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Rapper The Kid Laroi, 17, is set to become the youngest artist to top the Australian charts

Indigenous rapper The Kid Laroi is set to become the youngest solo artist to top the Australian album charts.

The 17-year-old’s 2020 release F*ck Love (Savage) has been steadily rising up the charts and is currently ranked at number two.

Industry experts predict The Kid Laroi, whose real name is Charlton Howard, will reach number one by mid-February.

 

Kicking goals: Indigenous rapper The Kid Laroi, 17, is set to make history as the youngest artist to top the Australian charts with his single F*ck Love 

Meanwhile, his debut album, also called F*ck Love, is performing well in Britain and the U.S., charting at #11 and #13 respectively as of Thursday.

F*ck Love only narrowly missed out on the top spot in the Australian album charts this week, falling behind a release by the children’s TV show Bluey. 

The hip-hop star has already collaborated with major artists, including OneFour, Machine Gun Kelly, Marshmello, and his mentor Juice WRLD, who died in late 2019.

So close: F*ck Love only narrowly missed out on the top spot on the Australian album charts this week, falling behind the debut of a children's record from the Bluey TV show

So close: F*ck Love only narrowly missed out on the top spot on the Australian album charts this week, falling behind the debut of a children’s record from the Bluey TV show

Album success: The Kid Laroi was nominated for three Aria Awards in 2020 for 'F*ck Love', and secured two spots in Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2021

Album success: The Kid Laroi was nominated for three Aria Awards in 2020 for ‘F*ck Love’, and secured two spots in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2021

At the 2020 Aria Awards in 2020, The Kid Laroi was nominated for breakthrough artist, best male artist and best hip hop release for ‘F*ck Love’. 

He also secured two spots two spots in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2021 – #37 ‘So Done’ and #60 with ‘Go’ (feat. Juice WRLD).  

In January, the rapper began trending on Twitter after fans realised he had overtaken US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s monthly listeners on music streaming platform Spotify.

The Kid Laroi is currently the 77th most listened to artist in the world on Spotify with 27 million devoted listeners.

Impressive! In January, the rapper began trending on Twitter after fans realised he had overtaken US rapper Kendrick Lamar's (pictured) monthly listeners on Spotify

Impressive! In January, the rapper began trending on Twitter after fans realised he had overtaken US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s (pictured) monthly listeners on Spotify

Following his dream: The rapper first rose to fame as a 15-year-old Unearthed High finalist in 2018: a competition for high school artists by Australian radio station Triple

Following his dream: The rapper first rose to fame as a 15-year-old Unearthed High finalist in 2018: a competition for high school artists by Australian radio station Triple

Late mentor: In 2019, he opened for late American rapper and friend Juice WRLD (pictured) on his Australian tour and was later signed by Juice’s managers, Grade A Productions

Late mentor: In 2019, he opened for late American rapper and friend Juice WRLD (pictured) on his Australian tour and was later signed by Juice’s managers, Grade A Productions

The rapper first rose to fame as a 15-year-old Unearthed High finalist in 2018: a competition for high school artists by Australian radio station Triple.

At the time, he told Triple J his goal was to ‘put Australia on the map and showcase this musical culture to the world’.

In 2019, he landed the opportunity to open shows in Sydney and Melbourne for late American rapper Juice WRLD and was later signed by Juice’s managers, Grade A Productions.  

Since Juice WRLD’S passing, The Kid Laroi secured a record deal through Grade A with Sony Music, and relocated to Los Angeles with his family from Sydney.

Moving up! The Kid Laroi secured a record deal through Grade A with Sony Music, and relocated to Los Angeles with his family from Sydney in 2020

Moving up! The Kid Laroi secured a record deal through Grade A with Sony Music, and relocated to Los Angeles with his family from Sydney in 2020

'You're gonna be one of the biggest artists in the whole wide world': In January, Elton John praised rapper The Kid Laroi and predicted his future success for 2021

‘You’re gonna be one of the biggest artists in the whole wide world’: In January, Elton John praised rapper The Kid Laroi and predicted his future success for 2021

In January, Elton John told The Kid Laroi he was ‘gonna be one of the biggest artists in the whole wide world’ on an episode of his Apple Music radio show, Rocket Hour.

‘You’re already huge, but I hope you realise what’s gonna happen to you in 2021,’ the legendary songwriter, 73, predicted of the Australian rapper’s success this year.

The Kid Laroi is part of the Aboriginal Gomeroi/Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi community of northern inland New South Wales, and his raper name ‘laroi’ is an ode to that.

Special meaning: The Kid Laroi is part of the Aboriginal Gomeroi/Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi community of northern inland New South Wales, and his raper name 'laroi' is an ode to that

Special meaning: The Kid Laroi is part of the Aboriginal Gomeroi/Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi community of northern inland New South Wales, and his raper name ‘laroi’ is an ode to that

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