Monday, February 24, 2014

INXS make Australian chart history

INXS made Australian chart history this week when they became the first homegrown act to snag the top two spots on the album charts.

Billboard reports 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.

In the week after the final episode of the “INXS: Never Tear Us Apart” two-part mini-series aired, INXS have landed six entries in the ARIA top 40 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 mini-series 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 rock group, dropped to 1.768 million.

Directed by Daina Reed, "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" featured Luke Arnold as lead singer Michael Hutchence.

INXS formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide before Hutchence’s death in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.

INXS worked with a few singers before performing their final concert on November 11, 2012 at the Perth Arena.

See also:

VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen covers INXS classic in Sydney
INXS top Aussie charts following mini-series debut
INXS miniseries tops Olympics in Australian TV ratings
INXS: Michael Hutchence film in the works
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