News 3 September 2021

Donda lands Kanye West fourth ARIA #1 album

Debuts for Bliss N Eso, Halsey, Chvrches and more!

Donda lands Kanye West fourth ARIA #1 album

American hip hop superstar Kanye West takes out his fourth ARIA #1 album with Donda. West’s tenth album was released on 29 August after more than a year of delays. The 27-track album includes appearances by Jay-Z, Playboi Carti, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign and more. West previously hit #1 on the Albums Chart with Yeezus (#1 Jun. ’13), ye (#1 Jun. ’18) and Jesus Is King (#1 Nov. ’19).

Returning with The Sun, their first album in four years, Sydney hip hop group Bliss N Eso claim their fifth Top Ten on the ARIA Charts. It’s the follow-up to Off The Grid (#1 May ’17) and includes collaborations with Chillinit, Dizzee Rascal and Kasey Chambers. Their first Top Ten entry was with Flying Colours (#10 May ’08).

Halsey scores her fourth Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart as she releases If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. The American singer-songwriter’s fourth album is the follow-up to Manic (#2 Jan. ’20). It was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails and features contributions from Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl. No singles were released prior to the album dropping.

British synth-pop band Chvrches take out their third Top Ten album with Screen Violence. The trio’s fourth album follows Love Is Dead (#7 Jun. ’18) and includes a collaboration with The Cure’s Robert Smith on the track ‘How Not to Drown’. Chvrches first hit the Top Ten with Every Open Eye (#3 Oct. ’15).

OneRepublic return with Human, their first album in five years. The American pop band’s fifth album becomes their fourth Top Ten in Australia, following Oh My My (#8 Oct. ’16), Native (#8 Sept. ’13) and Dreaming Out Loud (#4 Apr. ’08). Human includes the single ‘Rescue Me’ (#26 Jul. ’19).

Gretta Ray scores a new ARIA Albums Chart peak as she releases Begin To Look Around. The Melbourne singer-songwriter’s debut album comes three years on from making her chart debut with the EP Here and Now (#46 Aug. ’18). Gang Of YouthsDave Le'aupepe appears on the track ‘Worldy-Wise’.

LA punk band The Bronx claim a new peak on the ARIA Albums Chart as they debut at #16 with Bronx VI. It debuts ten spots higher that their previous peak, reached with V (#26 Oct. ’17). It’s the band’s first album to feature former Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo as a member.

Sydney-based artist Ngaiire takes out her second ARIA Top 50 entry as 3 debuts at #32. The singer-songwriter’s third album comes five years on from Blastoma (#41 Jun. ’16). 3 includes the single ‘Shiver’, which made the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition shortlist.

American rapper Lil Tecca releases his second album in a year, We Love You Tecca 2. The follow-up to September 2020’s Virgo World becomes his first chart entry since the mixtape We Love You Tecca (#13 Sept. ’19). The new album includes appearances by Gunna, Iann Dior, Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty and more.