Sheppard score first #1 album
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Sheppard score first #1 album

June 16, 2018

Debuts for Kids See Ghosts, Lily Allen, Jorja Smith and more!

Hitting #1 with second album, Watching The Sky, Brisbane group Sheppard become the fifth Australian act to top the ARIA Albums Chart in 2018 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.

Moving up three spots to #10, Ed Sheeran’s X notches up its 116th week in the Top Ten.

As ‘Saturday Sun’ debuts at #47 on the Singles Chart, Vance Joy’s Nation Of Two jumps up six to #20.

With less than a month to go before the start of her Australian tour, P!nk has moved up seven to #22 with Beautiful Trauma.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 jumps back up ten spot to #23.

In its 60th week in the Top 50, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 climbs up 13 spots to #25.

The Albums Chart this week also includes sizable jumps for XXXTentacion’s ? (up 11 to #26), the Moana soundtrack (up 16 to #28), Hillsong Worship’s There Is More (up 16 to #31), the soundtrack to 13 Reasons Why Season 2 (up 12 to #33), INXS’ The Very Best (re-entry at #36) and The Ten Tenors’ Wish You Were Here (re-entry at #40).

Debuts:

#1: Sheppard ‘Watching The Sky’ – Brisbane band Sheppard score their first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Watching The Sky. The group’s second studio album comes four years on from debut Bombs Away (#2 Jul. ’14) and includes the singles ‘Keep Me Crazy’ (#37 Apr. ’17) and ‘Coming Home’ (#22 Jan. ’18).

#4: Kids See Ghosts ‘Kids See Ghosts’ – After topping the Albums Chart last week with ye, Kanye West picks up another Top Ten entry as a member of Kids See Ghost. The self-titled debut for the duo, which also features Kid Cudi, includes contributions from Pusha T, Ty Dolla Sign, Yasiin Bey, Andre 3000, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and more. The track ‘4th Dimension’ has debuted at #46 on this week’s Singles Chart. It’s Kid Cudi’s first appearance on the Albums Chart since Indicud (#28 Apr. ’13).

#8: Lily Allen ‘No Shame’ – British singer-songwriter Lily Allen returns with her fourth album and first in four years, No Shame. The follow-up to Sheezus (#4 May ’14) features collaborations with producers Mark Ronson and BloodPop®, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and rapper Giggs, among others.

#13: Jorja Smith ‘Lost & Found’ – Jorja Smith makes her ARIA Charts debut with Lost & Found. The British R&B artist’s debut album comes two years on from the release of her first single, ‘Blue Lights’. In the interim, she has collaborated with the likes of Drake and Khalid and featured on one track on Black Panther: The Album (#2 Feb. ’18).

#14: Olivia Newton-John ‘Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits’ – 20 of the best-loved tracks by Olivia Newton-John are collected on Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits. The album gives the ARIA Hall Of Fame member her first solo entry in the ARIA Top 50 since Stronger Than Before (#39 Apr. ’06). With John Farnham, Newton-John has topped the charts in recent years with Two Strong Hearts (#1 Jul. ’15) and Friends For Christmas (#1 Dec. ’16).

#37: The Beach Boys ‘The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ – Classic tracks by The Beach Boys receive the orchestral treatment on The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album includes reworks of tracks such as ‘California Girls’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘In My Room’, ‘God Only Knows’ and ‘Darlin’’ featuring the original vocals and selected instruments with new symphonic arrangements. The Beach Boys last charted with That’s Why God Made The Radio (#31 Sept. ’12).