Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener' Tops Australia's Albums Chart
It’s the sweet life for Ariana Grande, whose fourth album Sweetener (Universal) arrives at No. 1 on Australia’s albums chart, while Sydney singer and songwriter Dean Lewis enters week two atop the national singles survey with “Be Alright” (Island/Universal).
Grande’s Sweetener is also No. 1 in the U.S. and U.K. and it becomes her third No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart (Yours Truly, her debut from 2013, peaked at No. 6 and is her only album not to reach the summit). Five tracks from it impact this week’s ARIA Singles Chart, led by “God Is A Woman" which leaps ten places to No. 7.
With Ariana’s grand entrance on the albums tally, veteran Australian male vocal group Human Nature settles for No. 2 with covers package Romance Of The Jukebox (Sony), their 13th studio album. It’s the foursome’s 11th top ten, dating back to 1997’s Telling Everybody (No. 7). Human Nature’s latest effort enjoyed a boost from their appearance last week on the popular, primetime Seven Network lifestyle show Better Homes & Gardens, and the earlier announcement of their 30th anniversary homecoming tour, set for April and May 2019. The group have returned from a well-earned break in Australia to restart their Jukebox residency at Sands Showroom at the Venetian.
Legendary Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes comes in at No. 3 with Working Class Boy - The Soundtracks (Bloodlines/Universal), his 19th top 10 entry on the ARIA Albums Chart as a solo artist. The LP features music and spoken word pieces and is the companion piece to a new documentary on the Cold Chisel frontman’s early life, based on his 2016 autobiography, Working Class Boy.
Meanwhile, Drake’s Scorpion (Republic/Universal) slides 1-5 and another former chart-topper, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack (Polydor/Universal), is down 3-5.
Following her passing Aug. 16, eight Aretha Franklin titles impact the albums chart, led by The Very Best Of Aretha Volume 1 – The ‘60s (Rhino/Warner), which bows at No. 13. Aretha also posthumously owns the top 5 albums on the ARIA Catalogue Albums Chart, marking just the second time that any act has simultaneously held the top 5 spots on that survey.
On the ARIA Singles Chart, Dean Lewis' platinum-certified "Be Alright" snags a second week at the summit, while Ariana Grande lands the week's highest-charting debut with "Breathin," new at No. 8.