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This week, Tash Sultana scores their first #1 album with 'Terra Firma', and Glass Animals reach the top of the Singles Chart with 'Heat Waves'.
This week's album chartifacts
#1: Tash Sultana ‘Terra Firma’ – Releasing 'Terra Firma', Tash Sultana scores their debut #1 on the ARIA Charts. The Melbourne singer-songwriter’s second studio album is the follow-up to 'Flow State' (#2 September ’18) and includes collaborations with Matt Corby, Dann Hume and rapper Jerome Farah. Sultana’s previous album won Best Blues & Roots Album at the 2019 ARIA Awards. It becomes their third Top Ten release, having first charted with the EP 'Notion' (#8 February ’17). 'Terra Firma' also tops this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart. 'Terra Firma' is the fifth Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021.
#3: Ariana Grande ‘Positions’ – Ariana Grande’s 'Positions' climbs back up the chart from #32 to #3 following the release of a deluxe edition. The American star’s sixth album was originally released in October 2020, spending two weeks at #2. Among the tracks on the new version is the remix of ‘34+35’ (#5 January ’21) featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion.
#9: BTS ‘BE’ – BTS’ 'BE' re-enters the Top 50 following the release of a new edition. The K-pop group’s fifth Korean-language album debuted at #2 in late-November 2020. The new release of 'BE' is called the 'Essential Edition' and comes as a thank you to fans for the "historic milestones", including becoming the fastest group to earn five chart-topping albums in the United States since The Beatles.
#10: Adam Harvey ‘Songs From Highway One’ – Australian country singer-songwriter Adam Harvey takes out his sixth career Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'Songs From Highway One'. Harvey’s 15th studio album features collaborations with Graeme Connors, Colin Buchanan, Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquhart. The voice of Slim Dusty appears on Harvey’s version of the late country music legend’s track ‘Angel Of Goulburn Hill’. Harvey last charted with 'The Nashville Tapes' (#9 August ’18). 'Songs From Highway One' also tops the ARIA Country Albums Chart this week, becoming Harvey’s eighth album to do so.
This week's single chartifacts
#1: Glass Animals ‘Heat Waves’ – In its twelfth week in the Top 50, ‘Heat Waves’ by Glass Animals hits #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for the first time. The track, which topped the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2020 in January, becomes the British band’s first chart-topping single anywhere in the world. They’re the first British group to top the Singles Chart since Clean Bandit spent six weeks at #1 in 2016/7 with ‘Rockabye’ (#1 December ’16).
Top 10 Albums
1. 'Terra Firma' – Tash Sultana
2. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa
3. 'Positions' – Ariana Grande
4. 'F*ck Love (Savage)' – The Kid Laroi
5. 'The Highlights' – The Weeknd
6. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles
7. 'Medicine At Midnight' – Foo Fighters
8. 'Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon' – Pop Smoke
9. 'BE' – BTS
10. 'Songs From Highway One' – Adam Harvey
Top 10 Singles
1. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
2. 'Drivers License' – Olivia Rodrigo
3. 'Without You' – The Kid Laroi
4. 'Calling My Phone' – Lil Tjay & 6lack
5. 'The Business' – Tiesto
6. 'Save Your Tears' – The Weeknd
7. 'Goosebumps (Remix)' – Travis Scott & HVME
8. 'Mood' – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
9. 'Levitating' – Dua Lipa
10. 'Head & Heart' – Joel Corry & MNEK