It’s anything but a dog’s life for PUP, the Canadian punk rockers whose new album Morbid Stuff (Cooking Vinyl/Sony) is the first-ever No. 1 on Australia’s new weekly vinyl albums chart.
Morbid Stuff bows at the summit of the inaugural ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart, leading a top ten loaded with hits sets (Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 and 2), soundtracks (Bohemian Rhapsody, Guardians of the Galaxy), classics (Nirvana’s Nevermind and Amy Winehouse’s Back In Black) and a smattering of new releases (Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Hilltop Hoods’ The Great Expanse).
Vinyl just keeps spinning a merry tune, and ARIA intends to reflect this with its new tally, which sits alongside the trade body’s suite of charts which include the flagship singles and albums lists, its streaming singles survey and more.
As previously reported, sales from vinyl albums were up by 15% in 2018, according to ARIA, marking the eighth consecutive year of growth. The ongoing revival of vinyl albums has been nothing short of “a phenomenon” in Australia over recent years, explains ARIA CEO Dan Rosen in a statement announcing the new chart.
“There is a major sense of nostalgia to the experience of vinyl. The format is tangible and collectable, often with original and numbered artworks,” he continues. “Artists are increasingly using physical formats such as vinyl as a way to give their fans a substantial way of showing their fandom, often working hand in hand with the digital and streaming version for the artist.”
The first Official ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart was unveiled on Saturday, April 13 at 5pm AEST and will be published each week online at ariacharts.com.au.
To coincide with the rollout of the new list and last Saturday’s Record Store Day, ARIA unveiled its 2018 ARIA End of Year Vinyl Albums Chart, with Queen’s Greatest Hits (Universal) leading the way. Queen appears twice in the top 10 (Greatest Hits volume 2 is at No. 7), as do the Beatles (Abbey Road at No. 8 and The White Album at No. 9).
All told, 31 homegrown albums crack the Top 100, led by Gang of Youths’ 2017 ARIA album of the year winning album Go Farther In Lightness (Sony), which finished the year in sixth position.
Check out the full year-end chart here.