News 5 April 2024

Say, “howdy Miss Carter!”

The Pierce Brothers score top 20 debut

Say, “howdy Miss Carter!”

Beyoncé’s genre-bending country album Cowboy Carter roars onto the ARIA Albums Chart at #1 this week, while Aussie duo The Pierce Brothers land at #14 with their third album, Everything Is Bigger Than Me.

Cowboy Carter gives the new crossover queen her fourth chart-topper following Beyonce in 2013, Lemonade in 2016 and Renaissance in 2022. It’s the first country album by a woman to land at #1 on the Albums Chart (excluding the new versions of Taylor Swift’s country albums) since 2017, when Kasey Chambers spent one week on top with Dragonfly in January and Shania Twain’s Now was #1 for a week in October. 

Everything Is Bigger Than Me marks the sixth time Melbourne duo The Pierce Brothers have landed on the Albums Chart, with The Night Tree peaking at #21 in 2014, Into The Dirt peaking at #10 in 2015, The Records Were Ours hitting the band’s highest peak at #9 and My Tired Mind reaching #31 in 2017, and Atlas Shoulders hitting #13 in 2018.

BTS member J-Hope (born Jung Ho-seok) lands at #62 with his EP Hope On The Street Vol. 1. He reached #13 in 2018 with Hope World and #27 in 2022 with Jack In The Box. J-Hope became the first South Korean to headline a US festival when he played Lollapalooza in 2022.

On the Singles Chart, it’s the fifth week at #1 for Benson Boone’s Beautiful Things, the first song with “beautiful” in its title to hold the top spot since Sean Kingston’s Beautiful Girls in 2007. 

Beyoncé’s Texas Hold ‘Em rebounds, up from #7 to its previous peak of #2. Also debuting from the album are II Most Wanted – a duet with Miley Cyrus – at #16, and Queen Bey’s rework of the Dolly Parton classic Jolene at #24. 

Dolly’s original peaked at #99 here in 1974, while Olivia Newton-John took it to #29 in 1976.

Rounding things out, British-Cypriot producer Artemas’ first hit here, I Like The Way You Kiss Me, jumps from #25 to #7.