James Arthur unstoppable with third week #1, Aust chart champ Jessica Mauboy outsells Gaga, Bublé and Elvis!
Both charts this week feature artists repeating at #1 – something that has happened rarely this year at the same time.
James Arthur is spending his third week at #1 as his album “Back From The Ledge” is released this week.
No change in the top three either with The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers holding at #2 and #3 respectively.
The only new entry into the top 10 is Little Mix with “Shout Out To My Ex” which climbs from #16 to #4 in its second week. It is the second time in the top 10 for the British girl group after “Wings” peaked at #3 four years ago.
Just missing a top 10 entry in its second week is “Don’t Wanna Know” from Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar.
The highest of three chart debuts in the top 50 this week is Peking Duk with “Stranger” at #18. The track features vocals by Swedish singer Elliphant.
Also new this week:
#33: Neiked with “Sexual” – Swedish producer Victor Rådström, aka Neiked, makes his ARIA top 50 debut.
#40: Drake with “Fake Love” – Drake scores his sixth top 50 entry as lead artist in 2016. The track comes from his forthcoming December album “More Life”.
A second week topping the chart for Jessica Mauboy with “The Secret Daughter (Songs From The Original TV Series)”. Although many artists have topped the singles chart for successive weeks this year, Mauboy joins Human Nature, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keith Urban, Justin Bieber and the various artists behind the “Molly” soundtrack as the only artists to achieve that feat on the albums chart.
Thanks to Aussie chart champ Mauboy, Lady Gaga had to be content with a #2 debut for “Joanne”. Her first solo album in three years and her fourth in her eight-year album career, Lady Gaga picks up her second consecutive #2 debut – the previous album was “Artpop” which also peaked at #2. (A fifth album was Gaga’s collaboration with Tony Bennett.) Gaga’s only #1 ARIA album was 2011’s “Born This Way”.
By his own standards, a disappointing debut from Michael Bublé – the man with five previous ARIA #1 albums – but there are still plenty of Christmas shopping days for this album to creep higher. “Nobody But Me”, which sits at #3 on debut, is the Canadian solo artist’s seventh top three ARIA album. There’s plenty to like here, even his radical reworking of The Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows”.
And get this – Mauboy has even outperformed an Elvis Presley chart comeback. Presley’s “The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is one of six new albums to debut in the top 10. Another reworking of classic Presley tracks, it’s only moderately successful. For example much of the punch from the original “Kentucky Rain” seems to be sadly missing. Ditto for “Suspicious Minds”.
Something for all tastes in the top 10 again this week – from Mauboy and Gaga to Bublé and Presley…to Korn! The nu-metal masters enter the top 10 for the eighth time with “The Serenity Of Suffering” at #5.
Also scoring top 10 spots was the Canadian singer-songwriter who recorded his first album 49 years ago – Leonard Cohen. He lands at #6 with “You Want It Darker”, and Southfield, Michigan’s post-hardcore outfit I Prevail with “Lifelines”. The band created YouTube buzz with a Taylor Swift cover in 2014 and “Lifelines” is their first album.
The other eight of the 14 top 50 debuts this week are:
#13 The Koi Boys with “Meant To Be”
#16 Pentatonix with “A Pentatonix Christmas” – the chart’s first 2016 Christmas album?
#23 Katy Steele with “Human”
#27 Jimmy Eat World with “Integrity Blues”
#29 Graves with “Monster”
#33 The Pretty Reckless with “Who You Selling For”
#39 Ange Boxall with “Into The Wind”
#48 NxWorries with “Yes Lawd!”