Tag Archive: Charts Company

  1. 10 Best-Selling UK Albums in 2006

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    horus music turns 10A lot of things happened in 2006, but which albums were the best-sellers? We make a run down of the list here and find out how many copies some of these albums sold.

    Listen along with us to each of the albums below.

    1. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

    Eyes Open is the fourth studio album by Snow Patrol, and was the band’s first album without bassist Mark McClelland and the first to feature bassist Paul Wilson and keyboardist Tom Simpson. Six singles were released from the album, including top 10 hits You’re All I Have and Chasing Cars, the latter of which came to worldwide attention when it was featured during the season 2 finale of the American medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and has spent a total of 166 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, more than any other song in history.

    2. Take That – Beautiful World

    Beautiful World was the band’s first studio album in 11 years, and was also the band’s first album to be released as a four-piece, without Robbie Williams. Five singles were released from the album: Patience, Shine, I’d Wait for Life, the European-only single Reach Out, and Rule the World, which appeared on the deluxe tour edition. The album was number one in Ireland and the UK and was very well received critically.

    3. Scissor Sisters – Ta-Dah

    The release of Ta-Dah in the United Kingdom, on September 18, 2006, was preceded by the release of the new single, I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’. The song reached number one on both the UK Singles and Download charts in September 2006. Other singles on the album included Land of a Thousand Words, She’s My Man, Kiss You Off, and I Can’t Decide. The album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number one on September 21, followed three days later by a number one entry in the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 42,000 copies.

    4. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

    Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is the debut studio album by Arctic Monkeys. The album surpassed Elastica’s self-titled album to become the fastest selling debut album in British music history, shifting over 360,000 copies in its first week, and remains the fastest selling debut album by a band. The album includes both tracks from the band’s original EP, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys, as well as their first two singles and UK number ones, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor and When the Sun Goes Down.

    5. The Kooks – Inside In / Inside Out

    Inside In / Inside Out is the debut studio album by The Kooks. It contains the singles, Eddie’s Gun, Sofa Song, You Don’t Love Me, Naïve, She Moves in Her Own Way, and Ooh La. The album reached no. 2 in the UK Albums Chart, the album has sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide since its release.

    6. Razorlight – Razorlight

    Razorlight is their self-titled second album which debuted at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart a week after it’s release. The band achieved their first and only number one hit from this album, with “America” peaking at the top of the UK Singles Chart in October 2006. Other singles from the album include Before I Fall to Pieces, In the Morning, and Hold On.

    7. Oasis – Stop The Clocks

    Stop the Clocks is “retrospective collection” made up of an 18-track double album with the featured songs chosen by Noel Gallagher; however, it does not actually include their song Stop the Clocks after which the album is named. It went 5x Platinum in the UK with sales better than any Oasis release since Be Here Now. The album debuted at number two in the UK charts selling over 50,000 copies in its first day of release and 216,000 in its first week of release, surprisingly not selling enough to knock The Love Album, by Irish boy band Westlife from the number 1.

    8. Westlife – The Love Album

    The Love Album is a cover album, as the name suggests songs on the album center on the theme of “love”. The first and only single released was The Rose, originally recorded by Bette Midler—it debuted at No. 1 in Ireland and the UK. It was the band’s 14th No. 1 single.

    9. Pink – I’m Not Dead

    I’m Not Dead is Pink’s fourth studio album. The release of I’m Not Dead was preceded by its controversial lead single, Stupid Girls, a top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the video of which earned Pink an MTV Video Music Award. The single U + Ur Hand, reached the top ten and became a significant chart success. Who Knew subsequently was re-released to critical and commercial acclaim, Subsequent singles include Nobody Knows, Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) and Dear Mr. President. The album debuted at number three in the United Kingdom and was the ninth best-selling album of 2006 in the UK the album later re-entered the UK top 100 in October of the following year.

    10. James Morrison – Undiscovered 

    Undiscovered is James Morrison’s debut album. The first single of this album was You Give Me Something, the second single was Wonderful World followed by The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore. It sold 847,135 copies in the United Kingdom in 2006.


  2. Music Industry Associations

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    Music industry associations do a lot of great work on behalf of their members ensuring they have a voice to government or in the media.  It is always worth remembering that associations are of course represent their members, however what you will gain from these associations is a lot of very useful infomation if you are researching our industry or even wanting to enter the industry.

    Music Managers Forum (MMF)

    The UK’s largest forum for music / artist managers.  Run by a dedicated small team, the MMF runs training sessions and gives helpful support to both established and new managers.

    Music Publishers Association (MPA)

    The MPA are the voice for music publishers both old and new.  The MPA offer lots of great resources and regularly put on training sessions.

    Performance Rights Society (PRS For Music)

    Are you a song writer or composer?  If you are, you should be a member of PRS for Music as you may be missing out on mechanical royalties from radio plays, iTunes / digital downloads or if your music has been placed on a CD or any other device.

    Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

    Are you a performer on a recording that is available for sale or played on the radio?  If yes, you should be a member of the PPL.  Its free and PPL collect extensively around the world on behalf of their artists.

    The Association of Independent Music (AIM)

    Home to hundreds of independent labels and artists, AIM provides extensive support, training, opportunities and voice to the independent artist.

    The British Recording Industry (BPI)

    The BPI represents the four major record companies and hundreds of independent record labels across the United Kingdom.  The BPI is also part owner of the UK Official Charts Company.

    UK Music

    There are many different trade organisations and we’ve only listed a few above, but one organisation has tried to bring them all together under one roof.  UK music is here to represent the interests of UK music at all levels, and works with government both within the UK and Europe to give a single unified voice as well as conducting education programmes and research reports.