Amy Shark is the seventh Aussie to top the ARIA Albums Chart in 2021
Australian singer-songwriter and chart regular Amy Shark debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart on Friday with Cry Forever, her second album to reach #1.
The album – which features collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban and Blink-182’s Travis Barker – is also #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
ARIA’s chief executive officer, Annabelle Herd, congratulated the Sony Music Australia-signed artist on her second chart-topper, calling it “a great week for Australian music”.
“Amy is one of Australian music’s brightest stars and is an inspiration to us all,” Herd said. “It’s great that she’ll be able to share her music live with audiences in the coming months.”
Cry Forever is the seventh #1 album from an Aussie act to appear on the ARIA Charts in 2021 following albums from Illy, Joff Bush, The Kid Laroi, The Rubens, Tash Sultana and Skegss.
Shark was scheduled to perform at an event to commemorate Denis Handlin’s 50 years with Sony Music on Friday night, organised by the Sony Foundation. It was postponed, however, due to some community transmission of COVID-19 in the state.
History was also made on this singles chart this week, courtesy of a 17-year-old Sydney rapper.
Shark’s label mate The Kid Laroi and his monster breakthrough hit ‘Without You’ jumped from #10 to #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It becomes his debut #1 track, having topped the Albums Chart for a week in February with F*ck Love (Savage).
The Kid Laroi becomes the first Australian artist to hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart since January 2020, when Tones And I ended her 24-week-run in the top spot with ‘Dance Monkey’.
“A #1 single by an Australian artist is a fantastic achievement in itself but to hit the top of the chart after so many weeks is remarkable,” Herd added.
“A massive congratulations to The Kid Laroi who has managed to top both charts in the space of three months. He’s an Aussie artist who is making a big impact overseas, particularly in the US.”