Ed Sheehan x Returns To No 1 ARIA ALBUMS
Ed Sheeran: Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Ed Sheeran: Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Ed Sheehan x Returns To No 1 ARIA ALBUMS

by Gavin Ryan on July 26, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Ed Sheeran climbs back to No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart this week with his second album “x”, giving it a second week at the top overall, twice as much as his original “+” (TW-41) album achieved during it’s 147 week run on the charts.

It’s only the second album this year to go back to the top spot, the other being INXS’ “The Very Best” which initially notched up four weeks from mid-February and then returned after being off for two weeks at the end of March. There are less than 200 sales between one and two this week, with Sheppard (who are the highest digital sellers of the week) holding at No.2 for a second week, whilst last weeks No.1 debut “Burnt Letters” for Taylor Henderson drops down to No.3, and picks up a Gold (●) sales certification (the only album this week to do so).

The third Aussie act within the Top 5 this week is Sia, who is back up a place to No.4 with “1000 Forms of Fear”, and the ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack is back up two places to No.5, having now spent the past 28 consecutive weeks within the Top 10. The last album to notch up more weeks was Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” which spent 34 of it’s first 35 weeks on the charts (it fell out for a week to #11 in its 16th week on the charts) within the Top 10 (it eventually racked up 38 weeks in total) from mid-December 2012, and the recent nearest feats for longevity have been by Lorde with “Pure Heroine” (21 weeks {accumulated}) and INXS’ The Very Best” (20 weeks {consecutive}). Also the last soundtrack to spent double-digits within the Top 10 was “The Sapphires” (ten weeks) from mid-August 2012, and the last film score to spent 28 weeks within the Top 10 being “The Commitments” soundtrack from October 1991. (side note: “Grease” notched up its 30th accumulated week within the ten from three separate charts runs (78, 91 and 98) in 1998 when it spent a further sixteen weeks within the Top 10).

Rise Against halve their position from last week, as “The Black Market” drops three places to No.6, and the self-titled 5 Seconds of Summer album is down a place to No.7, whilst Coldplay hold at No.8 with “Ghost Stories”. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic scored his first US No.1 album this week, and here he lands his first ever Top 10 placing, as “Mandatory Fun” debuts at No.9. His previous highest effort was Running with Scissors” which climbed to No.18 in September of 1999, and this becomes his ninth charting album in Australia (eight studio and one best of). The final Top 10 entrant is Gabrielle Aplin with her debut set “English Rain”, which returned to the charts at No.86 last week, and this week leaps seventy-six places to No.10 scoring its first week within the Top 10, as the album previously peaked at No.14 in April, with the climb being helped by her new No.3 single “Please Don’t Say You Love Me”.

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: Paloma Faith jumps up eleven places to a new peak of No.15 with “A Perfect Contradiction”, surpassing the No.22 peak of the album back in March when it initially debuted, and the album is helped by Paloma landing the No.1 single this week with “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. London Grammar leap back up twenty-two spots to No.21 with “If You Wait” and Russell Morris is back up twenty-four to No.27 with “Van Diemen’s Land”. Lily Allen started her national tour here this past week (and she’s playing at Splendour in the Grass this weekend), thus her current album “Sheezus” is back up twenty-four places to No.32. The ABC re-screened two documentaries this past week, Paul Kelly and Queen, with both artists benefitting with sales, Paul Kelly’s “Songs from the South Vol.1 & 2” re-enters at No.34 and Queen’s “Greatest Hits” jumps up thirteen places to No.35, also ahead of their tour here soon. Foster the People return to the charts at No.39 with their recent album “Supermodel” (HP-8) and Imagine Dragons rebound fourteen places to No.40 with “Night Visions”. Collections for Cold Chisel (67 to 44), The Angels (74 to 49), and Red Hot Chili Peppers (55 to 50) all climb back into the Top 50 this week.

DOWN DOWN: After a single week within the Top 10, the ‘Jersey Boys’ soundtrack is down two places to No.11, and Hillsong are also down two to No.12 with their “No Other Name” collection after three weeks within the Top 10, peaking at No.2. Lana Del Rey drops four to No.16 with “Ultraviolence” and The McClymonts fall eight to No.23 with “Here’s to You & I”. “The Hunting Party” for Linkin Park drops six to No.25 and then AllDay is down thirteen to No.37 with “Startup Cult”, whilst last weeks debut of “Yes” by Jason Mraz tumbles twenty-six to No.43. Illy is down nine to No.45 with “Cinematic”, and dropping from last weeks Top 50 is Avicii (38 to 52), Jungle (20 to 63), Keith Urban (42 to 66), deadmau5 (45 to 67), Suicide Silence (30 to 69), Pennywise (16 to 70), Fleetwood Mac (44 to 76), Andy Bull (23 to 81), The Vamps (49 to 90), Miley Cyrus (35 to 98) and leaving from last weeks Top 50 are D at Sea (#33), The Pierce Brothers (#40) and Jason DeRulo (#47).

Jessica Mauboy enters at No.25 with her ‘iTunes Sessions’ EP, and three places lower at No.28 is the second album for La Roux entitled “Trouble in Paradise”, with their previous self-titled set debuting and peaking at No.22 (13-July-2009, almost five years ago), but it did spend 38 weeks within the Top 100.

Lower 50: There are NO New Entries in the lower half of the Top 100 this week; only a bunch of returning albums, but climbing back up is Pink with “Greatest Hits… So Far”, up eleven places to No.51 and Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” also back up eleven to No.54. Pharrell released his third single “Come Get Me Bae” from “G I R L” this past Friday, and the album is back up twenty-two places to No.55, whilst “The Very Best of” for The Eagles rises back twenty-one spots to No.57. “Legend” for Bob Marley is back up fifteen spots to No.58 and after tumbling last week “Xscape” by Michael Jackson is back up nine to No.60. Asgeir toured the country this past week and this helps his album “In the Silence” to climb back up twenty-nine places to No.64, whilst Kasabian turn-around and climb back up twenty-two to No.65 with “48:13”.

“The Ultimate Collection” for Whitney Houston rises back up fifteen to No.75 and Eminem’s collection “Curtain Call: The Hits” climbs up sixteen to No.80. Ricky Martin sees his “Greatest Hits” set climb up nine to No.88 and the returning albums come from The Ten Tenors with “On Broadway, Volume 1” (#68), “Hot Potatoes! The Best of” for The Wiggles (#71), “Abba Gold & More” for Abba (#77), “Circus in the Sky” for Bliss N’ Eso (#94), “The Essential” by Johnny Cash (#99) and back in at No.100 is “Platinum” for Miranda Lambert.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.

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