First it was Aussie stadium operators. Now it's the turn of Aussie retailers to enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer from Dutch violinist Andre Rieu.

Universal Music Australia is boasting record-busting first week scans for a music DVD, after the classical showman's two-disc release "Live In Australia" landed at the top of the national DVD chart, published Sunday.

The music major won't reveal actual over-the-counter figures, but sources say the DVD shifted more than 50,000 units and outpaced the country's No. 1-charting album, Pink's "Funhouse" (Sony) by a ratio of three to two. "Live In Australia" has also become the first classical music DVD release to scan more units than the No. 1 ARIA album in one week.

Rieu's DVD became a record-buster before its anticipated Dec. 13 release date. It surpassed 120,000 shipments to retail, meaning the release had already certified a staggering eight-times platinum before it went on sale. The batch is understood to be both the biggest of its kind in Australia and the largest quantity of DVDs that Universal Music Australia has despatched for a single title.

Universal lifted the embargo early, enabling retailers to cash-in on the hype from Rieu's recent national stadium tour.

Aussie retailers are reporting brisk sales. The DVD "easily outsold our No. 1 album and Andre was only on the shelf for four days," notes Derek Durrant, key buyer at JB Hi-Fi.

Geoff Bonouvrie, owner of Sydney's Mall Music, tells that sales are going "really well, we are getting Internet and in-store sales of multiple copies for the same customers, they tell us they are going to make it an 'Andre Xmas' by giving it to all their friends."

Rieu has been nothing short of a sales phenomenon in Australia over the past two years, dominating the ARIA Classical and chart, and now holding-down the No. 1 position on the national DVD charts for 45 weeks. At one stage he had nine titles in the Top 10 DVD chart, and 15 of the 20 titles in the classical list. The latest title was recorded just three weeks earlier, on the Nov. 15 Melbourne leg of a nationwide stadium tour.

The artist will return for more dates next year, beginning Oct. 15 at Sydney's Acer Arena, and will even make an appearance in an episode of popular soap "Neighbours," due to air in April 2009.