Sia Makes Another Top-Five Debut On Aussie Indie Singles Chart

20 January 2016 | 4:32 pm | Staff Writer

New cut 'Reaper' marks yet another high-placer for the platinum-wigged chanteuse

Unstoppable Aussie hitmaker Sia has cracked the top five of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts once again with her new single Reaper, which steps out one rung below previous effort Alive to take the #4 spot on debut.

The new entry takes Sia's total singles entries up to five out of a possible 20, her other entries being long-time placers Chandelier (#7, up from #10) and Elastic Heart (#10, down from #8), as well as recent cut Cheap Thrills, which peaked last week at #4 before falling to #11.

The wider singles ladder is once again dominated by incumbent respective top two Marcus Marr & Chet Faker (The Trouble With Us) and Vance Joy (Fire & The Flood) — as well as fellow familiar faces The Rubens (Hoops, steady at #5). Just outside the top five, last week's #6 placeholder, Vance Joy, retains his spot with Riptide, while the top 10 singles are rounded out by Hermitude, who gain a spot to hit #8 with The Buzz, featuring Mataya & Young Tapz, and Boo Seeka, whose Fool enjoys a healthy five-rung bump up to #9 this week. Honourable mentions go to Violent Soho (Like Soda, #16) and The Bennies (Party Machine, #20), both of whom re-enter the charts this week.

In the full-length rankings, Bootleg Rascal nab the highest (well, only) debut, coming in at #6 with new LP Asleep In The Machine, but existing the existing top five — respectively, Sia (1000 Forms Of Fear), Courtney Barnett (Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit), Seth Sentry (Strange New Past), Hermitude (Dark Night, Sweet Light) and Flight Facilities (Down To Earth) — prove unshakeable from their positions.

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The Smith Street Band also stand alone as the week's only re-entrants to the list, with Throw Me In The River popping its head above water at #16, though it's not a week shy on encouraging performances; among the acts enjoying healthy bumps to their releases this week are Chet Faker (Thinking In Textures, up four to #7) and Gurrumul (The Gospel Album, up four to #10).