The second studio album for American rapper Post Malone entitled “Beerbongs & Bentleys” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, plus it also entered at the top in England, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Norway (so far).
“Beerbongs & Bentleys” becomes the 821st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018) and the 672nd for ARIA (1983 to 2018), plus the 464th to debut at the top of the albums chart and also the sixth for the record label Republic, with their last one being “Melodrama” for Lorde back in late June of 2017.
This is the first time that the words Beer or Bongs of even Beerbongs and also Bentleys have appeared in a No.1 album title, and this new chart topping set also becomes the 289th by an American act (solo, duo or group) to hit No.1 here, plus also the 229th by an Solo Male Artist (local or overseas), and Post Malone becomes the 151st American artist (solo, duo or group) and the 47th Solo American Male performer to hit the top spot. As his song “Psycho” takes the top spot on the singles chart, it also becomes the 127th time that an artist has occupied the top of both charts here in Australia, the last American act to do this was Taylor Swift with her track “Blank Space” and the album “1989” (1st Dec, 2014).
The tenth studio album and twelfth chart entry for Keith Urban (10 albums, 2 compilations) comes in at No.2 this week entitled “Graffiti U”, becoming his seventh Top 10 and fifth Top 3 album in Australia, while the albums second single “Parallel Line” returns at No.84 this week, and his last No.1 set “Ripcord” is back in at No.84 over here on the albums chart. Another former No.1 act in Missy Higgins sees her fifth studio album “Solastalgia” debut at No.3 this week, giving her five Top 3 albums in a row, as her first three albums all went to No.1 and her 2014 set “Oz” debuted and peaked at No.3 (Sept).
This past week the DVD and Blu-Ray release for ‘The Greatest Showman’ occurred here and the soundtrack for the album holds at No.4, while the Ed Sheeran former No.1 album ” ÷ (Divide)” is down two places to its lowest position yet of No.5. Last weeks No.1 debut for J. Cole and “KOD” falls seven places this week to No.8 (it debuts at No.1 in both America and Canada), while the previous No.1 set in Australia for Gurumul Yunupingu and “Djarimirri” is down four spots to No.9 and the second Top 10 entry for Ed Sheeran and his second release “x (Multiply)” drops two spots to land at No.10.
Two further albums debut within the Top 10 this week, the twelfth studio album for Kasey Chambers, this time with The Fireside Disciples, comes in at No.6 entitled “Campfire”, and by coming straight into the Top 10 this becomes her ninth album to claim a spot within the ten, while one place lower at No.7 is the second album for DMA’s and “For Now”, which lands one place higher than their debut set “Hills End” (HP-8, March 2016), thus this is now their second Top 10 set and highest charted album, while the album also came in at No.13 in England too.
* With the second Post Malone album taking out the top spot this week, his first set “Stoney” (HP-5) is back up two places to No.14 and newly certified Gold (●) in sales in its 51st week on the charts.
* Kendrick Lamar climbs back up five places to No.22 with his “Damn.” album, while his “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” set is up two spots to No.83.
* Sam Smith had his Live in London concert screened this past week, and his current album “The Thrill of it All” leaps back up twenty-four places to No.24.
* The Killers are touring Australia at the moment, and they have two albums within the Top 50 this week, their collection of songs in “Direct Hits” is up seventeen to No.33 and their most recent studio album and former No.1 set “Wonderful Wonderful” leaps up thirty-four spots to No.37.
* With Mother’s Day in Australia next weekend (13th May) the Italian singer Patrizio Buanne sees his entry from last week “Italianissimo” leap up forty-three places to a new peak of No.40, becoming his sixth Top 50 album here too.
* Angus & Julia Stone have been touring the country since late March, and their current album “Snow” is back up twenty-five places to No.51.
* The Queen “Greatest Hits” set is back up six places to No.53, with other climbing collections being for ABBA and “ABBA Gold” (returns at No.70) and “ABBA Gold & More” (returning at No.93, possibly due to the group recording two new songs this past week), Foo Fighters (88 to 75), Prince (94 to 82) and Queen’s “Platinum Collection” (returns at No.88).
* The “Suicide Squad” soundtrack leaps back up twenty-two spots to No.68, while the “Molly” TV soundtrack is back up eleven to No.87.
* The Drake set “More Life” is back up seven to No.77 and his “Views” returns at No.99.
* Further returning albums are “Rumours” for Fleetwood Mac (#95) and “This One’s for You” by Luke Combs (#100).
* With five new albums debuting within the Top 10, the five leaving are “Invasion of Privacy” for Cardi B (HP-5, WI10-3) down four to No.11, “Eat the Elephant” by A Perfect Circle (HP-2, WI10-1), falling eleven to No.13, “Best of My Love” for Samantha Jade (HP-6, WI10-1) down eleven to No.17, “Golden” by Kylie Minogue (HP-1×1, WI10-3) drops ten to No.19 and the tribute album “Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin” (HP-5, WI10-3) tumbles twenty-six spots to land at No.36.
* The Weeknd EP “My Dear Melancholy,” is down ten places to No.21, while his older album “Beauty Behind the Madness” is down three to No.72.
* Imagine Dragons start their national tour on the 12th of May, so this weeks drop for “Evolve” of nine spots to No.26 should turn back around next week.
* Bruno Mars is down nine spots to No.28 with his “24k Magic”, while his debut set “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” tumbles nineteen places to No.80.
* Vance Joy drops eight places to No.30 with “Nation of Two” and his first set “Dream Your Life Away” is down one spot to No.90.
* The older Taylor Swift set “1989” drops ten spots to No.34.
* Now that the Halsey tour here has finished her albums drops back down this week, with “hopeless kingdom fountain” down nine to No.46 and her debut set “Badlands” tumbles twenty-four to No.81.
* The Greta Bradman set “Home” is down fifteen spots to No.47.
* The three returns last week for Avicii are reduced to just one entry this week as his debut set “True” drops thirty-six spots to No.49, while he leaves the Top 100 with “Stories” (#39) and “Avici (01)” (#41).
* Jason Aldean drops sixteen places to No.50 with his most recent album “Rearview Town”.
* Lorde continues her yo-yo charting with “Melodrama”, back down thirty places to No.60.
* The Crowded House collection “The Very Very Best of” drops twelve spots to No.63, with other G.H’s falling for Guns N’ Roses (53 to 58), Elton John’s “Diamonds (43 to 65)and Elvis Presley (82 to 86).
* Carole King’s “Tapestry” album is down nineteen places to No.71.
* The ‘Stranger Things’ TV soundtrack drops twenty-two places to No.89 and the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack is down twenty-four places to No.98.
* The covers album by Dami Im and “I Hear a Song” plummets forty-two places to No.91.
* The return last week for the Ariana Grande album “Dangerous Woman” is back down eleven to No.92.
* Breaking Benjamin debuted at No.9 three weeks ago with “Ember”, which this week tumbles thirty spots to land at No.94.
* Leaving the Top 100 from last weeks Top 50 are albums by Pennywise (#18), Kimbra (#31), Sting & Shaggy (#38), the aforementioned Avicii sets and “Sounder” for TesseracT (##47).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #12 (LP#3) – Dirty Computer by Janele Monae is the US R&B singers third album and second to chart in Australia, as her second album “The Electric Lady” debuted and peaked at No.22 in late September of 2013.
* #18 (LP#1) – Speak Your Mind by Anne-Marie is the first album for the UK singer who is currently charting with two of the albums six singles “Friends” (TW-11, HP-4) and “2002” (TW-35, HP-27).
* #54 (LP#39) – You’re Driving Me Crazy by Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco is a collection of fifteen songs, with nine of the tracks covers of songs such as “Miss Otis Regrets”, “Travellin’ Light”, “You’re Driving Me Crazy” and “Have I Told You Lately”, and he is joined on the album by American jazz organist, trumpeter and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco.
* #55 (LP#7) – When Legends Rise by Godsmack is the second album to chart here in Australia for the US alt-metal act, whose last album “1000hp” made it to No.65 in August of 2014.
* #97 (Live#16) – Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live by Neil Young is a collection of 18 songs recorded during the 20th to 22nd of September, 1973 in both the Roxy Theatre and Sunset Strip in Los Angeles (when it first opened) and this is third of his nine ‘archive series’ to chart, the last being his Sept, 2017 set “Hitchhiker” (HP-22).
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com