Sydney band Boy & Bear will have Australia’s biggest selling album this week by the end of today.
The second Boy & Bear album ‘Harlequin Dream’ will easily top the ARIA album chart this week with retailers reporting massive support in stores for the albums.
By the number of sales retailers claim that are charging out of stores this week Boy & Bear could end the week selling more than 10,000 units in Australia placing it well ahead of what last week’s number one by RUFUS ‘Atlas’ sold (around 6000 units).
Individual retail charts suggest a top 3 with Boy & Bear followed by Pink ‘The Truth About Love’ and then Fleetwood Mac ’25 Years The Chain’ with RUFUS ‘Atlas’ dropping back to 4 or 5 this week.
Store figures also indicate the physical disc is far from dead in Australia. Fans prefer the physical disc for albums. Fleetwood Mac’s ’25 Years The Chain’ is only available as a physical CD. Likewise, Pink fans prefer the disc over the download with around 75% of Pink sales sold out of Music Stores.
Country catalogue from artists like Slim Dusty, Eagles, John Williamson and Charlie Pride are also only available on disc sending people to stores for Top 40 purchases.
Russell Morris’ ‘Sharkmouth’, the success of 2013 and destined to be a Top 20 biggest seller of 2013, is also being purchased at retail on CD as is Kate Ceberano’s ‘Kensal Road’.