Continuing at number two on the airplay chart, Californian singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles’ debut single, Love Song, enjoys a big leap in sales to jump into the Top 10. Moving 52-30-23-16-15-6 since its chart debut, Love Song sold 17,202 copies last week, a 69.6% increase over the prior frame.
Rockstar is now Mickelback’s biggest-selling single, with its to-date tally of 456,711 beating their previous best of 423,104 set by How You Remind Me. Rockstar dips 31-33 on its 34th week in the chart while Photograph, another three-year-old cut from the Canadian band’s All The Right Reasons album, improves 85-52, as it attracts considerable airplay. Photograph originally peaked at number 29 in 2005, and has sold 39,714 copies, including 2,681 last week.
Yes, it did. The exact rules are quite complicated but as a rough summary, the record company elects up to three specified formats to count towards a chart placing, and 7" singles can count as a specified format.
It would have been really good if I could have found it in stock in Hull! I checked in both HMV and Zavvi and WH Smith for 3 days running - nothing. This has to be the worst marketing by a record label. Release it on a largely defunct media, and what's more, for 1 week.
lets face it , it wasnt well promoted , it was delayed , it wasnt listed on the radio , the video was no where , it wasn't advertised or promoted in the press . even we hardly knew if it was out or not
the record company shipped it late , there wasnt enough stock on the inital run
is anyone surprised , if i was morrissey i would be getting Decca to f*** as the clearly dont have the ability to drive him forward
If that's the case, then Decca's marketing department should be summarily fired. Why the *f**** would one count 7" vinyl singles instead of making the song, and accompanying b-sides, available for download? It is the year 2008. Hello Decca... Hello..
It also wasn't as good a single as, say, "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", "First of the Gang to Die", or "Everyday Is Like Sunday". It was never gonna set the world on fire.
I take some pleasure from the "All You Need Is Me" scheme to get it high in the charts (releasing it for one week only with the songs spread over multi-formats/versions) being a failure. Maybe Morrissey should chill on the marketing schemes and focus on the strength of the songs. And don't make it so difficult to purchase the music. I'm sick of jumping through hoops to get the music. I hate to break it to Morrissey, but ever-fewer of his fans are teenagers and we don't have time to keep up on what song is on what version of what single to be released for what limited time. f*** all that shit.
None of which is to say "All You Need Is Me" is a bad song. I dug it the first time I heard it (performed on a talk show), and I still kind of like it now (though it gets old quick). Would've been better placed as a b-side though.
Actually the situation is even worse than that.
Re: my post about elected formats above, yes the record company can have up to three formats count towards chart placing. But that's three PHYSICAL formats.
Each physical format can have a corresponding digital format that counts, as well!
So you can have your 7" format and its digital equivalent on itunes doesn't count as a further format.. so you don't lose anything, he could still have had the two 7"s (though, as others have remarked, at least 2 CD formats would have been better).
Finally, chart rules ALSO allow the video to count as a format, I for one downloaded the That's How People Grow Up video onto my ipod and have enjoyed watching it occasionally very much indeed! I certainly would have done the same with All You Need Is Me (despite the objections, the video has its charm!!). Another f***up.
Margins are SO small between 20 and 24 (varies week to week but we're talking hundreds as opposed to thousands usually) that I'm fully confident this amateur approach to the digital domain cost Moz a top 20 hit.
Decca sabotaged this release with their witless desire to cling to a dead format without releasing all tracks on the CDs or download, forcing mad keen fans to get them elsewhere. Some of us did mention it as I recall, and got attacked for it from certain imecilic quarters.
Morrissey? Are you reading this, and more to the point are you going to let them **** it up next time? Mafeking was relieved, but eventually we lost the Empire, and even vinyl was replaced.
Get a grip for Christ's sake. Number 24? Learn the painful lesson that has been meted out. If you want to release vinyl then by all means do, but make sure all the rest of the tracks can be bought too, eh?