Rock legends Queen and their current front man Adam Lambert debut at #1 on this week’s ARIA Albums Chart with the live set Live Around The World. Featuring a selection of performances by the band from across the globe between 2014 and 2020, the release includes their entire set from the Fire Fight concert, which first appeared on Artists Unite for Fire Fight (#1 Mar. ’20). It’s the second Queen album to hit #1 in as many years, having hit the top spot in early-2019 with Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) (#1 Jan. ’19).
At #2, K-pop stars BLACKPINK debut with The Album, their first Korean language album. The quartet’s first Albums Chart entry includes previous singles ‘How You Like That’ (#12 Jul. ’20) and ‘Ice Cream’ (#16 Sept. ’20), as well as the newly-charted ‘Lovesick Girls’ (#27) and ‘Bet You Wanna’ (#42), plus appearances by Cardi B and Selena Gomez.
Veteran American rockers Bon Jovi return at #3 with their 15th studio album, 2020. The band’s first album since This House Is Not For Sale (#1 Nov. ’16) was originally meant to be released in May but got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It features tracks inspired by the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Bon Jovi have nine ARIA #1 albums to their name over their long career.
American rapper 21 Savage and producer Metro Boomin join forces again and debut at #4 with Savage Mode II. The album is the sequel to the duo’s 2016 EP Savage Mode and features guest spots by Drake and Young Thug, among others. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin also charted when they collaborated with Offset on Without Warning (#39 Jul. ’17).
Slipknot and Stone Sour leader Corey Taylor releases his debut solo album CMFT and debuts at #8. It’s Taylor’s first entry on the chart since Slipknot hit #1 with their sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind (#1 Aug. ’19). CMFT is this week’s Vinyl Albums Chart #1.
American R&B singer-songwriter Bryson Tiller takes out his second career Top 50 entry at #11 with A N N I V E R S A R Y. It’s the follow-up to Tiller’s second album, True To Self (#12 Jun. ’17) and includes an appearance by Drake on the track ‘Outta Time’.
Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take out their fifth and sixth Top 50 entries for 2020 as they debut at #14 with Demos Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 and at #30 with Live In Asheville '19. Demos Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 is a 28-track collection of raw tracks from between 2011 and 2020. The live album was recorded at a show in Asheville, North Carolina in September last year and becomes the group’s fifth live album to appear in the Top 50. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have also charted this year with Live in Adelaide '19 (#6 Jan. ’20), Live in Paris '19 (#9 Jan. ’20), Live in Brussels '19 (#34 Jan. ’20) and Chunky Shrapnel (#2 Jul. ’20).
Pop megastar Mariah Carey debuts at #16 on this week’s Albums Chart with The Rarities. With a track listing personally selected by Carey, it includes previously unreleased songs from Carey’s catalogue with a personal meaning to her. The release of The Rarities coincides with the 30th anniversary of Mariah Carey's self-titled debut album, as well as the release of her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
British rock legends Oasis return to the Top 50 at #18 with their classic second album (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Its resurgence comes in the week it celebrated its 25th anniversary, with new issues being released on vinyl and digitally. The album spent five straight weeks at #1 in February/March 1996.
ARIA-nominated Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon hits the chart at #19 with the EP Piano Salt. It features re-worked versions of tracks from her album debut album Salt (#5 Aug. ’19), as well as several covers. Salt was nominated for the ARIA for Best Independent Release in 2019.
Adelaide hip hop heroes Hilltop Hoods hit this week’s Top 50 at #31 with State Of The Art (Instrumental Edition). The instrumental version of their fifth album State Of The Art (#1 Jun. ’09) is the first release in a special limited-edition vinyl series comprising the trio’s latest 4 studio albums. State Of The Art won Best Urban Release and Engineer of the Year at the 2009 ARIAs.
Roger Waters makes his debut at #35 with the live album Us + Them. It captures the former Pink Floyd member and his band in Amsterdam during the tour in support of his most recent studio album Is This The Life We Really Want? (#7 Jun. ’17). The album features songs from that album and many Pink Floyd classics.
Debuting at #37 with her self-titled eighth album, Spice Girl Melanie C scores her first Albums Chart appearance as a solo artist in over 20 years. Her only other release to hit the Top 50 was her debut Northern Star (#32 Oct. ’99).
Sydney electronic duo Cosmo’s Midnight return to the Top 50, debuting at #42 with Yesteryear. The second album from the duo consisting of twin brothers, Cosmo and Patrick Liney comes two years on from their debut, What Comes Next (#36 Jun. ’18). ARIA winner Ruel makes an appearance on the track ‘Down For You’.