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Oldies Are Still Goldies 3!

Band on the Run Back In The Charts!

Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run made a classic return to Billboard’s charts of February 17 following the albums 50th anniversary re-issue release on Feb. 2. The album re-enters the Top Album Sales chart at No. 5, after entering at No. 7 on the Vinyl Albums chart re-enters at No. 6 on Tastemaker Albums and debuts at No. 37 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums. On the overall Billboard 200 chart, where the album logged four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1974, the set re-enters at No. 156 – its first appearance on the chart since Jan. 1, 2011.Band on the Run was reissued in a variety of formats, including a single-LP vinyl release cut at half-speed, a double-LP vinyl set at half-speed with a bonus “under dubbed” version of the album, and as a double-CD set (also with the under dubbed mixes). The 50th anniversary reissues are combined with the original album for sales tracking and charting purposes.

Band on the Run sold 8,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 8 (up 14,681%) according to Luminate.

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Oldies Are Still Goldies (Pt. Two)

Originally, McCartney II was released in mid-May 1980. The album debuted in UK at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming McCartney's first number-one there since Venus and Mars in 1975. The second single from the album, "Waterfalls", peaked at number nine in the singles chart.

In the US, initial sales were strong thanks to the hit single "Coming Up" and the album reached number three in its second week on the Billboard album chart where it remained for five weeks."Waterfalls" went virtually unnoticed in the US, only "bubbling under" the Billboard Hot 100 at number 106 for one week. The album quickly dropped down the charts and was off the Billboard chart after 19 weeks, McCartney's shortest run since Wild Life. It was one of his lowest-selling albums in the US up to that

But now Paul McCartney is also back on the Rock Streaming Songs chart, but it hasn’t been very long since he last appeared on the tally. This time around, his holiday smash “Wonderful Christmastime” reappears at No. 14. It has yet to top the ranking but came very close, once peaking at No. 2."Wonderful Christmastime" was added as a bonus track on the 1993 CD, and Special Edition reissue of “McCartney II “a longer, unedited version was also included on the Deluxe Edition.So, after 40 odd years, McCartney 11 is back!

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Oldies Are Still Goldies, (Pt.One)

Just goes to show, some music never fades away! As the Christmas season approached, what crept back in the charts? Elvis, McCartney, and Eagles.Firstly, the perennial Elvis Favorite “Blue Christmas” got to No. 6 on the Billboard chart.Written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, Elvis Presley cemented the status of "Blue Christmas" as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album."Blue Christmas" was also included on a 1957 45 EP, (ah yes, who can remember EP’s?) entitled Elvis Sings Christmas Songs, which also included "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" on side one, with "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on side two. Presley's original 1957 version was released as a commercially available single for the first time in 1964. This single was also a hit in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 11 on the British singles chart during the week of December 26, 1964.Elvis is baked by his usual team, Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on Bass, D.J. Fontana on the kit, and Dudley Brooke on the keyboard. And of course, the Jordanaires with superb backing vocals,

In December 2023, the British Phonographic Industry certified the single with a platinum award, reflecting sales and streams in the UK in excess of 600,000 units since its release. On Billboard magazine's January 5, 2019 edition, the song reached the number 40 position inside the Billboard Hot 100, the latter for the first time since its release in 1964. Now, its back!!

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Vinyl Sales Increase Again in 2023

Well, its happened again! Vinyl sales have increased for the 13thbyear in a row!

Following a 2.9% improvement in unit sales last year, the vinyl market in 2023 has experienced much stronger growth, with an 11.7% year-on-year rise to 5.9 million units.

According to Music Week, following a 2.9% improvement in unit sales last year, the vinyl market in 2023 has experienced much stronger growth, with an 11.7% year-on-year rise to 5.9 million units.

The figures are based on analysis of Official Charts data by the BPI, and cover the period up to chart week 51.

The increase has been led by new releases from artists including Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Lewis Capaldi, the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift. 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is the year's biggest vinyl seller with 78,767 units (up to week 50), followed by the Rolling Stones’ Hackney Diamonds (42,815 vinyl sales).

As well as the continuing popularity of independent record stores, the vinyl market’s strength was also reflected in HMV’s return to London’s Oxford Street after four years with a flagship store.

While more than 80% of recorded music consumption in the UK is now made up of streaming, demand for vinyl LPs continues to surge, with the market at its highest annual level since 1990.

Additionally, the CD market has sustained its smallest annual decline in nearly a decade this year as it moves closer to plateauing. Almost 11 million CDs were sold across the year, while sales of cassettes topped 100,000 units in a calendar year for the fourth consecutive year.

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HMV Shop Comes Home

One of the many highlights for us visiting London, was a trip to the HMV shop in London. Many albums were purchased there from out first visit in 1976, to our last in 2018.The store closed in 2019 when the company fell into administration.Doug Putman, who has engineered a turnaround of HMV in the UK , said it was a “great moment” to be able to welcome back customers on Friday to its very first store, which was opened in 1921 by the British composer Sir Edward Elgar.

HMV confirmed it had sealed a deal with the landlord to return to Oxford Street as the company retained confidence in high street shopping and in the eventual resurgence of London’s main shopping destination, which has been plagued by empty outlets and American candy shops.

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