They're swooping in!
Out of all the candidates to potentially swoop in and claim #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart from pop megastar Adele, threatened Australian birds probably weren’t on anyone’s list.
Following a recent study on how Australia's climate change is affecting birds, Birdlife Australia has today released an album featuring the sounds of 53 of the county’s most threatened avian species to raise awareness of the actions needed to preserve habitats and revive important populations.
And leading up to its release, Songs Of Disappearance, as the album is titled, pre-sold over 1,500 copies, meaning it might just dethrone Adele’s widely successful 30, which debuted at #1 last week.
“This album is a very special record with some rare recordings of birds that may not survive if we don’t come together to protect them,” BirdLife Australia CEO Paul Sullivan said.
“While this campaign is fun, there’s a serious side to what we’re doing, and it’s been heartening to see bird enthusiasts showing governments and businesses that Australians care about these important birds.”
Toppling Adele and keeping Michael Bublé’s annual Christmas bump at bay will be no easy task though, which is why twitchers, environmentalists and animal lovers are encouraged to purchase the album via the Songs Of Disappearance website between now and December 9.
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Those sales will contribute to the album’s first-week chart position which will be revealed one week from today on December 10.
Adele's 30 debuting at #1 last week gave the British artist her third chart-topping effort on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Her 2015 album 25 spent eight weeks at #1 upon release, while 2011’s 21 spent 32 weeks in the top spot upon release, the second-most weeks at #1 in ARIA charts history behind Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms, which spent 34 weeks at #1 in the ‘80s.
You can listen to Songs Of Disappearance below.