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Australian Albums Frank Ocean ‘Blonde’ Is An Easy No 1

by Gavin Ryan on August 29, 2016

in News,Noise Pro

US singer Frank Ocean sees his second solo album, and first new material in four years, entitled “Blonde” (sometimes spelt ‘Blond’ too) debut at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.

“Blonde” becomes the 778th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016) and the 629th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016), plus the 424th to debut at the top, the 29th for 2016 (this time last year we were up to 20 #1 LPs), and the fourth for the Def Jam label, two of which were by Justin Bieber the other was Kanye West and his “Yeezus” set back in 2013.

Frank’s first album “Channel ORANGE” peaked at No.9 in March of 2013, having first started its chart run back in mid-July of 2012, and this week the album blasts back up sixty-two spots to land at No.19, so this new No.1 gives Frank his second straight Top 10 album in the process of debuting at the top. This new No.1 also becomes the third with a ‘Blond(e)’ in its title, as first we had “Blondes Have More Fun” by Rod Stewart (1×6 from 29th Jan 1979) and then a few years later “The Best of Blondie” by Blondie (HP-1×2 from 1st Feb 1982).

“Blonde” becomes the 276th album by an American act (solo or group) to reach the top here and the seventh for this year, plus the 216th by a Solo US Male act, but only the first for 2016, as the seven solo male artists who had a No.1 album here this year have been from England (two, Bowie & Zayn), Canada (Drake) and Australia (Matt Corby, Keith Urban, Flume and Jimmy Barnes). Frank also becomes the 148th American act (solo or group) to make it to the top of the Australian Albums chart, and the 45th Solo US Male Artist, the last new one being Dr. Dre this time last year with his “Compton” album (17th August 2015).

With two songs in the Top 10 singles chart this week, the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack holds at No.2 for the second week, whilst right after we see two more new entries both from Australian acts, as Brisbane indie-rock act Ball Park Music debut at No.3 with the fourth studio album entitled “Every Night the Same Dream”, becoming their fourth chart entry and third straight Top 10 album and now second highest charting, as the third set “Puddinghead” debuted and peaked at No.2 back in mid-April of 2014. Local rapper Drapht sees his fifth studio album enter at No.4 entitled “Seven Mirrors”, and it becomes his third albums chart entry and second Top 10 set, as his previous album “The Life of Riley” debuted and peaked at No.1 back on April 11th in 2011, his third set “Brothers Grimm” was his first entry, making it to No.64 in June of 2008.

Last weeks No.1 debut for The Amity Affliction continues the acts one week at No.1 streak, as “This Could Be Heartbreak” is down four to No.5 this week, but it is the band’s lowest fall from the top spot of their three chart-topping sets, as their last album “Let the Ocean Take Me” (TW-98) fell from the top to No.7 in its second week, whilst their first No.1 “Chasing Ghosts” fell to No.15 on its second chart week. Former Triple J comedians and now national sporting icons Roy & HG released a compilation of their finest work on and off air in the collection “This Sporting Life”, which is the pair’s fourth album but first ever to make it onto the national charts, coming in at No.6 this week, and just in time for Fathers Day (here).

After two weeks at No.1 and two at No.3, “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II” for Human Nature is down four to No.7 this week and down three to No.8 is the Adele set “25”, matching the previous lowest point the album has been on the charts so far, it was down this low back in early May, whilst “Civil Dusk” for Bernard Fanning drops six to No.10 this week. In between eight and ten we see the 43rd studio album for Dolly Parton entitled “Pure & Simple” enter at No.9, becoming the 19th albums chart entry for Dolly and only her second ever Top 10 album here, as her previous album “Blue Smoke” debuted within the Top 10 in February of 2014 rising to No.7 in its third chart week.

UP: With tickets now on sale for the upcoming Guns N’ Roses national tour in February of 2017, the band’s “Greatest Hits” set blasts back up thirty-five places to No.17 this week, whilst they also return to the albums chart with their breakthrough album “Appetite for Destruction” (TW-57). As I mentioned above the first Frank Ocean album “Channel ORANGE” is back up a massive sixty-two places to land at No.19 and up a massive forty-six spots to land at No.22 is “The Very Best” for INXS, which is the only newly certified album this week, now 6x▲Platinum in sales. The Fleetwood Mac “Greatest Hits” collection is back within the Top 100 at No.30 and another collection returning this high up is “Best of Bowie” at No.35. Tickets went on sale recently for the Nov/Dec national tour by The Temper Trap, plus they released a new track “Lost” from their recent No.1 set “Thick as Thieves”, which this week is backup forty-one spots to No.41.

DOWN: The five albums leaving the Top 10 this week are led by twenty one pilots and their “Blurryface” (HP-7, WI10-1) set, which only managed a single week within the Top 10 and is down four to No.11, and leaving the ten for the first time is “Ripcord” (HP-1×1, WI10-15) for Keith Urban which falls seven to No.13, followed by “Lemonade” (HP-1×1, WI10-16) for Beyonce down six to No.15, “Wings of the Wild” (HP-1×1, WI10-6) by Delta Goodrem dropping eight to No.16 and finally “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” (HP-6×2, WI10-6) for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, which drops twenty-two spots to No.32 now that their tour here is over. “Thank You” for Meghan Trainor is down eight to No.23, “California” for Blink 182 drops seven to No.27, “Skin” by Flume halves its position from last week, falling fourteen spots to No.28, and after leaping back up last week to No.11, the Hilltop Hoods’ “Walking, Drinking, Restrung” falls back down twenty-three spots to No.34 this week. “Way Down in the Jungle Room” by Elvis Presley falls twelve to No.38, “1989” by Taylor Swift is down twelve to No.42, “Soul Searchin'” for Jimmy Barnes drops sixteen to No.45, Montaigne’s debut album “Glorious Heights” falls twenty-nine to No.45 and “A Moon Shaped Pool” for Radiohead is down nine to No.48. Falling into the lower fifty this week are Ariana Grande (43 to 55), Troye Sivan (24 to 59), Peter Garrett (25 to 61), DJ Snake (33 to 62), Meghan Trainor’s first set “Title” (42 to 64), Dami Im (45 to 66), Dustin Tebbutt (32 to 70), Gang of Youths EP (46 to 76), Alfie Arcuri (37 to 77), DJ Khaled (35 to 78), and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty region are PartyNextDoor (#13), The Eminem Show (#28), the EP featuring Thy Art is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit for an Autopsy (#38) and the soundtrack to “Stranger Things Vol.1” (#40).

The tenth Greatest Hits collection for John Williamson enters at No.14 this week entitled “His Favourite Collection”, which also becomes his eighth collection of hits to chart here, and once again just in time for Fathers Day here. The next entry is way down at No.29 and is the eighth studio album for Swedish power metal act Sabaton entitled “The Last Stand”, becoming the band’s first chart entry here. Two more act making their first chart appearance occur next, but they are with their debut albums though, firstly is David Brent from the TV series ‘The Office (UK)’, with the soundtrack to his upcoming mockumentary “Life on the Road”, with songs written by his alter-ego Ricky Gervais along with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, the album enters at No.31 ahead of the movies release here. Daystar Peterson is known by the stage name Tory Lanez, and his debut album “I Told You” is new at No.37 this week, although he has released 15 mixtape albums since his first in 2009.

The third album for performer, violinist and artist Lindsey Stirling is entitled “Brave Enough”, and it debuts at No.39 this week, becoming her second albums chart entry here and her first to make it into the Top 50, as her debut self-titled set debuted and peaked at No.53 on this week in 2013 (2nd Sept 2013), whilst her second album failed to chart here. Finally new at No.44 is the second EP and first chart entry for Irish musician Jonathan Ng who goes by the stage name of EDEN, and his entry is “I Think You Think Too Much of Me”.

Lower 50: Guns N’ Roses return at No.57 with their first album “Appetite for Destruction” (HP-7) at No.57, the other charting Bowie compilation “Nothing Has Changed” is back up sixteen to No.60, “Essential” for Michael Jackson rebounds twelve to No.65, “Currents” by Tame Impala is back up nineteen No.68, “U218 Singles” for U2 returns to the chart at No.71, the “Molly” TV Soundtrack is back up thirteen to No.72, back in at No.75 are Architects with their set “All Our Gods Have Abandoned us”, “Jukebox” for Human Nature is back up eleven to No.79 and “Waco” for Violent Soho rebounds seventeen places to No.81. Also returning to the chart this week are Rihanna with “Anti” (#86), Passenger and “All the Little Lights” (#87, helped by his promo visit here), “Honey Bone” for Angus Stone side-project Dope Lemon (#89) and finally the Coldplay set “Ghost Stories” (#96).

There are four new entries in the lower fifty this week, the first of which comes in at No.58, the twelfth studio album and eight charted for local act Frenzal Rhomb entitled “We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything we Wanted), their first new entry in exactly five years, as they lasted charted on the 29th of August in 2011 with “Smoko at the Pet Food Factory” (HP-14). This is followed by the No.69 debut for Triple J breakfast duo Matt & Alex with their debut album “Matt & Alex: Play it Out” at No.69, which features spots and comedy from their breakfast show.

Another Swedish metal act (this one melodic death metal) debuts this week in Soilwork with their second live album and third chart entry here entitled “Death Resonance”, which comes in at No.80 this week, the band having previously charted with “The Living Infinite” (LP#9, HP-90, March 2013) and then “The Ride Majestic” (LP#10, HP-60, Sept 2015). And finally coming in at No.84 is the debut album for Sydney four-piece act Forever Ends Here entitled “Imagine This”.

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