Melanie Martinez Triumphs Over DMA’S to Claim Top Spot on Australian Music Charts

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Melanie Martinez secures her first chart-topping position in Australia as her album Portals (via Atlantic/Warner) debuts at No. 1. The 27-year-old American singer-songwriter, who gained public attention during the 2012 season of The Voice, now leads the ARIA Chart, published April 7, marking her second top 10 appearance and third top 40.

Martinez’s prior albums include 2019’s K-12, which reached No. 6, and her debut, 2015’s Cry Baby, which peaked at No. 27. Hot on her heels at No. 2 is Australian indie act DMA’S with their album How Many Dreams? (I Oh You/Universal). This marks the Australian indie-rock group’s fourth studio album and fourth top 10 appearance, following 2020’s The Glow (No. 2), 2018’s For Now (No. 7), and 2016’s Hills End (No. 8).

Rounding out an all-new top three on the ARIA Albums Chart is The Record (Interscope/Universal), the debut LP from indie “supergroup” Boygenius, featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus. The Record debuts at No. 3, outperforming Bridgers’ No. 12 peak with 2020’s Punisher and Baker’s No. 21 peak for 2021’s Little Oblivions.

Melbourne punk rock band Private Function just misses a top 10 spot with their fourth album, 370HSSV 0773H (Still On Top Records/RKT), entering at No. 11. This marks their second ARIA Chart appearance after 2020’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? reached No. 9.

Private Function has attracted attention with their unique marketing campaign for 370HSSV 0773H. The first 3,000 copies of the physical record feature a limited-edition scratchable album cover, and a limited-edition “Gold” release is reportedly infused with the band members’ urine. Priced at A$200, the “Gold” variant sold out in under a minute, according to the band’s representatives.

370HSSV 0773H — a title with a different meaning when read upside down — debuts at No. 2 on the ARIA Vinyl Chart.

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” (Columbia/Sony) continues its reign for a 12th week. With this achievement, “Flowers” joins an “elite group,” tying it with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (2014), Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (2002-03), and Dinah Shore’s “Buttons and Bows” (1949). Only eight songs have spent more time at the top, with Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” holding the record at 24 weeks at No. 1 in 2019-20.

Lastly, BlackPink’s Jisoo enters at No. 33 with her solo single “Flower” (Interscope/Universal). She becomes the third member of the superstar K-pop girl group to crack the ARIA Top 50. Melbourne, Australia-raised Rosé saw her 2021 single “On The Ground” reach No. 31, while Lisa’s 2021 release “Money” peaked at No. 32.