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ARIA Albums: Lana Del Rey ‘Honeymoon’ Tops Australian Chart

by Gavin Ryan on September 26, 2015

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The fourth studio album for US singer Lana Del Rey becomes her third successive No.1 album in Australia, as “Honeymoon” comes straight into the ARIA Albums chart in the top spot.

Honeymoon” becomes the 743rd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 594th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the 390th to debut in the No.1 position. And like last weeks debut at the top for Bring Me the Horizon this is also the third consecutive #1 album for Lana too, and similar to BMTH all of their albums have only spent a single week in the No.1 slot, so if Lana holds for a second week she will break her run of one-week-at-#1 track record.

This is the first time that the word ‘Honeymoon’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, with the previous highest charting album to feature the word being “The Honeymoon is Over” for The Cruel Sea (HP-4, June 1993), and if we break the title down it is the second ‘Moon’ to reach the top, the other being “Torch the Moon” for The Whitlams (July 2002). The new No.1 album also becomes the 269th for an American act to hit the top (the sixth this year; three of which were within the past two months) and it also becomes the 110th for an American Female solo artist to make it to the top of our album charts, and the third this year after Meghan Trainor (Jan & Aug) and Madonna (March).

The past three weeks we have had debuts within the Top 3 each successive week, but this week we have five albums entering the Top 10, three of which are within the Top 5. Coming in at No.2 is the fourth studio album for Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour entitled “Rattle That Lock”, which became his second UK #1 album this week (as of Friday). Here it becomes his first ever Top 10 solo album, as his previous highest was with his August 1978 self-titled debut set which climbed to No.14 in early October. This was followed in May 1984 by “About Face” (HP-36), whilst his last studio album was the March 2006 set “On an Island” which peaked at No.23, and he last charted with the live album “Live in Gdansk” (HP-30) in October 2008.

Last weeks No.1 debut of “That’s the Spirit” for Bring Me the Horizon seems to be helping the bands usual descent to a slower speed this time around, as their first #1 “There is a Hell…” fell from 1 to 20, whilst “Sempiternal” managed two weeks in the Top 10, falling from 1 to 10 in its second week, so maybe this new set will crack a third week for the bands third No.1 album here. Coming in at No.4 is the mixtape for Canadian rapper Drake and US rapper Future entitled “What a Time to Be Alive”, which becomes the third Top 10 album for Drake after “Nothing Was the Same” (HP-2, Sept 2013) and “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late” (HP-2, March 2015).

Thanks to her current No.3 single “Wildest Dreams”, Taylor Swift is only down one place to No.5 with her “1989” album, but holding steady at No.6 is The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madness”, with Ed Sheeran and his “x” album up one place to No.8, whilst Iron Maiden drop down five places to No.10 with “The Book of Souls”, which equals the three weeks that their breakout album “The Number of the Beast” (HP-8) achieved back in August 1982.

The two final entries to the Top 10 this week come via the debut album for UK pop and dance singer Jess Glynne entitled “I Cry When I Laugh” at No.7, the set having already topped her home countries albums chart. And finally at No.9 is “1989” the fifteenth studio album for Ryan Adams, and is a track-by-track cover of the Taylor Swift album sitting at No.5, but done in Ryan’s own style. Plus with the album coming in at No.9, it now becomes the highest charting album for Ryan and his second Top 10 entry, as his last self-titled set debuted and peaked at No.10 in mid-September of 2014.

UP: James Blunt blasts up eighteen places to a new peak of No.14 with his best of “I’ll Take Everything”, helped by his X-Factor judge stint at the moment, whilst another Channel 7 show, Peter Allen’s biopic ‘Not the Boy Next Door’ helps his collection “The Ultimate Peter Allen” to jump up six places to a new peak of No.18, which becomes Peter’s first Top 20 entry here since his “Very Best of” set climbed to No.16 in mid-August of 1992. James Bay climbs back up to No.19 with “Chaos and the Calm”, with the next worthy climb coming from INXS with “The Very Best”, up seven to No.41, with the “Frozen” soundtrack back up ten spots to No.42.

DOWN: After one further week in the Top 10, “Title” (HP-1×2, WI10-31) for Meghan Trainor is down a spot to No.11, followed at No.12 by the “Compton” (HP-1×1, WI10-6) soundtrack by Dr. Dre, with the final former No.1 dropout being the “Wild” EP (HP-1×1, WI10-2) for Troye Sivan down nine spots to No.16. Last weeks No.2 and No.3 debuts both fall out of the Top 10, Slayer is down seventeen places to No.20 with “Repentless” and the debut album for Jarryd James “Thirty One” is down twenty spots to No.22 this week. Disturbed drop eight spots to No.25 with “Immortalized” and falling thirteen to No.28 are Five Finger Death Punch with “Got Your Six”. After rising a little last week, the Simply Red “Song Book 1985-2010” this week falls fifteen places to No.31 and falling eleven spots to No.44 are Foals with “What Went Down”. Hollywood Vampires self-titled album falls twelve spots to No.46 and Jimmy Barnes drops eleven to No.47 with “Best of The Soul Years”. Falling out from last weeks Top 50 into the lower fifty are The Voice winner for 2015 Ellie Drennan (14 to 52), Gary Clark Jr. (18 to 58), Nero (13 to 59), Bon Jovi (43 to 62), Simply Red (29 to 69), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (45 to 74) and Duran Duran (19 to 88), whilst leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Natalie Imbruglia (#25), Planetshakers (#28), and finally Stereophonics (#39).

Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards has released his first solo album in twenty-three years entitled “Crosseyed Heart”, which debuts at No.15 and in doing so matches the peak his debut album “Talk is Cheap” achieved back in November of 1988, whilst in-between he also issued his second set “Main Offender” (HP-96) in November of 1992. Another artist who has previously released solo albums although he is in a band too, is Soundgarden lead-singer Chris Cornell who debuts at No.21 with his fourth solo album “Higher Truth”. This too matches the peak position that his debut album “Euphoria Morning” achieved on this week in 1999 (27-Sept-99) and in between he also charted with “Carry On” (HP-27, June 2007) and “Scream” (HP-69, March 2009).

US metalcore act Atreyu see their sixth studio album “Long Live” debut at No.21 this week, which gives them their fourth ARIA Albums chart entry and also their highest charting set in the process. US rapper Mac Miller sees his third studio album “Go:od AM” come in at No.32, surpassing his only other chart entry here, his second album “Watching Movies with the Sound off” (HP-54, June 2013).

Local artist Dustin Tebbutt enters at No.34 with his seven-track mini album “Home”, his first albums chart entry, whilst coming in at No.37 are Shinedown with their fifth studio album “Threat to Survival”, which beats the peak their fourth album (and only previous entry) “Amaryllis” (HP-78) achieved in April 2012. One place lower at No.38 is the second album for singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin entitled “Light Up the Dark”, with her first album “English Rain” having climbed to No.10 in August 2014, with the final entry to the fifty coming in at No.50, Prince with “HitNRun Phase One”.

Lower 50: “V” for Maroon 5 is back up fifteen places to No.61 and the Fleetwood Mac “Greatest Hits” set climbs back up eight to No.73. The first of only four returning albums this week is lead by Holy Holy with “When the Storms Would Come” (#75), followed down at No.89 by “Skydancer” for In Hearts Wake, after which The Wiggles collection “Hot Potatoes! The Best of” returns at No.99 and Lana Del Rey tops and tails the chart this week, as her last album “Ultraviolence” is back in #100.

The sixth solo album for former Go-Betweens guitarist Robert Forster is “Songs to Play”, which enters at No.53 and becomes his first ARIA Albums chart entry this week. Singer and actor Glen Hansard sees his second solo album “Didn’t He Ramble” debut at No.64, also becoming his first entry here. Further down Motion City Soundtrack enter at No.80 with “Panic Station”, the bands sixth studio album and fourth to chart in Australia too.

Japanese metalcore act Crossfaith see their fourth album “Xeno” enter at No.82, their first entry here too, and former Noiseworks lead singer Jon Stevens see his latest solo album “Woman” come in at No.86, his second to chart after his third set “Are You Satisfied” (HP-27) charted back in late October of 1993. Canadian act Metric enter at No.87 with their sixth album “Pagans in Vegas”, which becomes their third set to chart in Australia, and finally at No.98 is US metalcore act blessthefall who also make their first chart entry with their fifth album “To Those Left Behind”.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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