Adele and her mega third album “25” stay atop the ARIA Albums Chart for a sixth straight week, also becoming the first No.1 album for 2016.
The last album to spend six unbroken weeks at No.1 was way back in July 2012 when “My Journey” by Karise Eden spent six weeks at the top, but in the meantime Taylor Swift’s “1989” spent nine broken weeks over five runs at the top from early November 2014 through until mid-February 2015.
Adele also notches up her 38th overall week at No.1 on the Australian Albums chart with “25” and “21”, which puts her equal sixth on the list for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ alongside Rod Stewart who has also racked up 38 weeks at the top but from his seven albums, mostly during the 1970’s (pre-ARIA). If Adele stays another week (which she mostly likely will) she will tie ABBA and their 39 weeks at No.1 after which she has to beat John Farnham and Neil Diamond which are in the mid 40’s on the tally board.
Justin Bieber moves back up to No.2 with his album “Purpose” and “1989” for Taylor Swift rises back up two places to No.3 whilst Ed Sheeran is on hold at No.4 with his “x” (multiply) album. Coldplay dropped hard in their second week on the chart, but this week rise back up three places to No.5 with “A Head Full of Dreams”, followed by Elvis Presley and “If I Can Dream”, back up one spots to No.6.
“Made in the A.M.” for One Direction jumps back into the Top 10 this week, up five spots to No.7 and also returning to the ten is The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness”, jumping eight spots to land at No.8. All these albums rising is due to “Christmas” by Michael Buble dropping seven places this week to No.9 with it most likely leaving the Top 100 next week, and lastly down one spot to No.10 is the self-titled album for X-Factor finalists Jess & Matt.
UP: Rebounding fifteen places to land at No.11 this week is the debut album for Troye Sivan “Blue Neighbourhood” and rising five spots to a new peak of No.12 is the TV soundtrack for the upcoming tele movie “Molly”. “Title” for Meghan Trainor is back up eight spots to No.15 and Vance Joy also jumps with the album “Dream Your Life Away”, which is back up eight also, to No.17. Fleetwood Mac and their “Greatest Hits” collection are back up forty-nine spots to No.21 and “Currents” for Tame Impala rises up ten to No.22 whilst “The Very Best” of INXS is up fourteen spots this week to No.24. “Get Weird” by Little Mix jumps twenty-one places to No.26 and 5SOS with “Sounds Good Feels Good” is back up sixteen spots to No.29. The Beatles collection “1” returns to the chart at No.31 now that their back catalogue is streaming, and also back into the Top 100 this week is Halsey with “Badland”, returning at No.36. Jumping into the Top 50 from lower down this week are Bring Me the Horizon with “That’s the Spirit” (66 to 33), the soon to be released DVD and Blu-Ray of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ helps the Dr. Dre soundtrack “Compton” (92 to 34) to leap back up, Queen rise with their “Greatest Hits” (73 to 37), the self-titled album for Hozier (83 to 38), RHCP and their “Greatest Hits” (86 to 40), James Bay with “Chaos and the Calm” (82 to 42), Rudimental and “We the Generation” (65 to 44), “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar (54 to 46) and for Birds of Tokyo and their “Playlist” (56 to 49).
DOWN: The two albums leaving the Top 10 this week are “The Very Best of Richie” (HP-4, WI10-4) for The Twelfth Man dropping eight to No.14 and “The Christmas Album” (HP-4×2, WI10-10) by Human Nature which plummets thirty-seven spots to No.47 after spending the past four weeks at No.10. “Dark Sky Island” by Enya is back down five to No.18 and last weeks highest new entry for Chris Brown, “Royalty”, this week drops six to No.20. James Blunt and his collection “I’ll Take Everything” drops back down six to No.35 and the “Frozen” soundtrack celebrates its two year anniversary on the ARIA Albums chart by dropping eight to No.50. Falling in the lower fifty this week are “25 Years” for Fleetwood Mac (31 to 53), “The Perfect Crime” by Cold Chisel (37 to 67) and “First Comes the Night” for Chris Isaak (50 to 100), with albums dropping out of the Top 100 from last week fifty starting with “Cinema” for Andrea Bocelli (#39) followed by “One of the Lonely Ones” by Roy Orbison (#40) and “Rock or Bust” by AC/DC (#41).
CHRISTMAS (is over): This past week sales fell into only one day of the festive season sales, and that day was actually Christmas day, so only online retailers would have done okay, but for the other six days of the sales period, it seems people didn’t want to buy Christmas albums. So dropping hard this week of course was the Michael Buble “Christmas” set (2 to 9), but also down are albums by Kylie Minogue (11 to 32), Mariah Carey (20 to 43), Human Nature (10 to 47) and Pentatonix (30 to 83), with festive season sets leaving the Top 100 from The Ten Tenors (#28), Justin Bieber (#34), Josh Groban (#35), Rod Stewart (#43) and Ariana Grande (#49).
Lower 50: With the exit of the Xmas albums, it means a heap of albums can rise again to rule the charts and a heap can also return to the Top 100, as there are NO new entries to the albums chart this week either. “Hoops” by The Rubens is up twenty-six spots to No.51 followed by Neil Diamond and his “All Time Greatest Hits”, up eighteen to No.52. Mark Ronson and his “Uptown Special” return at No.56 with the “Bon Jovi Greatest Hits” set, back up thirty-one places to No.59.
That upcoming N.W.A. DVD release for this coming week also prompts their “Greatest Hits” album to return at No.61 and “Immortalized’ for Disturbed is up seventeen places to No.62 with “Hits” for Phil Collins back up twenty-nine to No.64. “1000 Forms of Fear” by Sia is up ten places to No.66 and returning at No.68 is the One Direction album “Four” followed at No.70 by the self-titled set for Fetty Wap. David Bowie is back up fourteen to No.71 with “Nothing has Changed” and “AM” for The Arctic Monkeys rises twenty seven places this week to No.72 whilst “Let the Ocean Take Me” for The Amity Affliction is back up fourteen spots to No.75.
The next returning album occurs at No.73, Selena Gomez and “Revival” followed at No.77 by The Notorious B.I.G. with his “Greatest Hits” and further collections return for Creedence Clearwater Revival (#80), Nickelback (#87), Abba (#90) and Michael Jackson (#95). Albums also drop back in for Nirvana with “Nevermind” (#81), Major Lazer and “Peace is the Mission” (#82), “Listen” for David Guetta (#84), Disclosure and “Caracal” (#85), “Speak Now” by Taylor Swift (#88), “Storyteller” by Carrie Underwood (#91), “Cry Baby” by Melanie Martinez (#92), the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1” Soundtrack (#93), “Every Eye Open” for Chvrches (#96), Jess Glynne and her debut set “I Cry when I Laugh” (#97) and Foals with “What Went Down” (#99).
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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