Adele holds for a third week atop the ARIA Albums Chart with her third album “25”, which initially debuted at the top three weeks ago on 3xPlatinum in sales, then last week rose to 4xP, and this week is newly certified 6x▲Platinum.
To put the new 6xPlatinum in perspective, “1989” by Taylor Swift has been charting for 59 weeks and was recently certified 6xP, meaning the Adele album has already shipped 420k copies in three weeks, and the Christmas buying period still has two more weeks to go. Adele also moves up the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ from eighth to seventh as she has racked up 35 weeks at the top of the Albums chart, her next target is the 38 weeks that Rod Stewart has accumulated.
The seventh (and possibly last) studio album for Coldplay entitled “A Head Full of Dreams” debuts at No.2 on Gold (●) sales; their first album since their debut “Parachutes” in 2000 which climbed to No.2 in February 2001 to not debut in the top spot, as their previous five albums all landed first week at No.1. Any other week they would have debuted in the top spot, but the juggernaut that is Adele’s new album has kept it from the No.1 position, which seems to have occurred around the world, with the set debuting at No.2 also in England, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands whilst No.3 in Germany and Ireland with the only No.1 entry (so far) being in Norway.
Michael Buble holds at No.3 with his “Christmas” album and after spending the past two weeks at No.2, “Purpose” for Justin Bieber is down two spots to No.4, but he does have the new No.1 single in the country with “Love Yourself”. Taylor Swift’s current national tour helps keep her “1989” album at No.5 this week and the second entry within the Top 10 this week is the debut album for Troye Sivan entitled “Blue Neighbourhood”, and earlier in 2015 he debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums chart with his “Wild” EP (14-Sept).
Last weeks highest debut at No.4 for “The Very Best of Richie” by The Twelfth Man drops three places to No.7 and recent tourist Ed Sheeran sees his “x” drop a couple of spots this week to No.8. Elvis’ “If I Can Dream” album is also down two places to No.9 and newly certified ▲Platinum and holding at No.10 for a second week is the newly 2x▲Platinum certified festive season album for Human Nature “The Christmas Album”.
UP: Sam Smith’s tour holds his album “In the Lonely Hour” at No.13 whilst the newly repacked “Title” album for Meghan Trainor (now with remixes & DVD) is back up to No.18. The recent tour for Rudimental helps their latest album “We the Generation” back up eight to No.29 and returning to the Top 50, up fifteen spots to No.34 is the latest Andrea Bocelli album “Cinema”. The newly repackaged Bruce Springsteen album “The River” (HP-8, peaked early November 1980) returns to the chart at No.40 whilst the INXS collection “The Very Best” is back up five places to No.49.
DOWN: The two albums falling out of the Top 10 this week are “Made in the A.M.” (HP-2, WI10-3) for One Direction, down three to No.11 and also down three spots to No.12 is “Kylie Christmas” (HP-7, WI10-3) for Kylie Minogue. “Eleven” by Tina Arena drops five to No.19 and another ARIA Award recipient in Vance Joy is down nine to No.21 with “Dream Your Life Away”. The Weeknd is down a single place to No.22 with “Beauty Behind the Madness” which is now Gold (●) in sales and falling thirteen places to No.30 are multi-ARIA Award winners Tame Impala with “Currents”. Chris Isaak with “Here Comes the Night” and the Tracy Chapman “Greatest Hits” albums are both down eleven places to No.38 and No.39 respectively whilst Adam Harvey with “Harvey’s Bar” also falls eleven to No.44. Falling into the lower fifty are Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of, 38 to 53), Conrad Sewell (26 to 55), Rob Thomas (44 to 63), Kerser (50 to 71), The Amity Affliction’s repackaged “Let the Ocean Take Me” (35 to 87 and now ▲Platinum), James Bay (46 to 91) and Jarryd James (47 to 97) whilst The Vamps fall out of the Top 100 after debuting at No.23 last week.
XMAS: With Mr. Buble at No.3, Human Nature at No.10 and “Kylie Christmas” at No.12 the next festive season set occurs at No.17 with The Ten Tenors and “Our Christmas Wish” at No.17 whilst last weeks returning albums “Merry Christmas” by Mariah Carey is up a couple of places to No.23 and Pentatonix with “That’s Christmas to Me” (HP-21) is up fifteen spots to No.25 with the groups first seasonal album returning at No.78, “PTXmas”, a new peak for the album. Justin Bieber with “Under the Mistletoe” is up five to No.31 and returning to the Top 100 at No.41 is Rod Stewart with “Merry Christmas, Baby”, with the final Christmas set being “Stages”/”Noel” for Josh Groban up a couple of places to a new peak of No.56 this week.
The debut self-titled album for X-Factor 2015 winner Cyrus comes in at No.14 on Gold (●) sales after being released on Wednesday, so it hasn’t as yet had a full weeks’ worth of sales. Coming in at No.36 is the fourth album for US rapper G-Eazy entitled “When it’s Dark Out”, and the final Top 50 entry this week comes in at No.48, from Roy Orbison “One of the Lonely Ones” which is an album he recorded in 1969 but never released, so this posthumous album is now his 24th studio album.
Lower 50: Andre Rieu with his “Roman Holiday” album is back up eleven to No.51 and Rod Stewart with “Another Country” also rises back up eleven to No.54. The compilation albums “Get on with Macca” (85 to a new peak of 57) and “We Love Disney” (87 to 58) along with “Two Strong Hearts” for John & Olivia (79 to 59) also jumps back up, and climbing thirteen places to No.61 is “The Best of–All for You” by Cold Chisel. Returning albums start with “Walking Under Stars” for The Hilltop Hoods (#62), recent tourist Rudimental with their first album “Home” (#64), current tourist Elton John with “Rocket Man: The Definitive Collection” (#66) and the return of the “Greatest Hits” by Fleetwood Mac (#67).
“Hoops” for The Rubens is back up fifteen places to No.75 and further returning albums include “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar (#81), “Revival” by Selena Gomez (#89), Avicii with “Stories” (#90), “Listen” by David Guetta (#95, but ‘Listen Again the re-packaged edition drops out) and Human Nature with their “Jukebox” set at #96.
The two new albums in the lower fifty this week start with Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jane Sheldon with their kids album “There Was a Man Live in the Moon: Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs” at No.79 and then coming in at No.83 are Hillsong Young & Free with “We Are Young & Free – The Remixes”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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