Disturbed have just broken an Australian chart record

Disturbed’s album Immortalized sits at the top of the ARIA album chart this week, but that achievement isn’t quite as impressive as it sounds.

Thanks to the unfathomable success of their ‘Sound of Silence’ cover and a historically poor week for album sales, the record has returned to the top slot despite selling just 2140 copies nationally for the week. It’s a new record low for album sales in Australia and a far cry from the 8242 sales that secured the album the top place on the charts when it was released back in August last year.

Last week’s number one album – Deftones’ Gore – has tumbled from the top place all the way down to 15th. But Adele’s eight times platinum album 25 has risen again into second place ahead of the latest albums from Hilltop Hoods, Ed Sheeran and Rufus. The highest placed debut is the new album from PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project which landed in seventh place. Prince is expected to dominate next week’s album chart with his best of albums and classic ’80s records including Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times.

Disturbed will return to Australia in November for a run of arena shows – and perhaps another crack at setting a new sales record.