INXS bags chart record with ‘The Very Best’
INXS ink another chapter in the history books, as the new wave legends notch a new mark for longevity.
INXS – The Very Best clocks up 468 non-consecutive weeks, or full nine-years, on the ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart, more than any title currently on the survey.
The career retrospective was released in October 2011, and last November was recognised with diamond status, for 500,000 chart sales in Australia.
Across its chart journey, The Very Best enjoyed a seven-week stint atop the ARIA chart and came in at No. 1 on ARIA’s album of the decade list.
The Very Best lifts 43-33 on the current frame (Aug. 13).
Founding member and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Farriss says the chart feat is “truly amazing news,” and he paid tribute to the band’s late mentor Petrol Records chief Chris Murphy, and late frontman Michael Hutchence.
“Such an incredible legacy for this album, for INXS, for INXS’ timeless song catalogue and for Chris Murphy’s stellar work with Petrol and the Universal teams,” he comments in a statement issued today (Aug. 16).
“To achieve such an accolade alongside my brothers, Tim, Jon, Kirk, Garry and our dearly missed mate Michael, we are humbled by this news and especially thank all INXS fans for your passionate support, we are all deeply grateful.”
INXS formed 44 years ago in Perth. Led by the charismatic Hutchence, the group moved east, then took on the world.
Over time, the band sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, scored six U.K. top 10 albums (including a No. 1 with Welcome To Wherever You Are from 1992) and five U.S. top 20 albums.
Induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame came in 2001, four years after Hutchence passed. After experimenting with a rotating cast of lead singers, the surviving members of INXS announced in Nov. 2012 they were hanging up their instruments.
The free-to-air 2014 mini-series Never Tear Us Apart reignited interest in the band, and powered six INXS albums back into the ARIA Top 10 including the top two spots in the same week.
The Very Best went on to be the best selling album of the year.
The chart record comes on the heels of Original Sin – The 7 Sins, a short-film soundtracked by INXS’ music which premiered July 17.
The 7 Sins was the final INXS project spearheaded by Murphy.
This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.