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Keith Urban, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2014 photo by Ros O'Gorman

Keith Urban, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2014

ARIA Albums: Keith Urban Ripcord Comes In At No 1

by Gavin Ryan on May 14, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Keith Urban lands his third No.1 album in Australia this week as his tenth studio album (ninth overseas) “Ripcord” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

“Ripcord” becomes the 766th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 617th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 412th to debut at No.1 and the eighteenth for the Capitol label (since 1988), and finally Keith moves from equal 22nd to equal 14th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums; 2010’s’ as he now has three No.1 albums with a total of three weeks at the top during this decade, putting his alongside Bring Me the Horizon, Lana Del Ray and Hillsong United who have also achieved this amount.

This is the first time that the word “Ripcord” has appeared in a No.1 album title, or even the first time the word has charted too, and Keith’s previous No.1 albums were “The Story So Far” (1 wk, 21 May, 2012) and “Fuse” (1 wk, 23 Sept, 2013) and it becomes his sixth Top 10 album in Australia too. The new No.1 is also the 197th performed by an Australian Act (solo or group) to hit No.1 and the seventh for a local in 2016, plus “Ripcord” is also the 213th by a Solo Male Artist to hit the top, the fifth this year.

Whilst congratulations go to Keith Urban for landing his third No.1 album, commiserations must surely go to Radiohead whose first album in five years, their ninth studio set, “A Moon Shaped Pool” debuts at No.2, becoming the bands sixth No.2 album here in Australia, but their sixth No.1 in England this week. It also becomes the bands eighth Top 10 album here and as they have never hit the top here in Australia, their five previous #2’s were “Kid A” (LP#4, Oct 2000), “Amnesiac” (LP#5, June 2001), “Hail to the Thief” (LP#6, June 2003), “In Rainbows” (LP#7, Jan 2008 for three weeks) and their last entry “The King of Limbs” (LP#8, April 2011).

Dropping a place each are Beyonce with “Lemonade” and “25” by Adele to No.3 and No.4 respectively, whilst last weeks No.1 entry for Drake and “Views” drops down four to No.5. “The Very Best of” for Prince holds at No.6 whilst current Eurovision entrant for Australia in Dami Im sees her “Classic Carpenters” set drop three to No.7 and also down three spots are Marina Prior and Mark Vincent to No.8 with “Together”, both albums helped by the tail end of Mother’s Day sales from last weekend.

The third and final Top 10 debut this week was also possibly helped by Mum-day sales, the 3CD set “Anthology” for Kate Ceberano, featuring her solo, I’m Talking (two of the four singles), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Stringer and other soundtrack songs plus duets from other peoples albums like Ronan Keating, Paul Kelly and David Campbell in its 53 tracks, and by entering within the Top 10 it becomes her sixth such entry and it is also her second best of collection to chart within the ten, as her “True Romantic: The Best of” climbed to No.9 in early July of 1999. Returning to the Top 10, back up four spots to land at No.10 is Prince with “The Hits / The B-Sides” now that physical sales have been replenished in stores.

UP: This also applies for the third charting Prince collection “Ultimate”, which jumps ten places to No.11 and the current tour here for Iron Maiden helps their album “The Book of Souls” to climb three to No.24, whilst local act Rufus are also in the middle of a national tour, and their “Bloom” set is back up five to No.28. Conrad Sewell and his Logie’s performance help his “All I Know” EP to return to the chart at No.40, with the INXS “Very Best of” set rising back up six to No.44 whilst The Weeknd set “Beauty Behind the Madness” rebounds thirty spots to land at No.49.

DOWN: The first of four dropouts from the Top 10 is the recent returnee to the top spot, “Immortalized” (HP-1×2, WI10-7a) by Disturbed, which is down five to No.12 and after peaking at No.10 last week, “Stages (Live)” (WI10-1) for Josh Groban falls back eight to No.18. Two of last weeks three Top 10 debuts tumble way down the chart, with the Rob Zombie set “The Electric Warlock Acid with…” falling thirty-nine to No.47 and even worse “Prayers for the Damned” by Sixx.A.M. tumbles down fifty-seven places to No.66 this week. The Hilltop Hoods “Drinking, Walking: Restrung” is down six to No.22, twenty one pilots see their “Blurryface” drop eight to No.25, last weeks No.11 debut for Graeme Connors in “60 Summers” is down sixteen to No.27, “Telluric” by Matt Corby falls ten to No.33 and also dropping ten to No.41 is the self-titled former No.1 for Lukas Graham. “Seven Sonnets & a Song” for Paul Kelly is down eighteen to No.43 and “WACO” by Violent Soho falls back twenty-one to No.45 after last weeks leap, with the “Purple Rain” soundtrack for Prince falling twenty-eight to No.50. Falling into the lower fifty are King Gizzard (19 to 51), Andre Rieu (34 to 56), Richard Marx (37 to 57), Rihanna (42 to 59), Elle King (39 to 61), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (48 to 63), Michael Jackson (43 to 64), Bette Midler (46 to 65), Patrizio Buanne (45 to 67), Luca Brasi (18 to 75), Vance Joy (44 to 81), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Olympia (#26) and Melody Pool (#49).

UK MC, rapper and producer Skepta sees his fourth album “Konnichiwa” debut at No.2 in his homeland this week, here it becomes his first chart entry and comes into the chart at No.13 this week, whilst three places lower at No.16 is another British act in James Blake whose his third album “The Colour in Everything” become his third chart entry here after his self-titled set (HP-32, Feb 2011) and then “Overgrown” (HP-5, April 2013).

Local country singer Travis Collins sees his second album “Hard Light” enter at No.20, six places higher than his first entry “Wired” (HP-26, 23-Feb, 2015) achieved last year, and one place lower at No.21 is “99.9%” by Haitian born/Montreal Canada raised electronic artist, producer and DJ Louis Kevin Celestin who goes by the stage name Kaytranada, this being his first album. The eleventh studio album for Cyndi Lauper debuts at No.26 entitled “Detour”, this album is all covers of classic country songs, including duets with Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss, and it becomes her first Top 50 appearance since her seventh album “At Last” peaked at No.32 (July 2004).

Another act making a return to the charts are local rock group Screaming Jets who enter at No.30 with “Chrome”, their first chart entry since “Scam” (HP-36) back in October 2000. New at No.35 is Anohni whose debut set “Hopelessness” comes into the Top 40 this week, a place the lead-singer of Antony & the Johnsons has been once before in Australia, as the bands third set “The Crying Light” debuted and peaked at No.33 in late January of 2009, whilst the final Top 50 entry this week is new at No.39 “U”, the debut album for electronic London artist Tourist.

Lower 50: “Blackstar” for David Bowie is back up seven to No.54 and with the Eurovision Song Contest on this weekend in Sweden, the compilation album of contestants songs is back up fourteen places to No.60. “Legacy Vol.1” for Celtic Thunder rises twenty-three to No.62 and the first of six re-entries this week is the recent Top 10 album for Gwen Stefani with “This is What the Truth Feels Like” (#82), after which “Flume” is back at No.87, “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse (#88), “I Cry When I Laugh” for Jess Glynne (#95) and “Greatest Hits” for Red Hot Chili Peppers (#89) and Fleetwood Mac (#100).

The second album for US country artist Cole Swindell entitled “You Should Be Here” debuts at No.52, becoming his first chart entry in Australia, whilst the next of four lower fifty entries this week is at No.78 “Boxes” for Goo Goo Dolls, the bands eleventh studio album and fourth to chart here, whilst one place lower at No.79 is the Cast Recording album of “We Will Rock You”. Mike Posner has a current Top 10 single with “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (TW-10), and his second album “At Night, Alone” comes in at No.93 this week, becoming his first chart entry here.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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