Seven weeks and running for Adele as her third set “25” remains at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart again this week.
“25” is the first album to spend seven straight weeks at the top since Adele’s previous album “21” (TW-18) did so during an eight week run in it’s 16th to 23rd weeks at the top from early September to late October in 2011. Adele also racks up here 39th overall weeks at the top from her two albums in Australia, moving her up the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ from equal seventh to now equal fifth alongside the 39 weeks that ABBA have notched up from their four No.1 sets (4 in the 1970’s, ‘ABBA Gold’ in the 1990’s), and if she stays again next week she will be outright fifth on that list.
The entire top four albums are all stable this week, and the top six albums are all former No.1’s, with Justin Bieber and “Purpose” at No.2, “1989” by Taylor Swift at No.3 and Ed Sheeran with “x” stays put at No.4. Elvis’ “If I Can Dream” album is back up one spot to No.5 and the sixth biggest album for 2014 and 2015, “In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith is back up ten places to (funnily enough) No.6 this week, racking up its 52nd overall week within the Top 10 and also its twelfth appearance at #6.
After jumping back up last week the Coldplay album “A Head Full of Dreams” drops back down two places to No.7, followed by The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness” on hold at No.8 this week. The TV soundtrack to the upcoming mini-series “Molly” (due to screen in February) is up three places to land a new peak of No.9 and its first week inside the Top 10, whilst One Direction are back down three places to No.10 with their fifth album “Made in the A.M.”.
UP: One of the headline acts at the recent Falls Festival was Leon Bridges, whose album “Coming Home” leapt to the top of the iTunes albums chart late in the week, and he also played sideline shows in Melbourne and Sydney, which all helps his set “Coming Home” (HP-8) to leap back into the Top 100 this week at No.15, whilst returning to its former entry position and peak of No.24 is the soundtrack for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, after which jumps occur for Katy Perry with “Prism” (41 to 27) and Courtney Barnett with “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” (45 to 29) which scores its first certification by going Gold (●) in sales. Sia is back up thirty-six places to No.30 with “1000 Forms of Fear” ahead of her new album at the end of January, after which two Tracy Chapman bullets occur; firstly her debut self-titled (HP-2) album returns at No.35 (it contains ‘Fast Car’) and her recent “Greatest Hits” set jumps back up fifty places to No.36. Also returning to the Top 50 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Walking Under Stars”, up seventeen spots to No.46, whilst “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” and “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear are back in too at No.49 and No.50 respectively.
DOWN: The first of two Top 10 dropouts this week is led by the self-titled album for X-Factor act Jess & Matt, which is down one spot to No.11 after peaking at No.9 and spending two weeks within the ten. The other falling album from last weeks ten is Michael Buble with “Christmas” (HP-1×13, WI10-32, WI10:2015-8) which drops sixty places to No.69 this week and is the only festive season album left within the Top 100. After leaping back up to No.11 last week, “Blue Neighbourhood” for Troye Sivan is down three to No.14 and also down three is the self-titled album for XF winner Cyrus, falling to No.16. With many albums falling only a few places each this week, the next big drop comes from Little Mix with “Get Weird” which is down twelve places to No.38 and Florence’s “How Big…” album is down eleven to No.39, but bigger still is the fifteen place drop for 5SOS and “Sounds Good Feels Good” which falls to No.44. Queen and their “Greatest Hits” is down ten spots to No.47 whilst also dropping fifteen to No.48 are Bring Me the Horizon with “That’s the Spirit”. Tumbling hard into the lower fifty is James Bay (42 to 62), The Beatles (31 to 66), Rudimental (44 to 68), and Christmas albums for Kylie Minogue (#32), Mariah Carey (#43, now 6x▲Platinum) and Human Nature (#47) are the only Top 50 dropouts from last weeks hundred.
The first new entry of 2016 and the only debut within the Top 100 this week comes in at No.12 and is the third album for US singer Rachel Platten entitled “Wildfire”. Her first album she issued in 2003 and then her second in 2011 were independently released, and this major label debut contains the two current hits “Stand by You” (TW-26) and the former No.2 hit “Fight Song” (TW-60).
Lower 50: “Delirium” for Ellie Goulding is back up seventeen places to No.52 whilst “Four” for 1D jumps back up fourteen to No.54 and “Caracal” for Disclosure leaps twenty-six spots to land at No.59 this week. After that the third of fifteen returning albums this week is at No.60, “Pure Heroine” by Lorde and at No.61 is the recent No.1 album for Hillsong, “Open Heaven/River Wild”. “Cinema” for Andrea Bocelli is back in at No.63 and ahead of their second album coming out soon, the debut set for Rufus “Atlas” is back in at No.64.
Major Lazer is back up seventeen places to No.65 with “Peace is the Mission” and back in at No.71 is Gang of Youths with “The Positions”. “The Essential” for Michael Jackson leaps back up twenty-one places to No.74 and up twenty-two to No.77 are Foals with “What Went Down” and the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack climbs back up fifteen to No.78 this week. “Memories–The Ultimate Collection” for Julie Anthony returns at its former peak of No.81 after which “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” for Elton John and “In Colour” for Jamie XX return at No.82 and No.83 respectively. Also back in are David Gilmour with “Rattle That Lock” (#86), “Straight Outta Compton” for N.W.A. (#89), “True” by Avicii (#98), “The Great Unknown” by Rob Thomas (#99) and “Dark Night, Sweet Light” by Hermitude (#100).
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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