Women in Music 2016

The Amity Affliction, Chainsmokers Burn Australia's Charts

Amity Affliction

Aussie metalcore act The Amity Affliction has bolted to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with This Could Be Heartbreak (RoadRunner/Warner Music), their fifth album and third successive chart topper. 

This Could Be Heartbreak reaches the chart summit on debut and matches the peak of their September 2012 release Chasing Ghosts and June 2014’s Let The Ocean Take Me

It's the latest best-seller in a banner year for homegrown music. This Could Be Heartbreak is the 14th Australian No .1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2016, a figure which equals the 2013 total for the most domestic-sourced No. 1 albums in a calendar year.

The Chainsmokers and 'Suicide Squad' Rule Australia's Charts 

The Suicide Squad (Atlantic/Warner) soundtrack, the chart leader for the past two weeks, drops to No. 2, while Human Nature’s Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol. II (Sony) holds at No. 3; Bernard Fanning’s Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) slips 2-4 and Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) remains at No. 5. 

Among the big climbers this week is Twenty One Pilots Blurryface (Atlantic/Warner), which improves 20-7 in its 33rd week for the American alternative rockers’ first top 10 entry, while PartyNextDoor has one of the strongest debuts with PartyNextDoor 3 (Warner) which opens at No. 13 for the Canadian artist’s first stint in the ARIA top 50. DJ Khaled has the week’s biggest re-entry with Major Key (Epic/Sony), returning to the chart at No. 35 after its release in physical formats.

Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers' “Closer” (Columbia/Sony) feat. Halsey enters a second week at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It’s followed by a pair of Justin Bieber-featured tracks: DJ Snake's “Let Me Love You” (Interscope/Universal), up 3-2, and Major Lazer & MØ’s”Cold Water” (Mad Decent/Warner), down 2-3. Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” (Atlantic/Warner) rises 5-4 and Illy featuring Vera Blue’s “Papercuts” is down 4-5.

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Sydney-born artist Betty Who has the week’s top debut with a cover of the Donna Lewis number “I Love You Always Forever” (RCA/Sony). It’s new at No. 9, giving Betty Who her first appearance in the top 50.