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On The Charts: Meg Mac's Big First Week


On The Charts: Meg Mac's Big First Week

Melbourne singer-songwriter Meg Mac has debuted at #2 on this week's ARIA album chart with her first full-length, Low Blows, only pipped from the podium spot by the staying power of Ed Sheeran, who holds at #1 for the 17th week.

Meg Mac's opening week result knocks Lorde's Melodrama down just one spot to #3, while last week's big debuts were hit with the familiar second-week bounce — Jay-Z's 4:44 falling only as far as #6, a much better result than Haim, who slipped back ten spots to #14. Heading the other way was the Danger Mouse-produced Baby Driver soundtrack, zooming up from #47 to #5, while Rag 'N' Bone Man's debut LP Human lept back up to #11 in its 23rd week on the charts, aided by the soul singer's current national tour and Splendour In The Grass appearance.

Aside from Meg Mac, it wasn't a big week for debuts, with only one other new release cracking the top ten — the seventh instalment of compilation series, Punk Goes Pop, featuring heavy bands such as the Amity Affliction and Dance Gavin Dance taking on chart-toppers from Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Adele and The Weeknd. Further back, Brit pop-rockers The Vamps' third LP Night & Day debuted at #22, Melbourne metalcore band Alpha Wolf's debut album, Mono, arrived at #29 and the self-titled debut from Brisbane electronic artist The Kite String Tangle starts at #36.

This week, Sheeran faces a legitimate challenger in the form of pop heavyweight Lana Del Rey, while high-positioned first weeks are also expected from Foster the People and Vera Blue.

Watch Meg Mac perform "Maybe It's My First Time", live at the Rolling Stone office:


Topics: On the Charts   Meg Mac   The Kite String Tangle


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