Music industry insiders will tell you that most of their sales occur in the run up to Christmas. That leaves them with a bit of a problem
in January. There’s little point in putting out too much then. In fact, if you get their confidence, they may admit most of the product they release at this time of the year is dud. It’s funny, then to look at who’s taken gold, silver and bronze in this week’s Rehame Top 40 Pols.

Rank Name Mentions Mentions last wk Rank last wk
1 Kim Beazley 4551 3969 2
2 Julia Gillard 3535 421 5
3 Kevin Rudd 3344 2213 3
4 John Howard 1980 1920 4
5 Mark Latham 754 6901 1
6 Philip Ruddock 507 610 7
7 Stephen Smith 411 556 9
8 Peter Costello 337 102 18
9 Jenny Macklin 221 641 6
10 Alexander Downer 180 607 8
11 Laurie Ferguson 172 89 20
12 Wayne Swan 132 422 12
13 Robert Hill 127 521 10
14 John Anderson 121 337 13
15 Anthony Albanese 111 71 21
16 Peter McGauran 101 8 75
17 Harry Quick 100 112 17
18 Michael Danby 98 4 104
19 Nick Minchin 96 21 50
20 Tony Abbott 91 20 53
21 Lyn Allison 84 21 50
22 Kate Lundy 83 23 45
23 Bob McMullan 74 47 27
23 Ian Campbell 74 23 45
25 Simon Crean 64 139 15
26 Joanna Gash 63 15 59
27 Sharman Stone 61 45 29
27 Warren Snowdon 61 49 26
29 Chris Ellison 54 2 132
29 Peter Cook 54 0 168
31 Julia Irwin 53 3 115
32 Nicola Roxon 51 8 75
33 Kate Ellis 44 2 132
33 Malcolm Turnbull 44 4 104
35 Brendan Nelson 43 12 63
35 Dick Adams 43 64 22
37 Warren Truss 42 41 30
38 Bill Heffernan 36 0 168
38 David Hawker 36 4 104
40 Tony Windsor 34 0 168