Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Land First Chart #1

25 February 2013 | 10:57 am | Scott Fitzsimons

Band finally crack the top spot after multiple #2 releases

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have today scored their first number one album, with their new record Push The Sky Away debuting at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Predicted in the midweek figures, the record was the only album to debut in the top 50 this week. The highest Cave has charted previously with an album has been with with 2008's Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! and compilation The Best Of, which both peaked at two.

Murder Ballads, No More Shall We Part, The Boatman's Call and Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus have all reached the top five and both Grinderman records peaked inside the top 15. The iconic Where The Wild Roses Grow single with Kylie Minogue also reached two.

The album also debuted at three in the UK charts, which is believed to be his peak position there. Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! peaked at four.

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Their first album released through their own Bad Seeds Ltd label with Kobalt, it is also then the label's first number one and Kobalts first in Australia (it is the first record they've worked on here).

The band kick off their Australian tour in Sydney tomorrow, which will give the album a continued push for the coming weeks. The shows at the Sydney Opera House will be the band's first appearences at the iconic venue. Cave has played there before, but never with the Seeds.

Last week's chart toppers Foals dropped to ten this week while Bruno Mars, P!nk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Bee Gees rounded out the top five.

The ARIA Singles Chart mirrored its American equivalent with Baauer's viral Harlem Shake making its debut in the top 50 at number one this week. One Direction were the other strong debut, with One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) at three - One Direction's hit is a charity single from the UK boyband, and mashes together covers of punk-era classics by Blondie and The Undertones.