News 29 April 2022

Northlane snare second ARIA #1 album

Top Ten debuts for Daniel Johns and Ocean Grove.

Northlane snare second ARIA #1 album

Northlane take out their second ARIA #1 album as they debut in the top spot with Obsidian. The metalcore band’s sixth album comes three years on from Alien (#3 Aug. ’19) which won Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album at the 2019 ARIA Awards. Obsidian was self-produced by the band. Northlane first hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Node (#1 Aug. ’15). Obsidian is the fifth Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2022. It also tops the ARIA Australian Albums and Vinyl Albums Charts.

Northlane said: “It feels absolutely surreal to have the #1 album this week. When we went independent we took a huge step, but the authenticity of the record, supported by the right team and our incredible fan base, has prevailed. A huge thanks is owed to everyone who worked on the album behind the scenes and especially to the fans who streamed or purchased a copy. Northlane has once again triumphed against all odds. Can’t wait to see you on the road.”

ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Herd, said: “On behalf of all of us at ARIA, it is a pleasure to congratulate Northlane for their second #1 album on the ARIA Charts. Once again, we see the amazing diversity in the sort of music Australian fans are listening to and celebrating – a brilliant sign for our community. I would also like to congratulate Daniel Johns on his #2 spot and Ocean Grove for hitting #8 this week. Having three local acts in the Top 10 is testament to the passion of Australian fans and labels."

Former Silverchair front man Daniel Johns scores his second solo appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart as he debuts at #2 with FutureNever. Johns’ second solo album comes seven years on from Talk (#2 Jun. ’15). It makes its debut this week solely on digital sales and streams, with vinyl CD and cassette versions to follow. Between solo albums, Johns teamed up with Luke Steele (The Sleepy Jackson, Empire Of The Sun) as the duo Dreams, releasing No One Defeats Us (#42 Sept. ’18).

Melbourne nu-metal band Ocean Grove claim a third ARIA Top Ten entry as they debut at #8 with Up In The Air Forever. The follow-up to Flip Phone Fantasy (#8 Mar. ’20) is the group’s third album. Ocean Grove first hit the Top Ten with their debut The Rhapsody Tapes (#5 Feb. ’17).

Pusha T takes out his second #11 on the ARIA Albums Chart as he debuts with It's Almost Dry. The American rapper’s fourth album comes four years on from Daytona (#11 Jun. ’18) and includes guest appearances from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Lil Uzi Vert, Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Labrinth.

Irish punk band Fontaines D.C. score a new ARIA Albums Chart peak after Skinty Fia debuts at #24. The group’s third album follows on from A Hero’s Death (#26 Aug. ’20), which gave them their first chart appearance in Australia.

Three weeks after its initial release Jack White’s Fear Of The Dawn hits the ARIA Top 50 for the first time at #25. The debut on the chart for the follow-up to Boarding House Reach (#11 Apr. ’18) comes after the release of its vinyl and CD versions. Fear Of The Dawn is the first of two albums White has for 2022, with Entering Heaven Alive set for release on 22 July.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets claim their third ARIA Top 50 entry, debuting at #48 with Night Gnomes. The fifth album from the Perth band comes just over a year on from hitting the Top Ten with SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound (#4 Feb. ’21).

Melbourne’s ever-prolific King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard hit the chart for the first time in 2022 as Omnium Gatherum debuts at #49. The six-piece band’s 20th studio album in ten years is their first double album. It comes just over a month on from the two-track Made in Timeland album. King Gizzard last charted with Butterfly 3000 (#2 Jun. ’21), one of four albums to peak at #2.