Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Sweeps to No. 1 Down Under
Frank Ocean’s Blonde has blasted out the blocks in Australia.
The R&B star snags his first No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with his sophomore set, which arrived Aug. 20 after an unconventional release strategy that proved both exhausting for fans and frustrating for his record company.
Blonde, which sits atop the charts in the U.S. and U.K., eclipses Ocean's previous-best in Australia, a No. 9 peak for his lauded debut from 2012 Channel Orange (Def Jam/Universal). Ocean's debut this week returns to the top 50 for the second time in three weeks; it’s at No. 19.
The former chart-topping Suicide Squad: The Album (Atlantic/Warner) soundtrack holds at No. 2, ahead of two homegrown debuts, indie rockers Ball Park Music’s Every Night The Same Dream (Stop Start Music/Inertia) at No. 3 and rapper Drapht’s Seven Mirrors (Ayems/Sony) at No. 4, while Aussie metalcore act The Amity Affliction’s This Could Be Heartbreak (Roadrunner/Warner) tumbles 1-5.
Veteran Australian comedy duo Roy & HG enjoy a No. 6 start with This Sporting Life (ABC/Universal), a double disc highlights package released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show from which the album takes its name.
Dolly Parton returns to the top 10 with Pure And Simple (Sony), the country legend's 43rd solo album. It’s new at No. 9. Pure And Simple follows 2014’s Blue Smoke, which reached No. 7 to give the veteran singer and songwriter just her first top 10 Down Under.
Meanwhile, EDM act The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey’s “Closer” (Columbia/Sony) enters a third week at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. “Closer” holds off a pair of tracks featuring Justin Bieber: DJ Snake's “Let Me Love You” (No. 2 via Interscope/Universal) and Major Lazer & MØ’s “Cold Water” (No. 3 via Mad Decent/Warner). Twenty One Pilots' “Heathens” (Atlantic/Warner) is at No. 4 and rapper Illy featuring Vera Blue’s “Papercuts” (Warner) is No. 5. The entire top five is unchanged from the previous week.
The week’s big debut singles come from Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, whose "Mercy" (Def Jam/Universal) is at No. 28; U.S. singer Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” (Universal), a collab with Russian-German DJ Zedd and American duo Grey, is at No. 33; and Ellie Goulding, whose“Still Falling For You” (Polydor/Universal), a song from the soundtrack to the Bridget Jones' film, opens at No. 36.