Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Am I missing something...?

We bought the latest issue of Limelight to check through the 'players' on the Australian Arts Scene (Smart Arts, pg24).

Amongst other things, the magazine has the ARIA Classical Albums Top 20 Chart which is a bit disturbing!

Coming in at numbers 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 & (!) 20 is Andre Rieu. Added to that, Il Divo is numbers 9, 10 & 11.

Ok... maybe that's not fair... but a laugh none-the-less.


broken english said...

I wonder how many of your blogreaders will know Andre Rieu and DJ Ötzi. Some cultural black holes should better be kept secretly in europe ...
(But hey, does this chart mean, there is an Andre Rieu Fandom in Australia!?)

zebra factory said...

Hard to say if he's a 'star' or not. I first noticed it in Sydney around April. It seemed that posters, DVDs, CDs, etc of him were everywhere.

He appears on breakfast TV playing 'Waltzin' Matilda' and plays in shopping malls... ?

I guess it is more valid though to say he's big in Australia than the urban myth that Hasselhoff is big in Germany.

On a sidenote... when we first got here I noticed that Scooter (!) had a fan-base as well.... now that's disturbing!