Guy Sebastian earns his second No.1 album in Australia with his seventh studio album “Armageddon”, which climbs three places to the top of the ARIA Albums chart this week. It’s exactly nine years since he first topped the ARIA Charts with his debut single “Angels Brought Me Here” landing at the top this week in 2003 (1-Dec-2003).
Gavin Ryan reports that “Armageddon” becomes the 658th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2012) and the 517th for ARIA (1983 to 2012), plus the second for Guy. His first album “Just as I Am” debuted at the top almost nine years ago (15-Dec-2003), spending four weeks at No.1.
The new No.1 album for Guy picks up a Platinum sales certification and becomes the 154th No.1 album by an Australian act or performer and the 181st by a Male Solo performer, and the 45th by a solo Male Australian artist, with Keith Urban’s “The Story So Far” being the last by a Male Aussie Solo artist (12-May-2012).
After two weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums chart, One Direction drop a spot to No.2 with their second album “Take Me Home”. The top five albums are all former or current No.1 albums, with “Red” for Taylor Swift back up two places to No.3, and down two spots to No.4 is Pink with “The Truth about Love”. The No.1 album at this time last year was Michael Buble with “Christmas”, which spent all of December at the top, and this week it jumps back up five places to No.5, possibly helped by his appearance and performance on the Graham Norton show last Saturday night.
Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” picks up a Gold sales certification, but drops three places to No.6 this week, whilst The Rolling Stones hold at No.7 for a second week with their “GRRR!” greatest hits compilation. After debuting at No.6 last week, the fourth Susan Boyle album “Standing Ovation” drops two places to No.8, with Rod Stewart holding at No.9 for a second week with his seasonal album “Merry Christmas, Baby”.
Scoring the highest new entry of the week is UK girl-group Little Mix and their debut album “DNA”, which enters at No.10 this week. The title track entered at No.60 this week, and the albums first single “Wings” is down to No.17 this week, having peaked at No.3.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Ed Sheeran jumps back up seven places to No.13 with his “+” album, and Delta Goodrem’s “Child of the Universe” is back up nine places to No.15. The Bee Gees pick up a gold sales certification for their “Mythology” set, which is back up nine places to No.18, and Tame Impala jump back up thirty-four places to No.33 with “Lonerism”. Current tourists Nickelback jump back up seventeen places to No.39 with their former No.1 album “Here and Now”, and thanks to his many ARIA Awards nominations and one win, 360 and his album “Falling & Flying” is back up eighteen places to No.47.
DOWN DOWN: Rihanna is the only act to lose their Top 10 placing this week, last weeks No.8 debut for “Unapologetic” falls three spots to No.11 this week. Pitbull’s “Global Warming” debut of No.14 last week is down to No.23 this week and after leaping back up last week, Maroon 5 and their “Overexposed” album is back down thirteen spots to No.25 this week. The “Twilight-Breaking Dawn Part 2” soundtrack falls fourteen places to No.30, and now that their tour is over, Coldplay drops eighteen places to No.36 with “Mylo Xyloto”. Soundgarden drop nineteen places to No.46 with “King Animal”, and “#3” for The Script tumbles twenty places to No.48. Massive drop for Christina Aguilera and “Lotus”, it debuted at No.19 last week, and falls forty-two places to No.61 this week.
The fifth studio album for Alicia Keys debuts at No.12 entitled “Girl on Fire”. The lead and title track from the album has climbed as high as No.12, and is sitting at No.21 this week. Alicia’s previous chart efforts in Australia are listed below…
A01|24-Sep-01|03|80|Songs in A Minor
A02|08-Dec-03|22|61|The Diary of Alicia Keys
A03|19-Nov-07|03|50|As I Am
A04|21-Dec-09|19|24|The Element of Freedom
A05|03-Dec-12|12|1*|Girl on Fire
Local group San Cisco debut at No.17 with their self-titled debut album, and coming in at No.20 is the first collection of hits for Kelly Clarkson entitled “Greatest Hits – Chapter One”. Entering at No.31 are The Seekers with “The Golden Jubilee Album”, and the final Top 50 entry of the week is DJ and rapper Example with his fourth album “The Evolution of Man” coming in at No.40. This is his second chart entry here, having reached No.14 with his third set “Playing in the Shadows” back in September of 2011.
Lower 50: “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Re-Up” is the third edition of the Nicki Minaj album “Pink Friday”, and the new edition enters at No.53 this week. Up twenty-three places to No.63 is “All For You – The Best of” (HP-2) for Cold Chisel, and Alt-J climb back up fourteen places to No.71 with “An Awesome Wave” (HP-32).
“Back in Black” (HP-1) for AC/DC returns at No.73 and The Hilltop Hoods are back in at No.75 with their former No.1 album “Drinking from the Sun”, helped by ARIA Award wins. Also back in this week is “My Journey” (HP-1×6) for Karise Eden at No.97, “December Lights” (HP-92) for Andre Rieu at No.98 and back at #100 are Alpine with “A is for Alpine” (HP-11).
Debuting at No.59 are il Divo with their collection of songs “The Greatest Hits”, and one place lower at No.60 is Tina Arena with “Symphony of Life”, a live album recorded during her 2012 Australian tour. And a new collection of songs for Whitney Houston debuts at No.74 entitled “I Will Always Love You: The Best of”, helped by the recent TV special screened here.