Latin Grammys 2018

Jessica Mauboy Becomes First Indigenous Artist to Debut Atop Australia's Albums Chart

Jessica Mauboy has claimed a piece of history by becoming the first Indigenous Australian artist to debut at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

The 27-year-old Darwin-born singer and actor bows at the national chart summit with The Secret Daughter (Songs From The Original TV Series), a 17-track Sony Music set which features five originals and covers of tracks from Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Roxette, Sia, and others. Mauboy, who stars in the free-to-air Seven Network series, previously scored a No. 1 album as a cast member of the 2012 film The Sapphires (she has also led Australia's singles chart with 2008's "Burn").


Mauboy’s Secret Daughter outruns another homegrown album to the top spot, Hillsong Worship’s Let There Be Light (HMA/Universal). A live album recorded in Sydney in July, Light drops in at No. 2 a year after the chart-topping debut of Open Heaven/River Wild.

Kings of Leon’s seventh album WALLS (RCA/Sony) arrives at No. 3, a result which ends a streak of three straight No. 1s for the American rock outfit with Only By The Night (October 2008), Come Around Sundown (October 2010) and Mechanical Bull (September 2013).

This week’s top five is rounded out by Triple J's Like A Version 12 (ABC/Universal) and Barry Gibb’s In The Now (Columbia/Sony), while new releases from Trophy Eyes (Chemical Miracle at No. 8 via HR/Warner) and Lisa Mitchell (Warriors at No. 9 via Warner) rush into Australia's top 10. 


Meanwhile, James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia/Sony) refuses to let go of the ARIA Singles Chart crown as it enters a second week at the summit. The British singer-songwriter and former reality TV star’s hit, which enjoyed a three-week run atop the U.K. chart, outpaces The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk’s “Starboy” (Republic/Universal); The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey’s “Closer” (Columbia/Sony); Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” (Capitol/EMI) and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” (Universal) for the Australian singles chart title.

The week’s highest debut goes to Little Mix’ ”Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco/Sony). The girl group’s new track, currently No. 1 in the U.K., starts at No. 16 on the Australian survey to become their third top 20 on these shores in 2016 following “Secret Love Song” (No. 16 in May) and “Hair” (No. 10 in July).