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Amphlett’s Passing Sees Divinyls Sales Surge As Fellow Females Storm Charts

Date of News: 2013-04-29
Source: bigpondmusic

[Source:]  The latest ARIA chart results are out and in the week following the tragic news of the passing of iconic Australian singer Chrissy Amphlett, the band that brought he feisty frontwoman to infamy has made a strong return to the charts.

Divinyls best-of The Essential has received a major sales boost in light of Amphlett’s death at 53 years of age, debuting for the first time ever, the greatest hits compilation entered at #14 on the ARIA Albums Charts, beating out strong record sellers, such as the new releases from Fall Out Boy and Major Lazer, with Save Rock And Roll and Free The Universe at #15 and #20 respectively.

A number of the band’s key singles – including previous international number one hit ‘I Touch Myself’ – also re-entered the ARIA Singles Chart. Amphlett’s death propelled The Divinyls’ debut single ‘Boys In Town’ in at #79, followed by ‘Pleasure And Pain’ at #56, the band’s second ever Australian Top 5 hit taken from their second album, 1985′s What A Life!

It was the band’s biggest hit, ‘I Touch Myself’, from their eponymous 1991 album, that saw the biggest success, squeezing into the ARIA Singles Chart Top 50 at #49 ahead of emerging New Zealand songstress Lorde, and her five-track debut EP, The Love Club.

The sales surge follows last week’s shock news that Chrissy Amphlett had died following complications with her ongoing battle with cancer and multiple sclerosis, the untimely news arriving she was named by a poll of her peers as one of the Top 10 Greatest Australian Singers of All Time.

The Geelong native passed away surrounded by family and friends at her home in New York where she lived with her husband and fellow Divinyls bandmate, Charley Drayton.

In 2010, Amphlett revealed that she had breast cancer but announced that she was in remission come early 2011. The sad news coming just a few years revealing that she had battled against multiple sclerosis as early as 2007.

The Divinyls re-entry also fittingly leads a strong charge by female artists into the ARIA charts. Fellow iconic singer Renee Geyer received a placement in the Top 25 with her new album Swing placing at #22.

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