For the third straight week, British singer-songwriter Adele holds #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with her fourth studio album, 30. Australia is one of 22 territories the album has hit #1 in. 30 has also topped the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart for a third straight week.
In its third week in the Top 50, Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train climbs from #6 to #3. This week marks the start of the fourth running of the ARIA Hall Of Fame member’s Making Gravy tour, which will include shows in Melbourne and Brisbane in the coming weeks.
This week’s highest debut comes from the Australian Bird Calls album Songs Of Disappearance. A collaboration between the nature recordist David Stewart, Nature Sound, the Bowerbird Collective, BirdLife Australia, Charles Darwin University and Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts, this project features birdsong of 53 of the most threatened species of Australian native birds. It’s the first album of its kind to chart in the ARIA Top Ten.
Melbourne blues rock band The Teskey Brothers take out their fourth ARIA Top 50 entry as they debut at #11 with Live At Hamer Hall. The quartet’s second live album was recorded at the iconic Melbourne venue in December 2020, in collaboration with Orchestra Victoria. As well as tracks from the studio albums Run Home Slow (#2 Aug. ‘19) and Half Mile Harvest (#18 Jun. ‘17), two original Teskey Brothers Christmas songs – ‘Dreaming Of A Christmas With You’ and ‘Highway Home For Christmas’ – are featured on the album. The first Teskey Brothers live album, Live At The Forum, spent a week at #1 in May 2020.
Polo G returns to the chart this week at #26 with Hall Of Fame 2.0. The deluxe version of his third album, which peaked at #3 in June of this year, features the original release plus 14 additional tracks including collaborations with Lil Baby, Lil Tjay and YungLive. One track has charted from Hall Of Fame 2.0: ‘Bad Man (Smooth Criminal)’ (#48 Nov. ’21).
Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band take out their second ARIA Albums Chart entry for 2021 as their debut album, No One Gets Lost Anymore, makes its first ever Top 50 appearance at #41. Originally released in 2011, the album has been reissued to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a new vinyl pressing including the previously unreleased track ‘Golden’. The band charted earlier in the year with the live album Unplugged in Wombat State Forest (#11 Mar. ’21).