Debuts for Architects, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Fifth Harmony and more!
Sydney producer Flume has taken out the #1 spot on this week’s ARIA Albums Chart with his second album, Skin. It’s the eighth Australian album to hit #1 in 2016.
This week sees significant moves from Rüfüs’ Bloom (up 15 to #15), Graeme Connors’ 60 Summers (up 31 to #18) and The Cat Empire’s Rising With The Sun (up 15 to #32).
On the back of his #1 album, Flume’s self-titled debut has re-entered the top 50 at #42.
#1: Flume ‘Skin’ – Sydney producer Harley Streten, aka Flume, picks up his second #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart courtesy of second album Skin. The follow-up to Flume (#1 Feb. ’13) features the singles ‘Never Be Like You’ (#1 Feb. ’16), ‘Smoke & Retribution’ (#23 Feb. ’16) and ‘Say It’ (#5 this week). Collaborators on Skin include Beck, Little Dragon and Vince Staples.
#2: Architects ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ – The seventh studio album from British metalcore band Architects gives them their second top 50 appearance. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us takes over from Lost Forever, Lost Together (#13 Mar. ’14) as the band’s highest ARIA Charts peak.
#6: Catfish and the Bottlemen ‘The Ride’ – British indie band Catfish and the Bottlemen pick up their first top 50 with The Ride. It’s the quartet’s second album. Their 2014 debut The Balcony peaked at #51 in February 2015.
#8: Fifth Harmony ‘7/27’ – American girl group Fifth Harmony pick up a new peak thanks to second album 7/27. The follow-up to Reflection (#16 Feb. ’15) features the single ‘Work From Home’ (#3 Mar. ’16) as well as appearances from Fetty Wap and Missy Elliott.
#14: Rates ‘Untold’ – Album two from Sydney rapper Rates. It becomes his new peak on the Albums Chart, taking over from debut Destroy & Rebuild (#38 Jun. ’13). Several tracks feature labelmate Kerser.
#16: The Wiggles ‘The Best Of’ – The Wiggles pick up their highest ever peak on the Albums Chart with The Best Of. The compilation brings together 31 tracks performed by the current line-up of the group. Their previous peak was with another compilation, Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles (#32 Mar. ’14). It’s the second Wiggles release to chart in 2016; Wiggle Town! peaked at #41 in February.
#19: Lacuna Coil ‘Delirium’ – With their eighth album, Italian metal band Lacuna Coil pick up their first top 50 appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart. Delirium is the follow-up to 2014’s Broken Crown Halo. The band’s previous chart best was in 2009 when Shallow Life peaked at #78.
#20: The Monkees ‘Good Times!’ – To mark their 50th anniversary The Monkees return with their first studio album in 20 years. Good Times! is the first group release following the passing of Davy Jones in 2012. It features songs written by the likes of Paul Weller (The Jam/Style Council), Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Andy Partridge (XTC), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie). It’s the first Monkees album to chart in the top 50 since The Collection (#25 Sept. ’92).
#21: Dierks Bentley ‘Black’ – The first top 50 album for American country artist Dierks Bentley. Black is Bentley’s eighth album and the follow-up to 2014’s Riser.
#23: Winterbourne ‘Pendulum’ – Indie folk duo Winterbourne hit the top 50 for the first time thanks to their EP Pendulum. It’s the Central Coast pair’s second EP; they released their debut, All But The Sun, in 2014.
#47: Beth Orton ‘Kidsticks’ – British singer-songwriter Beth Orton grabs her first top 50 in ten years with Kidsticks. Orton’s sixth album is her first in four years. She last charted with Comfort Of Strangers (#40 Feb. ’06).