The ARIA Charts were dominated by Australian success stories today as Jimmy Barnes, the artist with the most #1 albums in ARIA Chart history, beat out Drake to debut at #1 with Soul Deep 30; while Japanese-Australian artist Joji reached a new career peak at #1 on the Singles Chart with Glimpse of Us.
“I love singing all these classic songs and I’m grateful that they’re now being discovered by a big new audience,” said Jimmy Barnes. “Thanks to everyone who’s supported this project; it’s always held a special place for me ever since we cut the original version for fun over our Christmas holidays more than 30 years ago. I’d like to pay particular tribute to Warren Costello from my record company who passed away recently. Waz was a huge part of my entire solo career alongside our great friend Michael Gudinski and Soul Deep 30 was our final collaboration. He always loved a #1 record, as did MG, so I really hope they both get to hear this news. I’d also like to thank Matt, Dean and the rest of the Bloodlines team for all the heartfelt work they’ve put into this album and tour.”
ARIA CEO, Annabelle Herd, said: “Any week we have two Australians at #1 across the Singles and Albums Charts is a good week, but today’s result is particularly incredible. In such a hotly-contested field of releases and incredible global artists, I’m thrilled to see an Aussie legend like Barnesy and an emerging artist as exciting as Joji receive the top honours. It’s just another example of the breadth, depth and enormous potential of Australian music. From everyone at ARIA, a huge congratulations to both artists.”
In addition to topping the Albums Chart, Soul Deep 30 also tops the Vinyl Albums Chart. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Barnes’ fifth studio album, Soul Deep, which originally debuted at #1 in 1991 and earned him Best Male Artist and Highest Selling Album at the 1992 ARIA Awards. It counts for 10 of Jimmy’s 58 Platinum accreditations in Australia, excluding his work with Cold Chisel, who also reappear in the Australian Albums Chart at #5 with The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You. In total Jimmy has 22 Top 10 ARIA debuts with 13 of them debuting at #1.
Regular ARIA #1 artist, Drake, debuts in the #2 spot with his surprise release HONESTLY, NEVERMIND, released just nine months after Certified Lover Boy, which debuted at #1 on the Albums Chart. The Living End front man Chris Cheney also debuted at #2 in the Vinyl Albums Chart and #8 in the Albums Chart with The Storm Before The Calm.
After making its debut last week at #3 on the New Music Singles Chart and #4 on the Singles Chart, Joji’s Glimpse of Us jumps to #1 in both charts.
Top 5 Albums
Top 5 Singles
Top 5 New Music Chart Singles
Top 5 Australian Artist Albums
Top 5 Australian Artist Singles
Top 5 Vinyl Albums
For all of this week’s charts go to aria.com.au/charts