Thursday, 9 July 2009

Chart Chat: Far Falling Fast

#48: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... it's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS remembers the days when new singles and albums had reasonable length chart runs, particularly if they debuted in the Top 40 in the first week of release. Partly because of the download effect and partly because of air play figures and streaming et al, records don't seem to hang around as long these days.

When ELO's "Out Of The Blue" remaster was released in the UK, it went in at #18 - only to stay in the Top 100 albums for four weeks. It's a bit different in the USA and more like the old days. For example, Regina Spektor's new album "Far" entered the US Billboard chart at #3 and has stayed there. But here in the UK, it came in at #30 last week and has already dropped down to #74 in its second week. The musical taste and habits of the record buying public here in the UK have changed a lot more than our American cousins, for sure.

It's still harder to 'make it' in the USA than here in Europe as a general rule. I think ELO were not really credited with their worldwide success - especially in the USA. I'm told that, pound for pound, they were bigger than ABBA [worldwide] at their peak ...

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-July-2009

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