Debuts for Usher, Die Antwoord, Remi and more!
With Backbone, his first album in three years, Anthony Callea has scored his first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart since 2005. It’s the sixtheen Australian #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2016.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway has jumped 18 spots from #33 to #15.
Re-entering the top 50 for the first time since June 2013 is ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees Crowded House’s The Very Very Best Of Crowded House at #20.
With single ‘Side By Side’ picking up a new peak at #3, Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman is up eleven spots to #30.
#1: Anthony Callea ‘Backbone’ – Eleven years on from scoring his first #1 with his self-titled debut (#1 Apr. ’05), Anthony Callea returns to the top of ARIA Albums Chart with Backbone. It’s Callea’s fifth studio album and first to hit the top ten since A New Chapter (#9 Dec. ’06). Backbone features stripped-down versions of tracks by the likes of Go West, Steve Winwood, TLC and Wilson Phillips.
#5: Usher ‘Hard II Love’ – Album eight from Usher gives the American R&B star his sixth top ten appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart. Hard II Love is Usher’s first album since Looking 4 Myself (#3 Jun. ’12) and features the single ‘Crash’ (#10 Aug. ’16).
#7: Soundtrack ‘Bridget Jones's Baby’ – The soundtrack to the third Bridget Jones film continues the run of top tens started by Bridget Jones's Diary (#1 Aug. ’01) and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (#8 Nov. ’04). Bridget Jones's Baby includes tracks by Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen and the Ellie Goulding single ‘Still Falling For You’ (#21 Sept. ’16).
#9: Die Antwoord ‘Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid’ – South African rap group Die Antwoord snare their first top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart with Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid. It’s their fourth album and third to chart locally, following on from Ten$ion (#38 Feb. ’12) and Donker Mag (#11 Jun. ’14).
#10: Remi ‘Divas And Demons’ – The second studio album from Melbourne rapper Remi. Divas And Demons comes two years on from debut Raw X Infinity (#29 Jun. ’14), which earned Remi the 2014 Australian Music Prize.
#13: Mac Miller ‘The Divine Feminine’ – A year on from making his first Albums Chart appearance with GO:OD AM (#32 Sept. ’15), rapper Mac Miller returns with The Divine Feminine. Miller’s fourth studio album includes collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Ty Dolla Sign and Ariana Grande, among others.
#17: Meat Loaf ‘Braver Than We Are’ – Meat Loaf returns with his first album in five years, Braver Than We Are. The American performer's thirteenth album is the follow-up to Hell In A Handbasket (#20 Oct. '11) and sees him working again with Bat Out Of Hell collaborator Jim Steinman.
#22: Harts ‘Smoke Fire Hope Desire’ – Melbourne artist Harts makes his top 50 debut with Smoke Fire Hope Desire. The multi-instrumentalist’s second album is the follow-up to 2014’s debut Daydreamer.
#34: Led Zeppelin ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ – The Complete BBC Sessions is a remastered and expanded version of 1997’s BBC Sessions. It features all of the tracks Led Zeppelin recorded for the BBC between 1969 and 1971. On its original release, the album peaked at #60, meaning this is its top 50 debut.