Debuts for Tegan And Sara, The Wolfe Brothers, Hellyeah and more!
ARIA Hall Of Famer Jimmy Barnes has become the ninth Australian artist to hit #1 album on the ARIA Albums Chart for 2016 thanks to Soul Searchin'. Barnes’ eleventh #1 album draws him level with U2 and Madonna for the most #1 albums in ARIA Charts history.
Moves up the chart come this week for Meghan Trainor’s Thank You (up four to #3), Drake’s Views (up three to #7), Prince’s The Very Best Of (up four to #8), Taylor Swift’s 1989 (up 14 to #14) and Meghan Trainor’s Title (up 13 to #17).
There’s high re-entries from Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (#23) and Halsey’s Badlands (#33)
#1: Jimmy Barnes ‘Soul Searchin'’ – With his seventeenth solo studio album, ARIA Hall Of Famer Jimmy Barnes picks up his eleventh solo #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, drawing him level with U2 and Madonna for the most #1 albums in ARIA Charts history. Soul Searchin' is Barnes’ fourth album of soul and R&B classics following Soul Deep (#1 Nov. ‘91), Soul Deeper... Songs from the Deep South (#3 Nov. ‘00) and The Rhythm and the Blues (#1 Sept. ‘09).
Jimmy Barnes has also topped the ARIA Albums Chart with Bodyswerve (#1 Oct. ’84), For The Working Class Man (#1 Dec. ‘85), Freight Train Heart (#1 Dec. ‘87), Barnestorming (#1 Nov. ‘88), Two Fires (#1 Sept. ‘90), Hits (#1 Oct. ‘96), Double Happiness (#1 Jul. ‘05) and 30:30 Hindsight (#1 Sept. ’14).
On news of his eleventh ARIA #1, Jimmy Barnes said: “I feel blessed to be making music after such a long time in the business and equally I feel privileged that people are still buying our records and coming to the shows – it’s very humbling.
“As for another #1, it’s an absolute honour to be counted amongst such iconic bands and great artists.”
Dan Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of ARIA added “Congratulations to Jimmy Barnes on this incredible achievement. He has ruled the ARIA Charts for over 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. To hold the record of eleven ARIA #1 Albums together with U2 and Madonna just shows what legendary company he keeps.”
#10: The Wolfe Brothers ‘This Crazy Life’ – The Wolfe Brothers notch up their Albums Chart top ten with This Crazy Life. The Tasmanian country group’s third studio album gives them their third consecutive top 20, following on from It’s On (#18 Jan. ’13) and Nothin' But Trouble (#13 Sept. ’14).
#13: Tegan And Sara ‘Love You To Death’ – Canadian twins Tegan And Sara pick up a new chat peak with Love You To Death. The duo’s eighth album is the follow-up to Heartthrob (#14 Feb. ’13) and is their fourth ARIA top 50.
#18: Beartooth ‘Aggressive’ – The second album from Beartooth gives the American metalcore band their first top 50 entry. Aggressive comes two years on from the band’s debut LP, Disgusting.
#19: Ladyhawke ‘Wild Things’ – New Zealand singer-songwriter Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke, returns with third album Wild Things. It’s her first album since Anxiety (#17 Jun. ’12) four years ago. Ladyhawke’s highest peak was with her self-titled debut (#16 Sept. ’08).
#20: Hellyeah ‘Unden!able’ – Metal supergroup Hellyeah snare a new peak with fifth album Unden!able. The follow-up to Blood For Blood (#41 Jun. ’14) surpasses the band’s previous best set by Band Of Brothers (#32 Jul. ’12).
#21: The Kills ‘Ash & Ice’ – British-American duo The Kills grab their second top 50 album and a new peak with Ash & Ice. Their fifth album is the first in five years and the follow-up to Blood Pressures (#43 Apr. ’11).
#24: Jai Waetford ‘Heart Miles’ – Former X Factor contestant Jai Waetford makes his first appearance on the Albums Chart since the Jai Waetford EP (#21 Dec. ’13) with the EP Heart Miles. Waetford recently became a cast member of Neighbours.
#25: Roxette ‘Good Karma’ – Legendary Swedish duo Roxette chart with a studio album for the first time since 2011 with Good Karma. It’s their tenth studio album and the follow-up to 2012’s Travelling. Their last studio release to chart was Charm School (#49 Feb. ’11). In 2015 Roxette charted with two compilations: The RoxBox - A Collection Of Roxette's Greatest Songs (#12 Mar. ’15) and The 30 Biggest Hits XXX (#27 Mar. ’15).
#26: Paul Simon ‘Stranger To Stranger’ – The thirteenth solo studio album from iconic singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Stranger To Stranger is Simon’s first album of new material since So Beautiful Or So What (#41 May ’11). Simon spent five weeks at #1 in 1986/87 with Graceland (#1 Oct. ’86).
#30: Above & Beyond ‘Acoustic II’ – The second ARIA Charts top 50 appearance for British progressive trance act Above & Beyond. The trio previously charted with We Are All We Need (#11 Jan. ’15). Acoustic II features reimagined tracks from the previous release.
#47: Volbeat ‘Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie’ – Danish metal band Volbeat make their ARIA Charts debut with Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie. The group’s sixth album is the follow-up to 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. They made their debut in 2005 with The Strength/The Sound/The Songs.