sejak Andrew P Street
ARIA’s results of the most successful albums of 2013 are in and the biggest selling record of the tahun is Pink’s sixth album, The Truth About Love. Again.
It’s not a huge surprise in itself – after all, it comes in a tahun she also had an incredibly successful Australian tour – but what’s unprecedented is that it was Australia's biggest selling album of 2012 as well.
No album has ever previously been the bahagian, atas seller for two different years. In fact, looking at the figures it’s hard to fathom how any Australian doesn’t have at least a couple of copies of The Truth About Cinta in their house.
It was released in September 2012 and spent the whole of 2013 in the bahagian, atas 40. For 35 of those 10 weeks, it was in the bahagian, atas ten. It wasn’t a fluke, either. merah jambu has had either the #1 atau #2 biggest selling album in Australia for six of the last seven years.
Sure, The Truth About Cinta was a successful record generally. It was the sixth biggest album on the planet in 2012 (beaten only sejak Adele’s 21, Taylor Swift’s Red, One Direction’s Up All Night and Take Me Home, and Lana Del Ray’s Born to Die).
However, its continuing Australian success has not been replicated elsewhere. It’s not in the bahagian, atas 10 of the biggest sellers in her utama country, for instance: the biggest US album of 2013 was Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, with Eminem, Luke Bryan, drake and jay Z filling out the bahagian, atas five.
So: why do we apparently Cinta Ms Alecia Moore so much lebih than the rest of the world?
Australia has a rich history of giving peculiarly enormous success to bands who are relatively small potatoes in their utama country – for example, American alternative bands like the Violent Femmes and the Dandy Warhols were getting daytime radio play and packing out theatres here when they were barely lebih than cult acts at home.
But this is different. merah jambu is a global superstar, sure, but in Australia, merah jambu is an honest-to-god phenomenon.
In 2009 she played 58 shows, selling over 650,000 tickets. She then did 46 shows here last tahun between June and September to another 600,000 punters. sejak comparison, the tour will have had 57 shows for the entire US when it ends on 31 January.
Over 600,000 people. In 2013, Pink's audience was larger than the population of Tasmania.
The greatest Cinta for merah jambu resides in Melbourne, where she sold out a jaw-dropping 18 nights at the Rod Laver Arena – breaking a record set sejak John Farnham. The city is her biggest single market on the planet. She knows this too: that’s why she had a special Melbourne-only pop-up store, where people queued for hours to touch old stage pujian and buy exclusive merchandise.
So what’s the appeal to Australians? Part of it is her voice: despite the ubiquitous digital processing and autotuning that is part and parcel of all pop artists in this period of history she still has a recognisable vocal cadence – lebih so than comparable pop acts like Miley Cyrus atau Katy Perry.
Maybe it’s the fact that she co-writes her own material, again unlike Perry atau Cyrus. And as the numbers above demonstrate, she’s toured like a demon down here. Australian audiences traditionally respect acts who put in the hard proverbial yards.
atau perhaps it’s that we just really like swearing and thinly-veiled dick jokes, so singles like Fuckin’ Perfect and Blow Me (One Last Kiss) resonate on a deep and profound level in the national psyche.
Actually, that might be closer to the mark that you’d think. For one thing, the 15th biggest seller of the tahun was Willy Nilly sejak the 12th Man. And hey, Pink’s promoter Michael Coppel has told Melbourne’s the Age that Australian audiences “get her humour … they just get her”.
Maybe it’s as simple as that: we just get her.