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In what has been a truly memorable year thus far, Mushroom labels are extremely proud to have ongoing chart success with their Australian artists.


Violent Soho kicked it all off, with their album, Everything Is A-OK, one of the first albums to be released in Australia’s nationwide lockdown. The innovative and inspired marketing and promotion within the new world everyone found themselves in was a feature of the Brisbane rockers campaign by label I OH YOU.


In May, Melbourne favourites The Teskey Brothers had the first live album by an Australian act to be Number 1 since AC/DC in 1992, with their release Live at The Forum.


A month later Vika & Linda, Australia’s harmonising sisters, released their first ever best of album, ‘Akilotoa (Anthology 1994-2006), coinciding with the release of all of their albums digitally for the first time. When it debuted at #1, ‘Akilotoa was possibly one of the biggest chart surprises of the year, but extremely well-deserved for the hard-working sisters. Their follow up album Sunday (The Gospel According to Iso) debuted at number 2 only 12 weeks later.


In June it was the album that celebrated one of the most unique and special moments in music television history, the Music From The Home Front. With an astonishing record breaking TV audience, the album surpassed all previous sales of Australian artists in its first week on the ARIA Chart. It went on to hold the #1 spot for two weeks in a row, and then 3 months later reached #1 for a third week following the release of a limited edition, collectors triple vinyl pack. A truly outstanding result.


To top it off, this week Kylie Minogue secured a #1 album with DISCO, her seventh #1 album in Australia and third in as many years. The album firmly cements Kylie’s status as Australia’s highest-selling female artist, with 80 million records sold worldwide. DISCO had the highest first week sales from any Australian artist this year.


Mushroom Chairman Michael Gudinski has described the outstanding success,


“This has been a year like no other, in so many ways. To see not just our artists but all Australian artists shine is just great. We’ve been able to showcase artists on television through the incredible Music From the Home Front with Channel 9, The State of Music and Introducing online series with the Victorian state government, and then the culmination of them all with The Sound on our ABC. To see so many number 1 albums by Australians is truly inspiring. The fact that our talented Mushroom team has produced a third of them is testament to the hard work and commitment over many years of mainstays like Warren Costello and Chris Maund, and our new guard lead by my son Matt and rising stars like Johann Ponniah. To have rounded it all out this week with not just mine, but our Australian queen Kylie, who Mushroom signed when she was just 18, makes it so sweet.”


COO of Mushroom Music Chris Maund added,


“We are loud and proud about being Australian independent labels, backing more Australian artists than any other. It is so pleasing to see these incredible results for our artists and the good news is, there are so many more to come in 2021!”


This success comes just twelve months after the groups major restructure and introduction of the labels’ own in-house promotions team led by General Manager, Media & Strategy, Dan Baker.


Mushroom labels are looking forward to further celebrations at the upcoming 2020 ARIA Awards, with nominations for DMA’S, Violent Soho, The Teskey Brothers, Gordi, The Rubens and Archie Roach, who will also be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.


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