Another week, another sad turn of events on the Australian albums chart. Good Charlotte have made a return to the top of the Australian albums chart, but with one of the lowest selling Number 1 albums in ARIA history.
As News Corp reports, the band’s comeback album, Youth Authority, did manage sell more copies than Disturbed’s Immortalized the week it set the record for lowest selling Number 1 album, but not much more.
Further, Immortalized didn’t set the record in its debut week. As for Good Charlotte, Youth Authority only managed to shift a total of 3,883 copies in its opening week, giving the band their second Australian Number 1.
The sales are surprisingly low for an album that had the benefit of having its principal members appear week-in week-out on The Voice. The promotional boost of the reality show certainly helped fellow host Delta Goodrem.
It’s also a significant dip on the Madden Brothers’ previous effort, which came out just two years ago. Greetings from California, the duo’s debut as The Madden Brothers, debuted at Number 1 with 8,195 units moved.
Ironically, the side-project was not a success anywhere else except Australia and New Zealand, which is why the brothers rebooted Good Charlotte in the first place.
It’s been a worrying year for sales overall, with 2016 seeing some of the lowest selling Number 1 albums in chart history, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway, which remained atop the charts in its second week with just 3,638 sales.
However, there have been some bright spots. Flume’s Skin shifted 17,708 copies to top the Aussie albums chart, Keith Urban’s Ripcord moved 13,438, and RHCP first made the top of the chart by moving 10,768 albums.
In addition to completely selling out their blockbuster WACO tour with Dune Rats and DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho moved 9,799 copies of their latest album. Of course, Beyonce still holds the record for 2016’s highest debut with 20,499 first week sales of Lemonade.