American pop superstar Taylor Swift scores her second ARIA Charts #1 album for 2021 and her fourth in two years as she debuts in the top spot with Red (Taylor's Version). The new version of Red (#1 Nov. ’12) is the second of the singer-songwriter’s planned six re-recorded albums, in response to the master recordings of her back catalogue being sold and comes just over six months on from Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (#1 Apr. ’21).
It becomes Swift’s ninth career #1 album in Australia, having previously topped the chart with Speak Now (#1 Nov. ’10), Red, 1989 (#1 Nov. ’14), Reputation (#1 Nov. ’17), Lover (#1 Sept. ’19), folklore (#1 Aug. ’20), evermore (#1 Dec. ’20) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
Swift becomes the first artist in the ARIA era (July 1983-present) to have two #1 albums in two consecutive years in. By extension, she also becomes the first artist to have four #1s albums across two consecutive years in the ARIA era. She equals Eminem for consecutive #1 studio albums on the ARIA Charts.
This week, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) sits at #18, folklore is at #24, 1989 is #25, Lover is 28, evermore is 40 and Reputation is #43.
American R&B superduo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak make their ARIA Albums Chart at #4 with their debut album as Silk Sonic, An Evening with Silk Sonic. The album includes the singles ‘Leave The Door Open’ (#10 Mar. ’21), ‘Skate’ (#32 Aug. ’21) and ‘Smokin Out The Window’ (#8 Nov. ’21). It’s the first album release from Mars since 24K Magic (#3 Nov. ’16) and the first for .Paak since Ventura (#19 Apr. ’19).
Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett claims her fourth ARIA Top Ten entry as she debuts at #5 with Things Take Time, Take Time. Barnett’s third solo album comes three years on from Tell Me How You Really Feel (#2 May ‘18), which won Best Rock Album at the 2018 ARIA Awards. She’s also previously charted with Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (#4 Mar. ’15) and the collaboration with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice (#5 Oct. ’17).
Sydney electronic duo Flight Facilities take out their second ARIA Top Ten entry as they debut at #6 with Forever. The pair’s long-awaited second album is the follow-up to Down To Earth (#3 Nov. ’14), which earned them three ARIA Awards nominations in 2015. Forever includes a host of collaborators including Emma Louise, Broods and American rapper Channel Tres.
A year on from debuting at #1 on the Albums Chart, Kylie Minogue’s DISCO re-enters at #7. It comes on the back of the release of reissue packs known as the Guest List Edition. Along with the original album, the updated version features new tracks – including collaborations with Years & Years, Gloria Gaynor and Jessie Ware – plus previously unreleased remixes. DISCO has earned Minogue nominations for Best Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album at next week’s ARIA Awards.
British pop group Little Mix hit the chart at #8 with the compilation Between Us. Released to mark the band’s mark first decade, the album includes some of their biggest hits including ‘Wings’ (#3 Nov. ‘12), ‘Change Your Life’ (#8 Apr. ‘13) and ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ (#4 Oct. ‘16). It also features five new tracks, the first released by Little Mix as a trio after Jesy Nelson departed the group in December 2020.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind re-enters the chart at #13. The new reissue includes a remastered version of the album plus live sets from Tokyo, Amsterdam, California and Melbourne. The grunge band’s second album peaked at #2 for two weeks in Jan/Feb 1992. This is its 85th week in the Top 50
A year on from making their chart debut with Ultra Mono (#7 Oct. ’20), British rock band Idles return to the chart at #26 on the back of new album Crawler. It’s the Bristol group’s fourth album in five years. Their previous album gave them their first UK #1.
Following a reissue to celebrate a decade since its release, The Wombats Proudly Present... This Modern Glitch, the second album from British band The Wombats re-enters the chart at #32. The new reissue includes the original album and an extra disc of b-sides. The album peaked at #8 in May 2011.
The legendary Rod Stewart hits the chart at #39 with The Tears Of Hercules, his thirty-second studio album. It’s the follow-up to Blood Red Roses (#15 Oct. ’18) and marks the fourth album of predominantly originals released by Stewart since Time (#6 May ‘13), which was his first collection of self-penned tunes in over two decades.
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