Marcus Marr & Chet Faker, Vance Joy Retain Top Spots On Aussie Indie Charts

13 January 2016 | 12:21 pm | Staff Writer

Incumbent entries reign large in a week starved for new faces on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts

The all-star team-up of Marcus Marr & Chet Faker has enjoyed another week of success on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with their joint single The Trouble With Us retaining its position atop the ladder for another week.

In a period starved for new faces, it's a similar story across both Singles and Album rankings as Vance Joy sees his resilient 2014 full-length Dream Your Life Away also stick around at #1, just ahead of a northward-bound Sia, whose 1000 Forms Of Fear is up four spots to #2 this week.

The leap sees Courtney Barnett's acclaimed Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit drop a rung to #3, while Hilltop HoodsWalking Under Stars makes a step up by one place to #4, trading spots with Parkway Drive and Ire, which rests at the #5 cutoff this week. Meanwhile, mega-church Hillsong Worship sees a healthy boost for its album Open Heaven/River Wild, jumping five spots to #6.

The back half of the top 10 is equally comprised of familiar friends, with RUFUS's Atlas making its re-entry (for its 67th week on the chart) at #7, just ahead of The Rubens with Hoops, down five spots to #8. Hermitude (Dark Night, Sweet Light, #9) and The Wiggles (Hot Potatoes! The Best Of The Wiggles, #10) close out the top half, though some lower-end re-entries also bear mentioning in the form of Marlon Williams' self-titled effort (back at #19) and Violent Soho's Hungry Ghost (#20).

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In the Singles arena, Hilltop Hoods pull out the week's second-best effort, remaining at #2 for another round with Higher, featuring James Chatburn, just above Vancey-pants at #3 (again) with Fire & The Flood. In fact, every entry from #1 through to #6 — the remainder being, respectively, Sia's Alive and Cheap Thrills, and The Rubens' Hoops — maintain their positions from last week, with RUFUS being the first crew to break the mold and step up considerably with You Were Right, jumping nine positions to #7.

Peking Duk enjoy a similar boost to Say My Name, featuring Benjamin Joseph, which leaps from #19 to #8 this week, though consistency truly is the name of the game across the board — Hilltop Hoods remain steady at #9 with Cosby Sweater. The top 10 singles are rounded out this week by AC/DC, whose classic cut Thunderstruck loses three spots to rest at #10.