Debuts for Dope Lemon, Thelma Plum, Allday and more!
Releasing his fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has claimed his fourth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
This week’s Top Ten also includes debuts by three Australian acts: Dope Lemon, Thelma Plum and Allday (more below).
Following the Hillsong conference, Hillsong United’s People has moved up ten spots to #23.
#1: Ed Sheeran ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ – British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran takes out his fourth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart as he debuts in the top spot with No.6 Collaborations Project. The follow-up to ÷ (#1 Mar. ’17) features a host of guest appearances including Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B, Stormzy, Chance The Rapper, Bruno Mars, Khalid and more. Prior to the album’s release, five tracks hit the ARIA Singles Chart: ‘I Don’t Care’ (#1 May ’19), ‘Cross Me’ (#5 Jun. ’19), ‘Beautiful People’ (#4 Jul. ’19), ‘Best Part Of Me’ (#17 Jul. ’19) and ‘Blow’ (#31 Jul. ’19). Joining them on in the Top 50 this week are six more tracks from the album. Ed Sheeran has also had #1s on the ARIA Albums Chart with + (#1 Aug. ’12) and x (#1 Jun. ’14).
#2: Dope Lemon ‘Smooth Big Cat’ – Angus Stone returns to his Dope Lemon moniker for Smooth Big Cat. Coming three years on from Honey Bones (#11 Jun. ’16), the second album from the Sydney act is the first to hit the Top Ten. Between albums, Stone and sister Julia released the album Snow (#2 Sept. ’17).
#4: Thelma Plum ‘Better In Blak’ – Brisbane-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Thelma Plum makes her ARIA Charts debut with Better In Blak. Prior to the release of her debut album, Plum had released two EPs: Rosie (2013) and Monsters (2014). Better In Blak features contributions by Paul Kelly, Dave Le'aupepe (Gang of Youths) and Alex Burnett (Sparkadia). Most notably, ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney contributed guitar to the track ‘Made For You’.
#7: Allday ‘Starry Night Over The Phone’ – Allday scores for a third Top Ten entry on the ARIA Albums Chart with Starry Night Over The Phone. The Adelaide rapper’s third album includes collaborations with The Veronicas and Japanese Wallpaper, among others. He previously charted with Startup Cult (#3 Jul. ’14) and Speeding (#6 May ’17).
#10: Soundtrack ‘The Lion King’ – The soundtrack to the remake of The Lion King makes its Albums Chart debut in the same week the film hits cinemas around Australia. The album includes new versions of favourites from the original film including ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’, as well as a new Beyoncé track – ‘Spirit’ – and ‘Never Too Late’, a new track by Elton John (who composed the original film’s songs along with Tim Rice). The soundtrack to the original version of The Lion King peaked at #3 in October 1994.
#25: Banks ‘III’ – Returning with III, her third studio album, American singer-songwriter Banks grabs her third entry on the ARIA Albums Chart. The new release comes three years on from The Altar (#8 Oct. ’16), Banks’ highest chart peak to date.
#31: Blake O’Connor ‘Everything I Feel’ – Port Macquarie singer-songwriter Blake O’Connor makes his ARIA Albums Chart debut with Everything I Feel. O’Connor was the winner of the 2019 Star Maker competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. He released his debut self-titled EP in June 2018.