Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish Rule Australia's Charts, Jonas Brothers Score Career High

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Heather Hazzan
Billie Eilish photographed on April 18, 2019 at SunLight Studios in Los Angeles. 

Billie Eilish's debut LP When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal) returns to the top of Australia’s albums chart while Lil Nas X’s happy travels continue as “Old Town Road” (Sony/Columbia) extends its reign for an eighth week atop the singles survey.   

This week, Eilish’s platinum-certified set lifts 2-1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, ahead of Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes’ latest release My Criminal Record (Bloodlines/Universal), which dips 1-2.   

  

The highest new entry on the current chart frame belongs to Jonas Brothers, whose comeback album Happiness Begins (Universal) opens at No. 3, a career best for the U.S. pop trio.  

The Jonas Brothers’ previous best effort was a No. 5 with Lines, Vines And Trying Times, from June 2009. Happiness Begins, the sibling act’s fifth studio album, features the chart-topping lead track “Sucker,” which this week leaps 12-8 on the national singles tally for a 14th week inside the top 10.

The albums chart top five is rounded out by Elton John’s Diamonds (Universal) and Pink’s Hurts 2B Human (RCA/Sony), while Avicii’s posthumous set TIM (Universal) debuts at No. 6. Two tracks from it have impacted the top 10: “SOS” (No. 7 in May 2019) and the new single “Heaven,” which opens at No. 20 on the singles survey this week.

Avicii, the moniker of late Swedish EDM producer Tim Bergling, had a No. 1 with his 2014 full-length recording True.

Also new to the albums chart this week is Meg Mac’s Hope (littleBIGMANrecords/EMI), arriving at No. 9. It’s the Sydney singer-songwriter’s first release since Low Blows hit No. 2 in July 2017.

Meanwhile, Tyga enjoys his first ARIA Albums Chart entry with the American rapper’s independently-released seventh album, Legendary. It’s new at no. 12. 

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Lil Nas X extends his streak to two months with the quadruple-platinum certified “Old Town Road”  ahead of tracks by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber (“I Don’t Care”  via Universal), Billie Eilish (“Bad Guy”) and Lewis Capaldi (“Someone You Loved” via Universal). Ed Sheeran makes a second appearance in the top 5 as “Cross Me” (Atlantic/Warner) with Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock is unchanged at No. 5.

Finally, Chris Brown makes his first appearance as a lead artist on the singles chart since 2015 with “No Guidance” (Universal/Sony) featuring Drake. Lifted from Brown’s forthcoming studio set Indigo, it’s new at No. 17, and is the highest debut on the latest singles chart.