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Sheppard’s ‘Watching The Sky’ Debuts at No. 1 In Australia

It's an all-Australian double on this week's ARIA charts.

It’s an all-Australian double on this week’s ARIA charts as Sheppard debuts at No. 1 on the albums survey with their sophomore album Watching The Sky (Empire of Song /MGM) and 5 Seconds of Summer strike a fourth connective week at the summit of the singles tally with “Youngblood” (Capitol/EMI).

Sheppard, the Brisbane-based indie six-piece led by the Sheppard siblings George, Amy and Emma, score their first chart-leader with Watching The Sky, which contains the top 40 hits “Keep Me Crazy” and “Coming Home,” now platinum certified. Watching The Sky arrives four years after the pop-rock outfit’s debut Bombs Away, which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart in July 2014.

Watching The Sky is the fifth Australian No. 1 on the national chart this year after Parkway Drive’s Reverence, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow), Kylie Minogue’s Golden and Vance Joy’s Nation Of Two.

Also starting high on the latest frame is Kids See Ghosts (Def Jam/Universal), the collaborative project of Kanye West and Kid Cudi. It’s new at No. 4. Kids See Ghosts marks Kid Cudi’s first appearance on the albums survey since Indicud peaked at No. 28 in April 2013. West has been prolific of late, with his latest artist album Ye debuting at No. 1 last week and falling to No. 6 this time. 

British singer and songwriter Lily Allen returns to the top 10 with No Shame (Warner Music), new at No. 8. No Shame is Allen’s fourth album and first since 2014’s Sheezus, which has a chart best of No. 4. 

Also this week, British R&B artist Jorja Smith enjoys a No. 13 start with her debut set Lost & Found (OFM/Sony), while homegrown pop legend Olivia Newton-John collects a No. 14 start for her new collection Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits (Sony Music). With John Farnham, the ARIA Hall of Famer topped the charts in recent years with Two Strong Hearts (July 2015) and Friends For Christmas (December 2016), though she last cracked the survey as a solo artist back in April 2006 with Stronger Than Before, which peaked at No. 39.


Meanwhile, 5SOS extend their stay at the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart with “Youngblood,” the title track from their third album which dropped last Friday.

Australia’s top five is completed by Post Malone’s “Better Now”(Republic/Universal), unchanged at No. 2; Maroon 5’sGirls Like You” (Interscope/Universal) featuring Cardi B, up 5-3; Selena Gomez’s “Back To You” (Interscope/Universal) up 7-4;and Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” (Columbia/Sony), down 3-5.

Canberra EDM duo Peking Duk, the reigning ARIA Award-winners for single of the year, snag the week’s highest new entry with “Reprisal” (Sony), new at No. 35.