Pink retains Australia’s singles chart crown with “What About Us” (RCA/Sony) while Gang Of Youths come of age with their first No. 1 on the national albums survey with Go Farther In Lightness (Mosy Recordings/Verge via Sony Music).
Gang Of Youths, the Sydney-based alternative rock outfit, blasts to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart with their second album, which eclipses the No. 5 peak for their 2015 debut The Positions and goes one better than their 2016 EP Let Me Be Clear, which reached No. 2.
A pair of new releases round out a top 5 loaded with homegrown music. Dropping in at No. 4 is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Sketches Of Brunswick East (Flightless Records/Inertia), the Melbourne psychedelic rock outfit’s third of five planned studio albums of the year, followed by Thy Art Is Murder's Dear Desolation (CVA/Universal), the Sydney deathcore act’s fourth studio album, and highest-charting to date (besting the No. 7 peak for 2015’s Holy War).
On the ARIA Singles Chart, Pink’s “What About Us” holds off a fast-starting Justin Bieber track to log a second week with what is the U.S. singer’s ninth No. 1. Bieber’s “Friends” (Def Jam/Universal), a collaboration with producer BloodPop, opens at No. 2 for the Canadian pop star’s eighth top 10 single as a lead artist.