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Hillsong Topples Nick Cave On ARIA Album Chart

by Gavin Ryan on March 3, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

The 27th charted album for Sydney religious group Hillsong (United) becomes the churches second No.1 album in Australia this week, as “Zion” (their 59th released album) debuts at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart.

Hillsong Zion

Hillsong Zion

Back in July 2004 Hillsong debuted at the top with their seventh entry “For All You’ve Done” (39th release), and “Zion” now becomes their thirteenth Top 10 entry, with their last Top 10 hit “Cornerstone” (HP-2, July 2012) becoming their longest charting album at fourteen weeks in the Top 100. Hillsong have charted under three different names, with just Hillsong, and then Hillsong Live and Hillsong United, with United being the current version at the top with “Zion”, this being their sixth charted album and now fourth Top 10 hit.

“Zion” becomes the 664th No.1 album in Australia {that was close} (1965 to 2013) and the 523rd for ARIA (1983 to 2013). It’s only the third album starting with a ‘Z’ to hit the top here, with U2’s “Zooropa” being the last in July 1993, and the first was this week in 1981 (2nd March) when The Police did it with “Zenyatta Mondatta” for a single week.

It’s the first time since March 2008 that an Australian Group has knocked off another local group, back then it was Cut Copy with “In Ghost Colours” which took over from “Breed Obsession” for Gyroscope. And “Zion” becomes the 157th album by an Australian group to reach No.1 locally, whilst overall they are 314th Group to hit No.1 here.

Pink’s “The Truth About Love” climbs back up one place to No.2, whilst The Bee Gees “Mythology” box set climbs again to a new peak, this week up two places to No.3, which pushes Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” down two places to No.4 and last weeks No.1 debut for “Push the Sky Away” for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds down four places to No.5, but he is touring the country at the moment, so it wasn’t a big drop.

Also currently touring is Ed Sheeran, who sees his “+” album jump back up six places to No.6, becoming the albums 28th week inside the Top 10. “The Heist” for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is down three places to No.7 whilst “My Head is an Animal” for Of Monsters and Men is down two spots to No.8. Grammy and Brit Award ‘Album of the Year’ “Babel” for Mumford and Sons is down a place to No.9 and falling three spots to No.10 is the self-titled album for Flume, which picks up a Platinum ▲ sales certification this week.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The “Les Miserables” soundtrack gets a boost thanks to the Oscars performance from the cast last week, up six places to No.13, whilst “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac continues a steady rise, up a couple of places to No.14 this week. And after falling from 10 to 23 last week, Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom” is back up four places to No.19.

Blink 182’s “Greatest Hits” (HP-4) returns to the Top 100 at No.21 thanks to their appearances at the Soundwave 2013 Festival, with David Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat: Ultimate” jumping back up nine spots to No.25. Russell Morris is up eighteen places to a new peak of No.28 with “Sharkmouth”, and A$AP Rocky’s “Long Live A$AP” is back up eight spots to No.30. “Sigh No More” for Mumford & Sons is back up nine places to No.33 and Olly Murs’ “Right Place, Right Time” (former peak #87) returns to the Top 100 at No.36 scoring a new peak and his first week inside the Top 50.

The Labrinth album “Electronic Earth” jumps up twenty-one places to No.42, spending its second week inside the Top 50, the last time it was up here was in April 2012 when it debuted at No.38. Also returning to the Top 50 are the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” (57 to 43), The Amity Affliction with “Chasing Ghosts” (60 to 45), Linkin Park’s “Living Things” (96 to 47) and the self-titled album for Birds of Tokyo jumps back in at No.51.

DOWN DOWN: Leaving the Top 10 after two weeks are Foals with their former No.1 album “Holy Fire”, dropping thirteen places to No.23, whilst last weeks jump for award winner Frank Ocean, this week sees “Channel Orange” back down twenty places to No.29. Emeli Sande’s “Our Version of Events” drops thirteen places to No.39, and Josh Groban’s “All That Echoes” is down sixteen spots to No.46 this week. “Until Now” for Swedish House Mafia falls nine places to No.48 and after leaping back into the Top 50 last week, “18 Months” for Calvin Harris is back down thirty-seven places to No.54.

“Believe Acoustic” for Justin Bieber tumbles twenty-nine places to No.57 and Alicia Keys’ album “Girl on Fire” and Gotye’s “Making Mirrors” are both down thirty-one places to No.67 and No.68 respectively. “I Awake” for Sarah Blasko is down a massive sixty-one places to No.76, with The Hilltop Hoods down forty-six places to No.96. And leaving the Top 100 after being inside the Top 50 last week are “Born to Die” for Lana Del Rey (from #24), “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” for Missy Higgins (from #44) and The Presets with “Pacifica” (from #45).

NEW – #11 – Amok by Atoms for Peace
The debut album for California experimental rock group Atoms for Peace enters at No.11 entitled “Amok”. The super-group is made up of Thom Yorke (Radiohead lead singer), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist), Joey Waronkey (R.E.M drummer) Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer and keyboardist) and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. The band shares its name with a 1953 US President Eisenhower speech and a song from Thom Yorke’s debut solo album “The Eraser”.

NEW – #15 – Sunday Gentleman by Spit Syndicate
Sydney hip-hop duo Spit Syndicate see their third album become their first Top 50 entry, as they debut at No.15 with “Sunday Gentleman”. Their second set “Exile” made it to No.81 for a week back in May of 2010.

NEW – #18 – You’re a Shadow by Hungry Kids of Hungary
Another local act debuts within the ARIA Top 20 Albums this week, as Brisbane four piece Hungry Kids of Hungary debuts at No.18 with their second album “You’re a Shadow”. Their first album “Escapades” debuted and peaked at No.24 (for two weeks) in October of 2010.

The tenth released Greatest Hits collection for Aerosmith debuts at No.44 entitled “The Essential Aerosmith”. This is the bands fifth (of those ten) to chart here in Australia, having previously charted with “Big Ones” (3rd released HP-12, Nov-94), “Young Lust” Anthology” (5th released HP-48, Feb-02), “O, Yeah! – Ultimate Aerosmith Hits” (7th released HP-82, Aug-02) and the last was “Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of” (9th released HP-31, Nov-06).

Lower 50: The documentary ‘Searching for Sugarman” won an Oscar last week, so the soundtrack to the film debuts at No.95, whilst the act in the documentary Rodriguez sees his 1970 album “Cold Fact” (HP-23, July 1977) rise up eleven places to No.60. “This Was Tomorrow” for Seth Sentry is up twenty-two places to No.61, and albums returning to the Top 100 include “Thinking in Textures” for Chet Faker (#78), “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” by Regina Spektor (#80), “House of Gold & Bones Part 1” for Stone Sour (#86), “Burning Lights” by Chris Tomlin (#88), “All the Little Lights” for Passenger (#91) and “The 2nd Law” by Muse at No.92.

The fifteenth album to chart in Australia for Emmylou Harris debuts at No.52 entitled “Old Yellow Moon”, a duet album with eighties singer Rodney Crowell. It’s her fifth collaboration album (and fourth to chart here), having previously worked and charted with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt on “Trio” (HP-12, debuted March 1987) and “Trio II” (HP-66, March 1999). Her fourth collaboration (and third to chart here) was with Mark Knopfler in May 2006 with “All the Roadrunning” (HP-41), and this is her first entry since “Hard Bargain” (HP-48) in May 2011. Rodney Crowell charted with his self-titled album in February of 1982, reaching No.63 at the end of March. He was in the Top 40 Singles at the time with his only chart entry “Stars on the Water” (HP-39).

The second album for Fremantle (WA) singer Mama Kin debuts at No.65 entitled “The Magician’s Daughter”, becoming her first ARIA Albums Chart entry, as her debut set “Beat and Holler” didn’t make the National chart survey. And also making his first appearance is UK singer Ben Howard with his debut album “Every Kingdom” at No.72. He picked up two Brit Awards last week for ‘Breakthrough Act’ and ‘Best Solo Male’.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com

The ARIA chart is updated every Sunday at 6pm

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