INXS barely hold onto the No.1 spot for a seventh week with the collection “The Very Best”, whilst the band is one of three Aussie acts within the top four selling albums this week.
INXS also gain their sixteenth accumulated week at No.1, matching the weeks notched up by Bon Jovi (from nine No.1’s) and Simon & Garfunkel (from one). And by staying for a seventh week, “The Very Best” for INXS lands the equal sixth longest run at the top for a best-of collection, and below are a list of the compilations for acts with a longer run at the top of the Australian Albums chart:
Weeks – Titles – Artists (Year)
17 wks – The Seekers’ Greatest Hits – The Seekers (1968)
16 wks – The Best of Abba – Abba (1976)
13 wks – Greatest Hits… So Far – Pink (2010)
10 wks – Recurring Dream – The Best of – Crowded House (1996)
9 wks – #1’s – The Beatles (2000)
9 wks – Greatest Hits – Robbie Williams (2004)
7 wks – The Beatles Ballads – The Beatles (1981)
7 wks – Greatest Hits – Eurythmics (1991)
7 wks – The Essential – Michael Jackson (2009)
7 wks – The Very Best – INXS (2014)
What could have become the 700th No.1 album in Australia is the highest new entry at No.2 this week, “Puddinghead” for local act Ball Park Music. The groups’ third album becomes their highest charting album so far, and second Top 10 entry, as their October 2012 second set “Museum” debuted and peaked at No.9, their first set “Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs” made it to No.36 in mid-September 2011. A further local artist who debuts high is Dan Sultan, whose third album entitled “Blackbird” is new at No.4, becoming his first Top 10 placing and now second charting album after his second set from 2009 “Get out While You Can” made it to No.90 in May 2010.
The ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack holds at No.3 for a third week, spending a thirteenth week within the Top 10 and with the DVD/BR out at the end of the month, it’s probably going to be within the ten for awhile longer. Holding at No.5 is Pharrell with “G I R L” thanks to the new single “Marilyn Monroe” recently going to radio, and back up a place to No.6 is “Prism” for Katy Perry, as her new track “Birthday” was all over the airwaves too this week. Johnny Cash drops three places to No.7 with “Out Among the Stars”, with London Grammar back up a place to No.8 with “If You Wait”. Skrillex drops three places to No.9 with his “Recess” album and holding at No.10 are current tourists John Butler Trio with “Flesh & Blood”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Violent Soho are also touring at the moment, which helps their “Hungry Ghost” album to jump up nine places to No.17 this week, whilst “The Very Best of” for The Eagles blasts up forty-eight spots to No.20. Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s passing occurred twenty years ago this past week, thus the bands biggest album “Nevermind” (HP-2) returns at No.21 this week, plus they were Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees this week too. Fleetwood Mac jump up twenty-two places to No.23 with their set “The Very Best of”, and Bliss N’ Eso jump back up thirteen spots to No.24 with “Circus in the Sky”. Further best-of collections that jump up this week are from Pink (44 to 31), Bee Gees (90 to 34), Michael Jackson (48 to 35), Phil Collins (95 to 45) and Jimi Hendrix returns at a new peak of No.49 with “Experience Hendrix”. Other jumps come from Ed Sheeran with “+” (62 to 33), Bastille with “Bad Blood” (50 to 37), scoring a new peak ahead of his new album coming this week, Chet Faker is up thirty-six spots to No.38 with “Thinking in Textures” (former peak #44), Of Monsters and Men return at No.41 with “My Head is an Animal”, Tame Impala are up fifty-four places to No.43 with “Lonerism” and now that his album has landed a Top 30 hit, Justin Timberlake re-enters at No.47 with “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” (HP-4).
DOWN DOWN: Two of last weeks Top 10 debuts are the two dropouts this week, with Steel Panther’s No.2 debut for “All You Can Eat” down to No.11 this week, and the self-titled set for Shakira tumbles from No.8 to No.48. George Michael drops ten places to No.26 with “Symphonica” and Kylie Minogue tumbles eighteen spots to No.29 with “Kiss Me Once” (NO Graham Norton effect this week). Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” is down nine to No.30 and the self-titled album for Beyonce drops twelve to No.40. Kate Miller-Heidke’s “O Vertigo!” is down eleven places to No.44 and Robbie Williams falls nineteen spots to No.46 with “Swings Both Ways”. Further drops come from The Wiggles (39 to 50) for their “The Best of” set, Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey (19 to 55), Taylor Henderson (30 to 58), John Legend (41 to 62), The Rolling Stones (36 to 63), Daft Punk (49 to 73), The War on Drugs (47 to 89) and Foster the People (42 to 100). Ten of last weeks Top 50 albums drop out from the Top 100 this week, with seven of them being debuts from last week; The Aston Shuffle (#12), Christina Perri (#23), Band of Skulls (#24), Architecture in Helsinki (#25), Glee 100 Episodes (#35), Mr Little Jeans (#40) and Karmin (#46), whilst the three others were for 30 Seconds to Mars (#29), A Great Big World (#38) and My Chemical Romance (#43).
Utah rock band The Used see their sixth album debut at No.12 this week entitled “Imaginary Enemy”, becoming the bands eighth charting album (six studio, one live, one G.H.), and their fourth consecutive Top 20 album, with previous twenty-berthed albums being their April 2012 set “Vulnerable” (HP-18), the September 2009 album “Artwork” (HP-17) and their third studio album “Lies for the Liars” (HP-5, May 2007).
2014 marks the fortieth anniversary of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win, and to mark the occasion, their November 1992 compilation “Abba Gold” has been re-issued as a 3CD set, and debuts at No.13 this week. The original album was No.1 during all of December 1992, and the set climbed back to No.3 in December 1994 and again to No.2 in June 1999. The “Abba Gold” album re-entered and debuted at No.4 in July 2008, the album having racked up 39 weeks within the top ten so far.
Australian actor and performer Tim Campbell (Home & Away/House Husbands) lands at No.25 with his debut album “High School Disco”, an album of party-music covers, whilst another local singer, Marcia Hines enters at No.27 with fifteenth studio album “Amazing”. This is her eighth studio album since her musical return in 1994 with “Right Here and Now” (HP-21), which is more than her six albums output during her 1970/80’s heyday. Her last charted album was October 2010’s “Marcia Sings Tapestry” which debuted and peaked at No.17.
Lower 50: Bring Me the Horizon blast back up forty-four places to No.52 with “Sempiternal” and The Black Keys rise back up nineteen spots to No.53 with “El Camino”. Keith Urban is back up thirty-seven places to No.57 with “Fuse” and Bruce Springsteen is back up eleven spots to No.74 with “High Hopes”. Frank Ocean is up thirteen places to No.84 with “Channel Orange” and there are whole bunch of returning collections this week from Bruce Springsteen (#64), The Doors (#67), Divinyls (#68), Crucible – The Songs of Hunters & Collectors (#69), Simon & Garfunkel (#76), Roy Orbison (#78), Blink 182 (#88), Billy Joel (#97) and Bob Dylan (#99), whilst albums returning also include Cloud Control (#72), Calvin Harris (#79), The 1975 (#85), Eminem with “The Eminem Show” (#90), Cliff Richard (#94), Russell Morris (#95) and Alt-J (#98).
The fourth album for Manchester Orchestra is entitled “Cope” and debuts at No.51 this week, becoming the bands second chart entry for ARIA, as their third set “Simple Math” debuted and peaked at No.83 in May 2011. The newly opened film “Divergent” sees its soundtrack enter at No.54, whilst another new film “The LEGO Movie” has its soundtrack entering at No.82 this week. The debut album for English musician, songwriter and producer SOHN is entitled “Tremors”, and the electro-act enters at No.60 this week, with the final new entry coming in at No.70, “This is Your Life” a tribute album to Dio lead singer Ronnie James Dio.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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