This week’s “Urban” Album and Single ARIA Charts in Australia show that Drake and Beyoncé continue to sell heavily across both charts, while an interesting album trend in Australia is that there are three relatively old R&B compilation albums in the Top 8 Urban Album Charts again.
ScHoolboy Q’s new album Blank Face LP maintains a strong position for its second week since release, while Clams Casino’s 32 Levels debuts at #10 in the album charts and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ new single are the only new entries into Australia’s ARIA charts across both.
In terms of Australian artists, Hilltop Hoods strong charting position across album and single charts received a slight pump in both of their Top 10 current charting albums, possibly due to the release of their The Thirst remix EP by Jayteehazard of Elefant Traks and recent activities of their record label Golden Era Records (including the release of Aaradhna‘s new album Brown Girl in Australia). The Hilltop Hoods’ single “1955” featuring renowned beatboxer Tom Thum and the soulful vocals of Montaigne remains at #7 after almost half a year in the single charts and has proven to be one of their biggest singles to date, peaking at #2 on the Overall ARIA Single Chart as well as already going double platinum in Australia.
Australian artist Illy’s new single “Papercuts“ feat. Sydney singer Vera Blue (who got her come up on the Australian version of the TV show The Voice) surprisingly rises to #2 on the ARIA single charts (and now #1 on iTunes charts) despite being released last week, strongly aided by local radio and associated festival support. The track is an early taste of what people can expect ahead of his fifth studio album executively produced by M-Phazes. Illy continues his proven successful trend of employing feminine vocals on the hook, this time with a modern updated feel and production.