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1 in 20 Australians Owns a Copy of Delta Goodrem's "Innocent Eyes"

It's the fourth most popular album in Australian history, beaten only by Shania, Farnsy and, er, Meat Loaf.

by Shaad D’Souza
20 March 2018, 2:52am

It's Delta Week on Noisey Australia! To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of her seminal debut Innocent Eyes, we'll be running Delta Goodrem-related writing every day.

It’s Delta Goodrem Week here at Noisey Australia, and we’ve been doing some research into the iconic Australian pop star’s back catalogue. This has unearthed some fascinating discoveries, including the fact that 1 in 20 Australians owns a copy of Delta’s debut album Innocent Eyes. That's a ludicrous amount of people!

According to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA, the body that puts on the ARIA Awards) Delta’s debut, released when she was just 18, is currently 14 times Platinum. That means that 1.2 million copies of the record have been sold in Australia. Given the current population of Australia is somewhere around 24 million people, we can safely assume around 1 in 20 Australians owns a copy of Innocent Eyes!

The only albums that have outsold Delta’s record are Come On Over by Shania Twain (1.26 million copies, 1 in 19 Australians), John Farnham’s Whispering Jack (1.68 million copies, 1 in 14 Australians) and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell (1.75 million copies, 1 in 13 Australians).

Look around you: in all likelihood, someone within your vicinity owns a copy of Innocent Eyes. Or, even more likely, a copy of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell! Maybe it’s your boss, maybe it’s your teacher, maybe it’s your partner. Hell, maybe it’s you! Delta’s touched the lives of five percent of all Australians. And we’re better off for it.

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