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A new record has been set for the lowest selling #1 album debut on the ARIA charts

It’s probably not an accolade that he’ll talk about much, but Australian Idol alumnus Anthony Callea just set a pretty big record.

His just released fifth album, Backbone, may have just become the lowest selling number 1 album in ARIA chart history. It’s sitting at the top of the charts now, with only 2,950 units having been shifted, Tone Deaf reports. For your information, it’s an album of covers, with Callea covering everything from Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror’ to TLC’s ‘Unpretty’.

He’s taken this dubious honour from Bring Me The Horizon, whose album There Is A Hell… topped the charts with album sales of just 3,600 back in 2010.

Curiously, at this stage ARIA does not tally streaming figures for albums in their chart calculations (which they do for the singles charts), which goes a long way to explaining why the figures are as dramatically low as they are. It’s currently the standard practice in the US and the UK to include streaming figures.

Only last week ARIA gave us some good news – that Nick Cave’s new album, Skeleton Tree, had become the 15th Australian album this year to land at the top of the charts – a record number. Callea’s album has obviously broken that now as well, even though it Steven Bradbury-ed its way there.