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Q2 hurt by lack of star power

Paul Williams
Q2 Report

The devastating effect a lack of superstar artist album releases had on the Q2 market is detailed in full in a comprehensive new Music Week report.

The Music Week/Official Charts Company Q2 Report reveals retail complaints about a poor release schedule were justified with not one newly- issued artist album in the period selling more than 200,000 copies.

Decca’s Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band set Sing topped the quarter’s rankings for new artist releases but did so with just 162,518 takers, according to Official Charts Company data - less than half what Virgin act Emeli Sandé’s Our Version Of Events sold during the previous period to finish as Q1’s top new artist album.

Sales of the rest of Q2’s top new artist sellers were also well down on what their equivalent titles sold over the first three months of 2011, contributing to an overall 16.7% year-on-year fall in artist album sales in the sector to 15.8 million units.

The spotlight on the new release drought comes in a report, which offers the most comprehensive analysis available of the UK’s recorded music market during Q2 with detailed commentary, charts and graphs.

It includes a meticulous overview of the singles and albums markets as well as a focus on compilations, digital, vinyl and budget albums, catalogue and the top album sellers of the period by a numbers of genres, including pop, rock, dance, urban, folk, heavy metal, classical and jazz and blues. The singles market is covered in a similar way. 

Also featured within the report is a countdown of Q2’s 100 biggest-selling singles and artist albums with each release containing such information as label and corporate group and quarterly and cumulative sales.

The performances of the majors, independents and the leading distributors are also examined in full.

The report is available to download for £175 plus VAT. Go to musicweek.com/reports

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Tags: music week, Official Charts Company, Q2, Music Week Report

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