Australian electronica musician Chet Faker’s “Talk Is Cheap” topped Triple J’s hottest 100 of 2014. As a matter of fact, three of his songs are in the top 10 with “Gold” at no.7 and “1998” at no. 8. This is an achievement of epic proportions, which has been achieved only once in the history of this annual music poll of the national Australian radio station by Powderfinger’s threesome in 2003 with “On My Mind” at no. 4, “Sunsets” at no.7 and “Love Your Way” at no. 10.
Chet Faker, whose real name is Nicholas Murphy has had a stellar 2014, whose celebrated debut studio album “Built On Glass” topped the ARIA charts and earned him the Melburnian, which is the ARIA award for the Best Male Artist. Faker said that he was genuinely excited about his song taking the #1 place in Triple J’s Hottest 100. Faker wrote the song “Built On Glass” thinking about his hottest ex-girlfriend instead of the Hottest 100.
Point worth noting is that Faker’s sensual single “Talk Is Cheap” was first released back in February 2014 and took the lead since. Speculations about it winning the no.1 spot was a sure thing because almost throughout the voting period, around 2,099,707 million legitimate votes were cast by 258,762 voters, across 188 countries, it managed to hold on to its position. This figure itself made a benchmark against the 1.5 million of the previous year at the Hottest 100, making it as the record with most votes in the year-end music poll.
However, the results did bring to light the difference in the preferences of Triple J fan base and the wider audience. “Talk Is Cheap” only made no.31 in the ARIA singles chart and Peking Duk’s “High” soared at no.5 and Cosby Sweater’s “Hilltop Hoods” reached no.3. This is the third time in the career of this Adelaide group, with “The Hard Road” in 2006, “Chase That Feeling” in 2009.
Speaking of Faker’s magnificent win, Triple J’s music director Richard Kingsmill said
“The way the sax starts the song is just magical and sucks you right in. The song sounds simple, until you hear all the instruments and voices at work.” He further emphasised about how one keeps listening to the song till the end as “Chet Faker’s layered vocals bring the song to a fitting close,” said music director Richard Kingsmill about Faker topping the chart.
Faker crowns a glorious year for all the indigenous artists in 2014’s music poll because out of the hottest 100 songs, 59 were from Aussie artists. Check the full list here.
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