While there has been a lot of disdain held for the books and films for quite some time now, the Fifty Shades franchise has now offended some Aussies on a musical level, with the second film’s soundtrack knocking Thundamentals off the #1 spot on the ARIA charts.
In what has turned out to be a relatively sad week for Aussie talent, Aussie hip-hop crew Thundamentals’s fourth album, Everyone We Know, has managed to make an impressive #2 debut on the ARIA album charts for the week. Kept from prime position by the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker, the Blue Mountains collective are the only Aussies in the top five. With third and fourth place being held by English musos Rag’N’Bone Man and Adele, Guns N’ Roses current tour seems to be paying off, with their Greatest Hits making an appearance at number five, 13 years after the compilation’s release.
Meanwhile, the ARIA singles charts sees Ed Sheeran in fine form, taking out the top two positions with ‘Shape Of You’, and ‘Castle On The Hill’, respectively. We have to dig down to position number six to find our first Aussie entry, Pnau’s ‘Chameleon’, at the same position two weeks running, with Amy Shark’s ‘Adore’ close behind, at number eight, five less than last week’s charts.
If we take a look at the Aussie albums charts though, we see the number one position indeed being taken out by Thundamentals’ Everyone We Know, while Pnau and Amy Shark dominate the top two positions in the Aussie singles charts this week.
While this week hasn’t been too successful for Aussie talent going up international acts, we’re pretty certain that once the Fifty Shades franchise makes its rightful exit from the charts, we’ll be seeing plenty of Aussies on top once again.