ARIA Charts: Jimmy Barnes breaks records with 13th ARIA #1 album

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• This week marks the second week at singles chart #1 for Ed Sheeran


Ed Sheeran holds #1 on the ARIA singles chart for a second straight week with Bad Habits. Since debuting in the top spot here last week, the single has also taken out #1s in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. Of Sheeran’s previous chart-toppers, Shape of You spent the most time at #1, notching up 15 weeks in 2017.

Masked Wolf holds on to the title of highest ranking Australian artist this week, with the Sydney rapper’s track Astronaut in the Ocean dropping a place to #8. 

Italian band Maneskin move up three spots to claim a new peak at #3 with their cover of Frankie Valli and the Four SeasonsBeggin. It’s peaked at #4 in New Zealand and #7 in the UK. Maneskin’s other recent chart entry, I Wanna Be Your Slave, also has a new peak, climbing six to #15.

Previous #1 entry Heat Waves by British band Glass Animals made headlines again this week with the release of a new version. Frontman Dave Bayley has recorded a version of Heat Waves in Simlish, the language invented for the video game The Sims. He’s not the first to take a track to Simlish – Katy Perry recorded a version of 2010’s Last Friday Night in the language as well.

Moving up two spots to #18, Vance Joy equals the peak set by Lay It On Me in September 2017. It’s his first entry in the top 20 since We’re Going Home hit #16 in March 2018.

American hip hop star Megan Thee Stallion scores her second solo top 50 entry with Thot Shit at #43. It’s her first solo release since putting out debut album, Good News. 


Breaking the #1 streak of Olivia Rodrigo‘s SOUR, homegrown icon Jimmy Barnes has made history on this week’s ARIA chart by claiming his 13th #1 album with Flesh And Blood.

Barnes’ record-breaking album is his 20th solo studio effort and follows My Criminal Record, which reached #1 in June 2019 and gave him the ARIA record for most #1 albums – beating out Madonna and U2 with 11 chart-toppers each. He becomes the first Australian solo act to have #1 albums in every decade since the 1980s.

On his success, Barnes said: “I don’t take any of this for granted. Firstly, I’d like to thank all the people who are still willing to listen to my new music after all these years. I hope they get as much pleasure from listening to it as I get from making it. I’m also deeply grateful to Warren and the whole staff at Bloodlines and the Mushroom Group. Michael loved to call them “the A Team” and they’ve certainly shown that yet again with all their hard work promoting Flesh And Blood. I also want to thank my brother-in-law Mark Lizotte for writing most of the songs on the album with me and, lastly, I’d like to thank my Jane and our beautiful family for continuing to inspire me, and for being such a huge part of this record”

The ninth Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021, Flesh And Blood was written by Barnes during the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. In March this year, he premiered the title track at the state funeral for his long-time friend and label boss, Michael Gudinski

ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said: “Huge congratulations are in order for an undeniable legend. Despite this difficult and challenging year for Australian artists, it’s incredible to see our own musicians continue to dominate the charts. 

“Jimmy’s achievement proves the generation-spanning depth of Australia’s chart-topping artists. From a 17-year-old wunderkind to a history-making veteran, we really have it all, and Aussie music lovers know it.”

Jimmy Barnes has previously hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Bodyswerve (1984, 2 weeks), For The Working Class Man (1985, 7 weeks), Freight Train Heart (1987, 5 weeks), Barnestorming (1988, 3 weeks), Two Fires (1990, 5 weeks), Soul Deep (1991, 3 weeks), Hits (1996, 1 week), Double Happiness (2005, 3 weeks), The Rhythm And The Blues (2009, 2 weeks), 30:30 Hindsight (2014, 1 week), Soul Searchin’ (2016, 1 week) and My Criminal Record (2019, 1 week).

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ARIA Hall Of Fame members The Seekers take out their fourth chart entry in three years as they debut at #41 with Live In The UK. The album showcases the final leg of the quartet’s final tour, taking place months after the Australian tour captured on Farewell

There are some major anniversaries in the albums chart this week. This week marks 30 weeks in the top 50 for evermore by Taylor Swift, 50 weeks for both Swift’s sister album folklore and The Kid Laroi’s F*ck Love (Savage), and 100 weeks for Travis Scott’s Astroworld.

2021 ARIA Chart Toppers

January 4 24Goldn Mood
January 11 24Goldn Mood
January 18 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
January 25 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
February 1 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
February 8 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
February 15 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
February 22 Olivia Rodrigo Drivers Licence
March 1 Glass Animals Heat Waves
March 8 Glass Animals Heat Waves
March 15 Glass Animals Heat Waves
March 22 Glass Animals Heat Waves
March 29 Glass Animals Heat Waves
April 5 Glass Animals Heat Waves
April 12 Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon Peaches
April 19 Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon Peaches
April 26 Lil Nas X Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
May 3 Lil Nas X Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
May 10 The Kid Laroi Without You
May 17 Russ Millions and Tion Wayne Body
May 24 Russ Millions and Tion Wayne Body
May 31 Olivia Rodrigo Good 4 U
June 7 Olivia Rodrigo Good 4 U
June 14 Olivia Rodrigo Good 4 U
June 21 Olivia Rodrigo Good 4 U
June 28 Olivia Rodrigo Good 4 U
July 5 Ed Sheeran Bad Habits
July 12 Ed Sheeran Bad Habits

January 4 Taylor Swift Evermore
January 11 Taylor Swift Evermore
January 18 Barry Gibb Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook
January 25 Illy The Space Between
February 1 Bluey Bluey The Album
February 8 The Kid Laroi Fuck Love (Savage)
February 15 Foo Fighters Medicine at Midnight
February 22 The Rubens 0202
March 1 Tash Sultana Terra Firma
March 8 Architects For Those That Wish To Exist
March 15 Kings Of Leon When You See Yourself
March 22 Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
March 29 Justin Bieber Justice
April 5 Skegss Rehearsal
April 12 Justin Bieber Justice
April 19 Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor’s Version) 
April 26 London Grammar Californian Soil
May 3 Justin Bieber Justice
May 10 Amy Shark Cry Forever
May 17 Amy Shark Cry Forever
May 24 Delta Goodrem Bridge Over Troubled Dreams
May 31 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
June 7 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
June 14 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
June 21 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
June 28 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
July 5 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
July 12 Jimmy Barnes Flesh And Blood

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