Pink reclaims her No.1 crown in Australia as her current album “The Truth About Love” jumps up three places to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, helped no doubt by her current massive Australian tour.
Last week Harrison Craig went back to No.1 (he drops to No.2 this week) and he was the first act since Pink to go back to the top, as this now becomes the third run at the top for “The Truth about Love”. It originally spent five weeks at the top from 24-Sep-2012 and then on the first chart for 2013 (7-Jan) it claimed a sixth week, and now (and possibly more) a seventh week to give Pink a tally of 31 accumulated weeks at the top the Australian album charts. She moves up from eleventh to seventh on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ alongside Jimmy Barnes (from 9 albums) and Delta Goodrem (from 3 albums), and if she racks up a 32nd week she will hold seventh place outright, as her next competition in the list is Rod Stewart with 38 weeks.
Jay-Z also drops down a place to No.3 with “Magna Carta Holy Grail”, but landing the highest debut of the week is Robin Thicke with “Blurred Lines”, his sixth studio album and first to chart here in Australia, whilst the title track is sitting at No.3 after having been at No.1 for seven weeks. Former No.1 “Circus in the Sky” for Bliss N’ Eso is down two places to No.5 and coming in at No.6 with his first post-The Voice release is Luke Kennedy and “A Time for Us”.
With the Fleetwood Mac tour nearing in November, the group jump up ten places to No.7 with their new compilation “25 Years – The Chain”, with their last Top 10 appearance being “Rumours: 35th Anniversary Edition” (TW-79) which was back at No.2 in late May 2011. Pink has a second album within the Top 10, “Greatest Hits… So Far” which is down three places to No.8 and after a repeat and new doco screened this past week about Abba, “A” for Agnetha Faltskog is only down a place to No.9 this week, whilst holding for a third week at No.10 is Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: With a new Passenger song debuting (“Holes” at #30) his album “All the Little Lights” is back up four places to No.11 and now that “Fall Down” for Will.i.am and Miley Cyrus is up to No.21, Will’s “#WillPower” album returns to the Top 100 at No.33 this week. Calvin Harris’ eighth single from “18 Months” charting helps the set back up nineteen places to No.40 and Big Scary turn around and move back up seven places to No.44 with “Not Art” (HP-32).
DOWN DOWN: After four weeks inside the Top 10 “The Great Country Songbook” (HP-2) for Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey is down three places to No.12 this week and is the only new certified album for the week, achieving Gold (●) in sales. Hillsong Live drop ten places to No.16 with “Glorious Ruins” (HP-3) and after debuting at No.7 last week the new Josh Pyke album “The Beginning and The End of Everything” falls thirteen places to No.20. “Home” for Rudimental is down ten places to No.22 and also down ten is John Fogerty with “Wrote a Song for Everyone” to No.31. “…Like Clockwork” for QOTSA drops eleven spots to No.37 and the self-titled set for Flume is down twelve to No.42. The current NZ No.1 album “Blackbird” for Fat Freddy’s Drop is down eighteen places to No.50 and after charging back up to No.28 last week, “Funhouse” for Pink drops twenty-three places to No.51 and “I’m Not Dead” falls thirty-four spots to No.93, but down twenty-one spots to No.56 is “13” for Black Sabbath. Whitley falls fifty-four places to No.98 with “Even the Stars are a Mess” and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are Glass Towers with “Halcyon Days” from No.42.
The four Voice finalists all chart this week as they were announced, with Harrison Craig at No.2 and the aforementioned No.6 debut for Luke Kennedy, but third placed Celia Pavey debuts at No.14 with her collection entitled “This Music” and fourth placed Danny Ross comes in at No.26 with “As the Crow Flies”. The four finalists from 2012 were all within the Top 10 at the same time, and you can that result here: http://www.australian-charts.com/weekchart.asp?cat=a&year=2012&date=20120729 .
Less than a year after their twelfth album “Elysium” (HP-50, Sept 2012) was released the Pet Shop Boys enter at No.24 with their thirteenth set entitled “Electric”. All thirteen of their studio albums have charted in Australia, with their last set to place this high being 2006’s “Fundamental” which debuted and peaked at No.25 in June of that year.
Local singer Cody Simpson debuts at No.25 with his second album entitled “Surfers Paradise” featuring the current No.90 track “Pretty Brown Eyes”. This beats the No.31 peak for his October 2012 album “Paradise”, whilst he has also charted with an EP from October 2011 entitled “Coast to Coast” which made it to No.16.
The final Top 50 debut of the week is the self-titled fifth album for Ciara, which comes in at No.35 this week. Lead single from the album “I’m Out” featuring Nicki Minaj also debuts this week at No.41 and this is her fourth album to chart in Australia, as she has previously charted with “Goodies” (HP-46, 2005), “The Evolution” (HP-76, March 2007) and “Fantasy Ride” (HP-39, May 2009) which was her last set to chart here, and that also shows that this new album becomes her third Top 50 hit in Australia.
Lower 50: Katy Perry is up eighteen places to No.53 with “Teenage Dream” and Bastille climb again to a new peak of No.57 with “Bad Blood”. Paul Kelly’s “Spring & Fall” is back up seventeen places to No.62 and “Abba Gold” for Abba also benefits from last weeks doco’s by jumping up twenty-there places to No.68 and Guy Sebastian is back up fourteen places to No.86 with “Armageddon”. Albums returning to the Top 100 include “1” by The Beatles at No.83, “Unapologetic” by Rihanna at No.95, “The Sapphires” Soundtrack at No.97, and back in at No.99 is the self-titled album by The Lumineers.
The only new entry in the lower section of the Top 100 this week is the fourth album for US singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, new at No.73 with “The Blessed Unrest”. This is her second entry here, as she charted in June 2008 with her second release “Little Voice” which climbed to No.49.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com