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Arctic Monkeys. Photo by Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo

Arctic Monkeys. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

ARIA Albums: Arctic Monkeys AM Debuts At Number One

by Gavin Ryan on September 14, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

The fifth studio album for The Arctic Monkeys entitled “AM” becomes the bands fifth Top 5 album and second No.1, as their debut set “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” went to the top in February of 2006.

AM” becomes the 681st No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2013) and the 540th for ARIA (1983 to 2013), plus it’s the 335th album to debut at No.1 here. The chart-topping album also joins a list of the shortest titles to reach the top here, and below is a list of albums with the smallest/shortest album titles (one, two or three letters/symbols/numbers):

1 – X (INXS 1990 and Kylie Minogue 2007), + – Ed Sheeran (2012), – Prince (1992), 1 – Beatles (2000), 2 – Sneaky Sound System (2008), V – Live (2001).
2 – AM (Arctic Monkeys, 2013), 18 (Moby, 2002), IV (Toto, 1983), 21 – Adele (2011), Vs – Pearl Jam (1993).
3 – ish (1927, 1989), Pop – U2 (1997), Red – Taylor Swift (2012), Rio – Duran Duran (1982), S&M – Metallica (1999), X&Y – Coldplay (2005).

The Arctic Monkeys have now notched up two weeks at the top of our Album charts with both of their No.1’s, and “AM” is the 134th No.1 album by an English Act, and 325th by a Group, with the last English Group to land at the top of our charts being Bring Me the Horizon back in April with “Sempiternal” (TW-96).

Australia sees one-two entries this week, as London Grammar enter at No.2 with their debut album “If You Wait”, featuring the current charting singles “Strong” (TW-92) and “Wasting My Young Years” (TW-100), with their previous charting EP “Metal & Dust” having reached No.68 in May 2013. The only new certification on the albums chart is Pink and “The Truth About Love” (now 8x▲ Platinum in sales) which drops out of the top spot to No.3 after she did her final shows in Australia this past week, whilst Fleetwood Mac and their collection “25 Years – The Chain” is also down two places to No.4 this week.

New at No.5 is “The Other Side” the second album for Sydney band Tonight Alive, which lands ten places higher than their first set “What Are You Scared of?” (HP-15, Oct 2011), whilst one place lower at No.6 is the third set for Brisbane act Violent Soho entitled “Hungry Ghost”, becoming the band’s first album to chart within the Top 100.

Boy & Bear are down a couple of places to No.7 with “Harlequin Dream” and OneRepublic land their second Top 10 placing, as their latest album “Native” is up six places to No.8, their previous entry “Dreaming Out Loud” made it to No.4 in April 2008. Passenger is down a place to No.9 with “All the Little Lights” and John Mayer drops six places to No.10 with “Paradise Valley”.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: With Mumford & Sons being performed on X-Factor last week, their single “I Will Wait” (TW-36) is back within the Top 100, and the parent album “Babel” jumps back up twelve places to No.25. Rudimental see their “Home” album go back up fourteen places to No.27 and ahead of their upcoming tours, Birds of Tokyo (from late Sept) and Alicia Keys (later in 2013) re-enter with their recent albums. BOT at No.32 with “March Fires” (HP-1) and Alicia at No.38 with “Girl on Fire” (HP-12), whilst Paramore’s tour announcement sees their self-titled former No.1 album jump back up thirteen places to No.41, and next weeks promo-visitor Miguel sees his entry from last week “Kaleidoscope Dream” jump forty-eight places to a new peak of No.45, helped also by the single “Adore” entering at No.61 this week.

DOWN DOWN: With Pinks tour over, her “Greatest Hits… So Far” drops down to No.11 this week after 27 accumulated weeks within the Top 10 (18 initial weeks, 9 this time around), and after a single week inside both Nine Inch Nails’ “Hesitation Marks” (HP-3) and Ariana Grande with “Yours Truly” (HP-6) leave the Top 10 and drop to No.14 and No.26 respectively. Avenged Sevenfold leave after two weeks with “Hail to the King” (HP-2) and fall eight places to No.17 and thanks to the Fathers Day boost (now over), Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey tumble thirteen places to No.20 with “The Great Country Songbook” (HP-2) after eight non-consecutive weeks inside the Top 10. Also dropping down the charts this week are The Jungle Giants (12 to 34), Charley Pride (15 to 35), The Paper Kites (17 to 39), Volcano Choir (27 to 46), The Eagles (31 to 48), Fat Freddy’s Drop (33 to 50), John Williamson (25 to 58), Bon Jovi (48 to 67), Franz Ferdinand (45 to 81), DevilDriver (42 to 82), Bernard Fanning (44 to 85), John Fogerty (32 to 89) and Rod Stewart falls out from No.40 with “Time”.

The sixth album for Goldfrapp becomes their third Top 20 entry, as they debut at No.15 with “Tales of Us”. All six of their albums have charted here, with their last two being “Seventh Tree” (HP-11, March 2008) and “Head First” (HP-14, March 2010), their highest charting albums so far. And entering right behind them at No.16 is the compilation for Rise Against entitled “Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-13”, which becomes their fourth chart entry here after “The Sufferer and the Witness” (HP-21, July 2006), “Appeal to Reason” (HP-7, Oct 2008) and the last entry was “Endgame” (HP-2, March 2011). The final Top 50 debut comes from John Legend, his fifth album “Love in the Future” which comes in at No.22, and instantly becomes his highest charting album here, having previously been as high as No.36 with his debut set “Get Lifted” in February of 2006, also all five if his album have charted here now.

Lower 50: Ahead of the One Direction movie opening here soon, their albums jump back up this week, with “Up All Night” up twenty-four places to No.52 and “Take Me Home” returning at No.98. Ahead of her tour Rihanna here (from 24th Sept), the “Unapologetic” album is back up eight places to No.57 and with Michael Jackson being covered the past two weeks on X-Factor, his “Essential” collection is back up thirteen spots to No.61. Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” is back up eleven spots to No.76 and INXS’ “The Very Best of” jumps back up twelve places to No.86. Returning albums this week includes Chet Faker with “Thinking in Textures” at No.79, “Ice on the Dune” for Empire of the Sun at No.91, current tourist Cyndi Lauper and “She’s So Unusual” at No.93, the self-titled album for The Lumineers at No.95 and “Modern Vampires of the City” for Vampire Weekend is back in at #100.

The sixth studio album for Neko Case becomes her second albums chart entry this week as her new set “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You”, which is new at No.64, surpassing the No.91 peak her first entry here “Middle Cyclone” (5th album) made back in March 2009. The fourth album for Newton Faulkner is new at No.73 entitled “Studio Zoo”, with his first two albums “Hand Built by Robots” (2008) and “Rebuilt by Robots” (2009) both peaking at No.5, whilst his last entry “Write it on Your Skin” (2012) debuted and peaked at No.32. The last new entry comes in at No.87, “Peace” for Vista Chino with the band consisting of three previous members of Kyuss (John Garcia {vocals}, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri).

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to

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