Racking up her fourth week at the top of the ARIA Albums chart is Adele with her “25” set, which each week has seen a new sales certification, and this week is no different, as the album is now 7x▲Platinum in sales.
Adele also has now achieved the equal second longest No.1 album for the year, matching the four weeks that the “50 Shades of Grey” soundtrack (Feb/Mar) and “Spirit of the ANZACS” by Lee Kernaghan (April) achieved, with the longest run at the top for 2015 being the five weeks that “1989” by Taylor Swift logged in January and early February. Plus she helps her tally on the ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ to rise to 36 weeks, getting two places closer to Rod Stewart’s 38 weeks.
Trying to achieve his fifth year at No.1 with his “Christmas” album, Michael Buble rises up one spot to No.2 this week, whilst back up to No.3 is Justin Bieber with “Purpose”. Last weekend was the end of Taylor Swift’s tour of Australia for her “1989” album, which this week is back up one spot to No.4 and becomes only the second album to be given the ♦ Diamond sales certification, with the first one being “x” for Ed Sheeran which is back up two places to No.6. In between those two is The Twelfth Man with his latest set “The Very Best of Ritchie” which is also back up two spots to No.5 and scores its first cert this week, achieving Gold (●) in sales.
The Elvis Presley set “If I Can Dream” also rises two places to No.7 and last weeks No.2 debut for Coldplay, “A Head Full of Dreams” is down six places this week to No.8. Now that his album has had a full week of sales, Cyrus’ self-titled set rises five places to a new peak of No.9 and gives him his first week inside the Top 10 and also not breaking the yearly Top 10 peak for X-Factor winners, and staying on hold at No.10 for a third week is Human Nature with “The Christmas Album”.
UP: Enya is back up to No.13 with “Dark Sky Island” and The Weeknd is back up five to No.17 with “Beauty Behind the Madness” now that he has landed a new Top 15 single from the album this week. Cold Chisel’s current national tour helps their recent studio album “The Perfect Crime” to jump back up nine spots to No.33 and Florence + the Machine rise eight to No.37 with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”. “Roman Holiday” by Andre Rieu is back into the Top 50, up nine to No.42 and the current AC/DC tour helps “Rock or Bust” to jump back up seven to No.43, whilst last weeks debut for Roy Orbison, “One of the Lonely Ones” is up a couple of places to a new peak of No.46, whilst Boy & Bear are up ten spots to No.50 with “Limit of Love”.
DOWN: The only dropout from last weeks Top 10 is Troye Sivan with his debut album “Blue Neighbourhood” which is down nine spots to No.15. “Eleven” by Tina Arena is down five to No.24 and “19” by Adele drops four to No.30. The Rudimental tour is now over, so their second album “We the Generation” falls fifteen to No.44 and Chris Isaak is down seven to No.45 with “First Comes the Night”. Tracy Chapman’s “Greatest Hits” set is down nine to No.48 but could rise with the new remix out now for “Fast Car”, and falling into the lower fifty are Adam Harvey (44 to 55), Ed Sheeran’s “+” (43 to 60), Bruce Springsteen and the re-packed “The River” album (40 to 77) and dropping out of the hundred from last weeks Top 50 is “When it’s Dark Out” by G-Eazy (#36).
XMAS: The “Kylie Christmas” album is stable at No.12 this week, but Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album is back within the Top 20 at No.19, the album having not been this high on the charts since its 2012 return. Almost dropping out of the twenty is The Ten Tenors seasonal set “Our Christmas Wish” which is down three to No.20 whilst Pentatonix are down a place to No.26 with “That’s Christmas to Me”, but up four to No.27 is Justin Bieber with “Under the Mistletoe” which is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales. The next back-to-back festive season albums sees “Stages”/”Noel” for Josh Groban jump up seventeen places to score a new peak of No.39 and after returning to the chart last week, Rod Stewart and his “Merry Christmas, Baby” album is up a spot to No.40. The only seasonal album in the lower fifty this week is the return at No.92 for the Lee Kernaghan set “Driving Home for Christmas” (HP-46).
The two albums entering within the Top 50 this week are both from X-Factor 2015 runner-up’s, with third placed Jess & Matt entering at No.29 with their self-titled album and a few places lower at No.32 is runner-up Louise Adams, also with a self-titled album, whilst winner Cyrus lands his first week in the Top 10 this week at No.9. This is the first time that all three finalists from the show have a) released an album a week after the winner has, and b) had all three place-getters within the Top 40 at the same time.
Lower 50: The first of eight re-entries this week comes at No.56, “Art Angels” (HP-30) by Grimes, whilst Elton John’s current national tour helps his collection “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” to rise back up nine places to No.57. “Wilder Mind” for Mumford & Sons is back up twenty-two places to No.64 and Kendrick Lamar jumps up fourteen spots to No.67 with “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
The self-titled Marlon Williams album is back in at No.68 and James Bay with “Choas and the Calm” along with Sarah Blasko and “Eternal Return” are both back up seventeen places each to No.74 and No.75 respectively. “My Everything” by Ariana Grande jumps back up twenty-two spots to No.78 and Ryan Adams’ version of “1989” is back in at No.84. The Eagles “Selected Works 1972-1999” returns at No.86, Disturbed and “Immortalized” is back in at No.98, “AM” for The Arctic Monkeys at No.99 and Phil Collins with his “Hits” Collection returns at #100. The only new entry in the lower fifty is the first new entry in over 29 years for local singer Julie Anthony entitled “Memories – The Ultimate Collection” which is new at No.89 and becomes her sixth album entry since her first in 1978.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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