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Paul Kelly Songs from the South

Australian Charts: Paul Kelly New Edition of ‘Songs From The South’ Debuts At No 1

by on November 24, 2019

in News,Noise Pro

Paul Kelly and the third instalment of his “Songs from the South” collections, now with ‘Greatest Hits 1985-2019’, has debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, becoming his third successive No.1 album in as many years, PLUS this is also the 500th album to enter first week at the top since 1976.

“Songs from the South: Greatest Hits 1985-2019” is the 860th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 710th No.1 for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 500th album to debut at No.1, the third for Paul’s record label ‘Gawd Aggie’, and his third overall and consecutive No.1 album in Australia after “Life is Fine” (1 week on 21st of Aug., 2017) and “Nature” (1 week on 22nd of Oct., 2018).

Paul Kelly now becomes the first Australian artist to log three back-to-back No.1 albums, year-on-year from 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the first act since the start of the decade when One Direction saw four No.1 albums over three years (two in 2012, then in 2013 and again in 2014), while coming close to Paul’s feat was Ariana Grande who scored three No.1 albums over the past four years (2016, 2018 and 2019).

With this new No.1 album becoming the 500th to debut at the top, it also falls in the same week in 1976 in which ABBA’s “Arrival” became the first album to enter at No.1 (22-Nov, 1976). Paul’s third No.1 also moves him up on the listing for ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ from 180th to now equal 157th alongside Tool, 5SOS, You Am I and Bliss N’ Eso who’ve all had three weeks from three No.1 albums, and on the similar listing for this decade he moves from equal 36th to now equal 25th.

This is the eighth time that the word ‘Songs’ has been featured in a No.1 album title, the ninth ‘From’ the second ‘South’ (the other was 21 years ago in the ‘South Park: Chef Aid’ soundtrack, Dec 1998) and overall this is the 62nd ‘Greatest Hits’ collection to make it to No.1 in Australia and now the second for this year after Kylie Mingoue’s “Step Back in Time: The Definitive Collection” (1 week on 8th of July, 2019) {prior to this year the last GH set at the top was the INXS set in Feb of 2014). The new No.1 album also becomes the seventh by an Australian at the top this year and overall this new chart-topping set is the 235th by an Australian artists (solo, duo, group, local or overseas), since the first just dropped off the top spot this week in 1968 (The Seekers “Greatest Hits”), and this is also the 244th No.1 by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas), while this is also the third consecutive No.1 album by a Solo Male artists (after Luke Combs last week and Kanye West the previous two weeks).

A second new entry to the top of the chart occurs at No.2 in the twelfth English language album for Celine Dion called “Courage”, her first new album since 2013’s “Loved Me Back to Life” (HP-9, Nov 2013). This is now her tenth Top 10 album in Australia and her sixth Top 2 placing (she has had five No.1 albums in Australia).

The new No.1 album in both America and Canada this week was the top-seller here last week in the Luke Combs second album “What You See is What You Get”, which here is down two places to No.3, followed by a one-place drop for another former No.1 in “Hollywood’s Bleeding” by Post Malone to No.4. With a new version of her current albums title track jumping into the Top 15 on the singles chart, the Taylor Swift album “Lover” is on hold at No.5, while leapfrogging over her to drop down two places to No.6 is the Ed Sheeran “No.6 Collaborations Project”, the first time in its 19 weeks within the Top 10 that is has landed at its namesake too, which is also it’s lowest ever chart position too.

The eighth studio album for American country pop trio Lady Antebellum called “Ocean” enters at No.7 this week to become their sixth consecutive Top 10 and their seventh Top 100 entry here (their Christmas album “On This Winter’s Night” made it to No.71 in November of 2012), with their highest charted album so far being “747” (LP#5) which made it to No.4 in 2014. Back up one place a piece are the Billie Eilish set “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and “The Kids are Coming” EP for Tones and I to No.8 and No.9 respectively, while last weeks Top 10 debut for the soundtrack to the film ‘Last Christmas’ featuring music of George Michael and Wham! is down three places to No.10, while I forgot to mention last week that this new album is the fourth Top 10 for Wham! and the eighth for George Michael.

* Pink’s “Hurts 2B Human” rises back up seven places to No.16.
* The twelve week old entry for Tool and “Fear Inoculum” rebounds eighteen places this week to jump up to No.19.
* The U2 tour of Australia at the moment for their 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” sees that album rise up five places this week to No.23.
* The EP “Don’t Smile at Me” for Billie Eilish jumps back up ten places to No.28.
* With the 22nd anniversary of Michael Hutchence’s passing occurring this weekend (22-Nov-1997) and an upcoming doco on the ABC, plus the re-packaging and re-issue of the INXS “Live Baby Live” set last week, the 2014 No.1 album for INXS and “The Very Best” jumps back up fifteen places to land at No.32.
* The repackaged Lizzo album “Cuz I Love You” is back up three places to No.36.
* The Hilltop Hoods had their doco screened on the ABC this past week, and that has helped their latest album “The Great Expanse” to rise back up eighteen spots to No.43, while their ‘Restrung’ album rises three places to No.80.
* Again this week the Jason DeRulo long running collection “Platinum Hits” scores a new peak, it is up one spot to No.58, with other rising best of sets being for Eminem (64 to No.60, 200th week within the Top 100), Green Day (80 to No.73), The Wiggles (82 to No.78), Foo Fighters (98 to No.86) and Queen (Platinum Collection returns at No.97).
* With the new ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack debuting this week ahead of the films release on the 28th of November here (it came out in America this past week), the original ‘Frozen’ album rebounds fifteen spots this week to No.82, while another Disney soundtrack in ‘Moana’ is back up six places to No.88 as it heads towards it’s three year chart-mark (151 weeks so far).
* Returning albums this week also include “Party Time!” for The Wiggles (#95), “Snacks (Supersize)” (#96) for Jax Jones, and “Dream Your Life Away” for Vance Joy (#98).

* The John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John set “Friends for Christmas” returns to the Top 50, up thirteen spots this week to No.40.
* Human Nature just issued a new best of collection on Friday, and with their ARIA Hall of Fame occurring this coming week at the ARIA Awards, they also rise back into the Top 50 with their “Christmas Album”, up thirteen places to No.42.
* Mariah Carey just celebrated 25 years of her seasonal set this past week ,and that album; “Merry Christmas”, is up three spots to No.45.
* The annual return of Michael Buble’s “Christmas” set occurs this week at No.59, while he might have some competition next week from the newly issued Robbie Williams seasonal double album.
* The Seekers’ “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (HP-50) leaves the chart this week from #93 after two weeks on the chart.

* The three albums leaving the Top 10 this week are the Kanye West album “Jesus is King” (HP-1×2, WI10-3, 6 to No.11), “Ghosteen” for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (HP-2, WI10-2, 2 to No.12) and current New Zealand No.1 album for a second week in “Six60 (3)” for Six60 (HP-8, WI10-1, 8 to No.44).
* Jessica Mauboy falls ten places to No.22 with her latest No.1 album “Hilda”.
* Now that his tour is over the self-titled fourth Shawn Mendes album drops down six places to No.25.
* The soundtrack for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ falls down five places to No.26, with other sliding film sets being for ‘A Star is Born’ (29 to No.30), ‘The Greatest Showman’ (27 to No.31, two weeks away from it’s two year chart anniversary), and after returning last week thanks to a vinyl release the ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ album leaves from #78.
* Dua Lipa’s self-titled album logs it two year chart anniversary (104 weeks) by dropping one place to No.27, while she will be here for the ARIA Awards this up coming week too.
* The Beatles “Abbey Road” was at No.1 at this time in 1969 (and would be the last #1 album here for the 1960’s too), and this week it’s 50th Anniversary edition falls down fourteen places to No.29.
* Triple J’s “Like a Version Vol.15” falls down fifteen places this week to No.39.
* Rex Orange County fell hard out of the Top 10 last week (10 to 25), and this week his third album “Pony” tumbles down twenty-two places to land at No.47.
* Maroon 5’s “Singles Collection” is down eight spots to No.49, with other falling best of sets being for The Killers (75 to No.79) and Queen (GH, 79 to No.90) {hah, Killer Queen, their first big single!!).
* Falling ten places to No.52 is the Lil’ Tecca set “We Love You Tecca”.
* After a rebound last week, this week The Teskey Brothers set “Run Home Slow” is down fourteen places to No.54, but it could rebound next week if they win any of their ARIA Award nominations.
* The repackaged Andrea Bocelli set “Si (Forever)” returned at No.31 last week, and this week it falls down twenty-five spots to No.56.
* The Ruel EP “Free Time” tumbles twenty-one spots to No.64.
* Three more albums from last week to survive for a second week on the charts are “Hot Pink” for Doja Cat (30 to No.68), “Sunsets & Full Moons” for The Script (11 to No.74) and “World Way Joy… Push My Luck” for The Chainsmokers (65 to No.84).
* Tyler, the Creator’s “Igor” album tumbles this week twenty-three spots to No.69.
* Summer Walker falls ten spots to No.72 with her album “Over it”.
* James Blunt falls down thirty-seven places to No.91 with his latest album “Once Upon a Mind”.
* Lana Del Rey’s “Norman F**king Rockwell” is down sixteen places to No.93.
* The album “From Out of Nowhere” for Jeff Lynne’s ELO makes the biggest drop within the Top 100 this week, down a massive sixty-six places to No.100.
* The only album leaving from last weeks Top 50 is the second FKA Twigs set “Magdalene” (#22), with other new entries from last week to leave being for Vanessa Amarosi (#84) and Lil’ Mosey (#91).

* #18 (LP#4) – Chixtape 5 by Tory Lanez is the fourth album and now second entry for the Canadian rapper whose sees the track “Jerry Sprunger” (TW-95) enter from the album this week, while his only other LP entry was with his first set “I Told You” (HP-34, late Aug., 2016), and this is also the fifth installment of his ‘Chixtape’ series, the previous four were all EP’s (2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017) which are albums featuring 2000s-era acts, this new one features Jagged Edge, T-Pain, Chris Brown, The-Dream, Mya, Ashanti, Trey Songz, Lil’ Wayne and Fabolous.

* #24 (Strk) – Frozen 2 Soundtrack opens in cinemas here this coming Thursday the 28th of November, while it was released in America this past week, and it has to try and surpass the original films feats of reaching No.1 (2 weeks), spending 48 weeks in the Top 10 and as of this week 211 weeks within the Top 100 since it first charted in January of 2014. This new soundtrack features not only the songs from the film, but also pop-rock covers too by acts such as Panic! At the Disco, Weezer and Kacey Musgraves, as well as the return of the original character voices by Kristen Bell, Adina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.

* #38 (LP#2) – Apple Crumble by Winston Surfshirt follows up their debut album “Sponge Cake” with a second helping of dessert, with their first album making it to No.24 in October of 2017 giving the local funk-hip-hop act their second Top 40 placing this week.

* #55 (Comp#1) – Everybody’s Everything by Lil’ Peep is a compilation of new and previously unreleased tracks from the rapper who passed away in November of 2017, featuring 19 tracks, and this new entry becomes his second overall albums chart entry after his second solo album “Come Over When You’re Sober, Part 2” (HP-15, Nov., 2018).

* #63 (LP#3) – Mind the Moon by Milky Chance is the third studio album for the German duo and it follows on from their first two albums which both debuted and peaked at No.8 in “Sadnecessary” (Oct. 2013) and “Blossom” (2017).

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