According to these tweets, anyway:
Not very good that, is it, considering all the press he's had?
He's getting very good press and publicity considering the sales he's had...
isn't that enough to get about top 24 these days?
i'm going to listen to it on spotify in a bit
They're not worth the £0.0035 he makes for each one.
like, airplay or genuinely, unsmirkingly positive reviews
Capacity: 110. It didn't sell out.
It's kind of sad really, I'm not a big fan of most of his stuff (although the first record's pretty decent and Stumble And Fall is ace), but I'm not into kicking someone when they're down. Which to be fair isn't really happening in this thread so far.
It was very easy to hate 'Ho is Razorlit' at the top of their game (remember him flouncing around shirtless at Live 8?) but I do appreciate he worked hard to get to that level. It's pretty disasterous how he's not managed to maintain even a small hardcore fanbase to keep his career ticking over (see Travis, Placebo, Dodgy) after the fickle masses have moved on.
I think his best bet is a reunion. He needs to find Mr Hat, the emaciated goth and, er, the other one. And do lots of press so there's lots more hats and gurns. Yes, that is the key.
which surprised me
not sure, she has all their CDs knocking about. I always thought they were terrible. It only seems like yesterday that he was all over the fucking place.
actually interested in the dynamics of this
then something about half the band leaving anyway and the last two albums being shit.
She's alright sometimes.
Was tempted to go along just to see how bad it was but didn't even bother
i really enjoyed it. it's naff as fuck but it's totally not what i was expecting. most tracks have a big cuban jazz influence, being all piano and saxophone and shuffly drums. favourite song is Cyrano Masochiste. every line is hilarious. can't find them online, but one verse goes a bit like this:
"stone masons make buildings with bricks
savages make huts with sticks
you made this song in harvey nicks
i've got an idea
why dont go to africa and build a school
after all, that's what you people do"
As you say, it's naff but enjoyable and kudos to him for trying something out rather than a predictable Razorlight clone-type thing...
I thought it sounded bloody dreadful.
I feel like I'm a primary school teacher and I'm reading a poem that one of the kids threw away out of embarrassment
he IS Razorlight
he's sold about 8500,000 albums
how does that suddenly drop to 345?
is my favourite album title of the year. The brass balls of it. Roll on Borrell 4.
This has had an absolute fuckton of press. He was even on BBC Breakfast the other day. When Feeder went on there in 2011 they got a top 100 single out of it. I'm not a Razorlight fan, but this just seems like a real shame for someone that was so ubiquitous such a short time ago.
Second album sold almost twice as many as the first. Third album sold almost a tenth of what the second sold, but still a fairly respectable number of albums in 2008 to be fair.
Poor Johnny :(
my research <pretty indepth wikipedis stuff *taps nose) says first and second were both 4x platinum
but yeah - crazy business
Considering that you couldn't turn on the radio or watch a music channel at one point without coming across 'America', which ended up being a number one single for them. From number one to Johnny Who? in 7 years!
Which probably translates to an actual chart position of about 290. So yeah, seems plausible.
Go to Music > Alternative > Album Charts
Plus, I doubt he cares all that much. It's a hilarious album, really entertaining and wonderfully audacious. He can't have exactly been aiming for the top of the charts, and I guess he's used to being hated. To be honest, I'd much rather that mid 2000s landfill indie artists were making albums like this than the solid 5/10 albums which are still being churned out by bands like Editors and The View, sounding like even shitter versions of their debuts.
Saying all that, I think that one listen of Borrell 1 is enough for me. I wonder how the sales figures of this compare to similar solo albums. Does anyone know how much Carl Barrat's solo album sold?
I liked it, kinda goofy , I was expecting something a lot more Ernest
And even so, I don't think the libertines or dirty pretty things were ever as commercially successful as razorlight
For the first time in years. I didn't realise how disconnected I'm become from what's actually popular.
Genuinely surprised not to see fuck buttons or james holden or someone in the top 40 on the iTunes Charts.
Which is obviously ridiculous
fuck buttons are in the official uk top 40 this week:
rather than online and excluding downloads
that's pretty fucking amazing
So easy to hate.
I still maintain that Razorlight were an infinitely more enjoyable alternative to The Libertines. Up All Night was actually a pretty consistent pop album.
here we go
If It's Dead, We'll Sign Them
JOHNNY BORRELL ALBUM SALES OFF TO FLYING START!
Stiff Records is proud to announce first week sales figures for its latest album - Johnny Borrell's 'Borrell 1' - of 594.
'Borrell 1' is the debut solo LP from the former Razorlight vocalist and is the first new album on the highly prolific Stiff Records since 2007.
That last album was the multi million-selling two-volume set, '30 Years Of
Stiff Records' (although admittedly that was a free cover-mount with 'The "First week sales of 594 makes 'Borrell 1' the 15,678th best selling album of the year to date," comments a Stiff spokesperson. "So far we've achieved 0.00015% sales of Adele's '21' - and 0.03% sales of this week's No. 1 album from Jahmene Douglas - so we feel like it's all to play for as we move into the all-important week two."
"We might even break the Top 100."
'Borrell 1' is out now on Stiff Records, where the fun never sets.
"Ludicrously enjoyable" - Q
"Absurdly entertaining" - The Telegraph
"Well they can't say it's s**t" - Trevor Horn
Still, nicely done!