Monday, July 11, 2005

Chartwatch (10/07/05)

Practically all the performers at Live8 have benefited somewhat in terms of sales in this week’s charts. There are re-entries in the albums chart from The Who, Pink Floyd and Robbie Williams. Such artists as Keane, The Killers and Razorlight have also had album sales surges, climbing the charts as if nothing could stop them, despite having some of the biggest selling records of the last 12 months. James Blunt has finally toppled Coldplay from the top of the album chart, having the bestseller this week with ‘Back To Bedlam’.

The interesting new entries in the album chart come from newcomers Hard Fi (6), Royksopp (13) and The Offspring (14) who have released a Greatest Hits collection. If anybody has seen the advert for this thing they will realise it is being sold on the success of three songs from a considerable time ago, and annoying ones at that. Hmm. R Kelly, The Subways and Missy Elliott have slightly disappointing new entries – overshadowed by the Live8 effect, perhaps?

UK Top 75 Albums

The state of the singles chart after Live8 is also somewhat shaken up. Mariah Carey (thankfully!) has missed out on number one, Tony Christie’s ‘Amarillo’ has risen several places (after Peter Kay’s rousing a cappella performance) and the recent singles from Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight, amongst others, have also experienced a rise. The biggest shock for me, however, comes from Keane, whose major label debut from over a year ago re-enters the top 75. How I love the shake-up of adding downloads to the official chart.

My single of the week from Beck was new at 45 and Brendan Benson was nowhere to be seen. The world is an unfair place. ;)

UK Top 75 Singles