News 3 October 2020

Nectar lands Joji debut ARIA Albums Chart #1

Plus, Top Ten debuts for Machine Gun Kelly, Deftones, Alpha Wolf and IDLES.

Nectar lands Joji debut ARIA Albums Chart #1

Australian-Japanese artist Joji hits #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for the first time as he debuts in the top spot with Nectar. The follow-up to Ballads 1 (#17 Nov. ’18) features the singles ‘Sanctuary’ (#42 Jun. ’19) and ‘Run’ (#39 Feb. ’20). Nectar includes collaborations with Benee, Lil Yachty and Diplo, among others. Joji is the first artist part of the hip hop collective 88rising to have a #1 album in Australia.

Nectar is the 14th Australian release to hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2020.

Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Joji on scoring his first ARIA number one. Joji is challenging and redefining what a musician does in the modern age. He plays many roles and has many talents, and I’m glad that he can add ‘chart topper’ to his long list of achievements.”

Machine Gun Kelly scores his first Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart as he debuts at #2 with his fifth studio album Tickets To My Downfall. The follow-up to Hotel Diablo (#26 Jul. ’19) marks the American artist’s move from rap to pop punk and features the singles ‘My Ex’s Best Friend’ (#22 Sept. ’20). Guests on the album include Halsey, Iann Dior, blackbear and Trippie Redd.

Debuting at #3, Alt-metal band Deftones follow-up the #1 album Gore (#1 Apr. ’16) with OHMS. It’s the American group’s ninth studio album. It’s the first Deftones album to feature guitarist Stephen Carpenter playing a nine-string guitar. It becomes the Deftones’ eighth Top 50 entry.

Tasmanian metalcore band Alpha Wolf take out their highest chart entry at #6 with A Quiet Place To Die. The Burnie band’s second studio album comes three years on from debut album Mono (#29 Jul. ’17). In 2019 they released the EP Fault. Alpha Wolf have debuted at #2 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.

Releasing third album Ultra Mono, British rock band IDLES make their Top 50 debut at #7. The Bristol band formed in 2009 and have previously released the studio albums Brutalism (2017) and Joy As An Act Of Resistance (2018). Earlier in 2020, they put out the live album Live At Ramsgate Music Hall. Ultra Mono includes guest appearances by Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Jehnny Beth (Savages), David Yow (The Jesus Lizard) and jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum. Ultra Mono is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Following the viral success of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ on TikTok this week and a re-entry onto the Singles Chart at #39, its parent album Rumours has jumped from #42 to #17.

American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens returns with The Ascension, his first album in five years. It becomes his second Top 50 entry in Australia following Carrie & Lowell (#11 Apr. ’15). The Ascension is Stevens’ second album for 2020, having collaborated with his stepfather, Lowell Brams, on the new-age album Aporia.

The late rapper Lil Peep’s HELLBOY hits the Top 50 following its reissue. Originally release in September 2016, the mixtape becomes the second Lil Peep release to hit the Albums Chart after Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2 (#15 Nov. ’18).

Following Helen Reddy’s passing during the week, the compilation Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits (And More) debuts at #48 on this week’s Albums Chart. The album includes the ARIA Hall Of Fame member’s three US #1 singles, ‘I Am Woman’, ‘Delta Dawn’ and ‘Angie Baby’.