I can't recall which thread we discussed James Blunt (chances are in a fair few
) but as this is the music thread, I thought I should post this here.
The man sold enough albums in the US now to break the top 10 in the album charts. When you consider he chose not to market the record, and let it slip out here in the UK without the massive sales push, and afaik, has done the same in the US, to a lesser degree, I think its pretty impressive. It grew to become the best selling album here in the UK in 2005, having been released back in October 2004, which is when I bought it, and remains in the top 5 here even now. Word of mouth and the internet I am sure have played a big part in this mans success, and that the album continues to sell well speaks volumes. Its also a wake up call to the music industry, that decent artists don't always benifit from too much publicity to sell their records, and that sometimes, low key, not in your face, is the way forward to longer lasting sales. These crash into the charts one week, gone the next albums/singles/bands show that oversell is all well and good, but it does not often have the legs to sustain it. Quality speaks for itself IMHO and people are tired of being fobbed off with PopIdol crapola and so on.
Singer-songwriter James Blunt's debut, Back To Bedlam, has reached number nine in the US album sales chart - 16 weeks after its American release.
The CD sold more than 41,000 copies last week to rise four places in the chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
After its British release in October 2004, it topped the UK chart for nine weeks becoming 2005's best seller.
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On a similar note, the Arctic Monkeys
have more or less outsold all the albums in the top 20 here this week combined! Talk about a debut album. This is mainly down to a huge internet buzz and following, live gigs and word of mouth in the run up to the album release this week.
The Arctic Monkeys' album could become the fastest-selling debut album in recorded chart history, after selling more than 100,000 on its first day.
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not sold 118,501 copies, outselling the rest of the top 20 albums combined.
It is expected to sell over 350,000 copies by the end of the week, breaking Hear'Say's five-year-old record.
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Listen/watch live stuff here
Personally, I love Mardy Bum off the CD, but the rest has to grow on me. Listening to it would help I guess, but I have yet to rip it
The CD is still here looking at me since Monday morning
I bought it having heard 4 tracks from the album, and liking what I had heard. I listened to it once in full, and then put on the Richard Ashcroft album, ripped it, and have been listening to that ever since
More on him later