Tame Impala nab a second No. 1 in Australia with The Slow Rush (Island/Universal), while The Weeknd enters a fifth week at the summit of the national singles chart with “Blinding Lights” (Republic/Universal) and Billie Eilish cuts another slice of chart history.
Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala bowed at the top of the national albums survey in 2015 with Currents, and they repeat the feat with The Slow Rush, the psychedelic pop-rock outfit’s fourth studio set. When the official charts were published Saturday (Feb. 22), Parker had this to say: "Thank you Australia… I love yous."
Tame Impala will support the new set in these parts with a trans-Tasman arena tour this April, produced by Michael Chugg’s Chugg Entertainment. Parker’s latest LP eclipses Justin Bieber’s fast-starting new album Changes (Def Jam/Universal), which opens at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, for the Canadian pop singer’s sixth top 10.
The follow-up to Purpose, which led the ARIA chart in November 2015, Changes triumphs over the albums surveys in the U.S. and U.K. Australia's top five is completed by Eilish’s debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal), unchanged at No. 3; Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By (Interscope/Universal), down 2-4; and Harry Styles’ Fine Line (Columbia/Sony), holding at No. 5.
Off the back of their national tour and a high-profile appearance at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert Jan. 16, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (Virgin/Universal) soundtrack leaps 15-7, as the legendary British rock band’s Greatest Hits and The Platinum Collection reenter the chart at No. 18 and No. 35, respectively.
Another act enjoying a chart lift after their Fire Fight appearance is Hilltop Hoods, the Adelaide hip-hop trio whose The Great Expanse (Hilltop Hoods/Universal) reenters the chart at No. 31 and Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung is back in at No. 44.
With The Weeknd locking up top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart, EiIish enjoys the week's highest debut with “No Time To Die,” the Californian teen’s theme for the forthcoming James Bond film of the same name. It’s new at No. 4.
Eilish becomes the youngest artist bestowed the honor of recording the Bond theme, at age 18. She also makes chart history in Australia. “No Time To Die,” co-written with her brother Finneas O'Connell, becomes the highest-charting Bond theme Down Under, edging Adele’s “Skyfall” (No. 5 in October 2012), Madonna’s “Die Another Day” (No. 5 in November 2002) and Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” (No. 6 in July 1985).
Eilish performed the song with celebrated composer Hans Zimmer and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr at the 2020 Brit Awards. Zimmer will helm the Bond 25 score, due out March 27.
And finally, Sam Smith’s “To Die For” (Capitol/EMI), the title song to the British artist’s forthcoming third album, starts at No. 32. It’s the fourth single from To Die For to chart inside the top 40 after “Promises” (No. 4), “Dancing With A Stranger” (No. 6) and “How Do You Sleep?” (No. 10). To Die For is slated for release May 1.