This Week’s ARIA Top 40 Doesn’t Feature A Single Aussie Album

20 March 2023 | 2:55 pm | Jeff Jenkins

Here Comes Everybody… apart from Aussie artists.

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The first quarter of 2023 is nearly over and the scoreboard shows that Australian music is definitely not winning.

This week’s ARIA chart fails to feature a single Australian album in the Top 40.

The highest-ranking local release is Spacey Jane’s Here Comes Everybody at #41, an album that was released in June last year. It is the only Aussie album in the Top 50.

This week’s Top 40 features 24 albums by American artists, 13 by UK acts, and three by Canada’s The Weeknd.

While the Top 40 fails to feature a single Australian release, it includes five Taylor Swift albums and three albums each for The Weeknd, Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs

In the 12 charts so far this year, 13 Australian albums have reached the Top 40, but only two – Spacey Jane’s Here Comes Everybody and INXS’s 2011 best-of – have spent more than one week in the Top 40.

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For six weeks this year, ARIA’s Top 40 has featured just one Aussie album.

No local releases have topped the charts this year. The highest-charting Aussie album has been Ruel’s 4th Wall, which debuted at #3 and then exited the Top 50 after just one week. 

ARIA also has an Australian albums chart, listing the Top 20 local releases. This week’s chart features just two albums released this year (by Ruel and Blake O’Connor). Half of the chart is albums that were released more than two years ago. 

The story is not any brighter on the singles chart. Just five homegrown hits have cracked the Top 40 this year. Two Australian songs, by Flume and The Kid LAROI, have made the Top 10, but none has ascended to #1.