INXS have continued their assault on the Australian sales charts by grabbing the top two spots on this week’s albums tally — the first time a homegrown act has achieved the feat.
In the week after free-to-air broadcaster Channel 7 aired the final episode of the “Never Tear Us Apart” two-part mini-series, INXS have landed six entries in the ARIA top 40 albums chart.
INXS’ “The Very Best” leads the ARIA chart for a second successive week, while the band’s 1987 album “Kick” jumps 7-2 to match its previous best. “Kick” has now spent a total of 12 non-consecutive weeks in the runners-up position.
Until this week, no Australian act has simultaneously occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the ARIA albums chart.
The band’s “Live At Wembley Stadium 1991” (No. 17), “The Swing” (No. 25), “Shabooh Shoobah” (No. 33) and “Listen Like Thieves” (No. 36) all crack the top 40.
The popular TV drama also propelled the song from which it took its name to a new peak. “Never Tear Us Apart” rises to No. 11, beating its previous best of No. 14 from September 1988. The song featured at the end of the second episode, which aired Feb. 16.
As previously reported, the biopic’s first two-hour episode grabbed a national TV audience of 2.881 million (Australia has a population of 23 million) and outshone coverage of the Winter Olympics and a documentary on convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.
Ratings for the finale were solid, but down on the previous episode. The second part of the telemovie, which tracked the global rise and fall of the Michael Hutchence-led rock group, dropped to 1.768 million.
The surviving members of INXS announced in Nov. 2012 they were calling time on a career that had lasted 35 years and 11 studio albums, including six that sold platinum or better in the U.S.