Rolling Stones’ ‘Hackney Diamonds’ Sparkles at No. 1 In Australia

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The Rolling Stones roll all the way to the top of Australia’s albums chart with Hackney Diamonds (Polydor/Universal), for their eighth leader.

Hackney Diamonds debuts at No. 1 on the ARIA Chart, published Friday, Oct. 27, the legendary British rock band’s 34th top 10 title.

Featuring collaborations with Lady Gaga, Elton John Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, and contributions from former bass player Bill Wyman and the group’s late drummer Charlie Watts, Hackney Diamonds is the Stones’ first album of original material since A Bigger Bang, which blasted to No. 4 in 2005. Since then, the Stones have clocked up two more leaders in Australia, with hits collection GRRR! in 2012, and covers set Blue & Lonesome in 2016.

Mick Jagger and Co. first led the national chart back in 1964 with their debut, self-titled album.

The reunited Blink-182 bows at No. 2 on the ARIA Chart with One More Time… (Columbia/Sony), for the pop-rock trio’s ninth top 10 in the land Down Under. One More Time… marks the return of the classic line-up, with guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge slotting back in alongside bass player and vocalist Mark Hoppus, and drummer Travis Barker.

Blink-182 has now led the ARIA Chart on four occasions, including Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001), Neighborhoods (2011) and California (2016). One More Time… is the band’s first studio album since 2019’s Nine, which featured Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge, and which peaked at No. 4.

Olivia Rodrigo’s former leader Guts (Geffen/Universal) closes out the top 3 on the latest tally, holding at No. 3, ahead of LPs from Drake (For All The Dogs down 2-4 via Republic/Universal) and Taylor Swift (Midnights up 6-5 via Universal), respectively.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red” (via RCA/Sony) retains top spot for the 10th consecutive week. According to ARIA, it’s the 27th single to log 10 or more weeks at the top, a list that’s led by Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” with 24 non-consecutive weeks. Also, Doja is the sixth solo female act to clock double-figure weeks at No. 1, joining Tones, Dinah Shore (13 weeks with “Buttons And Bows” in 1949), Miley Cyrus (12 weeks with “Flowers” earlier this year), Whitney Houston (10 weeks in 1992-93 with “I Will Always Love You”) and Sandi Thom (10 weeks in 2006 with “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker”).

It’s worth noting, the Spice Girls reigned over the national tally for 11 weeks in 1996-97 with their signature song “Wannabe,” and Elton John’s record-breaking “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa, remixed by Aussie electronic act Pnau, spent 10 weeks at the summit in 2021-22.

The latest singles chart podium is completed by Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” (Universal), up 3-2 for a new peak position in its 21st week on the survey, and Tate McRae’s “Greedy” (RCA/Sony), down 2-3.

The top new release this week belongs to Sydney-raised singer and rapper The Kid LAROI with “Too Much” (Columbia/Sony), featuring BTSJung Kook and Central Cee. It’s new at No. 10 for LAROI’s seventh top 10 single in Australia, the third top 10 for British rapper Central Cee (including a seven-week stretch at No. 1 with Dave on “Sprinter” earlier this year), and the third top tier title for South Korean singer Jung Kook.

The Los Angeles-based LAROI ruled the chart for a week in 2021 with “Without You” and again with “Stay,” his monster hit with Justin Bieber, which owned top spot for 17 weeks in 2021-22.

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