News 7 May 2021

Amy Shark lands second ARIA #1 album with Cry Forever

Plus, debuts by Gojira, Royal Blood, DJ Khaled and more!

Amy Shark lands second ARIA #1 album with Cry Forever

Amy Shark scores her second #1 album on the ARIA Charts as she debuts in the top spot with Cry Forever. The follow-up to Love Monster (#1 Jul. ’18) is the eight-time ARIA Award winner’s second album and includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban and Blink-182’s Travis Barker. Cry Forever features the singles ‘Everybody Rise’ (#31 Sept. ’20) and ‘Love Songs Ain’t For Us’ (#22 Mar. ’21). It’s also #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said: “Huge congratulations to Amy Shark on her second ARIA chart-topper with Cry Forever. Amy is one of Australian music’s brightest stars and is an inspiration to us all. It’s great that she’ll be able to share her music live with audiences around the country in the coming months. What a great week for Australian music!”

With Amy Shark at #1 on the Albums Chart and The Kid Laroi topping the Singles Chart with ‘Without You’, it becomes the first week Australian artists have topped both charts since w/c 16/12/2019 when Cold Chisel topped the Albums Chart with Blood Moon and Tones And I held #1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Dance Monkey’.

Cry Forever is the seventh Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021.

Debuting at #3, French metal band Gojira crack the ARIA Top Ten for the first time with Fortitude. Their seventh album comes five years on from Magma (#11 Jun. ’16) and marks the longest period between Gojira studio albums.

British rock duo Royal Blood return at #5 with their first album in four years, Typhoons. The pair’s third album follows How Did We Get So Dark? (#4 Jun. ’17) and sees Queens Of The Stone Age front man Josh Homme take on production duties for three tracks.

DJ Khaled assembles an all-star line-up for twelfth album, Khaled Khaled, hitting #7. Guests on the follow-up to Father Of Asahd (#7 May ’19) included Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Post Malone, Cardi B, Nas, Jay-Z, Drake, Migos and Puff Daddy. It becomes the American producer’s fourth Top Ten album in Australia. 

Norwegian artist Girl In Red makes her ARIA Charts debut at #10 on the back of her debut album, If I Could Make It Go Quiet. Prior to the album, the singer-songwriter also known as Marie Ulven released two EP: 2018’s Chapter 1 and 2019’s Chapter 2.

Releasing sixth studio album First Time Really Feeling, Melbourne singer-songwriter Liz Stringer makes her solo ARIA Top 50 debut at #14. Between this album and Stringer’s previous album, 2016’s All The Bridges, she teamed up with Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher and released the 2019 album Dyson Stringer Cloher.

At #16, Julia Stone returns to solo artist mode as she releases her first album in nine years, Sixty Summers. The third studio album from one half of ARIA-winning duo Angus & Julia Stone becomes her second to appear in the ARIA Top 50. Between Sixty Summers and By The Horns (#11 Jun. ’12), Stone and her brother topped the Albums Chart with their self-titled third album (#1 Aug. ’14) and hit #2 with Snow (#2 Sept. ’17).

Debuting at #36, Mick Fleetwood brings together a host of famous friends including Neil Finn, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Steven Tyler and Noel Gallagher to pay tribute to his fellow Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green on the live album Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac. The show happened on 25 February 2020 at the London Palladium and included early Fleetwood Mac classics ‘Albatross’, ‘Man Of The World’, ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)’. Green passed away in July 2020.

Prog rock icons Pink Floyd release the concert recording Live At Knebworth 1990, debuting at #37. The album captures the band’s performance at The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert in June 1990, that saw them headline a bill that included Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Elton John, Tears For Fears and more. It was the band’s final show in the mammoth run following the release of thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (#2 Mar. ’88).

Melbourne duo Big Scary return at #46 with Daisy, their fourth album and the first album in five years. The band’s previous album, Animal (#5 Sept. ’16), became their first ARIA Top Ten entry and earned them ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize nominations.