An album of frog calls is hoping to overtake Taylor Swift and clinch the top spot in Australia’s music charts.
Scientists want to raise awareness of the declining frog population – which has seen a steep fall since the 1980s – by releasing an album of frog sounds.
The album features 43 of the most threatened frogs and the researchers behind it want to take Taylor Swift’s number one spot in the ARIA Top 50 songs.
Asked if the frogs could knock the star off the top spot, lead scientist at FrogID Dr Jodi Rowley said: “I’m hoping the frogs can do it. It’s an amazing album for a really good cause and we’ve had a really good response so far. So, my fingers are crossed.”
“We need to get as many pre-orders as possible to knock those guys off the charts”, she added in an interview with ABC Australia Radio Canberra.
Speaking about the falling numbers of frogs, she said the sounds are “probably something we won’t get to hear in the wild again”.
“I’m really hoping these calls, particularly these threatened species, actually, ignite the spark in people to make sure that future generations can hear these calls and we don’t rob them of that opportunity”.