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The Amity Affliction Photo by Ros O'Gorman

The Amity Affliction. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Australian Charts The Amity Affliction Have No 1 Album

by Gavin Ryan on August 22, 2016

in News,Noise Pro

The fifth studio album for Gympie metalcore act The Amity Affliction becomes the band’s third consecutive No.1 album, as this week “This Could Be Heartbreak” enters at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

“This Could Be Heartbreak” becomes the 777th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2016), the 628th for ARIA (July 1983 to 2016) and the 423rd to debut in the No.1 spot here. Plus it is also the sixth chart-topping for the Roadrunner record label, (3 for Amity, 2 for Slipknot and 1 for Nickelback), and the labels first No.1 in almost two years (27-Oct, 2014 was the last for Slipknot), also this becomes the fourth Top 10 album for The Amity Affliction too.

The two previous Amity Affliction No.1 albums “Chasing Ghosts” (17-Sept, 2012) and “Let the Ocean Take Me” (16-June, 2014, returns at #80) stayed atop for a single week, both falling hard in their second week, but the new Drapht album is expected top the charts next week or will the pending Fathers Day (here) and appearance on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ this Sunday night help Human Nature back to the top next week.

The Amity Affliction climb to equal 15th on the list of ‘Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums, 2010’s’ alongside the three No.1 albums for a total of three weeks that have been achieved by Bring Me the Horizon, Lana Del Rey and Hillsong United. This is the sixth time that the word ‘This’ has appeared in a No.1 album title, the last was “This is Acting” for Sia (8-Feb, 2016), whilst it is the first time at the top for both ‘Could’ and ‘Heartbreak’.

The new No.1 album becomes the 204th by an Australian Act (solo or group) to make it to No.1 since the first at this time in 1968 (The Seekers Greatest Hits), and the fourteenth for this year, making 2016 the most successful year this decade for Australian acts at No.1, and the year is not even finished yet. The current chart-topping album Amity also becomes the 352nd by a group (local or overseas) to hit the top, and the eighth by an Australian group for 2016, another record for this decade, as previously 2013 had seven #1 LPs by an Aussie group.

Suicide SquadLast week’s No.1 album debut of the soundtrack for the DC film “Suicide Squad” is down one spot to No.2 this week, and having a look back at previous DC film soundtracks, I could only find a couple of Batman albums that came close to reaching the top, the Prince 1989 soundtrack to the first Tim Burton film made it to No.4 upon debut in July of ’89, and then the third made film ‘Batman Forever’ saw its soundtrack climb to No.6 in July 1995, thanks to No.1 singles by U2 and Seal on the set. Otherwise two superhero/comic-book albums for films have gone to No.2 in the “Iron Man 2” set by AC/DC (HP-2, peaked May 2010) and then the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1′ set climbed to No.2 in late August of 2014, and is still charting and sitting at No.78 this week in its 87th week within the Top 100, both of those titles are for Marvel films though (not DC).

Human Nature holds at No.3 with their recent No.1 album “Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II”, and last weeks No.2 debut for Bernard Fanning in “Civil Dusk” drops back down two to No.4 this week, whilst also on hold at No.5 is Adele’s “25” set. “Ripcord” for Keith Urban continues to be his longest-running Top 10 album as it climbs up again two places to No.6 this week in its 15th week within the ten, and right after him at No.7 cracking the Top 10 for the first time in it’s 45 week run in the Top 100, it’s “Blurryface” for twenty one pilots, which leaps up thirteen spots to score a new peak of No.7, having previously peaked at No.11 upon debut in May 2015. Returning to the Top 10 this week are “Wings of the Wild” for Delta Goodrem (11 to 8), becoming the fifth and final Aussie within the Top 10, and after one week out of the ten “Lemonade” for Beyonce is also back up three spots to No.9, whilst now that their tour is over here, the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” is back down four to No.10.

UP: The Hilltop Hoods set “Walking, Drinking, Restrung” charges back up eighteen places to land at No.11 and right behind them, and back up thirteen to No.12 is the Disturbed album “Immortalized”. “Skin” for Flume climbs back up three to No.14 and is the only new album certification this week, newly Gold (●) in sales, and returning to the Top 20, up four to No.18 is the “50 Best Songs” for Play School, whilst the shows debut from last week “Famous Friends (Celebrating 50 Years)” compilation climbs four to a new peak of No.23. The Wiggles will be battling Human Nature on this week’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’, and their “Best of” set rises back up four to No.22 and rising back up for the first time is the debut solo album for Peter Garrett and “A Version of Now”, up eight to No.25. After returning at No.34 last week, the album “The Eminem Show” is up six to No.28, whilst “1989” for Taylor Swift jumps back up nine to No.30. The recent Hillsong United album “Of Dirt and Grace” is back up eight to No.34 and after tumbling last week, the physical release this past week helps the DJ Khaled album “Major Key” to climb back up twenty-one to No.36. “Badlands” for current No.1 singles chart vocalist Halsey is up ten to No.36, “Classic Carpenters” for Dami Im is back up seven to No.45, “Purpose” for Justin Bieber rises up thirteen places to No.48 and also back into the fifty is the Melanie Martinez set “Cry Baby”, up twenty-seven to No.50.

DOWN: The four albums leaving the Top 10 this week all debuted within the ten last week, first of which is Montaigne and her debut album “Glorious Heights” (4 to 17), then “Way Down in the Jungle Room” for Elvis Presley (9 to 26, which could rise back up the closer we get to Fathers Day), “Encore” for current No.2 single holder DJ Snake (10 to 33) and then the biggest tumble goes to Skillet and “Unleashed” (7 to 73). The former No.1 album “Wildflower” for The Avalanches is down seven to No.21, now that his tour is over the Troye Sivan album “Blue Neighbourhood” is down six to No.24, “First Flight” for Dustin Tebbutt falls nineteen to No.32, Voice 2016 winner Alfie Arcuri sees his set “Zenith” down thirteen this week to No.37, “A Moon Shaped Pool” by Radiohead is down seven to No.39, the EP “Let Me Be Clear” for Gang of Youths halves its position from last week dropping twenty-three spots to No.46, “Get Weird” by Little Mix is down nine to No.49 and falling into the lower fifty this week are Frank Ocean (48 to 81), Selena Gomez (tour’s over, 43 to 89), Alan Jackson (41 to 96), and falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” (#50), Alex Lloyd (#45) and Dinosaur Jr. (#38).

Canadian artist, producer, rapper and songwriter Jahron Braithwaite who is on Drake’s OVO Sound record label sees his second album “PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3)” (#1 was an EP) debut at No.13 this week, becoming his first albums chart entry here in Australia. A six track EP from three local deathcore acts Thy Art is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit for an Autopsy entitled “The Depression Sessions” debuts at No.38, becoming the third albums chart entry for Thy Art…, but the first for the two other acts. The fourth and final Top 50 entry this week is the soundtrack to the Netflix TV series “Stranger Things” (starring Winona Ryder) set in November 1983, with the music by composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon reflecting the music of the period on the soundtrack, which debuts at No.40 this week.

Lower 50: Returning at No.52 after the announcement during the past week of their end of 2016 tour of Australia, the Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” collection is back in at No.52, and climbing up fifteen is the other older Eminem album which returned last week, “Recovery” climbing to No.54, Rihanna’s 2010 #2 album “Loud” returns at No.62, “Nine Track Mind” for Charlie Puth is back up sixteen to No.64, “Vessel” by twenty one pilots also rises, it’s up twenty-three to No.65 and Broods’ “Conscious” is back up fifteen to No.71. With the new Amity Affliction album at No.1 this week, their last album from 2014 “Let the Ocean Take Me” returns at No.80 this week and “Currents” by Tame Impala rises back up eight to No.87, with the final returning album being “Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits” for Elton John at No.99.

Surf rock act Hockey Dad from Windang in NSW see their debut album “Boronia” come in at No.55 this week, whilst another Netflix TV series sees its soundtrack debut this week, the Baz Luhrmann directed series “The Get Down” is about the birth of hip-hop and rap in the late 1970’s, starring Jaden Smith amongst its huge cast, the set coming in at No.58, whilst two further soundtracks also enter in the lower fifty. “Bad Moms” starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate sees it soundtrack come in at No.63 featuring songs by Walk the Moon, Demi Lovato, Foreigner and DNCE, and then down at No.86 is the Broadway Cast recording for the stage musical “Aladdin’, which opened in Sydney in early August.

Back in March Celtic Thunder took “Legacy, Vol.1” into the charts peaking at No.32, now they debut at No.59 with “Legacy, Vol.2”, becoming the acts tenth albums chart appearance. US country artist Justin Moore sees his fourth studio album “Kinda Don’t Care” enter at No.61 this week becoming his first albums chart entry here, and also making their first ARIA Albums Chart entry with their third album are Housefires with their aptly titled “Housefires III” coming in at No.72.

American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd debut at No.83 with their second album “Sremmlife 2”, also their first to chart here, then down at No.92 is “This Song” for Mick Lindsay, a six track EP for the Queensland country singer/band (their first also), and finally coming in at No.97 is the third album and entry for the ensemble of US and local artists known as The Dead Daisies, whose latest set “Make Some Noise” is the final entry of the week. Previously the act has entered with their self-titled first album (HP-42, Feb 2014), and then last years “Revolucion” (HP-52, Oct 2015).

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