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Tash Sultana Lands First Australian No. 1 With ‘Terra Firma’

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Tash Sultana performs live at Fabrique in Milano, Italy, on Sept. 29, 2018.

Tash Sultana is flying high with Terra Firma, her first No. 1 in Australia.

Terra Firma bows at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, eclipsing the No. 2 best for Sultana’s debut 2018 full-length album Flow State, which collected the ARIA Award for best blues & roots.

Terra Firma, which features assists from Matt Corby, Dann Hume and Jerome Farah, also tops this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

“I’ve had the most incredible, emotional and overwhelming week after releasing Terra Firma and I’m just really lost for words that it’s No. 1. Like I really am lost for words.” comments Sultana, the Melbourne-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. “I was really unsatisfied with the work I’ve done in the past prior to Terra Firma and my mission for this record was to try to be better than I was the day before, the month before, the year before," they continue.

"I produced, arranged, composed, co-engineered and played everything on this record and did it all in my own studio. This was my mission, my entire soul, the air in my lungs and to have it received this way is so much more than I ever expected.”

Further down the national albums chart, Ariana Grande’s Positions spikes 32-3 following the release of a deluxe edition, while BTSBE reenters the chart following the release of special, "Essential Edition". It vaults 197-9.

Homegrown country singer and songwriter Adam Harvey bags his sixth career Top 10 as Songs From Highway One bows at No. 10. Harvey last impacted the chart with The Nashville Tapes, which peaked No. 9 in August 2018.

Following the announcement of their split after 28 years, Daft Punk’s multiple Grammy-winning 2013 set Random Access Memories returns to the chart at No. 24.
Random Access Memories, the French duo’s final studio LP, was their first No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, logging a single week at the top, and its hit “Get Lucky” was their only No. 1 single.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Glass Animals complete a 12-week climb to the summit with “Heat Waves,” winner of the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown of 2020.

“Can’t believe this. This was never the intention when we started this album,” comments Dave Bayley, co-founder of the British psychedelic pop outfit. “The goal was to write some songs that maybe made someone feel less alone for a moment when they needed it.”

Bayley adds, “Australia - you have been home to many firsts for us - and this is another one. Thank you, we miss you, and we will be there asap. I actually have the dates penciled in my calendar.”

ARIA and APRA Award winner Amy Shark snags her first chart entry for 2021 as “Love Songs Ain’t For Us” featuring Keith Urban starts at No. 22.

Co-written with Ed Sheeran, “Love Songs” is the fourth track released from the Gold Coast singer and songwriter’s sophomore album Cry Forever, set for release in April.

Finally, Sydney rapper Masked Wolf leaps up the chart with his viral hit “Astronaut In The Ocean.” The track dropped in mid-2019 before being re-released in January of this year. This week, it's up 47-25.

The rising artist (real name Harry Michael) recently struck an international deal Warner Music’s Elektra Records, and pounced on a partnership with Teamwrk Records and ADA/Warner Music Australia for Australia and New Zealand.