Dr. Dre's 'Compton' Opens at No. 1 in Australia
Dre’s new album release -- his first in 16 years -- is a companion to the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton which blasted its way to an opening day box office of $24.2 million in North America last Friday, easily claiming the top spot for the day (The R-rated movie was produced for just $29 million). Before the weekend was out, the film had raked-in $56.1 million in North American cinemas, thrashing its nearest new-release rival, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. As previously reported, Compton is also new at No. 1 in the U.K., Dre's first in the territory.
On the Australian chart, Compton held off homegrown alt-rock group The Rubens’ second studio album Hoops (Ivy League/Universal), which opened at No. 2, eclipsing the No. 3 peak of their self-titled debut from 2012. Rounding out the top 5 are Meghan Trainor’s Title (Epic/Sony), Luke Bryan’s new set Kill The Lights (Capitol/EMI) and Taylor Swift’s five-times platinum 1989 (Big Machine/Universal).
Meanwhile, Aussie pop singer-songwriter and TV personality Delta Goodrem flies in at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart with "Wings". It’s Goodrem's ninth song to top the chart since she first scaled its peak in 2002 with "Born To Try."
Goodrem, who signed to Sony Music Australia 15 years ago when she was a teen, performed her new single on the Aug. 9 episode of Australia’s The Voice, on which appears as a judge. She’s signed-up to play the role of Grizabella in the revival production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, which begins its run in Australia this October.