King Social Claim Top-Five Debut On Independent Aussie Singles Chart

23 March 2016 | 4:10 pm | Staff Writer

The eclectic Queenslanders take out the #3 spot with new jam 'Big Man'

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Fun-loving hip-hop/indie quintet King Social have scored a #3 showing on debut with new single Big Man on this week's Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, in a week that also sees The Cat Empire retain the #1 album spot.

It has been a good week for the North Queenslanders, who also took out #18 on the singles chart with EP It Goes Around in its first week. Fletcher Pilon has enjoyed a strong week too, scoring a top-20 double on debut with Infinite Child and EP Banjo, coming in at #4 and #16, respectively.

In other singles news, Flume remains on top with Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) and Sia stays at #2 with her hit Cheap Thrills while The Rubens' triple j Hottest 100 victor Hoops moves from #3 to #5. Staying true to form, Sia remains a force on the list, with Alive (#8), Chandelier (#12) and Elastic Heart (#13) all staying in the 20.

No new releases have cracked the albums chart this week, with The Cat Empire, as mentioned, remaining in first place with recent LP Rising With The Sun. As with the singles chart, hit-conjurer Sia has claimed #2 with new long-player This Is Acting, moving up one place from last week, and her 2014 smash 1000 Forms of Fear enduringly picks up the #5 place. Urthboy's The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat (#3) and indie-rocker-du-jour Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit (#4) finish off the top five.

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Despite the lack of new faces, the top-20 saw a handful of old friends make their return to the rankings via re-entries for Sticky Fingers' Land Of Pleasure (#14) — the Sydneysiders also enjoy a healthy bump for Caress Your Soul, up five spots to #12 this week — as well as Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's Gurrumul (#15) and Bootleg Rascal's Asleep In The Machine (#20) to the chart. Also making northward climbs of note in the albums stakes are Hermitude (Dark Night Sweet Light, up five to #7) and Colin Buchanan (Boss Of The Cross, up five to #9) while The Temper Trap (Thick As Thieves, up five to #6) are the only act to make significant headway up the Singles chart, and only one of two to make any upwards progress at all (alongside The Buzz, by Hermitude and featuring Mataya & Young Tapz, up one spot to #11).