Delta Goodrem Ties With Neil Diamond

Delta Goodrem has clocked up another week at No. 1 on the ARIA chart giving her a total of 29 weeks on top and this week and tying her with Neil Diamond’s ‘Hot August Night’ as the second longest charting number one album in Australian history.

As expected, Guy Sebastian’s ‘Just As I Am’ tumbled further down the chart after a total run of four weeks at number one leaving Delta as the only pop star to truly be able to claim the term ‘Australian Idol’.

Delta’s run this week was a double bonus. Her ‘Innocent Eyes’ album passed the one million mark in actual sales, a feat not accomplished since John Farnham’s mammoth run with ‘Whispering Jack’.

So what is next for Delta? Well, one more week and she will own the number two spot outright for all time longest charting number one album. She is now chasing Dire Straits ‘Brothers In Arms’ for the record at 35 weeks.

Dire Straits achieved their run when the release of ‘Brothers In Arms’ coincided with the introduction of CDs in the early 80s. The title was used a benchmark to measure the quality of CD.

Red Hot Chili Peppers stayed in the number two spot this week. Evanescence was number three with ‘Fallen’.

Guy Sebastian’s ‘Just As I Am’ dropped to seventh place overall.

The great thing for Australian music this week is that five Australian titles are in the top 10. As well as Delta and Guy, Powderfinger’s ‘Vulture Street’ is at No. 6, Jet ‘Get Born’ is at No. 8 and Pete Murray ‘Feeler’ is No. 10.

by Paul Cashmere

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