Natalie Imbruglia is an Australian pop singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, Imbruglia was known to audiences as Beth Brennan in the popular Australian soap Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, Imbruglia launched a singing career with the international hit, "Torn". The subsequent debut album Left of the Middle sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Further releases, White Lilies Island and Counting Down the Days, have been unable to match the commercial success of her debut, although the latter did become her first UK #1.
Imbruglia has released four studio albums, one compilation album, one extended play, and eleven singles. In 1996, she began composing songs and signed a recording contract with RCA Records in the United Kingdom.
Her debut album Left of the Middle was released in November 1997. The album reached number one on Australian albums chart and was certified platinum five times by the Australian Recording Industry Association. On the UK albums chart, it reached number five and was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Left of the Middle sold excess of six million copies and produced three top five singles.
Her first internationally released single, "Torn", was a cover of an Ednaswap song. Instantly the single became one of the biggest hits of the 90s, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart in November 1997 and number one on airplay around the world and was number one on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks. The single went on to sell over a million copies in the United Kingdom alone.
The single quickly hit No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart, where it stayed for 14 weeks. The single also topped the Top 40 Mainstream/CHR Pop and Adult Top 40 charts. In October 1997, it broke the all-time airplay record in the UK for being the most played for six consecutive weeks. It was finally No. 1 for 14 weeks in the UK radio chart, a record that is being tied by only Simply Red's Fairground. It was the No. 1 radio single in the US from March to July 1998.
The second single released in the UK, after "Torn" was "Big Mistake", which debuted at number-two. "Wishing I Was There" followed and it was less successful than her first two singles, reaching number 19. However, "Wishing I Was There" was a smash hit on the UK radio, peaked at No. 2 in summer 1998, and was a summer smash hit in the US radio, peaked at No. 14 on the Top 40 Show. The final single from Left of the Middle was "Smoke", and the reception was much more divided compared to the other singles. It was a hit in the UK and made the top 5, while in Australia it just missed the top 40.
Her second album, White Lilies Island, was released in November 2001. It reached number three in Australia and was certified gold. The album reached number fifteen in the UK and was certified gold. White Lilies Island produced three singles, two of which reached the top forty in Australia.
The album's first single, "That Day", was very different stylistically from her previous singles, but it did not reach the UK Top 10. In the US, "Wrong Impression" was released as the first single and it enjoyed small success, charting in the Hot 100 Singles chart and the Adult Contemporary chart. The track was also released in the UK as a second single, and it did slightly better than That Day. "Beauty On The Fire", the final single, experienced minimal success and barely entered charts worldwide, and did not make the top 50 in Australia.
Counting Down the Days, her third album, was released in April 2005. It reached number twelve in Australia and number one in the UK. It produced two singles and was certified gold in the UK. "Shiver", the first single from the album, was a huge success, and it became her longest running single in the UK since "Torn." It topped UK airplay charts for several weeks, reaching eighth place in the UK charts.
Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007, a greatest hits collection, was released in September 2007. It reached number five in the UK and was certified gold. Come to Life was released in October 2009 in Europe, and in the UK in May 2010, with the lead single "Scars".
Imbruglia is currently working on her fifth album, which is scheduled for a Fall/Autumn 2012 release. Since 1997, Imbruglia has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.