Tame Impala's 'Currents' Is On Top Down Under

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Governors Ball Music Festival

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs during the 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 7, 2015 in New York City.

Tame Impala’s Currents has opened at No. 1 on Australia's albums chart, giving the alternative rock group its first chart-topper in its homeland.

The Perth band’s third Modular/Universal album holds off challenges from Meghan Trainor Title (Epic/Sony), Taylor Swift's 1989 (Big Machine/Universal)Ed Sheeran's X (Warner Music) and The Chemical Brothers new set Born In The Echoes (Virgin/EMI) to open in the top spot on the new ARIA Albums Chart

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Currents eclipses the No. 4 peak of its predecessor, the multiple award-winning Lonerism, which dropped in October 2012. The act's debut album Innerspeaker also peaked at No. 4 following its release in May 2010. Currents is one of only five homegrown bands to top the Aussie albums chart so far in 2015. 

Kevin Parker’s outfit made a rare -- and brief -- visit to Australia over the past weekend when his band played late on the third and final day of the Splendour In the Grass festival in Byron Bay. Tame Impala quite literally drove fans to the show. The band organized a branded double-decker bus to shuttle festival-goers back and forth from the site all weekend long, for no charge.

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The critically-lauded, ‘80s-reimagined Currents has bowed at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Albums Chart, the band’s best performance chart performance there. 

Australia's singles chart is led this week by Belgian DJ/producer Lost Frequencies' Ministry of Sound/Universal release "Are You With Me" (Original Mix), which rises 3-1.


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