News 20 February 2021

The Rubens score first ARIA #1 album with 0202

Plus, debuts and moves for Dua Lipa, Luca Brasi, The Amity Affliction and more!

The Rubens score first ARIA #1 album with 0202

The Rubens claim their first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart as they debut in the top spot with 0202. The fourth studio album from the Menangle, NSW band features the single ‘Live In Life’ (#21 Apr. ’20), which was nominated for the 2020 ARIA Award for Song Of The Year. The band have come close to topping the charts before, having had three Top Three albums that began with their self-titled debut (#3 Sept. ’12) and has rolled on through Hoops (#2 Aug. ’15) and Lo La Ru (#3 Jul. ’18).

The Rubens said:“We are absolutely thrilled to take out #1 on our fourth album, the first time to land the position for us. We uploaded our first track on triple j unearthed ten years ago and to be still doing what we love and connecting with fans all over the world means so much to us, especially after such a tough year for our industry as a whole. To Ivy League Records/Mushroom, Grow Yourself Up and the rest of our team, thanks for your hard work and support. To our families, absolute rocks. To our fans old and new, thank you for coming on our journey and getting behind us. We cannot wait to hit the road to share the new album live.”

ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said: “A huge congratulations to The Rubens on hitting number #1 for the first time with their new album 0202. It’s an incredible feat ten years into a career, and I look forward to seeing them continue to knock down more milestones into the next ten and beyond. I also want to congratulate everyone in The Rubens team, Ivy League Records and Mushroom.”

0202 is the fourth Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021.

Dua Lipa’s former #1 Future Nostalgia rockets back up the chart from #16 to #3. Its swift ascent comes on the back of the release of the deluxe edition of the British singer-songwriter’s second album, entitled Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition. A track from The Moonlight Edition, ‘We’re Good’, has debuted at #27 on this week’s Singles Chart. Future Nostalgia spent one week at #1 in April 2020, and Dua Lipa performed at the 2019 ARIA Awards.

Tasmanian band Luca Brasi score a new ARIA Albums Chart peak as they debut at #7 with Everything Is Tenuous. The melodic punk act’s fifth studio album becomes their second Top Ten after previous album Stay (#10 Jul. ’18). Everything Is Tenuous has debuted on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart this week at #2.

The Amity Affliction’s Chasing Ghosts returns to the Top 50 at #10 following its reissue on vinyl. It spent one week at #1 in September 2012 and earned them a nomination for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album at the 2013 ARIA Awards. It was the first of the Gympie band’s four #1 albums to date. Chasing Ghosts is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

British rapper Slowthai makes his ARIA Top 50 debut at #11 as he releases his second album, Tyron. The follow-up to his 2019 debut Nothing Great About Britain includes collaborations with Skepta, James Black, ASAP Rocky and more.

ARIA Award winner Sia makes her first new appearance in the ARIA Top 50 since 2017 at #12 with Music - Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture. It’s the soundtrack to the film Music, that the singer-songwriter co-wrote and directed and features the single ‘Together’ (#27 Sept. ’20). Sia last charted with Everyday Is Christmas (#7 Nov. ’17). She previously topped the chart with 1000 Forms Of Fear (#1 Jul. ’14) and This Is Acting (#1 Feb. ’16).

At #15, American rock band The Pretty Reckless return with fourth album, Death By Rock And Roll. The group’s first album since Who You Selling For (#33 Oct. ’16) becomes their highest ever chart entry in Australia, taking over from Going To Hell (#20 Mar. ’14).

Spacey Jane’s 2017 EP No Way to Treat an Animal returns to the chart for a second week, re-entering at #23, the same spot it held back in December 2020.

American garage rock duo The White Stripes return to the chart at #40 as they release their first ever career-spanning compilation, The White Stripes Greatest Hits. The 26-track release covers material from across the band’s six studio albums, plus several standalone singles. The White Stripes’ highest chart peak came with both Get Behind Me Satan (#3 Jun. ’05) and Icky Thump (#3 Jun. ’07)

Releasing fifth album, Life Rolls On, American country duo Florida Georgia Line take out their fourth ARIA Top 50 entry, debuting at #43. Both of the band’s previous two albums peaked at #7: Dig You Roots (Sept. ’16) and Can't Say I Ain't Country (Feb. ’19).