Sydney, New South Wales Jun 27, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – The ARIA End Of Decade Australian singles chart features some notable and familiar names, including Gotye, Vance Joy, Sheppard, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and Guy Sebastian, and its focus is undoubtedly on sales figures and the sustained power of the artists’ profile, sales capacity, and particular song but there remains an entire sub-stratum of lesser-known music artists who have had an impact on the charts, both in Australia and at a global level, yet who are rarely acknowledged or given a due citation. One such artist is the renowned Pakistani-born Australian musician Mahmood Khan.
Mahmood has not only defied odds and expectations to achieve a level of unparalleled sustained success in the music business, including the most lucrative music marketplace in the world–the U.S.A. but the Sydney-based multitalented musician has now been formally recognized as one of the most charted Australian artists of all time.
Of course, Khan is no stranger to impacting charts, as his CV reveals, trail-blazing his way through a musical career that includes his enduring recordings with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, hitting the top five on the USA iTunes Jazz charts, and having no less than six songs on the iTunes USA top 100 during April 2021, with his #1 Billboard Classical Crossover hit Mahmood Khan with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. But the last two years have been even busier for Khan. In May 2021, his jazz-inspired album, Imaginary Friend topped the US iTunes Charts and the track Jahan Tu Nahin rocketed into the #18 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
Not only does his history reveal an astounding breadth and depth of experience and achievement, but his entrepreneurial know-how also positions him as a highly inventive and resourceful singular artist with an observant and intuitive eye on the future of music production and accessibility.
Mahmood’s most recent chart success is Wings (reaching #9), his tribute to fellow musical legend Dan Warner. But Mahmood is such a prolific artist, his chart-impacting history is constantly being re-written, and with the nature of charts and record releases that identifies the music business today, it’s a history that is getting updated almost in real-time.
For example, just this week, two tracks from further back in Mahmood’s music catalog, Jagamarra, and Sydney, are in the top ten Classical iTunes USA charts. This is not only an astounding feat for any Australian music artist, but it is even more impressive considering what Mahmood is typically known for writing mesmerizingly poignant world pop songs. Not only do his releases impact several territories, but they also cover a mixture of genres. To list all the songs that have propelled Mahmood’s name into the history books would take up a lot of space, but to name a few would reveal the true scope of this indelible chart-busting musician’s achievements.
These include, Blue Snow (#7), Innocence (#15), Battle is Uphill (#5), Imaginary Friend (#1), Little Bed (#4), Chel Drup EP (3 singles in top # 20), Jahan tu nahi (#12 Billboard charts), and Imaginary Friend EP (#1 US Jazz). There are some periods when Mahmood has had multiple charting tracks, including in April of this year with six songs, including Ginno (#4), One Line Down (#5), Merry Go Round (#9), Merry Go Round (ukulele #8), Tere ooper chaon (#6), Din jagay (#7) appearing in the top ten.
There are also albums that have gone to number one, including Mahmood’s work with the Willoughby Symphony and his album Tere Baghair, incredibly landing the highly coveted #1 spot on iTunes U.S.A. chart (6 June 2020). There are also record-breaking impacts, including Ginoo (#4 Billboard Singles Chart) becoming the first Urdu song in history to crack the Billboard charts and Merry Go Round charting with two different versions in both the commercial and independent charts.
Mahmood Khan may not have the profile of some of Australia’s most successful charting artists, but his name will forever be synonymous with Australian music history, the quiet chartbuster that will undoubtedly continue to create songs that resonate with audiences here and across the globe.
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