Ocean Alley’s “Confidence” is sky high after the Sydney six-piece won Australia’s biggest fan-voted music poll.
Ocean Alley on Sunday took out Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown with their chilled tune, lifted from the J Award-nominated album Chiaroscuro.
“Confidence” beat out Fisher’s “Losing It” and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” to become the 15th homegrown song to rule the annual countdown. And Ocean Alley nailed it in record-breaking fashion, with an all-time high 2,758,584 votes cast on the poll, up nearly 15 per cent on the previous year.
Triple j’s music director Nick Findlay said of the song, “Dripping with a level of sun-drenched soul that’s straight out of a ‘70s surf flick, ‘Confidence’ proved to be such an earworm that it transcended the usual garage-ska scene and straight into the hearts of the nation. It’s a song that led the votes from day one of polling and never stopped its huge trajectory to success. ‘Confidence’ is Ocean Alley at their finest and a well-deserved jam to take out the No. 1 spot in the 2018 Hottest 100, baby.”
The bookmaker’s favorite leading into the latest Hottest 100, “Confidence” was one of four Ocean Alley tracks to crack the list, which asks listeners to choose the most popular songs for 2018. Close behind was Billie Eilish, Hockey Dad, Rüfüs Du Sol, Post Malone and DMA’s with three songs each.
A record continent of homegrown acts appeared in the top 100, which featured 21 Aussie artists and 65 locally-sourced songs. According to the publicly-funded youth network, more than 60% of voters were aged 24 and under, while 80% of voters were under 30. And at 5%, the overseas tally nearly doubled from last year.
Ocean Alley will introduce their slinky tunes to North American audiences when their Chiaroscuro trek lands in Los Angeles early May for the start of a six-week trek.
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