Pink Keeps Mumford & Sons From ARIA Chart Peak -
Pink. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Pink. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Pink Keeps Mumford & Sons From ARIA Chart Peak

by Gavin Ryan on September 30, 2012

in News,Noise Pro

It’s been six weeks since an album has held onto the No.1 spot for a second week (“The Sapphires Soundtrack for two weeks from 20-Aug), but P!nk’s “The Truth About Love” holds for a second week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart survey.

Pink. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Pink. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Gavin Ryan reports that this also means that P!nk’s four No.1 albums have now all had multiple weeks at the top in Australia, plus she also moves up the ranking table of ‘Most Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums’ to No.12, with a total of 26 weeks from her four No.1 albums. If she stays again next week she will tie with the 27 weeks Skyhooks racked up from their two No.1 albums, after which her next target is the 30 weeks Michael Jackson and Elton John have accumulated separately.

Debuting at No.2 is the second album for Mumford & Sons entitled “Babel”. Their first album “Sigh No More” (TW-37 to 22) reached No.1 in its seventeenth week on the charts, originally debuting at No.4 on the strength of the then Top 20 track “Little Lion Man” (HP-3, TW-85), but the album going to No.1 in February when the single was peaking at No.3, helped by its Triple J Hottest 100 ranking for their 2009 chart. The current single from the new album is “I Will Wait” which is back up to No.43 after having so far peaked at No.36 in late August.

Entering the charts at No.3 is Green Day with their ninth studio album “Uno!”, the first of three new albums the band are releasing, with “Dos!” coming out mid November and “Tre!” to be issued in mid January 2013. This is the band’s first new material in three years, their seventh Top 10 entry, and the bands Australian Album discography is listed below…

LP|Entry Date|HP|WI|Titles
A3|17-July-94|01|101|Dookie (3 weeks at No.1)
A4|22-Oct-95|02|32|Insomniac (5 weeks at No.2)
G1|05-Nov-01|11|52|International Superhits (Greatest Hits)
A7|27-Sep-04|01|102|American Idiot (2 weeks at No.1)
L4|21-Nov-05|08|23|Bullet in a Bible (Live)
A8|25-May-09|02|37|21st Century Breakdown (2 weeks at No.2)

“Birdy” for Birdy and “North” for Matchbox 20 hold at No.4 and No.5 respectively (as they did last week too), but down four places to No.6 after debuting at No.2 last week are The Killers with “Battle Born”. The other big debut from last week, the self-titled album for The Rubens falls from No.3 to No.9, with “The Sapphires” Soundtrack holding onto the No.10 position, down three places from last week.

The compilation album “Kanye West Presents: G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer” jumps up thirteen places to No.7 from last weeks debut of No.20, and the fourth entry to the Top 10 is a No.8 debut for No Doubt with “Push and Shove” their sixth studio album and first new material in nine years. With lead-singer Gwen Stefani having produced two solo albums in 2004 and 2006, the group got back together earlier this year to record new material. The new album helps them land their second Top 10 entry, and from the band’s ARIA Albums Chart history listed below and you can see that this is the first Top 10 debut, as their previous one was a returnee to the charts and thus climbed into the Top 10…

LP|Entry Date|HP|WI|Titles
A3|09-Jun-96|35|26|Tragic Kingdom
A3|12-Jan-97|03|62|Tragic Kingdom (Re-entry) (9 weeks at No.3)
A4|17-Apr-00|11|17|Return of Saturn
A5|14-Jan-02|15|31|Rock Steady
G1|01-Dec-03|15|22|The Singles 1992 – 2003
G1|29-Nov-04|61|08|The Singles 1992 – 2003 (Re-entry)
A6|01-Oct-12|08|*1|Push and Shove

NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: X-Factor guests and touring acts The Script and James Morrison both see their albums climb back up this week. “#3” (HP-9) for The Script jumps back up seven places to No.12, whilst the James Morrison set of “The Awakening” (HP-9) rebounds twenty places to No.13.

“Up All Night” for One Direction jumps back up into the Top 20 (22 to 17), and with Mumford and Sons debuting at No.2 with their new album, their first set “Sigh No More” jumps back up fifteen places to No.22. The self-titled album for Timomatic turns around and is up eight places to No.31, and thanks to the Barry Gibb 60 Minutes interview last Sunday (23-Sept), plus his announcement of an upcoming tour, we see The Bee Gees jump up and return to the Top 100 this week. “The Ultimate Bee Gees” is up from #100 to No.40 this week, and returning are the sets “Live – One Night Only) (#58) and “The Number Ones” (#60).

DOWN DOWN: Both spending two weeks inside the Top 10 and now departing are The XX with “Coexist” (HP-2) down seven places to No.16, and “Pacifica” (HP-3) for The Presets, falling nine spots to No.19. Last weeks Top 10 debut for Seth Sentry with “This Was Tomorrow” (6 to 21) and “Kiss” by Carly Rae Jepsen (8 to 27) also leave the Top 10 after only the one week inside the ten.

“Overexposed” from Maroon 5 tumbles eight places to No.20, but it won’t fall far as new single “Daylight” will be out soon, and they’re touring here later in 2012. Amity Affliction’s “Chasing Ghosts” falls ten places to No.25, and down sixteen spots to No.30 are Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson on their second collaboration “Wreck & Ruin”.

Bob Dylan’s “Tempest” drops twenty-one spots to No.34, and after last weeks jump back up, P!nk’s “Greatest Hits… So Far” is down thirteen places to No.37 this week, whilst another former No.1, “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” for Missy Higgins is down fifteen places to No.38.

Clare Bowditch debuted at No.11 last week with her latest “The Winter I Chose Happiness”, but this week it tumbles thirty-three places to No.44, and another Top 20 debut from last week, “Shields” for Grizzly Bear is also down 33 spots to No.50 this week.

Band of Horses and their latest album “Mirage Rock” falls forty-five places to No.66, then at No.80 (down thirty-one spots) are Two Door Cinema Club with “Beacon”, and after her resurgence last week, Julia Stone’s “By the Horns” drops thirty-nine places to No.84. NOFX debuted at No.51 last week, but fall thirty-four places to No.85 this week, and after his recent tour Jack White’s “Blunderbuss” climbed back into the Top 20, this week though it falls thirty places to No.91.

Canadian electro-dance musician deadmau5 debuts at No.11 with his sixth album >Album Title Goes Here< (yes that’s the name of it!!), his third album title was similar “Random Album Title”, which was followed by his first charting album here “For Lack of a Better Name” (HP-49, peaked Oct 2009), and then just over a year later came album number five, “4×4=12” which debuted and peaked at No.56 in the second week of December 2010. So with this new album coming in at No.11, it becomes his highest charting album in Australia.

Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album returns to the albums chart at No.14 this week as the 25th anniversary edition of the set. The album originally charted here in Australia the week of 14-Sep-1987 debuting at No.2, remaining there for three consecutive weeks (it spent a fourth week at No.2 in mid-December 1987), staying within the Top 10 for its first twenty weeks of charting, initially charting for 37 weeks within the Top 100. Michael’s May 1993 tour of Australia brought the album back for six weeks climbing to No.66, the album again gracing the lower end of the Top 100 in November 2001 making it to No.87 (this was helped back in by the “Invincible” release). Michael’s passing in late June 2009 saw “Bad” returns in the first week of July, climbing back up to No.13 and helping it to gain its sixth Platinum certification. It has now racked up its 67th week inside the Top 100 with this week’s debut or the newly repackaged 2CD set.

Melbourne hip-hop artists Illy debut at No.15 with his second album entitled “Bring it Back” placing ten spots higher than his first album “The Chase” (HP-25, Nov 2010) achieved almost two years ago. The lead single from this album “Heard it All” peaked at No.48 in mid-June this year.

Ben Folds has been flying solo for most of this century, but in the 1990’s he was with his band Ben Folds Five, who this week debut at No.24 with their first new material in thirteen years entitled “The Sound of the Life of the Mind”. All four of the bands albums have achieved Top 40 or higher, with their self-titled first album from July 1996 reaching No.37, followed in March 1997 by “Whatever and Ever Amen” which took thirty-eight weeks and three chart runs (Mar 97 {7 weeks}, Aug 97 {11 weeks} and from Feb 98) to reach it’s peak of No.8 (for four weeks) in August of 1998. Next album “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” debuted and peaked at No.5 in early May 1999. From 2001 to 2010 Ben as a solo act has charted with four studio albums and a two live sets, the highest placed of those being April 2005’s “Songs for Silverman” (HP-9).

The twelfth studio album for country singer Dwight Yoakam debuts at No.46 entitled “3 Pears”, which is supported by a national tour from mid-November. Dwight has previously charted with his first three albums which all made the lower fifty, scoring his only other Top 50 placing with his sixth album “Gone” from February 1996 which climbed to No.17 in late March, his lasting charting album here being his seventh, “Under the Cover” (HP-74, Aug 1997).

Final Top 50 debut of the week is the No.48 debut for British pop singer Conor Maynard with his first album entitled “Contrast”. The album has so far gone to No.1 in his home country, and here has produced the singles “Can’t Say No” (HP-38,May 2012)“Vegas Girl” (HP-75, Sept 2012).

Lower 50: Rita Ora’s X-Factor appearance helps her album back up seventeen places to No.52 this week, and Alt-J claim the only lower new peaking album, as “An Awesome Wave” is up two places to No.68 this week. “The Music of Smash” (HP-71) TV Soundtrack jumps up twenty places to No.79, and apart from the two Bee Gees albums returning to the Top 100, two further returnees are Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” at No.77 (thanks to their tour), and at No.96 “The Very Very Best of Crowded House”.

Melbourne hip-hop group TZU (Tee-Zed-Yoo) debut at No.57 with their fourth album “Millions of Moments”, their July 2008 set “Computer Love” debuting and peaking at No.23, whilst they first hit the ARIA Albums chart in September 2005 with their second album “Smiling at Strangers” (HP-71).

The current Channel 10 TV series “Puberty Blues” sees their 70’s laced soundtrack debut at No.69. At No.76 are Big & Rich with their fourth album “Hillbilly Jedi”, their first to chart here in Australia. Finally a new “Greatest Hits” collection for The Beach Boys debuts at No.95, their ninth such compilation to chart here in Australia.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to

The ARIA Chart is updated every Sunday at 6pm

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