Her debut album Innocent Eyes was released
On October 4, 2003, while Goodrem was undergoing
Goodrem capped off a successful year by winning a record seven ARIA awards on
As at December 2003, Goodrem was still undergoing treatment for
Born in Sydney on November 9, 1984, Goodrem had an interest in music from a very young age, despite coming from a sports-based family. She attended Hills Grammar in the Sydney suburb of Dural, 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 for neighbours, friends and relatives to watch her sing and dance.
Delta Goodrem appeared in numerous television commercials and shows in Australia. At the age of seven, Goodrem appeared in an American commercial for Galoob Toys with her friend Bec Cartwright. 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, Goodrem recorded a demo CD with five songs she had written. She included her version of the Australian national anthem and sent the CD to managers around Australia. 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, some written for her, 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 peaked at #64 on the ARIA Music Charts. The track was a cover of a single originally recorded by Angela Via, which was never released outside of America. The music video for "I Don't Care" is included on her first DVD, entitled "Delta" in Australia, and "Innocent Eyes" internationally.
In 2002, whilst starring in Neighbours, Goodrem released her official first single, entitled "Born To Try". A drastic change from her debut single, the adult contemporary Piano pop track debuted at #3, and climbed to the number one spot. This was fuelled by the song's inclusion in the show, in which her character, Nina Tucker, was also trying to launch a music career.
Delta 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 New Female Talent" for her role of Nina Tucker in Neighbours, Goodrem released her second single, "Lost Without You". It debuted at #1, staying there for two weeks. She also released her debut single outside of Australia at this time, releasing "Born To Try" in the UK, where it debuted at #3.
Her debut album Innocent Eyes was released on March 3, 2003, producing a record five #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 #1 hits.
The third single from the album was the title track; "Innocent Eyes". It debuted at #2, and peaked at #1 after two weeks at #2. In the UK, "Lost Without You," and the album, "Innocent Eyes" were being released, with the single debuting at #4, and the album debuting at #2, where it went onto sell over 750,000 copies.
In June 2003, Goodrem appeared on Channel V, an Australian lifestyle/music cable TV channel, performing a mini-concert of seven songs from her album (which had already been certified 6x Platinum at the time). The concert was well received, and was included on her DVD, "Delta"/"Innocent Eyes".
On July 8, 2003, Goodrem announced that she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer, shocking fans in Australia and the UK. In the weeks and months after the announcement, sales of her album rose by 40%, remaining at #1 six months after its release. Goodrem's management team were criticised for using her illness to attract favourable media coverage. Goodrem later revealed: "I was sitting there trying to get my head around the fact I could die and I was being told that I could somehow use this to my advantage."
There were even rumours that the cancer was a deliberate hoax to gain publicity. Although completely unfounded, these had likely stemmed from the fact that she had continued to make public appearances, and very much remained in the public eye, for several months after the diagnosis. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that Goodrem had already achieved major chart success prior to her illness with four successive #1 releases to her name.
Early on in her treatment, Goodrem recorded a few new songs, and a video clip for her fourth single, "Not Me, Not I". 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 for the other singles from the album.'
When "Not Me, Not I" reached #1 on the Australian charts, she became the only female artist to have four #1 singles from her debut album, besting the previous effort of three #1's from Kylie Minogue's Kylie album. "Innocent Eyes" was also released in the UK, where it debuted at #2.
On October 4 of that year, while Delta 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 ten, held by Savage Garden. She was too unwell to perform at the ARIAs, although she did attend, wearing a wig. Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, performed her second number one hit, "Lost Without You," as a moving tribute to her.
In the first week of December 2003 Innocent Eyes broke John Farnham's Australian record of 25 consecutive weeks at #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 1 million, having debuted at #3 in the album chart.
Delta Goodrem released her debut DVD entitled Delta (Innocent Eyes internationally) 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. She also released "Not Me, Not I" in the UK, where it went top 20, as a Christmas single, backed with two Christmas B-sides. "Predictable" was also released as the final single from "Innocent Eyes" in Australia, again hitting the #1 spot. A promo single of a remix of "Throw It Away", co-written by Cathy Dennis and former Take That star Gary Barlow was released to UK media early the following year, but was not released commercially.
After announcing in late December/early January that she was in remission, Delta Goodrem began to go back into the studio and write and record new songs, for her second 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. Goodrem had previously been romantically linked with fellow Neighbours star Blair McDonough.
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, and later, the Athens Olympics.
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