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Australian Albums: Suicide Squad Beats Out Bernard Fanning

by Gavin Ryan on August 15, 2016

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

For the second time this year we have a Soundtrack at the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, with the DC film ‘Suicide Squad’ hitting the top of both the box-office and now Albums chart.

“Suicide Squad: The Album” (as it’s officially known) becomes the 776th No.1 Album in Australia (Jan 1965 to 2016) and the 627th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016), plus the 422nd to debut in the No.1 spot, and now the 46th Soundtrack (TV/big screen/cast recording) to make it to the No.1 spot and only the third to debut there, as exactly one year ago the Dr. Dre “Compton” soundtrack/compliment album (17th August) entered at the top, prior to that the ’50 Shades of Grey’ soundtrack came in at the top, the first to do so (16-Feb, 2015).

This is the first time that either of the words ‘Suicide’ or ‘Squad’ have appeared in a No.1 album title, and it’s also the first time that a DC Comics film soundtrack has been in the No.1 spot here in Australia and it becomes the eight soundtrack to make it to the top during this decade (3 TV S’tracks, 5 studio film soundtracks), whilst it also is now the 19th No.1 album for the record label Atlantic, their last being the Ed Sheeran album “x” (30th June, 2014 to 29-Jun, 2015, eight broken weeks at the top).

“Civil Dusk” is the third solo album for former Powderfinger lead singer Bernard Fanning, which comes in at No.2 this week, and would have become his third straight No.1 album if it had taken out the top spot this week, as his first two “Tea and Sympehty” (7-Nov, 2005) and then “Departures” (17-June, 2013) both came in at No.1, staying atop for a single week each.

So after two weeks at the top the Human Nature album “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II” drops down two places to No.3 whilst also down two to No.5 is the Adele album “25” this week. Entering in-between those two sets at No.4 is the debut album for Sydney singer/songwriter Jessica Cerro who goes by the stage name of Montaigne, and her first album “Glorious Heights” blasts into the chart at No.4.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continued their national tour here last week, which helps their current album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” jump back up five to No.6 this week to rack up its fifth week within the Top 10, and it returns to it’s original debut/peak position also this week of No.6 (mid-March, 2016), plus his former album “The Heist” returns to the chart at No.50 this week. New at No.7 is the ninth studio album for Christian act Skillet, and their second entry here is entitled “Unleashed”, plus it also becomes their first Top 10 and Top 50 entry, as they previously charted with their eighth album “Rise” (HP-84, July 2013).

Holding on for another week within the Top 10 is the Keith Urban album “Ripcord”, which has spent its entire 14 weeks inside the ten, becoming his longest running Top 10 album here, beating the 12 weeks that his compilation set “The Story So Far” racked up in 2012. The fifth and sixth Top 10 debuts this week consist of the Elvis Presley album “Way Down in the Jungle Room” coming in at No.9, which becomes his 22nd Top 10 album here in Australia, and this 2CD set contains the final recordings Elvis would make from February and October of 1976. Finally new at No.10 is the debut album for French act DJ Snake entitled “Encore”, which features this weeks No.3 debuting single “Let Me Love You” featuring Justin Bieber, plus his previous singles “Middle” and “Talk”.

UP: Troye Sivan continued his national tour here this past week, and that has helped his album “Blue Neighbourhood” to jump up nine to No.18, and back up four to No.29 are The Hilltop Hoods with “Drinking…Walking…Restrung”. Eminem returns two albums to the Top 100 this week, the highest of which is “The Eminem Show” at No.34, with another tourist here this past week in Selena Gomez sees her album “Revival” leap back up fifty places to No.43 this week, whilst the new No.1 singles chart appearance for Halsey has a knock-on effect for her album “Badlands”, which is back up eighteen spots this week to No.46, and the final of three Top 50 re-entries this week (Macklemore’s the second one), is “Channel Orange” for Frank Ocean back in at No.48.

DOWN: There are seven albums leaving the Top 10 this week, first up is…
“Wings of the Wild” – Delta Goodrem (HP-1×1, WI10-5) dropping three to No.11.
“Lemonade” – Beyonce (HP-1×1, WI10-15), down three also to No.12. (now her second longest running Top 10 album behind “Sasha Fierce” at 18 wks).
“Wildflower” – The Avalanches (HP-1×1, WI10-4) falling seven to No.14.
“Let Me Be Clear” EP – Gang of Youths (HP-2, WI10-1) tumbles twenty one to No.23.
“Zenith” – Alfie Acruri (HP-5, WI10-1), falling nineteen to No.24.
“Opera Oblivia” – Hellions (HP-4, WI10-1) descending forty-six places to No.51.
“Major Key” – DJ Khaled (HP-6, WI10-1) the biggest drop, down fifty to No.56.
“Skin” for Flume drops five to No.17 and down seven to No.21 are Blink 182 with their “California” album, dropping eleven to No.28 are the RHCP “Greatest Hits” and down twelve to No.33 is the Peter Garrett set “A Version of Now”. “1989” by Taylor Swift drops sixteen to No.39, “Get Weird” by Little Mix is down ten to No.40, Hillsong United’s latest falls thirteen to No.42, “Title” by Meghan Trainor is down eight to No.47, and other albums falling into the lower fifty come from Sia (“This is Acting” 18 to 53), Good Charlotte (34 to 53), Adele’s “21” (43 to 55), Prince (47 to 57), Human Nature’s first “Jukebox” (45 to 63), Christine & the Queens (49 to 66), ScHoolboy Q (44 to 73), Billy Talent (26 to 82), Absolutely Fabulous soundtrack (38 to 91) and leaving the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Descendents (#19), Zhu (#35), The Cure (#36) and Jarryd James (#40).

The second album for local singer/songwriter Dustin Tebbutt enters at No.13 entitled “First Light”, surpassing his debut album “Home” (HP-34, October 2015). The Play School album “50 Best Songs” is down a couple of spots this week to No.22, but new at No.27 is the compilation album “Famous Friends (Celebrating 50 Years)”, with famous singers performing classic Play School tunes for this compilation.

Melbourne five piece band Storm the Sky see their debut album “Sin Will Find You” come in at No.30 this week, and it also becomes their second chart entry after their EP “Vigilance” made it to No.74 in May of 2013. Another local act in folk/indie artist Jack Carty sees his third studio album “Home State” become his first chart entry at No.36, followed a few places lower at No.38 by the eleventh studio album and first new material in over four years for Dinosaur Jr. entitled “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not”. This becomes the bands second highest charting album also, their 1994 sixth album “Without a Sound” (HP-13) was their highest charting set, and also this becomes the bands third Top 50 placing, and overall their eighth Top 100 chart entry (7 albums, 1 EP). Two further Top 50 entries this week are “Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story” at No.41 and Alex Lloyd returns at No.45 with “Acoustica”, his first albums chart entry this decade, with his last entry being his fifth album “Good in the Face of a Stranger” (HP-80, Nov 2007).

Lower 50: The N.W.A. album “Straight Outta Compton” leaps back up thirty-eight spots to No.58, “The Best of – All for You” by Cold Chisel climbs back up thirteen to No.67, followed by three returning albums “2001” by Dr. Dre (#68), “Recovery” for Eminem (#69) and The Weeknd with “Beauty Behind the Madess” (#70). There are three further returning albums this week; Kendrick Lamar and “To Pimp a Butterfly” (#80), Tame Impala with “Currents” (#95) and Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (#98).

There are three new entries in the lower fifty this week, firstly at No.65 is the debut album for Brisbane five-piece act The Brave entitled “Epoch”, and then way down at No.90 is the Andre Rieu album “Viva Olympia”, and finally at No.96 is “Sleepin’ Rough” by The Rumjacks, another five-piece act, this time from Sydney with their third studio album, but first to make the Top 100.

compiled by Gavin Ryan for

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