Debuts for Pierce Brothers, Papa Roach, Rascal Flatts and more!
After a week at #2, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ returns to #1, giving it a tenth week in the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Following the passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave’s Chris Cornell last week, seven albums featuring the acclaimed songwriter and vocalist have hit the ARIA top 50: Soundgarden’s Superunknown (#7), Badmotorfinger (#27 – a top 50 debut), King Animal (#33) and A-Sides (#47), Audioslave’s Audioslave (#8) and the Cornell solo albums Songbook (#21 – a top 50 debut) and Higher Truth (#46).
At #10, Blink-182’s 2016 release California returns to the top ten for a fifth week following a new deluxe reissue of the album. California hit #2 on debut last July.
Lower down the chart, there have been moves up made by Drake’s More Life (up eight to #20), Kaleo’s A/B (up 13 to a new peak at #29) and the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack (re-entry at #41).
#3: Linkin Park ‘One More Light’ – American rock band Linkin Park score their eighth top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart with One More Light. The group’s seventh studio album comes three years on from The Hunting Party (#3 Jun. ’16) and includes guest appearances by rappers Pusha T and Stormzy, as well as electropop artist Kiiara.
#9: Pierce Brothers ‘The Records Were Ours’ – Melbourne folk duo the Pierce Brothers take out a new peak on the ARIA Albums Chart with EP The Record Was Ours. The follow-up to Into The Dirt (#10 Oct. ’15) is their third top 50 entry and is the first in a trilogy of EPs the band plan on releasing in coming months.
#18: Papa Roach ‘Crooked Teeth’ – With their ninth studio album, American nu-metal band Papa Roach pick up a new peak on the ARIA Albums Chart. Crooked Teeth is the band’s fourth album to chart in the top 50 and is the follow-up to F.E.A.R. (#29 Feb. ’15). Their previous peak was with Lovehatetragedy (#19 Jun. ’02).
#21: Chris Cornell ‘Songbook’ – This live album by Chris Cornell was originally released in 2011 and was recorded during March–May of that year during Cornell’s solo Songbook Tour of the US. It features material from his solo career, tracks recorded by Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog, as well as covers of John Lennon and Led Zeppelin. The album previously peaked at #76.
#24: Rascal Flatts ‘Back To Us’ – Country trio Rascall Flatts claim their second top 50 entry with Back To Us. It’s the American group’s tenth studio album and the follow-up to 2016’s The Greatest Gift Of All. Their previous chart appearance was with Rewind (#17 May ’14).
#27: Soundgarden ‘Badmotorfinger’ – Released in September 1991, Badmotorfinger was Soundgarden’s third studio album. It originally peaked on the ARIA Albums Chart at #78 in February 1994 and includes the Soundgarden classics ‘Jesus Christ Pose’, ‘Outshined’ (#76 Jun. ’92) and ‘Rusty Cage’ (#80 Oct. ’92).
#35: DragonForce ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ – British power metal band DragonForce score their third ARIA top 50 entry. Reaching Into Infinity is the group’s seventh album and the follow-up to Maximum Overload (#48 Sept. ’14). Their peak on the chart remains Ultra Beatdown (#19 Sept. ’08).