Paul Kelly has three #1 ARIA Albums in as many years
An artist with unquestionable sales and charts pedigree, Australia’s Paul Kelly continues to kick goals as his latest album debuts atop the ARIA Albums Chart.
In fact, Kelly’s last three years have been his most prolific on the chart, as career retrospective Songs From The South: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits 1985-2019 becomes his third #1 in as many years (the only artist to have achieved this).
“We are incredibly proud to work closely with Paul and help him realise this unique achievement,” says EMI managing director John O’Donnell.
“To score three ARIA #1 Awards in three years and to have these be his first-ever ARIA #1’s is just amazing. Some are calling it a career renaissance – we think it’s justice.”
Despite a whopping 58 ARIA nominations across his storied career (with 14 wins), it wasn’t until 2017’s Life Is Fine that Kelly first topped the chart. That was followed by Nature, which hit the #1 position a year later.
The #1 debut of his latest record brings the singer-songwriter’s tally of Top 50 albums to 17, with eight of those cracking the Top 10.
Kelly is up for three ARIA Awards this week including Best Male Artist, and is set to perform a series of live shows across September for his ‘Making Gravy’ tour.
Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, viral breakout artist Tones And I continues to make history, with her track ‘Dance Monkey’ racking up a 17th week at #1.
Tones broke the record for the most weeks spent at #1 when the song surpassed Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, the previous record holder, which spent 15 weeks atop the chart.
She may face stiff competition extending the streak next week however, with Billie Eilish’s surprise release ‘everything i wanted’ debuting at #2 this week.
Eilish has six Top 10 singles over the course of 2018 and 2019, and one #1 single in ‘bad guy’ which topped the chart earlier in 2019 and spent 33 weeks in the chart.