News 3 May 2024

Local Boy lands top 5

While three Aussie acts break the top 30

Local Boy lands top 5

5 Seconds of Summer’s Luke Hemmings arrives at #4 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week with boy, while Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department hits two weeks at the top.

boy is Hemmings’ second album, his first, When Facing The Things We Turn Away From, hit #1 in 2021 for one week.

Debuting at #3 – thirty-eight years after their debut album Please climbed to #10 here – are enduring UK duo Pet Shop Boys with their 15th album Nonetheless. Their best performer locally was Very, which got to #2 in 1993. Nonetheless is the follow up to Hotspot, which stopped at #8 in 2020. 

The release of an expanded version of Icelandic jazz musician Laufey’s Bewitched sees it storm back onto the chart at #6. It had previously peaked at #46 last year. 

Jimmy Barnes’ seventh solo album Flesh And Wood returns at #22 thanks to its 30th anniversary. The largely acoustic album peaked at #2 in early 1994 and features duets with Aussie stars Archie Roach, Tommy Emmanuel, Ross Wilson, Deborah Conway and Diesel. Barnesy was last on the chart with a new album in 2022, when Blue Christmas became his 15th solo chart-topper

The Dreggs debut at #29 with Caught In A Reverie. It’s the first album from the Aussie folk pop duo of Paddy Macrae and Zane Harris, who have been performing together since 2017.

Legendary French electronic music duo Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, better known as Justice, return at #52 with Hyperdrama, their fourth studio album and first in eight years. Until now their best showing here came in 2011, when Audio, Video, Disco peaked at #18. 

Taylor’s Fortnight with Post Malone holds at #1 for a second week on the Singles Chart, but snapping at its heels is Espresso by rising star Sabrina Carpenter, which froths up from #17 to #2. Until now, her biggest hit was Feather, which reached #22 last year. 

After a star turn on Beyonce’s recent #1 album Cowboy Carter, American singer and producer Shaboozey flies from #34 to #3 with A Bar Song (Tipsy). The track interpolates J-Kwon’s Tipsy which reached #5 here in 2004. It just hit #1 on the US Hot Country Songs chart.