RECORD sales in Australia have hit an alarming low with a British metal band hitting the No. 1 spot with just 3600 album sales.
British hardcore metal band Bring Me the Horizon made a surprising debut at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts yesterday, with just 3600 copies sold nationally.
This is the lowest sales to achieve a No. 1 album in Australia.
The figure highlights the issues plaguing the industry such as an under supportive recording industry, lack of investment in local talent, illegal downloads and torrents, and record companies failure keep up to date with consumers buying habits.
Since their introduction over 20 years ago commercially consumers have constantly complained about the variety and price the "4 majors" (Sony/ BMG, EMI, Universal and Warner)
Last week's No. 1 by Linkin Park sold just 4056 copies. Even the new Robbie Williams compilation sold only 2816 copies last week to debut at No. 6.
Sales should pick up this week with the release of new albums by Kings of Leon and John Farnham, who will both battle to be No. 1 next week.
"To have a number one album, in a country we don't even live in, is amazing," frontman Oli Sykes said.