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Delta Goodrem Vs America

13 June 2022 | 9:00 am | Staff Writer

Australia's girl next door takes a run at conquering America with a Backstreet Boys tour across the states.... and adds 'Running Up That Hill' to the set.

(Pic via Instagram)

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Things have been a little quiet on the Delta Goodrem front here at home of late, but one of Australia's favourite hitmakers has had her eyes set on the US, revealing that she's on a multi-date world tour with the Backstreet Boys

Our Delta kicked off the tour last week in Chula Vista, California and, if social media is anything to go by, has been living her best life playing to huge crowds out on the road. 

Last week's schedule included a huge performance at the Hollywood Bowl where she unveiled a version of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill in her setlist. 

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Originally performed on The Voice with Stellar Perry, Goodrem's version has crowds on their feet. Backstreet Boys fans are loving what they see, with most not realising Goodrem's history as a hitmaker is nearly as long as the more accurately described Backstreet Men.

Goodrem has had a number of cracks at the American market, including a TV appearance on US Dancing With The Stars in 2011 and duetting with Michael Bolton on his successful Duets album that same year. She relocated to Los Angeles, buying a home in 2010 before returning to Australia in 2017 after commuting between the two countries for many years across her stellar career.

The latest breakthrough in the US will see her playing in front of thousands of potential new fans every night as they discover Aussie classics like Born To Try and Sitting On Top Of The World for the first time. Goodrem has previously had some minor US chart success with the Bolton collaboration, I'm Not Ready, cracking the US Adult Contemporary Top 30. 

The boost to her career comes at a good time for Goodrem as her last album Bridge Over Troubled Dreams failed to fire, becoming her first non-Christmas album not to achieve gold record status or better. 

A tough time for all artists with COVID severely limiting promotional opportunities, Goodrem was finally able to complete the tour for the album in March and April this year, playing to packed houses and getting her new songs like Paralyzed out to her fans for the first time. 

Delta Goodrem is one of Australia's highest-selling artists of all time, with her debut Innocent Eyes selling over a million copies in Australia alone, meaning around one in nine houses in Australia have a copy (or did before they threw out their CD collection). She has six studio albums, with only one of those missing the #1 position (plus a Christmas album) and a massive eighteen gold, platinum or multiplatinum singles. She was also a coach on no less than nine seasons of The Voice Australia

Less known, but also impressive is her songwriting career, with collaborations ending up on albums from global superstars including Celine Dion, Snob Scrilla, Katherine Jenkins, Steps and ex-flame Brian McFadden

Goodrem was appointed a Member of the Order Of Australia in the 2022 Australia Day honours list.