Tame Impala trumps Justin Bieber to land #1 album
Tame Impala has just claimed a second chart-topping album.
In a nailbiting chart battle between international superstar Justin Bieber and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Aussie-made wins.
Parker’s The Slow Rush arrived at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this week while Bieber’s Changes debuted at #2, marking their first album release in five years.
It’s the second album by an Aussie act to reach the summit this year after Dune Rats (BMG) leapfrogged Eminem (#3) and Harry Styles (#5) with Hurry Up And Wait.
Parker’s last #1 album was in 2015 with the ARIA Awards-winning Currents, injecting some meaning behind the title of this week’s victory.
On hearing the news of his chart debut, Parker shared a classic Kevin declaration: “Thank you Australia… I love yous.” And we love you, mate.
Between Tame Impala albums, Parker contributed to Lady Gaga’s Joanne, Kanye West’s ye and Travis Scott’s Astroworld. He also co-produced Pond’s The Weather and Tasmania.
The Slow Rush and Changes are the only LPs to secure a Top 50 debut this week.
It was a total fizzer over in the UK, however.
Bieber bounced ahead of Tame Impala after mid-week data put Parker ahead to land #1 and #2 respectively. In the end, there were only 1,200 chart sales separating them.
Elsewhere on the ARIA Albums Chart this week, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) got a boost (#7) following their national tour and benefit concert appearance.
In its 40th week in the Top 50, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s debut Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent moved up four spots to #12.