Paul Kelly scores an early Christmas present, because the veteran Australian singer, songwriter and wordsmith baggage the chart crown along with his vacation assortment.
Kelly’s “2022 Edition” of Christmas Train (GAWD/EMI) stops at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, revealed Dec. 9. That’s one higher than Christmas Train’s No. 2 debut and peak place following its authentic launch in 2021, an effort that made it the highest-charting Christmas album of the yr in Australia.
Christmas Train collects a batch of classics, and incorporates a new recording of Ron Sexsmith’s “Maybe This Christmas” — recorded with Kelly’s stay band at Soundpark Studios in Melbourne — and, in fact, Kelly’s personal holiday standard, “How to Make Gravy,” a story of a prisoner reflecting on the family and friends he’ll miss whereas he’s locked up for Christmas.
Guest vocalists on the LP embrace Marlon Williams, Waleed Aly, Lior, Emma Donovan, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Vika & Linda Bull, and extra.
With one other Aussie Christmas set blazing to No. 1 last week, Jimmy Barnes’ Blue Christmas (down 4-1 this cycle), ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd is asking the outcome “amazing” and “one more thing to celebrate as we enter the festive season. Congratulations to Paul for his success, it’s fantastic to see such an accomplished and important national storyteller continue to reach new heights.”
Kelly needed to watch for his first No. 1. It lastly got here in 2017 with Life Is Fine, his twenty third studio album. Its followup, 2018’s Nature, additionally scaled the summit.
A smattering of Christmas items are positioned on the ARIA Charts, together with Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise/Warner), up 36-8 on the albums survey, and the Bocellis’ A Family Christmas (Decca/Universal), which holds at No. 9.
Leaping in at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart, simply behind Taylor Swift’s Midnights (Universal), is Australian Frog Calls: Songs of Disappearance (by way of MGM), an album that options calls from 43 of Australia’s most threatened frogs.
The set is a collaborative project of Australia Museum FrogID project, the Bowerbird Collective, Listening Earth and Mervyn Street of Mangkaja Arts, and goals to boost consciousness for Australia’s declining frog inhabitants. Currently, one in six Australian native frog species are threatened.
The amphibian profit recording is from the identical properly as Australian Bird Calls: Songs of Disappearance, an album of fowl songs that reached No. 2 on the national chart in 2021.
Also new to the ARIA Albums Chart is Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains (Republic/Universal), new at No. 5, whereas BTS star RM’s begins at No. 26 along with his solo debut Indigo (Interscope/Universal), and Magic Dirt singer Adalita bows at No. 29 with Inland (Liberation/Universal).
Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, Sam Smith & Kim Petras’ “Unholy” (Capitol/Universal) unseats “Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” (Universal) after six weeks, whereas Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) races 11-3.
Metro Boomin’ has the highest debut on the singles survey along with his Heroes & Villains launch, “Creepin’” that includes the Weeknd and 21 Savage. It’s new at No. 8.