No beating the Adele/Bieber/Buble blockbusters
It must be the Christmas season because Michael Buble's 2011 holiday album has stormed back into the top three of the ARIA Albums Chart this week and in doing so has blocked the new The 12th Man album from a top three debut.
Aussie satirist Billy Birmingham's The Very Best Of Richie was expected to crack the top three, but it instead finished in #4 behind Buble at #3 (up from #38 last week), Justin Bieber's Purpose at #2 and, predictably, Adele's 25 — taking out the top spot for a second week running.
If the Birmingham album can't manage to break the Adele/Bieber/Buble hold on the top three ahead of Xmas, it will be only the third time an album by The 12th Man has missed the top spot (Bruce 2000 peaked at #5 in 2000 and Willy Nilly peaked at #3 in 2013).
Meanwhile the epic (the physical format is spread across three discs) soundtrack album for the upcoming Molly Meldrum TV biopic Molly came in at #18, while UK band The Vamps' Wake Up debuted at #23.
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Over on the Singles Chart, Adele dominated yet again with her lead single Hello from the record-breaking album coming in at top place, while Biebs took out #2 and #3 with Love Yourself and Sorry, respectively.
Newly-inducted ARIA hall-of-famer Tina Arena's rendition of her hit song Chains, which she performed at this year's ceremony with The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy debuted at #14.