Hi Dave, Thanks for taking the time to edit the 'blooper' and load it up for us to hear. I feel Mark Forrest remained quite calm in the crisis no 'expletives ' no raised voice etc. Considering this I feel on balance it is a credit to him.
Some of this week's charts are now out and the same trends will be apparent in next Saturday's Classic FM chart - also it's Classical Brits week so I thought I'd mention the latest information from Sunday's classical artist chart.
Mike Oldfield featuring Hayley Westenra is still no 1 but Jonathan Ansell also featuring Hayley Westenra is down a lot, from 8 to 17 and there are no Hayley solo albums in the chart again this week.
Of the other Classical Brits Album of the Year nominees, All Angels last-week's re-entry Into Paradise is up from 18 to 8 and there is another re-entry from Blake, at no. 12. The Fron Choir and Scots Dragoons are both up a few places.
However, even more interesting is one of this week's Supermarket in-house charts - the new ASDA chart. They have placed Blake at no. 50 in their main chart... it's been out of their chart and out of their stores ever since January, until now. I didn't see any other of the nominees in their (Top 75) chart with their own albums. Blake is no. 961 at Amazon UK.
Thanks for the latest Billboard charts news Umbobo, Celtic Treasure must be up around 59 or 60 weeks in chart by now!
But as we have had several "mis-posts" in this thread, I will now lock it.
The correct thread for news about the official charts (in any Country) is Official Charts News
The correct thread for news about unofficial charts ("shop" charts etc.) is Unofficial Charts (like Amazon)
I do believe it is at week 59 Dave! This is from billboard magazine here in the US, I get one everyweek but they only show the classical crossover charts everyother week so i will try to keep you all posted.
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Looking at the new UK pop album charts, the biggest winners are Josh Groban (new release "Awake Live" entered at no. 22) and Andrea Bocelli (Vivere - Best of) went up 6 places to no. 80. Neither of these are eligible for the Classical Chart!
None of the other participants in the Classical BRITs has an album in the top 100 this week - not even the strongest contenders for no. 1 (I'll leave that for you to reveal Richard, on Saturday!).
What is noticeable is that however well someone does at the Classical BRITs, they can't do much or anything in the charts if none of their albums are available on Supermarket shelves etc., for shoppers to buy on impulse. HMV and Amazon don't sell enough Crossover albums for them to do it alone. There could be a delayed effect next week, of course - we shall see.
Tip: By noting which if any classical/crossover albums are available to buy from the shelves of Supermarkets and Woolworths, you can usually predict what's going to be in next week's classical top 10 or the top 100 of the main album chart. So who really decides the charts?
A few years back, exactly the opposite happend in America I think. 200,000 copies of Pure were shipped and maybe a quarter of them were sold. At one point my local Target had around a dozen copies of Pure in stock, of which I believe they directly sold two - and to my knowledge, they havent stocked a Hayley abum since.
My point is that while you obviously cant buy an album from a store that doesnt have it in stock, it can also work the other way. I think the two factors are symbiotic - markets do a pretty job of handling these things en masse, but on a case by case basis, the prize probably goes to he who guesses right.
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After eight weeks at No.1, Mike Oldfield's 'Music of the Spheres' has dropped to No.4 in this week's Classic FM Chart.
Andrea Bocelli's 'Sacred Arias' is a non-mover at No.3, 'Blake' has gone up two places to No.2, and the new No.1 is the six-CD boxed set '101 Classical Hits'. This means that Blake are now at No.1 in the Classical Artist Chart.
Jonathan Ansell's 'Tenor at the Movies' hasn't turned round as I hoped, but it's only slipped one more place to No.29.
Also worthy of a special mention, following her performance at the Classical Brit Awards, Danielle de Niese has a new entry at No.9 with her album of arias by Handel.
Mike Oldfield's 'Music of the Spheres' has slipped two places to No.6 in this week's Classic FM Chart, while Jonathan Ansell's 'Tenor at the Movies' has now dropped out of the top thirty.
There are four albums of Gregorian Chant in the top ten, including a new entry at No.1. Unfortunately I didn't make a note of the titles, and Classic FM haven't updated their website yet. I'd better go and join a monastery!
And as mentioned in this thread, Hayley made no. 1 in the official Japan International Singles Chart with the Amazing Grace duet with Minako Honda!
Also no. 100 in the main Japan singles chart (and the only foreigner in it).
I emailed Steve Abbott with the Japanese news (in case he didn't know or was too busy, being in LA!) when I posted this yesterday and by the end of the day, the news had appeared on the official site. I know where they got it from as they copied one of my sentences word for word.
However... and this is why I am posting here now, the official site is wrong when it says this is Hayley's second no. 1 in Japan. It is her third no. 1, the others being:
Amazing Grace (26 weeks between November 2003 and June 2004) Wiegenlied (1 week in March 2005).
The new duet of Amazing Grace also entered the main singles chart over there at no. 100, as mentioned before, which is four places higher than Wiegenlied did.