The latest ARIA Albums Chart confirms what we already suspected – Dan Sultan has well and truly gotten under Australia’s skin, with his new album Blackbird shooting into the charts at #4. The Top 5 result is the Melbourne artist’s highest ever entry into the ARIA charts.
“Charting in the ARIA Top 10 would have been a dream come true. To get Top 5 is really something else — I’m wrapped and super thankful to my fans for the support.” – Dan Sultan
Blackbird is Sultan’s third album. His last, Get Out While You Can, was released in 2009 and is verging on gold sales. The album marks a new beginning for Sultan and sees powerhouse riffs met by crackling gospel interludes, old-school rock and roll jams, pure country tones, bare and aching ballads, harmonies, horns, banjos – even an Arabic scale or two. This is Dan Sultan coming into his own.
Blackbird has won the artist an abundance of attention over the past few weeks, appealing to a wide and diverse audience. It has been named triple J’s feature album for this week, along with ABC Radio National’s.
Fans will be able to see Sultan recreate Blackbird in a live setting from June, when he takes to the road for an extensive national tour encompassing regional and metro centres. He will be backed by a full band at all shows, with gig-goers in capital cities treated to a big-band set-up.