News 11 February 2022

Korn snare first #1 album in over 20 years with Requiem

Plus, new peak for Australian Bird Calls!

Korn snare first #1 album in over 20 years with Requiem

Korn take out their third #1 album on the ARIA Charts with Requiem. The 14th studio album from the American nu-metal veterans is the follow-up to The Nothing (#5 Sept. ’19) and becomes their tenth Top Ten album in Australia. Korn previously topped the ARIA Albums Chart with Follow The Leader (#1 Aug. ’98) and Issues (#1 Nov. ’99). Requiem also tops this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

After six weeks out of the Top 50, the Australian Bird Calls album Songs Of Disappearance has re-entered and claimed a new peak at #2. Its re-entry comes on the back of a new deluxe issue of the project that features 53 of the most threatened species of Australian native birds. The first album of its kind to chart in the ARIA Top Ten, it’s a collaboration between nature recordist David Stewart, Nature Sound, the Bowerbird Collective, BirdLife Australia, Charles Darwin University and Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts. Songs Of Disappearance is #1 on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart.

British post-punk band Black Country, New Road make their ARIA Top 50 debut at #6 with Ants From Up There. The group’s second album comes a year on from their debut, For the First Time, which was released in February 2021 and peaked at #4 in the UK. Four days prior to the album's release, Black Country, New Road’s lead vocalist and guitarist Isaac Wood announced his departure from the band. The group plans to continue in Wood’s absence.

Mitski takes out her ARIA Top 50 debut at #7 with Laurel Hell. It’s the Japanese-American singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, coming nearly four years on from 2018’s Be The Cowboy. Mitski’s previous album became her first to chart in the UK and US. Laurel Hell has debuted on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart at #2.

Melbourne pop-punk band Bodyjar return to the albums chart for the first time in almost a decade, debuting at #35 with New Rituals. The group’s eighth album is their first since Role Model (#30 Oct. ’13) and is the first to feature current bass player Nick Manuell. Bodyjar’s highest chart peak has been with How It Works (#19 Aug. ’00).