News 22 October 2021

Music Of The Spheres hands Coldplay seventh ARIA #1 album

Top Ten impact for The Beatles, Baker Boy, Kylie Minogue and Adele.

Music Of The Spheres hands Coldplay seventh ARIA #1 album

Releasing Music Of The Spheres, Coldplay claim their seventh #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The follow-up to Everyday Life (#1 Dec. ’19) is the British band’s ninth studio album and includes the singles ‘Higher Power’ (#44 May ’21) and ‘My Universe’ (#7 Oct. ’21), which is a collaboration with K-pop superstars BTS. Music Of The Spheres also features contributions from Selena Gomez and producer Max Martin, among others. Coldplay have also scored #1 albums in Australia with A Rush Of Blood To The Head (#1 Sept. ‘02), X&Y (#1 Jun. ’05), Viva La Vida (#1 Jun. ’08), Mylo Xyloto (#1 Oct. ’11) and Ghost Stories (#1 May ’14).

Let It Be, the legendary final studio album released by The Beatles, gets re-released to mark its 50th anniversary, albeit a year late. Reissued in a number of variations, the new versions include the original album released in May 1970, plus outtakes and alternate mixes from the sessions which occurred during January 1969; prior to the recording and release of Abbey Road. Some issues also feature a remaster of producer Glyn Johns' original 1969 album, when it was still to be titled Get Back. Let It Be spent four weeks at #1 in Australia in June 1970. This reissue’s entry on the chart continues the run of Top Tens by 50th anniversary editions by the Fab Four that’s also included Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (#5 Jun ‘17), The Beatles (aka The White Album) (#10 Nov ‘18) and Abbey Road (#2 Oct ‘19). Let It Be also lands on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week at #2.

Six-time ARIA Award nominee Baker Boy makes his ARIA Top 50 debut at #3 with Gela. The Yolngu rapper’s long-awaited debut album includes performances by JessB, G Flip, Jerome Farah, Thando, Yirrmal, Lara Andallo and Uncle Jack Charles. Topping the Australian Artist Albums Chart, Gala also debuts at #3 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Kylie Minogue’s iconic 2001 album Fever receives the reissue treatment on white vinyl to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The ARIA Hall Of Fame member’s second #1 album in Australia spent five weeks in the top spot. It produced the hits ‘Can't Get You Out of My Head’ (#1 Sept. ‘01), ‘In Your Eyes’ (#1 Jan. ‘02), ‘Love at First Sight’ (#3 Jun. ‘02) and ‘Come into My World’ (#4 Nov. ‘02).  Fever and its singles earned Minogue five ARIA Awards in 2002 and has been accredited 7x Platinum in Australia. Fever debuts at #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.

With ‘Easy On Me’ hitting #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart this week, Adele has also made an impact on the Albums Chart. Her last album, 25, has climbed ten spots to hit #8. Meanwhile, second album 21 is up 13 to #11 and her debut album 19 has re-entered the Top 50 at #41.

The Smith Street Band’s Wil Wagner takes out his second highest solo entry as Live From A Beach House In The Rain debuts at #14. A live set recorded by Wagner in the spare room of a beach house, it’s his third solo appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart after I Hope I Don't Come Across Intense (#49 May ’20) and Spiralling (#9 Sept. ’20).

The late American rapper Mac Miller takes out his fifth entry in the ARIA Top 50 as he debuts at #16 with Faces. The mixtape, originally released in 2014, has hit the chart now after its release on streaming platforms and vinyl for the first time. It’s the second release by Miller to posthumously chart after Circles (#3 Jan. ’20).

Melbourne metal band Twelve Foot Ninja hit this week’s Albums Chart at #20 with Vengeance. The group’s third album is their second to hit the Top 50 after they made their debut with second album, Outlier (#6 Sept. ’16).

Releasing second album, Punk, American rapper Young Thug scores a new peak on the ARIA Albums Chart at #26. Coming two years on from So Much Fun (#36 Sept. ’19), it includes guest appearances by J. Cole, Future, Juice Wrld, Post Malone, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Travis Scott, Doja Cat, Nate Ruess, Jeff Bhasker, Mac Miller, and many more.

Australian rock legends Russell Morris and Rick Springfield debut at #34 as they team up as The Morris Springfield Project and release the album Jack Chrome And The Darkness Waltz. Friends for more than 50 years, Russell and Rick first recorded together when Rick played on Russell’s debut album, Bloodstone (1971). The pair will reunite again in late 2022 when Morris steps in for the late Darryl Cotton as the front man of a reunited Zoot, in which Springfield is the guitarist. 

American metalcore band Ice Nine Kills make their ARIA Albums Chart debut at #35 with Welcome To Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2. The Boston group’s sixth album is the sequel to 2018’s The Silver Scream. It includes guest vocals by Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), George Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and Brandon Saller (Atreyu).

American country band Zac Brown Band take out their fifth ARIA Top 50 entry as they debut at #42 with seventh album, The Comeback. The album is the follow-up to The Owl (#29 Sept. ’19). To date, Zac Brown Band’s highest chart peak was with Jekyll + Hyde (#6 May ’15).

Spiderbait’s third album, Ivy And The Big Apples, re-enters the chart at #47 following a reissue on red vinyl to mark its 25th anniversary. Peaking at #3 in October 1996 and later being accredited 2x Platinum, the album featured the singles ‘Buy Me A Pony’ (#45 Jan. ’97) and ‘Calypso’ (#13 Jun. ’97).