Nick Cave is probably asking some serious questions regarding the existence of God after the manufactured outfit from the Hillsong Church, Hillsong United, usurped the rocker at the top of the ARIA charts.
Last week, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds‘ new album Push The Sky Away debuted at #1 in the ARIA Album Charts and, as SMH have pointed out, it was the first album from the band to ever do so. It was, however, a short lived joy – with the release of Hillsong United’s album Zion, Cave was pushed back to #5 as Bruno Mars, the Bee Gees and Pink snuck in to fill up the top 5.
Hillsong have been an ever-present force in the ARIA charts since 2007. Zion is the 13th album from the church to make it to the top 10 charts and the church have an almost 60-album strong back catalogue, with releases under the banner of either Hillsong, Hillsong Live and now Hillsong United.
There doesn’t appear to be any serious tension between Cave and the church, which commented, “We believe many people are looking for a positive and uplifting message in their music.” Despite the overwhelming positivity in their songs, we can only imagine Nick Cave is weeping quietly in his room right now.