1. Ultimate Collection: Russell Watson 2. In The Hands Of Love: Vittorio Grigolo 3. Living A Dream: Katherine Jenkins 4. Second Nature: Katherine Jenkins 5. The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace: Karl Jenkins 6. Defined: Amici Forever 7. Premiere: Katherine Jenkins 8. Requiem - In These Horizons: Finch, Tibbels, Terfel, Jenkins 9. Sentimeno - Andrea Bocelli 10. Piano Sonatas Nos 30, 31 & 32: Uchida 11. Lament for Jerusalem: Gruffyydd-Jones, Crawford, Choir & Orchestra of London, Summerly 12. Requiem: Choir of Clare College, Oxford, Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Members of the City of London Sinfonia, Brown 13. PURE - SPECIAL EDITION: HAYLEY WESTENRA 14. The Choirboys: The Choirboys 15. Simple Gifts: Bryn Terfel 16. ODYSSEY: HAYLEY WESTENRA 17. Inner Thoughts: Nigel Kennedy 18. The Voice: Russell Watson 19. Encore!: Russell Watson 20. Reprise: Russell Watson
1. Ultimate Collection: Russell Watson 2. ODYSSEY - HAYLEY WESTENRA[/color] 3. Piano Sonatas Nos 30, 31 & 32: Uchida 4. The Planets - Karajan, BPO 5. In the Hands of Love - Vittorio Grigolo 6. Ikon - Music for the Soul and Spirit - The Sixteen, Christophers 7. The Producers Special Edition - Mel Brooks 8. Second Nature: Katherine Jenkins 9. The Ultimate Guitar Album - John Williams 10. The Opera Band New Edition - Amici Forever 11. Ancora - Il Divo 12. La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux; Prelude; Images; 3 Nocturnes; Berceuse heroique; Rhapsodie; Danses sacre et profane; Jeux - Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra 13. Il Divo - Il Divo 14. Classic fM - Mozart for Babies - Various Artists 15. Enigma Variations - Sir Adrian Boult 16. Symphonies Nos 5 & 6 - Andrew Penny 17. Songs of Angels - Philip Pickett 18. Violin Concerto - Guilini Perlman 19. Fidelio - Otto Klemperer 20. Piano Concertos Nos 17, 20, 21, 23, 27 - Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra
1. Ultimate Collection: Russell Watson 2. ODYSSEY - HAYLEY WESTENRA
[/color] 3. Piano Sonatas Nos 30, 31 & 32: Uchida 4. The Planets - Karajan, BPO [/quote] Hi Andrew, thanks for that. But I have to say that since Britannia Music Club were taken over from Universal Music not too long ago, by a Jersey registered company UGD Ltd (they also run www.musicandfilm.co.uk/) some very strange things have been happening. Now, their charts often look weird in places, compared to the official charts.
Two examples that jumped out at me from their latest classical chart are:
3. Piano Sonatas Nos 30, 31 & 32: Uchida 4. The Planets - Karajan, BPO
Well I can find neither of these in the latest Classical Artist or Classic FM chart (top 50!) and I can't even find the Uchida in stock at Amazon or HMV. They now seem to make their chart up as they go along, perhaps their nos. 3 and 4 are simply this week's bonus offers, who knows? Either way, take these charts (which I used to like when they were owned by Universal Music) with a huge pinch of salt and sand. Hayley is still the official number 1 classical album.
Incidentally, Music Club sales (like Britannia) are not included in the official charts because their "special deal", loss-leader and contractual selling methods could unfairly distort them.
Britannia are not alone in making up their own charts - most retailers now do it and even HMV "fix" their version of the Classic FM chart (replacing any albums they don't stock or don't want to stock with their own choices, often from well outside the official charts. Oh well... But there's no harm in quoting these kind of unofficial charts as long as everyone knows what they are.
"Hayley's second album Odyssey has scaled the classical charts all over the world selling over two million copies in the process. This is not surprising considering it carries on the good work from her debut album. There is a beautiful rendition of Caccini's Ave Maria and 'May It Be' from the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings amongst many other fabulous tracks. This New Edition features three extra tracks - 'Lascia Ch'io pianga', 'Water Is Wide', 'Scarborough Fair' which makes this collection even better - if that was possible!"
BTW- The only thing which Britannia forgot to mention was... "buy both editions of 'Odyssey' since the 1st one includes 'Never Saw Blue', whilst the 2nd one doesn't. As a compromise you get 3 new fantastic tracks! on the latest version"
No matter what any chart sales suggest, I think you will agree this blurb says it all?
I like this bit from their blurb:
This New Edition features three extra tracks - 'Lascia Ch'io pianga', 'Water Is Wide', 'Scarborough Fair' which makes this collection even better - if that was possible!"
which sounds like it was written by one of us!
I just wish these people would get their facts right though - 2 million sales for Odyssey (*we* know they meant Pure!) and a quote about Katherine in one of the Classical Brits reports said she's sold 1.5 million albums. No way! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif