The Madden Brothers, Joel and Benji Madden, enter at the top of the ARIA Albums chart with their debut album “Greetings from California”.
The album becomes the brothers second chart-topper, as their former band Good Charlotte spent a week at the top almost ten years ago with “The Chronicles of Life and Death”, which spent a week at the top on 11-October-2004.
“Greetings from California” becomes the 715th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 566th for ARIA (1983 to 2014), whilst its also the 364th album to debut at No.1 here, plus the eighteenth album to enter at the top of the ARIA Albums chart this year, plus it’s also the fifteenth No.1 album for the Capitol record label, and the second this year as the self-titled album for 5 Seconds of Summer was the other back in early July.
It’s the sixth No.1 album with the word ‘from’ in its title, whilst it’s the first ‘Greetings’ to make it to the top (the previous highest ‘Greetings’ to chart was Bruce Springsteen’s first album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”, which finally charted in 1985 reaching No.71). It’s the second album with ‘California’ in its title to reach the top, the other being The Eagles back in January 1977 with “Hotel California” which stayed atop for twelve straight weeks.
The Madden Brothers’ album is the 259th by an American act to hit No.1 here in Australia, and the eighth this year, and the brothers are the 143rd American Act to reach the top, plus they become the eleventh duo to hit the top of the ARIA Albums chart, plus the fourth duo from America, the other three being Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters and earlier this year MKTO. So far “Greetings from California” has charted two singles, “We are Done” (HP-1, TW-28) and new single “Dear Jane” (TW-57).
Landing his second successive No.2 debut is Slash, again with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, who all debut with their new set “World on Fire”. At the end of May 2012 they debuted and peaked at No.2 with “Apocalyptic Love”, with this new set becoming the third Top 10 and fifth Top 100 entry for Slash. Rising back up three places to No.3 is Sam Smith (current UK No.1 album) with “In the Lonely Hour”, and dropping back down two places to No.4 is Jimmy Barnes with his recent No.1 “30:30 Hindsight”.
The third and final Top 10 debut comes in at No.5, Megan Washington with her second album “There There”. It also becomes her second Top 5 album, as her August 2010 set “I Believe You Liar” debuted and peaked at No.3. Last weeks No.1 debut for Vance Joy, “Dream Your Life Away” drops down to No.6 and falling four places to No.7 is Ariana Grande with “My Everything”. Paloma Faith is down three to No.8 with “A Perfect Contradiction”, The Hilltop Hoods drop down five to No.9 with “Walking Under Stars” and Ed Sheeran is down a place to No.10 with “x”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: The ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack is back up four places to No.12 and George Ezra is also up four places to a new peak of No.16 with his “Wanted on Voyage” set. The self-titled album for 5 Seconds of Summer is back up seven places to No.17 and the current national tour for Kingswood helps their album “Microscopic Wars” to jump back up nine places to No.18. The XF performance of ‘New Sensation’ and the Channel 7 show on the passing of Michael Hutchence helps “The Very Best” for INXS back up to No.23 and thanks to his national tour, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” leaps back up thirty-five places to No.25. Sia is back up twelve spots to No.29 with “1000 Forms of Fear” and further local acts back up are 360 with “Utopia” (50 to 36), Taylor Henderson with “Burnt Letters” (43 to 33) and Chet Faker with “Built on Glass” (64 to 37). Pink is back up nineteen spots to No.34 with her “Greatest Hits… So Far” and The Wiggles are up thirty places to No.47 with the collection “Hot Potatoes: The Best of”, whilst Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons are up to a new peak of No.50 with “Jersey Beat: The Music of”, due to their current film ‘Jersey Boys’ and the recent passing of their producer Bob Crewe.
DOWN DOWN: After six weeks within the Top 10, the soundtrack for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1” (HP-2) is down four places to No.11 and after two weeks within the ten, “Bittersweet” (HP-2) for Kasey Chambers is down six spots to No.14, and after debuting at No.10 last week, the self-titled album for Ryan Adams drops seventeen places this week to No.27. The Eagles compilation “Selected Works: 1972-1999” halves its position from last week, dropping twelve places to No.24 and down seventeen to No.28 is another of last weeks entries, “El Pintor” for Interpol. Robert Plant drops fourteen to No.36 with “Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar”, whilst further of last weeks Top 20 entries drop into the lower 50 section this week, “Nothin’ But Trouble” for The Wolfe Brothers (13 to 39), “Listen” for The Kooks (15 to 41), “The Ocean at the End” for The Tea Party (18 to 42), Goddess by BANKS (17 to 44) and Queen also drop eighteen places to No.46 with “The Platinum Collection” now that their tour here is over. Dropping out from last weeks Top 50 are “Cold Fact” by Rodriguez (39 to 53), John Williamson (21 to 59), Broods (46 to 60), Jersey Boys Soundtrack (38 to 61), Gabrielle Aplin (40 to 63, now Gold ●), Adam Harvey (36 to 70), Brad Paisley (47 to 78), In Flames (33 to 81), The Black Keys (30 to 85), and leaving the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are Tina Arena (#41) and Justin Townes Earle (#48).
The seventh studio album for the group Train is entitled “Bulletproof Picasso”, and it debuts at No.15 this week becoming the bands’ fifth album to chart in Australia, with all five of those entries having reached the Top 30, three of them climbing into the Top 10. The other entry within the Top 20 is the third album for US Metal/Goth band Motionless in White entitled “Reincarnate” at No.19, which becomes the bands first chart entry here in Australia.
Lower 50: London Grammar climb back up ten places to No.51 with “If You Wait”, whilst the current tour for Justin Timberlake sees him with three albums in the lower fifty this week, all of which are “The 20/20 Experience”, the first part returning at No.54, the second back in at No.100 and ‘The Complete Experience’ dropping a few places to No.80 this week. Hillsong are back up twelve places to No.55 with “No Other Name”, which is now Gold ● in sales, the churches first certification in over three years. Further returning albums come from Asgeir at No.65 with “In the Silence”, Alt-J with “An Awesome Wave” (#68), Guns N’ Roses’ “Greatest Hits” (#72), “Essential Michael Jackson” (#88), “Hungry Ghost” for Violent Soho (#89), Boy & Bear with “Harlequin Dream” (#91), about to be tourist Andrea Bocelli with “Passione” (#92), Luke Bryan with “Crash My Party” (#97), Taylor Swift with “Red” (#98) and “Night Visions” for Imagine Dragons (#99). Further climbs come via Briggs with “Sheplife” (94 to 73), recent tourist Kanye West with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (97 to 74) and “Legend” for Bob Marley & The Wailers (95 to 76).
The second EP for local electro uncle-niece duo Willow Beats is entitled “Water” and comes in at No.56 this week, becoming their first chart ARIA Albums chart entry, and another local act scoring their first entry is Sydney trio Seekae with their third studio album “The Worry”, new at No.64. The final new entry coming in at No.96 is the Latin and Cuban infused soundtrack to the film “Chef”.
Written, Researched and Compiled by Gavin Ryan.
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