Friday 12th September 2008: Watch out Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay… the latest release from our very own Australian icon and country music legend, ‘Hillbilly Road’ is holding on tight.
John Williamson is inadvertently taking on the biggest names in the music industry and giving them strong competition with his latest offering, ‘Hillbilly Road’. Currently only pipped to the post by international products Slipknot, Miley Cyrus, The MAMMA MIA Soundtrack, Coldplay and Michael Jackson, John Williamson is currently the highest Australian act on the National ARIA Charts and one of only two to be listed in this weeks top 10.
The 38th album for Williamson delivered a positive start with ‘Hillbilly Road’ debuting on the national A.R.I.A. Charts at number 17. The second week saw a massive jump to number 10 and now, in its third week of release sits comfortably in the number 6 spot.
His loyal country music fans delivered instant success with the album debuting and remaining at number 1 on the ARIA Country Chart, firmly establishing Williamson’s heartfelt and honest ‘Hillbilly Road’ as another major release for the artist. Already, over 25,000 copies of the album have been shipped to stores nationally and orders continue to roll in as Australian’s put their support behind one of the nation’s most successful artists.
As he sets to embark on a national high selling tour starting this evening in Sydney, the longevity of ‘Hillbilly Road’ in the top end of the charts seems likely yet surprising to the singer. “I don’t look at the charts so much anymore, I’ve been doing this for thirty eight years and to still be doing it is the reward I need. That said, I am thrilled that an album I am so proud of is being received so well and that my messages are still connecting with Australians”, said John Williamson from his opening night sound check. As he sets out to cross the country and perform his greatest hits and his latest hits, fans and music lovers alike can catch the clip Cydi (short for side-kick) being played on high rotation on the Country Music Channel (Foxtel/Austar).