Taylor Swift’s favorite new singer is also Australia’s hottest young success story.
Troye Sivan’s debut Wild (EMI) has opened at the top spot of the ARIA Albums Chart, holding off the new release from Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls (Parlophone), and another new arrival, Five Finger Death Punch’s Got Your Six (ES1/Sony).
Sivan, the 20-year-old South Africa-born, Perth-raised singer-songwriter enjoyed a serious push last week when Swift announced the mini-album was “stunning and awesome” to her tens of millions of social media followers. A shellshocked Sivan responded to her co-sign like the rest of us would…with incomprehensible babble. Sam Smith also shared support for Sivan with an Instagram post in which he wrote, "My boy @troyesivan his voice does things to my body."
Sivan’s success isn’t an overnight one. He’s amassed more than 2.93 million Twitter followers by dropping videos to his YouTube channel and landing regular high-profile acting gigs. Time Magazine declared him one of the "most influential teenagers of 2014" -- a year in which he was nominated for an ARIA Award (producer of the year), he cracked Billboard's 21-under-21 list, and he enjoyed a No. 10 hit on the ARIA Singles Chart in August 2014 with "Happy Little Pill". His album’s title track bowed at No. 16 on this week’s singles chart.
Elsewhere on the ARIA Albums Chart, N.W.A make their first ever top ten appearance with not one, but two albums, off the back of the cinematic release here of the Straight Outta Compton biopic. The sets Straight Outta Compton (Capitol/EMI) and Greatest Hits (EMI) land at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.
Meanwhile, Bieber extends his run at the top of Australia’s singles chart into a second week with ‘What Do You Mean” (Def Jam/Universal), which holds off the fast-rising "Downtown" (ADA/Warner), by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, which improves 9-2 in its second week.
"What Do You Mean" is Bieber’s first single to hit the top spot in the market.