Through 2006, nine domestic albums and three singles reached No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) charts. The trend for Australasian sales trend has continued into the New Year with Sire/Warner act Evermore's single "Light Surrounding You" topping both the Top 100 and digital charts, 14 weeks after its release.

The act, comprising three Hulme brothers, has won the support of modern rock formats here. Its previous single "Running" peaked at No. 5 on the national singles chart. "Light Surrounding You" has pulled extra exposure when it featured in the farewell scene of a popular character in the high-rating teen sitcom "Home And Away," which aired in early December on the free to air Seven Network.

The track is from their sophomore album "Real Life" album, which remains in the ARIA Top 15 after its July 2006 release. The album has sold 100,000 units domestically, according to Warner Music Australia.

Sire and Warner plan to drop "Real Life" in North America and Europe in April/May. The band will support with live dates, including a stop at South By Southwest in Austin, TX, in March.

"Light Surrounding You" is also the first chart-topper in Australia by a New Zealand-hailed act in ten years. The Hulmes, who grew up in an isolated New Zealand farmhouse, relocated two years to Sydney where their management Rebekah Campbell Artist Management and publisher Rough Cut Music are based.

The last New Zealanders to reach No. 1 in Australia were O.M.C., when their Polygram track "How Bizarre" became a global hit in April 1996. Seven other NZ-hailed acts have topped the Australian charts. These were: Ray Columbus & The Invaders (Nov 1964), Dragon (Oct 1978), Mi-Sex (Nov 1979), Split Enz (April 1980), The Swingers (March 1981) and Dave Dobbyn with the Herbs.