John Butler Trio's 'Home' Arrives at No. 1 in Australia

Kane Hibberd
John Butler

John Butler Trio’s Home (Jarrah/MGM) checks-in at No. 1 on Australia’s albums chart while George Ezra blasts away for a third week atop the singles survey with “Shotgun” (Columbia/Sony).

Home is JBT’s seventh studio set and their fourth No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, following April Uprising (2010), Grand National (2007) and Sunrise Over Sea (2004). 

“I can’t express how grateful I am to the Australian community of fans that went out and made this album number one,” said band leader John Butler in a statement after his latest chart title. “With so many massive artists releasing at the moment I really didn’t think we had a chance. I’m just absolutely awe-struck by the love this album is getting and the ever-strengthening relationship I have with my audience after almost two decades."

The ARIA Award-winning roots-rock outfit holds off fast-starting debuts from Cher (Dancing Queen via Warner) and The Living End (Wunderbar via BMG/Warner), which open at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively on the latest chart frame, while Eminem’s former leader Kamikaze (down 1-4, via Interscope/Universal) and The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You (up 46-5 via Cold Chisel/Universal), complete the top 5. The double-platinum certified (140,000 units) Cold Chisel retrospective set enjoys a hot burst of activity following the commercial TV premiere of a documentary last week on its iconic frontman, Jimmy Barnes, whose own solo album, Working Class Boy - The Soundtracks (Bloodlines/Universal), returns to the top 20 after a five-week absence. Barnes’ Working Class Boy re-enters at No. 11.

With his long-awaited new album Tha Carter V (Republic/Universal), Lil Wayne opens at No. 6 for a career chart peak Down Under, eclipsing the No. 9 best of The Carter IV, from September 2011. Tha Carter V opens at No. 1 in the United States with the second-best-ever streaming week by an album. 

Also this week, U.S. rapper Logic grabs a career-best No. 8 with his fourth and latest album, YSIV (Def Jam/Universal), while Rod Stewart’s Blood Red Roses (Decca/Universal) begins its chart journey at No. 15. The veteran British singer and songwriter’s 30th solo set is new at No. 1 in the U.K. 

On the ARIA Singles Chart, George Ezra fires away for a third successive crown with “Shotgun” while Canadian house act Loud Luxury moves 14-10 with "Body" (Universal) for their first-ever top 10 appearance in Australia.