The third studio album for Justin Timberlake becomes his second No.1 album in Australia as “The 20/20 Experience” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums chart, plus is also certified Gold, something which the previous five No.1 debuts did not achieve.
For the past six weeks Australia has had a new No.1 debut on the albums chart, something which we haven’t seen since March-April 2011 when we had six weeks with six new No.1 debuts, although we did have six No.1 debuts in a row from last May (2012) but someone in the middle of that run decided to stay at the top for two weeks (Missy Higgins).
“The 20/20 Experience” becomes the 667th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2013) and the 526th for ARIA (1983 to 2013). Justin’s previous chart-topping album was his last album from September of 2006 “Future Sex/Love Sounds” which only lasted for one week at the top. The album also becomes the third with the numbers ‘20’ in it’s title, the other two being the Creedence compilation album “20 Golden Greats” (Feb 1980) and Midnight Oil’s first best of set “20,000 Watt RSL” (Oct 1997).
Last week’s No.1 debut of “What About Now” for Bon Jovi is down one place to No.2, helped possibly by the 60 Minutes interview last Sunday night, and whilst Ed Sheeran finished up his national tour, his album “+” rises again, up two places to No.3 this week. Future tourist Pink holds at No.4 with “The Truth About Love”, with “March Fires” for Birds of Tokyo down two places to No.5 and last weeks No.2 debut of “The Next Day” for David Bowie falling four places to No.6 this week.
The Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album “The Heist” is back up one place to No.7 now that the album has landed its third consecutive No.1 single, and Bruno Mars is down one place to No.10 with his “Unorthodox Jukebox” album. In between those two sets we see Bruce Springsteen jump up seven places to No.8 with his new best of set “Collection: 1973-2012” and returning to it’s original debut position of No.9 (5-March-2012) is Passenger with “All the Little Lights”. Both acts are touring the country at the moment.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: David Guetta is up five places to a new peak of No.13 with the re-packaged edition of “Nothing But the Beat: Ultimate”, and the aforementioned tourist Bruce Springsteen sees his last studio album “Wrecking Ball” (HP-2) leap up thirty-seven places to No.16, whilst his biggest album ever “Born in the USA” (HP-1×8, 1985) returns to the Top 100 at No.41.
Rodriguez started his national tour on the 19th of March (thru to April 1st), and this has helped his three currently charting albums all to rise this week. The soundtrack for the doco “Searching for Sugar Man” is up twenty-five places to a new peak of No.24, whilst his first album “Cold Fact” (HP-23, July 1977) is up eight places to No.30. Second album “Coming from Reality” (HP-24) is up twelve spots to No.77.
DOWN DOWN: “Zion” for Hillsong United falls eleven places to No.18, whilst last weeks No.6 debut of the “Sound City – Real to Reel” Soundtrack tumbles fourteen places to No.20. “Push the Sky Away” for Nick Cave is down ten places to No.26 and Dido sees her latest set fall thirteen spots to No.38 this week. The Jimi Hendrix set “People, Hell & Angels” drops thirty-two places to No.61 and another of last weeks debuts, “Black Sun” for Gold Fields is down thirty-six places to No.68, whilst The Drones fall forty places to No.80 with “I See Seaweed”.
The debut album for UK singer Laura Mvula enters at No.33 entitled “Sing to the Moon” and right behind at No.34 is the fourth album for local singer/songwriter Bob Evans entitled “Familiar Stranger”. This is his third entry having previously charted with “Suburban Songbook” (HP-15, June 2006) and then with “Goodnight, Bull Creek!” (HP-22, April 2009). The final Top 50 entry is at No.50 entitled “If You Leave” by UK band Daughter, their debut album.
Lower 50: “Sigh No More” for Mumford & Sons is back up six places to No.51 and is now certified 4x▲Platinum in sales, and “DNA” for Little Mix jumps back up nineteen places to No.62 thanks to their new Top 20 single “Change Your Life” (TW-16). Albums returning to the Top 100 this week include “The World from the Side of the Moon” by Phillip Phillips at No.59 (a new peak also for the album), “Coexist” by The XX (#85), current tourist Regina Spektor and “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” (#88), “It’s On” by The Wolfe Brothers at No.96 who are touring with Lee Kernaghan at the moment, and back in at No.98 is “#3” for The Script (HP-9).
Three weeks ago Imagine Dragons debuted at No.28 with their first album “Night Visions” (TW-86), but prior to that album they released six EP’s, the fourth of which debuts at No.100 entitled “Continued Silence” (EP). The set features current single “It’s Time” (TW-32) and their new song “Radioactive”, which debuts at #85 this week.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks for Australian-Charts.com