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Midnight Oil Top ARIA Chart with Final Album, ‘RESIST’

“We’re shocked that INXS and ourselves are among only four Australian Artists with top 40 albums this week,” Midnight Oil responded. “What year is it again?

Rémi Chauvin*

16 months after they received their first number one album in three decades, Midnight Oil have repeated the feat, topping the charts once again with the release of their 13th – and final – album, RESIST.

Released just one week ago, the record serves as the group’s second release since their 2017 reformation (following on from 2020’s The Makarrata Project), but their first full-length album since 2002’s Capricornia.

Described as their final record, it could be argued that Midnight Oil have saved their best for last, but in all frankness, when haven’t they been firing on anything but all cylinders? RESIST is, however, one of the group’s most powerful and urgent records, with its focus being put upon the immense challenges that we as humans face, and urging us to resist giving in.

“Thanks to everyone who’s supported RESIST – we greatly appreciate it – but we’re shocked that INXS and ourselves are among only four Australian Artists with top 40 albums this week,” the group said in a statement. “What year is it again?

“We’ve been fortunate to have some great media support, particularly from the ABC and Triple M, but clearly the federal government needs to introduce better local content rules – and better enforcement of those rules – across all platforms to make sure that the next generation of local artists get a fair go.”

Midnight Oil have also embarked upon their final tour, which began this week and will continue until the end of April, giving fans a final chance to catch them performing live.

Midnight Oil’s chart-topping achievement follows on from Sydney hip-hop artist Huskii, who hit the #1 spot last week with his long-awaited debut album, The Antihero.

Midnight Oil’s Resist is out now.

Midnight Oil: Resist – The Final Tour

Saturday, February 26th
Heifer Station, Orange, NSW

Wednesday, March 2nd
WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW

Saturday, March 5th
Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC

Wednesday, March 9th
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, March 12th
All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC

Saturday, March 26th
Nikola Estate, Swan Valley, WA

Saturday, March 30th
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, April 2nd
Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT

Wednesday, April 6th
Convention Centre Arena, Cairns, QLD

Saturday, April 9th
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Wednesday, April 13th (Sold Out)
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Tuesday, April 19th
Stage 88 Canberra, ACT

Thursday, April 21st
Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, NSW

Tickets available via Frontier Touring