News 12 September 2020

Music From The Home Front returns to the ARIA Albums Chart #1

Debuts for San Cisco, Slim Dusty, Wil Wagner and more!

Music From The Home Front returns to the ARIA Albums Chart #1

The multi-artist Australian live release Music From The Home Front returns to #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for a third week. Featuring songs from the virtual concert broadcast on Channel 9 on ANZAC Day, the album has jumped back up the chart on the back of its release on triple vinyl.

Previously spending two straight weeks at #1 in June/July, Music From The Home Front includes performances by ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees Jimmy Barnes, Crowded House, Mark Seymour, Colin Hay, Paul Kelly, James Reyne and Andrew Farriss (INXS), as well as ARIA winners Tones And I, Missy Higgins, Vance Joy, Bliss n Eso, Kate Ceberano, Delta Goodrem, Dean Lewis, Guy Sebastian and many more.

100% of profits from Music From The Home Front go to Support Act - Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

Founder and Chairman, Mushroom Group, Michael Gudinski said:

“It’s hard to believe that four and a half months after Music From The Home Front first etched its moment in history, the long awaited release of the triple vinyl album, together with the CD and downloads, returns this fantastic album back to #1 on the ARIA chart.   It’s an amazing testament to all the artists and people involved.”

Dan Rosen, ARIA CEO, said:

“Congratulations to Michael Gudinski, Mushroom and all the artists involved in Music From The Home Front on getting back to #1 with an incredible vinyl edition of the album. It shows just what a special moment it was for Australia, and how our artists come together and heed the call when we need them most.

“I would also like to congratulate the awesome Powderfinger on reaching #2 with their 20th anniversary edition of Odyssey Number Five. It is a landmark album by one of this country's great bands.

“And congratulations to San Cisco, on debuting at #3 on the ARIA Charts with their wonderful independent album Between You And Me.

“They are all part of a great week for Australian artists on the ARIA Charts. We have seen people all around the country continue to engage with our artists and music, and it is vital in helping many Australians get through these challenging times.”

Reissued to mark its 20th anniversary, Powderfinger’s Odyssey Number Five (#1 Sept. ’00) re-enters the Albums Chart at #2. The Brisbane band’s fourth album – and second #1 – spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 in September/October 2000 and features the highest-charting single ‘My Happiness’ (#4 Aug. ’00). Odyssey Number Five went on to earn Powderfinger six ARIA Awards in 2001, including Album Of The Year. It tops this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Fremantle band San Cisco take out their second Top Ten album as they debut at #3 with fourth album Between You And Me. The trio’s follow-up to The Water (#17 May ’17) returns them to the Top Ten for the first time since Gracetown (#2 Mar. ’15). Four of the album’s tracks featured on their EP Flaws released in March 2020.

The soundtrack to the forthcoming documentary Slim & I makes its Top 50 debut at #8. Slim & I tells the story of the partnership between ARIA Hall Of Fame member Slim Dusty and his wife and long-time collaborator Joy McKean. The soundtrack features the music of Slim and Joy, plus performances by Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey and Bill Chambers and more.

The Smith Street Band’s front man Wil Wagner scores his second solo Top 50 entry for 2020 at #9 as he releases Spiralling. The mini album is Wagner’s first new solo music since 2013’s Laika. He charted earlier in the year when the demo collection I Hope I Don't Come Across Intense (#49 May ’20) was reissued. The Smith Street Band have also charted this year with Live At The Triffid (#4 Mar. ’20) and Don't Waste Your Anger (#1 Apr. ’20).

The classic 1973 Rolling Stones album Goats Head Soup returns to the Top 50 at #17 after a deluxe reissue. The new edition includes a remastered version of the original album, as well as demos, live performances and previously unreleased outtakes such as ‘Criss Cross’, ‘All The Rage’ and ‘Scarlet’, featuring Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Goats Head Soup spent four weeks at #1 in Australia at the end of 1973.

American rapper Big Sean scores his third Top 50 entry at #22 with fifth album Detroit 2. The follow-up to I Decided. (#14 Feb. ’17) includes a host of guest appearances by the likes of Eminem, Lil Wayne, Diddy, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Anderson Paak and Post Malone.

Less than a year on from Pony (#4 Nov. ’19), English artist Rex Orange County takes out his second Top 50 entry at #28 with Bcos U Will Never B Free. Released in 2015, the singer-songwriter’s debut album was recorded in his bedroom when he was 16 and was originally self-released on Bandcamp. It has been reissued to mark its fifth anniversary, including being made available on vinyl for the first time.

The controversial 6ix9ine hits the Albums Chart at #39 with TattleTales. The American rapper’s second album become his second Top 50 entry after the mixtape DAY69 (#11 Mar. ’18). It features the singles ‘Gooba’ (#14 May ’20) and ‘Trollz’ (#45 Jun. ’20).