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Elton John, Rüfüs Du Sol Aiming for Top Debuts on Australia’s Albums Chart

With the finish line in sight, Elton John is charging to his first Australian No. 1 album since the ’80s

Elton’s collaborative collection The Lockdown Sessions ruled the midweek U.K. chart, and, based on a chart update from ARIA, it’s also bound for the title Down Under.

Recorded remotely over the past 18 months, Sessions features the U.K. No. 1 single “Cold Heart,” with vocals from Dua Lipa and remixed by Sydney trio Pnau, and collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Gorillaz, Nicki Minaj and more.

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It’s all still to play for, as Rüfüs Du Sol’s latest effort Surrender aims high.

The Sydney electronic act, now based in Los Angeles, is coming off a career-defining release in 2018’s Solace, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards (for best dance/electronic album and best dance recording) and three ARIA Awards (winning for best dance release) and was voted as the best electronic album of 2018 by Billboard’s Dance.

None of the act’s three previous albums have charted lower than No. 2. Their debut Atlas (from 2013) and Bloom (2016) both hit No. 1 in Australia, while Solace peaked at No. 2.

Keep an eye out for Lana Del Rey’s chart position with Blue Banisters, which could give the American alternative pop singer her seventh Top Ten title and second album for 2021.

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And finally, British pop-rock legends Duran Duran could be headed for their first Australian Top Ten entry in three decades with Future Past, their 15th studio album.

Featuring production by Erol Alkan and Giorgio Moroder and assists from Graham Coxon, Mike Garson, Tove Lo, Chai, Mark Ronson, and Ivorian Doll, Future Past should eclipse the No. 19 peak for their most recent effort, 2015’s Paper Gods.

The last time Duran Duran tasted life in the top tier of the ARIA Albums Chart was Seven And The Ragged Tiger, which peaked at No. 2 in 1983, the year the ARIA Charts were official launched.

Meanwhile, the reunited Swedish House Mafia could make their first impression on the ARIA Singles Chart entry in almost a decade with “Moth To A Flame,” their new collaboration with The Weeknd.

The ARIA Singles and Albums Charts are published 5pm AEST Friday (2am ET Friday).