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Australian Charts: Conrad Sewell lands no 1 album with Life

by Gavin Ryan on May 26, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

Three years and eleven months since he first hit No.1 with “Start Again” (22nd of June, 2015) local singer Conrad Sewell sees his debut album “LIFE” enter at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.

“LIFE” becomes the 848th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2018), the 699th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 488th to debut at No.1 (1976 to 2019), the tenth No.1 album for 2019 (second by a solo Aussie male, Dean Lewis was the other at the start of April) and for the Sony Australian record label it’s their 24th No.1 album and first since Anthony Callea’s “ARIA No.1 Hits in Symphony” (18th-Sept, 2017).

This is now the tenth album to feature the word ‘Life’ in its title, the last was the Pau Kelly set “Life is Fine” (1 week on 21st of August, 2017), but the first time that the word has appeared solo (with no other words that is). The new No.1 album also becomes the third by a local act for 2019 after the aforementioned Dean Lewis (1st of April) and also Hilltop Hoods (4th of March), and overall this is the 231st No.1 album by an Australian Act (solo, duo or group), while Conrad Sewell becomes the 115th Aussie Act to hit the top (solo, duo or group). This new No.1 becomes the 237th by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas) and also Conrad becomes the 31st Solo Australian Male Performer to score a chart-topping album locally.

Billie Eilish is again stable at No.2 with her set “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, which also holds onto the top spot in both New Zealand (5th week) and Canada (4th week), and is the only newly certified album for this week, scoring a ▲Platinum in sales after eight weeks of charting, while last weeks No.1 album by P!nk and “Hurts 2B Human” tumbles down three places to No.4 after three weeks at the top.

Debuting in-between those two at No.3 is the fifth studio album and now highest charted for Tyler, the Creator called “Igor”, with nine of the albums twelve tracks debuting within the Top 100 singles chart this week, which gives him now ten overall singles chart entries, plus his first Top 20 and Top 50 berths, while he also has guests on the album such as Solange, Kanye West and Lil’ Uzi Vert, with this now also becoming his second Top 10 album in Australia, as his last set “Flower Boy” (re-entry this #77) debuted and peaked at No.8 in late July of 2017, and overall this is now his fifth albums chart entry and fourth Top 50/20 berth too.

The third, fourth and fifth Top 10 entries this week occur at No.5, No.6 and No.7, starting with the self titled seventh studio album for German New Hard Rock act Rammstein which comes in at No.5 to become their sixth Top 100 and Top 50 entry, plus their third Top 10 entry and now also their highest charted, beating the No.9 peak of their last set “Liebe ist fur alle da”, which was their last album issued back in October of 2009. This is followed by the eighth studio album for U.S. indie rock act The National with “I Am Easy to Find” at No.6, becoming their fourth albums chart entry and now third Top 10 placing, having seen their last two albums debut and peak at No.2 with “Sleep Well Beast” (Sept 2017) and “Trouble Will Find Me” (May 2013).

The No.7 entry is the eleventh studio album for DJ Khaled called “Father of Asahd” which enters at the same position his tenth set achieved in early July of 2017, “Grateful”, with his previous entry being “Major Key”, which debuted and peaked at No.6 in early August of 2016, with this albums first singles chart entry being “No Brainer” with Justin Bieber (HP-6, August 2018) with four more tracks from the album entering this week, plus the set has guest appearances from Cardi B., 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean, SZA, Meek Mill, Jeremih, J. Balvin, Post Malone, Travis Scott, John Legend, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Future and Chance the Rapper.

The Khalid album “Free Spirit” is down two places to No.8 in its seventh week within the Top 10, while Dean Lewis’ “A Place We Knew” drops down four spots to land at No.9 in its ninth week inside the ten. Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi took out the top spot in England this week with his debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”, which here comes in at No.10 to become the sixth and final Top 10 entry for this week, while the albums lead single “Someone You Loved” climbs to a new peak of No.5 this week.

* With the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest broadcast last weekend from Tel Aviv, Israel, the accompanying album this week leaps up thirty-four places to land at a new peak of No.13, with The Netherlands taking out the winning song for the first time since 1975. Last years set made it to No.14, 2017’s hit No.15, while the 2016 set was the last to hit the Top 10, peaking at No.9, 2015’s made it to No.4, with 2014’s peaking at No.13 (the same as this year’s peak will most likely be), plus the first two to chart were 2013’s (HP-16) and 2012’s (HP-15), making this now the eighth year in a row for an entry of an album for the contest.
* Both entries for Hilltop Hoods move back up two places apiece this week, with their latest album “The Great Expanse” up to No.15 and their “Drinking…Walking…Restrung” is up to No.46.
* Expect a big jump in the next few weeks for Elton John’s “Diamonds” compilation, which this week is stable at No.22, while the soundtrack for his biopic ‘Rocketman’ is 90% performed by its star Taron Egerton, those people hungry for the original Elton songs will be purchasing this now 3CD expanded album, plus Elton’s 1974 classic “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is up five spots to No.63.
* The Ten Tenors latest album “Love is in the Air” debuted and peaked at No.27 five weeks ago, and last week it returned to the charts at No.62, while this week it zooms up thirty-seven places to a new peak of No.25.
* The second Juice WRLD album “Death Race for Love” returns this week at No.49, while another serial returnee in “Hoodie SZN” for A Boogie wit da Hoodie is back in at No.64, with further returns by Tyler, the Creator and his last set “Flower Boy” (#77), the EP “Ready” for Ruel (#97) and Keith Urban’s “Graffiti U” (#99).
* Further climbing best of sets this week are for Bee Gees (78 to 74), Red Hot Chili Peppers (returns at No.79) and The Foo Fighters (97 to 94).

* With six albums entering within the Top 10 this week there are of course six dropouts, starting with last weeks highest entry “Backroad Nation” (HP-3, WI10-1, 3 to 11) for Lee Kernaghan, then “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (HP-1×2, WI1035a, 7 to 12) by Post Malone, leaving for only the second time is the biopic for Queen and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (HP-1×4, WI10-29a, 8 to 14), the plummeting sets are “Farewell” by The Seekers (HP-3, WI10-5, 4 to 21), “Chip Tooth Smile” by Rob Thomas (HP-3, WI10-3, 9 to 32) and finally “Back in the Swing” (HP-10, WI10-1) by David Campbell with plummets forty-eight spots to No.58 (post Mum Day sales drop)
* The soundtrack’s dropping this week are for ‘A Star is Born’ (11 to 19), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (16 to 20), ‘Guardians Vol.1’ (40 to 55), ‘The Greatest Showman: Reimagined’ (38 to 69), ‘Moana’ (65 to 70) and ‘Black Panther’ (77 to 84).
* Post Malone’s “Stoney” set drops down eight spots to No.28.
* The only one of last week’s non-Top 10 entries to score a second week is the new U.S.A. No.1 album for Logic and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (12 to 34), while the highest dropout is the Mac DeMarco set “Here Comes the Cowboy” (#25) {BTW, there were only three NEW entries last week}.
* Hillsong United’s “People” drops down twelve places to No.35.
* Sliding best of sets this week are by Eminem (33 to 38), Queen (GH 28 to 40, Platinum Collection 43 to 61), Maroon 5 (44 to 48), INXS (55 to 60), The Wiggles (66 to 72), John Farnham (76 to 92), Pink (57 to 98) and ABBA (74 to 100).
* ScHoolboy Q and his “Crash Talk” album are down seven places to No.41, but with a physical release this past Friday it might not drop so much next week.
* Vampire Weekend’s “Father of the Bride” set declines eighteen places this week to No.45.
* Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” album sours this week eleven spots to No.50.
* Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” declines fourteen spots to No.51, while her “1989” set is only down five places to No.54.
* George Ezra’s “Staying at Tamara’s” leaves the Top 50 and is down twenty-one spots to No.56.
* The Fleetwood Mac’ 1977 set “Rumours” drops back down fifteen places to No.65.
* Beyoncé and her “Lemonade” set lose sixteen chart-bubbles this week and it falls to No.67, while her live “Homecoming” album leaves after four weeks of charting.
* Imagine Dragons’ two entries drop down this week with “Origins” moving down seven to No.68 and older set “Evolve” falls thirteen spots to No.80.
* Morgan Evans’ “Things That We Drink to” tumbles back down forty-two places to No.71.
* All three P!nk entries move down this week, with her older set “Beautiful Trauma” (56 to 81) and her “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” (57 to 98) also dropping.
* Rufus du Sol fall twelve spots to No.93 with their third album “Solace”.

* #30 (LP#2) – The Best of Luck Club by Alex Lahey is the second album for the Melbourne based female singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose debut set “I Love You Like a Brother” debuted and peaked at No.15 in mid-October of 2017.

* #31 (LP#1.2) – The Captain (20th Ann.Ed.) by Kasey Chambers was the debut album from 1999 for the local country and bluegrass singer, the set peaking at No.11 in March of 2000 and eventually logging 114 weeks within the Top 100. This new edition was also issued on Orange Limited Edition vinyl, plus the CD has been expanded to a two-disc set, featuring eight more songs including two tracks with Paul Kelly and her version of the Crowded House song “Better Be Home Soon”.

* #33 (LP#4) – Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen is the fourth studio and now fourth entry here (3 studios and 1 EP) for the Canadian singer, whose last album “Emotion” debuted and peaked at No.37 in early July of 2015.

* #52 (LP#2) – Langata by Crooked Colours is the Perth trio’s second album and now first chart entry, as their debut set “Vera” didn’t make the Top 100 albums chart, thus for the Triple J Unearthed contestants (from 2014) this is now their highest charted album locally.

* #75 (TVS’t) – Game of Thrones: Season 8 TV Soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi features 32 musical pieces from the final and recently finished eighth and final season of the major TV show, with a physical CD release of this album due July 19th.

* #86 (LP#13) – Flesh & Blood by Whitesnake is the thirteenth studio album and first in four years for late 70’s formed British rock band, but here it is their first chart entry for this century, having last charted here with their “Greatest Hits” set (HP-34, peaked late October 1994) and overall this is their sixth albums chart entry (five studios and 1 Best of) since their self-titled set in 1977 (HP-98, late May 1977).

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