Sony Music Entertainment Australia is thrilled to announce that John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s new album FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS, has reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and achieved platinum sales accreditation. The album embodies a traditional Christmas sound whilst showcasing their ever impressive vocals. John and Olivia’s last collaborative album TWO STRONG HEARTS also reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, making this FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS their second consecutive number one in two years.
As John Farnham commented, “I am overwhelmed with the response to FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS. Working with Olivia on this album has been an absolute pleasure and I am truly grateful that it has gone to number one on the ARIA Chart. I wish everyone a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas.”
Olivia Newton-John commented, “So grateful to be number one with John, my number one favourite singer in my number one place in the world! Wishing you all love, light and peace for Christmas!”
Denis Handlin AM, Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, commented, “I am incredibly proud that John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John have claimed the number one position on the ARIA Chart with their brilliant album, FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS. This very special album sees these two iconic Australian artists join forces to record a Christmas album that will be enjoyed by many for years to come. It has been an absolute honour to work with John and Olivia and see these incredibly talented artists achieve this amazing result. It is truly wonderful how the Australian public have embraced these brand new Christmas recordings.”
The lush production on FRIENDS FOR CHRISTMAS was handled by Farnham’s long-time musical maestro Chong Lim, who has also worked with Delta Goodrem, Kylie Minogue and Tina Arena.