Official Charts Analysis: UK suffers lowest album sales week since 1996

Official Charts Analysis: UK suffers lowest album sales week since 1996

Although unable to maintain its initial impetus, which saw it top the first two midweek charts, Teancious D's third album, Rize Of The Fenix debuts at number two, easily topping the number 38 peak of their eponymous 2001 debut and the number 10 peak of 2006 follow-up The Pick Of Destiny to become their highest charting set. Selling 15,971 copies on its debut it will, however, need long legs to overtake the cumulative sales of its predecessors - Tenacious D has sold 582,827 copies, and The Pick Of Destiny has sold 192,127.

Singer/songwriter Ren Harvieu from Salford debuts at number five with her first album, Through The Night, on sales of 10,943 copies. Although neither or Harvieu's two singles to date have made the Top 75 - the title track got to number 126, and follow-up Open Up Your Arms peaked at number 108 - both songs have picked up significant airplay, particularly from Radio Two, and achieved radio airplay chart peaks of 27 and 29, respectively.

Back in harness after a seven year hiatus, Garbage's Not Your Kind Of People makes it five Top 10 entries from five studio albums for the group. Debuting at number 10, it sold 8,310 copies last week for the American band fronted by Scot Shirley Manson. Garbage's eponymous 1995 debut, which peaked at number six, remains their biggest seller, with a to date tally of 701,757 sales. Their second album, Version 2.0, is their only number one and has sold 579,912 copies since its 1998 debut. Garbage last charted in 2007, when their compilation Absolute Garbage reached number 11.

Beach House fell short of the Top 75 with their first three albums but break that sequence with fourth set Bloom blossoming to a number 15 debut (6,556 sales). Their biggest-selling and highest charting album hitherto was their most recent set Teen Dream, a 2010 release from the French/American duo which reached number 78 and has sold 34,503 copies.

Glee Cast register their 16th Top 75 album in a little over two years, debuting at number 17 with Glee: The Music Season Three: The Graduation Album. Selling 5,848 copies last week, it raises overall sales of Glee Cast albums to 1,735,646. Although they have had smaller audiences and far fewer hit singles since moving from E4 to Sky 1, Glee Cast are one of only 88 acts to sell more than four million singles in the UK, with sales to date of 4,260,757. They rack up their 100th Top 75 entry this week, with a cover of Meat Loaf's 2006 hit It's All Coming Back To Me Now debuting at number 69 (3,845 sales). They are only the third act to have 100 Top 75 hits, alongside Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. And they are number one in the list of acts with most hits without reaching number one - their first hit, highest charting and biggest selling single was Journey cover Don't Stop Believin', which reached number two in January 2010, and has sold 509,321 copies. Of 363 Glee Cast singles, only three have made the Top 10, 30 have made the Top 40, and 244 have reached the Top 200.

A week after returning to the singles chart, Engelbert Humperdinck debuts at number 21 (5,420 sales) with latest compilation Release Me: The Best Of. Covering Humperdinck's entire career - from 1967 debut hit Release Me to current single and 2012 Eurovision prospect Love Will Set You Free - it provides 76 year old 'Hump' with his 18th album chart entry. Even older, and charting with an album comprising entirely of new recordings, Willie Nelson debuts at number 73 (1,669 sales) with Heroes. 79 last month, Nelson has had a long and distinguished career, placing 60 albums on the Top 200 in America, and even more on the country charts. Incredibly Heroes is only his second UK chart entry, following 2008 compilation Legend: The Best Of, which got to number 16. Heroes includes collaborations with his son Lukas, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson. Although chart shy in his own right here, Nelson did duet with Lionel Richie on the track Easy on the latter's recent number seven album Tuskegee.

Chart regulars since 1970, Santana land their 30th album chart entry, with new album Shape Shifter debuting at number 49 (2,675 sales). The band's 36th album - and first for leader Carlos Santana's own Starfaith label - it is something of a departure from recent Santana albums, most of which included contributions from guest vocalists. 12 of the 13 tracks on Shape Shifter are actually instrumentals, with the band's own lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay being gainfully employed only on the Spanish language track Eres La Luz.

A-ha lead singer Morten Harket makes his third solo foray into the UK chart, with Out Of My Hands debuting at number 37 (3,455 sales). Harket reached number 19 with 1995 album Wild Seed, and number 29 with 2008's Letter From Egypt.

Gossip made their UK breakthrough with 2006 album Standing In The Way Of Control reaching number 22, and cemented it by reaching number 18 with 2009 follow-up Music For Men. Fronted by Beth Ditto, the band has made several TV appearances in support of new album A Joyful Noise but it makes a lesser splash than its two immediate predecessors, debuting at number 47 (2,822 sales).

There are also Top 75 debuts this week for: The Only Place by Best Coast (number 55, 2,033 sales), Instinct by Niki & The Dove (number 60, 1,959 sales); and Unpatterns by Simian Mobile Disco (number 74, 1,641 sales).

Top 10 albums not mentioned elsewhere in this or the singles analysis: Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events dips 2-3( 15,143 sales), Adele's 21 holds at number four (13,022 sales), Gotye's Making Mirrors climbs 8-7 (9,371 sales), Ed Sheeran's + rallies 11-8 (9,235 sales), and Rebecca Ferguson's Heaven falls 6-9 (8,532 sales).

Two albums that debuted in the Top 10 last week make spectacular declines: Richard Hawley's Standing At The Sky's Edge dives 3-29 (4,748 sales), while The Cribs' In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull slumps 9-56 (2,028 sales). A fortnight after debuting at number one, Marina & The Diamonds' Electra Heart continues its rapid decline, slumping 13-30 (4,567 sales). Oddly enough, the album is faring much better in Ireland, where it rebounds 3-1 this week. The single Primadonna - off 14-16 here (16,400 sales) - is also much bigger in Ireland, where it jumps 5-3 this week.

Abba's Gold: Greatest Hits has become the third album to sell upwards of five million copies. Climbing 110-112, the album sold 1,009 copies last week, raising its career tally to a staggering 5,002,685. Only Queen's Greatest Hits and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band have sold more copies.

Overall album sales are down 7.48% at 1,348,711 - 14.66% below same week 2011 sales of 1,580,359. It is the lowest seven day sale tally recorded since week-ending 22 June 1996 - 830 weeks ago - when just 1,277,279 albums were sold. Although overall sales that week were lower than last week, the top six albums all sold over 20,000 copies, with Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill topping the list on sales of 36,430.

SINGLES: Only the fourth single this year to avoid being dethroned after a just a week at number one, R.I.P. extends the period of mourning for its rivals to two weeks. Selling a further 57,434 copies last week, the Rita Ora track, which also features Tinie Tempah, initially looked under threat from The Saturdays' new single 30 Days, which started fast but slowed considerably, and ends up debuting at number seven (36,214 sales). The group's 13th hit is the 11th to make the Top 10. R.I.P.'s biggest threat ultimately came from Fun's We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae), which jumps 5-2 on its sixth week (56,587), with a performance of the song by Jessie J and her charges on The Voice UK on Saturday evening undoubtedly helping.

Carly Rae Jepsen's former number one, Call Me Maybe, holds at number three (49,855 sales), while Alex Clare's Too Close holds at number four (45,405 sales). Train's Drive By eases for the first time, falling 6-8 (33,698 sales).

Afrobeat star D'Banj, from Nigeria, makes his UK chart debut with Oliver Twist debuting at number nine (30,171 sales). Looking to regain ground they lost with third album Night Work, Scissor Sisters debut at number 12 (23,973 sales) with Only The Horses, the introductory single from fourth album, Magic Hour.

Professor Green is back in the Top 40, with Remedy (feat. Ruth Anne) debuting at number 27 (10,808 sales), while Make Peace Not War debuts at number 29 (10,590 sales) for Skepta.

After peaking at number 70 with The Wolves, number 74 with Keep Your Head Up and number 79 with The Fear, folk/rock singer/songwriter Ben Howard seems to have his first bona fide hit, with Only Love vaulting 80-37 (9,029 sales). Aired 23 times on Radio One last week - more times than all but one song - the track was also performed by Howard on Later...With Jools Holland. Its success has given a new lease of life to Howard's debut album Every Kingdom, which debuted and peaked 32 weeks ago at number seven, but now explodes 21-6, with sales of 9,583 raising its overall tally to 160,565.

Britain's Got Talent is over but its influence lingers on, most demonstrably with Express Yourself jumping 34-17 (15,711 sales) for Labrinth, and Bless The Broken Road darting 76-41 (7,681 sales) for US country trio Rascal Flatts. Labrinth performed Express Yourself on BGT 12 days ago (9th), while Rascal Flatts' song was covered by contestant Sam Kelly in the final, nine days ago.

Slipping 9-10 on its 17th straight week in the Top 10, Somebody That I Used To Know sold 26,707 copies last week for Gotye feat. Kimbra, to become Britain's latest million seller. The track has sold 1,004,690 copies to date.

Rihanna's latest solo single Where Have You Been climbs 8-6 (36,319 sales), while EMI is finally applying heat to Princess Of China, her collaboration with Coldplay. Reaching number 33 as an album track last November, Princess Of China is now officially the third single from Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album, jumping 38-16 on the radio airplay chart. Said exposure pays dividends on the sales chart too, with Princess Of China surging 61-30 (9,859 sales).

I mentioned last week that Engelbert Humperdinck's Love Will Set You Free was by far the biggest selling single in the chart on CD. While moving 64-76 with 3,442 sales on the overall singles chart, it now slips to third on the CD chart with 1,160 sales - fewer than The Saturdays' 30 Days (2,349 sales) and Madonna's Girl Gone Wild. The latter track sold 1,221 copies on CD and a further 699 on 12-inch (topping the 12-inch chart) - but despite this, and the fact the track is being used extensively on TV to promote Madonna's new perfume Truth Or Dare, Girl Gone Wild makes a woeful number 73 debut on the Top 75, with 3,557 sales. It is the third song from Madonna's current album MDNA to chart - and none has performed well. First single Gimme All Your Lovin' featured M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj but still stalled at number 37 in February, while Masterpiece crawled to number 68 in April despite winning a Golden Globe award and getting huge airplay support from Radio 2. MDNA is barely affected by the release of Girl Gone Wild, climbing 39-36, while recording its lowest weekly sales tally of 3,506. After eight weeks on release , MDNA has finally topped the 100,000 sales mark, with 103,381 sales to date. Aside from the three songs mentioned above, incidentally, only 23 tracks in the Top 200 sold on CD last week - and nine of them sold only a single copy apiece. Seven tracks in the Top 200 were available on 12-inch, and an identical number on 7-inch. 166 titles (83.3%) were available ONLY as downloads.

We're only in May, and already this year we have lost three legendary female vocalists, Etta James's death in January and Whitney Houston's in February both resulted in chart activity for their back catalogue - and the same is true for Donna Summer, who sadly lost her battle with cancer at the age of 63 last Thursday (17th). Five singles by Summer surge back into the Top 200: I Feel Love (number 45, 6,868 sales), Hot Stuff (number 111, 2,236 sales), This Time I Know It's For Real (number 114, 2,126 sales), Love To Love You Baby (number 138, 1,802 sales) and State Of Independence (number 143, 1,780 sales). 2004 compilation The Journey: The Very Best Of Donna Summer re-enters the album chart at number 67 (1,772 sales).

Although not previously recognised as such, I Feel Love is actually a UK million seller. OCC data shows that physical sales of the single - number one in 1977, number 21 in 1982 and number eight in 1995 - total 956,400, while subsequent digital sales of 94,520 give the track a grand total of 1,050,920 sales up to close of business on Saturday.

Overall singles sales are down 6.86% week-on-week at 3,150,138 - 0.72% below same week 2011 sales of 3,173,010.


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