Adele remains at the top of the ARIA Albums chart for a fifth straight week with “25”, but the first week without a new certification, although with it being Christmas week, not everything is back on track and I’m sure we will see a new certification in the new year.
But one album that has gained a new cert’ this week is “Christmas” by Michael Buble which remains at No.2 this week and is now 13x▲Platinum in sales, the same amount of weeks it has racked up at No.1, and with this being the last chart for the year, it looks like Adele holds him off the top spot for what would have been a fifth straight year at No.1 for the set.
Justin Bieber might have the two highest selling single in the country this week, but his album “Purpose” is on hold at No.3 again this week, whilst the screening this past week of Ed Sheeran’s “Live at Wembley” on TV, helps his repackaged album “x” (containing that live show) to climb back up two places to No.4, pushing back down “1989” by Taylor Swift to No.5 and “The Very Best of Richie” for The Twelfth Man to No.6.
Three of the four lower Top 10 albums are on hold this week, with “If I Can Dream” for Elvis Presley at No.7, Coldplay with “A Head Full of Dreams” at No.8 and for a fourth straight week at No.10 is Human Nature with “The Christmas Album”. Leaping up twenty places to land at No.9 is third placed X-Factor 2015 act Jess & Matt with their self-titled album, the same position that winner Cyrus was last week.
UP: Enya is on hold at No.13 with her newly certified Gold (●) in sales album “Dark Island Sky, and then the upcoming ‘Molly’ tele-movie sees its soundtrack climb back up five places to score a new peak of No.17 this week, whilst also Gold (●) this week is “Like a Version Vol.11” which is back up two to No.21, followed by second-placed XF act Louise Adams’ self titled set jumps up ten places to land a new chart height of No.22. Florence + the Machine with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is back up four to No.33 and INXS with “The Very Best” rises fourteen places to return to the Top 40 at No.38. Roy Orbison again rises this week with his ‘lost’ album “One of the Lonely Ones”, up six to a new peak of No.40 and also back into the fifty is Fleetwood Mac with “The Very Best of” at No.48
DOWN: After a single week in the Top 10, the self-titled album for X-Factor winner Cyrus is back down six to No.15 this week, whilst “In the Lonely Hour” for Sam Smith drops five to No.19, and “Title” for Meghan Trainor is down five also, to No.23. Troye Sivan takes a tumble for a second week as “Blue Neighbourhood” is down eleven to No.26 and dropping four to No.29 is James Blunt with “I’ll Take Everything” (now Gold (●) and “25 Years-The Chain” for Fleetwood Mac is down three to No.31 and now 2x▲Platinum, whilst down six to No.36 is the first Adele album “19”. After climbing the past few weeks, the Andrea Bocelli tribute to “Cinema” is back down five to No.39, the “Frozen” soundtrack drops back seven to No.42 (but will most likely rise again next week to celebrate its two year anniversary and re-screening on Channel 7 this week), with two Aussie acts falling hard this week, Courtney Barnett’s ARIA Award winning album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” is down eight to No.44 whilst the second 5SOS album “Sounds Good Feels Good” is down seven to No.45.
CHRISTMAS: Most of the festive season albums will drop dramatically next week, but for now Michael Buble and Human Nature remain within the Top 10, whilst “Kylie Christmas” is back up one spot to No.11 and “Merry Christmas to You” by Mariah Carey is down one place to No.20, and The Ten Tenors descend eight to No.28 with their set “Our Christmas Wish” and down four to No.30 are Pentatonix with “That’s Christmas to Me”. Justin Bieber and his seasonal album “Under the Mistletoe” drops seven to No.34, whilst Josh Groban scores a new peak of No.35 with his “Stages”/”Noel” double album set. Rod Stewart is back down three to No.43 with “Merry Christmas, Baby” and sneaking into the chart at No.49 is a new six track EP from Ariana Grande which was issued this past week entitled “Christmas & Chill (EP)”, with all six songs being original festive season tracks, no covers whatsoever.
The seventh studio album for Chris Brown is the highest new entry of the week, coming in at No.14 is “Royalty”, his lowest entry position here since his third album “Graffiti” debuted and peaked at No.40 in mid-December of 2009. The final Top 50 debut of the week is the soundtrack by John Williams for the new Star Wars film, entitled “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which opened in cinemas on December 18th. This becomes the fifth of the seven movies to see it’s soundtrack enter the charts, with the initial 1977 set making it to No.12 in January 1978, whilst the next one to chart was the first of the prequel sets “The Phantom Menace” (HP-8, May 1999), “Attack of the Clones” (HP-17, late May 2002) and then “Revenge of the Sith” (HP-9, May 2005).
Lower 50: “Two Strong Hearts” for John & Olivia is back up eleven to No.52, Kendrick’s Pimped Butterfly rises thirteen to No.54, Elton’s tour keeps his “Rocket Man” collection stable at No.57, with returning best of sets for Fleetwood Mac (#70), Queen (#73), David Bowie (#85),Red Hot Chili Peppers (#86) and Bon Jovi (#90) be re-joined in the Top 100 by the “Compton” soundtrack by Dr. Dre (#92), David Gilmour’s recent set “Rattle That Lock” (#96) and the recently screeed festive classic “Love Actually” sees its soundtrack back in at #100 this week.
“Jukebox” for Human Nature is back up seventeen to No.78 and rising nineteen to No.79 is the “Immortalized” album for Disturbed thanks to a new single issued from the album, whilst “All Time Greatest Hits” for Neil Diamond is back up fourteen places to No.80. The only new entry in the lower fifty is the fourth album for US metal act Baroness entitled “Purple” which enters at No.64 and is their first chart entry here.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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