News 18 February 2022

Huskii claims first ARIA #1 album with Antihero

Top Ten debuts for alt-J and Eddie Vedder!

Huskii claims first ARIA #1 album with Antihero

Wollongong-born, Sydney-based rapper Huskii scores his first ever #1 on the ARIA Charts as he debuts in the top spot with Antihero. It’s the hip hop artist’s debut album, following the release of three EPs: Recalled (2020), Brainumb (2017) and Barely Awake & Paranoid (2016). Huskii has also previously collaborated with Chillinit on the EP 4 Days and the album Family Ties (#5 Dec. ’21).

On receiving news of his #1, Huskii said “Antihero is #1 on the charts! I owe everything to my fans. Thank you for coming out and supporting. Love yas.”

ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Herd, said: “I am thrilled to congratulate Huskii on his first ARIA #1 in this week's Albums Chart, and for being our first Australian #1 of the year. Huskii’s achieved an incredible feat for an artist who has never appeared on the chart before, proving the Australian music business is still alive, well and constantly surfacing fresh talent. I can't wait to see which other homegrown artists will top the chart this year."

Returning with their fourth album, The Dream, British indie trio alt-J take out their fourth ARIA Top Ten. The new album comes nearly five years on from Relaxer (#4 Jun. ’17). 2022 also marks ten years since the band released their debut album, An Awesome Wave (#9 Feb. ’13). The Dream has debuted at #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder debuts at #8 with Earthling. Vedder’s third solo album is his first in a decade, following on from Ukulele Songs (#6 Jun. ’11). Earthling includes performances by Ringo Starr, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

American indie rock band Big Thief hit the ARIA Top 50 for the first time as they debut at #19 with Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You. The quartet’s fifth album is the follow-up to 2019’s Two Hands, which gave them their highest peaks in the UK and US, as well as peaking at #99 in Australia.

British singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Labrinth claims his first solo Albums Chart entry in almost a decade, debuting at #31 with Euphoria: Season 1 (Music From The Original Series), the soundtrack to the hit American TV show. Labrinth received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in Euphoria; Outstanding Music Composition for a Series and Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for the song ‘All for Us’. He also won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Television Soundtrack. Labrinth’s only other solo appearance on the chart was with his debut album Electronic Earth (#30 Mar. ’13). Labrinth has also previously charted with the collaborative album Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present... LSD (#49 Apr. ’19).

Dr. Dre’s landmark 1999 album 2001 re-enters the chart this week at #34 on the back of the hip hop icon’s performance in the Super Bowl halftime show this week alongside Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and more. 2001 has spent eight previous weeks in the Top 50, peaking at #26 in September 2015. Eminem’s Curtain Call: The Hits moves up seven spots to #14 in its 228th week on the chart.

American indie rock stalwarts Spoon debut at #41 this week with Lucifer On The Sofa. It’s the Texas band’s tenth studio release, coming five years on from Hot Thoughts (#41 Mar. ’17), which was their highest-charting album in Australia. Lucifer On The Sofa gives Spoon their fourth Top 50 appearance.