Keane retain lead in albums chart
26 June 2006 - 10:09:21
After achieving their second highest level of the year in the week prior to Father’s Day, album sales made their expected retreat last week but held up better than anticipated, declining fractionally under 13% to 2,579,248, writes Alan Jones.
With the further complication that Keane’s eagerly awaited second album Under The Iron Sea posted an understandable but savage 64.3% dip week-on-week to 79,438 sales while remaining at number one, it’s a pretty good performance overall. With the World Cup still in full flow, sales were off only 1.8% last week compared to the same week in 2005, when there was nothing of any note to draw attention away from retail. Obviously, the start of new sales at HMV and Woolworth cushioned this week’s decline but these chains also started sales in the same week last year.
Under The Iron Sea passed the 300,000 sales mark on its 13th day in the shops, reaching the platinum plateau a full week before Keane’s first album Hopes And Fears, which achieved the feat on its 20th day on release.
Keane’s narest challengers were new releases from veteran dance doyen Fatboy Slim and developing Welsh wonders The Automatic, while there are Top 20 debuts for a new Dannii Minogue compilation and a Madonna live set, and a belated Top 20 debut for Colombian superstar Shakira’s second English language album.
Since topping the chart with the million selling You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby for four weeks in 1999, Fatboy Slim’s career has faltered a little. 2000 release Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars reached number eight and sold 308,155 copies, while 2004’s Palookaville climbed no higher than number 14, and sold just 65,780 - but his career spanning new compilation Why Try Harder: The Greatest Hits will clearly do much better than that, and got off to a very strong start last week, selling 44,643 copies to debut at number two.
Widely praised as one of the best debut albums of the year, Not Accepted Anywhere by Welsh band The Automatic follows at number three after selling 33,381 copies. The teenage quartet from Cowbridge are capitalising on breakthrough single Monster, which has been in the top five for three weeks and is in very slow decline. It dips 4-5 this week, with sales off just 3.8% at 17,717, taking its cume to 65,016. Monster’s predecessor, Raoul, was a much more modest hit, peaking at number 32, with cumulative sales of just 10,777.
Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie collaboration with Fugees’ Wyclef Jean climbs 3-2 on the singles chart with sales up by 60 (0.2%) to 30,047, and was added last week to Shakira’s latest album Oral Fixation Volume 2, which responds by re-entering the chart at number 14 on sales of 16,677, beating the number 22 debut/peak it scaled in March. The album sold 40,713 copies before being repackaged. It’s Volume 2, incidentally, because its 2005 Spanish language predecessor was called Fijacion Oral Volume 1. It reached number 180, and sold 13,343 copies.
Dannii Minogue blitzed the media last week, with talk of Kylie, football and her new compilation The Hits And Beyond. The career-encompassing album includes 15 of the petite Aussie’s 20 hits and five new tracks but debuts at only number 17 on sales of 14,452 - well below her last album of new material, 2003’s Neon Nights, which debuted at number eight on sales of 23,562. Its cause was not helped by Minogue’s underachieving single So Under Pressure, which peaked at number 20 last week and now dives to number 61.
Making a surprisingly small contribution to album sales, Madonna’s first live album, I’m Going To Tell You A Secret, which was packaged with a DVD, debuts at number 18 on sales of 14,449. Featuring recordings of 14 songs from her 2004 Reinvention Tour - among them hits like Vogue, Like A Prayer, Music and Holiday as well as her take on John Lennon’s Imagine - it is her 17th album; all of its predecessors made the top five.
Elsewhere, Brighton band The Kooks Inside In/Inside Out album jumps 7-4. on sales of 32,717. Previously charting as high as number three, it has sold 407,826 copies since its release in January, and is the year’s sixth biggest selling artist album. The band’s new single She Moves In Her Own Way debuts at number 14 on downloads alone (7,098 of them), while predecessor Naive - which peaked at number five - climbs 32-26 on its 14th week, with sales up 4% to 4,460.
Used in the Nike Soca Bonito TV advert featuring Brazil’s World Cup team, Sergio Mendes’ new recording of Mas Que Nada with Black Eyed Peas jumps 29-6 on sales of 16,896. It’s 65 year old Mendes’ first Top 40 hit, and is now the highest charting of five hit versions of Mas Que Nada. Mendes’ Timeless album belatedly debuts at number 27 this week, 10 weeks after it was released. It is his first ever UK album chart entry but his 18th in America, where it peaked at number 44 earlier this year. The album combines Mendes’ usual Latin style with R&B, and was masterminded by BEP’s Will I Am who coaxed guest appearance out of India Arie, Stevie Wonder, Q-Tip, John Legend and his own group, hence its appearance in the Top 10 of the current R&B chart.
The singles market increased by a minuscule 0.285 to 1,154,887 sales last week, with downloads up 4% at 900,430 (77.96% of the market) and physical sales off 12% at 254,457.
Flying the Canadian flag atop the singles chart for the third week in a row, Nelly Furtado sold a further 34,537 copies of Maneater last week, taking its total to 141,665. It narrowly established Furatdo’s best week ever on its first week at number one, selling 48,724 copies, compared to the 47,194 that her 2001 debut hit I’m Like A Bird sold on its debut at number five. The latter hit went on to sell 276,934 copies, which may prove to be beyond Maneater, despite its continuing residency of the top slot. Only the second single to spend more than a fortnight at number one so far this year, Maneater’s third week on top makes it the longest running number one here by a Canadian artist since Celine Dion’s Think Twice spent seven weeks at the summit in 1995.
With only one previous Top 10 hit among their 14 Top 75/12 Top 40 hits - Time Is Running Out, which got to number eight in September 2003 - Teignmouth’s neo prog rockers Muse enjoy their highest charting single to date with Supermassive Black Hole, which charges 46-4 this week on sales of 24,104. It’s the introductory single from the band’s fourth studio album, Black Holes And Revelations, which is released next Monday (3 July), and must be in with a chance of matching the number one debut of their last album, 2003’s Absolution.
After an absence of 19 months, Lostprophets return with the second biggest hit of their career, jumping 39-8 on sales of 14,467 with their euphoric anthem Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast), which was already doing better than its immediate predecessor, Goodbye Tonight, a number 42 hit in November 2004. The Welsh quintet decamped to Hawaii to record Rooftops, the first single from their Liberation Transmission album, which is out today (26th). Rapidly approaching 10 years together, they embark on a 14 date UK tour starting next Monday (3 July).
Finally, it’s a good week for Liverpool band The Zutons, who stage a simultaneous return to the Top 10 of the singles and albums charts this week. Their new single Valerie vaults 41-9 on sales of 13,084, equalling the peak and beating the sales of predecessor Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love, which gave them their first ever Top 10 hit two months ago. Both tracks are taken from second album, Tired Of Hanging Around, which rebounds 22-8 this week, with sales up 36.4% at 23,504., taking its 10 week cume to 171,600.