Iron Maiden record fourth number one album
09:48 | Monday August 23, 2010
Iron Maiden’s first studio album for four years, The Final Frontier earns the veteran heavy metal act its fourth number one in all and its first since 1992, with first week sales of 44,385 copies.
That tally includes 1,343 vinyl albums – the 36th highest tally by any album in that format in the 21st century and the highest since Arctic Monkey’s Humbug shifted 1,490 copies a year ago this week.
In case you are wondering, all of the seven best weekly vinyl sales since 2000 were by Travis’ The Invisible Band, with a top tally of 5,503 in week 39, 2001.
The Final Frontier’s sales are marginally more than the 44,134 sales which earned Iron Maiden’s last studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death, a number four debut in 2006. Since then, their ‘best of’ Somewhere Back In Time debuted at number 14 on sales of 9,183 (2008) and live set Flight 666 debuted at number 15 on sales of 9,736 (2009).
The Final Frontier’s success extends Iron Maiden’s span of number ones from a previously modest 10 years to 28 years – they also topped with The Number Of The Beast (1982), Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988) and Fear Of The Dark (1992). The Final Frontier is Iron Maiden’s 37th album chart entry – a record for a heavy metal band.
Iron Maiden’s high flying debuts means that Eminem’s Recovery is toppled for the third time.
Previously dethroned by Kylie Minogue and Arcade Fire, Recovery dips to number two on sales of 27,794. With six weeks at number one and three weeks at number two, it hasn’t been out of the top two yet.
The Saturdays didn’t get their anticipated first number one single last week – and their mini album Headlines (eight songs, 28 minutes) is similarly found wanting – though its number three debut (22,981 sales) provides the girl group with its highest album chart placing to date.
Their 2008 debut, Chasing Lights, entered at number 11 (22,393 sales) and peaked at number nine 12 weeks later, eventually selling 337,649 copies; follow-up Wordshaker debuted and peaked at number nine last year, with first week sales of 15,022, and to date sales of 80,810.
The Hoosiers’ debut album, The Trick To Life, entered the chart at number one on sales of 55,185 in 2007, following the success of their first two singles, Worried About Ray (number five in June) and Goodbye Mr A (number four), and has thus far sold 638,474 copies. With first single Choices peaking at number 11 a fortnight ago, follow-up The Illusion Of Safety debuts at number 10 (10,565 sales).
David Gray’s first album of the 21st century, White Ladder, is the fourth biggest seller of the current millennium, with a whopping sale of 2,928,422.
His last album, Draw The Line, reached number five and sold a fortieth of that. Gray has already gone on record to talk down new album Foundling’s sales expectations, saying “this record is going to disappear off the face of the earth, barring some freak occurrence.” In fact, it opens at number 18 (6,817 sales).
Marked down to £3 in the HMV sale, Bullet For My Valentine’s Fever more than doubles its sales week-on-week to 4,025, while climbing 91-34, and the same chain’s £3.99 pricing of I Dreamed A Dream help Susan Boyle’s album to catapult 133-43 (3,066 sales).
It was the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death last Monday (16th), a fact which sparked a big increase in sales of Elvis 75, the album issued to mark what would have been his 75th birthday in January. Sales of the set were up 163% week-on-week to 2,534, generating a 167-56 chart leap.
After four straight weeks at number three, Plan B’s album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks slips to fourth place. Sales of 16,240 increase its 19 week tally to just short of half a million (496,290).
Now That’s What I Call Music! 76 safely completes a fifth week at number one on the compilation chart, with sales of 39,344, 60.97% more than the Ministry Of Sound/Sony compilation 80’s Groove, which spends its fourth straight week at number two.
Now! 76’s 562,520 sales are just below same stage sales of 566,756 for 2009 equivalent Now! 73, and an impressive 25.27% ahead of its immediate 2010 predecessor, Now! 75.
Album sales increase 5.82% week-on-week to 1,803,564 – 10.11% above same week 2009 sales of 1,638,027.