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Billy Bird chart number - 27 Absent Friend - 16?
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Mr Nude



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
We'll just have to wait and see. It's still a good tune and I love it unconditionally.


Oh yeah, same here. I just wanted it to do so very well, like it deserves. Bloody British record-buying public are a load of idiots.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My copy of Billy Bird / Idaho just arrived . Sounds magnificent!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What chart position did Billy Bird get? Was just listening to Ireland's Top 40 (after discovering that we have one) and it's gone in at number 34.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta admit, I'm loving CHBB too. Pure class
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont know the official position but that future chart website puts it at 7!!!!!
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Mr Nude



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lilypod wrote:
What chart position did Billy Bird get? Was just listening to Ireland's Top 40 (after discovering that we have one) and it's gone in at number 34.


Oh dear. That stinks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Number 25.... Confused
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Mr Nude



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Urgh. Is that all? That's a real shame. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think of the album, kids! That's the important thing!
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Mr Nude



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course. But singles help to sell albums! And Billy Bird's the best song in the charts by a mile...

Is it worth pointing out now that 'Love What You Do' charted higher than 'Billy Bird', yet 'Regeneration' was considered a commercial flop? Oh, groo.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

25? that's brill!
no offence, but I wasn't expecting it to be in the 30's even!
(I did buy it afterall Tom!)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reckon 25's not bad going... Because the record companies have been aiming singles at children for so long, most people who like established, talented acts like TDC simply don't bother buying singles any more. CHBB has had lots of airplay in the right places, which is the main thing when it comes to album sales. Very few singles shift anything these days - I read somewhere else his week that TDC were at no. 20 in the midweeks, having sold just under 1800 copies, and artists can reach no.1 selling less than singles that charted much lower a few years ago: single sales mean absolutely nowt these days, and I'm sure the singles chart as it currently works will not be here in a couple of years' time. For TDC etc., singles are an aural window poster, and little more.

I reckon the album will comfortably be in the top 10, although even that doesn't really reflect unit sales nowadays! It's all a very odd situation...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it depends which way you look at it! I know that an artist only has to sell an embarrassingly small amount to get into the Top 10 these days (under 10,000 copies I believe), and that certain shops are phasing singles out.

And hey, at least it beat Travis...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
Oh dear. That stinks.


I actually thought it was pretty good! Especially considering that the singles aren't readily available to buy. HMV in Cork still aren't stocking them and when talking to people at the instore, they couldn't find them in the HMV outlets in Dublin, either. Also, they're not available in Golden Discs. So that's two out of the big three outlets not stocking them. I'm almost surprised it got to 34!


I also think that 25 is pretty good for the U.K. charts!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose! I'm just naturally disappointed that such a wonderful song and artist get overlooked in favour of stuff like Black-Eyed Peas and Will Young.

But yeah, these things need perspective I suppose. As long as Parlophone wasn't expecting anything higher! I don't care as long as Neil keeps making music as good as the tracks on Absent Friends.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
Is it worth pointing out now that 'Love What You Do' charted higher than 'Billy Bird', yet 'Regeneration' was considered a commercial flop? Oh, groo.


LWYD was 26. There's a slight improvement!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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LWYD was 26. There's a slight improvement!


I always thought it got to No. 22. Three years of my life, in the wrong!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The singles charts went down the pan a while ago when radio stations stopped paying any attention to them when they compile their playlists. Part of the reason they had to do this was because songs were being "released" to them literally months before they went on sale.

They beat Travis? That's impressive. Where did they come in?

Not many Radio 2 listeners buy singles, but quite a few buy albums...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the album charting is far more important. If I hear a single I like, i don't buy the single - I think "I'll look out for the album". So fingers crossed all this air play will shift a fair few copies...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travis came in at No. 28.

True enough about the singles charts. Single sales crashed by nearly 40% in 2003 apparently, while album sales remained healthy. Absent Friends has been in the Amazon Top 10 for the last few days too - it's No. 7 at the moment (not that that means anything, but, you know - could be a good sign).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed it is, and buyers have left some good reviews (any from anyone here? Go on, add one!): http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/music/B00014TJUC/customer-reviews/ref=ed_best_h_7/ref=cm_cr_dp_2_1/026-2776864-8007622
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

19 in the Play chart
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got the eil.com newsletter:



Number 9 Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is EIL? Just a normal mail order website? It says they only have one copy left in stock on the website!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Nude wrote:
What is EIL? Just a normal mail order website?


Sure is Mr Nude!

Everything from the dusty old collectables to the ripe chart stuff.

I get the newsletter as a guide, as you can usually find things cheaper elsewhere!

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It says they only have one copy left in stock on the website!


Top stuff! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Absent Friends will hit no.2!

No sign of Billy Bird, he's gone home. Let's all buy it again!!!

Hmmmmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But the same site predicted Billy Bird would reach No. 9, didn't it? Wankers.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it's based on the amount of publicity the band and the album is getting, so it's good that the publicity machine is making a sufficient impact to register on this chart, however the hell it is compiled.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's compiled by way of an office game of 'pin the tail on the pop stars'.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you may have a point there Mr Nude my fellow Torquinian.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
my fellow Torquinian.


That sounds positively effeminate. And I didn't even think you knew me.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't intended to. Just in a good mood.

As long as you're not the bloke who walks up and down the highstreet drinking cider and singing Killer Queen.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. I'm the bloke who walks up and down the high street drinking cider and singing the theme tune to 'Penny Crayon'.
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Well that's okay then.
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