Back in March, Queensland outfit Violent Soho earned themselves a big pat on the back after they sent their eagerly anticipated fourth album, WACO, to the top spot on the ARIA Albums charts. What’s more, they did it by shifting some serious units.
As we reported then, Mansfield’s favourite sons managed to sell an impressive 9,799 copies of WACO, which News Corp compared to the sales of leopard-printed bozo Redfoo’s latest album, which managed to move just 144 copies.
Indeed, the top spot of the ARIA Albums Chart is an accolade whose criteria are variable. UK metalcore outfit Bring Me The Horizon famously became the lowest selling act ever to have a No. 1 album in Australia by selling just 3,600 units back in 2010.
But Bring Me The Horizon have now had their record smashed by another heavy act. As News Corp reports, US metal veterans Disturbed officially now have the lowest selling No. 1 album in ARIA chart history, selling just 2,140 copies of their album Immortalized last week.
Last week’s sales of the band’s latest album saw them return to the top of the albums chart after they debuted at No. 1 back in August with a relatively healthy 8,242 sales. A particularly slow sales week and a lack of big-time releases thrust them back to the top of the charts.
The only new releases to make it to the Top 10 last week were PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project and Together from Marina Prior & Mark Vincent. The No. 2 album in the country was Adele’s 25, which nabbed just 1,995 sales.
Sitting at the No. 4 spot is Ed Sheeran’s X, which it should be noted was released in 2014. As News Corp notes, this week’s No. 40 album comes courtesy of ‘One Call Away’ hit-maker Charlie Puth, who sold just 460 copies.
For the sake of context, we should also note that the ARIA charts factor in both physical and digital sales, but does not, however, include compilation albums with no new material, which kept So Fresh Hits of Autumn from the No. 1 spot with its 4,422 copies sold.
As Tone Deaf reported last year, among the biggest sellers to hit No. 1 in 2015 were Taylor Swift, with 19,246 copies of 1989, Florence & the Machine (15,706), Muse (12,047), Tame Impala (11,415), Mumford & Sons (11,038), Parkway Drive (14,700), and Hermitude (10,352).
Meanwhile, the tragic passing of music icon Prince and a new release from Beyonce is expected to bolster album sales for next week. News Corp reports The Very Best of Prince had been No. 1 on iTunes since Friday, until it was supplanted by Beyonce’s Lemonade.