Peak UK Chart Position: #6 in April 1995.
Debuting on the UK charts at number 13 on this day in 1995 was the first of five top forty hits for Filippina Lydia Arena, better known as Tina Arena. Australian-born to Sicilian parents, Arena has released eleven studio albums across a career that started on a TV talent quest and variety show – “Young Talent Time” – in 1976, where she was known as Tiny Tina. Arena has won several awards, including seven ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards and the World Music Award for best-selling Australian artist, which she received in both 1996 and 2000. In 2009 she was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of National Merit by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture. She is the first Australian to have received that order of state. In November 2015 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony.
“Chains” was her biggest hit in the UK, in New Zealand (#7) and America (#38), and got to number four in her native Australia. In the UK it sold over 200,000 copies, with parent album “Don’t Ask” (her second solo album, and first to top the charts in Australia) getting to number 11. Follow-up singles included “Heaven Help My Heart” (#25), a cover of “Show Me Heaven” (#29), “Sorrento Moon” (#22), and “Whistle Down The Wind” (#24).
Later this year, Arena will be undertaking her “Innocence To Understanding” greatest hits tour across Australia, through September and early October.