The second album for US singer Ariana Grande entitled “My Everything” leaps into the ARIA Albums Chart at No.1 this week.
The album is her second Top 10 album and first No.1 here in Australia, she previously made it to No.6 with her debut set “Yours Truly” 51 weeks ago (9-Sept-2013).
“My Everything” becomes the 712th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 563rd for ARIA (1983 to 2014) plus the 361st Album to debut at the top of the ARIA Albums chart. It’s the twelfth chart-topping album for the Universal (direct) label and the third this year after Avicii and INXS both topped the charts in February. It’s the first album with the word ‘Everything’ to land at the top, but the tenth with the word ‘My’ in it’s title, with the last No.1 set to start with ‘My’ being February 2013’s “My Head is an Animal” by Of Monsters and Men.
It’s the seventh No.1 album by an American artist this year and the 258th by a US act overall, and the first since late June 2014’s “Ultraviolent” by Lana Del Rey, whilst the album is the 105th by a Female artist, Sia’s “1000 Forms of Fear” being the last back in mid-July. Ariana Grande also becomes the 142nd American artist to reach the top, and 34th American Female artist to claim a No.1 album here.
After two weeks at the top, The Hilltop Hoods slip back to No.2 with “Walking Under Stars”, which takes their overall tally of weeks at the top of the Australian Albums chart to seven, matching the same amount of time that The Police accumulated with their four No.1 albums (seven weeks with four No.1’s).
British duo Royal Blood debut at No.3 with their self-titled album, and the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1’ drops back two places to No.4, and entering at No.5 is the debut album for this weeks New Zealand No.1 album; Broods with “Evergreen”. And one place lower is a further debut album, which comes from local act Kingswood with “Microscopic Wars” coming in at No.6.
Sam Smith is down a place to No.7 with “In the Lonely Hour”, which is newly certified Gold ● in sales and dropping five places each are the self-titled third album for Angus & Julia Stone and “x” by Ed Sheeran to No.8 and No.9 respectively. The fifth and final Top 10 entry comes in at No.10, “Family Life” for local country singer Adam Harvey, which is his tenth studio album and it becomes his ninth chart entry, plus his third Top 10. He also debuted and peaked at No.10 with his ninth studio set “Falling into Place” (July 2011) and then last year he debuted at No.2 with “The Great Country Songbook” alongside Troy Cassar-Daley.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: On Sunday night SBS screened the documentary about Rodriguez entitled ‘Searching for Sugar Man’, which helps three of his albums to return to the charts this week. His debut set from 1970 “Cold Fact” returns at No.11, and lands a new peak in the process, having previously reached No.30 in late March 2013. The soundtrack to the documentary also returns at No.22, with that album having reached No.17 in mid-April 2013 and his second set “Coming from Reality” (1971) returns at No.25, the album having peaked at No.24 in April 1979, it reached No.67 when it re-charted here in March of last year. Iggy Azalea jumps back up fourteen places to No.13 with “The New Classic” and after her promo tour here (and newly digital deluxe edition released) Gabrielle Aplin jumps back up fifteen spots to No.14 with “English Rain”. Queen started their national tour with Adam Lambert as lead vocalist in Perth this past week, and this has helped boost their “Greatest Hits” set back up twenty-six places to No.27. The self-titled former No.1 album for Beyonce is back in at No.32 and the soundtrack for ‘Begin Again’ is up to a new peak of No.35. Rising back into the Top 50 are “Van Diemen’s Land” by Russell Morris (52 to 38) and The Hilltop Hoods with “Drinking from the Sun” (55 to 49).
DOWN DOWN: It’s finally happened this week that the ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack has fallen out of the Top 10 after 32 consecutive weeks, two of those were spent at No.1. The last soundtrack to spend this long in the Top 10 was back in 1978, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ which lasted exactly 32 weeks inside the ten too. After four weeks within the ten, “A Perfect Contradiction” (HP-4) for Paloma Faith is down seven to No.15 and after eight straight weeks within the ten, the self-titled debut album for 5 Seconds of Summer (HP-1×1) is down eight to No.18. The final two drop-outs from the Top 10 are both of last weeks debutees, “The Golden Echo” by Kimbra (HP-5) is down thirty-six places to No.41 and “Fvey” (HP-9) for Shihad tumbles forty-five places to No.55 this week. Further falls occur for Coldplay and “Ghost Stories”, which is down nine to No.21, Sia and “1000 Forms of Fear” is down only one place to No.23 and is now certified Gold ● in sales, whilst “Burnt Letters” for Taylor Henderson tumbles twelve to No.29, and behind him at No.30 and No.31 respectively are George Ezra (from LW-18) and Sheppard (LW-16). The ‘Jersey Boys’ soundtrack falls fifteen places to No.34 and Adam Brand is down fourteen to No.36. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” is down nineteen to No.39 and The Kite String Tangle sees their EP “Vessel” fall eighteen places to No.44. Lana Del Rey is down fourteen places to No.45 with her former No.1 set “Ultraviolence” and two albums which leaped last week drop back dramatically this week, “AM” for The Arctic Monkeys (15 to 46) and “Hungry Ghost” by Violent Soho (11 to 47). Dropping out from last weeks Top 50 are The McClymonts (37 to 52), The Voice Kids 2014 (38 to 57), Richard Clapton (40 to 58), Sticky Fingers (41 to 61), Illy (44 to 64), Passenger (32 to 69), One Day (49 to 70), First Aid Kit (45 to 71), The Gaslight Anthem (34 to 75), Eric Clapton (48 to 79), Imagine Dragons (46 to 83), Avicii (43 to 84) and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are David Guetta (#25), Bruno Mars (#48) and Porter Robinson (#50).
The second album for local Melbourne rapper Briggs becomes his first ARIA Albums chart entry this week, with “Sheplife” coming in at No.16 this week, and one place lower at No.17 is Opeth with their eleventh studio album and fifth ARIA Albums chart entry “Pale Communion”. This becomes their third successive Top 20 album after “Heritage” (HP-12, LP10, Sept 2011) and “Watershed (HP-7, LP9, June 2008), whilst they have also charted with “Ghost Reveries” (HP-35, LP8 Sept 2005) and “Damnation” (HP-54, LP7, April 2003).
The fifth studio album for Wiz Khalifa becomes his first Top 50 album and third to chart here in Australia, as “Blacc Hollywood” comes in at No.26, featuring the current single “You and Your Friends” (TW-83). He has previously charted with “Rolling Papers” (HP-77, LP3, May 2011) and “O.N.I.F.C. (HP-99, LP4, Dec 2012). And the final Top 50 debut is at No.48, “Maximum Overload” by Dragonforce, which is the bands’ sixth studio album, third to make the Top 100 and second Top 50 entry, having charted prior with “Ultra Breakdown” (HP-19, LP4, Sept 2008) and “The Power Within” (HP-79, LP5, April 2012).
Lower 50: The Angels’ “Greatest Hits” climbs back up to No.51 this week and with her national tour starting this past week, Lady GaGa returns at No.54 with her “ArtPop” album. With Jimmy Barnes on 60 Minutes this past week talking about his new album, his solo years and Cold Chisel, the set “The Best of Cold Chisel – All for You” is back up fifteen places to No.56 and Jimmy’s “Hits” returns at No.68. “Kick” by INXS also returns at No.60, whilst “The Very Very Best of” Crowded House is back up eleven spots to No.65, with the bands former lead-singer Neil Finn returning alongside Paul Kelly with their live album “Goin’ Your Way” at No.73, and ahead of her future studio album ‘1989’, Taylor Swift returns at No.74 with her previous set “Red” at No.74. Last weeks debut at No.95 for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, “Jersey Beat: The Music of…” jumps up fourteen places to a new peak of No.81 and further returning albums come from Abba with “Abba Gold & More” at No.96 and Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” at No.100.
The sixth solo album for Kiss lead singer Ace Frehley becomes his third charting album here in Australia, as “Space Invader” debuts at No.59, with this being his first Albums chart entry in twenty-seven years. He first charted with his self-titled set in November 1978 which made it to No.48 and was released just prior to the intensity of the band Kiss’s album “Dynasty” (1979), and then he charted for a single week in August 1987 with “Frehley’s Comet” which made it to No.100.
Sydney four-piece band The Griswolds see their debut album “Be Impressive” come in at No.62 this week and one place lower at No.63 is Pentatonix with their first two albums combined into one set “PTX Volumes 1 & 2”, as their third album is coming out in September, and the final entry in the lower fifty is at No.98, the seventh studio album for Basement Jaxx entitled “Junto”, which becomes their seventh charting set, six studio albums and one best of, with their last entry being their fifth album “Scars” which made it to No.76 in late September 2009.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.