Universal Australia Scores Classical Chart Record

Universal Music Australia has set a chart record on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Classical album listing by taking every place in the Top 20 with its own labels or distributed product.

Dutch violin player Andre Rieu occupies positions No. 2 to No. 9, with his latest release "Romantic Nights" debuting at No.12.

Rieu has been a phenomenon Down Under: he has sold 2 million units of CDs and DVDs in the market since Universal took over local distribution in 2005, the label's Sydney-based general manager of commercial affairs Rod Cameron tells Billboard.biz.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who toured Australia last month with his Serendipity Tours, holds No.1 spot with "Vivere," while his "Romanza" and "Tuscan Skies" re-entered at No.15 and No.16.

Other titles include Sting and lute virtuoso Edin Karamazov's "Songs From The Labyrinth" at No.11, and soundtracks from the musicals "Wicked" and "Phantom Of The Opera" and Aussie imprint ABC Classics' "Folklorica" and "Dads Love Classics."

Universal labels releasing classical music Down Under include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and UCJ; it currently accounts for 70% of the territory's classical-music market, according to retailers' estimates.