News 4 March 2022

Gang Of Youths snare second ARIA #1 album with angel in realtime.

Top Ten debuts for Slash, Avril Lavigne, Central Cee and Tears For Fears.

Gang Of Youths snare second ARIA #1 album with angel in realtime.

Sydney’s Gang Of Youths score their second #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, claiming the top spot with angel in realtime. The group’s third studio album is the follow-up to Go Farther In Lightness (#1 Aug. ’17), which won four ARIA Awards in 2017, including Album Of The Year. angel in realtime. includes the track ‘the angel of 8th ave.’ (#48 Jun. ’21). As well as the band’s second #1, it also becomes the fifth Gang Of Youths release to chart in the ARIA Top 5. This week, Gang Of Youths also hold the #1 Australian album and #1 vinyl album. angel in realtime. is the third Australia #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2022.

Gang Of Youths said: “We just want to thank everybody for sticking with us and buying and streaming our record. We are proud to be an Australian band and we just want to say again how much we appreciate the support we get from you all.”

ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Herd, said: “Congratulations to Gang of Youths for another outstanding album and for hitting number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, an amazing achievement. Three different homegrown artists at number one, three weeks in a row, proves just how much music fans across the nation love our local acts. It also proves just how valuable Australian music can be as a cultural and economic contributor."

Three weeks after its initial release, Slash & Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators crash in at #2 with 4. It’s the fourth collaboration between the Guns N' Roses guitar hero and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, following on from Living The Dream (#4 Oct. ’18). It’s the outfit’s third #2 peak after Apocalyptic Love (#2 May ’12) and World On Fire (#2 Sept. ’14). 4 hits the chart now after physical copies have become more readily available in the market.

Releasing Love Sux, Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne debuts at #3. The follow-up to Head Above Water (#9 Feb. ’19) is Lavigne’s seventh studio album and becomes her seventh Top Ten entry on the ARIA Albums Chart. Love Sux includes collaborations with Machine Gun Kelly and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.

Central Cee scores a new ARIA Top 50 peak as he debuts at #6 with 23. The second mixtape from the British rapper comes a year on from Wild West Mixtape (#37 Mar. ’21) and includes the single ‘Obsessed With You’ (#30 Oct. ’21).

British duo Tears For Fears return to the ARIA Albums Chart for the first time in over 30 years as they debut at #7 with The Tipping Point. It’s the first studio album from the pair since 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. It becomes their first chart entry since third album The Seeds Of Love (#18 Oct. ’89) and their first Top Ten since Songs from the Big Chair (#5 May ’85).

Country singer-songwriter Casey Barnes claims his second career Top 50 entry as he debuts at #17 with Light It Up. Barnes’ sixth album is the follow-up to Town of A Million Dreams (#16 Apr. ’20), which was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

On the back of the announcement of their one-off show in Geelong on 4 March, Foo Fighters move up the chart from #42 to #32 with their Greatest Hits album. The former #1 has spent 118 weeks in the Top 50.