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This Week In... 1998

March 13, 2018

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 20 years ago!


Madonna - Ray Of Light

Ray Of Light, Madonna’s seventh studio album, became the Queen Of Pop’s seventh #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart when it debuted in the top spot in March 1998. Madonna’s first release since the soundtrack to Evita (#5 Mar. ’97) and her first studio album proper since Bedtime Stories (#1 Oct ’94), Ray Of Light spent only one week at #1 but went on to spend eight weeks in the top ten and 52 weeks in the top 50.

Singles released from the album included ‘Frozen’ (#5 Feb. ’98), ‘Ray Of Light’ (#6 May ’98), ‘Drowned World / Substitute For Love’ (#16 Aug. ’98), ‘The Power Of Goodbye’ (#33 Nov. ’98) and ‘Nothing Really Matters’ (#15 Mar. ’99).

Ray Of Light was #10 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart. It was accredited 3x Platinum.

Madonna has also topped the ARIA Albums Chart with True Blue (#1 Aug. ’86), I'm Breathless (#1 May ’90), The Immaculate Collection (#1 Nov. ’90), Erotica (#1 Oct. ’92), Bedtime Stories (#1 Oct ’94), Something To Remember (#1 Nov. ’95), Confessions On A Dance Floor (#1 Nov. ’05), Hard Candy (#1 May ’08), MDNA (#1 Apr. ’12) and Rebel Heart (#1 Mar. ’15). With eleven #1s, Madonna  shares the record for the most #1s on the ARIA Albums Chart, sitting alongside with U2 and Jimmy Barnes.

Her most recent chart appearance was with Rebel Heart Tour (#20 Sept. ’17).


Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins - It's Like That

Ground-breaking American hip hop group Run-D.M.C. took out their sole #1 on the ARIA Singles Charts when a remix of their track ‘It’s Like That’ by American house producer Jason Nevins topped the chart for one week in 1998. Debuting at #49 in November 1997, the single hit #1 in its 18th week in the chart. It went on to spend a total of 14 weeks in the top ten and 37 weeks in the top 50.

‘It’s Like That’ was originally released in 1983 as Run-D.M.C.’s 1983 debut single. The Jason Nevins remix was #2 on the 1998 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and received a 2x Platinum accreditation.

Run-D.M.C.’s only previous top ten hit in Australia was with their cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ (#9 Nov. ’86).

The group later charted with another Jason Nevins remix, this time with a new version of the 1987 track ‘It’s Tricky’ (#15 Jul. ’98).