”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Asgeir’s recent tour here helps his former Top 10 album “In the Silence” to jump back up forty-four places to No.20 this week, whilst First Aid Kit see their “Stay Gold” album jump back up seventeen places to No.25 after their selected shows around the country this past week. George Ezra leapt into the Top 10 singles with his track “Budapest”, and his debut album “Wanted on Voyage” leaps up forty-two places to land at No.31 this week, whilst back into the Top 50 (up sixteen) to No.36 is Avicii with “True”. Also back into the fifty is “G I R L” for Pharrell (55 to 45), the Paradise Edition of “Born to Die” for Lana Del Rey is back up fourteen to No.47, Splendour act Rufus are back up thirteen to No.49 with “Atlas” and re-entering the Top 100 within the fifty are recent tourists The 1975 (HP-43) with the self-titled album at No.45 and Rudimental are back in at No.46 with “Home”.
DOWN DOWN: The three albums falling out of the Top 10 are from Rise Against with “The Black Market” (6 to 14) after two weeks within the ten and after a single week in the Top 10 each are “English Rain” for Gabrielle Aplin (10 to 16) and “Mandatory Fun” for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (9 to 21). The INXS collection “The Very Best” is down a place to No.19 in its 101st accumulated week within the Top 100, and this week it is re-certified 4x▲Platinum in sales, whilst another former No.1 from this year, Chet Faker with “Built on Glass” drops ten places to No.29. Russell Morris’ “Van Diemen’s Land” is back down thirteen to No.40 and leaving last weeks Top 50 are Splendour act Foster the People with “Supermodel” (39 to 55), Paul Kelly (34 to 70), Nickelback (48 to 76), Red Hot Chili Peppers (50 to 77), Judas Priest (38 to 78) and Dan Sultan (47 to 86), whilst leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Jessica Mauboy (#25), La Roux (#28) and Jason Mraz (#43).
The 50th album (studio and compilations counted together) for John Williamson is the highest new entry of the week, as “Honest People” comes in at No.11, becoming his twenty-fifth album to chart in Australia since his first almost thirty years ago, “The Smell of Gum Leaves” (HP-49, Sept 1984). John’s last charting entries were the studio album “The Big Red” (HP-15, Feb 2012) and the compilation “A Hell of a Career” (HP-24, peaked early September 2013).
The thirteenth studio album for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (sixteenth if you include Tom’s three solo albums) debuts at No.30 entitled “Hypnotic Eye”. This is the bands (and Tom’s) fourteenth chart entry here in Australia (12 Studio, 1 Live and 1 Best of), and their first since 2010’s “Mojo” (HP-52, June 2010).
Anberlin debuts at No.32 with their seventh studio album entitled “Lowborn” which instantly becomes the Florida bands’ highest charting album here in Australia and their fifth overall. They have previously had two albums reach the Top 50, “Vital” (HP-45, Oct 2012, LP#6) and “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place” (HP-41, Sept 2010, LP#5). The final Top 50 entry of the week is the debut set for UK band Neon Jungle, coming in at No.48 is “Welcome to the Jungle”.
Lower 50: The self-titled album for Jungle is back up ten places to No.53 and John Legend’s “Love in the Future” and James Blunt with “Moon Landing” re-enter at No.56 and No.60 respectively. Bastille with “Bad Blood” and Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” both jump back up thirty-six places to No.61 and No.62 respectively, whilst Boy & Bear climb back up ten places to No.64 with “Harlequin Dream”. The ‘Pitch Perfect’ soundtrack is back in at No.67 and the classic 1978 album “Bat Out of Hell” for Meat Loaf returns at No.73 for a 242nd week within the Top 100.
Both the collections for Bon Jovi (Greatest Hits) and Eminem (Curtain Call) are at No.69 and No.72 respectively, with both albums landing a 6x▲Platinum certification this week, whilst further returning albums come from Childish Gambino with “Because the Internet” (#79, Splendour act), Jason DeRulo and “Tattoos” (#80), Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” (#83), Jimmy Barnes’ “Hits” (#88), Linkin Park with “Hybrid Theory” (#90), Broods EP (#93), Keith Urban’s collection (#94), Luke Bryan with “Crash My Party” (#95) and from Bethel Music, “You Make Me Brave (Live)”.
The sixth album for Atlanta, Georgia heavy metal act Fozzy becomes their first entry on the ARIA Albums chart this week, as “Do You Wanna Start a War” enters at No.98, the only new entry in the lower half of the charts this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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