Australian Recording Artists Make ARIA Chart History

In a history making year for local music artists, a record number of Australian performers were honoured today at the annual ARIA No. 1 CHART AWARDS in Sydney. Thirteen Australian performers, some with multiple entries at the No. 1 position, were recognised for their achievements in front of members of ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) and the media at a special presentation designed to raise public awareness of Australian artists.

While they have all achieved the coveted No. 1 position on either the ARIA Singles or Album chart (or both) in the past year*, this group of artists is the most varied in recent history - a tribute to the rich diversity of the Australian music landscape.

Musically these artists cover the spectrum of pop (Delta Goodrem, Kylie Minogue, Paulini), modern country (Kasey Chambers), rock and roll (Jet, Spiderbait, Shannon Noll), R&B (Guy Sebastian), emo rock (Something For Kate), acoustic based pop (The John Butler Trio and Pete Murray) and Christian faith music (Hillsong Church).

Together they have racked up the unprecedented number of 20 separate entries at No. 1 on either the ARIA Album or Singles charts in the period from August 4th, 2003 to August 2nd, 2004. This includes the first album, 'One Determined Heart', by Paulini which made its debut at No. 1 yesterday. This is the greatest number of Australian artists hitting the No. 1 position in any 12 month period in the 21 year history of the ARIA Chart.

Some artists have achieved No.1 Chart success on both the ARIA single and album charts. Delta Goodrem, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian and Paulini have achieved this feat in the past 12 months. The Hillsong Church album 'For All You've Done' marks the first time in Australian chart history that a Christian recording artist has held the No. 1 position in this country. Kylie Minogue officially holds the record for the most singles at # 1 in the 21 year history of the ARIA chart with a total of nine. And after a career spanning 15 years, Spiderbait have had their first ever No. 1 hit single with 'Black Betty'.

"It is great to see so many Australian Number 1 artists this year. The wide musical styles covered by the artists and the very long periods the records have charted is a very special feature as well and highlights what a great year it has been for Australian music. These artists and their labels have really connected with the Australian public and the recognition today through the ARIA No. 1 Awards is well and truly deserved," said Denis Handlin, ARIA Chairman and Sony Music Chairman & CEO.

The Australian artists acknowledged at the 3rd Annual ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards are:

Artist Releases
Delta Goodrem
Sony Music
Innocent Eyes (A)
Not Me Not I (S)
Predictable (S)
Something For Kate
Sony Music
Official Fiction (A)
Australian Idol Final 12
BMG Australia
Rise Up (S)
Kylie Minogue
Festival Mushroom Records
Slow (S)
Guy Sebastian
BMG Australia
Angels Brought Me Here (S)
Just As I Am (A)
All I Need Is You (S)
Shannon Noll
BMG Australia
What About Me (S)
That's What I'm Talking About (A)
Learn To Fly (S)
Black Betty (S)
The John Butler Trio
Jarrah / MGM
Sunrise Over Sea (A)
Pete Murray
Sony Music
Feeler (S)
EMI Music
Get Born (A)
Kasey Chambers
EMI Music
Wayward Angel (A)
Hillsong Church
Hillsong Music
For All You've Done (A)
Sony Music
Angel Eyes (S)
One Determined Heart (A)

This is the 3rd year that ARIA has held the ARIA No. 1 CHART AWARDS . Not only does it recognise the achievements of Australian recording artists but the skills of Australian record companies who helped get their artists to the coveted No.1 position.

John O'Donnell, Managing Director, EMI Australia and Chairman ARIA Chart and Marketing Committee - "It has been arguably the best year ever for Australian music, as the unprecedented number of releases that have hit # 1 testifies.  From pop to rock to country to blues & roots to emo-art-rock, the Australian public has embraced its own like never before and reminded all of us of the power of great songs and great artists."

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*Based on chart period 4th August 2003 - August 2nd, 2004
(A) = Album
(S) = Single

3rd August 2004

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