Chart Analysis May 16, 2018

Can Delta make it two in a row for Australian artists on the ARIA Albums Chart?

Peter Tuskan
Charts & New Music Editor
Can Delta make it two in a row for Australian artists on the ARIA Albums Chart?

Delta Goodrem is in contention for a top-tier debut on the ARIA Albums Chart with I Honestly Love You, the soundtrack to the Seven Network’s biopic miniseries Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted To You, released via Sony Music Australia.

Delta has a stunning track record in Australia, achieving more than 20 ARIA Platinum plaques. 2003’s Innocent Eyes remains one of the highest selling albums in the country to date with over 1.2 million units sold.

If Delta does hit the summit, she will become the fifth Aussie artist to top the chart this year after Vance Joy‘s Nation Of Two, Kylie Minogue‘s Golden, Gurrumul‘s Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) and Parkway Drive‘s Reverence, which went to #1 last week.

It appears as though Arctic Monkeys fans have been starved for new music after the group’s four year stint away from the game. Sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was released last Friday and is racing towards the top of the chart. 

The band’s discography is book-ended by #1s in Australia. Debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) and most previous album AM (2013) both went to the summit in their debut weeks.

Charlie Puth has finally released his album Voicenotes and mid-week data is placing him comfortably in the Top 10. The New Jersey singer-songwriter will look to improve on the #8 peak position of 2016 debut LP Nine Track Mind this time around.

Other notable album debuts this week include Bad WolvesDisobey (Top 10) and the Eurovision 2018 compilation album (Top 20).

After debuting at #7 on the Singles Chart last week, Childish Gambino will leap into the Top 3 with his politically charged single ‘This Is America’. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez’s soundtrack single ‘Back To You’ is the talk of the town this week, especially at radio. She will will likely occupy a spot in the Top 20.  

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