The sixth studio album for P!nk entitled “The Truth About Love” lands at No.1 this week becoming her fourth No.1 album in Australia and her third consecutive No.1 debut.
Gavin Ryan reports that the album debuts with a double platinum sales certification (70,000+ units) something she also achieved with her previous studio album “Funhouse” which debuted at the top the week of 3-Nov-2008 on sales of double platinum. In between those two albums was her “Greatest Hits… and More” (HP-1×13, TW-24 from 41) which is now 5xPlatinum but took only three weeks to achieve double platinum in sales. Her first No.1 album “I’m Not Dead” (peaked at No.1 on 2-Oct-2006 and again 4-July-2007 for a week apiece) achieved double platinum status just before reaching No.1 in its 26th week on the chart.
“The Truth About Love” becomes the 313th album to debut at No.1, and the twelfth this year. The album is also the 655th No.1 album (1965 to 2012) in Australia and the 514th for ARIA (1983 to 2012). Plus it takes P!nk’s tally of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ to 25 weeks placing her at No.13 on that list of acts. She has now racked up as many weeks as U2 and their eleven No.1 albums, and Savage Garden and their two chart-topping albums.
P!nk also becomes only the third female act to score four or more No.1 albums in Australia, she now sits behind Celine Dion (five) and Madonna (ten) in third place for ‘Females with the Most No.1’s: Albums’. “Truth…” is the 238th No.1 album by an American act, and also the 95th by a Female artist. It’s the first ‘Truth’ at No.1 but the fourth ‘About’ to top the Australian charts, and the 13th with ‘Love’ in its title, the closest previous album (title wise) to this weeks new No.1 being Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” (Nov 1997).
P!nk was formerly on the LaFace label, but is now with RCA, who have not had a No.1 album since March 2011 when they had two, Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullaby” and The Strokes with “Angles”, and now “The Truth About Love” is the eighteenth No.1 album for RCA.
Like last week, the top three albums are all new entries, with The Killers fourth studio album “Battle Born” debuting at No.2 to give them five Top 6 albums from their five releases (four studio + one B-Sides collection “Sawdust”) First album “Hot Fuss” climbed to No.1 in its 30th week on the chart (28-Feb-05), then each successive album peaked upon debut; “Sam’s Town” (HP-2×3, Oct 2006), “Sawdust” (HP-6, Nov 2007); and lastly “Day and Age” (HP-4, Dec 2008). Then landing at No.3 with their debut self-titled album are local act The Rubens, featuring their current single “My Gun” (HP-63, TW-72)
With half of the top ten as debuts, the remaining five albums to survive from last week are “Birdy” for Birdy and “North” for Matchbox 20 holding at No.4 and No.5 respectively, whilst “The Sapphires” soundtrack holds at No.7 this week. Last weeks No.2 and No.3 debuts fall to No.9 and No.10, being “Coexist” for The XX and “Pacifica” for The Presets respectively.
The other two new entries to the Top 10 are local hip-hop artist Seth Sentry with his debut album “This Was Tomorrow” which comes in at No.6, and the second album for Carly Rae Jepsen (first to chart here) entitled “Kiss” enters at No.8, which features her former No.1 single “Call Me Maybe” (TW-36, HP-1×5), “Good Time” (TW-6, HP-5×3) and debuting single “Beautiful” (No.48).
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Ronan Keating’s performance on X-Factor (where he is a judge/mentor) helps his current album “Fires” (HP-12) to rebound twelve places to No.16 this week, with his “10 Years of Hits” (HP-13) returning at No.68. As I mentioned above P!nk’s “Greatest Hits… So Far” jumps back up seventeen places to No.24, and ahead of their new album coming out this week, Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” (HP-1×3 weeks, February 2010) jumps up eleven places to No.37. Lastly blasting back up forty-eight places to No.45 is Julia Stone with “By the Horns”.
DOWN DOWN: Last weeks No.1 debut for The Amity Affliction “Chasing Ghosts” falls hard this week to No.15, whilst the other four albums to fall out of the Top 10 are “Overexposed” (HP-4) for Maroon 5 after eleven weeks in the Top 10 is now down to No.12. Debuts from last weeks Top 10 which also fall are “Tempest” for Bob Dylan (8 to 13), “Wreck & Ruin” for Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson (6 to 14) and “#3” for The Script (9 to 19).
Former No.1’s for Ed Sheeran’s “+” (11 to 18); “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” for Missy Higgins (12 to 23) and “My Journey” for Karise Eden (15 to 27) all fall, whilst “21” for Adele has left the Top 20 for the first time in its 87 week run, now down eight places to No.26 this week. “Some Nights” (HP-2) for fun. falls twelve places to No.25, whilst Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” halves itself from last week, falling sixteen places from No.16 to No.32.
Also down sixteen places is James Morrison’s “The Awakening” (17 to 33), but tumbling twenty-two places (27 to 49) are Two Door Cinema Club with “Beacon” (HP-4). Lower down we see “Privateering” by Mark Knopfler (32 to 53), “Ora” for Rita Ora (24 to 69), “Theatre is Evil” by Amanda Palmer (34 to 92) and “Dead Silence” for Billy Talent (36 to 94) fall fast, with the Pet Shop Boys latest album “Elysium” falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks debut of No.50.
The fifth album for local singer/songwriter Clare Bowditch is entitled “The Winter I Chose Happiness”, which lands at No.11 this week to become her second highest charting album, her fourth album “Modern Day Addiction” landed one place higher at No.10 in late August of 2010, this is her fourth album to chart.
New York indie-rock band Grizzly Bear debut at No.17 with their fourth studio album “Shields”, instantly becoming their highest charting album in Australia, as they had previously charted with their third album “Veckatimest” (HP-41, peaked Jan 2010).
Kanye West is the head of the record label GOOD Music, and he has compiled an album (and made an accompanying film too) of his and label-mates onto the album “Kanye West Presents: GOOD Music Cruel Summer”, which features the current Top 40 track “Clique” (TW-39). The album debuts at No.20, and features Big Sean, Common, Kid Cudi, John Legend and Pusha T from the label and guests artists such as R.Kelly, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Mase, The-Dream and DJ Khaled.
Debuting right behind at No.21 is the fourth album for Seattle rock group Band of Horses entitled “Mirage Rock”, which is only two places lower than their late May 2010 third album’s entry and peak position of No.19, that album entitled “Infinite Arms” was their first to chart here.
Lower 50: Adam Brand’s “There Will Be Love” (HP-4) is up twenty places to No.54, whilst the only new peak within the Top 100 is Alt-J with “An Awesome Wave”, up twenty-two places to No.70. “The Best of Cold Chisel” (HP-2) climbs eleven spots to No.71, and other returning albums this week are “Twenty-Ten” (HP-4) for Guy Sebastian at No.86, “Jersey Boys” (HP-32) cast recording at No.93, and “The Music of Smash” (HP-71) TV Soundtrack at No.99.
California punk band NOFX debut at No.51 with their twelfth studio album “Self Entitled”, their first new material in three years, as their eleventh album “Coaster” made it to No.24 in May 2009. This is their ninth item to chart in Australia, seven studio albums which started with their sixth in February of 1996, “Heavy Petting Zoo” (HP-57), plus two compilation albums, this new album becoming the third of those nine NOT to make the Top 50.
US metal group Down debut at No.58 with “Down IV Part 1 – The Purple EP”, with this six track EP being the first of several EP’s the band are set to release over the next couple of years. Their three previous albums have all charted here in Australia with their first being “NOLA” (HP-75, Oct 1995) followed some years later by “Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow” (HP-45, April 2002) and then “Down III: Over the Under” (HP-60, Oct 2007).
The fifteenth studio album for ZZ Top is entitled “La Futura”, and it debuts at No.75 this week to become their first new material to chart in Australia since March 1994’s “Antenna” (HP-40), with the trio’s Australian album discography listed below…
06-May-74|36|14|Tres Hombres (3rd album)
02-Dec-74|90|06|Rio Grane Mud (2nd album)
16-Jun-75|61|12|Fandando (4th album)
28-Feb-77|72|06|Tejas (5th album)
24-Dec-79|100|2|Deguello (6th album)
06-Aug-84|02|51|Eliminator (8th album)
29-Oct-84|44|17|The Best of ZZ Top
18-Nov-85|06|57|Afterburner (9th album)
02-Mar-87|11|24|Club (remix album)
04-Nov-90|27|10|Recycler (10th album)
13-Mar-94|40|05|Antenna (11th album)
24-Apr-00|76|02|Greatest Hits ®
24-Sep-12|75|1*|LA Futura (15th album)
Engelbert Humperdinck debuts at No.87 with “Release Me – The Best of”, his last greatest hits set to chart here being “The Very Best of” (HP-34) way back in June of 1990.
Noah Stewart is an African-American tenor from Harlem, New York whose debut album “Noah” enters at No.90, the album having reached the Top 20 in England and Scotland. And finally at No.97 is the tenth album for US alt-rock band Dinosaur Jr. entitled “I Bet on Sky”, which almost matches their previous two charting albums, “Farm” (HP-95, July 2009) and prior to that “Beyond” (HP-94, May 2007). This is their sixth studio album to chart in Australia, their first being album five, “Where You Been” (HP-45, Feb 1993).
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