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Delta Lea Goodrem (born in Sydney on November 9, 1984) is an Australian musician, singer and actress, who started her career as Nina Tucker on the television soap opera Neighbours. She has released two number one albums, "Innocent Eyes" and "Mistaken Identity," and had 7 number one singles in Australia.
Born in Sydney on November 9th, 1984, premeture, Goodrem had an interest in music from a very young age, despite coming from a sports-based family. She attended Hills Grammar in Sydney's Suburb of Glenhaven, where she took up piano as a hobby and focused on her music. She strived to be a performer, delivering mini-concerts in her street, charging neighbours to watch her sing and dance.
Goodrem appeared in numerous television commercials and television shows in Australia. At the age of seven, Goodrem appeared in an American commercial for Galoob Toys with her friend Rebecca Cartwight. She also was signed up to be the Nesquik girl. Goodrem has also made cameos in Australian television episodes of Hey Dad...!, A Country Practice and Police Rescue.
At the age of 12, Delta recorded a demo CD, with five songs she'd written. She included her version of the Australian national anthem. Delta sent the CD off and it landed in the hands of the legendary Australian manager, Glenn Wheatley, the man who guided the Little River Band and John Farnham to mega success. In 2001, when Goodrem was 15, she signed to Sony Records Australia, and recorded an album of tracks, some self-penned, and some bought in by the label. Sony launched her career with an unsuccessful bubblegum pop single in November 2001, called "I Don't Care", which reached number 64 on the ARIA Music Charts . The track was a cover originally by Angela Via but Goodrem brought it to greater fame. The music video for "I Don't Care" can be found on one of Delta's DVDs
In 2002, after a role in Neighbours, Goodrem released her first single, but second single, entitled "Born To Try". A drastic change from her debut single, the adult contemporary pop track debuted at number 3, and climbed to the number one spot, fuelled by the song's prominence in Neighbours.
Goodrem soon became a household name, and Australia's newest sweetheart, with a girl-next-door image that rivalled that of Britney Spears in her early career.
After winning a 'Silver' Logie for "Most Popular With TV Week New Female Talent" for her role of Nina Tucker in Neighbours, Goodrem released her second single, "Lost Without You". It debuted at number 1, staying there for two weeks.
Her debut album Innocent Eyes was released on March 3, 2003, producing a record five number 1 singles in Australia. She has writing credits on nearly every song on the album, including tracks written solely by her, making her the only international act or Australian female performer in history to be credited as performer and writer on four ARIA number 1 hits.
The third single from the album was the title track; "Innocent Eyes". It debuted at number 2, and peaked at number 1 after two weeks at number 2.
In the June of 2003, Goodrem appeared on Channel V, an Australian lifestyle/music cable TV channel, performing a mini-concert of 7 songs from her album (which had already been certified 6x Platinum at the time). The concert was well received, and has been released on her DVD, "Delta" (renamed "Innocent Eyes" in the UK).
On July 8th, 2003, Delta announced that she had Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. Goodrem's management team have been criticised for using her illness to attract favourable media coverage.
Early on in her treatment, Goodrem recorded a few new songs, and a video clip for her fourth single, 'Not Me, Not I', though it was apparent that the treatment was taking its toll on her. When asked why Goodrem worked so hard to promote the album in spite of her illness, she said,'Not Me, Not I' is so special to me that I had to film a clip for it, just as I did with every other song I did for the album."
When 'Not Me, Not I' reached number 1 on the Australian charts, Delta became the only female artist to have four number 1 singles from her debut album, besting the previous effort of three number 1s from Kylie Minogue's "Kylie" album.
On October 4 of that year, while Goodrem was still undergoing treatment, it was announced that she would not renew her contract with manager Glenn Wheatley. Goodrem's mother, Lea Goodrem, subsequently replaced Wheatley.
Goodrem capped off a professionally successful, though personally traumatic, year by winning a seven ARIA Music Awards on October 21, 2003, which nearly broke the previous record of nine, held by Natalie Imbruglia. Delta didn't perform personally at the ARIAs. Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, performed her second number one hit, "Lost Without You," in tribute to her.
In the first week of December 2003 Innocent Eyes broke John Farnham's Australian record of 25 consecutive weeks at No. 1 (Whispering Jack (1986)). In total, Innocent Eyes spent 29 weeks at #1, tied with Neil Diamond's Hot August Night (1972), as the second longest charting number-one album in Australian history. Innocent Eyes has been certified over 14x platinum in Australia alone, with sales in the United Kingdom reaching nearly 1million, having debuted at #2 in the album chart.
Goodrem released her debut DVD entitled Delta (Innocent Eyes in the UK and Europe) which was a success in music DVD charts in Australia and the UK, featuring music videos, her Channel V mini-concert, behind the scenes footage and more. The DVD broke Australian records, selling in excess of half a million copies.
After announcing in late December/early January that she was in remission, Goodrem began to go back into the studio and write and record new songs, for a then-untitled album. There were rumours at the time that she was dating tennis player, Mark Philippoussis. The rumours proved to be true, and the couple seemed to be smitten with each other. Philippoussis was Goodrem's second boyfriend, with Blair McDonough, from Neighbours, being the first.
In January 2004, Goodrem attended the 2004 Australian Open at length, where she prominently supported her boyfriend, Australian player, Mark Philippoussis. She continued her support during the Wimbledon tournament.
Hating Alison Ashley
In February 2004 it was announced Goodrem had won the title role in the Australian comedy film Hating Alison Ashley, the movie based on the novel by Robin Klein, a prominent Australian author. The film subsequently performed poorly at the box office in comparison to movies that were screening at the time.
It earned less than $2 million despite being based on a successful book and screening in 180 Australian cinemas during the Easter holidays. This, however, was still good enough for it to be labelled a high-grossing Australian movie.
While Hating Alison Ashley was seen by 60,000 people in its first weekend, takings dropped 28 per cent the following week, suggesting that word of mouth was overwhelmingly negative.
Critics also slaughtered the movie in reviews; claiming that Goodrem's acting was too robotic and detached; however they did highly credit actress Saskia Burmeister, who played Erica Yurken, for her role in the movie. Despite calling Goodrem's acting bad, many critics attributed this to Goodrem's recent battle with cancer, and subsequently stated that the bad acting was due to her being in remission.
The film has now been released on DVD, and has been well received by fans of Goodrem, and moreover, fans of the movie.
"Out Of The Blue"
In October, Goodrem released the debut single from her forthcoming album, whose working title was Mistaken Identity. The song, written with UK producer Guy Chambers (former cohort of Robbie Williams) was called "Out Of The Blue", and was about Goodrem's new relationship. The single was well received by the public, and shot to number 1, and subsequently went platinum. In the UK, "Out Of The Blue" debuted at number 9, also charting in Germany and other European countries. In October 2004, shortly after the single's release, Goodrem's relationship with Philippoussis was over after Paris Hilton allegedly announced to the media that she was Philippoussis' new love interest, much to the surprise of Goodrem and her fans. This was later confirmed by Philippoussis, though he stated that Hilton was not the cause of the break-up. This was suspected, as he didn't attend the 2004 ARIA Awards, at which Goodrem was performing for the first time.
Goodrem's second album Mistaken Identity was released on November 7, 2004 and debuted at number 1 in Australia, also charting in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. The album saw Delta collaborating with songwriters such as Cathy Dennis (who had written "Toxic" for Britney Spears and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" for fellow Australian soap star-turned singer Kylie Minogue), among others including Billy Mann (who worked on Jessica Simpson's third album).
Goodrem also collaborated with Irish singer Brian McFadden, formerly of boyband Westlife on a duet entitled "Almost Here." According to reports, the married McFadden and Goodrem had embarked on an affair, reports of which were denied by both camps. In January 2005, The Sunday Mirror explosively "exposed" their fledgling relationship in a front page scoop. Both Goodrem and McFadden maintain that they had not embarked on a relationship until mid-December, by which time Goodrem and McFadden were both single, the latter having separated from Kerry Katona, formerly of Atomic Kitten, in September 2004. Some negative reports speculated that the couple's relationship was a publicity stunt to promote their duet, which was the third single from Delta's second album, and the third single from McFadden's debut album. The couple are still very much a couple 8 months on, regardless of the negative press reports.
In Australia, "Mistaken Identity" the album's title track, debuted and peaked at number 7 in January 2005. The track was not promoted with Delta being in the UK at the time, promoting "Almost Here" with Brian McFadden. "Mistaken Identity" went Gold, but did not stay in the chart for as long as her previous singles. In the UK, "Almost Here" debuted at number 3, her chart best equal with her debut, "Born to Try". The song debuted at number 1 in Australia, going Platinum, where it was released as the third single from the album. On her chart positions, Delta responded to criticisms that her career was slowing down by saying, "My last single peaked at number seven, and this is number one. It is up and down." On May 29th, she released her 4th official single from "Mistaken Identity" - "A Little Too Late" It debuted and peaked at #13, a disappointment, but despite this Delta was not worried, focusing on tour rehearsals at that time. Even though her last single was a flop, "Be Strong" is slated for single release in September 26th. It is officially confirmed that "The Analyst" will not be her 10th single, after heavily rumours that it will be because a clip was played at her concert while "The Analyst" was playing. There have been high expectations from this single. A rumoured B-Side to be on that single is "Possesionless".
In late February, a charity concert for Childline was held in Dublin, Ireland with Goodrem and McFadden both performing at the concert. When the couple finished singing their single "Almost Here", the crowd reportedly booed the couple. Many fans at the event say the reports are unfounded, with Brian McFadden stating, "The Irish people love Delta. We have heard that there was a couple of people planted in the front row who may have booed, but we certainly weren't booed off stage."
At one point, Goodrem was reported as saying that she was becoming deeply depressed, and isolated with the media intrusion on her private life, and relationship with McFadden. Also in February, Paris Hilton accused Delta of using her split from Mark Philippoussis to find fame in the US, according to tabloid reports. Hilton also denied previous claims that she had ever been romantically involved with Philippoussis. She also said in a press junket to promote her guest appearance in the movie "House Of Wax" that she "loved Goodrem's music and wants to release similar-sounding tracks herself."
In April 2005, Goodrem's international record contract was extended to the USA, with Columbia Records, an imprint of Sony Music, buying the USA rights to her music.
Reports circulated that Columbia would 'drop their deal with Goodrem unless she dropped her mother as manager'. Further reports said that, since her mother took over as manager, Goodrem's career was spiralling into controversy and disrepair. Goodrem and her mother both responded angrily, and both quoted that they would 'always work with each other', although Delta amended the statement with "only in dreams."
Tabloid reports in the UK also claimed that Brian McFadden had proposed to Delta in April. He later released a statement claiming that this was untrue. There was further speculation in July, after Goodrem was spotted sporting a diamond ring on her ring finger while walking through Brisbane airport. However, a spokesperson insisted, "There's nothing to tell." Delta is well known for wearing rings on any finger; incidentally, publicity shots from early 2003 feature her wearing a ring on her engagement finger.
The Visualise Tour
In July 2005, Delta Goodrem took part in her first headline tour, the Visualise tour, first performed in Perth, and subsequently in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and other major Australian cities. Named after a B-side, entitled "Visualise," the tour features a mixed set of tracks from both her #1 albums and more. The tour's opening act was a up-and-coming Canadian artist, seventeen-year-old Kyle Riabko. Brian Mcfadden, also performed with her in "Almost Here" and "Flying without wings"
The tour came under criticism when tickets were put on sale for $100 Australian dollars; higher than most international acts touring in Australia at around the same time. It was thought that the price contributed to the slow sales at first, alongside the fact that people did not know what to expect from her show. By the time the concerts were due to take place, many venues were sold out, after tickets were reduced to $60, with the Adelaide show attracting almost 10,000 fans. After the tour concluded over 80,000 tickets had been bought in total, making the Visualise tour being one of Australia's highest selling local tours.
Delta Goodrem is a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drunk Driving, a group of celebrities using their position to rally, and raise awareness of the risks of drink driving. She has recorded a message, which has aired on Australian radio, about the risks of drink driving. Goodrem also uses her experience with cancer to raise awareness for other young people affected by the disease, helping to launch a UK web site specifically aimed at young teenagers affected, in mid 2005.
In July 2005, Goodrem released a fourth single from the Mistaken Identity album in Australia, the up-tempo track "A Little Too Late". It peaked at #13, whilst Goodrem was touring the country. Goodrem's European labels decided it would be best for her to take a break from being exposed in the media, following the backlash of her dating Brian McFadden, deciding not to release further singles from "Mistaken Identity," despite Goodrem herself, and fans, wanting a release of "A Little Too Late."
In late 2005, Goodrem will release her second DVD, featuring a full live concert filmed during her Visualise tour in Sydney. She will also release a fifth and final single from her "Mistaken Identity" album, the inspirational ballad, "Be Strong."
Born To Try
In December 2004, Goodrem announced she was planning to relocate to the United States in an attempt to break into the US market. In early 2005, Goodrem appeared on the North American soap opera North Shore.
On June 28, 2005 a new USA mix of Delta's hit "Lost Without You" was released to digital download stores, such as iTunes, receiving early spins on Adult Contemporary radio stations across the United States. It will be officially released to CHR/Pop stations on August 30.
Her USA album, which will be released in January 2006, will be a hybrid of her first two albums, entitled Born To Try, after her first UK single. The album will feature several tracks from each of her albums, including "Almost Here," "Mistaken Identity," "Not Me, Not I" and "Out Of The Blue," many being remixed and changed for the US audience. In addition, she has filmed new videos for both "Lost Without You" and "Born To Try", which will be the second USA single. The album will be available on both standard CD and also on DualDisc format, which will feature video footage, such as a specially recorded live acoustic set, featuring "Last Night On Earth" (a track written with Billy Mann), which does not otherwise appear on the album tracklist.
She has also written an exclusive track for America - entitled "Never Fades Away" She has been named "The Artist to Look Out For" In the US.
The O.C. and Beyond
In a bid to get (as Goodrem calls it) "world domination", Columbia lined up an impressive trail of promotion, all coinciding with Goodrem's release of Born To Try.
Performances given at the Today Show, the World Music Awards, and Bloomingdale Dinner for Colonic Cancer Treatment (to predominately American audiences) have been very well received. Goodrem even rated a special mentioned from Billboard magazine, with the writer calling her a "tigress of talent".their "idol" in America. Petitions have appeared on fan sites requesting popular talk shows (i.e. The Oprah Winfrey Show, The
However, it is not to say that Columbia have been acting alone. Many of Goodrem's "supportive" fans have attempted to promote Letterman Show and Jay Leno) to host Delta Goodrem for performances and featurettes.
Goodrem was also approached by producers from the telvision show The O.C. to appear as a guest star. According to The O.C. camp, Goodrem willingly agreed to appear on the show, and writers have come up with a character for her. It is said that Goodrem will appear on the show as Marissa's estranged Australian cousin.
Early on in Goodrem's American promotions, she appeared on the show, North Shore, as a famous celebrity. Using that opportunity, Goodrem performed several musical items; which consequently sparked American interest in the singer-songwriter.
- When asked what position her failed single, I Don't Care, reached, Goodrem was unsure, up-playing herself by giving her a higher chart position. From what was #64, Goodrem (accidentally) stated was a #62 peak.
- Has been said to have an English accent, but linguistics experts state it as a "Refined Australian" accent.
- Genuine "Delta" American dollars were once in circulation. They featured the average American dollar with a picture of Goodrem's head on it.
- Has been known to like chocolate; especially Cabury's Top Deck.
- Delta will be on the TV show Lost as one of the survivors on the Island.
- 4 ARIA No.1 Awards
- 7 ARIA Awards
- 1 MTV Video Music Award
- 2 ARIA No.1 Awards
- 1 ARIA Award
- 1 World Music Award: Highest Selling Australian Artist
- 2 MTV Australia Video Music Awards
- The John Farnham Award
- 1 World Music Award: Highest Selling Australian Artist
- Innocent Eyes - (2003) Australia #1 14x Platinum, UK #2
- Mistaken Identity - (2004) Australia #1 5x Platinum, UK #25
- Born To Try - (2005)
- "I Don't Care" - (2001) Australia #64
From Innocent Eyes:
- "Born To Try" - (2002) Australia #1, UK #3
- "Lost Without You" - (2003) Australia #1, UK #4
- "Innocent Eyes" - (2003) Australia #1, UK #9
- "Not Me, Not I" - (2003) Australia #1, UK #18
- "Predictable" - (2003) Australia #1
From Mistaken Identity:
- "Out of the Blue" - (2004) Australia #1, UK #9
- "Mistaken Identity" - (2005) Australia #7
- "Almost Here" (duet with Brian McFadden) - (2005) Australia #1, UK #3
- "A Little Too Late" - (2005) Australia #13
- "Be Strong" - DIGITAL RELEASE ONLY
From Born To Try:
- Lost Without You - US #18 (Adult Contemporary)
- Born To Try - US #202 (Adult Contemporary)
- Out of the Blue - (Columbia's Confirmed 3rd Single)
- Delta/Innocent Eyes - (2003) Australia #1
- Visualise Tour - (November 6 2005)
- I Can Sing a Rainbow - (2004), Advertisement Song for Tourism Australia (Aired internationally in the USA, Europe, Hong Kong & Singapore)
- Pepsi Cola - (2005), Delta also recorded a special song entitled "Four Short Words," for the campaign
It is to be noted that neither songs were released publically; their purposes were for commericalism.
- Hating Alison Ashley - 2005 (#4 on the Australian Movie Charts)
- Neighbours - Nina Tucker 2002-2003, 2004, 2005
- Northshore - Famous Celebrity 2004
- The O.C. - Marissa's Australian Cousin 2005 (pre-production)
- C#6 - "Mistaken Identity"
- B5 - "Predictable"
- G#5 - "Born To Try"
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