For the first time since early July, an album has managed to hold on for a second week at the No.1 spot on the ARIA Albums chart, as this week the Elvis Presley set “If I Can Dream” with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remains the biggest selling album in the country.
The last album to hold onto the top spot for two or more weeks was the John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John album “Two Strong Hearts” which spent the first three weeks of July in the No.1 position, in-between then and now we have had fifteen weeks of a different chart-topping album hitting the top spot, fourteen of which debut there, only “Title” for Meghan Trainor (10-Aug) was the only returnee during that period. Next week there is a race for the top spot between several former No.1 acts including Justin Bieber, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, il Divo and Kurt Cobain.
The top three albums here match the top three in the UK this week, with Little Mix and their third album “Get Weird” coming in at No.2, and this is now their girls’ third successive Top 10 album and now highest charting album here too. Another act debuting with their third album is Ellie Goulding and “Delirium” which comes in at No.3 to become her second album to not only chart here, but also land within the Top 10, as her previous album “Halcyon Days” peaked at No.4 in June 2014, meaning that this new album is also her highest charting for ARIA.
After four studio albums, Perth act Birds of Tokyo release their first best of compilation entitled “Playlist”, which enters at No.4 this week to become the bands fourth Top 10 album and lowest peaking T10 set too, as their previous three all either peaked at #1, #2 or #3. The Voice 2015 runner-up Joe Moore releases his solo debut album entitled “A Thousand Lifetimes”, which debuts at No.5 and beats this years winner Ellie Drennan’s debut effort “Close Your Eyes” which debuted and peaked at No.14 in late September this year.
Sarah Blasko has the final Top 10 debut this week at No.6, her fifth album entitled “Eternal Return” becomes her fourth Top 10 album in a row and her second highest, as her previous best effort was her third album “As Day Follows Night” which debuted and peaked at No.5 in July 2009. The newly re-packaged album for Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows” leaps back up nineteen places to No.7, whilst down five places to No.8 is “Like a Version Vol.11” and down four to No.9 is “1989” by Taylor Swift, and as she will be here at the end of the month it most likely won’t fall much further. Returning for a 25th week within the Top 10 is the Michael Buble seasonal album “Christmas” which jumps up seven places to No.10 and could be on par for its fifth No.1 placing, as for the past four years it has notched up thirteen weeks at the top from four different runs in the No.1 spot.
UP: Florence + the Machine started touring here this past week, and their recent No.1 album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is back up nine places to No.15 and recent tourists Fleetwood Mac are on hold at No.16 with their “The Very Best of” collection. Mumford & Sons also started their tour here this week, and their former chart-topping set “Wilder Mind” leaps back up twenty-six spots to No.18 this week, and another touring act in Tame Impala are back up six places to No.28 with “Currents”. Phil Collins blasts back into the Top 50 at No.36, up a massive 52 spots from last week with his “Hits” collection and with Vance Joy back in the country and performing on X-Factor this past week, his “Dream Your Life Away” album is back eight places to No.40. Recent visitor to our shores Neil Diamond and his most recent album “Melody Road” are back up twenty-nine spots to No.42 and the newly re-packaged Beatles collection album “1” returns to the Top 100 at No.45.
DOWN: With seven albums entering the Top 10 this week, the seven dropouts consist of “Eleven” for Tina Arena (2 to 11), The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness” (8 to 12 WI10-9), “x” for Ed Sheeran (10 to 13, WI10-70), 5 Seconds of Summer with “Sounds Good Feels Good” (6 to 21, WI10-2), the self-titled Def Leppard album (4 to 23), Cold Chisel with the only newly certified album this week at Gold (●) in sales, “The Perfect Crime” (9 to 24, WI10-4), and finally Chris Isaak with “First Comes the Night” (7 to 27, WI10-2). With one Mac album flying high, their other “Greatest Hits” set is down fourteen places to No.29, whilst “21” for Adele drops back down fourteen to No.32. Carrie Underwood is down nineteen spots to No.33 with “Storyteller”, “Cinema” for Andrea Bocelli drops twenty-two spots to No.34 and Rod Stewart’s “Another Country” tumbles 22 places to No.35 this week. Also falling is the James Blunt collection “I’ll Take Everything” (21 to 37), AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” (27 to 38), “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear (25 to 39), “Chaos and the Calm” for James Bay (20 to 41), Parkway Drive with “Ire” (30 to 43), the self-titled Hozier album (22 to 44) and Bring Me the Horizon with “That’s the Spirit” (31 to 50), whilst dropping into the lower fifty are Jess Glynne (43 to 56), Cold Chisel’s “GH” (36 to 57), The Rubens (39 to 60); leaving the Top 50 for the first time in exactly two years (it returned in mid-November 2013), INXS’ “The Very Best” (35 to 62), the re-packed “Jagged Little Pill” for Alanis Morissette (19 to 65), Dr Dre’s “Compton” soundtrack (49 to 73), Russell Morris (37 to 75), Lana Del Rey (42 to 78), N.W.A.’s “Greatest Hits” (38 to 79), Ryan Adams’ “1989” (29 to 82), Amy Winehouse (33 to 87) and tumbling hard for a second week is Nathaniel with “Yours” (45 to 97), with four albums falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty, Escape the Fate (#32), Skyhooks (#40), Fat Freddy’s Drop (#41) and City and Colour (#46).
Coming in at No.17 is the second seasonal album for local vocal act The Ten Tenors entitled “Our Christmas Wish”, with the acts first being “A Not So Silent Night” (HP-94, December 2001). New at No.19 is the fifteenth studio album for US country artist Tim McGraw entitled “Damn Country Music”, which becomes his tenth Top 50 entry and sixth album to land in the Top 20 here. The third and final entry to the twenty this week is You Am I at No.20 with “Porridge & Hotsauce” the tenth studio album for the local act, and their first in five years, as their last was the self-titled album from mid-October 2010 peaked at No.18.
Melbourne four-piece act City Calm Down (CCD) see their debut album “In a Restless House” enters at No.25 this week after their recent national tour and one place lower at No.26 is Bob Dylan with “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12” and the final Top 30 entry is the fourth studio album for Canadian artist Grimes entitled “Art Angels” which is his first album to chart in Australia. The last Top 50 entry this week comes in at No.47, “Traveller” for US country artist Chris Stapleton which debuted at the top of the Billboard chart this past week.
Lower 50: “The Very Best of” for The Eagles jumps back up thirty-three places to No.51, the recent re-screening of the TV tele-movie ‘Cilla’ helps her return at No.52 with “The Very Best of” for Cilla Black, coming back in at a new peak too. Jarryd James’ “Thirty One” is back up twenty-two spots to No.53, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” rebounds twenty-six places to No.55, “1000 Forms of Fear” is back up ten to No.58, The Waifs and “Beautiful You” rebounds twenty spots to No.59, “30:30 Hindsight” by Jimmy Barnes jumps up thirteen to No.61, “AM” for the Arctic Monkeys rises twenty-five to No.67 and with a new Top 10 single under his belt, the previous Chet Faker album “Built on Glass” is back up eighteen spots to No.69. Stevie Nicks’ “Crystal Visions: Very Best of” rises twenty-three spots to No.76 and AC/DC’s classic 1980 album “Back in Black” is up six to No.94, with the returning albums coming from Nickelback’s “Best of Vol.1” (#66), “Sugar” by Robin Schulz (#80), “Life Death Time Eternal” for Tuka (#84), Jimmy Barnes’ “Best of the Soul Years” (#95), “V” by Maroon 5 (#99) and “The Essential” for Billy Joel is back in #100.
This time last year we saw the compilation “We Love Disney” enter the charts and it eventually reach No.59 in late December, and this week the second edition enters at No.54, with acts such as Ne-Yo, Jessie J., Jason DeRulo, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Tori Kelly and Jessie Ware amongst its thirteen Disney covers. Ten places lower at No.64 is the ninth studio album for Seal simply entitled “7”, and it becomes his eleventh album to chart in Australia (nine studios and two greatest hits).
Australian act Custard recently reformed and their first new material in sixteen years debuts at No.71 entitled “Come Back, All is Forgiven” which becomes their sixth overall entry (5 studios and 1 best of), whilst the compilation album “Get on with it Macca” is new at No.83, the final entry of the week at No.90 is “What’s Inside: Songs from a Waitress” for Sara Barielles, her fifth studio album and third to chart here.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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