• Harry Potter Casts His Spell on Video Charts
• Bad Romance is Great for Gaga
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince leaps to the top of the Official Video Charts this week with over 1.7 million sales, making it the fastest-selling video of the year so far, the Official Charts Company confirms today.
This feat has also propelled Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to number two in the biggest selling videos of the year so far after just one week of sales:
Top 5 Videos of 2009 so far:
Pos. Title Weeks On Chart
1. Quantum Of Solace 38
2. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince 1
3. Twilight 36
4. Slumdog Millionaire 28
5. Madagascar Esape 2 36
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth in the Harry Potter series, has also had the biggest first week sales of any of the Harry Potter video releases to date although the first three, The Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban were released later in the chart week on a Friday or Saturday.
In the Official UK Singles Chart, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, the lead single from her newly re-packaged album The Fame climbs from last week’s number three to this week’s new number one.
Lady Gaga burst into the UK charts for the first time back in January this year when her debut single Just Dance went straight to number one. Since then she has never been far from the spotlight. She went on to notch up three further hit singles (Paparazzi, Love Game and the number one Poker Face) and the number one album The Fame which has sold over four million copies worldwide. The Fame is currently number two in the Official UK Albums Chart having jumped from number twelve last week.
As of this week, Lady Gaga has the UK’s biggest-selling single of the year so far with Poker Face and the biggest-selling album of the year so far with The Fame.
But the race for the top of the final best-of-year charts remains tight. Susan Boyle’s album I Dreamed A Dream which is number one in the Official UK Albums Chart for the third consecutive week this week remains a strong contender for the year’s best-selling album by the close of 2009. And of course, the X Factor has yet to make its impact on the singles chart.
There are no new entries in this week’s Official UK Albums Chart Top 10 and only one new entry in the Official UK Singles Chart Top 10, Chuckie and Lmfao’s Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl at number nine.
Notes to Editors:
1. Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2. The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
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