Robbie Williams () explodes onto the ARIA Album Chart this week with “Reality Killed The Video Star”, claiming his fourth Australian No.1 album to give him an impressive total of twelve weeks at the top of the chart. The international superstar, who will perform at the ARIA Awards next week, scored a total of nine weeks at number one for his 2004/05 “Greatest Hits” release, along with one week at the top for both “Intensive Care” and “Rude Box” in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He also claims the first chart topper on the new ARIA Digital Album Chart with “Reality Killed The Video Star” and whilst Foo Fighters were number one on the Physical Album Chart, Robbie’s digital sales were extensive enough to ensure him number one overall, as reflected by the ARIA Album Chart. It’s only the second time since digital album sales were included in the album chart some two years ago, that the number one Physical Album and number one on the ARIA Album Chart have been different.
In further ARIA Chart News this week, the second of two new charts is unveiled, the ARIA Catalogue Album Chart. “Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits” from Creedence Clearwater Revival () blasts to number one ahead of “The Very Best of The Doors” and Nirvana’s () classic, “Nevermind”. In order to qualify for this new chart, an album must be at least two years old, and will continue to be eligible for the ARIA Album Chart.
Pop princess Ke$ha continues her domination of both the ARIA Singles and Digital Track Charts this week, as her hit tune “Tik Tok” racks up its second week in peak position. It grabs a No.4 debut on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, coming in just below Britney Spears’ “3”. “Down” from Jay Sean (featuring Lil Wayne) jumps three spots to #3 while Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” narrowly misses out on a top 10 debut, coming in at #11. The smooth “Empire State Of Mind” from hip-hop master Jay Z (featuring Alicia Keys) enters the chart at #20 this week as Orianthi, who shot to stardom as Michael Jackson’s guitarist for “This Is It”, claims a #23 debut for her catchy single “According To You”. Further debuts are made by Glee Cast’s “Sweet Caroline”, Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say” and “Morning After Dark” from Timbaland (featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy), which come in at 37, 39 and 40 respectively.
The ARIA Album Chart is inundated with debuts this week, with nine new entries into the top 40, demonstrating a trend that is set to continue in the lead-up to the festive season. “Glee: The Music”, the soundtrack from the first season of the hit television series, has produced a string of hit singles over the past three months and scores a #3 debut to become the highest-charting TV series soundtrack since Dawson’s Creek which topped the chart in 1999. Rock legends Bon Jovi enter the chart at #4 with their latest release “The Circle”. It’s the band’s eleventh ARIA top 10 album and the first since “Lost Highway”, which hit #2 in January last year.
Homegrown songstress Vanessa Amorosi achieves her third ARIA top 10 album this week with the debut of the highly anticipated “Hazardous”, which comes in at #7. Vanessa’s debut album “The Power” topped the chart on release back in April 2000 followed by 2008’s “Somewhere In The Real World” which debuted at #4.
Rod Stewart () achieves a #11 debut on the ARIA Album Chart with “Soulbook”, which sees him move away from the popular “American Songbook” series to tackle a new and exciting genre, while “Planet Country” from Australian country star Lee Kernaghan () comes in at #13 on release. The 2009 digitally re-mastered limited edition box-set “The Beatles” () enters the chart at #23 this week while Creed’s “Full Circle” debuts at #27 and The Doors’ greatest hits collection “The Very Best Of The Doors” () re-enters the top 40, sitting at #28. “Circus” from Britney Spears jumps eight spots to #29 on the back of her first ever Australian tour while the hilarious 12th Man Box Set makes a #34 debut. Bruce Springsteen’s “Greatest Hits” album and “18 Hits” from ABBA both re-enter the top 40 this week, coming in at 36 and 37 respectively.
“Down” from Jay Sean (featuring Lil Wayne) climbs three spots to #2 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart while the funky “Starstrukk” from 3OH!3 (featuring Katy Perry) is also up three spots to #5. Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette”, “Empire State Of Mind” from Jay Z (featuring Alicia Keys) and “According To You” from Orianthi all enter the chart his week, sitting at 10, 15 and 22 respectively.
ARIA Top 5 Albums
1. Robbie Williams “Reality Killed The Video Star” (DEBUT)
Further Top 40 Debuts:
ARIA Top 5 Singles
Top 40 Debuts:
ARIA Top 5 Digital Albums ***NEW CHART
ARIA Top 5 Catalogue Albums ***NEW CHART