Dean Lewis Debuts at No. 1 in Australia With ‘A Place We Knew’

Dean Lewis blasts to the top of Australia’s albums chart with his debut A Place We Knew (Island/Universal) while Jonas Brothers notch up three straight weeks at No. 1 on the national singles chart with “Sucker” (Island/Universal).

Lewis, the ARIA Award-winning singer and songwriter, races to the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart just days after he collected two APRA Award nominations, for breakthrough songwriter of the year and pop work of the year.

A Place We Knew comes two years after the Sydneysider’s breakthrough EP Same Kind Of Different, which peaked at No. 27 in May 2017, and features his chart-topping hit “Be Alright,” and top 40 tunes “Waves,” “7 Minutes” and “Stay Awake,” which this week bows at No. 26, the highest new entry on the official singles survey. 

A Place We Knew is the second homegrown No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart this year, after hip hoppers Hilltop Hoods logged a single week at the top in March with The Great Expanse.

After completing his latest lap of Australia, Bryan Adams 14th and latest studio set Shine A Light (Polydor/Universal) enjoys a burst of energy. The album reenters the chart at No. 7, a new high, and becomes Adams’ sixth top 10 album Down Under. 

Hair metal veterans Mötley Crüe return to the ARIA Albums Chart with The Dirt Soundtrack (Sony), which starts at No. 10. The soundtrack is a companion to the Netflix biopic of the same name, based on the 2001 tell-all book co-authored with Neil Strauss. It’s Mötley Crüe’s first appearance on the chart since their Greatest Hits reached No. 30 back in September 2011.

The Dirt album features classics from the band’s catalog, including the top 40-charting Hot 100 singles “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Home Sweet Home,” along with four new cuts.

Also returning to the chart is Sydney electronic music standout Flume (real name Harley Streten), whose Hi This Is Flume mixtape ( Future Classic) opens at No. 11, his first new music since 2017’s Skin Companion EP 2.  Flume has previously hit the top of the chart with his self-titled 2013 album and Skin from 2016. The multiple ARIA Award-winner last week premiered a brand new song, “Friends,” which is expected to appear on his next album. 

Speaking with Triple J, Flume said he plans to “continually put out music” through the year, and admitted he was in the midst of a recording session in his Los Angeles studio with Tove Lo, his collaborator on “Say It.”

On the ARIA Singles Chart Jonas Brothers extend their streak with “Sucker” for a third week as recordings by Dominic Fike (“3 Nights,” up 8 -5 Columbia/Sony); Pink (“Walk Me Home,” up 12-11 RCA/Sony) and Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (“Giant’” up 24-19 Columbia/Sony) hit new peaks.


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