Sydney-born The Kid LAROI has at long last hit the top of the ARIA charts with his debut album F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE), breaking two long-standing records in the process.
See, because The Kid LAROI (born Charlton Howard) is just 17 fucken years old, he’s snatched the crown of our queen Delta Goodrem who was previously the youngest person with a number one album on the ARIA charts (thanks to her iconic debut album, 2003’s Innocent Eyes, which hit number one when she was 18). That record has been standing as long as The Kid LAROI has been alive, if you’re struggling with the maths there.
As of yesterday, the Kamilaroi rapper has also become the youngest ever Indigenous artist to have a number one album on the ARIA charts, and is only the second male Indigenous artist in history to achieve the feat, with Geoffrey Gurrumuul Yunupingu posthumously getting to number one with his album Djarimirri in 2018.
F*CK LOVE was first released back in July last year, with the deluxe edition F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE) coming out in November. It’s already hit the number eight spot in the US, and back in January, we reported that the LA-based artist had overtaken US titan of the game Kendrick Lamar for Spotify streams, a huge feat in and of itself, so it’s not really a shock to learn that he’s hit the top spot in Aus.
The Kid LAROI took to Twitter to celebrate his triumphant effort, and gosh darn it’s so humble and cute, I can’t.
#1 in my own country. Words cannot describe this feeling. Anybody who knows me, knows that where I’m from means everything to me. I’m more than blessed to have my country behind me, and I promise that I won’t let them down. pic.twitter.com/tXj6YjEckr
— charlton (@thekidlaroi) February 6, 2021
In an emotional thread, The Kid LAROI goes on to say: “One of my biggest goals in this whole music shit from the beginning has always been to show the rest of the world what Australia has to offer, and how much raw and unseen talent that we have. It’s not an overnight process, but I can feel it slowly happening.”
He went on to add: “I’m taking this shit all the way too. I love you so so so so much family. I cannot thank you enough. Australia to the world.”
Well it’s safe to say the feeling is very much mutual. We, the music loving Aussie public, stan a homegrown King. You can listen to the chart-topping album (!!!) right HERE.