This time last year the ARIA Albums chart saw their biggest seasonal album in Michael Buble’s “Christmas” spending five weeks at the top (all of December 2011 and the first week of January 2012), and now this week the album leaps back to the No.1 spot in Australia.
This is the second time Michael has returned to the top with one of his album, his last studio album “Crazy Love” originally hit No.1 in October of 2009 for three weeks, but when he repackaged and toured in support of the album in February 2011, the album went back to the top for another three weeks.
“Christmas” last year became the first No.1 Xmas album in Australia, and now that it returns to the top (after dropping off the charts); it joins a few other illustrious multi-No.1 albums, which I talked about back in February of 2011.
With Michael Buble’s return to the top, it brings his tally of weeks at No.1 in Australia to 19 weeks, moving him ahead of Bryan Adams who had racked up eighteen weeks in the 1990’s. Michael also moves from 27th to 24th on the ranking of ‘Most Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’, he has now matched the nineteen weeks racked up by The Twelfth Man and ELO.
The top five albums from last week all remain within the Top 5, it’s only No.1 and No.5 that swap places, with One Direction, Taylor Swift and Pink all holding at No.2, 3 and 4 respectively, its Guy Sebastian’s “Armageddon” that falls four places to No.5 this week after a single week at No.1.
Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” climbs three places to a new peak of No.6, and now that it’s being advertised that Michael Buble does a guest appearance on the album, it could keep climbing towards the top for the new few weeks in the lead up to Christmas. Holding at No.7 for a third week (chart run: 8-7-7-7) are The Rolling Stones with their greatest hits collection “GRRR!”, and Led Zeppelin are down two places to No.8 with “Celebration Day”. Susan Boyle is down a place to No.9 with “Standing Ovation”, and The Bee Gees return at No.10 with their best of collection “Mythology” (HP-6).
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: As Ed Sheeran scores a fourth Top 10 hit from “+”, its back up to No.11 this week, whilst The Seekers announcement of a tour has helped their “Golden Jubilee Album” to leap up seventeen places to a new peak of No.14.
The Sapphires album has been re-packaged with bonus tracks, the DVD has just come out, and their film has received quite a few AACTA Award Nominations this past week, which all helps the soundtrack to jump back up nine places to No.15 this week.
“Beautiful Nightmare” for Reece Mastin is back up thirteen places to No.19, whilst Adele is back up nine places to No.35 with “21”, whilst after a low #99 entry a couple of weeks ago, the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John festive season album “This Christmas” returns to the Top 100 at No.43.
ARIA AWARDS 2012: Benefitting from the ARIA Awards on the albums chart this week are 360 with “Falling & Flying” (47 to 26), “The Temper Trap” by The Temper Trap (43 to 28), “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” for Missy Higgins (56 to 33), “The Best of – All for You” from Cold Chisel (63 to 49), and “Making Mirrors” for Gotye which won Album of the Year returns to the Top 100 at No.50.
In the lower fifty, The Hilltop Hoods and “Drinking from the Sun” rises (75 to 59), last years winner for Album of the Year, “Moonfire” for Boy & Bear is back up (81 to 69), Angus Stone returns at No.71 with “Broken Brights” (HP-2), Kimbra’s “Vows” (HP-4) re-enters at No.82, and ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi see their recently released compilation “Healing Stone: The Best of” debut at No.88.
Ke$ha scores the highest new entry of the week by debuting at No.12 with her second album entitled “Warrior”, with lead single from the new set “Die Young” (HP-3) back up to No.10 this week. Her first album “Animal” debuted and peaked at No.4 for two weeks in January of 2010, spending 85 weeks in total within the Top 100, helped along the way by a remix and tour edition of the album.
Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis debut at No.30 with the album “The Heist”, Mack’s second release after 2005’s “The Language of My World”. The duo is currently at No.1 on the singles chart with “Thrift Shop”, and his previous single “Same Sex” debuts at No.65 this week. The album has (so far) reached No.2 in the US, No.4 in Canada and landed in the New Zealand Top 30.
Lower 50: il Divo’s “Greatest Hits” is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.57, Keith Urban’s “The Story So Far” is back up fourteen places to No.64, and Andre Rieu and his Christmas album “December Lights” is up eighteen places to a new peak of No.80. Returning to the Top 100 are Ellie Goulding with “Halcyon” (HP-16) at No.73, and back at No.100 is the 20th Anniversary edition of “Rage Against the Machine” (HP-12, peaked here July 1993) by the band of the same name (of course)!
New entries in the lower half of the chart this week come from the soundtrack to the new film “Pitch Perfect” at No.54, The Lumineers self-titled album debuts at No.83, and current UK No.1 album “Right Time, Right Place” for Olly Murs debuts at No.87, helped by his new top five single “Troublemaker”.