ARIA Albums: Sam Smith Holds On To Top Spot In Australia
by GAVIN RYAN on MAY 2, 2015
Sam Smith spends a second week at No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart with his album “In the Lonely Hour”’ although the cancellation of his tour due to ill health during the mid-week saw him play one of his two Sydney shows before having to unfortunately pull-out.
Lee Kernaghan stays at No.2 with his “Spirit of the ANZACS” album, picking up a â–²Platinum sales certification in the process, whilst No.3 and No.4 swap places this week, with Ed Sheeran back up one place to No.3 with his “x” album, helped by his second tour of 2015 announcement this last week for December, and dropping a spot to No.4 is the soundtrack to “Furious 7″, which holds so high thanks to the set having the No.1 single in the country for a fourth week with “See You Again” for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.
The highest new entry comes in at No.5, the first new album for Blur in almost twelve years and the eighth studio and seventh to chart here (6 studios & 1 best of) entitled “The Magic Whip”, and by coming in so high it now becomes their highest charting album in Australia, and only their second Top 10, as their fourth album from 1995 “The Great Escape” climbed to No.10 for a single week in its third week on the charts. The band also land their third ”˜Highest New Entry of the Week’ award, as their self-titled 1997 set (HP-22) and their follow-up “13″ (HP-12) both achieved this feat too, and the band’s last album charts entry was on the 12th of May in 2003 with “Think Tank” (HP-30), so almost twelve years ago.
Josh Groban lands his ninth chart entry this week (7 studios, 1 Live and 1 best of) at No.6 entitled “Stages” featuring tracks from stage shows and musicals such as ”˜Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’, ”˜A Chorus Line’, ”˜Les Miserables’, Phantom of the Opera’ ”˜The Wizard of Oz’ and ”˜Into the Woods’ amongst its many tracks, which also includes duets with Kelly Clarkson and Chris Botti amongst the album, which also becomes his first album to debut in the Top 10 and his second Top 10 album overall, as his third album “Awake” climbed to No.5 in May 2007, and his new set is helped by the fact that Mother’s Day in Australia occurs in a week.
Meghan Trainor started her national tour late last week, and her album “Title” is back up two places to No.7 whilst holding for another week at No.8 is Taylor Swift with her “1989″ which has now spent over half-a-year in the Top 10 (27 weeks). Sia returns to the Top 10 at No.9 (up three) with her “1000 Forms of Fear”, notching up a seventh week inside the ten and scoring its first week within the ten at No.10 is Bette Midler and her covers album “It’s the Girls” which climbs back up five places and is an ideal Mothers Day title, plus it becomes Bette’s first Top 10 album since October 1993 when her collection “Experience the Divine”“Greatest Hits” climbed to No.3 for two weeks, and this is Miss M’s sixth Top 10 album since her debut set became her first in March 1973.
UP: Mum’s around the country could also expect the Human Nature covers album next weekend too, as their “Jukebox” album bullets back up forty-three places to No.12 plus they’re touring the country at the moment too and Ed Sheeran’s second 2015 tour announcement helps his first set “+” back up seven to No.13. The Script are touring here at the moment (since 24th April) and their fourth album “No Sound without Silence” is back up forty-one places to No.24, and returning to the Top 100 at No.26 are First Aid Kit with “Stay Gold” (the act appearing on ”˜The Graham Norton Show’ last Friday night). The “Guardians of the Galaxy” Soundtrack is back up twelve places to No.34 and Dr. Hook climb fourteen to No.36 with their new collection “Timeless”. Back into the fifty are Beccy Cole with “Sweet Rebecca” (52 to 39), The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999″ (51 to 40) and “Listen” for David Guetta returns to the hundred at No.44 now that the fifth Top 10 single from the album occurs this week.
DOWN: The four albums to fall out of the Top 10 this week are lead by The Wombats with “Glitterbug” (HP-2) down one spot to No.11 after two weeks within the Top 10, but the other three are all debuts from last week, “Truth & Soul” by Stan Walker (7 to 18), Alabama Shakes with “Sound & Color” (6 to 19) and falling hardest are Gang of Youths with “The Positions” (5 to 23). AC/DC drop eight to No.22 with “Rock or Bust” and two Top 20 debut & drops’ come via Passenger with “Whispers II” (17 to 29) and Yelawolf with “Love Story” (19 to 30) with a fourteen place drop to No.37 for last weeks returning album for Paul Kelly “The Merri Soul Sessions”. Sufjan Stevens is down nine spots to No.46 and George Ezra sees his “Wanted on Voyage” album drop down fifteen places to No.48, whilst dropping hard from last weeks fifty are Shawn Mendes (27 to 54), Silverchair (31 to 55), All Time Low (32 to 61), Neil Diamond (39 to 62), Patrizio Buanne (44 to 72), and falling out of the 100 from last weeks Top 50 are Dallas Frasca (#29), Passion Pit (#30) and Nana Mouskouri (#41).
The eight studio album and their first new material in over seven years sees Swedish punk band Millencolin debut at No.16 with “True Brew”, which is the bands sixth chart entry here (five studio and 1 best of) and all albums but one (their first entry) have now debuted and peaked within the Top 20, with the bands highest entry being the No.3 set “Home from Home” in February 2002. And the second Top 20 entry this week is another punk band, this time from Melbourne with their fourth studio album coming in at No.20, Deez Nuts and “Word is Bond”, which by debuting so high becomes the bands highest charting of their four albums so far, although ALL of their previous entries having only lasted a single week in the charts, and the self-titled album for Marlon Williams is the final Top 50 entry this week coming in at No.31.
Lower 50: Troy Cassar-Daley was on several TV shows this past week, and that helps his current album “Freedom Ride” to climb back up eighteen places to No.53 and current tourist here Charli XCX sees her recent album “Sucker” come back in at No.59, whilst The Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits” set is back in at No.63 and the recent Earl Sweatshirt album “I Don’t Like Shit”¦” returns at No.68. Damien Leith is back up eighteen places to No.67 with his “Songs from Ireland” album and further returns come from Bethel Music with “We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)” at No.71 and current tourist Paloma Faith with “A Perfect Contradiction” at No.83, “Partners” for Barbra Streisand at No.89 and “Blue Planet Eyes” by The Preatures at No.91.
Reba McEntire scores her fifth chart entry on the ARIA Albums chart, as her latest album “Love Somebody” comes in at No.51, whilst a few places lower at No.56 is the self-titled album for local act Emma. Melbourne act Miami Horror see their second album “All Possible Futures” come in at No.65, with their first set “Illumination” having debuted and peaked at No.10 back in August 2010. Two further local acts have the last two entries, with 90’s pop singer Rick Price scoring his first alums chart entry for this century (July 1999 was his last LP entry) at No.97 with “Tennessee Sky” and coming in at #100 is John Williamson with his tribute album “Diggers of the ANZAC”.
Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.