Westlife on course for number one album
Nov 15, 2001
Westlife look set to top the album charts this weekend.
Early sales figures show they are outselling their nearest rival Madonna
by more than two to one. The band's third album, World Of Our Own, looks
set to sell almost 150,000 copies by the end of the week. First-day sales
figures show the Irish boyband are shifting twice as many albums as Madonna,
whose GHV2 collection was in second place. In third was Steps with their
Gold Greatest Hits album, and fourth was Gabrielle's greatest hits collection.
Music industry chiefs dubbed yesterday Super Monday because of the huge
line-up of big-name releases, including The Bee Gees' Their Greatest Hits;
Radiohead's I Might Be Wrong; and Paul McCartney's Driving Rain. Chart
expert Gennaro Castaldo, of the retail music chain HMV, said: "The
strong first-day performance by the band comes as no surprise as we would
expect Westlife to outsell Madonna in their week of release. "Their
highly dedicated fan base would want to make an immediate purchase, however
we anticipate that both Madonna and Gabrielle's greatest hits packages
will sell greater quantities in the coming weeks as they join the battle
for the Christmas number one album." Westlife scored their ninth
number one single this week with Queen Of My Heart.