It was a big week of releases, but two acts battled for the top spot this week, One Direction and the eventual winner Justin Bieber with his fifth studio album “Purpose”, which becomes his third No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Purpose” is now the 750th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 601st for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 397th to debut in the top spot and only the third for the Def Jam label, as the previous were “Yeezus” for Kanye West (June 2013) and Justin’s first “My Worlds” (May 2010, 2 broken weeks at No.1), whilst Justin’s second No.1 album here “Believe” (June 2012) was on the Island label. For this decade Justin now moves from equal twelfth to equal eighth on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: 2010’s, Albums’ alongside Coldplay, Hilltop Hoods and Mumford & Sons who have all notched up four weeks this decade from multiple albums, although Justin is only the first to do it with three albums, the others all have had two.
This is the first time that the word ‘Purpose’ has charted in an album title in Australia, let alone appeared in the No.1 spot, whilst this is the 26th chart-topping album for a Canadian Artist and the second this year, as The Weeknd went to the top for a week in early September. In the list of Canadian acts who have hit the top of the albums’ chart, Justin now is outright second for the most No.1’s, behind Michael Buble and Celine Dion who both have five, now JB is second with three, whilst still tied in third place with two each are Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and k.d. Lang.
The fifth album for One Direction was set to become their fifth No.1 debut, but alas that record was not achieved here this week, as “Made in the A.M.” debuts at No.2, but it does achieve Gold (●) in sales in its first week on the chart. The top two albums did debut the other way round in the UK this week, becoming their fifth No.1 over there, and both albums are the two highest selling albums in the UK (so far) for 2015. Also scoring Gold (●) this week is the former No.1 album for the past two weeks, Elvis Presley with “If I Can Dream”, which is down two places to No.3 this week, whilst a newly re-packaged edition of “x” for Ed Sheeran (now with a Live DVD from Wembley Arena) flies back up nine places to No.4 to score its 71st week within the Top 10 (out of 74 weeks on the chart).
The fifth studio album for local rapper Kerser debuts at No.5 this week entitled “Next Step”, also becoming his third Top 10 entry and equal highest charting set, as his third album “S.C.O.T.” debuted and peaked at No.5 in early November of 2013. After returning to the Top 10 last week the annually charting Michael Buble album “Christmas” is up four places to No.6 and then debuting at No.7 is the first ever seasonal album for local superstar Kylie Minogue entitled “Kylie Christmas”, her thirteenth studio album, plus featuring guest singers Iggy Pop, James Corden and the late Frank Sinatra, plus she will be dueting with her sister Danni this week on X-Factor for the first time in thirty years, and this now becomes Kylie’s fifteenth Top 10 album in Australia.
Taylor Swift is only a couple of weeks away from her tour here, and her “1989” album sticks around by climbing back up one place to No.8, after which the fifth and final Top 10 debut this week is the EP “All I Know” for Conrad Sewell, the six track set features his former No.1 “Start Again”, an acoustic version of his Kygo teaming “Firestone” and his current chart entry “Who You Lovin” (TW-26). And after leaving last weeks Top 10, The Weeknd is back up two places to No.10 with “Beauty Behind the Madness”.
UP: Rob Thomas was in the country this week on a promo tour and to announce his 2016 national tour, which helps his recent No.4 album “The Great Unknown” to jump back into the chart at No.16 this week, whilst Meghan Trainor is back up a couple of places to No.20 with “Title”, which is now 2x▲Platinum (and newly re-packed as of this Friday). Chris Isaak is back up to No.24 with “First Comes the Night” and current tourists Tame Impala are back up to No.26 with “Currents”. The ‘Frozen’ soundtrack is coming up on its two year anniversary, and is back up nine places to No.37 this week, with Jarryd James climbs back into the Top 50 at No.49 with “Thirty One”.
DOWN: There are seven albums leaving the Top 10 this week, with Sam Smith down four spots to No.11 with his re-packaged album “In the Lonely Hour” (HP-1×2, WI10-51, Now 4x▲Platinum) followed by the Triple J “Like a Version Vol.11” (HP-1×1, WI10-6) down four to No.12 and last weeks highest new entry for Little Mix “Get Weird” (HP-2) is down eleven places to No.13 this week. Other debuts from last week that leave the ten are Ellie Goulding with “Delirium” (3 to 17), “Playlist” for Birds of Tokyo (4 to 23), Sarah Blasko with “Eternal Return” (6 to 32) and falling the hardest is Joe Moore with his debut set “A Thousand Lifetimes” (5 to 59). Tina Arena is down ten places to No.21 with “Eleven”, the recent tourists Mumford & Son drop back down thirteen places to No.31 with “Wilder Mind”, Tim McGraw falls down twenty-five to No.44 with his debut from last week “Damn Country Music”, Hillsong Worship plummet thirty-two with “Open Heaven / River Wild”, Rod Stewart drop thirteen places to No.48 with “Another Country” and dropping into the lower fifty are AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” (38 to 56), Carrie Underwood (33 to 57), Bob Dylan (26 to 63), Hozier (44 to 68), Neil Diamond’s “All Time Greatest Hits” (48 to 73), You Am I (20 to 86), City Calm Down (25 to 88) and dropping out of the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are Grimes (#30), Neil Diamond with “Melody Road” (#42), The Beatles re-packaged “#1” set (#45) and the current US #1 album for Chris Stapleton (#47).
The fifteenth studio album for Jeff Lynne’s E.L.O. debuts at No.15 this week entitled “Alone in the Universe”, which is the bands first new material since 2001’s “Zoom” which failed to chart here, and this is the bands first Top 20 album in over twenty years, as back in March 1995 they reached No.15 with “The Very Best of” collection. Next up at No.27 is “The Den Tapes” from Slim Dusty, which his daughter Anne Kirkpatrick discovered in his study/den and has put the unreleased material out for us all to enjoy. And a few places lower is another local artist, metalcore act Dream on Dreamer with their third album “Songs of Solitude”, which follows on from their previous entries “Heartbound” (HP-38, Aug 2011) and “Loveless” (HP-29, July 2013), which means that this and their previous album have both reached No.29.
US country singer Chris Young debuts at No.36 with his fifth studio album “I’m Comin’ Over” which becomes his first Top 50 entry here and his second album to chart, as his fourth set “A.M.” debuted and peaked at No.53 in September of 2013. Andre Rieu teams with the Johanna Strauss Orchestra for their No.39 entry “Roman Holiday”, whilst coming in at No.40 is debut album for Sydney hip-hop/electro duo Jackie Onassis with “Pristine Alley” and the final Top 50 entry this week is new at No.43, US rapper Logic with his second album “The Incredible True Story”, which is his first Top 50 entry also, as his debut set “Under Pressure” made it to No.79 in late October of 2014.
Lower 50: “Prism” for Katy Perry climbs again this week, up seven to No.61 thanks to her new DVD being No.1 for the past two weeks, and returning at No.65 is the remix version of “Run” for Alison Wonderland. Triple J winner for ‘Album of the Year for 2015’ is also the most nominated artist at this years ARIA Awards, Courtney Barnett with “Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit”, which is back up fourteen spots to No.67 this week, whilst Halsey and her set “Badlands” is back up sixteen to No.77. Further returning albums this week includes “The Positions” for Band of Youths (#81), “Peace is the Mission” for Major Lazer (#90), “Rattle That Lock” by David Gilmour (#93), “Lonerism” by Tame Impala (#97) and finally Dylan Joel with “Authentic Lemonade” (#100).
Recently found and re-mastered material from Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain debuts at No.75 this week entitled “Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings”, whilst new at No.80 is former No.1 artists il Divo with their Spanish infused album “Amor & Pasion”. The debut album for US hip-hop artist Ty Dolla $ign is entitled “Free TC” and comes in at No.87, whilst new at No.89 is the sixth album for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard entitled “Paper Mache Dream Balloon”, which is their second album to chart, as their fifth album “I’m in Your Mind Fuzz” which made it to No.85 in November 2014. The final two entries this week are at No.94, “Stages”/”Noel” double album for Josh Groban, which is his most recent studio album with his Christmas collection, and then at No.98 is “The Essential” for James Taylor.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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