Steady as she goes was this week's ARIA album chart motto, as in a rare show of stability the top three remained unchanged from last week — Swift, Pink and Sheeran — with #4 (Sam Smith) slipping only one spot. Amongst which it was all about comeback climbs and compilations-as-Christmas-gifts, with only four new albums cracking the top ten.
Of the debuts, Everyday Is Christmas, the quirky festive release from Sia (pictured), performed best, starting at seven, two spots ahead of The Rest of Our Life by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. Further back, Green Day's God's Favorite Band greatest hits comp lands at #16, just one spot ahead of Iron Maiden's new live LP, The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter. Amongst which, it was Christmas cheer. Michael Buble's long-time-climbing Christmas LP got up to #4, while the deluxe edition of John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John's Friends For Christmas LP re-entered the charts at #10 and Chris Isaak’s Christmas crawled up a huge twenty spots to $26.
Not to be outdone, Paul Kelly's previous chart-topper, Life is Fine, jumped 16 spots to #8, boosted by a recent ABC live special. A strong enough surge to even get his 1997 Songs From The South compilation back in the chart, returning at #22. Similarly, Lorde's Melodrama comes back into the top twenty (#18) off the back of her just-wrapped Australia tour.
This week, Bjork and Noel Gallagher are set to be the biggest new releases, while the run of recent reissues continues as collections by the Ramones and Eagles potentially finding their way onto people's Christmas wishlists.