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Dublin's Apella Is The First Independent Act To Top The Charts With A Debut Album

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12:40 14 Apr 2021


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Apella has become the first fully independent act to top the charts with a debut album.

1963 was released at the end of January and has since racked up over 500,000 streams.

This resulted in the record entering the official independent chart at number 1 and the official album chart at number 2!

A physical release of the album at the beginning of the month saw it surpass the likes of Demi Lovato,
Dua Lipa, Dermort Kennedy and Harry Styles.

Speaking about the success, frontman Dara Quilty said, "The response to the album on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube has been overwhelming. I still enjoy opening up my phone and simply seeing it exist in the world."

 

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1963 is an extremely personal project for Quilty.

Not only does the album title mark the year his mother was born, but 100% of the proceeds from sales of the record are going to The Marie Keating Foundation.

Apella - 1963 - Dublin Vinyl

The singer continued, "As I mentioned before, we’ll be donating 100% of all the physical sale’s proceeds directly to The Marie Keating Foundation.

"Up against COVID-19 and BREXIT, I am delighted that production is complete and we can finally release our beautiful limited edition white Vinyl and CDs! I am eternally grateful to everyone who is supporting this record as we did it all ourselves, everything!"

Apella's brand-new single BURIED YOU is out now.

To get your hands on a limited edition vinyl head to the official Apella website here.


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