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U.S. Internet Album Chart

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

A weekly feature highlighting the Billboard Internet Album chart… the chart that measures all on-line sales minus those silly digital downloads!

Mudcrutch WOW! What a week for the Internet albums chart, with only three of last weeks top 10 managing to hang on to a place there are no less than seven new entries, and believe it or not they are the top seven!!

The full chart is below but a couple that are worthy of mention are;
#’2 Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch the first full album release from a band that were formed 30 odd years ago Mudcrutch were, of course, Tom Petty’s first band before the Heartbreakers, a classic rock album that will become a rock classic!
#3 Portishead – Third Portishead’s triumphant return with their third album, difficult to guess that one eh? shows the band from Portishead, near Bristol in the U.K. are in fine drum and bass form.
#5 Steve Winwood – Nine Lives is a collection of fine songs that will further enhance the many faces and turns in Steve’s illustrious career to date. Bit of a Dilemma as to buy Steve or Mudcrutch, I had to go for them both!
And finally #6 Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge the stalwart rockers hitting the chart four places higher than the #10 achieved back at home in the U.K.

So here is the top ten run down for you!!

  1. Madonna_hard_candy_3Madonna – Hard Candy
  2. Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
  3. Portishead – Third
  4. Mindless Self Indulgence – If
  5. Steve Winwood – Nine Lives
  6. Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
  7. Brian Culbertson – Bringing Back The Funk
  8. Leona Lewis – Spirit
  9. Mariah Carey – E=MC2
  10. R.E.M. – Accelerate

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!

Leona Lewis – Topping the Transatlantic Waves

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Leona_lewis_spiritWell I don’t suppose we should let a momentous occasion pass by unnoticed! Leona Lewis has hit the top spot in the US with her album ‘Bleeding Love’.
When Leona was just about two years old an English female artist topped the Billboard 100 for the 11th time when Kim Wilde hit the top spot with her "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" in June 1987 (still available on "Kim Wilde – The very Best Of", for an amazing £4.99!)

Any way, six female artists had managed the almost impossible prior to that: Vera Lynn (once), Petula Clark (twice), Lulu (once), Olivia Newton-John (four times!), Sheena Easton and Bonnie Tyler (once each). The final one in 1983. At the time I guess it would have been unthinkable that the feat would not be repeated for more than 20 years, but that was the case!

Leona is very much in debt to Oprah Winfrey, who gave the single the thumbs up on her hugely popular show. Notably the only other success by a British artist this decade was "James Blunt’s – You’re Beautiful" which was also hugely indebted to Ms Winfrey’s seal of approval.
Remains to see if Leona can stay at the top for a further week, although I strongly suspect it will be overtaken by "Touch My Body" from "Mariah Carey’s – E=MC2" album!!
I guess record company execs who want their UK artist to achieve success in the US charts could do far worse than impress Ms Oprah! 

Duffy vs Leona in UK Singles Battle

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Duffy_rockferry_2The top spot in the UK singles chart was won for the fifth week in a row by a jubilant Duffy with her hit ‘Mercy’. Her album "Rockferry" remains at #1 in the album chart for a second week. I’m not one to say "told you so", but I did predict this as being a huge album a few weeks ago!

‘Mercy’ just managed to keep Leona Lewis from the top spot, beating her double A side ‘Better In Time / Footprints In The Sand’, both taken from her album "Spirit", by just over 300 units.

Leona_lewis_spiritIs this a just result? You see, download sales of the second track are excluded from the tally. If these had been included Leona would have been #1!
With sales of over 7,500 units ‘Footprints in the Sand’ was at #25 in the chart as a stand alone track.
I don’t suppose Duffy or Leona are too worried as both are sitting very pretty at the top of the pops!

Meanwhile, Leona’s biggest fan (and promoter) Simon Cowell has been busy showing her off in the US. You can check out her performance and interview on Oprah right here… thanks to the lads at YouTube.
They’re comparing her to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (presumably before things went pear shaped!). It might be a bit early for those comparisons but she does comes across as a genuinely nice person… just like Simon… so good luck to them.
Fair play to Simon though, but you can practically see the $$ signs in his eyes! And sure why not.   

Not sure if her American Idol performance ever worked out… but I’ll post here if anything crops up. There are rumours of a semi final appearance?

Brit Winners Chart Success!!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Amy_winehouse_back_to_blackThis weeks chart once again showcases the success that can be achieved by winning or performing at  the Brits. It might seem obvious but the effect has been huge!

Despite having been in the charts for 69 weeks Amy Winehouse seems to be benefiting the most from this phenomenon. As we mentioned yesterday, both her Back to Black standard edition and the newer 2CD deluxe edition saw gains last week as they jumped from #14 to #3 and #16 to #12 respectively. Tomorrow will be even more interesting as she’s tipped to take the #2 and #3 spots when the charts are announced.

More great gains were made by the Arctic Monkeys (Best British Group) whose album “Favourite Worst Nightmare” won Best British Album and jumped 26 places to #44.
At just £3.99 it has got to be worth parting with some of your hard earned cash if you’re one of the few that haven’t got it yet!

Mark_ronson_versionsThis was followed by Mark Ronson’s (does moving to America when you are 8 qualify you for best British Male Solo Artist??) “Version”  rising from #22 to #4, and Kylie’s “X” (International Female Artist) gained 14 places from #38 to #24. Leona Lewis performed on the night and rose 7 places to #23 with her album "Spirit".
All other winners saw an increase in their chart position, apart from Adele (Critics Choice) with her debut album "19"  who dropped from #4 to #7.

As the Arctic Monkeys rudely pointed out during their acceptance speech, there could be a slight advantage if you were lucky enough to attend the Brits School with performers Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis both being former students, as were Katie Melua (nominated twice), and Dan Gillespie Sells & Richard Jones from The Feeling with this weeks #1 album “Join With Us”.
Also attending was Duffy, whose debut album “Rockferry” is surely set to be the second debut #1 album of the year, with “Mercy” sat at this weeks #1 spot in the singles chart!

Duffy, Top Of The Polls to Top Of The Pops?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Duffy_rockferry_2The debut album from Duffy is due for release on 3rd March and it looks like it’s gonna be a good ‘un!
Following the great reaction she received for her recent #1 hit single "Mercy", the release of Rockferry is much anticipated. Her style reminds me of mod clubs (ask your parents!) in the 1960′s listening to the likes of Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Sandie Shaw… and the single "Mercy" even has a bit of a Motown vibe (see below).

Duffy was recently voted in at number 2 in the BBC’s Sound of 2008 poll just a whisker behind Adele who’s album 19 was a recent chart topper. Is Duffy set to be the second debut artist at #1 this year?

In 2004 Duffy came to the attention of Jeannette Lee of Rough Trade Records fame, who is now both her manager and mentor. Bernard Butler, who was co-founder of the britpop band Suede, was brought in to produce and the fruit of their very first session together is "Rockferry". I am told that she has been writing her own material from the age of 13!

Recent appearances on Jools Holland’s "Hootenanny" and "Later" have meet with both critical and public acclaim as did her intimate concert at the BBC’s famous Maida Vale Studios in London. Fans of Amy Winehouse, dare I say Aretha Franklin, and even Leona Lewis will love this offering from the new Welsh Blonde on the block.

You decide!