Releasing sixth studio album, Justice, Justin Bieber takes out his fourth #1 on the ARIA Charts. The follow-up to Changes (#2 Feb. ’20) includes appearances by The Kid Laroi, Chance The Rapper, Khalid, Dominic Fike and more. It also features the Top Ten tracks ‘Holy’ (#4 Sept. ’20), ‘Anyone’ (#5 Jan. ’21), ‘Hold On’ (#6 Mar. ’21) and new single ‘Peaches’ (#2 Mar. ’21). Bieber previously hit #1 with the albums My Worlds (#1 May ’10), Believe (#1 Jun. ’12) and Purpose (#1 Nov. ’15).
Following up Norman F**king Rockwell! (#4 Sept. ’19), Lana Del Rey takes out her sixth Top Ten with Chemtrails Over The Country Club. Like its predecessor, this album sees the singer-songwriter collaborating with producer/songwriter Jack Antonoff. It also features appearances by Weyes Blood, Zella Day and Nikki Lane. Lana Del Rey has topped the Albums Chart with Born To Die (#1 Feb. ’12), Ultraviolence (#1 Jun. ’14), Honeymoon (#1 Sept. ’15), Lust For Life (#1 Jul. ’17).
Australian country star Troy Cassar-Daley returns at #3 with The World Today and takes out his highest charting solo release on the ARIA Albums Chart. It’s his first album of original material in since Things I Carry Around (#5 Sept. ’16). Between studio albums, Cassar-Daley released the compilation Greatest Hits (#7 Oct. ’18) and the festive album Cowboys For Christmas (#13 Nov. ’20). The World Today also becomes Cassar-Daley’s sixth Top Ten on the Albums Chart and sixth #1 on the ARIA Country Album Chart.
Debuting at #5 with Today We're The Greatest, Middle Kids take out a new ARIA Albums Chart peak. The Sydney trio’s second album comes three years on from their debut album Lost Friends (#10 May ’18). Between albums, they released the EP New Songs For Old Problems (#44 Jun. ’19) and singer/guitarist Hannah Joy and bassist Tim Fitz became parents for the first time following the birth of their son.
American folk-rock band Fleet Foxes take out their third ARIA Top 50 entry, debuting at #13 with Shore. The follow-up to Crack-Up (#10 Jun. ’17), the group’s fourth studio album was announced in September 2020, one day before its digital-only release. Its debut in the chart comes following its issue on vinyl and CD. Fleet Foxes’ highest chart peak to date was with Helplessness Blues (#6 May ’11).
At #27, Ziggy Alberts injects himself into this week’s Top 50 with Searching For Freedom. The Queensland-born singer-songwriter’s fifth album is his second to chart after Laps Around The Sun (#9 Nov. ‘18).
Cold Chisel’s Swingshift re-enters the Top 50 at #33 on the back of its 40th anniversary. Capturing their 1980 tour in support of third album East, the ARIA Hall Of Fame band’s first live album was originally released in March 1981 and peaked at #1 on the Australian Charts. It includes covers of tracks by Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Swingshift is also #3 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
Steve Earle pays tribute to his late son Justin Townes Earle by recording an album of songs written by Justin, titled J.T. The release comes less than a year after Justin passed away on 20 August 2020. All proceeds from this release will be put into a trust for Justin’s 3-year-old daughter, Etta. It’s Earle’s first Top 50 entry since The Hard Way (#28 Aug. ’90).