ARIA Albums: Mumford & Sons 'Wilder Mind' Is No 1 -
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons - Photo By Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

ARIA Albums: Mumford & Sons ‘Wilder Mind’ Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on May 9, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

The third studio album for English act Mumford & Sons becomes the bands second No.1 album in Australia, as “Wilder Mind” is also the bands first to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums chart.

Wilder Mind” becomes the 729th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 580th for ARIA (1983 to 2015), plus the fourth for the Dew Process record label, two of which were for Bernard Fanning the other was the first album for Mumford & Sons, “Sigh No More” (3 weeks from 15-Feb-2010), whilst the bands last album “Babel” debuted and peaked at No.2 in early October in 2012. This now gives the Mumford’s four accumulated week at the top in Australia, placing them equal eighth for this decade on the list of ‘Most Weeks at No.1: Albums 2010’s’ alongside Coldplay and Hilltop Hoods.

This new No.1 becomes the first album to feature ‘Wild’ or ‘Wilder’ in its title and only the second with a ‘Mind’ within its title, the other being the soundtrack to the film “Dangerous Minds” (2 weeks from 22-Oct-1995). “Wilder Mind” becomes the 140th album by an English act to reach the top here, and this is the first time in almost four years than an English act has knocked another English act from the top, the last time was back in late Oct and early Nov 2011 when “Ceremonials” for Florence + the Machine took over from Coldplay and “Xylo Myloto”, and finally the new No.1 becomes the 339th for a group to reach the top and the first this year, as the last group to make it to the top in Australia was AC/DC with “Rock or Bust” in December 2014.

The metalcore Byron Bay act In Hearts Wake see their third studio album “Skydancer” debut at No.2 this week, becoming the bands second Top 10 entry and now highest charting album. Their second album from this week/time last year (12-May-14) “Earthwalker” debuted and peaked at No.5 with their first album “Divination” scoring a No.27 peak in September of 2012.

Like the singles chart, there is only one new certification here this week, and it belongs to last weeks No.1 album “In the Lonely Hour” for Sam Smith which slides down two places to No.3 and is now 3x▲Platinum in sales. Two further former No.1’s are up next with Ed Sheeran down a spot to No.4 with “x” and recent tourist here Meghan Trainor climbs back up two places to No.5 with “Title”, which has not left the Top 10 in its seventeen weeks on the chart.

The sixth studio album for American act Zac Brown Band entitled “Jekyll + Hyde” jumped to No.1 in the USA this week and debuts at No.6 here becoming the bands first Top 10 album in Australia and their third to chart, as they first charted here with their fifth set “Uncaged” (HP-38, July 2012) and last November they spent a week on the charts with their collection “Greatest Hits So Far” (HP-97).

Human Nature’s current national tour returns their covers album “Jukebox” to the Top 10 this week, up five places to No.7, with the set last here back in late December of 2014 and this is now its tenth week within the Top 10. Lee Kernaghan drops six places to No.8 with his “Spirit of the ANZACS” album and dropping five to No.9 is the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack whilst the fourth and final Top 10 debut at No.10 is the compilation “Beat the Drum: Live Concert Celebrating 40 Years of Triple J”, which becomes the radio stations sixth Top 10 album, the others all being ‘Like a Version’ albums (6 through 10).

UP: With James Bay scoring a second Top 15 hit this week, his album “Chaos & the Calm” is back up to No.14 and David Guetta’s new Top 10 single helps his “Listen” album back up nineteen places to No.25, whilst the about-to-open-in-cinemas sequel for “Pitch Perfect” helps the first soundtrack to sore sixteen places to No.26 this week. Troy Cassar-Daley is touring at the moment, and his recent album “Freedom Ride” is back up seventeen places to No.36 and Kelly Clarkson was in the country on a promo tour this past week and her “Piece by Piece” album jumps back up twenty-nine places to No.37. Also visiting us this week was Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne, which helps his “Viva La Dolce Vita” to jump thirty-two places to a new peak of No.40 and further acts touring in Alt-J with “This is All Yours” (78 to 44) and Paloma Faith with “A Perfect Contradiction” (83 to 48) jump back into the Top 50.

DOWN: The five albums leaving from the Top 10 are Josh Groban with last weeks debut “Stages” (6 to 11), first time out of the ten is Taylor Swift with “1989” (HP-1×9, WI10-27) which is down four to No.12 and after one week within the ten, Bette Midler is down three to No.13 with “It’s the Girls”. Sia is down six to No.15 with “1000 Forms of Fear” (HP-1, WI10-7) and last weeks highest new entry for Blur “The Magic Whip” drops fifteen places to No.20, not helped by EMI’s distribution warehouse in Sydney being flooded the albums week of release. The Wombats drop six places to No.17 with their “Glitterbug” and “+” for Ed Sheeran is back down eight to No.21, whilst Alabama Shakes drop nine places to No.28 with “Sound & Color” and down ten to No.33 are Gang of Youths with “The Positions”. Van Morrison descends twelve places to No.45 with his “Duets” album and tumbling thirty places are Millencolin with last weeks debut “True Brew” to No.46. Falling out from last weeks fifty are Yelawolf (30 to 64), Ariana Grande (45 to 68), The Veronicas (47 to 73), Beccy Cole (39 to 87), First Aid Kit (26 to 89), Paul Kelly (37 to 91) and leaving the hundred from last weeks Top 50 are Deez Nuts (#20), Passenger (#29), Marlon Williams (#31) and the longest running album in ARIA Chart history, “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac” (#38, 372 weeks in the Top 100).

The second studio album for Melbourne neo-soul act Hiatus Kaiyote becomes the four piece bands first ARIA Albums chart entry, as “Choose Your Weapon” comes in at No.22 this week. Another local act in country singer Catherine Britt sees her sixth studio album debut at No.41 entitled “Boneshaker” and it now becomes her highest charting album and third Top 50 entry. And the final entry to the fifty comes in at No.43, the third studio album for California duo Best Coast entitled “California Nights” which becomes their second chart entry here and first within the Top 50, as their second set “The Only Place” made it to No.65 in late May 2012.

Lower 50: Re-entering at No.51 are the Broods with their debut album “Evergreen” and back up fifteen places to No.52 is Damien Leith with his “Songs from Ireland” album. The Preatures zoom up thirty-seven places to No.54 with “Blue Planet Eyes”, Barbra’s “Partners” album jumps twenty-seven places to No.62 and Flight Facilities sore up thirty-one places to No.63 with their “Down to Earth” set. Returning albums this week comes from Roxette (#59), Nickelback (#60), Andre Rieu with “Magic of the Violin” (new peak of #71), Angus & Julia Stone (#74), Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (#75), Fleetwood Mac with “25 Years – The Chain” (#76), best of compilations for Guns N’ Roses (#77) Queen (#80), Neil Diamond (#84, plus his ‘Hot August Night’ at #88), Creedence Clearwater Revival (#93) and current tourist Ricky Martin (#98).

Local act The Meeting Tree sees their EP “R U A Cop” debut at No.53 this week, followed at No.56 by Django Django with their second album “Born Under Saturn” which enters higher than their self-titled (HP-60) debut album achieved back in early April of 2012. Finally coming in at No.69 are My Morning Jacket with their first new album in almost four years and their seventh studio album entitled “The Waterfall”, which becomes the bands third entry here after “Evil Urges” (HP-56, Jun 2008) and “Circuital” (HP-53, June 2011).

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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