Homegrown artists Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian scored Australia’s best-selling album and single of the 2000s, according to new retrospective over-the-counter sales tallies reported today (Jan. 7) by labels body ARIA.
Goodrem’s 14-times platinum (980,000 units-plus) 2003 album release “Innocent Eyes” (Sony Music) was the best-selling album of the past decade, and one of 26 Australian recordings to make ARIA’s Top 100 Albums Chart. “Innocent Eyes” outpaced Pink, who came in at No. 2 and No. 3 with “Funhouse” (LaFace/Sony Music, 2008) and “I’m Not Dead” (LaFace/Sony Music, 2006) respectively, Norah Jones at No. 4 with “Come Away With Me” (EMI, 2002) and another local artist, Missy Higgins, with “The Sound Of White” at No. 5 (Eleven/EMI, 2004).
Coldplay and U2 each contributed four albums to the sales chart, while Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Kylie Minogue, Michael Buble, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Robbie Williams each provided three albums.
Inaugural “Australian Idol” winner Sebastian had the biggest-selling hit of the past 10 years with “Angels Brought Me Here” (Sony Music), a four-times platinum certified (280,000 units-plus) track also from 2003. “Angels Brought Me Here” was one of three domestic recordings to crack the top 5 of the decade, the others being Anthony Callea at No. 2 with his 2004 release “The Prayer” (Sony Music) and Shannon Noll’s cover from the same year of the Moving Pictures classic “What About Me” (Sony Music), which bowed at No. 5. Both Callea and Noll are former “Australian Idol” contestants.
Completing the top 5 were Black Eyed Peas 2009 track “I Gotta Feeling” (Interscope) at No. 3 and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope, 2008) at No. 4.
All told, 16 Australian recordings made an impact in the top 100.
The Black Eyed Peas were the most regular entrants to the top 100 list with five singles, while Goodrem, Beyonce, Eminem and Lady Gaga each had three. Nearly 50% of the top 100 singles were issued in the past two years, a period which corresponds with sharp growth in digital music sales down under.
Pink might have landed in the bridesmaid position on the decade’s Top 100 Albums chart, but she went one better in the end-of-decade music DVD chart, which she topped with “Funhouse Tour: Live In Australia” (LaFace/Sony Music, 2009), earning a staggering 26 platinum certifications (390,000 units-plus). The DVD documents Pink’s record-smashing 58-date “Funhouse” trek of Australia in 2009, which sold more than 658,000 tickets and generated more than $80 million Australian ($74 million) at the box office.
The Philadelphian pop star helms two other titles in the top five of ARIA’s End Of Decade Top 20 Music DVD Chart, with “Live From Wembley Arena” at No. 3 and “Pink – Live In Europe” at No. 5. Dutch classical music showman Andre Rieu arrives at No. 2 on the DVD chart with “Live In Australia” (Universal) from 2008, one of five of his releases perched in the top 20. Completing the top 5 is Michael Jackson’s 2003 music DVD release “#1’s” (Epic), the fourth-best seller of the decade.