Local singer/songwriter Dean Lewis sees his debut studio album called “A Place We Knew” enter at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week.
“A Place We Knew” becomes the 844th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2019), the 695th for ARIA (1983 to 2019), the 484th to debut at the top since the first in 1976 and also the 29th No.1 album for the record label Island (their last one was the self-titled fourth Shawn Mendes set at the start of June 2018, twenty No.1 albums ago). Dean has charted before with his debut six-track EP “Same Kind of Different” which hit No.27 in late May of 2017.
This is only the second No.1 album with the word ‘Place’ in its title, the first was the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass set “Going Places” (17 weeks from 8th of April, 1967), plus it is the third ‘We’ after the “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” soundtrack (2 weeks from 30th of July, 2018) and “Where We Land” for Damien Leith (1 week on 27th of August, 2007), while it’s also the first ever ‘Knew’ at the top of the Aussie album charts.
This new No.1 album for Dean Lewis becomes the second by a local act to hit the top this year (The Hilltop Hoods did it a month ago at the start of March) and overall this is the 230th No.1 album by an Australian artist since The Seekers first did it first in late July of 1968. Dean Lewis becomes the 114th Australian act (solo, duo or group) to hit the top and also the 30th Solo Aussie Male artist to hit No.1, while also this album becomes the 236th by a Solo Male artist to hit the top here (local or overseas), with the last solo male hitting the top being Paul Kelly’s “Nature” (22nd of October, 2018).
The new debut at the top pushes down the five-week broken-run of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” to No.2, although it does retain the top spot in New Zealand (7th straight week) and it also returns to the top in Canada (3rd overall week). Two soundtracks and three Queen albums follow after Ariana, with the Queen “Greatest Hits” set on hold at No.3 and being leap-frogged by the bands soundtrack for their biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which drops down two places to No.4, with the bands “Platinum Collection” is on hold at No.6 and sandwiched in-between those two Queen sets is the soundtrack for “A Star is Born” for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, which is down one place to No.5.
Bryan Adams has just wound up a national tour here in support of his new album “Shine a Light”, which four weeks ago debuted at No.21, then fell out of the Top 100, then last week it returned at No.76, while this week it bullets up sixty-nine places (haaa!! does that make it an end of “Summer of ’69”), to land at a new peak of No.7, and in doing so it becomes his sixth overall Top 10 album in Australia (5 studios and 1 GH’s), plus it also lands one place lower than his October 2015 set “Get Up” (HP-6).
The Hilltop Hoods drop down three spots to No.8 with “The Great Expanse”, and with limited edition vinyl of the album issued on Friday it might retain its Top 10 berth next week, after which on hold at No.9 is the soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’. There is a No.10 debut for a fourth soundtrack within the Top 10 this week, this time it’s for 80’s metal/glam rocker Motley Crue with the music from their Netflix biopic ‘The Dirt’, which by debuting at No.10 is now the bands sixth Top 10 album in Australia (four studio, one GH and now one soundtrack), with this set containing fifteen of the bands’ songs plus three new recordings including a cover of the late 1984 Madonna song “Like a Virgin”.
* The Cold Chisel collection “The Best of-All for You” is back up four places this week to No.23 and has been re-certified 4x▲Platinum in sales (it was 2xP previously), with other climbing best of sets being for INXS (45 to 36), Motley Crue (returns at No.44, HP-30 peaked Nov. 2011), Pink (#48 to 45), Guns N’ Roses (67 to 48), Crowded House (83 to 55), ABBA (Gold & More 73 to 70), Fleetwood Mac (Very best of 78 to 75, GH on hold at #80, The Chain returns at #100), Bon Jovi (returns at #87), Foo Fighters (93 to 92), Green Day (99 to 95) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (returns at #98).
* Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” rises back up six spots to No.28, while her older sets “Dangerous Woman” (96 to 79) and “My Everything” (returns at No.86) also climb back up the albums chart.
* The older soundtracks rising back up for ‘Molly’ (62 to 49), ‘Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse” (on hold at No.57 even though the DVD and Blu-Ray came out here this week), ‘Forrest Gump’ (97 to 73) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (returns at No.88).
* The only other returning album this week is at No.83, the Guns N’ Roses set “Appetite for Destruction”.
* Three albums leave the Top 10 this week, first of which is the Luke Combs set “This One’s for You” (HP-7, WI10-2a) down five places to No.12 after his recent tour, followed by the second week running U.S. No.1 album for Juice WRLD and “Death Race for Love” (HP-8, WI10-2) falls seven places to No.10, while the other recent tourists here in The Eagles with “Selected Works 1972-1999” (HP-8, WI10-1) last week leapt from #100 to No.8, now this week it has left the entire Top 100 from last weeks No.8 (which also makes it the highest dropout of the week too).
* Eminem’s “Kamikaze” drops down four places to No.19, his “The Eminem Show” falls twenty-two spots to No.94, while his “Curtain Call: The Hits” falls three spots to No.21, with other falling collections being by Elton John (Diamonds 35 to 38, Rocket Man 38 to 40), Queen (GH2 42 to 46), Maroon 5 (50 to 51), Wiggles (63 to 64), Red Hot Chili Peppers (65 to 68) and ABBA (Gold 79 to 90).
* Taylor Swift falls seven places to No.26 with her “Reputation” set, while her older “1989” album is down four spots to No.60.
* Travis Scott has the second and final new certification this week as his set “Astroworld” album is down six places to No.30 and scoring its first cert. for Gold (●) in sales.
* After last weeks rebound the Florida Georgia Line set “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” falls back down twenty-eight spots to No.42.
* The soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman” Reimagined’ drops down twelve spots to No.43, with the other falling soundtrack being for Moana (70 to 76, although it will screen on Channel 7 on Sunday night for the first time, so expect a rise next week).
* Ocean Alley are down eleven places to No.50 with their album “Chiaroscuro”.
* Hozier falls seventeen spots to No.54 with his four-week old album “Wasteland, Baby!”.
* Forty-four weeks ago was the last time an artist on the Island label debuted at No.1, that self-titled set for Shawn Mendes is this week down nine spots to No.58.
* Last weeks debut for the first album by Juice WRLD and “Goodbye & Good Riddance” is this week down seven places to No.62.
* Local rapper Kerser entered at No.2 three weeks ago, and this week his “Lifestyle” set falls thirty-three spots to land at No.63.
* Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” falls nine spots to No.69.
* Morgan Wallen scores a second week on the charts with his debut set “If I Know Me”, down twenty-five spots this week to No.78.
* Dido tumbles thirty-seven spots to No.81 with her set “Still on My Mind”.
* Three more albums leave from last weeks Top 50 for Jack Savoretti (#23), Foals (#46) and Dan Sultan (#47).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES:
* #11 (Mix#1) – His This is Flume (Mixtape) by Flume is the first mixtape by local EDM artist Harley Streten (aka Flume) and was accompanied by a visual album of the tracks on his YouTube channel on the same day of release as the mixtape. Flume has stated that he has more new music for release during 2019 too.
* #16 (LP#3) – Manic Candid Episode by The Murlocs is the third album for the group which features members of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Crepes, ORB and Baked Beans, who took their second set “Old Locomotive” to No.15 upon debuted back in early August of 2017, this new set also issued on limited edition orange vinyl also.
* #33 (LP#2) – The World is Yours 2 by Rich the Kid is the follow-up to the same-titled album issued in late March of 2018 which had the No.45 song “Plug Walk” (peaked late April 2018) and that first set peaked just outside of the Top 100 at No.106. This new album features guest appearances by Young Thug, Offset, Big Sean, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign, Tory Lanez, Lil’ Pump, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
* #82 (GH#6) – Ultimate by Bryan Adams charts this week due to Bryan’s recent national tour here, with this set originally being issued in November of 2017, and it contains 21 of his tracks from early tracks like “Cuts Like a Knife” (1983) through to new track “Please Stay” (Oct. 2017). This is his sixth released Best of set and his fourth to chart here with his first collection “So Far So Good” logging twelve weeks at No.1 during late 1993 and early 1994.
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