Sri Lankan born singer/songwriter Alston Koch has made history by becoming the first Asian to have a hit album on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) International, Australian and Dance charts.
Alston said that he has also been recognized by ARIA as the first Asian to write, produce and perform on his own album.
“I thank SONY and Lifestyle, The Sherifs’, Frederick James Koch, Max, Trish, Michael, Christie, Gene, Benno, Azlan for the pain, and all those who actually went out and bought the album,” Alston said in a post on his Facebook page.
He says if one looks at it more seriously his album is actually a 100% Asian product with The Sherifs’ being totally involved from day one and Frederick James producing and directing the video.
His new album ‘Don’t Funk with Me’ is at number 16 on the ARIA top 50 album charts this week and at number 5 in the ARIA Top 20 Australian Album Chart.
The charts for this week were released today and Alston sees himself ahead of Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and the late Whitney Houston.
In April this year Alston stormed into the Australian Top 20 album charts at number 9 with his new album. In the ARIA Australian Top 50 album chart ‘Don’t Funk With Me’ debut at number 42.
The first two videos to be released from the album are ‘Soul Sounds’ and ‘Don’t know why’.
Sony Music International had recently signed up Alston Koch to distribute his latest album.
While so many Asians have been signed up with regional Sony Music distributers Alston became the first Asian to be signed up directly under Sony Music International.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. (Colombo Gazette)