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15.06.12MusicWeek 3


Jubilee gives huge boost to UK music T


hirty-five years after the Sex Pistols tried to ruin the Queen’s Silver

Jubilee, the class of 2012 will more likely be bowing and curtsying to Her Majesty for delivering one of the biggest TV showcases for music this century. With the highest television audience of the year so far and overnight ratings bigger than the 12.9 million who watched last year’s final of The X Factor, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert had a hugely positive impact at retail for many of the acts who littered its bill. While the event’s organiser

Gary Barlow was the obvious main winner as his commemorative Sing album and single with the Commonwealth Band respectively sat at number one on the two main UK charts last Sunday, sales of countless other releases rocketed as a direct consequence of the concert’s BBC One broadcast. As an average 14.7 million

tuned in, more than double the 6.2 million who watched February’s Brit Awards, one obvious big benefactor was tenor Alfie Boe. Appearing twice, including

on the Buckingham Palace balcony duetting with Renee

Her Majesty: Paul McCartney performs his medley at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and (below) Alfie Boe’s performance saw his albums sales soar

736% to re-enter the chart at 72, two places above Complete Madness, also released by Union Square Music. The two hits they performed, It Must Be Love and Our House, re- entered the singles chart at 81 and 92 respectively. Three of the four songs

Stevie Wonder performed re- entered the Top 200 singles chart, the highest Superstition at 52, while two of his retrospectives returned to the albums countdown. They were joined by two best ofs apiece by Tom Jones and Elton John , while highlights of their sets made the singles countdown. Although Nashville country

Fleming, he saw sales of both his Decca albums increase by around 530% week on week, according to the Official Charts Company. Bring Him Home

experienced its highest weekly sales since the week before Christmas to rise 159-26, while Alfie re-entered the Official UK artist albums chart at 43. Around 20 titles across the

Top 200 artist albums chart either rose in sales or re-entered as a result of the concert, some

Polydor celebrates as Goulding goes global

Polydor’s UK office has earmarked Ellie Goulding as a “huge priority” for the rest of 2012, as the singer/songwriter begins to make real headway in the US. Goulding has clocked up 1.5

million single sales of Lights across the Pond, as well as 300,000 sales of her debut album of the same name. Worldwide, her album sales have topped 1.3 million, with 850,000 coming in the UK – and she has shifted more than 4 million tracks in total across the globe. In the US, the artist has

performed on key TV shows

such as The Late Show With David Letterman, The Ellen Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America. A new album is expected

from Goulding in the autumn. Polydor president Ferdy

Unger-Hamilton told Music Week: “Ellie appeals as a left field pop artist in the US – there’s been a lot of emphasis there on her remixes. The Bass Nectar mix has really helped drive the success of the Lights single – which has just cracked the Top 20 on the Hot 100 and we expect it to keep going. We will follow

this up with the first single from the new album later this year. He added: “Ellie is a huge

priority for us, and her new album is sounding amazing. We are hoping that her success in the US can springboard her globally. She has sold almost 1.5m albums, 4 million singles and is a fantastic live artist and big ticket seller wherever she sells records.” Goulding’s US success was

boosted by a support slot on Katy Perry’s US tour last year – and the artist also sang with President Barack Obama at the White House’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

“Ellie is a huge priority for us, and her new album is sounding amazing. We are hoping that her success in the US can springboard


current albums such as Asylum/Atlantic artist Ed Sheeran’s + and the Island/Lava Jessie J set Who You Are, which both returned to the Top 10, but many others retrospectives by acts performing. Among the artists whose

back catalogues won new takers were Madness, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones and Elton John. Following Madness’s

performance on the roof of Buckingham Palace, sales of their best of Total Madness rose

trio Lady Antebellum were not part of the bill, the concert has clearly won them new followers in the UK as a result of Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole’s cover of Need You Now. Their Parlophone-issued 2010 original registered its highest weekly sales yet in the UK, shifting 17,603 copies to re- enter at 22, as the album of the same time re-entered the artist albums chart at 85. The Diamond Jubilee

concert helped artist albums sales lift 4.3% last week compared to the previous week, according to the Official Charts Company, but sales were still 19.1% lower than during the same week in 2011.

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