Sydney dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol snare their third #1 album on the ARIA Charts as they debut in the top spot with Surrender. The group’s fourth studio album comes three years on from Solace (#2 Oct. ’18). It features the single ‘Alive’, which has been nominated for Best Dance Release and Best Group at the 2021 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music. Rüfüs Du Sol previously hit #1 with the albums Atlas (#1 Aug. ’13) and Bloom (#1 Feb. ’16). Surrender becomes the 14th Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021.
Rüfüs Du Sol said: “Hey Australia, thank you so much! We’re blown away to find out we are the #1 album this week. Honestly, it’s mind-blowing, so thank you for the support! We miss you guys. Shout out to everyone coming out of lockdown back home. We can’t wait to see you guys soon.”
ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said: “Huge congratulations to the amazing Rüfüs Du Sol on scoring their third ARIA #1 album! It's great to see Rüfüs Du Sol achieving such incredible global success right now and playing to massive US crowds like at Red Rocks last month. Hopefully we will all have the same opportunity to see them here live soon.”
Elton John takes out his highest ARIA Albums Charts debut in almost 30 years as he hits #2 with the collaborations project The Lockdown Sessions. The legendary singer-songwriter’s first studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (#11 Feb. ’16) becomes his first Top Ten studio release since Songs From The West Coast (#7 May ’02) and the highest debut by a studio album since The One (#2 Jun. ’92). The Lockdown Sessions includes the single ‘Cold Heart’ (#2 Oct. ’21), teaming him with Dua Lipa and Sydney trio Pnau. The album also features work with Gorillaz, Miley Cyrus, Years & Years, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks and many more.
American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey takes out her seventh ARIA Top Ten album as she debuts at #3 with Blue Banisters. It’s her second album for 2021, coming seven months on from Chemtrails Over The Country Club (#2 Mar. ’21). Announced the month after her previous album was released, Blue Bannisters was originally slated for a 4 July release. Lana Del Rey first hit the Top Ten with Born To Die (#1 Feb. ’12).
All For One, the debut album from Newcastle rockers The Screaming Jets, re-enters the chart at #4 on the back of a reissue to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Released in April 1991, the album debuted at #3 before peaking at #2 the following week. It was later accredited Gold. All For One included the singles ‘Better’ (#4 Apr. ’91), ‘Stop The World’ (#33 Jul. ’91) and ‘Shine On’ (#36 Sept. 91). It gives the band the #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
Synth-pop veterans Duran Duran take out their highest debut in over 35 years as they hit #16 with Future Past. The follow-up to Paper Gods (#19 Sept. ’15) is the band’s 15th studio album and includes collaborations with Blur’s Graham Coxon, David Bowie pianist Mike Garson, Japanese band Chai, plus producers Mark Ronson, Erol Alkan and Giorgio Moroder. Duran Duran haven’t appeared this high on the ARIA Albums Chart since they released the live album Arena (#8 Dec. ’84).
American metalcore band Every Time I Die take out a new career chart peak as they debut at #23 with ninth album, Radical. It’s their first album since Low Teens (#25 Oct. ’16), which was their previous highest peak.
Australian country singer-songwriter Hayley Jensen scores her ARIA Top 50 debut at #25 with Breakin' Hearts. It’s the third studio albums from Jenson, who placed fourth in the second season of Australian Idol and appeared in the third season of The Voice Australia. It comes three years on from Jensen’s previous album, Turning Up the Dial (2018).
Parquet Courts claim their first appearance in the ARIA Top 50 as they debut at #26 with Sympathy for Life. The American garage rock band’s seventh album comes three years on from 2018’s Wide Awake! and marks their biggest gap between albums, having previously released seven in eight years.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds hit the chart at #38 with B-Sides & Rarities (Part II). The sequel to B-Sides & Rarities (#36 Apr. ’05) brings together material from between 2006-2019, which covers the eras of #1 albums Push The Sky Away (#1 Feb. ’13) and Skeleton Tree (#1 Sept. ’16).
The Rolling Stones’ 1981 album Tattoo You returns to the ARIA Top 50 this week at #39 following a reissue to mark its 40th anniversary. Featuring the hits ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Waiting On A Friend’, Tattoo You spent eleven weeks at #1 in Australia from September 1981. The new edition of the album includes previously unreleased tracks, plus a live set from Wembley Stadium in 1982.
Debuting at #42, American prog metal band Dream Theater take out their seventh ARIA Top 50 entry as they release 15th album, A View From The Top Of The World. Both of their previous albums, Distance Over Time (#10 Mar. ’19) and The Astonishing (#10 Feb. ’16), gave the band their highest chart peak.
American country trio Lady A return at #48 with their ninth album, What A Song Can Do, their first under their new moniker after being formerly known as Lady Antebellum. It comes two years on from Ocean (#7 Nov. ’19). Their career peak to date was with 747 (#4 Oct. ’14).