News 19 May 2023

Amity Afflicts the charts at #2

Kate Ceberano and Midnight Oil make top 10 debuts

Amity Afflicts the charts at #2

Ed Sheeran’s - holds at #1 for a second week on the ARIA Albums Chart, giving him 44 weeks at #1 on the albums chart across six albums; while local metalcore outfit, The Amity Affliction, score a #2 debut with Not Without My Ghosts.

The Amity Affliction are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year, as Not Without My Ghosts marks the eight studio album and seventh top 10 album from the band. They have previously scored four ARIA #1 albums: Chasing Ghosts in 2012, Let The Ocean Take Me in 2014, This Could Be Heartbreak in 2016 and Misery in 2018. They have also received five ARIA Award nominations between 2010 and 2020.

In other news on the home front, My Life Is A Symphony by Kate Ceberano with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra debuts at #6. It is her 17th ARIA top 50 album, including albums with her Septet, I’m Talking and Wendy Matthews. Ceberano has had seven top 10 albums, including Brave, which peaked at #2 in 1989.

ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Midnight Oil are new at #7 with Live at the Old Lion, Adelaide. The band have released 13 studio albums, two EPs, five video albums, six live albums and six compilations. They have sold 20 million records worldwide and had 17 ARIA top 10s as well as seven #1s: Red Sails In the Sunset (1984), Species Deceases (1985), Diesel and Dust (1987), Blue Sky Mining (1990), 20,000 Watt R.S.L. (1997), The Makarrata Project (2020), Resist (2022).

Elsewhere on the Albums Chart, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories re-enters at #14 with 10th anniversary re-issue of their fourth and final album, including nine previously unreleased tracks. It hit #1 in May 2013 for two weeks and spawned the mega-hit single Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams, which topped the ARIA Singles Chart for one week in 2013.  

The Eurovision Song Contest Liverpool 2023 debuts at #15, including Promise by Perth band Voyager, which came ninth last weekend during the contest. The Album by the Jonas Brothers is also new at #20, while Religiously The Album by Bailey Zimmerman debuts at #25.  

In singles, Morgan Wallen’s Last Night is locked on #1 for the sixth week in a row, one away from equalling the seven weeks Billy Ray Cyrus spent at #1 with Achy Breaky Heart in 1992: the record for a single by a male American country singer here since the ARIA charts started in 1983.