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Australian music duo Savage Garden call it quits

Australian pop music duo Savage Garden, with global sales of 20 million records in four years, have split.

Band member Darren Hayes will embark on a solo career and Daniel Jones, preferring life outside the public eye, has returned home to Brisbane, where the two first met through an advertisement in a local music magazine.

“We achieved something so great in a short period of time that we had to look for something else,” Jones said on Friday.

“We’ve both had a lot of success together. We’ll probably have a lot of success independently in the future.”

Savage Garden’s single “Truly, Madly, Deeply” topped America’s Billboard Hot 100 hits chart in 1998 and won a Billboard Music Award for adult contemporary single of the year.

Last year, their single “I Knew I Loved You” topped the Billboard Hot 100.

The band emerged on the Australian music scene in 1996 and a year later won a record 10 ARIAs, the domestic music industry’s most prestigious award.