"Life is not real!" The Kid LAROI busts chart records as he hits #1 in the US - Music News - triple j

“Life is not real!” The Kid LAROI busts chart records as he hits #1 in the US – Music News – triple j

Yet another huge milestone for the young Sydney-bred, L.A.-based artist.

The Kid LAROI has just scored his first US #1 album with his mixtape project F*CK LOVE, becoming the youngest artist to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 this decade, and the first since Billie Eilish managed it in 2019.

The 17-year-old jumped from #26 to the top spot on the Billboard 200, making him the youngest solo male artist at #1 since 2015, when a then-16-year-old Shawn Mendes topped the charts.

According to Billboard, LAROI is also the first Australian act in the top spot since AC/DC’s 2020 album Power Up and the first solo Aussie since SIA since her 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear.

The rapper born Charlton Howard jumped on socials to say he was blown away by the achievement.

“If someone told me that I’d have a number one ANYTHING let alone an album 3 years ago when I was in Australia I’d say that’s bloody ridiculous,” he wrote on Instagram. “WTF… Life is not real,” he Tweeted.

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The #1 accolade comes more than a year after the initial release of F*CK LOVE, but just a few short weeks after he added a third and final set of tracks to the mixtape, and playing a surprise show with some famous friends to celebrate.

LAROI and co. took over a Hollywood rooftop to launch the third instalment of his chart-busting mixtape.

The F*CK LOVE trilogy began in July 2020, as a 15-track release that debuted at #8 in the US and #3 here in Australia on the ARIA Album Charts. That original 2020 version was also nominated for J Award Australian Album of the Year.

A second instalment, F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE), added seven additional tracks in November. It rose to #3 in the US, and in February 2021, reached #1 in Australia, making LAROI the youngest Australian solo artist to top the ARIA Album Charts since Delta Goodrem back in 2003.

The now LA-based singer and rapper is now the youngest Australian artist to reach #1.

F*CK LOVE 3+: OVER YOU was released on 23 July, then swiftly followed by an additional six tracks on 30 July, bringing the project to 35 tracks total and bumping up The Kid’s already massive streaming figures.

A surprise Hollywood show featuring big name collaborators Machine Gun Kelly and G Herbo certainly would’ve given F*CK LOVE a signal boost. Justin Bieber also showed up to perform his LAROI collab ‘Stay’, which has hit #1 three weeks and counting here in Australia. It’s peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the UK singles chart.

He also leads the nominations at this year’s (now postponed) National Indigenous Music Awards, recognising the teen’s Kamilaroi heritage.

He’s gone from UE High to L.A, but hey, there’s “no f*king blueprint for success.”

Getting his start in the Sydney streets of Redfern and Waterloo, and coming up through triple j Unearthed since he was 15 with a Dream, The Kid LAROI success story just keeps on getting wilder.

Next up on his world-dominating agenda is his official debut album. Earlier this year, LAROI told triple j he’s currently putting the touches on that project.

“My real album, I would like to say, is [coming] maybe start of next year, maybe end of this year.”

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