“25” for Adele holds the top spot on the ARIA Albums chart for a second week, and her third album also moves from three to 4x▲Platinum in sales meaning it has shipped almost 300,000 copies in its first two weeks of release.
Adele is now tied with Pink on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1, Albums’ at 34 weeks in total, placing them both equal seventh on that list, and Adele still leads the list for this decade. If “25” holds at No.1 for the rest of the year, it will equal the five broken weeks that “1989” achieved back in January and February, but the new Coldplay album released on Friday or even the Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album could also break that run.
Justin Bieber has three songs in the Top 10 and eleven in the Top 100, all from his album “Purpose” which is on hold at No.2 this week and newly certified ▲Platinum in sales whilst climbing up one spot to No.3 is the aforementioned Michael Buble “Christmas” album. The only debut within the Top 10 this week comes in at No.4, “The Very Best of Richie” by comedian The Twelfth Man, which features his previous and new material of the late Cricket commentator and batsman Richie Benaud (passed 10-April, 2015). The is the ninth album for the 12th Man (eight studios and one best of) and also the ninth Top 10 album, plus his first seven albums all went to No.1 during late December and/or early January, so once the Cricket season kicks in the album could climb.
Taylor Swift kicked off the end of her “1989” world tour in Sydney last weekend, and that has helped her album to jump back up four places to No.5, and the set is also newly certified 6x▲Platinum in sales, becoming her equal biggest selling album in Australia, as her second album “Fearless” has also achieved this sales figure. Also on tour at the moment is Ed Sheeran whose “x” album is down a place to No.6, whilst also down one is the Elvis Presley set “If I Can Dream” to No.7 and falling five to No.8 is the fifth album for One Direction “Made in the A.M.”. The remainder of the Top 10 is made up of two more festive season albums, “Kylie Christmas” is back up one to No.9 and the re-packaged Human Nature “Christmas Album” is up two spots to return to the Top 10 at ten, more holiday albums below in a special section.
UP: Sam Smith returned to fulfill his concert tour from earlier in the year this week, which helps his “In the Lonely Hour” album to climb back up a couple of places to No.13, whilst ARIA Award winners see their albums jump back into the Top 20, firstly is Vance Joy (Best Male Artist) with “Dream Your Life Away” up twelve to No.12, Tina Arena (ARIA Hall of Fame inductee) and her recent album “Eleven” is back up eight to No.14 (she’s also at #14 on the singles chart with “Chains”), whilst the big winners of the night were Tame Impala (five awards including Album of the Year and Best Group) for their “Currents” album, which helps it to leap sixteen spots to No.17 this week. TV ads for the Fleetwood Mac collection “25 Years–The Chain” and their recent tour here helps the set to jump thirteen places to No.29 and Channel 7 screened the Disney film “Frozen” last Saturday night, which helps the soundtrack to climb eight to No.30 this week. The re-packaged edition of The Amity Affliction album “Let the Ocean Take Me” is back into the Top 100 at No.35, The recent Stereosonic shows and promo tour help “We the Generation” for Rudimental to climb up to No.37, and Ed’s tour also helps his first album “+” to zoom up fifty-nine places to No.41 this week. The high selling “Prismatic Tour” DVD for Katy Perry again helps her “Prism” album to climb, this week up five to No.42, the current AC/DC tour helps their “Rock or Bust” album back up ten to No.45 and James Bay returns to the Top 50, up twenty-seven places to No.46 with “Chaos and the Calm”.
DOWN: The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are the second Adele set “21” (HP-1×32, WI10-73) which drops four places to No.11 and after debuting at No.8 last week the new Enya album “Dark Sky Island” (HP-8) falls seven places to No.15. “19” for Adele is also back down seven to No.20 and halving her position of last weeks debut at No.14 is the Tracy Chapman “Greatest Hits” down fourteen to No.28. The other multi-ARIA Award winner was Courtney Barnett with her set “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” (four wins including Best Female and Best Independent Release), which is only down two spots to No.32 whilst falling sixteen places to No.33 is the Adam Harvey album “Harvey’s Bar”. “The Very Best of” for Fleetwood Mac drops thirteen to No.38 and “Get Weird” for Little Mix falls down eleven to No.39. The best of set for Birds of Tokyo called “Playlist” descends twelve to No.41 whilst dropping twenty-one spots to No.44 is Rob Thomas with “The Great Unknown”, Jarryd James’ ARIA Award win (Best Pop Release) can’t help his album “Thirty One” from falling ten spots to No.47, Ellie Goulding’s “Delirium” is down fifteen to No.49 and dropping a massive twenty-four spots to No.50 is the recent No.5 album for Kerser “Next Step”. Falling hard into the lower fifty this week includes the second album for Samantha Jade “Nine” (11 to 52), Joe Cocker (44 to 57), ELO (43 to 60), Sia (29 to 63), Michael Jackson (48 to 68), Phil Collins (45 to 69), Slim Dusty (39 to 73) and Roger Waters (46 to 98), with the only dropout from the Top 100 that was in the fifty is the Dylan Joel set “Authentic Lemonade” (#49).
XMAS ALBUMS: With three festive season albums in the Top 10 this week from Michael Buble (#3), Kylie Minogue (#9) and Human Nature (#10) this becomes the first year that we have managed to land three album in the ten (last year was Michael & the Nature boys, 2012 we had Michael and Rod Stewart). Holding at the peak of No.16 for a second week are The Ten Tenors with “Our Christmas Wish”, the annual return for Mariah Carey with “Merry Christmas” (HP-2) occurs at No.25, Justin Bieber with “Under the Mistletoe” (HP-6) returns to the chart at No.36, Pentatonix leap up thirty-five spots to No.40 with “That’s Christmas to Me” whilst in the lower fifty there is only one festive season album; from Josh Groban is the repackaged “Stages”/”Noel”, which up twelve to a new peak of No.58.
In 2014 the INXS biopic tele-movie ‘Never Tear us Apart’ was a huge smash in early February, which helped launch their “Very Best of” (TW-54) to the top of the charts, well next year there is a two-part tele-movie for Australia’s music guru Molly Meldrum simply entitled ‘Molly’, of which the TV Soundtrack debuts at No.18 this week, filled with tracks from the 70’s and 80’s during his ‘Countdown’ years. The only other Top 50 entry this week is the second album from UK group The Vamps entitled “Wake Up” which debuts at No.23 and their first entry “Meet the Vamps” (May 2014) debuted and peaked at No.3.
Lower 50: Further ARIA Award performers and winners to climb in the lower fifty include Hermitude with “Dark Night, Sweet Light”, up twenty-two to No.64, Flight Facilities with “Down to Earth” is also up twenty-two places to No.77 and returning at No.78 is the winner for ‘Outstanding Achievement’, “Spirit of the ANZACS” for Lee Kernaghan at No.78. Other non-ARIA climbers include “Honeymoon” for Lana Del Rey up twenty to No.70, and further returning album are “Speak Now” for current tourist Taylor Swift at No.75, “Back to Black” for Amy Winehouse at No.91, the re-packaged 25th anniversary edition of “Charcoal Lane” (HP-86, April 1991) by Archie Roach returns at No.93 and after announcing a tour here for 2016, the self-titled album for Jamie Lawson is back in at No.96.
The two albums debuting in the lower fifty this week are “Listen Again” for David Guetta; a newly repacked double album featuring remixes of the multiple single released from his last album “Listen”, which comes in at No.56. Finally new at No.71 is the first entry for local country-rock artist from Oberon, NSW Mickey Pye entitled “Unleashed”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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