Aside from Kasey Chambers' impressive top spot debut a fortnight ago, so far 2017 has been the story of the summer movie hangover, with child-friendly soundtracks for Trolls, Moana and Sing dominating the post-Xmas top ten. But it all looks set to slowly change, starting this week with a pair of unexpected top five debuts.
Party-punk Brisbane trio Dune Rats have debuted at #1 this week with their second LP The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit, while Melbourne metalcorists Ocean Grove landed at #5 with their first full-length, The Rhapsody Tapes.
It's the Dunies' first ever number one — in fact, their first ever top ten placement — with the strong first week result bolstered by their recent Hottest 100 results, with the first two The Kids Will Know singles, "Bullshit" and "Scott Green", both featuring in the countdown's top forty.
Further back, there was also new entries from Big Sean (#14), Elbow (#16) and Sampha (#28), alongside a stack of re-entries, including Lady Gaga's Joanne at #25 — off the back of her much-praised Super Bowl performance — and from touring artists, Guns N' Roses (Greatest Hits climbing to #10 and their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction coming back in at #40) and Bruce Springsteen (Greatest Hits and 2016's Chapter and Verse at #23 and #18 respectively).