News 15 March 2024

Making a Grande entrance

Ricki-Lee and The Whitlams Black Stump debut

Making a Grande entrance

Ariana Grande storms the charts at #1 with Eternal Sunshine, her seventh studio album and fifth ARIA Albums Chart-topper, while Ricki-Lee makes a welcome return after 10 years.

All seven of Ariana’s albums have gone top 10 in Australia, including the #1 albums My Everything in 2014, Dangerous Woman in 2016, Sweetener in 2018 and Thank U, Next in 2019.


Australian singer, TV presenter and radio announcer Ricki-Lee steps onto the chart at #3 with On My Own, her fifth studio album and first in 10 years. All of Ricki-Lee’s albums have reached the top 40, with Fear & Freedom her highest peak until now, reaching #7 in 2012. 

Continuing the Aussie success, the 10th anniversary of Sticky Fingers’ Caress Your Soul lands at #11, topping the original album’s peak of #39 in 2013.

Veteran British heavy metal band Judas Priest debut at #16 with Invincible Shield. Formed in 1969, the band have released 19 studio albums, six live albums and seven compilation albums, selling more than 50 million albums worldwide. 

Their first chart success here came in 1982, when Screaming For Vengeance peaked at #81, while their best performer here is Firepower, which topped out at #12 in 2018.  

New at #54 are The Whitlams Black Stump with Kookaburra. The band was formed in 2021 by The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman and Terepai Richmond, plus three roots musicians: Rod McCormack, Matt Fell and Ollie Thorpe. Kookaburra is the band’s first album and includes new versions of The Whitlams’ classics No Aphrodisiac, Blow Up The Pokies and You Sound Like Louis Burdett


On the Singles Chart, American TikTok star Benson Boone holds at #1 for a second week with Beautiful Things, while the release of Ariana Grande’s new album gives her the highest new entry of the week with We Can’t Be Friends (Wait For Your Love) storming into the chart at #2. It’s her 20th top 10 hit here. 

Ariana also arrives at #18 with Supernatural, #19 with Bye, #22 with the album’s title track, #39 with True Story and #46 with Wish I Hated You. Her former #2 hit Yes, And? zips back up the chart from #34 to #11.