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ARIA Albums: Rufus Dethrone Adele For No 1

by Gavin Ryan on January 30, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The second album for local EDM act RuFuS becomes their second set to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, as “Bloom” takes root at the No.1 spot this week.

“Bloom” becomes the 753rd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 604th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus we hit a milestone as the new chart-topping album becomes the 400th set to debut in the top spot, whilst as it is the second No.1 album for RuFuS, it is also the second #1 for the record label ‘Sweat it Out’, as the first album for the act “Atlas” (TW-81) debuted and peaked at No.1 on the 19th of August back in 2013.

Rufus are now tied with three other acts who have also racked up two #1 albums and two weeks at the top this decade on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums, 2010’s’ with Madonna, Boy & Bear and 5 Seconds of Summer, who are also the last Australian act to take both of their albums straight in at No.1, just like Rufus have done this week. Also the only other ‘bloom’ we’ve had at the top of the Australian Albums chart was way back in June 1968 when French composer and conductor Paul Mauriat spent two weeks at the top with his set “Blooming Hits”. The new No.1 album also becomes the 191st No.1 album by an Australian act and the 352nd overall by a group.

After a single week back at the top last week Adele and her “25” album drops back to No.2 this week (and with Sia’s new album out now Adele might not return for a few more weeks yet), which also pushes “Blackstar” by David Bowie down one spot to No.3 this week. And by staying in the Top 10 for a third week it also becomes David’s longest running studio album since his 1984 set “Tonight” (HP-4) which also notched up three weeks within the ten, whilst his collection “Nothing Has Changed: The Best of” is back up one spot to No.4 and also lodging a third week in the ten, plus his Top 100 tally has halved this week from eighteen last week to only nine albums within the hundred this week.

“Purpose” by Justin Bieber is also down one spot to No.5 and the second NEW entry to the Top 10 this week is the fifteenth studio album for metal act Megadeth entitled “Dystopia”, which enters at No.6 and instantly becomes the bands highest charting album in Australia and their second to make it into the Top 10, as their only other entry-to-the-ten was with their sixth album “Youthanasia” (HP-9, peaked mid-November 1994), and overall this becomes their twelfth albums chart entry here (11 studio and 1 live set).

Ian “Molly” Meldrum was in the news this past week after taking a spill in Bangkok, but he also celebrated his birthday too, and the upcoming mini-series based on his Countdown years sees its soundtrack “Molly” rise up three places to a new peak of No.7 whilst on hold at No.8 and No.9 this week are “x” for Ed Sheeran and “1989” by Taylor Swift respectively. And after 63 weeks within the Top 100 and 20 weeks in the Top 50 The Eagles collection “The Complete Greatest Hits” is up four places to a new peak of No.10 after last weeks passing of co-founder Glenn Frey, and the album now becomes the bands tenth Top 10 album here.

UP: With The Rubens taking out the top spot on this years Triple J Hottest 100 for 2015, their parent album “Hoops” returns to the hundred this week at No.15, and Tame Impala had quite a few tracks within the countdown also, two within the Top 5 actually, which helps their “Currents” album to rebound twenty-four places this week to No.16. Two further Eagles collections also jump up this week, with “Selected Works 1972-1999” rising thirteen spots to No.22 and “The Very Best of” climbing ten to No.33. Kendrick Lamar got his “King Kunta” (TW-32) track at #2 on the JJJ listing for last year, and that helps his album “To Pimp a Butterfly” to rise twelve to No.25 and ‘Greatest Hits” sets for Fleetwood Mac (55 to 28) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (50 to 29) are also back up and into the Top 30. Cold Chisel rise eighteen to No.35 with “The Best of–All for You”, The Vamps just toured here, and their recent second album “Wake Up” (HP-23) returns to the Top 100 at No.36, whilst the new and first Top 30 hit for twenty one pilots helps their album “Blurryface” to leaps back up ten spots to No.39, whilst returning to the Top 50 at No.45, up thirty-three places is Nirvana with “Nevermind”. Further albums that feel the JJJ effect are “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear (57 to 32), “That’s the Spirit” by Bring Me the Horizon (60 to 40), Courtney Barnett with “Sometimes I Sit and Think…” which landed three songs within the Top 100 (47 to 43), re-entering at No.46 is “Peace is the Mission” for Major Lazer and back up thirteen to No.49 are Gang of Youths with “The Positions”.

DOWN: Last weeks highest new entry for Panic! At the Disco of “Death of a Bachelor” (HP-3) drops eight this week to No.11 and leaving the Top 10 for the first time is Elvis Presley with “If I Can Dream” (HP-1×2, WI10-12) which is down five to No.12, whilst the third and final departed album is “Best of Bowie” (HP-6, WI10-2) for David Bowie which drops twenty places to No.26. Dropping six spots each are the self-titled album for Jess & Matt and Meghan Trainor’s “Title” to No.27 and No.30 respectively. Vance Joy drops seven to No.34 with “Dream Your Life Away” and down nine to No.38 is the Tracy Chapman “Greatest Hits” set. The Twelfth Man falls sixteen to No.41 with “The Very Best of Richie” and the X-Factor 2015 winner Cyrus sees his self-titled album drop ten to No.42. Chris Brown is down nine to No.47 with “Royalty”, Enya and her “Dark Sky Island” drops eighteen to No.48 and “Coming Home” for Leon Bridges is down nineteen to No.50 this week. Falling hard into the lower fifty are N.W.A. with “Straight Outta Compton” (39 to 53), Brothers3 (11 to 58), Adele’s “19” (34 to 62), David Bowie’s “The Next Day” (22 to 66), Louise Adams’ self-titled set (41 to 77), and further Bowie albums in “Aladdin Sane” (33 to 85) and “Heroes” (48 to 90), whilst his “Ziggy Stardust” album leaves the Top 100 from #44 and also out from last weeks fifty are Daughter with “Not to Disappear” (#26) and Jesus Culture with “Let it Echo” (#36).

Lower 50: The only two new entries in the upper fifty were within the Top 10, whilst there are two coming up in the lower region of the chart this week. Melanie Martinez sees her re-packaged “Cry Baby” (HP-27) album return at No.51, “Ire” for Parkway Drive is up eleven to No.52, Chet Faker returns at No.57 with his former #1 album “Built on Glass”, “Playlist” for Birds of Tokyo is back up twenty-three spots to No.59; the new #2 single for Flume helps bring his former album back in at No.60, Florence + the Machine lodged several entries to the J100 this year and that helps their album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” to climb back up thirteen to No.61.

This past week we also saw the Tamworth Country Music festival occur, and rising this week is Lee Kernaghan with “Spirit of the ANZACS” (77 to 63), whilst multi golden-guitar winner Troy Cassar-Daley returns at No.67 with his album “Freedom Ride” (HP-4). “Love Stuff” for Ellie King is up four places to a new peak of No.64 and with a new Top 15 hit under her belt, the parent album for Selena Gomez “Revival” jumps back up twenty-four spots to No.65. The fourth and final Eagles album within the Top 100 this week is “Hell Freezes Over” which is up twenty-six places to No.68 and “Chaos and the Calm” for James Bay is up fourteen spots to No.72.

Further returning albums come from Australian Crawl with the “Greatest Hits” at No.59, “Glitterbug” by The Wombats at No.71 (helped by a JJJ placing), “Get Weird” for Little Mix at No.80; the new No.1 album RuFus helps their first album “Atlas” to come back in at No.81, “AM” for The Arctic Monkeys re-enters at No.87, “Thirty One” by Jarryd James returns at No.88 and re-appearing at No.89 is Paul Kelly with his collection “Songs from the South Vol. 1 & 2”. The JJJ countdown helps Grimes to return at No.93 with “Art Angels”, the soundtrack for “Guardians of the Galaxy” is back at No.97, the just released Sia album helps her former No.1 “1000 Forms of Fear” back in at No.98 and finally returning at #100 is Hillsong with “Open Heaven/River Wild”.

Four piece London post-punk act Savages see their second album “Adore Life” debut at No.74 this week, becoming their first ARIA Albums Chart entry, as their debut set “Silence Yourself” (HP-19 in UK) never made the charts here. The second and final lower fifty entry this week is a collaboration album between three country acts, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart who have named themselves Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart and their self-titled album was launched this past week at the Tamworth Country Music festival and debuts at No.92 this week, with Felicity having previously scored two singles chart entries in 1999 and 2007.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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