Chet Faker, Russell Morris Dominate ARIA Album Chart -
Chet Faker: Photo Ros O'Gorman

Chet Faker: Photo Ros O'Gorman

Chet Faker, Russell Morris Dominate ARIA Album Chart

by Gavin Ryan on April 20, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Chet Faker and Russell Morris had the two highest debuting albums this week on the ARIA chart.

Scoring the 700th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) is local singer/songwriter Chet Faker with his debut album “Built on Glass”, whilst there are Aussie artists occupying five of the top six albums in the country this week.

Built on Glass” is Chet’s first album, as his other charting set “Thinking in Textures” (TW-43) is classed as a mini-album or even EP, with it reaching a new peak of No.38 last week, so this new set for Chet becomes his first Top 10 placing also. It’s also the second No.1 album for the Future Classic label, which went to the top for a week in February 2013 with the self-titled Flume album (TW-75).

The new Chet album not only becomes the 700th No.1 album in Australia (since 1965) it’s also the 551st for ARIA (1983 to 2014), plus the 350th album to debut at No.1. “Built on Glass” also sees the first time that the words ‘Built’ or ‘Glass’ have appeared in a No.1 album, and the new chart-topping album also becomes the 170th album by an Australian Performer to make it to No.1. Plus it’s the 196th album for a solo Male Act and Chet is the 90th Australian Performer to land a No.1 album and the 22nd Australian Male Act to reach the top.

After seven broken weeks at No.1, INXS drop down a place to No.2 with their collection “The Very Best”, and a fourth straight week at No.3 is the “Frozen” Soundtrack (BTW, the DVD/BR is out at the end of April, so it won’t drop anytime soon). Last year music legend Russell Morris scored his first ever Top 10 album as “Sharkmouth” (TW-70) spent two broken weeks at No.6 from late April, and now this week he debuts at No.4 with his second blues-infused album “Van Diemen’s Land” (the original name for Tasmania), which instantly becomes the highest charting album of his career.

The Voice winner for last year, Harrison Craig debuts at No.5 with his second album “L.O.V.E.”, which is an album of covers and love songs, with his debut set reaching No.1 for two weeks last July. The fifth of the six Aussie acts within the Top 10 is at No.6, Dan Sultan with “Blackbird”, which is only down two places this week, whilst also down two is Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” album and Katy Perry with “Prism” to No.7 and No.8 respectively. That final local act within the ten is at No.9, John Butler Trio with “Flesh & Blood” is up one place helped by their current national tour, and up three places to a new peak of No.10 is the new entry from last week, “Abba Gold & More (Anniversary Edition)” for ABBA.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Lorde is due for her national tour at the end of the month, thus her album “Pure Heroine” is back up to No.11 this week, whilst currently touring the nation is Bliss N’ Eso, which helps their former No.1 album “Circus in the Sky” to not only jump up eleven places to No.13 this week, but it’s also now certified ▲ Platinum in sales. Jessica Mauboy leaps back up twenty-five places to No.17 with her “Beautiful” album thanks to her new Top 10 single from the set, and now that the film is out in cinema’s, the “Divergent” Soundtrack leaps up thirty-six places to No.18 this week. After returning at No.94 last week, Cliff Richard’s 100th album “The Fabulous Rock N’ Roll Songbook” leaps up sixty-seven places to a new peak of No.27, and also into the Top 50 this week are the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” (61 to 48) and cracking the fifty for the first time is the Divinyls “Greatest Hits” (68 to 50).

DOWN DOWN: Down five to No.12 is the Johnny Cash album “Out Among the Stars” (HP-4, WI10-2), and after debuting at No.2 last week, Ball Park Music with “Puddinghead” falls down to No.14 this week. After a ninth accumulated week within the Top 10, “If You Wait” (HP-2) for London Grammar drops seven to No.15 this week, and down seven to No.16 is Skrillex with “Recess” (HP-4, WI10-4). “English Rain” for Gabrielle Aplin drops eight places to No.24, whilst last weeks tumbler for Steel Panther, “All You Can Eat” drops seventeen places this week to No.28. Now that the series has finished screening, the “Love Child” Soundtrack is down eight this week to No.36, whilst last weeks re-entry for “Nevermind” by Nirvana falls nineteen places to No.40 this week. Kylie’s “Kiss Me Once” is down twelve to No.41 and MKTO fall eight to No.44 with their self-titled album. Big falls out of the Top 50 come via George Michael (26 to 53), Robbie Williams (46 to 72), Kate Miller-Heidke (44 to 81) and Shakira (48 to 95), whilst falling out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are The Used (#12), Tim Campbell (#25), Marcia Hines (#27) and Justin Timberlake (#47).

The third ARIA chart entry for California band Black Label Society is the bands tenth studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” which comes in at No.31, becoming the bands highest charting album in Australia, as previously they have entered with “Order of the Black” (HP-44, August 2010, LP#8) and “Shot to Hell” (HP-64, Sept 2006, LP#7). The debut album for American Authors is new at No.35 entitled “Oh, What a Life”, featuring the former No.10 single “Best Day of My Life” (TW-26).

The third album for The Voice artist Rachael Leahcar comes in at No.38 entitled “Here Comes the Sun”, with her two previous entries being “Romantique” (HP-10, May 2013) and “Shooting Star” (HP-5, July 2012). And local Melbourne band Saskwatch see their second album become their first ARIA Albums chart entry, as “Nose Dive” comes in at No.46 this week.

Lower 50: There are NO new entries to the lower half of the top hundred, but thanks to his pending tour, and re-packaged album, Jason DeRulo with “Tattoos” is back up fourteen places to No.52, whilst Blink 182’s “Greatest Hits” is back up twenty-four places to No.64. Boy & Bear are back up fifteen places to No.68 with “Harlequin Dream” and with the new Russell Morris album debuting within the top five, his previous set “Sharkmouth” rises back up twenty-five spots to No.70. With new Passenger music charting this week, his current album “All the Little Lights” is back up nineteen spots to No.77 and two albums are re-certified this week in the lower fifty, “The Essential” for Roy Orbison (#85) is now 2x▲ Platinum and Calvin Harris’ “18 Months” (#87) is newly ▲ Platinum in sales.

Returning albums this week include “Triple J Like a Version 9” at No.63, Ellie Goulding with “Halycon Days” at No.83 thanks to her new single cracking the Top 50, The Amity Affliction with “Chasing Ghosts” at No.90 helped by their first ever Top 30 singles chart placing, Guns N’ Roses with their “Greatest Hits” collection at No.91, after one week out of the Top 100, “Midnight Memories” for One Direction is back in at No.93 and the self-titled album for Birdy returns at No.96.

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