Chet Faker has enjoyed a strong sales bump in Australia thanks to his victory on Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll while, ironically, Taylor Swift’s sales performed even better due in part to her non-appearance on the annual fan-voted list.
Faker (whose real name is Nicholas Murphy) saw his debut album Built On Glass leap from 13-2 on the latest ARIA Albums Chart, published Sunday (Feb. 1).
The Melbourne electro-soul artist was the big winner of the Triple J radio network’s annual countdown, which coincided with Australia Day (Jan. 26) and this year boasted more than 2.099 million cast votes. His song “Talk Is Cheap” topped the listeners’ poll and he landed the songs “Gold’ at No. 7 and “1998” at No. 8 to become just the second artist to have three tracks inside the top 10 after Powderfinger (which achieved the feat in 2003).
“Talk Is Cheap” rises to No. 6 on this week’s ARIA Singles Chart, the highest gainer on the chart and a new peak for the song (eclipsing its previous best of No. 31 last December after his performance of the song at the 2014 ARIA Awards).
Faker’s former chart-topping album has already earned him a swag of ARIA Awards, Triple J’s J Award for Australian album of the year and it’s in the running for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. He’s released through Future Classic in Australia, and Downtown Records in North America.
The only album to outpace Faker’s set on this week’s sales chart was Swift’s 1989, a recording which had no chance of influencing the radio poll after Triple J’s hierarchy disqualified her.
The big side story of this year’s Hottest 100 was whether Taylor had a chance of claiming the crown, despite her music never getting a chance on the station’s playlists. A social media campaign to get “Shake it Off” to the top of the countdown got fans and listeners chatting, but it resulted in Triple J’s bosses announcing Taylor earned a “one way ticket to Bansville”. She’ll get over it. The pop star’s latest album has spent a total of eight weeks at No. 1 in Australia.