Anthony Callea Beats Guy Sebastian
by Paul Cashmere
29 December 2004
Australian Idol runner-up Anthony
Callea has topped the first week sales record held by Guy
Sebastian in 2003.
Callea's 'The Prayer' in it's first full week of sales sold
over 147,000 units in addition to the 34,000 sold in the previous
week after being on sale for just 3 days.
Sebastian's 'Angels Brought Me Here' sold 128,000+ when it
debuted on the 2 December, 2003 chart.
The Callea sales have slaughtered the first week sales for
2004 Idol winner Casey Donovan, who had a luke-warm debut
with less than 36,000 sales of her debut 'Listen With Your
Although Casey was the Reality TV show winner, Callea has
proven to be the one Australia has spoken for with their wallets.
The Casey Donovan album went into free-fall in just it's
second week on the chart. 'For You' fell out of the Top 10
this week and is still yet to sell enough copies to justify
platinum even though being certified double platinum.
Casey was also trumped by last year's Idol runner-up on the
singles chart this week. Shannon Noll's cover of 'C'mon Aussie
C'mon' was at No.2 this week with sales of around 18,000.
Casey's 'Listen With Your Heart' fell to No. 4 with sales
of around 16,700.
Joel Turner, who didn't even make the Idol cut in 2003, has
been 2004 success story. His single 'These Kids' is still
in the Top 5 after 13 weeks on the chart. It moved a further
15,700 units last week