Local indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu achieves something after his passing in July of 2017 which he didn’t do while he was still alive, and that is score a No.1 album locally, as his fourth studio album and first posthumous release “Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)” debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.
“Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)” becomes the 819th No.1 album in Australia (1965 to 2018) and the 670th for ARIA (1983 to 2018), while also the 462nd to debut at No.1 and the first for the record label ‘Skinnyfish Music’. The three previous releases by Gurrumul ALL peaked at No.3 “Gurrumul” (peaked late October 2008), “Rrakala” (debuted and peaked late April 2011) and “The Gospel Album” (debuted and peaked mid-August 2015).
He becomes the first indigenous singer to sing in his native language to reach No.1 on the albums chart, while only the second Aboriginal artist to do so after Jessica Mauboy did it first in October of 2016 with her soundtrack to series one of “The Secret Daughter” (3 wk stay). All three main words within the title of ‘Djarimirri’, ‘Child’ and ‘Rainbow’ all see their first appearance in a No.1 album title, while the album is also the 221st by an Australian Artist (male, female, duo or group) to hit No.1 and the 227th by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas), plus Gurrumul is the 111th Australian act to make it to the top and also the 29th Solo Male Australian Artist to reach No.1 on the ARIA Albums chart. Of the five albums to hit No.1 this year, this is the third for a local artist after Vance Joy in early March and Kylie Minogue last week, although you could include Hugh Jackman as lead singer on the soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ as the fourth Aussie for the year.
Ed Sheeran doesn’t break his Top 3 stranglehold that he has maintained over the past 59 weeks as his third set ” ÷ (Divide)”, this week it is back up one spot to No.2 (and a 36th week at the top in New Zealand), with “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack back up one spot to No.3, while last weeks Kylie Minogue debut for her 14th studio album and fifth No.1 set “Golden” is only down three spots to No.4 this week, with another two more of last weeks Top 10 entries swapping places; the Cardi B. set “Invasion of Privacy” is up one spot to a new peak of No.5 (No.1 in both America and Canada this week too), and the Elton John tribute album “Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin” is down one to No.6, helped to stay within the Top 10 by the TV special and Grammy salute screened here earlier in the week.
The Weeknd EP “My Dear Melancholy,” is back up one spot to No.7 and Ed Sheeran’s second album “x (Multiply)” is also back up one spot to No.8. Breaking Benjamin’s sixth album “Ember” debuts at No.9 becoming the US rock bands second albums chart entry and first Top 10 set here, surpassing the No.11 peak of their fifth album “Dark Before Dawn” (late June 2015) and new at No.10 is eighth album and second Top 10 for US country singer Jason Aldean and “Rearview Town”, which is now his fourth albums chart entry here and second Top 10 set after his seventh LP “They Don’t Know” debuted and peaked at No.5 in mid September of 2016.
* The soundtrack for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1’ is up a couple of places to No.15, and will most likely rise again next week as it screened on TV this weekend (ahead of their appearance in the upcoming new Avengers film), while the second volume is up one spot to No.24, with the only other climbing soundtrack being for the TV mini series ‘Molly” (95 to 89).
* Taylor Swift is back up with both albums, “Reputation” (22 to 18) and her older set “1989” (23 to 20).
* The Pulitzer Prize for Kendrick Lamar this past week for his album “DAMN.” helps it to rise back up thirteen places to No.25, while his last album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” returns at No.91.
* The Elton John TV special has also helped his recent collection “Diamonds” to leap back up fifty five places to No.37, with other climbing collections being by Crowded House (47 to 45), The Wiggles (63 to 55), Prince (68 to 58), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (84 to 75), Elvis Presley (‘The King’ 87 to 80), Michael Jackson (‘Essential’ returns at No.83 thanks to a Lip Sync Battle M.J. special this past week) and Maroon 5 (93 to 85).
* Sam Smith is back up five places to No.46 with “The Thrill of it All”.
* Harry Styles starts a national this weekend, and this week his self-titled set is back up ten spots to No.67.
* There’s a thirteen place rise for The Hilltop Hoods set “Drinking…Walking… Restrung” to No.68.
* Luke Combs turns around and is back up ten spots to No.72 with “This One’s for You”.
* Further returning albums are for Guns N’ Roses and “Appetite for Destruction” (#84), Beyonce and her “Lemonade” set (#87) thanks to her massive Coachello appearance this past week, Dr. Dre and his “2001” set (#94), “Caress Your Soul” by Sticky Fingers (#95), “Views” by Drake (#98), “Pure Heroine” by Lorde (#99) and “Joanne” by Lady Gaga (#100).
* The three albums leaving the Top 10 all debuted within it last week, “There is More” (HP-2, WI10-1) for Hillsong Worship, down nine to No.11, the new No.1 album on the US Electronic/Dance Albums chart “Awake” (HP-7, WI10-1) for Alison Wonderland dropping thirty-seven spots to No.44 and “America” for 30 Seconds to Mars (HP-10, WI10-1) plummeting fifty-nine spots to No.69.
* Bruno Mars with “24k Magic” and “?” for XXXTentacion slide down four places apiece to No.16 and No.19 respectively, while Bruno’s “Doo-Wops & Holligans” set is down thirteen to No.56.
* The tribute album to Johnny Cash and “Forever Words” drops down nine places to No.28.
* Dropping collections are by Fleetwood Mac (Very Best of 32 to 35), The Killers (54 to 59), Queen (55 to 62), Pink (56 to 66), Cold Chisel (70 to 73), Foo Fighters (61 to 79), and Cat Stevens (79 to 93).
* George Ezra drops ten places to No.43 with “Staying at Tamara’s”.
* Shawn Mendes drops back down eight places to No.50 with his “Illuminate” set.
* Dami Im leaves the Top 50 with her covers album “I Hear a Song”, down eighteen spots to No.52.
* Lore blasted back up to No.36 last week with “Melodrama”, which slumps back down seventeen places to No.53 this week.
* The “Camila” album for Camila Cabello drops nine places to No.54.
* The Weeknd set “Starboy” drops down fourteen places to No.46, while his “Beauty Behind the Madness” set is stable at No.49.
* Chris Brown drops twelve places to No.81 with his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” album.
* The debut Vance Joy album “Dream Your Life Away” falls eighteen spots this week to No.82.
* Logic and his mixtape “Bobby Taratino II” drops twenty-eight places to No.90.
* Keith Urban drops back down seventeen places to No.97 with “Ripcord”.
* Leaving the chart this week from last weeks Top 50 were new entries by City Calm Down (#20), Aunty Donna (#30), Cosmic Psychos (#37) with further debuts from last week leaving for Underoath (#52) the second Elton John & Bernie Taupin tribute album “Restoration” (#57), Flatbush Zombies (#59), Elvis Presley’s “The Searcher” TV soundtrack (#72), Gin Wigmore (#74) and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (#76).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #1 (LP#4) – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
* #9 (LP#6) – Ember by Breaking Benjamin
* #10 (LP#8) – Rearview Town by Jason Aldean
* #26 (LP#6) – PTX presents: Top Pops Volume 1 by Pentatonix sees the acapella group covering modern songs by Charlie Puth, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Zedd, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Julia Michaels, Kesha, Demi Lovato and Portugal.The Man with this being the eighth albums chart entry for them (5 studio and 3 EP’s).
* #30 (LP#4) – Home by Greta Bradman with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is the follow-up to her first chart entry “My Hero”, which went to No.11 in August of 2015.
* #31 (LP#1) – CONFiDENT MUSIC FOR CONFiDENT PEOPLE by Confidence Man is the debut album for the Aussie four-piece band who were nominated for a Triple J unearthed in 2017 and are set for a national tour from May 4th before heading overseas in late May to London, coming home after a world tour in August.
* #36 (LP#1) – Mess by The Hard Aches is the second release (first was an EP ‘I Freak Out’ in September 2016), and the Adelaide bands first major studio album and chart entry, produced by Melburnian Sam Johnson and featuring guest artists from Camp Code, The Bennies and Long Island.
* #41 (LP#1) – Cosmic by Bazzi is the debut album for R&B singer Andrew Bazzi whose current singles chart entry “Mine” has so far peaked at No.11 and is sitting at No.17 this week, and he is currently touring on the Camila Cabello ‘Never Be the Same tour’ which is in America at the moment.
* #61 (LP#3) – Far from Earth by Stonefield is the Australian four-sister groups third album and entry after their self-titled set in October of 2013 (HP-21) and follow-up “As Above, So Below” (HP-19, late July 2016) and is their first set not to land within the Top 50.
* #64 (LP#1) – My Song isn’t Written Yet by Chalkie White is the debut album for the local country artist who first won at the 2001 Gympie Muster Talent Search and in 2002 the grand final of the Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth.
* #76 (LP#3) – Joyride by Tinashe is her third album and second to chart, as her debut set from 2014 “Aquarius” made it to No.57, the physical version of this set came out on Friday, so it could climb up the charts next week.
Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com