Surf-rock trio Skegss secure their first No. 1 on Australia’s albums chart as Rehearsal (Concord/Universal) opens at No 1.
Hailing from Byron Bay, Skegss enjoyed a No. 2 peak with their debut from 2018, My Own Mess, which was nominated for best rock album at the ARIA Awards.
Rehearsal goes one better, as it starts at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart, the sixth homegrown album to lead the survey in 2021.
Rehearsal is the best-selling vinyl album of the week, placing it at No. 1 on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
Skegss’ “good time energy is exactly what we need right now and doubly good that a Byron Bay group tops the chart this week,” says ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd, referencing the last-minute cancelation of Bluesfest last week due to COVID-19 concerns.
All that good time energy is enough to bump Justin Bieber’s Justice 1-2, while Evanescence bag their fifth ARIA Top Ten entry with The Bitter Truth, new at No. 3. Amy Lee and Co. have ruled the ARIA Chart on two occasions, with Fallen (February 2004) and The Open Door (October 2006).
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia continues to find chart steam, holding at No. 4; while U.S. rapper NF is flying high with Clouds (The Mixtape), new at No. 5. It’s NF’s second Top Five effort following The Search, which peaked at No. 3 in August 2019.
Faith No More frontman Mike Patton makes another chart appearance in the Land Down Under, this time with his “supergroup” Tomahawk, whose latest LP Tonic Immobility bows at No. 18. It’s the followup to Oddfellows, which just snuck inside the Top 40 following its release in February 2013, peaking at No. 37.
Ten years after Tame Impala announced their arrival to the world stage, Kevin Parker’s psychedelic-rock outfit returns to the ARIA Chart with InnerSpeaker, their debut album. InnerSpeaker reenters the survey at No. 19 off the back of its 10th anniversary reissue. The album debuted at No. 4 following its release in May 2010.
Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” continues its hot streak as it enters a sixth week at the summit. The last British group to reign over he Singles Chart was Clean Bandit, who also logged six straight weeks in box seat with “Rockabye” in a stretch from December 2016 to January 2017.
Also, Sydney rapper Masked Wolf leaps to a career high as his viral hit “Astronaut In The Ocean” lifts 7-5.
Finally, Lil Nas X has this week’s highest debut with the controversial release “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” new at No. 16. It’s the second single released from the American rapper’s forthcoming debut album, Montero, due out later in 2021.