News 26 December 2020

Taylor Swift scores second week at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Evermore

Plus, moves by Andrea Bocelli, Eminem, Tame Impala and more!

Taylor Swift scores second week at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Evermore

Taylor Swift’s evermore holds #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second straight week. It gives the American singer-songwriter a combined six weeks in the top spot in 2020. The album’s CD edition hit shelves in the week leading up to Christmas.

Delta Goodrem’s Only Santa Knows tops the list of Christmas albums on this week’s chart. Other festive season albums in the Top 50 include Michael Bublé’s Christmas (#4), Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (#11), Robbie WilliamsThe Christmas Present (#18), Andre Rieu’s Jolly Holiday (#19), Human Nature’s The Christmas Album (#33), Dolly Parton’s A Holly Dolly Christmas (#41), John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s Friends For Christmas (#46). 

Six weeks into its chart run and in its third week in the Top Ten, Andrea Bocelli’s Believe lands a new peak at #5.

Debuting at #6, Paul McCartney shows how he spent his lockdown with the release of McCartney III. Like McCartney (1970) and McCartney II (1980), the new album was written, played and produced by McCartney with minimal outside assistance. The 18th solo album for the Beatles and Wings legend gives him his second Top Ten album in three years, coming on the back of Egypt Station (#4 Sept. ’18). It’s #4 on this week’s Vinyl Albums Chart.

Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By returns to the Top 50 at #7 for the first time since July on the back of the surprise release of a deluxe edition. The bonus disc includes collaborations with Dr Dre, Ty Dolla Sign, Skylar Grey and more. Music To Be Murdered By topped the chart in its debut week back in January of this year.

Following the release of the album on vinyl, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s K.G. returns to the chart and nabs a new peak at #9. The Melbourne band’s 16th studio album becomes their eleventh Top Ten album and their fourth Top Ten album of 2020 after Live in Adelaide '19 (#6 Jan. ’20), Live in Paris '19 (#9 Jan. ’20) and Chunky Shrapnel (#2 Jul. ’20). The latter album won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards. K.G. tops the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week.

Tame Impala’s fourth album The Slow Rush re-enters the chart at #29. The 2020 Album Of The Year ARIA Award winner returns to the chart on the back of the issue of a new pressing on white vinyl. The Slow Rush debuted at #1 in February this year.

New Zealand reggae band L.A.B. make their ARIA Top 50 debut at #49 with L.A.B. IV. The band’s fourth album continues their run of one studio album a year since they released their debut in 2017. L.A.B. IV features the New Zealand #1 single ‘Why Oh Why’, which was their second chart-topper for the year in their homeland.