It’s a big chart week for Australian female pop artists with Delta Goodrem and The Veronicas snatching top spot on the respective albums and singles surveys Down Under.
Goodrem’s Wings Of The Wild (Sony Music) flies in at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart to give the singer-songwriter her fourth chart topper. Wings Of The Wild is Goodrem’s first album since Child Of The Universe, which peaked at No. 2 in November 2012, and her first No. 1 since Delta hit the summit in October 2007.
It’s the latest highlight in a stellar domestic career which has already seen Goodrem amass 23-times platinum sales (career global record sales exceed eight million, according to Sony Music), 17 top 10 hits, 14 ARIA Awards and nine No. 1 singles, including the Wings of the Wild track “Wings,” which hit the top last August.
“I am so proud of this album. It’s the first time that I took on the producing reigns and it’s the first release through my new label House Of Oz Records,” Goodrem says. “It truly represents who and where I am right now.”
Eleven titles debut inside the top 50 on this week’s chart, including the entire top three. Blink-182’s seventh studio album California (Liberation/Universal) opens at No. 2, equaling the punk rockers’ previous best effort with Neighborhoods (October 2011) and Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (June 2001). California is the trio’s first release with vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba after founding member Tom DeLonge left the band.
Sydney boyband In Stereo’s The Speed Of Sound (Warner) opens at No. 3, while Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway (Warner) drops 1-4, and Adele’s 25 (XL/Inertia) slips 3-5.
Meanwhile, The Veronicas score their third No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart with “In My Blood” (Sony Music), which climbs 3-1 in its fourth week on the survey and ends Drake’s seven week reign. The Veronicas, comprised of twins Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, have previously led the Singles Chart with “Hook Me Up” (November 2007) and “You Ruin Me” (September 2014). “In My Blood” is the first single lifted from the Veronicas’ as-yet-untitled forthcoming fourth studio album. According to Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, the singers are currently recording the new album which the music major will release later this year.
The top five is rounded out by Drake’s hit “One Dance” (Republic/Universal) down 1-2; Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (RCA/Sony), up 4-3; Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia/Sony), down 2-4; and Drake Feat. Rihanna’s “Too Good,” which is unchanged at No. 5.
The week’s highest entry is Fergie’s comeback track “M.I.L.F. $,” (Interscope/Universal), which starts at No. 26. It’s the Black Eyed Peas singer and rapper’s first entry on the survey since “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)”, lifted from the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, which peaked at No. 43 in June 2013.