For the second consecutive week, Adele tops the ARIA Albums Chart with her fourth LP, 30. Of the British pop megastar’s two previous #1 albums, 25 (#1 Nov. ’15), which spent eight weeks in the top spot, while 21 (#1 May ’11) spent 32 weeks at the peak, the second most weeks at #1 in ARIA Charts history (behind Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms at 34 weeks). This week 25 sits at #10 and 21 is at #18.
Chillinit scores his third Top Ten entry on the ARIA Albums Chart with Family Ties. It’s the third album in four years from the Sydney rapper, who scored Top Tens in 2020 with his second album, The Octagon (#2 Feb. ’20), as well as the mixtape Full Circle (#3 Oct. ’20).
As we hit December, Christmas, the perennial festive favourite from Canadian crooner Michael Bublé starts its move back up the chart, hitting #8 this week after re-entering at #40 last week. Originally released in 2011, the album has spent a total of 82 weeks in the Top 50, including a combined 15 weeks at #1 across 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019. The tenth anniversary of Christmas sees the release of a 2CD special edition, as well as a deluxe box set.
Nirvana’s Nevermind climbs from #20 to #12 after the vinyl version of the 30th anniversary reissue hit a wider array of retailers this week.
Ringside, a live album from ARIA Hall Of Fame members Cold Chisel, re-enters this week’s chart at #16. Originally peaking at #27 in November 2003, the album’s chart return comes following its debut release on vinyl as a 3LP set. Ringside captures highlights from four shows the band performed at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion in June of 2003.
The Beatles’ Let It Be re-enters the ARIA Top 50 for the second time in three months, hitting #24 this week. The final studio album from the band, originally released in 1970, returned to the chart at #2 in late-October after being reissued to mark its 50th anniversary. The album hits the chart again following the release last week of The Beatles: Get Back, a three-part docu-series capturing the January 1969 sessions that lead to the album that draws on material captured for the original Let It Be film. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film climaxes with the full 42-minute performance by the band on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters in London’s Saville Row; the band’s final public performance.
British singer-songwriter James Blunt hits the Top 50 at #45 with The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004 – 2021), his first career-spanning compilation. Among the tracks on the album are the Top Ten singles ‘You’re Beautiful’ (#2 Nov. ’05), ‘Goodbye My Lover’ (#3 Jan. ’06) and Bonfire Heart (#3 Oct. ’13), plus four new songs. All of Blunt’s seven studio albums have hit the ARIA Top Ten, including the #1s Back To Bedlam (#1 Aug. ’05) and All The Lost Souls (#1 Sept. ’07).