After the screening last Sunday night of the first of two parts for the TV mini-series “Molly”, the 3CD soundtrack set for the show leaps up eight places to land at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
“Molly” becomes the 755th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 606th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the eighth for the Liberation Record label, with their last being the Vance Joy debut set “Dream Your Life Away” (15-Sept, 2014; TW-24), plus it is also the 45th Soundtrack/Cast Recording album to go to No.1 in Australia, the last being the Dr. Dre set “Compton” (17-Aug. 2015) and the last one for a TV show was in March 2011 with “Glee: The Music Volume 5”, overall it’s the fifth TV soundtrack to hit the top and the first No.1 album to feature the word ‘Molly’.
The album achieves ▲Platinum in sales this week, and is the first multi-CD (60 songs over 3 CD’s) No.1 album since the 2CD set of Triple J ‘Like a Version Vol.11’ hit the top in October 2015, and this week two years ago we had a similar chart feat, when the INXS biopic/mini-series screened, which sent their set “The Very Best” (TW-36) to No.1, spending seven broken weeks at the top.
During its twelve weeks on the chart, Adele’s “25” has only ever been at No.1 or No.2, and this week its spending its fourth non-consecutive week at No.2, whilst returning to its former peak of No.3 is the David Bowie compilation “Nothing Has Changed: The Best of”, with his “Blackstar” album having occupied that position last week, it falls four places this week to No.7.
Justin Bieber is back up three spots to No.4 with his “Purpose” album and last weeks No.1 debut “This is Acting” by Sia drops down to No.5 this week, which is the same drop that the previous #1 album did, “Bloom” by Rufus which this week is down four to No.9. Coldplay rebound six places to No.6 with “A Head Full of Dreams” after their Superbowl appearance last weekend (the album went to #1 in the UK for the first time this week) and two further debuts from last week survive for a second week within the Top 10, “ANTI” by Rihanna and “Nine Track Mind” for Charlie Puth at No.8 and No.10 respectively.
UP: Halsey lands her first singles chart entry with “Hold Me Down” (#78) this week, and her album “Badlands” (HP-2) rebounds twenty-three places to No.12, and thanks to his tour here James Bay and “Chaos and the Calm” is back up twenty-two spots to No.15. With the new twenty one pilots single “Stressed Out” jumping to No.3; it helps pull their current studio album “Blurryface” (HP-11) back up seven spots to No.18 and thanks to their appearance at the current ‘Laneway Festival’, Chvrches and their “Every Open Eye” set this week leaps forty-nine spots to No.19. Adele and her second set “21” is back up seven to No.33 and Vance Joy are up nine spots to No.24 with “Dream Your Life Away”, whilst “The Very Best of The Eagles” is up twelve chart-rungs to No.26. Two years ago “The Very Best” for INXS was at No.1 (from 17-Feb, 2014) after their biopic mini-series screened, and the album this week is back up fourteen places to No.36, whilst another Laneway act and the holder of the new #1 single in the country, the self-titled debut album for Flume jumps up thirty-one spots to No.43, whilst the final returning album to the Top 50 is Lana Del Rey with her “Honeymoon”, back up twenty-three spots to No.49.
DOWN: The only album dropping out of the Top 10 from last week is the No.10 debut for Dream Theater entitled “The Astonishing” (HP-10) which falls twenty-nine spots to No.39 this week. The “Straight Outta Compton” soundtrack drops ten places to No.29 and down twelve to No.34 is the Megadeth set “Dystopia”, whilst Troye Sivan falls sixteen to No.37 with his “Blue Neighbourhood”. Falling eleven to No.38 are The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999” and descending twenty-four spots to No.40 are The Rubens with their “Hoops” set. “Title” for Meghan Trainor is down six to No.45 and falling fifteen to No.46 are Boy & Bear with their “Limit of Love” album, whilst tumbling into the lower fifty are Elle King (32 to 52), Disturbed (49 to 63), Courtney Barnett (47 to 64), Enya (48 to 65), Red Hot Chili Peppers (40 to 67), Melanie Martinez (45 to 84), and the biggest drop of the week goes to Bloc Party and their “Hymns” set (15 to 90), whilst falling out of the Top 100 from last week Top 50 are Polaris (#34), Tedeschi Trucks Band (#36) and Jarryd James (#42).
Elton John’s 32nd studio album “Wonderful Crazy Night” is the highest new entry this week at No.11, becoming his highest charting (studio) album since his 2001 set “Songs from the West Coast” (debuted 8-Oct, 2001) which climbed to No.7 in early May 2002, and his last Top 10 appearance was with the compilation “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” (HP-10, peaked mid-April 2007) (TW-72).
The next new entry at No.20 is the twelfth studio album for Lucinda Williams entitled “The Ghosts of Highway 20”, which by debuting so high it instantly becomes her highest charting album in Australia, and her second to crack the Top 50, as her eleventh set “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” (HP-32) made it in October 2014, and overall this becomes her eight studio album to chart here.
Elevation Worship are a contemporary Christian and worship multi-member band from the Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and they have released four studio and five live albums, their fifth live set entitled “Here as in Heaven” enters at No.27 this week, and four places lower at No.31 is the fourth album for US rapper Future entitled “Evol” which becomes his first album to chart here in Australia.
One of the two male-members of Lady Antebellum is Charles Kelley whose debut solo album “The Driver” lands at No.35 this week, with the title track from the album featuring guest singers Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay already up for a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance’, and a new Wiggles album entitled “Wiggle Town” debuts at No.41 becoming their fifth Top 50 appearance.
One place lower at No.42 is the tenth studio album for rockers The Cult entitled “Hidden City”, becoming their eighth albums chart entry in Australia (7 studio and 1 best of), and their first Top 50 appearance since their 1994 self-titled sixth album which debuted and peaked at No.7, with this album peaking at No.19 in the UK recently. The final Top 50 debut this week is new at No.48, “Khalifa” for Wiz Khalifa, which is his sixth studio album and now his second Top 50 appearance, as his last album “Blacc Hollywood” debuted and peaked at No.26 in September 2014.
Lower 50: The Cold Chisel “Best of–All for You” is back up twenty-eight places to No.54 and returning at No.55 is the David Bowie set “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust…”, and ahead of the restrung version coming out next week and the high new entry on the singles chart this week, The Hilltop Hoods “Walking Under Stars” is back up twenty-two spots to No.61. The N.W.A. debut album “Straight Outta Compton” is back up thirteen to No.68 (possibly due to Ice Cube in the country promoting his new film ‘Ride Along 2’) and the Elton John collection “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” re-enters at No.72 thanks to his new album coming in so high.
The Conrad Sewell EP “All I Know” jumps back up twenty-three spots to No.74 now that it has a new Top 50 hit, and thanks to his tour Rob Thomas is back in at No.76 with “The Great Unknown”, whilst the “2001” album for De. Dre is back up ten to No.78, with Celtic Woman rising six spots to a new peak of No.80 with their “Destiny” album. Grimes is back up eleven spots to No.81 with her “Art Angels” album thanks to her Laneway Festival appearances and Foals return at No.83 with their “What Went Down” set, with further returnees including Purity Ring with “Another Eternity” (#86), “Greatest Hits” for Australian Crawl (#94), “Ego Death” by The Internet (#97, Laneway act) and “Run” by Alison Wonderland (#98).
The second studio album for Foxes debuts at No.53 entitled “All I Need”, whilst her first set “Glorious” debuted and peaked at No.36 in mid-May of 2014. Three places lower at No.56 is the first entry and second album for Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz entitled “Opus”.
Two TV events are the reason for the next two entries, with Skyhooks heavily featured in the first part of the ‘Molly’ mini-series, the compilation “Hits’N’Riffs” for the band debuts at No.71 this week, whilst the recently screened “Grease Live!” tele-movie sees its soundtrack come in at No.85 this week. The final entry at No.87 is the self-titled album for Canadian duo Majid Jordan, the R&B infused pair consist of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, both based in Toronto.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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