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ARIA Albums: Ariana Grande Debuts At No 1

by Gavin Ryan on May 28, 2016

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The third studio album for US singer Ariana Grande becomes her second consecutive No.1 album here, as “Dangerous Woman” this week takes the lead on the ARIA Albums Chart (and the UK also).

“Dangerous Woman” becomes the 767th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 618th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the eighteenth for 2016 (this time last year we had achieved eleven No.1 albums), and the 413th to debut at No.1. It’s also the third No.1 for the Republic label, and the second for them this year, as at the start of May the Drake album “Views” (9th May) came in at the top spot.

The first album to chart for Ariana was “Yours Truly” (Sept 2013), which debuted and peaked at No.6, then a year later her second set “My Everything” (Sept 2014) came in at the top spot, and now this week she lands her second No.1 and third Top 10 entry, placing her equal 22nd in the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s, Albums’ along with Madonna, Boy & Bear, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rufus and Sia who have all had two No.1’s and notched up two weeks at the top during this decade.

Both words within the title of the new No.1 album have been at the top on two previous occasions, with Michael Jackson and his “Dangerous” (6 wks from 8th Dec, 1991) album being the first and then the soundtrack to the film “Dangerous Minds” (2 weeks from 22nd Oct, 1995), and the last ‘Woman’ to appear in a No.1 album title was also from a soundtrack, “Pretty Woman” (4 wks from 8th July, 1990). Plus the new album becomes the 273rd for an American artist to reach the top (fourth this year) after Deftones (18-April), Disturbed (25-April) and Beyonce (2-May), and the set also becomes the 114th by a Female Solo act to reach No.1 here, the third for 2016 after Beyonce (2-May) and Sia (8-Feb).

And talking of Beyonce, she is again at No.2 with her early May No.1 set “Lemonade”; while last weeks No.1 hold for Keith Urban entitled “Ripcord” is down two places to No.3 this week after two weeks at the top. Last weeks highest new entry for Meghan Trainor and “Thank You” is only down one place to No.4 this week and thanks to her new single debuting in the Top 30, Adele and her “25” set are back up two spots to No.5 with the album now just over six months on the chart and within the Top 10.

Two albums returning to the Top 10 this week are from Taylor Swift and her “1989” set, back up nine to No.6 for its 68th week in the Top 10, and “The Very Best of” for Prince is back up four to No.7 for a fourth week within the ten. Drake holds at No.8 with his “Views” album and back up one spot to No.9 is Dami Im with her “Classic Carpenters” set, whilst the second Top 10 debut this week occurs at No.10, Eric Clapton with his 23rd studio album “Still I Do”, which contains some of his own material, but more-so covers from JJ Cale, Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson amongst the twelve tracks and this becomes only his sixth Top 10 album in Australia, his last being back in June 2000 when his B.B. King collaboration album “Riding with the King” debuted and peaked at No.5, and overall this becomes his 34th album to chart made up of 22 studio albums, 7 best of sets and 5 Live albums.

UP: With the announcement late last week of the late 2016 tour for Coldplay here, their album “A Head Full of Dreams” this week jumps up seventeen spots to No.14, whilst making a big jump is the Ed Sheeran set “+”, back up thirty-two to No.17, whilst after her guest programming of ‘Rage’ last weekend, the Kate Ceberano “Anthology” set jumps back up seventeen spots to No.18 this week. The Weeknd is up fourteen to No.26 with “Beauty Behind the Madness” and then down further is Elle King with her “Love Stuff” back up eight to No.38 with the Paul Kelly album “Seven Sonnets and a Song” returning to the Top 50, back up ten to No.48.

DOWN: Radiohead drops six to No.12 with “A Moon Shaped Pool” (HP-2, WI10-2) as the first of four Top 10 dropouts this week, with the other three all having spent a single week within the ten, “Eurovision 2016” (9 to 20), “Strange Loop” for Paul Dempsey (5 to 22) and “Shift” for The Living End (4 to 25). Prince and his collection “Ultimate” is down seven to No.23 and Sia with “This is Acting” drops nine to No.28. Marina & Mark’s “Together” is down eleven to No.31 as too is the “Molly” TV Soundtrack to No.34, with the Little Mix album “Get Weird” down eight to No.37, both the Molly and Mix albums are notching up their half-year mark on the charts (26 wks). Two of last weeks Top 15 debuts for Pierce the Veil and Kygo drop twenty-eight places to No.40 and No.41 respectively, with the final fifty big-drop going to Graeme Connors with “60 Summers”, down twelve to No.49. Big falls into the lower fifty are albums for DevilDriver (21 to 52), King Gizzard (44 to 66), Kaytranada (39 to 84), Iron Maiden (38 to 90) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Modern Baseball (#26) and Hatebreed (#33).

The new Bob Dylan album is called “Fallen Angels” and it is a collection of covers featuring such classics as “Young at Heart”, “All or Nothing at All”, “It Had to Be You”. and “That Old Black Magic”, and the set (his 37th studio album) becomes his 30th studio album to chart and 54th overall, plus his highest to chart since “Tempest” made it to No.8 in mid-Sept of 2012. The other Top 20 entry this week is new at No.13, Blake Shelton with his tenth studio album “If I’m Honest”, which becomes his fourth to chart here and now his highest album, beating his set “Based on a True Story” (LP#7, HP-38, peaked April 2013).

The third album for Highasakite becomes the groups second to chart here, as “Camp Echo” debuts at No.24, and beats the No.90 peak that their second set “Silent Treatment” achieved in late September of 2014. Whilst the second album and entry for Issues entitled “Headspace” comes in at No.36, their self-titled debut album made it to No.50 back in February 2014, and the final Top 50 entry this week is third album and entry for Saosin entitled “Along the Shadow”, which comes in at No.44. This also becomes the California natives first Top 50 placing, having his first two albums reach peaks in the lower fifty, the self-titled set charting in October 2006 (HP-57) and then “In Search of Solid Ground” (HP-69) in September of 2009.

Lower 50: Halsey is back up seven to No.54 with her “Badlands” album and ahead of his new album released on Friday, the self-titled debut album for Flume is back up eighteen spots to No.56. The new Selena Gomez singles chart entry this week helps her album “Revival” to jump up thirty-seven spots to No.59 and the Sia album “1000 Forms of Fear” is back up eight to No.76 and “That’s the Spirit” for Bring the Horizon is back up twelve to No.82.

There are fourteen re-entries in the lower chart this week, led at No.70 by “Thriller” for Michael Jackson and then we see “Graceland” by Paul Simon (#71), Gwen Stefani and “This is What the Truth Feels Like” (#72), the 21st anniversary edition of the debut self-titled album for Baby Animals (#73), Florence & the Machine’s “How Big…” (#74), The Wiggles best of “Hot Potatoes” (#78), “Like a Version Vol.11” (#79), the re-issued “ChangesOneBowie” (HP-8×5, peaked August 1976) returns at No.85, then “#1 to Infinity” for Mariah Carey (#86), the classic black self-titled album for Metallica (#92), “Vessel” for 21 Pilots (#98) and best of collections for Bon Jovi (#95), Creedence Clearwater Revival (#96) and Paul Kelly (#100).

Two albums enter in the lower fifty this week, the first of which is the debut album for Poughkeepsie, New York pop-rock trio Against the Current and their set “In Our Bones” is new at No.61, whilst a place lower is the first entry and eleventh studio album for Swedish metal-rock act Katatonia, the album called “The Fall of Hearts” makes it in at No.62 this week.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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