American star Lil Nas X debuts at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with MONTERO. It’s the first album from the pop-rap artist, who first rose to prominence when ‘Old Town Road’ spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Singles Chart in 2019. It becomes his second entry on the Albums Chart, having made his debut with 7 EP (#5 Jul. ’19). MONTERO includes three Top Ten singles: ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ (#1 Apr. ’21), ‘Industry Baby’ (#5 Aug. ’21) and ‘Thats What I Want’ (#7 this week). The album features appearances from Elton John, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus.
Melbourne duo Vika & Linda score their third Top Three debut in two years as they release The Wait. The seventh studio album from the Bull sisters is their first album of originals since 2002’s Love Is Mighty Close. It includes tracks written by Bernard Fanning, Don Walker, Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Augie March’s Glenn Richards, The Living End’s Chris Cheney and more. The pair have also charted in the last 18 months 'Akilotoa (Anthology 1994-2006) (#1 Jun. ’20) and Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso) (#2 Sept. ’20).
Spiritbox make their first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten as they debut at #8 with Eternal Blue. Formed in 2016, the Canadian metalcore band released two EPs prior to their debut album. Eternal Blue has debuted at #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
Hammond organ and whammy clavinet maestro Lachy Doley hits the chart at #13 with the live album Studios 301 Sessions. Recorded across two sets at the famed Sydney recording facility, the album features performances from Mahalia Barnes and Karen Lee Andrews, as well as a 14 piece band. Doley’s only other Top 50 entry was with Lovelight (#40 Jan. ’17).
K-pop group NCT 127 take out their first ARIA Top 50 entry as they debut at #16 with Sticker. The boy band’s third Korean-language studio album (and fourth album overall) comes 18 months on from previous album, Neo Zone. NCT 127 are a nine-member sub-unit of the group NCT, which contains 23 members.
The Bob Dylan vault gets opened again for the collection Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985). The latest addition to the archival collection of the legendary singer-songwriter covers the albums Shot of Love (1981), Infidels (1983), and Empire Burlesque (1985), and features tour rehearsals and outtakes from the era. In 2020, Dylan released Rough and Rowdy Ways (#2 Jun. ’20), his first album of originals in eight years.
Melbourne Americana band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes score their second Top 50 entry for 2021 as they debut at #30 with As Long As It's Not Us. The new studio album takes over from Nearest Misses (Live) (#38 Apr. ’21) as the group’s chart peak.
Newcastle's Natalie Henry makes her ARIA Top 50 debut at #34 with White Heat. It’s the singer-songwriter’s second album, following on from 2018’s Apple & Pride. The album was made with help from a crowd-funding campaign.