Taylor Henderson ‘Burnt Letters’ is the number one album in Australia.
The race for the No.1 spot this week was won by an act who first topped the charts seven months ago, X-Factor 2013 runner-up Taylor Henderson, who lands his second entry and second No.1 with “Burnt Letters” this week coming straight in at the top of the ARIA Albums chart.
“Burnt Letters” becomes the 709th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 560th for ARIA (1983 to 2014), plus the 358th to debut at No.1. Plus it’s the third successive Australian album to debut at the top, whilst this time last year we had five Aussie’s debut with new albums at the top, Harrison Craig, Bliss N’ Eso, Karnivool, Rufus and Boy & Bear, although they were not all back to back, as Pink and her set “The Truth About Love” kept climbing back in between several of the debuts.
Taylors’ self-titled set hit the top back on 9th of December, 2013, staying atop for a single week, which was also the last time that Sony (local) had a chart-topping album, so this becomes their first for 2014. It’s the first time that both the words ‘Burnt’ (or even ‘burn’) and ‘Letters’ (or singular) has appeared in a No.1 album title, and the album becomes the 174th No.1 album by an Australian artist, the seventh this year, plus it’s the 198th for a Solo Male Artist, and the sixth for 2014.
Another local act Sheppard debuts at No.2 with their first album “Bombs Away”, which was the top selling digital album of the week; and features their three current charting singles “Geronimo” (TW-9), “Let Me Down Easy” (TW-52) and their latest release “Something’s Missing” (TW-63). Rise Against are the third and final Top 10 entry of the week, with their seventh studio album “The Black Market” entering at No.3 becoming their fifth chart entry (four studio and one compilation) and their third Top 10 placing after “Endgame” (HP-2, March 2011, LP#6) and “Appeal to Reason” (HP-7, Oct 2008, LP#5).
Ed Sheeran is down a couple of places to No.4 with his latest album “x” and last weeks No.1 entry “1000 Forms of Fear” by Sia drops four places to No.5 this week. The self-titled 5 Seconds of Summer album is down two places to No.6 and dropping a single spot to No.7 is the “Frozen” soundtrack, whilst the last former No.1 within the ten is “Ghost Stories” by Coldplay, down one place to No.8. The second soundtrack within the Top 10 this week is for “Jersey Boys”, which rises four to a new peak of No.9 to become the first ever Four Seasons placing within the Top 10 (they’re previous best effort was “Four Seasons Greatest Hits”, which peaked at No.24 in May 1976). The final album within the ten at No.10 is Hillsong with “No Other Name”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Paloma Faith re-enters at No.26 with “A Perfect Contradiction” (HP-22, peaked back in March) thanks to her first ever Top 10 singles spot this week, and with Miley Cyrus tickets now on sale for her forthcoming tour, her former No.1 “Bangerz” is back in at No.35, and The Pierce Brothers rebound back up forty-three places to land at No.40 with their EP “The Night Tree”. The ABC screened the Queen doco again this week, which helps their 1982 No.2 album “Greatest Hits” back up twenty-five places to No.48 and First Aid Kit are back up twenty-one spots to No.50 with “Stay Gold”.
DOWN DOWN: The four albums leaving the Top 10 this week include Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” (10 to 12, WI10-4, HP-1×1), “Built on Glass” by Chet Faker (9 to 21, WI10-8, HP-1×1) and after one a week within the ten, “Here’s to You & I” for The McClymonts drops seven to No.15 and “Startup Cult” by AllDay tumbles twenty-one places to No.24 this week. The Amity Affliction drop seven to No.22 with “Let the Ocean Take Me”, and Linkin Park fall eight to No.25 with “The Hunting Party”. “Prism” by Katy Perry is down eight to No.28 and Jack White’s “Lazaretto” is down ten to No.32 whilst Ed Sheeran’s “+” falls fifteen to No.34. The Arctic Monkeys tumble ten to No.37 with “AM” and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack is down thirteen to No.39, with Violent Soho’s “Hungry Ghost” also dropping thirteen to No.41. With his tour now over, Keith Urban’s “Fuse” tumbles twelve to No.42 and deadmau5 falls twenty to No.45 with “While (1<2)”, with Jason DeRulo down ten to No.47 with “Tattoos” and The Vamps “Meet the Vamps” falling thirteen to No.49. Falling out from last weeks Top 50 includes Russell Morris (34 to 51), Imagine Dragons (41 to 54), ZHU (33 to 59), OneRepublic (49 to 64), Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (38 to 69), the only new cert this week, achieving Gold (●) in sales. Also down are Mastodon (35 to 72), The Black Keys (42 to 75), Chet Faker’s “Thinking in Textures” (48 to 83), Trey Songz (21 to 84), and falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Sleepmakeswaves (#31), David Gray (#40), plus the six Something for Kate albums that returned all leave this week (#44, #45, #50, #51, #52, and #54). The eleventh studio album for California’s Pennywise debuts at No.16 entitled “Yesterdays” and it features unrecorded compositions by their late bassist Jason Thirsk, plus it also their first album with singer Jim Lindberg since his departure in 2009. It’s the bands tenth album to chart in Australia (nine studio and one live), plus by entering at No.16 it becomes their third highest charting album. Above it are “Full Circle” (HP-13, May 1997), “From the Ashes” (HP-13, Sept 2003) and their only Top 10 set “Straight Ahead” (HP-8, June 1999).
Jason Mraz sees his fifth studio album enter at No.17 entitled “Yes!”, which becomes his highest new entry and his fourth album to chart here (LP#2 didn’t make it). It also becomes his second highest charting album, with his third set “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things” peaking at No.3 for four weeks (from Sept 2008). His last entry was April 2012’s “Love is a Four Letter Word” (HP-23). The twelve member 1970’s-funk-styled London group Jungle, see their self-titled debut album come in at No.20 this week, whilst local artist Andy Bull sees his second album “Sea of Approval” new at No.23, becoming his first albums chart entry, as 2009’s “We’re Too Young” failed to chart.
American deathcore band Suicide Silence also see their first chart entry occur this week with their fourth album entitled “You Can’t Stop Me” coming in at No.30, whilst classic metal band Judas Priest are new one place lower at No.31 with “Redeemer of Souls”, which is their seventeenth studio album and eighth to chart since they first charted here in 1982. Their last entry was 2008’s “Nostradamus” which became their highest charting album in Australia by debuting and peaking at No.17. And the final Top 50 entry is from Sunshine Coast artist D at Sea (Doyle Perez) who sees his first albums chart entry at No.33 entitled “Anchors & Diamonds (EP)”.
Lower 50: The Bon Jovi set “Greatest Hits” is back up ten places to No.65 and the Bob Marley collection “Legend” jumps back up twenty-two spots to No.73. The Eagles “Very Best of” is back up to No.78 and the Creedence “Ultimate Collection” climbs back up nine to No.79. Albums returning this week are from Gabrielle Aplin (#86), Whitney Houston’s “Ultimate Collection” (#90), Asgeir (#93), Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” (#96) and Ricky Martin with his “Greatest Hits” collection (#97).
Morrissey sees his tenth studio album and first new album in five years entitled “World Peace is None of Your Business” enters at No.58, becoming his eleventh entry in Australia (ten studios and one collection), with his last entry being February 2009’s “Years of Refusal” (HP-87). With the ‘Jersey Boys’ soundtrack cracking the Top 10, two Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons collections enter the charts this week, with ‘Jersey’s Best: The Very Best of” coming in at No.60 and “The Very Best of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons” coming in at No.99. These two entries become their fifth and sixth compilations to chart in Australia and their first entries since the compilation “Hits” made it to No.68 in February 1993 (around the time that the remix for ‘December 1963, Oh What a Night’ was high on the charts for the second time).
Former Port Macquarie and now Sydney based singer/songwriter Patrick James sees his second EP “Broken Lines” becomes his first ARIA Albums chart entry by coming in at No.68 this week. The fifth studio album for UK singer and rapper Example is “Live Life Living” which comes in at No.80 and becomes his third entry here after “The Evolution of Man” (HP-40, Dec 2012, LP#4) and “Playing in the Shadows” (HP-14, Sept 2011, LP#3).
Electronic Sydney band Kilter are currently touring the country and their first EP “Shade” enters at No.88 this week, whilst Bowenville, Qld native Stu Larsen (who appeared on the Passenger song ‘Let Her Go”) is about to tour Europe, and his first entry to the ARIA Albums chart is “Vagabond” which enters at No.92. Currently Top 10 in the UK with his debut album is this weeks No.94 entry “Wanted on Voyage” for George Ezra, who is currently within the Top 40 singles with his track “Budapest”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.
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