Postcards From The Shell House, the third full-length from Rockhampton roots-pop duo Busby Marou, made a surprise first week entrance to the album charts this week, knocking last week's number one, the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, from its perch.
It's the highest ever chart result for the pair, with previous LP, Farewell Fitzroy, peaking at #5 and their 2011 self-titled debut getting to #25. Busby Marou are the third Australian act to land the top spot in 2017, following on from Kasey Chambers in January and Dune Rats earlier this month.
Busby Marou pushed Fifty Shades Darker back only as far as #2, one spot ahead of the week's other big debut, Prisoner, the sixteenth studio album from recent Rolling Stone cover-story subject, Ryan Adams. Rising Sydney trio Middle Kids also had an impressive opening week, coming in at #26 with their self-titled debut EP, no doubt boosted by a recent appearance on Conan O'Brien. Further back, rapper Future — currently at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts — landed at #42 with his new self-titled LP.
Looking ahead, Busby Marou could be set to break the recent curse of local acts not backing up after big opening week results, potentially getting another sales bump over the following fortnight as they continue an extensive run of Queensland dates (details here). Fingers crossed, as — while we're ever hopeful for big first week results from locals Holy Holy and Horrorshow — the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack looks to be a lingerer, and likely to return to the top spot given a lack of forthcoming, legitimate challengers.