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Sia This Is Acting

Sia This Is Acting

ARIA Albums : Sia ‘This Is Acting’ Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on February 6, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The seventh studio album for local singer/songwriter/ingénue Sia entitled “This is Acting” becomes her second consecutive album to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums chart.

“This is Acting” becomes the 754th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 605th for ARIA (1983 to 2016), plus the 401st set to open in the top spot first week, whilst it is also the second for Sia’s record label ‘Monkey Puzzle’, as her 14th of July, 2014 set “1000 Forms of Fear” (TW-65) was the only other on her label. Plus like RuFuS last week, Sia now joins Madonna, Boy & Bear and 5SOS as the other acts this decade to rack up two weeks at the top from two separate No.1 albums. Sia was also at the top of the singles chart this very weekend back in 2012 here and in the UK. The Aussie No.1 was on the Flo Rida track “Wild Ones” (3rd of six weeks) and debuted at the top in England on the David Guetta song “Titanium” (1 week only).

In the No.1 Albums alphabetical listing, Sia lands a unique place between 33 1/3 for John Farnham and her previous No.1 album “1000 Forms of Fear”, and this is the first time that the word ‘Acting’ has appeared in a No.1 set (or even in the charts), plus only the second ‘This is’ after the Twelfth Man set “Tribute to Bill Lawry… This is Your Life” (Dec 1997) and the fifth overall with a ‘This’, the last album being “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga (30-May, 2011). The album also becomes the 192nd by an Australia act to hit the top, plus the 112th by a Female act, with the last solo Aussie female to make it to the top being Sia with her previous No.1 album back in July 2014 (ON-J was part of a duo in July 2015) and her third Top 10 album overall here. The album has so far opened at No.3 in England, No.5 in Ireland and No.9 in The Netherlands with Top 20 debuts in Italy and Belgium at the moment.

The rest of the top four from last week remains stable, with “25” by Adele at No.2, David Bowie with “Blackstar” at No.3 and his collection “Nothing Has Changed: The Best of” at No.4, which is newly certified ▲Platinum in sales. The second of four Top 10 debuts this week is new at No.5, the eighth studio album for Rihanna entitled “Anti” which was a surprise release last Friday and features this weeks No.10 debut of “Work” featuring Drake. Of her six studio albums to chart here (the first one didn’t) this becomes her fifth Top 10 album and matches the entry position that Rihanna’s sixth album “Talk That Talk” achieved in its first week back in late November of 2011, her highest charting albums here so far have been her third and fifth sets “Good Girl Gone Bad” and “Loud” which both peaked at No.2. This new entry has also reached the highest in Australia so far; as it’s nearest overseas peaks have been No.7 in both England and The Netherlands this week.

RuFus fall to No.6 with their second No.1 album “Bloom” after a single week at the top, with their last album “Atlas” falling 1 to 4 in its second week on the charts back in August of 2013. Justin Bieber is down two places to No.7 with his “Purpose” set and the third Top 10 entry occurs at No.8, the debut album for Charlie Puth entitled “Nine Track Mind”, which also debuted in the Top 10 in England and New Zealand this week, and features his current No.3 single “One Call Away”. The “Molly” TV Soundtrack is back down two places to No.9 this week, but expect a big jump next week, as the first of the two part mini series screens this coming Sunday night, which will help boost the set next week. The fourth and final Top 10 debut this week is new at No.10, the thirteenth studio album for US act Dream Theater entitled “The Astonishing”, which is the bands sixth chart entry here, and their first to hit the Top 10. The band’s previous best effort was their self-titled twelfth album from late September of 2013 which debuted and peaked at No.15.

UP: The new single for Coldplay, their Superbowl appearance in the USA this weekend and lead singer Chris Martin’s Carpool Karaoke segment this past week all help to boost the bands album “A Head Full of Dreams” jumps back up five to No.12, whilst Kendrick Lamar is up eleven to No.14 with his former No.1 from March last year “To Pimp a Butterfly”. The twenty one pilots album “Blurryface” jumps up fourteen spots to No.25 now that they have a No.11 single in “Stressed Out” this week and halving its position from last week by leaping thirty-two spots to No.32 is Elle King with her debut album “Love Stuff”. James Bay is touring here at the moment and his album “Chaos and the Calm” jumps back up thirty-five places to No.37 whilst Jarryd James’ “Thirty One” set leaps even more, up forty-six spots to No.42, whilst also back into the Top 50 is Melanie Martinez with her newly repackaged “Cry Baby” album, up six to No.45.

DOWN: Two of the four big albums to leave the Top 10 this week start with Ed Sheeran and his “x” (HP-1×8, WI10-81) set, which is down three to No.11 and leaves the Top 10 for only the fourth time, whilst “1989” (HP-1×9, WI10-65) for Taylor Swift is down four to No.13 and leaves the Top 10 for only the second time, the last time was back in May of last year when it fell to No.12 for a single week, meaning that this week is its lowest chart placing in its 67 weeks on the chart. The two other Top 10 dropouts do so after only a single week within the ten, “Dystopia” (HP-6) for Megadeth is down sixteen places to No.22 and The Eagles collection “The Complete Greatest Hits” (HP-10) plummets forty-four spots to No.54 this week. Elvis’ “If I Can Dream” set is down five to No.17 and dropping six to No.19 and No.20 is the soundtrack for “Straight Outta Compton” and The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” respectively. “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic! At the Disco is down fifteen places to No.26 and The Eagles highest charting album this week “Selected Works 1972 – 1999” is down five to No.27 and now ▲Platinum in sales, with the groups “The Very Best of” down five also to No.38. 1D is down nine to No.29 with “Made in the A.M.” and “21” for Adele falls twelve spots to No.30, “Title” for Meghan Trainor is down nine to No.39 and the “Greatest Hits” for both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac fall after their rebound last week to No.40 and No.43 respectively. The two final big tumbles within the Top 50 are the self-titled set for Jess & Matt (27 to 46) and INXS with “The Very Best” (37 to 50). Falling into the lower fifty are Tracy Chapman (GH 38 to 56), Twelfth Man (41 to 57), Chris Brown (47 to 58), Leon Bridges (50 to 60), David Bowie (Best of Bowie) (26 to 66) {with the UK version going to No.1 in England this week), Cold Chisel (Best of) (35 to 82), Cyrus (42 to 91) and falling out of the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are The Vamps (#36) and Nirvana with “Nevermind” (#45).

The fifth studio album for UK act Bloc Party is entitled “Hymns” and comes in at No.15 this week, their first album since their debut set to not debut within the Top 10, as their last three albums all entered first week within the Top 5. The next new entry at No.34 is the second release for Sydney five piece metalcore band Polaris and their set “The Guilt and the Grief (EP)” becomes their first ARIA Albums Chart entry, and the final Top 50 entry this week is the third studio album for US act Tedeschi Trucks Band, which is new at No.36 entitled “Let Me Get by”, and by coming in so high it has now become the bands highest charting album in Australia and their fourth entry overall (three studio and one live album).

Lower 50: Neil Diamond is back in at No.52 with his collection “All Time Greatest Hits” and current tourist here Adam Lambert returns at No.61 with his recent album “The Original High” with the Daughter album “Not to Disappear” back in at No.62 after falling out last week, whilst the “ABBA Gold & More” collection is back in at No.64. Jumping up thirty-three places to No.65 thanks to her new No.1 album is Sia and “1000 Forms of Fears” and rising ten to No.68 are Chvrches with “Every Open Eye”, whilst The Wiggles jump thirteen to No.70 with “Hot Potatoes: The Best of”. Phil Collins’ “Hits” is back up twenty-one to No.78, “Prism” by Katy Perry fell out last week, but returns at No.80 this week whilst further returns come via Mumford & Sons with “Wilder Mind” (#95), Queen and their “Greatest Hits” (#98), “Delirium” by Ellie Goulding (#99) and The Amity Affliction with “Let the Ocean Take Me” (#100).

English act Basement see their third album “Promise Everything” debut at No.75 this week, becoming the bands first entry here, whilst entering at No.77 with their debut album is US three-piece alt-pop act Wet and “Don’t You”. The final new entry at No.86 is Celtic Woman with “Destiny”, which is the all-female acts seventh studio album and fifth to chart here in Australia, with only their album “Songs from the Heart” being their only set to crack the Top 50, where it peaked at No.48 for a single week back in July of 2010.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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