News 1 August 2020

Taylor Swift claims sixth #1 album with folklore

Debuts for Cub Sport, The Kid Laroi, Jasmine Rae and more!

Taylor Swift claims sixth #1 album with folklore

The surprise release of eighth album folklore has given American star Taylor Swift her sixth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Her previous albums, Lover and 1989, sit at #12 and #26 this week, respectively.

After the release of the album on physical formats, The Strokes’ The New Abnormal re-enters the chart at #23, two spots below its debut position. It takes out #3 on the Vinyl Albums Chart this week.

In the week that fans marked ten years since the formation of One Direction, four of the boyband phenomenon’s albums have returned to the Top 50: Take Me Home (#28), Four (#29), Midnight Memories (#30) and Made In The A.M. (#37).

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, AC/DC’s legendary 1980 album Back In Black returns to the Top 50 at #38.

This weeks ARIA Album Chart debuts

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Taylor Swift
Releasing her surprise eighth album folklore, Taylor Swift takes out her sixth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Announced only hours before its release, the album comes less than a year on from the American singer-songwriter’s previous long player, Lover (#1 Sept. ’19). It sees her sharing production and songwriting duties with Aaron Dessner of The National, as well as Bon Iver and long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff. Her latest #1 puts her at equal second with Kylie Minogue and P!nk for most #1 albums by a female artist (the current record-holder is Madonna, who has eleven). Taylor Swift has also topped the chart with Speak Now (#1 Nov. ‘10), Red (#1 Oct. ‘12), 1989 (#1 Nov. ‘14), Reputation (#1 Nov. ‘17). With her six chart-toppers, Swift has had the most #1 albums in Australia by any artist between 2010 and 2020.
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Like Nirvana

Cub Sport
Brisbane’s Cub Sport make their ARIA Top Ten debut with Like Nirvana. The quartet’s fourth album comes a year and a half on from their self-titled third album (#12 Jan. ’19) and features a collaboration with fellow Brisbane artist Mallrat on the track ‘Break Me Down’. The band performed the track ‘Be Your Man’ on last week’s edition on The Sound. Like Nirvana is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
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F*ck Love

The Kid Laroi
The Kid Laroi makes his Albums Chart debut with F*ck Love. The 16-year-old Sydney rapper’s debut mixtape includes the collaboration with the late Juice WRLD, ‘Go’ (#23 Jun. ’20), as well as new single ‘Tell Me Why’ (#49 this week) and an appearance by Lil Mosey.
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Twenty Twenty

Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating scores his eighth Top Ten as he releases his first album in four years, Twenty Twenty. The follow-up to Time Of My Life (#6 Feb. ’16) is the Boyzone member’s eleventh solo album and marks two decades since his debut Ronan (#5 Sept. ’00). It features duets with Robbie Williams, Shania Twain, Emeli Sandé and Australian singer/actress Clare Bowen, as well as new versions of the hits ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ (#3 Aug. ’99), ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ (#6 Aug ’00) and ‘Lovin' Each Day’ (#21 May ’01).
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Lion Side

Jasmine Rae
Australian country artist Jasmine Rae takes out a new Albums Chart peak with Lion Side. It’s the three-time ARIA-nominated artist’s fifth album is her first since Heartbeat (#41 May ’15). Her previous peak was with If I Want To (#23 Aug. ’13).
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No Pressure

Ahead of his retirement from music American rapper Logic releases No Pressure. His sixth studio album comes a year on from Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (#12 May ’19). Logic is retiring from music following the birth of his son. His highest chart peak was with YSIV (#8 Oct. ’18)
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All Distortions Are Intentional

Neck Deep
Neck Deep score their third Top 50 appearance with All Distortions Are Intentional. The fourth album Welsh pop punk band is a concept album set in the fictional society Sonderland. It’s the follow-up to The Peace And The Panic (#8 Aug. ’17), their highest peak to date.