Hilltop Hoods make ARIA Charts history with The Great Expanse
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Hilltop Hoods make ARIA Charts history with The Great Expanse

March 2, 2019

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Returning to the ARIA Albums Chart with eighth studio album, The Great Expanse, Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods make ARIA Charts history, becoming the Australian band or group to have the most #1 albums. The Great Expanse is the first Australian #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2019 (more below).
Wrapping up his national stadium tour, Eminem lands four albums in this week’s ARIA Top 50, with current studio album Kamikaze the highest at #9. He’s also present on the chart with Curtain Call: The Hits (#11), The Eminem Show (#25) and Recovery (#46).
Also touring in the last week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers jump up ten spots to #19 with their Greatest Hits. It’s the albums 96th week in the Top 50.
The previous Hilltop Hoods release, Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung, jumps up twelve spots this week to #36.

#1: Hilltop Hoods ‘The Great Expanse’ – Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods score their sixth #1 on the Albums Chart with The Great Expanse, becoming the ARIA record holder for most #1 albums by an Australia band or group. It’s the hip hop trio’s eighth studio album, the first since Walking Under Stars (#1 Aug. ’14) and includes the singles ‘Clark Griswold’ (#48 Jul. ‘18) and ‘Leave Me Lonely’ (#11 Mar. ‘19). Another track from the album, ‘Exit Sign’, has debuted at #44 on this week’s Singles Chart. Hilltop Hoods have also hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with The Hard Road (#1 Apr. ’06), State Of The Art (#1 Jun. ’09), Drinking From The Sun (#1 Mar. ’12) and Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung (#1 Feb. ’16). This feat now places them behind only Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham and The 12th Man for most #1 albums on the ARIA Charts by an Australian artist.
#8: Julia Jacklin ‘Crushing’ – Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin makes her debut appearance in the ARIA Top Ten with Crushing. Jacklin’s second album is the follow-up to her ARIA-nominated debut Don't Let The Kids Win (#42 Oct. ’16). In 2018, Jacklin’s side project Phantastic Ferniture released their self-titled debut album.
#10: Dream Theater ‘Distance Over Time’ – Prog metal band Dream Theater take out a second Top Ten album with Distance Over Time. The American band’s 14th studio album comes three years on from The Astonishing (#10 Feb. ’16). It’s their sixth release to chart in the ARIA Top 50.
#18: Offset ‘Father Of 4’ – American rapper Offset makes his solo debut on the Albums Chart with Father Of 4. It’s the first album released by the Migos member under his own name and includes collaborations with Cardi B, Gucci Mane, J. Cole, CeeLo Green and more. As a member of Migos, Offset has charted with Culture (#26 Feb. ’17) and Culture II (#13 Feb. ’18).
#23: Gary Clark Jr. ‘This Land’ – American blue rocker Gary Clark Jr. releases his first album in four years, This Land. It’s Clark’s third studio album and his fourth release to hit the ARIA Top 50 after Blak And Blu (#34 Oct. '12), The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim (#18 Sept. '15) and Live North America 2016 (#32 Mar. '17).
#29: Kehlani ‘While We Wait’ – Releasing the mixtape While We Wait, American singer-songwriter Kehlani grabs a second entry on the ARIA Albums Chart. The release comes two years on from Kehlani’s debut album, SweetSexySavage (#32 Feb. ’17) and includes the single ‘Nights Like This’ (#41 Feb. ’19).
#33: Lil Pump ‘Harverd Dropout’ – With the release of his second studio album, Harverd Dropout, American rapper Lil Pump makes his debut on the ARIA Albums Chart. The release includes the Kanye West collaboration ‘I Love It’ (#4 Sept. ’18), as well as appearances by Offset, Quavo, 2 Chainz and more.