British pop megastar Adele takes out her third #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart as she returns with 30. The singer-songwriter’s fourth album comes six years on from 25 (#1 Nov. ’15), which spent eight weeks in the top spot. The album includes the chart-topping single ‘Easy On Me’ (#1 Oct. ’21), which this week returns to #1. Nine tracks from the album have debuted in this week’s ARIA Top 50 including the Top Tens ‘Oh My God’ (#6) and ‘I Drink Wine’ (#10). Adele also previously hit #1 with 21 (#1 May ’11), which spent 32 weeks in the top spot, the second most weeks at #1 in ARIA Charts history.
On the back of 30’s success, this week Adele sits at #7 with 25, #10 with 21 and #29 with 19.
Paul Kelly debuts at #2 with Paul Kelly's Christmas Train. The ARIA Hall Of Fame member’s first festive season collection features a host of guests including Kasey Chambers, Dan Kelly, Emma Donovan, Lior, Vika & Linda Bull, Kate Miller-Heidke, Marlon Williams and more. The album includes a new version of Kelly’s 1996 Australian Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’ (#37 Dec. ’18). It’s the singer-songwriter’s eighth studio album in six years and the fifth of those to hit the Top Ten: Seven Sonnets and a Song (#9 May ’16), Life Is Fine (#1 Aug. ’17), Nature (#1 Oct. ’18) and Please Leave Your Light On (#3 Aug. ’20).
Bruce Springsteen debuts at #6 with the live album The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts. Recorded with the E Street Band at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the set includes 13 songs performed over two nights. Springsteen last appeared on the chart with a live album three years ago with Springsteen On Broadway (#6 Dec. ’18).
Delta Goodrem’s 2020 Christmas album Only Santa Knows returns to the chart at #13. Its move back up the chart comes thanks to the release of a deluxe edition featuring four additional tracks. Spending seven weeks in the Top 50 last year, the album peaked at #2.
Debuting at #18, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and Alison Krauss reunite for Raise The Roof. It’s the second collaborative effort from the duo after Raising Sand (#45 Mar. ’09), which won Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Plant last charted with Carry Fire (#16 Oct. ’17).
Sydney punk band Frenzal Rhomb hit this week’s chart at #34 on the back of a reissue of Not So Tough Now. Originally released in July 1996, the group’s second album originally peaked at #53. It was accredited Gold in 2012. The new issue marks the first time the album has ever been available on vinyl.
Waltz King André Rieu returns to the chart with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and the album Happy Together. Rieu’s first album to chart since Jolly Holiday (#10 Nov. ’20) features some of the Dutchman’s favourite songs.