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ARIA Albums: Hillsong Lands Second No 1 Album For 2015

by Gavin Ryan on October 24, 2015

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For the first time in their long chart career the church of Hillsong lands it second No.1 album within a calendar year, and their fourth overall as “Open Heaven / River Wild” blasts into the top spot on the ARIA Albums chart this week.

Open Heaven / River Wild” by Hillsong Worship becomes the 747th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2015) and the 598th for ARIA (1983 to 2015) plus the 394th entry at the No.1 position and this is also the fourth No.1 album for the Hillsong record label, with the churches previous chart-topping albums being “For All You’ve Done” (12-July-2004), “Zion” (4-March-2013) and “Empires” (1-June-2015) which all stayed at the top for a single week.

Hillsong join sixteen other acts who have also had four No.1 albums in Australia, placing them equal 23rd on the list of ‘Most No.1’s: Albums’, and for this decade the act has now had three No.1 albums during the 2010’s, moving them from equal eighteenth to now equal eleventh on the list for ‘Most No.1 Albums: 2010’s’ alongside Bring Me the Horizon and Lana Del Rey with three No.1’s. This is the third album with ‘Open’ in its title, the second with ‘Heaven’, ‘River’ and ‘Wild’, with the last being earlier this year for Troye Sivan (14-Sept). The album also becomes the third this month for an Australian Act and the tenth for 2015, plus the 189th for an Australian Act, plus the 350th for a Group (local or international).

Holding at No.2 for a second week is the No.1 album from three weeks ago, “Like a Version Vol.11”, with most versions in the past having dropped down to the lower end of the Top 10 by this stage in the chart careers. The fifth studio album for pop singer Demi Lovato entitled “Confident” debuts at No.3 and becomes her first ever Top 10 album in Australia, with the album containing the two current Top 50 singles “Cool for the Summer” (TW-47) and “Confident” (TW-35), plus this becomes her fourth album to chart here.

The self-titled debut album for Irish singer Jamie Lawson debuts at No.4 here (No.1 in the UK) and right behind at No.5 is the self-titled fourth album for vocal harmony group Pentatonix which after four previous entries (two albums, two EP’s) they land their very first Top 10 entry in Australia. “1989” for Taylor Swift spends its one year anniversary in the charts by holding at No.6 this week for its 51st week within the Top 10, whilst last weeks No.1 album “Limit of Love” for Boy & Bear drops six places to No.7 this week. Cold Chisel fall four spots to No.8 with “The Perfect Crime” and also on hold at No.9 is The Weekend with “Beauty Behind the Madness”, whilst “x” for Ed Sheeran is back up one spot to No.10 this week.

UP: “The Very Best” for INXS blasts back up twenty-two spots to No.17 this week (possibly due to an X-Factor performance of ‘Need You Tonight’ last week) and Ed’s first album “+” is back up eight to No.18 this week. Fleetwood Mac kicked off their Australian tour this week in Sydney, and their “Greatest Hits” set jumps back up thirty-three spots to No.28 and also touring is Robbie Williams, whose “In & Out of Consciousness” is up six to No.35. Re-entering the chart within the Top 50 this week is the debut album for Matchbox 20, “Yourself or Someone Like You” at No.41 and Lorde with her “Pure Heroine” album at No.44, whilst jumping back up fifty-three spots to No.48 are Foals with “What Went Down”.

DOWN: There are five albums leaving the Top 10 this week, with James Blunt and “I’ll Take Everything” (HP-5, WI10-2) down three to No.11, “Ire” (HP-1, WI10-3) for Parkway Drive down five to No.12, Jess Glynne with “I Cry When I Laugh” (HP-7, WI10-2) falling four to No.14 and after a single week within the Top 10, down are Selena Gomez with “Revival” (3 to 15) and “If I Should Go Before You” by City and Colour (5 to 16). Chvrches fall ten to No.24, David Gilmour is down eight to No.32, Rudimental fall seventeen to No.36, Iron Maiden tumble fifteen to No.42, Bryan Adams’ latest “Get Up” is down twenty-three to No.45, and falling into the lower fifty are Jarryd James (36 to 54), Troye Sivan (25 to 57), Don Henley (33 to 60), Trivium (35 to 61), Avicii (38 to 70), Reece Mastin (12 to 72), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (49 to 73), Sol3 Mio (45 to 80), Little May (40 to 84), Gurrumul (47 to 85), Toby Keith (43 to 98), and dropping out of the Top 100 from last weeks fifty are Mayday Parade (#32) and Art vs. Science (#50).

The self-titled debut album for English alt-rock band Nothing but Thieves debuts at No.27 this week, whilst the second album for US pop punk band State Champs entitled “Around the World and Back” comes in at No.31 and is their first chart entry in Australia. The debut album for tropical-house artist OMI is entitled “Me 4 U” and is new at No.37 this week, whilst US rapper Machine Gun Kelly (aka MGK) is new at No.38 with his second album “General Admission”, which is also his first to chart here, with the last Top 50 entry being the debut album for US singer Raury entitled “All We Need” at No.46.

Lower 50: Kendrick Lamar is back up nine to No.51 with his former No.1 “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Dr Dre rises back up nine to No.53 with his second album “2001”. Adam Lambert was in the country this past week, appearing on X-Factor, and that helps his recent album “The Original High” to return at No.55, whilst David Bowie’s “Nothing Has Changed” compilation is back up fourteen to No.58 and “The Greatest Hits” for Australian Crawl rises back up twenty-seven places to No.59, with Amy Winehouse and her break-through set “Back in Black” climbing thirty spots to No.62. Queen see their “Greatest Hits” back up twenty-two places to No.63 and The Waifs are back up fifteen to No.76 with “Beautiful You”, with further returning albums being “Bon Jovi Greatest Hits” (#67), “Songs About Jane” by Maroon 5 (#68), “Beneath the Skin” by Of Monsters and Men (#69), “AM” by Arctic Monkeys (#79), Drake with “If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late” (#90), RHCP’s “Greatest Hits” (#92), “Direct Hits” for The Killers (#95), TwelveFour” by Paper Kites (#96) and “21” by Adele at No.97 which could jump next week as her first new material from her forthcoming mid-Nov due third album was released on Friday entitled “Hello”.

Claptone see their debut album “Charmer” coming in at No.64, whilst the group will he here in November for the Stereosonic Festival, and a few places lower at No.66 is Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi with his twelfth studio album “Elements”. The seventh studio album for US ambient act Deerhunter becomes their first to chart in Australia, coming in at No.74 is “Fading Frontiers”, whilst one place lower at No.75 is Brisbane metal act Caligula’s Horse with their third album “Bloom”, which is also their first to make the national Top 100 albums chart. Finally debuting at No.94 is the second album for UK singer John Newman entitled “Revolve”, whilst his first album “Tribute” debuted and peaked at No.7 this week in 2013.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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