THERE are still 6283 Nickelback fans in Australia. That’s the amount of copies the divisive Canadian band sold of their new album Feed the Machine.
The album debuted at No. 3 on this week’s ARIA chart.
Kiwi artist Lorde sold twice as many copies as Nickelback to enter the ARIA chart at No.1.
Lorde’s Melodrama sold 12,001 copies last week to become her second No. 1 album after 2013’s Pure Heroine.
Lorde also outsold Ed Sheeran’s Divide, sitting at No. 2 on 6480 sales after 16 weeks in the charts.
The 20-year-old New Zealander achieved what superstar Katy Perry couldn’t in ousting Sheeran.
Perry’s Witness album sinks to No. 6 from No. 2 this week, selling just 2069 copies.
It has now sold 7863 copies in Australia in two weeks.
Nickelback have had eight Top 10 albums in Australia; their previous release No Fixed Address also entered at No. 3 in 2014.
With the band — as well as rock music — now out of favour with a lot of commercial radio stations Nickelback took to TV advertising to promote Feed the Machine.
Nickelback’s continued success — they outsold hipster acts Royal Blood and the Fleet Foxes in Australia this week — flies in the face of their reputation as rock punchlines.
Petitions have flown to keep the band out of markets including Australia and the UK, while they have been the butt of jokes from Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.
Yet the band have sold over 25 million albums and continue to play arenas around the world, with their fans not bothered by the constant criticism.
Only three artists have managed to dislodge Ed Sheeran’s Divide this year — Bliss N Eso, Harry Styles and now Lorde.
Next week’s chart will see Lorde fight off new albums by Imagine Dragons, DJ Khaled and reissues of Prince’s Purple Rain and Radiohead’s OK Computer.
Melodrama also entered the New Zealand chart at No. 1 and entered the UK chart at No.5.
She is on track to topple Katy Perry from No. 1 in the US chart next week — Pure Heroine peaked at No. 3 on the US chart while Royals was No. 1 in the US for nine weeks.
Lorde, who performed at Glastonbury in the UK this weekend, tours Australia in November.
Feed the Machine also entered the US charts at No. 3 and contains a song written with Australian songwriter Hayley Warner, now based in LA.
The song in question, Song on Fire, has also been released as a single.
Originally published as Lorde-ing it over Ed and Nickelback