Australian country singer Kasey Chambers' third solo album "Wayward Angel" (EMI) has debuted at the crest of the ARIAnet Albums chart for the week commencing June 7. In doing so, Chambers becomes the

Australian country singer Kasey Chambers' third solo album "Wayward Angel" (EMI) has debuted at the crest of the ARIAnet Albums chart for the week commencing June 7. In doing so, Chambers becomes the seventh local act to top the national albums chart in 2004, an unprecedented strike rate says the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA).

The other home-grown acts to top the national albums chart this year are rock band Jet; "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian and runner-up Shannon Noll (BMG); singer-songwriters Delta Goodrem and Pete Murray; and roots act John Butler Trio (Jarrah/MGM).

Australian albums have held the No. 1 position for 16 out of 23 weeks this year. Only five overseas acts have reached the top spot in that time. On the ARIAnet singles chart, domestic rock trio Spiderbait's cover of Ram Jam's hit Black Betty (Universal) maintains the top spot. "Black Betty" is the third Australian single to reach No. 1 this year, after "All I Need is You" and "What About Me," the respective singles from BMG-signed "Australian Idol" artists Sebastian and Noll. Aussie acts have held the top singles position for a total of 8 weeks.

Chambers' last album "Barricades & Brickwalls" debuted at No. 4 on the ARIA chart in September 2001. In 2002, she became the first Australian country artist to simultaneously hold both the No. 1 single ("Not Pretty Enough") and No. 1 album ("Barricades & Brickwalls") positions.