Taylor Swift remains “Red” for a second week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart this week, becoming her longest run at the top of our charts, as her previous No.1 “Speak Now” only lasted one week at the top back in November of 2010. The album also selling enough this week to pick up a Platinum sales certification.
Gavin Ryan reports that all four Top 10 debuts this week are by local Australian acts, with the first of them debuting at No.2, Delta Goodrem with her fourth studio album entitled “Child of the Universe”. Delta’s first three albums all debuted at No.1, “Innocent Eyes” (April 2003, 29 broken weeks at No.1), “Mistaken Identity” (Nov 2004, 1 week), and then “Delta” (Nov 2007, 1 week), and as you can see November is usually a good month for her to debut in. She has a new national tour starting this week and the album already has three singles lifted from it; “Sitting on Top of the World” (HP-2, April 2012), “Dancing With a Broken Heart” (HP-15, Aug 2012) and the current single “Wish You Were Here” (HP-5, TW-16).
Also debuting with their fourth album are Bryon Bay metalcore band Parkway Drive, entering at No.3 with “Atlas”, now their third consecutive Top 10 album, and this new set becomes their second highest charting album, as their July 2010 set “Deep Blue” debuted and peaked at No.2. Former albums for the group were “Horizons” (HP-6, Oct 2007) and “Killing with a Smile” (HP-39, Sept 2005).
P!nk’s “The Truth About Love” is down two places to No.4, and recent tourists Mumford & Sons see their “Babel” album rise up one place to No.5. “Like a Version 8” is down two spots to No.6, whilst Birdy falls three spots to No.8. Guy Sebastian holds on for a third week inside the Top 10, as “Armageddon” is down three places to No.10.
Kylie Minogue debuts at No.8 with the album “The Abbey Road Sessions”, a compilation of her songs reworked and re-recorded with an orchestra in a laid-back lounge singer style. Songs range from her first single “Locomotion” through to more modern hits, plus a new track entitled “Flower”. This new album becomes her 13th Top 10 album in Australia, and her ARIA Album discography is listed below…
A03|16-Dec-90|10|36|Rhythm of Life
A04|08-Dec-91|13|17|Let’s Get to it
R04|01-May-94|57|06|50 Plus 1
G01|14-Jun-98|78|03|Greatest Hits (Double Edition)
R09|06-Sep-98|67|01|Greatest Remix Hits Vol.3
R10|06-Sep-98|66|01|Greatest Remix Hits Vol.4
L01|07-Dec-98|28|08|Intimate & Live
A07|02-Oct-00|01|60|Light Years (1 week @ #1)
A08|15-Oct-01|01|87|Fever (5 weeks @ #1)
G03|01-Dec-03|54|07|Greatest Hits 1987-1999
G04|06-Nov-06|07|20|Ultimate Kylie ®
L02|12-Feb-07|28|03|Showgirl Homecoming Live
A10|03-Dec-07|01|25|X (1 week @ #1)
G07|05-Nov-12|07|1*|The Abbey Road Sessions
The final new Top 10 entry of the week is the fourth album by Sarah Blasko entitled “I Awake”, which comes in at No.9 to become her third consecutive Top 10 album. Plus her time as a part of the trio Seeker Lover Keeper who achieved a Top 10 album with their self-titled debut set, gives her a total of four Top 10 hits, her album discography is also listed below…
A1|18-Oct-04|35|45|The Overture and the Underscore
A2|30-Oct-06|07|38|What the Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have
A3|20-July-09|05|50|As Day Follows Night
A4|13-Jun-11|03|24|Seeker, Lover, Keeper (as a part of the group)
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Of Monsters and Men leap up fifteen places and into the Top 20 at No.18 with their album “My Head is an Animal”. David Guetta debuted at No.25 with the 2.0 version of “Nothing But the Beat”, which this week climbs to a new peak of No.24, and the winners of the UK Barclaycard Mercury Price for ‘Album of the Year’ are Alt-J, who sees their “An Awesome Wave” set jump up twelve places to a new peak of No.32. More info on their award here
Cher Lloyd’s “Sticks & Stones” (HP-30) jumps up twelve places to No.39, and Paul Kelly’s “Songs from the South Volume 1 & 2” (HP-22) is up thirty-six places to No.41, and after her X-Factor performance last week, Ellie Goulding’s album “Halycon” (HP-16) is back up twenty-seven places to No.46 (16-73-46 so far). Lady Antebellum see their two charting albums both return to the Top 50 this week, “Need You Now” (HP-5, 60 to 47) and “Own the Night” (HP-5, 57 to 50). And lastly Rita Ora takes her “Ora” (HP-24) set back up thirty-five places to No.49.
DOWN DOWN: Reece Mastin’s album debuted at No.3 last week, but drops to No.12 this week, with only Taylor Swift keeping her Top 10 ranking from last weeks debuts, the other two Top 10 debuts also drop out, with Paul Kelly (8 to 14) and Lee Kernaghan (9 to 15) down six places each. Swedish House Mafia might have climbed to No.2 with “Don’t You Worry Child”, but the album “Until Now” is down fifteen places to No.27 this week.
“The Sapphires” falls ten places to No.25, but a new deluxe edition of the soundtrack is out November 16th (five extra tracks), and Muse drop ten places to No.30 with “The 2nd Law” (has moved so far 2-5-10-20-30). Lisa Mitchell is down sixteen places to No.40 with “Bless This Mess” (7-24-40), but poor Angus Stone who leapt back into the Top 20 last week with “Broken Brights” falls back forty-three places to No.61 this week.
Gypsy & The Cat tumble fifty-eight places with “The Late Blue” (23 to 81) and after debuting at No.34 last week, Gary Clark Jr.’s “Blak & Blu” falls forty-nine spots to No.83. Falling out of the Top 100 from high chart positions are Thy Art is Murder who debuted at No.35 last week with “Hate”.
California rapper Kendrick Lamar enters at No.23 with his second album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” which recently debuted at No.2 on the US Billboard charts, his first failed to chart here. But debuting at No.28 with his 35th studio album is Neil Young (with Crazy Horse) and “Psychedelic Pill”. This is Neil’s second album with Crazy Horse this year, having hit No.34 in June with “Americana”, many of the songs on this new album taken from the recording sessions for “Americana”.
Tony Bennett debuts at No.38 with his third successive duets album entitled “Viva Duets”. This edition contains mostly Latino vocalists such as Gloria Estefan, Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony and Thalia amongst its twelve tracks. His previous duets albums were “Duets – An American Classic” (HP-17, Oct 2006), “Duets II” (HP-2, Oct 2011), then both albums were repackaged into “Duets & Duets II” (HP-18, April 2012). Final Top 50 entry of the week is at No.44, “Chapel – Forever Reign” for the Hillsong church.
Lower 50: Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” rebounds twenty-four places to No.70 this week, and right behind at No.71 (up seventeen places) is Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” moving back up due to his new single hitting the Top 5 this week. With INXS as support act to the Matchbox Twenty national tour, their compilation album “The Very Best” (HP-39) returns to the Top 100 at No.82, with the Crowded House “Very Very Best of” (HP-11) set returning at No.84. Jack White re-enters at No.86 with “Blunderbuss” (HP-2), Train are back in at No.94 with “California 37” (HP-9). Emeli Sande’s “Our Version of Events” (HP-32) is back in at No.99, and returning at #100 is “Hits” (HP-1×1) for Jimmy Barnes.
The thirteenth studio album for Billy Ray Cyrus debuts at No.75 entitled “Change My Mind”. Sydney hip-hop artist Tuka (Brendan Tuckerman) sees his second album “Feedback Loop” debut at No.92, and the final new entry of the week is Celtic Thunder at No.98 with “Voyage”.
Watch the Noise11.com interview with Of Monsters and Men
Watch the Noise11.com interview with Reece Mastin