Melbourne troubadour Courtney Barnett is continuing her bid for world domination by burning up the iconic US Billboard chart. The singer’s brand-spanking–new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit has claimed the coveted Number 1 spot on debut in not just one but four Billboard categories, including its Independent, Alternative, Folk, and Rock albums charts.
The record, which also debuted at number four on the ARIA albums chart here on home turf last month, also entered the general Billboard 200 albums chart at Number 20, trouncing British singer-songwriter James Bay’s much anticipated, plus leaping over albums by Hozier, Modest Mouse and Imagine Dragons.
It’s the latest in a long list of international accomplishments for the percolator-loving Northcote songstress turned accidental global sensation, who also recently scooped the Developing Act Grulke Prize at this year’s South By Southwest Festival.
The international music rags have also been going bonkers for Barnett, with Pitchfork awarding her new album an eye-goggling 8.6 and Best New Music rating, and Entertainment Weekly comparing her favorably to grunge legend Kurt Cobain.
And who could forget her victory over US Daytime TV with a much-lauded live performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
It’s difficult to deny Courtney Barnett’s star is in the fast-lane to achieving ‘super’ status, but before that happens, you might be able to catch her at one of the dates on her forthcomingnational album tour.