News 27 August 2016

Blonde gives Frank Ocean first #1

Debuts for Ball Park Music, Drapht, Dolly Parton and more!

Blonde gives Frank Ocean first #1

Debuts for Ball Park Music, Drapht, Dolly Parton and more!

There’s another new #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, with American artist Frank Ocean claiming his first #1 with second album Blonde (see below).

Following the announcement of their Australian tour, Guns N’ Roses have the week’s highest re-entry at #17 with Greatest Hits.

As well as having the #1 this week, Frank Ocean has the week’s second highest re-entry. His debut album channel ORANGE has returned to the top 50 for the second time in three weeks, hitting #19.

There have also been re-entries by INXS’ The Very Best (#22), Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits (#30), David Bowie’s Best Of Bowie (#35) and The Temper Trap’s Thick As Thieves (#41).


#1: Frank Ocean ‘Blonde’ – American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean takes out his first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Blonde. Ocean’s second studio album is the long-awaited follow-up to channel ORANGE (#9 Feb. ’13). Its release came one day after the release of the video album Endless. Blonde features contributions from Beyoncé, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, and James Blake, among others.

#3: Ball Park Music ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ – The fourth album from Ball Park Music gives the Brisbane band their third top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. Every Night The Same Dream is the follow-up to Puddinghead (#2 Apr. ’14). They first hit the top ten with Museum (#9 Oct. ’12).

#4: Drapht ‘Seven Mirrors’ – After topping the chart with The Life Of Riley (#1 Apr. ’11), Drapht returns with Seven Mirrors. The Perth-based rapper’s first album in five years features collaborations with Dune Rats and Hilltop Hoods.

#6: Roy & HG ‘This Sporting Life’ – This double disc set brings together highlights from Roy & HG’s long-running Triple J show, This Sporting Life. The live, improvised, and satirical program aired on the station from 1986 to 2008. The album has been released to mark the show’s 30th anniversary.

#9: Dolly Parton ‘Pure And Simple’ – After scoring her first top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart with Blue Smoke (#7 Feb. ’14), Dolly Parton returns to with Pure And Simple. It’s the country legend’s 43rd solo studio album, having released her debut, Hello, I’m Dolly, in 1967.

#14: John Williamson ‘His Favourite Collection’ – A new compilation of tracks from the career of ARIA Hall Of Famer John Williamson. The four disc set brings together more than 50 of Williamson’s favourite tracks. He charted earlier in the year with Looking For A Story (#32 May ’16).

#29: Sabaton ‘The Last Stand’ – Swedish metal band Sabaton appear in the top 50 for the first time with The Last Stand. The group’s eighth studio album is the follow-up to 2014’s Heroes. They released their debut album, Primo Victoria, in 2005.

#31: David Brent ‘Life On The Road’ – Ricky Gervais revives the character David Brent for the new film Life On The Road. The soundtrack features tracks performed by Brent and his band, Foregone Conclusion. One track, ‘Electricity’, feature’s Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

#37: Tory Lanez ‘I Told You’ – The debut album from Canadian rapper Tory Lanez. Prior to the release of I Told You, Lanez had released an EP and 15 mixtapes between 2009 and 2015.

#39: Lindsey Stirling ‘Brave Enough’ – Lindsey Stirling makes her top 50 debut with Brave Enough. It’s the American violinist’s third studio album and features collaborations with Christina Perri, Zedd and Rivers Cuomo, among others. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s Shatter Me.

#44: EDEN ‘I Think You Think Too Much Of Me’ – EDEN makes his Albums Chart debut with I Think You Think Too Much Of Me. It’s the Irish electronic artist’s second EP, following on from 2015’s End Credits. Former Singles Chart topper Gnash features on the track ‘Fumes’.