Metallica's Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Virgin/EMI) has exploded out the blocks to debut at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Hardwired is the American hard rock veterans' sixth No. 1 on Australia's chart and the first since Death Magnetic reached the survey's crest in September 2008.
Metallica's 10th album leads an all-new top four. Little Mix debuts at No. 2 with Glory Days (Syco/Sony), the British girl group's fourth studio set. It's the followup to Get Weird, which also reached No. 2 in Nov. 2015. Bruno Mars appears at No. 3 with 24K Magic (Atlantic/Warner), his first album in four years. Each of Mars' three albums have reached the top 5 Down Under; Doo-Wops & Hooligans peaked at No. 2 in January 2011 and Unorthodox Jukebox hit No. 1 in January 2013.
Sydney rapper Kerser's sixth album Tradition (ABK/Warner) starts at No. 4, eclipsing the artist's previous chart best of No. 5, which he achieved on two occasions, with S.C.O.T ( November 2013) and Next Step (November 2015).
Michael Buble's holiday-themed, 13-times platinum Christmas (Reprise/Warner) album slips 4-5.
Flume's sophomore album Skin (Future Classic/EMI) enjoys a post-ARIA Awards lift. The EDM producer's former No. 1 LP won album of the year at last Wednesday's ceremony, and it reenters the chart at No. 19, while Crowded House's Best Of (Capitol/EMI) compilation rises 48-14 after the folk-rock heroes were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, the buzz around last week's ticket onsale for Adele's 2017 tour of Australia has had a knock-on effect with her albums. The British singer's 15-times platinum sophomore album 21 (XL/Inertia) reenters the chart at No. 27 while her latest 25 rises 17-8. Adele's first tour of these parts sold more than 400,000 tickets in less than a week.
The ARIA Singles Chart is led for the seventh straight week by James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go" (Columbia/Sony).
Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie's "Rockabye" (EastWest/Warner) rises 14-2 for the British group's highest chart peak in the market; Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" (Interscope/Universal) improves 6-3; the Weeknd featuring Daft Punk's "Starboy" (Republic/Universal) dips 2-4 and Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" (Atlantic/Warner) is up 9-5 for a new peak.
X Factor Australia 2016 season winner Isaiah has the week's highest debut with "It's Gotta Be You" (Sony), which starts at No. 26, while Robbie Williams sees his first action inside the top 50 since 2009 with "Love My Life" (Columbia/Sony), new at No. 36. Williams was a presenter at the ARIAs.