News 16 January 2021

Barry Gibb scores first solo ARIA Charts #1 album

Plus, debuts for Morgan Wallen and Passenger!

Barry Gibb scores first solo ARIA Charts #1 album

The legendary Barry Gibb takes out his first ever solo #1 on the ARIA Charts as he debuts in the top of the Albums Chart with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook. Gibb’s third solo album and the follow-up to In The Now (#3 Oct. ’16) sees him teaming up with country stars to reimagine songs from the Bee Gees’ canon such as ‘Words’, ‘Jive Talkin’’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, ‘Run To Me’, ‘Too Much Heaven’ and more. Collaborators include Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John, Jason Isbell, Dolly Parton, David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, Sheryl Crow and Alison Krauss. As one third of the Bee Gees – who were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 1997 – Gibb topped the ARIA Albums Chart with Live - One Night Only (#1 Mar. ’99).

American country artist Morgan Wallen makes his ARIA Top 50 debut with second album, Dangerous: The Double Album. The two-disc set comes two years on from Wallen’s debut If I Know Me which was #1 on the Country Albums Chart in the US.

English singer-songwriter Passenger releases his 13th studio album, Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted. The follow-up to 2020’s Patchwork, it’s the first Passenger album to appear in the ARIA Top 50 since Runaway (#7 Sept. ’18) and was recorded in his home studio in Brighton, England. Among Passenger’s six Top Ten albums, he topped the chart with Young As The Morning Old As The Sea (#1 Oct. ’16).

On the back of new single ‘Good Days’, which hits a new peak this week at #9, SZA takes out a new Albums Chart peak at #39 with Ctrl (#40 Jun. ’17). The singer-songwriter’s debut album previously spent one week in the Top 50 back in June 2017 when it debuted at #40.

Jack Harlow’s debut album That’s What They All Say moves up four spots to hit a new peak at #40.