Hilltop Hoods Top ARIA Albums
Hilltop Hoods - photo by Ros O'Gorman

Hilltop Hoods - photo by Ros O'Gorman

Hilltop Hoods Top ARIA Albums

by Paul Cashmere on August 16, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods land their fourth consecutive No.1 album this week as their seventh studio album “Walking Under Stars” comes in at the top of the ARIA Albums chart this week.

Walking Under Stars” becomes the 711th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 562nd for ARIA (1983 to 2014), plus the 360th set to debut at the top of the Albums chart. The guys have now landed their fourth No.1 album (and third for their label Golden Era too), with their previous chart-topping albums being “The Hard Road” (TW-85, 1 week, April 2006), “State of the Art” (2 weeks, June 2009), and “Drinking from the Sun” (TW-67, 2 weeks, March 2012), giving them a tally of six weeks from four No.1 albums, with other local acts to have notched up four No.1 albums being INXS, Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil.

It’s the first time that the word ‘Walking’ has been in a No.1 title, whereas there have been two previous ‘Under’ and ‘Stars’, with those being “Under the Rug Swept” for Alanis Morissette (March 2002) and “Under My Skin” by Avril Lavigne (May 2004) and “Stars on 45 Long Player” for Stars on 45 (July 1981) and “1000 Stars” by Natalie Bassingthwaighte (March 2009). “Walking Under Stars” also becomes the 176th album by an Australian act to hit the top, plus the 334th for a Group, whilst it’s also the fifth consecutive No.1 debut for an Australian act in a row.

Last weeks No.1 album, the self-titled third album for Angus & Julia Stone drops only a place to No.2, whilst another of last weeks new entries, the soundtrack to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is up four places to a new peak of No.3 (the album came in at #1 in the USA on Thursday), and Ed Sheeran holds at No.4 for another week with his second album “x”.

New at No.5 is tenth studio album for local country artist Adam Brand entitled “My Side of the Street”, plus it also becomes his third Top 10 album and by coming in at No.5 it becomes his second highest charting set, as his ninth album “There Will Be Love” debuted and peaked at No.4 back on this week in 2012 (chart dated 19-Aug-12). Sam Smith holds at No.6 with “In the Lonely Hour”, whilst spending a 31st consecutive week within the Top 10 is the “Frozen” soundtrack, down two places to No.7. New at No.8 is the six track debut EP for local EDM artist The Kite String Tangle entitled “Vessel”, featuring the recent No.77 single “Arcadia” and last years entry “Given the Chance” (HP-77). Rounding out the last two positions within the Top 10 are 5 Seconds of Summer, down a place to No.9 and also down one is Paloma Faith with “A Perfect Contradiction” at No.10.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: George Ezra is up one place to a new peak of No.19 with his “Wanted on Voyage” album, whilst the newly issued digital-only remixed version of “Atlas” for Rufus helps it to leap back up thirty-nine places to No.30 this week, and recent tourists Kasabian see their former No.11 album “48:13” jump back up nine to No.48.

DOWN DOWN: The three albums leaving the Top 10 this week are Sheppard with “Bombs Away” (10 to 16, HP-2×2, WI10-4) and after only one week each, the ensemble of One Day see their “Mainline” (HP-2) album fall twenty-one spots to No.23 and Sticky Fingers tumble twenty-eight places to No.31 with “Land of Pleasure” (HP-3). John Williamson is down five to No.20 with “Honest People” (expect it to rise over the next couple of weeks as we get closer to Fathers Day here), with last weeks entry for Eric Clapton “The Breeze” down twelve to No.29 (this will likely rise for Dads-day too), and Lana Del Rey is down six to No.32 with “Ultraviolence”, which is the only newly certified album this week, now Gold (●) in sales. Rise Against fall ten places to No.33 with “The Black Market” and after coming in at No.11, the self-titled album for The Voice winner Anja Nissen tumbles twenty-six spots to No.37. Rudimental and The Amity Affliction are both down nine each to No.42 and No.43 respectively, whilst First Aid Kit are down nineteen to No.44 with “Stay Gold”. Lily Allen falls twenty-eight spots to No.49 with “Sheezus”, John Legend’s “Love in the Future” falls thirteen to No.50 and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Passenger (38 to 54), London Grammar (42 to 55), Weird Al Yankovic (47 to 65), Whitney Houston (45 to 70), Dan Sultan (31 to 81), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Spoon (#43) and the Choir of King’s College (#50).

The fifth studio album for US band The Gaslight Anthem is entitled “Get Hurt” and comes in at No.11, becoming their highest charting album here so far. Their previous entries on the ARIA Albums chart have been “Handwritten” (HP-14, July 2012) and “American Slang” (HP-67, June 2010). And another US act, DJ and EDM artist Porter Robinson comes in at No.13 with his debut album “Worlds”.

With The Eagles set to tour here early in 2015, they debut at No.21 with the collection “Selected Works: 1972-1999”, becoming the bands eighth compilation to chart in Australia, beating the tally of their seven studio albums that have also charted. Another compile album comes in at No.36, “Best Years 1974-2014: The 40th Anniversary Collection” for local singer/songwriter Richard Clapton, becoming his fourth best of album to chart, all of which have made the Top 50. Debuting in between those two albums is the debut set for English artist Tahliah Debreet Barnett who goes under the moniker FKA Twigs (FKA is ‘Formerly Known as’), who sees her debut album “LP1” come in at No.34.

Lower 50: The Nirvana album “Nevermind” re-entered at No.88 last week, with it jumping up thirty-two places to No.56 this week, whilst Adele’s “21” is back up ten to No.69. The Foo Fighters “Greatest Hits” is back up fifteen spots to No.77 and with The Hilltop Hoods debuting at No.1, their first and third number one albums return this week, with “Drinking from the Sun” (#3) back in at No.67 and “The Hard Road” (#1) returning at No.85. Further returning albums come from the self-titled set for The Lumineers (#90), “Recess” by Skrillex (#96) and “The Very Very Best of” by Crowded House (#99).

There are three new entries in the lower fifty this week, the first of which comes in at No.59, the soundtrack to the new Keira Knightly and Adam Levine film “Begin Again” which is from the filmmaker who did the 2007 film which also featured a lot of original music “Once” (HP-69, Sept 2007 and re-entered March 2008, new HP-67), and is one of six soundtracks within the Top 100 this week, and the 859th film soundtrack or cast recording to chart in Australia (since 1965).

The second album for New Zealand’s Geoff Sewell is entitled “Live, Love, Sing!” which comes in at No.61 and was a Top 5 album in his native country back in May (around Mothers Day) and is the second entry for Geoff, as he has previously charted with the “Believe” which made it to No.13 in May 2008. The final entry of the week is from Melbourne act #1 Dads with their first album “About Face”, entering at No.80.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.

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