The Amity Affliction land their second consecutive No.1 album on the ARIA Albums chart this week, as their fourth studio album “Let the Ocean Take Me” debuts at the top this week among some stiff competition.
“Let the Ocean Take Me” is the 704th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2014) and the 555th for ARIA (1983 to 2014), whilst it’s also the 353rd album to debut at No.1 and the seventh for 2014, plus the fourth chart-topping album for the Roadrunner record label, the other two being Slipknot (2008) and Nickelback (2011). The band previously spent a week at the top back in September of 2012 with “Chasing Ghosts” which this week is sitting at No.85.
It’s the first time that the word ‘Ocean’ has appeared in a No.1 title, and only the second ‘Take’, the other being One Direction’s “Take Me Home” (Nov 2012). It’s the 171st No.1 album for an Australian act, plus the fourth this year after Chet Faker, Kylie Minogue and INXS, whilst the album is the 332nd for a Group to make it to the top of the Australian Albums chart. The new Amity Affliction album also becomes the bands third Top 10 placing, as their second set “Youngbloods” (June 2010) debuted and peaked at No.6, their first chart entry being their debut set “Severed Ties” (HP-26, Oct 2008). The two singles from the album have been “Pittsburgh” (HP-28) and “Don’t Lean on Me” (HP-24), which both fall out of the Top 100 this week.
New at No.2 is the fifth studio album for Passenger entitled “Whispers”, which matches the peak his previous album “All the Bright Lights” (TW-46) achieved, it spent four broken weeks at No.2 during April and again in August of 2013. And right behind him at No.3 is the second solo album for Jack White entitled “Lazaretto”, which is the follow-up to his April 2012 debut set “Blunderbuss” which debuted and peaked at No.2.
After three weeks at No.1, Coldplay drop to No.4 with “Ghost Stories”, but the band are doing one show in Sydney this coming week, so it might climb back up next week although it faces competition from new albums by Linkin Park, 360, Kasabian and Lana Del Rey, and also dropping is the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack down to No.5 from No.2, but blasting back into the Top 10 at No.6, up twenty-four places, is Lorde with “Pure Heroine” which was discounted online this week, whilst also returning the Top 10, up seven places to No.7 are The Arctic Monkeys with “AM”.
US country singer Miranda Lambert sees her fifth studio album become her first ARIA Albums chart entry, and it debuts at No.8 entitled “Platinum”, whilst also landing their first Top 10 entry are First Aid Kit with “Stay Gold” which is new at No.9 and follow-up to their first set “The Lions Roar” which debuted and peaked at No.36 back in February 2012. And with seven new and returning entries to the Top 10 this week, only three of last weeks ten survive, with the last being Sam Smith, down seven places to No.10 with his debut set “In the Lonely Hour”.
NEW PEAKS & MOVERS: With the film opening around the country last week, the soundtrack for “The Fault in Our Stars” blasts up twenty-two places to a new peak of No.11 this week, with Jason DeRulo back up twenty spots to No.17 with “Tattoos”. The biggest leap back up the charts this week is from The John Butler Trio with “Flesh & Blood”, which leaps seventy-eight spots to No.19, and The Vamps recent promo tour helps their set “Meet the Vamps” to jump up nineteen spots to No.28 this week. Former No.1 albums for Eminem with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” and One Direction with “Midnight Memories” jump back up to No.36 and No.37 respectively, whilst returning to the Top 100 within the fifty are The Eagles with “The Complete Greatest Hits” (HP-17, peaked December 2004) at No.30, a re-packaged edition of the Baby Animals album “This is Not the End” (HP-19, peaked June 2013) at No.43, the self-titled set for MKTO (#1, Feb 2014) at No.48 and due to the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles tour of Australia (June 1964), their compilation “1” is back in at No.49 (plus iTunes were selling their albums cheaper this week in celebration of the anniversary).
DOWN DOWN: With seven albums entering the Top 10, last weeks entrants that drop are “The Very Best” for INXS (9 to 13, 20 weeks with the Top 10), “Xscape” by Michael Jackson (5 to 14, 4 weeks within ten) “Moon Landing” for James Blunt (8 to 15, 8 broken weeks within ten), “The New Classic” by Iggy Azalea (7 to 18, three weeks within ten), “Fuse” by Keith Urban (6 to 22, five weeks in ten), “Turn Blue” by The Black Keys (10 to 25, four weeks within ten) and after returning to the Top 100 at No.4 last week, Ellie Goulding drops twenty-two places to No.26 with her “Halcyon Days” album, which only spent last week within the ten. Chet Faker is down fifteen places to No.27 with “Built on Glass”, and another former No.1 album “G I R L” for Pharrell Williams drops twelve to No.31, with the “NightDay” EP for ZHU falling seventeen spots to No.32. “Atlas” for Rufus is down sixteen to No.34 and Lily Allen falls fourteen places to No.39 with “Sheezus”. “To Be Loved” for Michael Buble tumbles twenty-five places to No.42 and Russell Morris’ “Van Diemen’s Land” and London Grammar with “if You Wait” are both down twenty-one spots to No.44 and No.45 respectively. “True” for Avicii is down twenty places to No.47 and the debut last week at No.16 for 50 Cent, “Animal Ambition” drops thirty-four spots to No.50 this week, whilst tumbling out of the Top 50 are albums for Violent Soho (34 to 51), Illy (36 to 54), Asgeir (39 to 61), Gabrielle Aplin (31 to 62), Ed Sheeran (43 to 63), Mariah Carey (29 to 68), Dan Sultan (41 to 70), Thundamentals (45 to 72), Kiss (38 to 80), Die Antwoord (11 to 81), Dune Rats (22 to 86), Cliff Richard (44 to 92) and falling out of the charts from last weeks Top 50 are The Pierce Brothers (#21), Troy Cassar-Daly & Adam Harvey (#40) and Royksopp & Robyn (#46).
The debut album for UK indie band Glass Animals enters at No.12 entitled “Zaba”, featuring the former Top 40 single “Gooey”. The next three entries are classic albums for Led Zeppelin which have all been re-mastered and re-issued and are the bands first three releases. The highest of which is their first set “Led Zeppelin” at No.16, the album originally peaked at No.9 in May 1970 and it entered the chart on the back of their second set which was sitting within the Top 10 during that period, and this week “Led Zeppelin II” (HP-1×5, peaked March 1970) returns at No.24, whilst the bands third set “Led Zeppelin III” (HP-1×4, peaked late January 1971) returns at No.23.
Melbourne hip-hop artist Remi ‘REMi’ Kolawole sees his second album become his first ARIA Albums chart entry, with “Raw x Infinity” coming in at No.29, and the final Top 50 entry is new at No.41, “Blood for Blood” by Hellyeah, the bands fourth studio and ARIA Albums chart entry. All of the bands albums have now reached the Top 50, with “Hellyeah” (HP-49, April 2007), “Stampede” (HP-42, July 2010) and their last entry being “Band of Brothers” (HP-32, July 2012).
Lower 50: The Ten Tenors are back up ten places to No.52 with “On Broadway, Vol.1”, and Harrison Craig climbs back up nine spots to No.55 with his “L.O.V.E.” album. The Angels’ “40 Years of Rock Volume 2” is back up twelve spots to No.60 and the Crowded House collection “The Very Very Best of” is back up eleven to No.83. Returning albums this week comes from James Vincent McMorrow with “Post Tropical” at No.58, Paolo Nutini at No.67 with “Caustic Love”, Busby Marou with “Farewell Fitzroy” at No.74, “The Best of Nickelback Vol.1” at No.75, Bruce Springsteen with “High Hopes” at No.78, Daft Punk with “R.A.M.” at No.79, the recent self-titled album for Shakira at No.89, Ball Park Music with their former No.2 set “Puddinghead” at No.91, and after dropping out last week, “Born to Die – The Paradise Edition” for Lana Del Rey is back in at No,94, the original edition down ten to No.69 this week.
Actress and singer Lucy Hale is the only new entry in the lower fifty this week with her debut album “Road Between”, which comes in at No.57. She is best known as one of the lead actresses from the TV series ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and this album went to No.4 in the US Country charts.
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