Matching the effort of their last album — 2013's ...Like Clockwork — U.S. rockers Queens of the Stone Age have debuted at number one this week with their seventh full-length, Villains. The album was one of six new releases to crack the top twenty, with War on Drugs' five-star opus, A Deeper Understanding, going a massive 23 spots higher than their previous LP — 2014's Lost In The Dream — to start at #5, one spot ahead of Kim Churchill's Weight_Falls — also a new peak for the Canberra singer-songwriter.
Further back, U.S. pop group Fifth Harmony slip into the top ten with their self-titled third album starting at #9, three spots in front of PVRIS, who make their ARIA album chart debut with All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. Similarly, Sydney folktronica artist Gordi makes her first mark on the chart, with debut full-length Reservoir opening at #20.
Meanwhile, veteran Aussie songwriter, recent Living Legend feature artist and now-chart-topper, Paul Kelly, repeats last week's remarkable feat, once more holding firm at #2, ahead of Ed Sheeran's Divide that stays at stuck at #3. Last week's number one — Gang of Youths' Go Farther In Lightness — slips only as far as #7, while Taylor Swift's 2014 LP, 1989, bouncing up 15 spots to #16, off the back of the recent reveal of new material from the forthcoming Reputation. The rest of the top twenty features the usual suspects, a combination of movie soundtracks (Guardians of the Galaxy, Moana), cemented long-stayers (Sheeran's X, Adele's 25) and some of the year's biggest pop releases (Kesha, Kendrick, Lorde, Imagine Dragons).
Next up, amidst a relatively quiet week for new releases, LCD Soundsystem's American Dream will undoubtedly challenge for the top spot, with Cloud Control's new album Zone the most likely of the local albums.