Amy Shark Snags Top Spot on Australia's Albums Chart With 'Love Monster'


Amy Shark’s debut album monsters the competition to bow at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, while Drake’s “In My Feelings” (Republic/Universal) rises to the top the Australia's singles survey.    

Love Monster (Wonderlick Entertainment/Sony Music), which includes the hits “Adore” and “I Said Hi," and features assists from Mark Hoppus Blink-182, Bleachers’ Jack Antonf and producers Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid, Broods) and Dann Hume (Courtney Barnett, Troye Sivan, The Temper Trap), topples Drake’s chart champion Scorpion (Republic/Universal) for a dream start.       

“I never dreamed I’d even release my debut album let alone see it come in at No. 1 on the ARIA Album Chart,” Shark says. “It’s been such a long journey and to hear this incredible news right before I play the main stage at Splendour In The Grass, makes this a moment I’ll never forget.”    

The Gold Coast artist has toured the U.S. on five occasions over the past two years and, in the lead-up to the release Love Monster, appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Shark will return to her homeland in August and September for her biggest headline tour before returning to North America for live dates from Sept. 21.     

Elsewhere on this week’s album’s survey, The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) soundtrack slips 2-3, while the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Polydor/Universal) soundtrack starts at No. 4, and Ed Sheeran’s platinum certified (500,000 units) Divide (Warner) dips 3-5. Homegrown country star Adam Brand just misses out on the top 5 with this retrospective Milestones..20 Years (ABC/Universal), new at No. 6. The two-disc set gathers tracks from across Brand’s career, including from his five top 10 studio albums. 

Also, Byron Bay psychedelic rock outfit The Babe Rainbow enjoy their top 50 debut with Double Rainbow (Flightless Records/Inertia), their sophomore album. It starts at No. 18.

Drake rises 3-1 on the ARIA Singles Chart with “In My Feelings,” earning the Canadian rapper a third No. 1 single for 2018, after “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What.” Drizzy also ruled the national singles tally back in May 2016 with “One Dance.”

“In My Feelings” knocks 5 Seconds Summer’s “Youngblood” (Capitol/EMI) from the ARIA summit after an eight-week run, the equal second longest streak by an Australian act. 

And finally, Ariana Grande has the week’s highest-placed debut with “God Is A Woman” (Universal), new at No. 5. It’s Grande’s seventh top ten as a lead artist.