Dean Lewis on His Breakthrough U.S. Hit ‘Be Alright’ & Selling Out Tour Dates: ‘It’s Getting Insane’

The Australian singer-songwriter talks concerning the “superb” U.S. success his single & upcoming debut full-length album on the Pop Shop Podcast.

“You type develop up listening to that this might by no means occur from Australia,” Dean Lewis says discovering American success along with his single “Be Alright.” “There’s only some Australian] artists that may do something right here] … It’s blown all our minds that it’s beginning to join over right here and dealing the charts. It’s superb.”

The Australian singer-songwriter is using excessive on Billboard’s charts with “Be Alright,” his breakthrough hit music within the U.S. The observe has reached the highest 5 the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart in addition to the highest 20 the Pop Songs airplay tally and the highest 40 the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, Lewis himself has reached No. 2 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart.

"Be Alright" previews Lewis’ first full-length studio album, A Place We Knew, which is due March 22 Island Records. It follows his six-song EP, Some Kind Different, in 2017.

“I’m actually proud and enthusiastic about it,” Lewis tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast the forthcoming 12-song set. “I’ve been in a position to write this album from what feels proper.” (Listen to his full interview, beneath.)

Before Lewis whittled down the album to its dozen songs — which embrace "Be Alright" and his new single "7 Minutes" — he began with fairly a number of extra tunes that had been within the working for the set.

“I really did have about 60 songs,” he says, “however … there have been at all times ones that held their hand up. These are those.”

Further, he says, “For the album, I wished to ensure I wrote half it simply myself, with no co-writes.” (Lewis co-wrote “Be Alright” with Jon Hume.)

“You know, I began out writing songs for different individuals and I simply wished to show to myself that the songs that I write by myself are pretty much as good as the opposite ones. And I really feel like they’re.”

Speaking songwriting, Lewis signed his first publishing deal again in 2015. Since then, how does he assume he has grown as a songwriter? “I didn't know who I used to be again then]. You know, music concepts have at all times come down fairly simply. … This is for me what] I name my second section songwriting. … The first section is whenever you study to take down concepts. The second one, for me, which could sound actually apparent, however] it took me a number of years, was like, 'Oh, you possibly can really take this melody and thought and craft it into any message that you just actually need.' That was positively one thing that I've actually improved on. … But I've positively modified so much as a songwriter. I believe I do know who I’m. Especially I do know when a music seems like me.”

Surprisingly, Lewis didn’t begin writing and enjoying music till he was 18 or 19 (“I began fairly late”). Though, he had been taking music classes a lot youthful, on the request his father.

“My dad at all times had music enjoying. He had guitars round. We cherished The Beatles. I'd be George Harrison] and he'd his brother] be John Lennon]. So we at all times had music rising up. He obtained us classes at, like, 11 years outdated]. … But it wasn't till I used to be 18 once I was like, ‘I need a guitar. I wish to do that for me.’”

Fans will have the ability to see Lewis out on the highway on tour within the U.S. and Canada via March 17. He’ll then head over to Europe in April, and proceed touring for months afterward.

“It's virtually like a 12 months we're going to be touring] nonstop. Which is unimaginable. And the exhibits in Europe… for me, they're massive. Like, 1,500-cap venue] in Amsterdam. It's like, 'I don't know anybody in Amsterdam.' And we bought that out in like 48 hours. It's getting insane. We're going to be on the highway for a 12 months and I'm actually excited to see the place it finally ends up, as a result of I've solely put out two songs from the album, and an EP. So… nobody actually is aware of what I've obtained in retailer and what's gonna occur. I don't know what's gonna occur.”

Also in our interview with Lewis, he sings a bit the primary music he wrote, discusses how Oasis impressed him as a musician, how he plans to remain wholesome on the highway this 12 months, and the suggestions he’s obtained from followers about “Be Alright.”

In addition to the interview with Lewis, Pop Shop hosts Keith and Katie focus on their ideas on the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards, together with who they assume might win the most effective unique rating and greatest unique music classes, in addition to what they’re in search of in some the performances on the present. And, within the common Chart Stat the Week function, the duo recall when the Oscars met Dolly Parton on the high the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 together with her Academy Award-nominated tune “9 to five.”

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop store for all issues pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can at all times rely on a vigorous dialogue concerning the newest pop information, enjoyable chart stats and tales, new music, and visitor interviews with music stars and folk from the world pop. Casual pop followers and chart junkies can hear Billboard's senior director charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson each week on the podcast, which may be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast supplier. (Click right here to take heed to the earlier version the present on Billboard.com.)