The Disney soundtrack for “Frozen” holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, and in doing so becomes the longest run for an animated feature at the top of the Australian charts.
The only two other animated soundtracks to reach the top (Shrek 2 & Chef Aid–The South Park Album) only stayed atop for a single week, so by spending a second week at the top, “Frozen” is now the longest run at the top for such an album. And leaping up to No.2 is “To Be Loved” for Michael Buble, helped by two factors this week, Mothers Day this weekend and his current tour of Australia, the album was last this high at this time last year when it was spending its third of five weeks at No.1.
The third album for local hip-hop artists Thundamentals is “So We Can Remember”, and it is the highest new entry of the week at No.3, becoming the bands second charting album and first Top 10 placing, as their previous entry was with their second album “Foreverlution” (HP-64, August 2011). Coming in at No.4 is another third album, “Sheezus” for Lily Allen, becoming her third Top 10 album in the process, as her previous entries were with “Alright, Still” (HP-7, August 2006) and then “It’s Not Me, it’s You” (HP-1×2, February 2009). And the third successive Top 5 debut at No.5 is “Earthwalker” for Byron Bay act In Hearts Wake, the bands second album and now first Top 10 placing, as their first set “Divination” debuted and peaked at No.27 in September 2012.
Sol3 Mio blast up fourteen places to No.6 with their debut album (plus it went back to No.1 in NZ for a 15th week), whilst Harrison Craig is holding at No.7 for a second week with “L.O.V.E.”. The fifth album into the Top 10 this week is Cliff Richard with “The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook” which is up three places to a new peak of No.8 and becomes his first Top 10 album in under twenty years, as “The Hit List” made it to No.2 in early March 1995, and it becomes his eighth Top 10 album since his first occurred in 1965 with the soundtrack for “Wonderful Life” (HP-5). And making up half of the Top 10 this week are local Australian acts, with INXS and Chet Faker dropping down to No.9 and No.10 respectively.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Pharrell’s new single cracking the Top 30 helps his album “G I R L” to climb back up to No.11 and with their tour on at the moment, The Arctic Monkeys leap back up twelve places to No.13 with “AM”. Mark Vincent is up to a new peak of No.15 with “Best So Far”, and also rising to a new chart height is Andre Rieu with “Magic of the Musicals” (I think a few mum’s will be getting these albums this weekend). ZHU returns to his former entry position of No.20 with his “NightDay” EP and Engelbert Humperdinck is up eighteen places to No.22 with “Engelbert Calling”. Robbie Williams jumps back up thirty-three spots to No.30 with “Swings Both Ways”, and Hugh Laurie’s tour helps his former No.35 album (May 2013) “Didn’t it Rain” to jump up twenty-six places to a new peak of No.31 this week. The “Love Child” Soundtrack is back up thirteen to No.32 and Tina Arena sees her “Reset” album bullet up fifty-seven spots to No.36. David Hobson and Rachael Beck jump twenty-five spots to a new peak of No.39 with their collaboration album “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and Celtic Thunder are up to a new peak of No.45 with “My Land”, whilst Keith Urban is back within the Top 50 with “Fuse”, up thirty-two places to No.48.
DOWN DOWN: “Abba Gold & More” is down three spots to No.12 after two broken weeks within the Top 10, whilst last weeks highest new entry for Iggy Azalea with “The New Classic” (HP-2) drops twelve to No.14 this week, but an even bigger drop for last weeks No.3 entry for The Vamps, their set “Meet the Vamps” plummets thirty-four places to No.37. Jason DeRulo is down eight to No.18 with “Tattoos” and after returning for a second week within the Top 10, the MKTO self-titled former No.1 album falls thirty-six spots this week to No.44. London Grammar fall five to No.24 with “If You Wait” (now ▲ Platinum) and Jessica Mauboy is down seven to No.25 with “Beautiful” (Gold ●) the only two new certifications for the week, whilst “+” for Ed Sheeran is back down sixteen to No.28 and Paolo Nutini drops thirteen to No.29 with “Caustic Love”. Violent Soho are down fifteen to No.43 with “Hungry Ghost” and Rudimental see their “Home” set fall sixteen to No.46. Tumbling down into the lower fifty this week are The John Butler Trio (37 to52), The Pixies (21 to 53), Bethel Music (34 to 56), Fleetwood Mac (32 to 70), The Eagles (39 to 74), Damon Albarn (26 to 76), Michael Jackson (44 to 82) and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are The Bee Gees with “The Number Ones” (#47).
The Angels see two double-album collections enter this week, with “40 Years of Rock Volume 1: 40 Greatest Studio Hits” coming in at No.21 and “40 Years of Rock Volume 2: 40 Greatest Live Hits” new at No.38. In between those two comps at No.23 is the second album for Brisbane trash pop duo DZ Deathrays entitled “Black Rat”, becoming the bands first ARIA Albums Chart entry.
Ben Harper (with Ellen Harper) debuts at No.40 with “Childhood Home” becoming Ben’s fourteenth album to chart in Australia, and first since February 2013’s “Get Up” (HP-44) with Charlie Musselwhite. And the final entry to the Top 50 is new at No.49, the fifth studio album “Supernova” for US artist Ray LaMontagne, which becomes his third to chart in Australia after “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” (HP-41, Aug 2010) and “Gossip in the Grain” (HP-73, Oct 2008).
Lower 50: James Blunt and his album “Moon Rising” is back up eighteen to No.54 and John Legend rises back to No.59 (up fourteen) with “Love in the Future”. The Arctic Monkeys see their first album “Whatever People Say…” (HP-1, Feb 2006) return at No.63 thanks to their current national tour and further returning albums come via P!nk (#68), Adele (#73), Troy Cassar-Daly & Adam Harvey (#79), Russell Morris (#80), George Michael (#84), Foster the People (#91), Chvrches (#93), Rachael Leahcar (#95), Eurovision 2014 (#97), Keith Urban (#98) and INXS’ “Kick” at No.99 racking up its 100th week within the Top 100.
The twenty-third studio album for Santana (37th overall for his many incarnations) debuts at No.67 entitled “Corazon”, with the album featuring all tracks sung in Spanish. Stage singer and actor Bobby Fox sees his debut album “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” enter at No.78, The Wiggles have their new album “Wiggle House” enter at No.86 and one place lower at No.87 is “Shine On” for Sarah McLachlan, which becomes her fifth album to chart here, with her last appearance being back in June of 2010 when “Laws of Illusion” made it to No.12. And lastly the second entry for The Horrors entitled “Luminous” is new at No.89, their first entry being for their third album “Skying”, which made it to No.83 in July 2011.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com
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