Polaris rocks Australia’s albums chart with Fatalism, while Doja Cat extends her streak atop the national singles survey with “Paint The Town Red”.

Hailing from Sydney, melodic metalcore merchants Polaris powers to a first ever-leader with Fatalism (Resist Records/Orchard), bowing at the summit of the ARIA Chart, published Sept. 8.


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Fatalism is the band’s third studio album, and third appearance in the top 10. The five-piece landed at No. 6 with 2017 debut The Mortal Coil; peaked at No. 3 with its 2017 followup The Death Of Me, while 2016 EP The Guilt & The Grief reached No. 34.

Polaris this week kicked off its national tour in support of Fatalism, which will be followed with a return to the U.K. and Europe supporting While She Sleeps, with a North American headline run later in October (including a date at Aftershock Festival 2023).

Following the expansion of his stadium tour Down Under, the Weeknd’s catalog knuckles down on the ARIA Chart. The Highlights (Universal) rises 3-2, ahead of Travis Scott’s Utopia (Epic/Sony), while a second Weeknd record impacts the top 5, his former leader album Starboy, holding at No. 4.

Zach Bryan is one of several U.S. country stars enjoying hits on both main ARIA Charts this year. His self-titled fourth studio album Zach Bryan (Warner) dips 2-5, and he’s close to cracking the top 10 on the national singles chart with two tracks, his duet with Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything” (Universal/Warner) up 19-11 in its second week, and “Something In The Orange” (Warner), unchanged at No. 12 in its 60th week on the tally.

At the pointy end of the ARIA Singles Chart is Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red” (RCA/Sony), the leader for a third successive week. Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” (No. 2 via Universal) and Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” (No. 3 via Republic/Universal) complete an unchanged podium.

Finally, Kylie Minogue cracks the ARIA Chart with “Tension” (Liberation), the title track from her forthcoming 16th studio album, due out Sept. 22. It’s the follow up to “Padam Padam,” which peaked at No. 19 on the ARIA Chart earlier in 2023, for her 56th top 100 chart appearance in her homeland. “Padam Padam” also cracked the top 10 in the U.K., for her 35th top tier effort in her adopted home.

Lars Brandle
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