Richard Marx thanks Australian fans with The Ultimate Collection

Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, charted 26 Top 20 singles, and put 14 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100—including three No. 1 singles on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. He’s recorded 14 No.1 singles across multiple genre charts, and is one of only a handful of artists who’ve had a No. 1 hit in each of the past four decades. As a songwriter, Marx earned a Grammy Award in 2004 for co-writing the Luther Vandross hit, ‘Dance With My Father, which was named Song of the Year. He's also penned a number of songs for other artists.

Marx's 30-year career as a performer, songwriter, and producer owes much to an “enduring and loyal following in Australia.” In celebration of the 52-year-old artist’s first tour of Australia in more than a decade, Primary Wave/Universal Music Australia has released The Ultimate Collection, a 16-track set sequenced and curated to reflect Marx's biggest hits Down Under. In addition to his commercial success, the Chicago native boasts “one of the most consistently successful careers in Australian chart history,” according to a Universal Australia news release.

The country was an important part of Marx's early career, sending his 1987 self-titled debut album to the top of the charts in Australia before reaching the top spot anywhere else in the world. Marx has scored nine Top 40 hits in Australia including two Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) No. 1 singles: ‘Right Here Waiting’ (1989) and ‘Hazard’ (1992). Australia was the only territory in the world to send the latter single to the top of the charts. Marx has had four Top 10 albums in Australia—including the seven weeks Repeat Offender spent atop the albums chart in 1989 to mark the longest consecutive stretch for a No. 1 album that year.

Repeat Offender also enjoyed success in the U.S., topping the Billboard 200 and going quadruple-platinum behind the No. 1 singles ‘Satisfied’ and ‘Right Here Waiting.’ When consecutive follow up albums Rush Street and Paid Vacation went platinum, Marx had amassed a seven-year string of triumphs “that rivalled any in pop-rock music history.” What’s more, he remains the only male artist in music history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to classic hits ‘Right Here Waiting,’ ‘Should've Known Better,’ ‘Endless Summer Nights,’ ‘Now And Forever,’ ‘Satisfied,’ ‘Hold On To The Nights,’ ‘Angelia,’ and ‘Don't Mean Nothing,’ The Ultimate Collection features a new song titled, ‘Last Thing I Wanted,’ which is currently No. 48 on the U.S. Mediabase Adult Contemporary airplay chart.

In July 2014, Marx released his eighth studio album, Beautiful Goodbye, featuring all new material including the No. 29 AC hit, ‘Whatever We Started.’ The recent return to Australia treated audiences to Marx’s new music and his classic hits during concerts in Sydney and Broadbeach/Queensland. He continues the Australasia tour with stops in Tokyo (June 23), Seoul (June 24), and Ratmalana, Sri Lanka (June 26). The singer is also scheduled to appear at Summerfest in Milwaukee (July 1) s well as venues in El Dorado, Ark. (July 8); Atlanta (Aug. 5); Des Moines, Iowa (Sept. 30); and Elkhart, Ind. (Oct. 2).

Watch a live performance of Richard Marx performing his new single ‘Last Thing I Wanted.’

As A Matter of Fact…

* Richard Noel Marx was born September 16, 1963, in Chicago. Prior to launching his solo career as a pop/rock and adult contemporary balladeer, Marx sang on commercials and performed as a backing vocalist for Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, and Julio Iglesias.

* Early in his career Marx penned hit tunes for Kenny Rogers and the “St. Elmo's Fire” soundtrack. He landed a solo recording contract with EMI Records and began working with producer David Cole (Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown), who later launched C+C Music Factory.

* Marx's self-titled debut was released in 1987 and catapulted the artist to the top of the Billboard charts. The singles ‘Don't Mean Nothing’ and ‘Should've Known Better’ were rock-influenced Top 5 hits, while the ballads ‘Endless Summer Nights’ and ‘Hold On To The Nights’ were equally successful with the latter earning Marx his first No. 1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100.

* Marx was already enjoying superstar status when 1989’s Repeat Offender forever cemented his legacy with the singles ‘Right Here Waiting’ and ‘Angelia.’ The songs combined to complete a record-setting stretch of seven consecutive singles in the Top 5 of the Hot 100.

* A break from touring and recording followed the release of 1994's Paid Vacation. Marx returned in 1997 with the adult contemporary album, Flesh & Bone, which features the No. 3 AC single ‘Until I Find You Again.’ He also recorded a duet with Donna Lewis for the “Anastasia” soundtrack, and released Days in Avalon in 2000 (the title track reached No. 25 on the AC chart).

* Marx settled into a separate career as a songwriter and producer for other artists. He penned the Top 10 hit ‘This I Promise You’ for *NSYNC, co-wrote the Grammy-winning ‘Dance With My Father’ for Luther Vandross, and gave Josh Groban his first hit single by writing ‘To Where You Are.’

* Richard Marx is a committed philanthropist. He donated royalties from his hit single, ‘Should’ve Known Better,’ to build a room for pediatric cancer patients at the NYU Medical Center, and his 1989 recording of ‘Children Of The Night’ brought attention to the plight of homeless children, raising more than $500,000 for the Children of the Night Foundation.

* In addition to organizing, hosting, and performing at benefit concerts for organizations such Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics, Marx and his band have entertained U.S. troops stationed abroad.

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