Chart Analysis September 7, 2020

Universal Music labels dominate this week’s ARIA Albums Chart

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Universal Music labels dominate this week’s ARIA Albums Chart

has claimed a second impressive week on the official with eight releases in the Top 10, including four debuts.

Inside the coveted Top 10 are albums from Metallica (#1), EMI’s Katy Perry (#2), Taylor Swift (#3), Juice WRLD (#4), Pop Smoke (#5) Billie Eilish (#7), Private Function (#9) and Diesel (#10).

Private Function is signed to UMG-owned label services business Caroline, and Diesel to Mushroom-owned label Bloodlines, both of which are distributed in Australia by Universal Music.

Recorded at San Francisco’s Chase Center in 2019, Metallica’s new album S&M2 features arrangements from the original S&M concerts and songs recorded over the last two decades.

Pop superstar Perry’s return to chart domination comes courtesy of Smile, who two days before the album’s release gave birth to her daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom. It’s her fourth Top 2 album.

The achievement follows last week’s chart-busting run by UMA-distributed labels in Australia and the US, again with eight albums atop the ARIA Charts and nine Top 10’s on the Billboard 200.

The ARIA Albums Chart is comprised of streaming, download and physical data from retailers.

Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke’s sixth studio album is out now via Wonderlick/Sony Music.

Universal Music Australia & New Zealand president, George Ash, congratulated the artists.

“We are privileged to work with all our incredible artists and label partners here in Australia and around the world,” Ash told The Music Network.

“The dynamic team at UMA continue to lead with creativity and innovation in delivering incredible results for our artists and partners. Congratulations all round on the achievements.”

Other albums appearing in the Top 10 this week include the Sony Music-signed Harry Styles with Fine Line clocking its 38th week on the chart (#6), and the new Josh Pyke studio album Rome (#8).

The occasion is cause for celebration for pub-punk outfit Private Function, who together stormed to #1 on the vinyl chart with Whose Line Is It Anyway?, also #2 on the Aussie artist album chart.

The second LP from the underground Melbourne band, engineered by Matt Duffy and released via indie label Damaged on Caroline, showcases a band barely nudging the height of their force.

Moving to include the Top 12, Universal Music also has The Killers’ Imploding The Mirage at #11 this week, as UK duo Disclosure debut at #12 with their latest release, Energy.

View the full ARIA Albums Chart here. 

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