Lismore's Taya Smith performing with Hillsong United.
Lismore's Taya Smith performing with Hillsong United. Contributed

Lismore Hillsong singer tops ARIA charts

LISMORE singer Taya Smith and her band Hillsong United have just toppled rock star Daniel Johns from the top position in the Albums ARIA Charts.

The band's Wikipedia page mentions that Ms Smith is one the band's "worship leader", although in a traditional band's configuration the former Lismore resident would be considered the group's lead vocalist.

Music publication Noise11 announced today that Hillsong United's 64th album, Empires, had become their third No.1 on the Aria Album Charts this week.

"Their last No.1 was on 4th of March 2013 with Zion, meaning that their in-house record label Hillsong also lands its third No.1 too."

"Former Silverchair lead singer Daniel Johns sees his debut solo album Talk come in at No.2 this week, which is the second lowest position that any of his studio albums have ever debuted at," added Noise11.

Hillsong United is also on track to score its second top 10 album on the US Billboard 200 chart, as Empires is set for a top 10 debut.

"Industry forecasters suggest the set - which was released on May 26 through Hillsong/Sparrow/Capitol Christian Music Group - could shift around 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1," said Billboard magazine today.

The US Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The chart's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 3.