Conchords conquer music charts
New Zealand Idol winner Ben Lummis can't have been referring to his single sales record when he sang They Can't Take That Away because the Flight of the Conchords just did.
The comedy-folk duo's charity song Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That) has debuted at number one on both the official Top 40 Singles and Top 20 NZ Singles charts.
The track has gone platinum, with more than 15,000 copies sold since its debut on the Red Nose Day: Comedy For Cure Kids television special last month.
This means the song has broken the record for the most sales of a single in a week, previously held by Ben Lummis for They Can't Take That Away, which sold 11,987 copies in seven days in 2004.
Feel Inside - written by the Conchords and performed alongside a group of well-known Kiwi musicians, including Brooke Fraser and Savage, and with help from Wellington school children - also became the first digitally-available recording to go gold within 48 hours of its release, selling 7500 copies.
Earlier this afternoon on Twitter, Mr Lummis had guessed that the Conchords' track would outsell his 2004 hit by around 5000 copies.
He seemed unphased by the loss of his title, describing the Conchords' song as "awesome, and for a good cause".
The Red Nose Day television special helped raise more than $1.3 million for the child health research charity Cure Kids.
Feel Inside is retailing for $1.79 on the iTunes store, where it has received an average of five stars from 756 ratings.
The Dominion Post