Pop Smoke Reigns Australia’s Albums Chart with ‘Shoot for the Stars’

Pop Smoke is one of the youngest stars of the singing and rap sky. He has achieved great recognition with his first album released a few weeks ago. The fast-rising hip-hop artist, whose life was taken in a home invasion at the age of just 20, emerge as the new leader of Australia’s albums chart.

The US star, also credited with bridging the UK and the US rap fans, debut with LP Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (Universal). This album has reached the height of success globally. Now, the said album has achieved the No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, with three tracks from it impacting the national singles survey (“The Woo” at No. 25, “For The Night” at No. 32 and “Dior” at No. 48).

Pop Smoke’s posthumous release has been followed by two mixtapes: Meet The Woo (2019) and Meet The Woo 2 (2020), the latter debuting at No. 33 last week and rising to No. 24 on the current list.

Pop Smoke’s posthumous has become the first to top the chart in the last 2 years

Shoot For The Stars has also become the first posthumous too top the Australian chart in more than two years. Last time this was achieved by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’sDjarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) (Skinnyfish Music/MGM Distribution), which led the survey in April 2018.

Pop Smoke LP followed by Chunky Shrapnel

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s double set Chunky Shrapnel (Flightless Records/Inertia) is the runner up on the same list for this week. It is a soundtrack to the prolific outfit’s music documentary.

Chunky Shrapnel faced a digital drop in April but performed well at the ARIA Albums Chart following its release on vinyl. With this, Melbourne psychedelic rock outfit has marked its 10th visit to the national top 10.

The week’s top 5 positions shuffled between  Bob Dylan’s comeback album Rough and Rowdy Ways (down 2-3 via Columbia/Sony), Harry Styles’ Fine Line (down 3-4 via Columbia/Sony) and the all-star charity fundraising album Music From The Home Front (down 1-5 via Bloodlines/Universal).

Hamilton – An American Musical (Atlantic/Warner) – The Original Broadway Cast recording – blasts back into the chart at No. 7, a new peak, following the arrival last week of a filmed version of the musical smash on Disney +.

Pop Smoke’s posthumous album has termed as the massive posthumous album since MJ in 2009. Pop Smoke’s album is reported to receive a total of 8 additional tracks for Pop’s deluxe album. He would have been turning 21 on July 20, 2020.

The ARIA Singles Chart is reigned by  Kiwi producer Jawsh 685 (real name Joshua Stylah) extends his reign as “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (Columbia/Sony), his collaboration with Jason Derulo. This is the consecutive second week of the reign.

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