News 13 February 2021

Medicine At Midnight becomes Foo Fighters’ eighth ARIA #1 album

Plus, debuts for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Kate Ceberano and more!

Medicine At Midnight becomes Foo Fighters’ eighth ARIA #1 album

Returning with Medicine At Midnight, Foo Fighters take out their eighth Australian #1. The tenth studio album from the American rock veterans becomes their seventh straight to reach #1, joining U2, Taylor Swift and The 12th Man, who have achieved the same feat; only Eminem has had a longer run of #1 studio albums, wracking up nine in a row. Medicine At Midnight also gives the band the #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.

Foo Fighters have previously hit #1 with the studio albums One By One (#1 Oct. ‘02), In Your Honor (#1 Jun. ‘05), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (#1 Oct.  ‘07), Wasting Light (#1 Apr. ‘11), Sonic Highways (#1 Nov. ‘14) and Concrete And Gold (#1 Sept. ‘17), as well as the compilation Greatest Hits (#1 Nov. ‘09) – which is at #37 this week.

The Weeknd debuts at #2 with the career retrospective The Highlights. The compilation’s release coincides with the Canadian star’s SuperBowl half time performance, which took place earlier in the week. The Highlights includes tracks from the #1 albums Beauty Behind The Madness (Sept. ’15), Starboy (Dec. ’16) and After Hours (Mar. ’20), as well as material from various EPs and soundtracks. After Hours also moves up to #15 this week, up from #24.

Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets score their first ARIA Top Ten appearance as they hit the chart at #4 with Shyga! The Sunlight Mound. The fourth album from the five-piece is their second to chart following And Now For The Whatchamacallit (#31 Jun. ’19). Shyga! The Sunlight Mound is #2 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Kate Ceberano returns to the ARIA Top Five for the first time since Nine Lime Avenue (#4 May ’07) as she debuts at #5 with Sweet Inspiration. The Australian music icon’s 28th career album is her first solo album since Kensal Road (#23 Aug. ’13), having collaborated with Steve Kilbey, Paul Grabowsky and more in the intervening years. It becomes Ceberano’s first Top Ten studio album since So Much Beauty (#9 May ’08) and her seventh Top Ten overall. Kate Ceberano last charted with the compilation Anthology (#9 May ’16). Her highest chart peak to date was with Brave (#2 Aug.’89).

Singer-songwriter Odette debuts at #47 with Herald. The second album from the Sydney artist comes two and a half years on from her debut, To A Stranger (#13 Jul. ’18), which was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album and Breakthrough Artist at the 2018 ARIA Awards. The track ‘Feverbreak’ is a collaboration with Hermitude.