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Chart Analysis April 26, 2020

The Smith Street Band land first-ever #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart

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The Smith Street Band land first-ever #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart

The Smith Street Band just topped Australia’s album charts for the first time.

New album Don’t Waste Your Anger dropped last week and out-sold international superstars Dua Lipa (#2), The Weeknd (#3), Harry Styles (#4) and Billie Eilish (#5) this week.

The album was originally scheduled for release in June on the band’s label, Pool House Records (distributed by Inertia), but they moved the date forward to April 17.

They’ve come close to topping the ARIA Albums Chart before. The group’s fifth studio album is the follow-up to More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, which hit #3 in April 2017.

It’s also the band’s second Top 10 entry in as many months. In March they released a digital-only live album to raise money for their crew members, which debuted at #4.

“Congratulations to The Smith Street Band and their entire team on their #1 album,” said ARIA chief Dan Rosen on the chart-topping debut.

With no international acts able to reach Australian shores due to the global COVID-19 lockdown, local acts are seeing increased support from fans, media and DSPs.

“It is so heartening to see another Australian act top the ARIA Chart, showing how our Australian artists and music fans are connecting during this challenging time,” said Rosen.

“It is a brilliant achievement and a testament to their loyal and passionate fanbase.”

The new album also topped the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart, outselling Gang Of Youths (#2) and debuts from Chillinit (#3), Niall Horan (#4) and Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats (#3).

Don’t Waste Your Anger becomes the fifth Aussie #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this year, joining Dune Rats, Tame Impala, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Violent Soho.

It was equally a busy week on the ARIA Singles Chart. Sydney-born and Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Sam Fischer made his ARIA Top 50 debut with ‘This City’ at #43.

On the Aussie singles chart, Tones And I has three bops in the Top 5 this week.

Viral smash ‘Dance Monkey’ is #1, new single ‘Bad Child’ is #2 and ‘Never Seen The Rain’ #5. Sandwiched between the busker is The Rubens (#3) and Flume’ (#4).

View all of this week’s official ARIA Charts here.

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