Sam Smith is the most famous artist in Australia, and Gloria by Capitol/Universal is at the top of the ARIA Chart. Gloria is Smith’s fourth top-10 album in Australia in a row and her second No. 1 album after 2014’s In The Lonely Hour. Smith’s recent trip to Australia, where he performed for competition winners and VIPs at the d’Arenberg vineyards in McLaren Vale, outside of Adelaide, helped the sales of his latest album.
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Smith has been at the top of the leaderboard in Australia more than once this year. The hit song “Unholy” from Gloria, which features Kim Petras, went back to No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart last month for a sixth week that wasn’t in a row. Smith will play a series of arena shows in Australia in October and November 2023.
Frontier Touring will put on these shows. Gloria is one of only three new songs on the most recent ARIA top 40, which came out on February 3. Fragments—Time Out of Mind Sessions by Bob Dylan (Facebook) is further down the list (1996-1997).
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17 by Columbia/Legacy opens at No. 26. The legendary songwriter’s album is not a pretty new one, but rather the latest in a series that revisits his Grammy-winning 1997 album Time Out of Mind with a remix of the original set and bonus outtakes, alternate versions, and live cuts.
Lil Yachty’s fifth album, Let’s Start Here (Capitol/Universal), a change in sound to psychedelic space rock, comes in at No. 37 on the ARIA Chart. “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus (Columbia/Sony) stays at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for a third week.
The Kid LAROI (Wiki), born in Australia and a singer and songwriter, is back on the national chart with a new song called “Love Again” (Columbia/Sony). It’s the second taste of the Kid’s first album, The First Time, which is coming out later this year.
After going viral on TikTok, Coi LeRay’s song “Players” made it to the top 40 in Australia, completing the crossover. The Grandmaster Flash-sampled single, a modern take on “The Message,” which was a massive hit in 1982, comes in at No. 31. Last Saturday’s (Jan. 28) Hottest 100 countdown on triple j gave a lot of songs a boost on the national chart.
Flume and MAY-“Say A’s Nothing” (Future Classic), which won the poll, came back at No. 4, easily beating its peak of No. 16 in February 2022. Tracks by Spacey Jane, Eliza Rose, Steve Lacy, and others also get a boost after the Hottest 100.
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