It’s often said, you can’t keep a good man down. It’s true for Jimmy Barnes. The legendary Cold Chisel frontman has been down, way down, and he’s back on top of the world.

Barnes’ latest album, the confessional My Criminal Record, his first set of original material in almost a decade, is flying at No. 1 this week on the ARIA Albums Chart, crunching records on its way to the summit.

The album, released through Bloodlines, a Mushroom Group label, is Barnes’ 12th solo chart leader, placing him as the all-time leader ahead of U2 and Madonna with 11 No. 1s apiece.

This ain’t no second prize.

Tallying up the four No. 1s he scored with Cold Chisel, the total figure rises to a sweet 16.

For Barnes, who documented his difficult youth and his punishing adulthood in the award-winning memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, the new LP is a snapshot of a guy who finally figured it out. He’s enjoying life, loving work.

“The more I work, the more I learn. The more I learn, the happier I am. The more I grow, the better I am,” Barnes told TIO over the phone from his home in the NSW Southern Highlands. “I want to be a better person, better singer, better farmer, better friend. I’ve got to keep growing, otherwise I’ll lay down.”