I was just looking at the Amazon.uk pre-order chart where Paradiso is currently at #17. I remember Laura Wright's was in the top 5 the week before that release (although she had all the promotion from Classic FM radio).
Yes, that's a bit of a puzzle (it's overall at #90 at Amazon, same as two weeks ago). Little or no airplay on National radio, and only one TV show so far, is the likely explanation. The local radio appearances don't seem to have had much impact so far.
For example, all five of the albums above Paradiso in the New Releases for next week (six at HMV) have singles either in the singles chart, or are in the National radio station playlists for this week - but Paradiso is in none of these (and we wouldn't expect it).
The critical factors will be if and where Paradiso is stocked in the supermarkets next week, what TV advertising is done later this week and next week, and more TV appearances that we know will start later this week. Hayley's albums have always done better in the UK pop charts than pre-orders at Amazon would indicate - and conversely, Laura Wright who you mentioned did very much worse.
Been biting my knuckles for fear she would be pushed out or over-shortened, so much news but the overall BBC1 Breakfast was concise, solid and diverse. I thought gave her good exposure but no live rendition. JUst a play of her single Gabriel's oboe.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
Most excellent news! It would seem that Hayley's radio tour over the last few days has paid dividends. She has really worked hard and deserves this. I'm glad that I happened to be awake at 4:30 AM to get the tweet!! Haha.
I have just noticed that myself, Paradiso is no. 1 in the pre-releases for next week, no. 1 of all pre-releases, and more importantly, no. 5 overall in the Amazon UK rankings.
The highest overall ranking that it's been before today (and I check every day) is no. 44, and for the last few days it's been outside the top 50. So quite a remarkable jump!
However... caution is needed! Once the initial surge of interest today has died down it will gradually slide down the rankings again unless Decca kick in with a big advertising campaign. The BBC Breakfast success may encourage them to do that, so fingers crossed!
And of course, Amazon is only a rough guide to what will happen next week in the official charts (as shown recently by Laura Wright). But so far so good!
Matt, it's not the radio tour, it's this morning's BBC Breakfast that did it - the power of National TV. Last night, Paradiso was ranked around #60 overall and #10 in the pre-releases at Amazon. I will upload the interview this afternoon.