Twenty years on from their first collaboration on S&M (#1 Nov. ’99), Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony top the ARIA Albums Chart again with S&M2. Recorded at San Francisco’s Chase Center in September 2019, the new album features arrangements from the original S&M concerts as well as songs recorded by the metal icons in the two decades since. It becomes Metallica’s seventh #1 album on the ARIA Charts after Metallica (#1 Aug. 91), Load (#1 Jun. ‘96), S&M (#1 Nov. 99), St. Anger (#1 Jun. ‘03), Death Magnetic (2008), Hardwired...To Self-Destruct (#1 Nov. ’16).
#2: Katy Perry ‘Smile’ – Returning with Smile, her first album in three years, American pop superstar Katy Perry scores her fourth Top Two album on the ARIA Charts. The follow-up to Witness (#2 Jun. ’17) features the singles ‘Never Really Over’ (#7 Jun. ’19), ‘Harleys In Hawaii’ (#36 Oct. ’19) and ‘Daisies’ (#37 May ’00). Two days before the album's release, Perry gave birth to her daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom. Perry previously topped the Albums Chart with Teenage Dream (#1 Sept. ’10) and Prism (#1 Nov. ’13).
#8: Josh Pyke ‘Rome’ – Josh Pyke claims his sixth Top Ten on the Albums Chart with Rome. The Sydney singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album is his first since But For All These Shrinking Hearts (#2 Aug. ’15). Between studio release, Pyke charted with Live At The Sydney Opera House (#27 Jul. ’16), a collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
#9: Private Function ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ – Melbourne punk band Private Function make their ARIA Charts debut with Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s the second studio album from the band, coming a year on from their debut album St. Anger. Whose Line Is It Anyway? Is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
#10: Diesel ‘Sunset Suburbia’ – Veteran Australian singer-songwriter Diesel releases his first studio album in four years Sunset Suburbia. Four of the album’s tracks were featured across two EPs – Sunset Suburbia (Vol. I) and Sunset Suburbia (Vol. II) – released in the second half of 2019. It becomes his first Top Ten entry since Solid State Rhyme (#10 Nov. ’94). Diesel last charted with Americana (#15 Jul. ’16).
#12: Disclosure ‘Energy’ – British electronic duo Disclosure return with Energy. It’s the first album in five years from brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, following Caracal (#2 Oct. 15). Energy features appearances by a host of artists including Kelis, Kehlani and Common. The deluxe edition of the album includes Disclosure’s two collaborations with American singer-songwriter Khalid, ‘Talk’ (#4 Apr. ’19) and ‘Know Your Worth’ (#31 Feb. ’20).
#21: Seether ‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ – South African rock band Seether release their eighth album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. The follow-up to Poison The Parish (#29 May ’17) becomes the band’s highest peak on the Albums Chart.
#23: Washington ‘Batflowers’ – Six years after her last album, two-time ARIA winner Washington returns with Batflowers. The follow-up to There There (#5 Sept. ’14) is the Brisbane singer-songwriter’s third studio album. It includes a host of collaborators including Sam Fischer, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, Konstantin Kersting (Tones and I, Mallrat), Sam Dixon (Sia, Adele), John Congleton (St Vincent, Angel Olsen), Dave Hammer (Jess Kent, Mia Rodriguez, Genesis Owusu) and Japanese Wallpaper (Mallrat, Allday).
#28: Miiesha ‘Nyaaringu’ – Miiesha hits the ARIA Top 50 for the first time with Nyaaringu. It’s the debut album from the singer-songwriter who hails from Woorabinda in Central Queensland. Originally released digitally in May of this year, Nyaaringu’s move into the Top 50 comes after the album was released on CD and vinyl last week. Miiesha won New Talent of the Year at the 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards.
#36: PVRIS ‘Use Me’ – PVRIS score their second Top 50 entry with Use Me. The American rock band’s third album is the follow-up to All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell (#12 Sept. ’17). Two days prior to the release of Use Me, PVRIS became a duo following the departure of guitarist Alex Babinski.
#43: Internet Money ‘B4 The Storm’ – American hip hop production collective Internet Money make their Top 50 debut with B4 The Storm. The album features a cavalcade of big-name artists including Trippie Redd, Lil Mosey, Future, Swae Lee, The Kid Laroi, 24kGoldn, Wiz Khalifa, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and the late Juice WRLD.