Debut #1 for The Smith Street Band
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Debut #1 for The Smith Street Band

April 25, 2020

Debuts also for Fiona Apple, Casey Barnes and more!

Releasing their fifth album, Don't Waste Your Anger, Melbourne group The Smith Street Band become the fifth Australian act to hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2020.

On hearing the news, the group's singer-songwriter Wil Wagner said: "We're all very shocked! Thank you so much to everyone who listened to the album!"

ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said: "Congratulations to The Smith Street Band and their entire team on their Number One Album. It is a brilliant achievement for this local band, and a testament to their loyal and passionate fanbase. It is so heartening to see another Australian act top the ARIA Chart, showing how our Australian artists and music fans around the country are connecting during this challenging time."

 
Sydney rapper Chillinit re-enters the Top 50 at #14 with his second album, The Octagon. Its return to the chart comes on the back of the release of the vinyl edition of the album, which debuted at #2 in February. As a result, The Octagon is #3 on this week’s Vinyl Albums Chart.
 
Also on the back of a vinyl release, Niall Horan’s Heartbreak Weather jumps from #35 to #17. It’s #4 on the Vinyl Albums Chart.
 
Debuts:
 
#1: The Smith Street Band ‘Don't Waste Your Anger’ – Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band grab their first ever #1 on the ARIA Charts as they debut in the top spot with Don't Waste Your Anger. The group’s fifth studio album is the follow-up to More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me (#3 Apr. ’17). It’s The Smith Street Band’s second Top Ten entry in as many months; last month they released the digital-only live album Live At The Triffid (#4 Mar. ’20) to raise money for their crew members.
 
#7: DaBaby ‘Blame It On Baby’ – Rapper DaBaby releases Blame It On Baby, his second album in less than six months. The successor to Kirk (#11 Oct. ’19) features an array of guests including Roddy Ricch, Quavo, Ashanti, Future, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and more. The track ‘Rockstar’ debuts at #24 on this week’s Singles Chart.

#13: Fiona Apple ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ – American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple returns with Fetch The Bolt Cutters. Apple’s fifth studio album is her first in eight years, coming as the follow-up to The Idler Wheel... (#23 Jul. ’12). It takes over from her previous album as her highest chart peak in Australia.
 
#16: Casey Barnes ‘Town Of A Million Dreams’ – Gold Coast country artist Casey Barnes makes his Top 50 debut with Town Of A Million Dreams. It’s the fifth studio album from the 2009 Australian Idol contestant and Golden Guitar nominee. It comes two years on from previous album, The Good Life.
 
#40: Jeremy Zucker ‘Love Is Not Dying’ – Releasing debut album, Love Is Not Dying, American artist Jeremy Zucker picks up his first Top 50 entry. The New Jersey-raised singer-songwriter’s first LP comes after he released eight EPs between 2015 and 2019.