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INXS, 2012: Photo Ros O'Gorman

INXS, 2012: Photo Ros O'Gorman

INXS Become First Aussie Act To Have No 1 and 2 ARIA ALBUMS

by Gavin Ryan on February 22, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

INXS stay put at No.1 with their compilation “The Very Best”, as the second part of the mini-series ‘INXS: Never Tear us Apart’ screened last Sunday night on Channel 7.

By staying at the top for another week, INXS now take their tally of weeks at No.1 to eleven, moving them to equal fiftieth on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2014)’ alongside Australian Crawl, Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, Men at Work, Alanis Morissette, Icehouse, Jethro Tull and Don McLean, although INXS are the only act to have done it with four albums.

Last week they picked up the new record for ‘Longest Climb to No.1’ at 77 weeks, well this week they become the first Australian band to hold the top two spots on the albums chart, as their 1987 No.2 album “Kick” returns to it’s initial peak by climbing up five places from last weeks return at No.7. Originally “Kick” debuted at No.3 and then climbed to No.2 for the next six weeks around the start of November 1987. It was held off the top spot initially by the massive Icehouse album “Man of Colours”. When it climbed back to No.2 in October 1988 it was stuck behind the then new U2 album “Rattle and Hum”, thus it now has its third run at No.2 locally. The last act to hold multiple positions at the top of the chart was Michael Jackson in July 2009 just after his passing.

All of the band’s entries from last week either stay stable or climb this week, with “Live at Wembley Stadium 1991” holding at No.17, but newly certified ▲ Platinum in sales, “The Swing” is up eighteen places to No.25, “Shabooh Shoobah” up eight spots to No.33, “Listen Like Thieves” jumping seventeen places to No.36 and their 1990 album “X” (HP-1×2, Oct 1990) returning at No.98 this week, giving them a tally of seven albums charting this week.

Last weeks highest new entry of “Flesh & Blood” for the John Butler Trio is back down a place to No.3, whilst current tourist Bruce Springsteen is back down a spot to No.4 with “High Hopes”. The “Frozen” Soundtrack is down a spot to No.5, whilst the highest entry for the week is new at No.6, “Beloved” the sixth album for Adelaide band I Killed the Prom Queen. It also becomes the bands first Top 10 placing, as their two previous entries have been their fourth set “Music for the Recently Deceased” (HP-27, August 2006) and their fifth album “Sleepless Nights and City Lights” (HP-48, December 2008).

Another current tourist is Dolly Parton who is up to a new peak of No.7 with her latest album “Blue Smoke”, whilst Lorde is down three places to No.8 with “Pure Heroine”. Eminem started his national tour here on Wednesday, and first two shows in Melbourne have helped his latest set “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” back into the Top 10 at No.9 for its thirteenth (of 16) week inside the ten, whilst Avicii holds at No.10 with “True”.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Rudimental is up six places to No.12 with their debut set “Home”, which is now certified ▲ Platinum in sales, and after winning at the British Music Awards, The Arctic Monkeys climb back up to No.13 with “AM”. The recent tour by UK band Chvrches (they left here Feb 9th) helps their former No.13 album “The Bones of What You Believe” to rebound this week up twenty-nine places to No.16, whilst landing on our shores for a promo visit this past week was Robbie Williams, thus his latest set “Swings Both Ways” is back up ten places to No.18, but he did more appearances later in the week and is on SYTYCD on Sunday night, so expect this album to jump again next week. Dolly’s tour helps her former No.38 album “The Very Best of” (peaked May 2007) to leap up seventeen places to a new peak of No.21, plus the set cracks the ▲ Platinum certification. After last weeks drop, “Atlas” by Rufus is back up fourteen places to No.38 and the Nickelback “The Best of – Volume 1” climbs back into the Top 50 at No.49.

DOWN DOWN: The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are “Dizzy Heights” for Neil Finn, which debuted at No.6 and tumbles to No.32 this week, whilst HAIM jumped back in at No.9 last week with “Days are Gone”, which plummets down to No.37 this week. “MKTO” was No.1 three weeks ago, and they are down to No.24 this week, with last weeks No.14 debut of “After the Disco” by Broken Bells falling sixteen places this week to No.30, whilst The Jezabels drop ten places to No.31 with “The Brink”. “Triple J Like a Version Vol.9” and “Circus in the Sky” for Bliss N’ Eso both drop eleven spots to No.40 and No.42 respectively, with albums falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty including “Overcomer” for Prepared Like a Bride (#30), “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by Bombay Bicycle Club (#36) and the self-titled debut album for The Dead Daisies leaving from No.42.

US Country artist Eric Church sees his fourth studio album “The Outsiders” become his first ARIA Albums chart entry by debuting at No.23 this week, whilst two debut self-titled albums are the last two new entries to the Top 50 this week. Coming in at No.43 is “✝ ✝ ✝ (CROSSES)” which is the musical side project of Deftones singer Chino Moreno, and at No.50 is “Issues” for the Atlanta, Georgia metalcore band.

Lower 50: After returning at No.50 last week “All Over the World: The Very Best of” for Electric Light Orchestra is back down a spot to No.51, but picks up a ▲ Platinum certification. Kanye West announced a tour of Australia in May this past week, which helps his recent No.1 album “Yeezus” back in at No.53, whilst the new singles chart success for Chet Baker brings his debut set “Thinking in Textures” (HP-44) back in at No.54 this week. Kendrick Lamar is one of the many guests on the Eminem tour, and that has helped his album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” (HP-23) back in at No.58, with the newly repackaged album for A Day to Remember entitled “Common Courtesy” (HP-13) jumping back up sixteen places to No.59. The Wiggles climb to a new peak of No.64 with their latest set “Apples & Bananas”, whilst Bruce Springsteen sees two of his albums return to the chart this week, “Born in the USA” (#70) and “The Essential” (#78), with his set “The Collection 1973-2012” back up eighteen places to No.73. Also returning to the albums chart this week is “(All the) Bad Blood” by Bastille (#83), “Essential Michael Jackson” (#86), “About Time” Soundtrack (#96) {the DVD was just released} and “Red” for Taylor Swift at No.99.

Paul Rodgers lands his second chart entry, as he debuts at No.92 with “The Royal Sessions”, he made it to No.49 in September 2008 with “The Cosmos Rocks” alongside Queen. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “The Lion King” is new at No.97, with the stage production currently playing in Sydney, whilst the new No.1 album in the UK this week debuts at No.100 here, the second album for Katy B entitled “Little Red”, which becomes her first chart entry here, as her debut set “On a Mission” failed to chart.

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