RÜFÜS, Illy & Tkay Maidza Make Top-10 Entries On Aussie Indie Music Charts

2 December 2015 | 2:49 pm | Staff Writer

The week also sees notable debuts for Knife Party and ascendant performer Wafia

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Local artists RÜFÜSIlly and Tkay Maidza have enjoyed strong debut performances on this week's Carlton Dry Independent Singles Chart, with their respective new releases Innerbloom (#5), Swear Jar (#7) and Ghost (#8) standing out from the pack, each stepping out comfortably inside the top 10.

The trio of acts are not the only new entrants for this round, however, with Knife Party and Wafia both joining the top 20 with their respective output in the Trigger Warning EP (#17) and XXIX (#20). Along with the top-10 debutantes, Knife Party and Wafia sit proud as the five sole new faces to disrupt the charts' status quo this week.

Indeed, way up the pointy end — in fact, in every spot ahead of RÜFÜS — last week's entrants remain incumbent, starting at the top of the pile with Chet Faker & Marcus Marr (The Trouble With Us, #1) and continuing through Vance Joy (Fire & The Flood, #2), Sia (Alive, #3) and The Rubens (Hoops, #4). Speaking of Sia, her grip on the Singles chart is ever so slightly loosening — she's lost a couple of entries to only hold three places this week, with Bird Set Free (#6, down from #5) and Elastic Heart (#15, down from #13) backing up Alive's efforts. Notably, Chandelier and Big Girls Cry have both dropped off after significant stints in the rankings.

However, old mate Vance Joy is going the other way, with not only Riptide still making a nuisance of itself at #12 (down from #10), but lesser-known cut Georgia also making its re-entry to the list, just ahead at #11. With their new single, RÜFÜS also rise to triple-threat status, matching Vance & Sia for Singles entries — they're also hanging around at #9 (Like An Animal, down from #6) and #13 (You Were Right, up from #14).

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There's much less to write home about on the full-length ladder, though it's not without activity — compilation album Get On With It Macca is the week's highest new entrant at #14, a few spots ahead of fellow various-artists comp Jimmy Giggle's Christmas Party, which makes its entry at #20. Additionally, there is a solid cabal of re-entrants to be found, starting with Hermitude's Dark Night, Sweet Light at #11, and including AC/DC (Back In Black, back at #12), Seth Sentry (Strange New Past, #18) and Hilltop Hoods (Walking Under Stars, #19).

There's a bit of jiggling around the upper echelons — Vance Joy rises two spots to hit #2 with Dream Your Life Away, Sia climbs the rungs from #9 to #3 with 1000 Forms Of Fear and Courtney Barnett makes a similar leap, from #8 to #4, with Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit — but The Ten Tenors prove unshakeable from the top of the pile, with their new festive full-length Our Christmas Wish retaining its #1 spot for the third week running.