Returning to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week is Adele with “25” for its eighth week at the chart summit.
“25” and her former No.1 album “21” (TW-15) have now amassed forty weeks at No.1 for Adele, placing her outright fifth on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’, as she previously tied with ABBA for equal fifth when they both had 39 weeks, but Adele pulls ahead now with her return to the top, and her next target is the 46 weeks that Neil Diamond notched up with his five No.1 albums here. With the new RuFuS album out this week she might not be able to retain the top spot next week though, but we will wait and see.
Adele might be the No.1 album overall this week, but “25” is only the No.1 digital album, not physical; with that win going to last weeks No.1 debut “Blackstar” by David Bowie which this week drops a place to No.2, but does achieve Gold (●) in sales this week and is the first of three Bowie albums in the Top 10 this week, with “Nothing Has Changed: The Best of” down two to No.5 and his 1990’s “Best of” rising three places to score a new peak of No.6 this week. David also sets a new record (again) this week by having eighteen albums within the Top 100 (beating his 16 from last week).
The fifth studio album for Panic! At the Disco is entitled “Death of a Bachelor” and debuts at No.3 this week to become the bands third Top 10 album and second highest charting set, as their second album “Pretty.Odd” debuted and peaked at No.1 (7-April, 2008) and they also landed a No.6 debut with their third set “”Vices & Virtues” (28-March, 2011). Justin Bieber holds onto the No.4 position this week with his “Purpose” album and after the two Bowie compilations we have Elvis Presley with “If I Can Dream” which is down two places to No.7 whilst Ed Sheeran is also on hold at No.8 with “x” and down two to No.9 is Taylor Swift with her “1989” set, whilst the third and final hold within the Top 10 this week is the “Molly” TV Soundtrack at No.10 again this week.
UP: The Soundtrack for the newly released DVD and BR film “Straight Outta Compton” is up three places to a new peak of No.12, and with the passing this week of Eagles founder, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey, The Eagles “Complete Greatest Hits” returns to the chart at a new peak of No.14, having previously charted as high as No.17 back in December of 2004 and most recently No.20 in August 2015. “21” for Adele is back up five to No.15 and the last Bowie studio album “The Last Day” is up to No.22 this week and newly certified Gold (●) in sales. “Like a Version Vol.11” is back up four to No.23 and recent tourist Halsey and her “Badlands” set is back up to No.28, whilst Adele’s first album “19” jumps back up twenty to land at No.34. The most recent Eagles compilation “Selected Works 1972-1999” is back within the Top 100 at No.36 and “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar is back up ten to No.37. The debut album for N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton” returns at No.39 and the July 1994 released “The Very Best of” (HP-2×4, peaked August 1994) for The Eagles also returns to the Top 100 at No.43 whilst the new singles chart entry for Twenty One Pilots helps their “Blurryface” album to jump back up twenty-seven spots to No.49 this week.
DOWN: The only album leaving the Top 10 this week is the second new entry from last week, “Adam Harvey & The Outlaws” (HP-6) which is down twelve to No.18, with the self-titled Matt & Jess album is down five to No.21. Leon Bridges’ “Coming Home” set drops twelve to No.31 and the David Bowie album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” descends down the chart twenty-three spots to No.44 whilst “Wildfire” by Rachel Platten is down seven to No.45. Falling hard into the lower fifty this week are “Best of Bowie 69-74” (14 to 52), “I’ll Take Everything” by James Blunt (48 to 61), “Diamond Dogs” for Bowie (41 to66), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” soundtrack (34 to 69), “Hunky Dory” by Bowie (45 to 72), “Prism” by Katy Perry (39 to 73), “Greatest Hits” by Queen (46 to 84), with albums leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are the self-titled Tracy Chapman album (#29), “The Best of Bowie 80-87” (#30) and 74-79 (#49), “1000 Forms of Fear” by Sia (#36) and Disclosure with “Caracal” (#44).
2014 X-Factor third placed act Brothers3 this week debut at No.11 with their seventh album, but first with a major label entitled “Brothers Never Part”, with the trio of brothers having already placed eleven singles in the Top 100 during their run on the show. On the reverse, we also see English three piece act Daughter with their second album “Not to Disappear” coming in at No.26, beating the No.50 peak that the bands first album “If You Leave” achieved back in late March of 2013. The final new entry to the Top 50 comes in at No.36, “Let it Echo” for Jesus Culture, one of the musical arms of the church ‘Bethel’, and this is the acts first chart entry here and the live album is their eleventh album, fourth that is recorded live too.
Lower 50: Last week David Bowie created new chart history in Australia by landing sixteen albums into the Top 100, well this week he outdoes himself by having eighteen albums within the hundred. Eleven of his albums are in the lower fifty with “Scary Monsters” at No.54, David’s lowest charting album ever (here) “Outside” (HP-55, peaked Oct 1995, LP#19) returns at No.79, whilst his last album of 90’s “Hours” (HP-33, peaked Oct 1999, LP#21) is back in at No.85, and a couple of places lower the album in-between those two was “Earthling” (HP-45, peaked March 1997, LP#20) which re-enters at No.87. His live album “A Reality Tour” is a new entry at No.91 this week, his “Low” album is down twelve to No.95 and his final re-entry this week is “Heathen” (HP-9, peaked July 2002, LP#22) which returns at No.98.
“The Best of–All for You” for Cold Chisel is back up twenty-four spots to No.53 and the Fleetwood Mac “Greatest Hits” is back up nine to No.55. N.W.A. return at No.56 with their “Greatest Hits” too and band-member Dr. Dre with his “Compton” set is back up to No.64 and his second album “2001” returns at No.75. Adam Harvey is back in at No.59 with “Harvey’s Bar” and “The Positions” for Gang of Youths rises back up twenty-four to No.62 with “Honeymoon” for Lana Del Rey up fourteen places to No.65 this week.
Further returning albums are “Spirit of the ANZACS” for Lee Kernaghan (#77), Nirvana with “Nevermind” (#78), “Eternal Return” by Sarah Blasko (#93) and the self-titled Rage Against the Machine set at No.96. The Eagles’ live album “Hell Freezes Over” is back in at No.94, whilst the bands very first best of compilation “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is a new entry to the ARIA Albums Chart at No.83, it originally reached No.3 back in late March of 1976 and this is its first week on the ARIA Albums chart.
The debut album for the current Top 5 artist Elle King came out in the USA in February of 2015, and this week the set “Love Stuff” makes it chart entry here at No.68, and features this weeks No.5 single “Ex’s & Oh’s”. The final new entry of the week debuts at No.71, “Caught Up in the Dreaming” by Sydney based country troubadour Luke O’Shea which becomes his first chart entry this week.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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