News 12 November 2021

ABBA debut at ARIA #1 with comeback album Voyage

Debuts for Radiohead, Bullet For My Valentine, Summer Walker and more!

ABBA debut at ARIA #1 with comeback album Voyage

Music legends ABBA take out their first #1 in Australia in nearly 30 years as they return with Voyage. The quartet’s first studio album since 1981’s The Visitors features ten tracks written by ABBA's songwriters, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and includes the singles ‘Don't Shut Me Down’ (#27 Sept. ’21) and ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ (#39 Sept. ’21). It’s the second ABBA album to top the ARIA Charts after the compilation ABBA Gold spent four straight weeks at #1 in December 1992. Prior to the ARIA Charts, ABBA had #1 albums in Australia with ABBA (11 weeks, Dec. ‘75 to Feb. ‘76), The Best of ABBA (16 weeks, Mar. ‘76 to Jul. ‘76) and Arrival (8 weeks, Nov. ‘76 to Jan. ‘77). Voyage will be supported by a concert residency, also called ABBA Voyage, that will take place in London beginning on 27 May 2022 and will feature the digital avatars of the group.

Marking two decades of Kid A (#2 Oct. ‘00) and Amnesiac (#2 Jun. ‘01), Radiohead hit this week’s chart with the reissue package Kid A Mnesia. As well as the two original albums, the set includes a third disc comprising previously unreleased material from the recording sessions of both albums. The reissue of the band’s previous album, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997-2017, peaked at #6 in July 2017. Kid A Mnesia is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine take out their sixth ARIA Albums Chart entry with their self-titled seventh album. The follow-up to Gravity (#10 Jul. ’18) is the group’s second album with its current line-up. They spent one week at the top of the chart with Venom (#1 Aug. ’15).

American R&B singer Summer Walker takes out a second Albums Chart entry as she releases second album, Still Over It. Coming two years on from her debut, Over It (#17 Oct. ’19), the new album includes collaborations with Cardi B, SZA, Pharrell Williams, Ciara and more.

Wollongong duo Hockey Dad debut at #22 with Live At The Drive In. The album was recorded over two nights in October 2020 at the Bulli Showground in their hometown. Fans attending the show sat in their cars listening to the band through their car stereo. Hockey Dad last charted with Brain Candy (#2 Aug. ’20).

Byron Bay-born, Berlin-based band Parcels make their ARIA Top 50 debut at #30 with Day/Night. The electro-pop/disco-soul five-piece’s second album is the follow-up to their self-titled debut from 2018 and is a 19-track double album.

Australian supergroup Springtime hit their chart at #34 with their self-titled debut album. The trio features Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, Tropical F*ck Storm), Jim White (Dirty Three, PJ Harvey) and Chris Abrahams (The Necks, Laughing Clowns). Liddiard charted earlier in the year with Tropical F*ck Storm, claiming their highest ever debut with the ARIA-nominated Deep States (#7 Aug. ’21).

American indie act Snail Mail make their ARIA Top 50 debut at #35 with Valentine. It’s the second album from the project lead by singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan after 2018’s debut Lush.

Ahead of the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift's original Red album re-enters the Albums Chart this week at #40.