Posts Tagged ‘billboard charts’

Lil Wayne joins 50 Cent in the record books!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Lil_wayne_tha_charter_3In a great week for UK artists in the US it would also be rude not to put a shout out to New Orleans native Lil Wayne.
He became the first artist since 50 Cent‘s – The Massacre in 2005 to sell over a million units in just one week. WOW!

His sixth album Tha Carter III exceeded all expectations and becomes only the 15th album to register a seven figure sale since soundscan started supplying reliable data in 1991. Big up to Lil Wayne!

Available from CD WOW! Tha Carter III is just £7.99 with free shipping… with the 2CD edition at £10.99.

Lovely Leona Lewis Makes American History

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Leona_lewis_spiritLeona Lewis‘ has made the history books in the US by becoming the first UK artist to top both the singles and albums charts with a debut release.
On the chart countdown on Wednesday she became only the 2nd ever British female artist to enter the Billboard 200 chart at #1 with her debut album ‘Spirit’, replacing country star George Strait at the top.

In the 63 year history of the Billboard Chart ‘Sade‘ was the only other female artist to hit #1 when ‘The Promise’ spent a three week run at the top in 1986, however this was not a debut entry.
This was topped on Thursday when Leona’s debut single "Bleeding Love" returned to #1 just two weeks after being replaced by ‘Mariah Carey‘. It has been 18 years since a UK artist has topped both charts ‘Phil Collins – But Seriously‘ and ‘Sinead O’Conner‘ with ‘I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got’ (UK signed!) both managed the feat in 1990, not with debuts though!

Lovely Leona joins an elite bunch in the billboard history… only 14 artists have had an album debut at #1 and she is joining the elite ranks of Elton John, U2, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Rod Stewart and Radiohead whose ‘In Rainbows‘ debuted at #1 earlier this year, to name but a few.
With an appearance on American Idol (estimated audience 25 – 30 million) introducing her to a whole new bunch of Americans, and the new single ‘Better In Time’ already in the chart before it’s official release, watch this space.
May the Spirit be with you!