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This Week In... 2006

April 16, 2019

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 13 years ago!


James Blunt - Back To Bedlam

The debut album from British singer-songwriter James Blunt spent a total of twelve non-consecutive weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart between August 2005 and May 2006. Released in Australia in April 2005, Back To Bedlam didn’t debut in the Top 50 until August 2005 when it charted at #31. It hit #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the Top 50. In its first run at #1, the album spent four straight weeks at the top. It returned to #1 for a five-week run in January 2006. Its final run at the top was a three-week reign in April/May 2006.

Singles released from Back To Bedlam include ‘You’re Beautiful’ (#2 Nov. ’05), ‘Goodbye My Lover’ (#3 Jan. ’06), ‘Wisemen’ (#11 May ’06) and ‘High’ (#42 Aug. ’06).

The album was certified 9x Platinum. After landing at #9 on the 2005 End Of Year Albums Chart, Back To Bedlam outdid itself by topping the 2006 End Of Year Albums Chart.

James Blunt’s next album, All The Lost Souls, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in September 2007. He last charted with The Afterlove (#7 Apr. ’17).


Youth Group - Forever Young

Sydney band Youth Group picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts when their version of ‘Forever Young’ spent two non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Singles Chart in April 2006. The track, recorded for TV series The O.C., debuted #2 in March, spending three straight weeks in that position before taking out the #1 spot in its fourth week in the Top 50. After a drop to #3, ‘Forever Young’ returned for its second and final week at #1 in its sixth week in the Top 50. The single spent a total of 13 weeks in the Top tTen.

‘Forever Young’ earned the band the Breakthrough Single award at the 2006 ARIAs. The single received a Platinum accreditation and was #7 on the ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart in 2006.

The original version of ‘Forever Young’, by German band Alphaville, peaked on the ARIA Singles Chart at #47 in August 1985.

The single was included on Youth Group’s third album Casino Twilight Dogs (#10 Jul. ’06). The band appeared on the Singles Chart on one other occasion, charting with follow-up ‘Catching & Killing’ (#44 Aug. ’06).