Last week saw the Australia charts finally deliver some good news after seven homegrown releases made the top 10. Human Nature’s latest covers album occupied the top spot of the ARIA albums chart, followed by Let Me Be Clear, the latest EP from Gang Of Youths.
Meanwhile, Hellions were sitting at Number 4 with Opera Oblivia, followed by Zenith from Voice winner Alfie Arcuri. The Avalanches’ Wildflower sat at Number 7, with Delta Goodrem’s latest at Number 8, and Keith Urban at Number 10.
But this week sees just four Australian albums in the top 10, including Human Nature, who’ve dropped down to the Number 3 spot, followed by Glorious Heights, the eagerly anticipated debut album from local songstress Montaigne.
Oh, and Keith Urban is sitting at Number 8 with Ripcord. But what’s more interesting and frankly sadder, is the current top two. Namely the order, which provides even more reason to despair than just the fact that Aussies are no longer dominating the chart.
Sitting at Number 1 on the ARIA albums chart, we are sad to report, is the soundtrack to Suicide Squad, and sitting behind it is Civil Dusk, the latest album from legendary Australian singer-songwriter and former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning.
Like, seriously, how did we let that happen?
Sure, the Suicide Squad soundtrack features a collection of the world’s biggest artists, including Rick Ross, Eminem, Twenty One Pilots, and Skrillex, but it also features a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cover so bad it should be on trial in The Hague.
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Not to mention the fact that the film has been copping absolutely brutal reviews from critics and viewers alike, with many saying it’s another misstep from DC Comics following the much maligned Batman vs Superman, which came out earlier this year.
That said, it has been doing healthy numbers at the box office. This, coupled with the fact that the soundtrack is Number 1 and beat an artist considered by many to be an Australian institution, doesn’t say much for the state of Australia’s cultural scene.
Thank God we know for a fact that there’s still plenty of incredible bands and artists out there. Now if we can just get more people to actually buy their music and see them in the charts, everything will be sweet. Maybe Bandcamp could help?