Aussies dominate ARIA Charts

As the year approaches the half way point, 2004 is already setting records on the ARIAnet Albums chart. This week, Kasey Chambers joins Jet, Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, Shannon Noll, Pete Murray and the John Butler Trio in this year's Number 1 Club with her third album Wayward Angel, making a total of 7 local artists to achieve the coveted No.1 spot on the Albums Chart so far.

In the week of her 28th birthday, Australia's 'Queen of Country Music' Kasey Chambers, has received a timely gift with her third album debuting at No.1 on the Albums Chart.

Extensive promotional appearances during the week have also prompted increased sales of her two previous albums, The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls, which returned to the Top 100 at positions 89 and 64 respectively. Both of these albums have now clocked up no less than 100 weeks each in the National Top 100.

In a show of strength, Aussie albums have now held the number one position for 16 of the year's 23 weeks, allowing only 5 overseas acts to break through and reach the top spot.

This week has also seen substantial Australian representation in the Albums Chart Top 10, with 3 other local acts - Jet, Pete Murray and the John Butler Trio - all of which have held the top spot this year, joining Kasey in the Top 10.

On the ARIAnet Singles Chart, the all-out Aussie assault continues with Spiderbait's single Black Betty maintaining the top spot. Black Betty is the third Australian Artist single to reach No.1 this year, with Aussie acts holding the top position for a total of 8 weeks.

'Homegrown music' is unique and thriving, and the ARIAnet Albums and Singles charts are showing that Australians are enjoying and buying Australian music.

7 June 2004



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