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WhoCares album US sales

Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan - WhoCares album cover art

WhoCares charity compilation was released stateside on August 28. After selling just 700 copies in the first week of release, it nevertheless managed to land on the Top New Artist (a.k.a. Heartseekers) Albums chart at No. 52. The chart lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200 (which in case of messrs. Gillan and Iommi release under WhoCares moniker is a pure technicality).

The pitiful number of 700 copies (and a place in the charts after that) just highlights the abysmal state of the recording industry today. You can improve this number (and help a good cause) by getting your copy.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.



21 Comments to “WhoCares album US sales”:

  1. 1
    George Martin says:

    Got it, Love it!

  2. 2
    T says:

    I purchased my copy over the week-end purely by accident. After some antiquing and geocaching, my wife and I popped into a record store that we just happened to run across and WhoCares was in the NEW RELEASE bin. Something should be said for the shop as it had a vinyl copy of Difficult to Cure up on the wall.

  3. 3
    oz says:

    I got mine just today…thanks amazon.com

  4. 4
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    This is just what IG was talking about when he expressed his reluctance to make a new album with DP. The upcoming release will be the last DP studio album that’s for sure. Wanna bet? Anyone?

  5. 5
    Drdp says:

    I couldn’t wait for the Domestic US Release so I bought the Import. So does that awful 700 number really reflect the actual number bought by fans in the US?

  6. 6
    maximum R'B says:

    700 is enough to be on #345 of the amazon charts?? (sept. 7th, 12 o’clock)

  7. 7
    Svante Axbacke says:

    All 700 was not sold by Amazon.

  8. 8
    dave_wallis says:

    Well, I guess it’s not only the state of music business but the album itself. There are no new songs on it, and the compilation itsef is rather…hm, a strange mish/mash – some obscure second rate Gillan songs (let’s be honest, “Easy Come, Easy Go” doesn’t show Gillan at his best), some Iommi with Hughes (wonder if he knows), then Anno Mundi with Martin out of the blue and out of context, and the billionth version of SOTW – which we’ve known for the last decade when it was first realeased. I bought the album but only because I thought the cause was worth it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really bother. One or two brand new WhoCares songs would help it without doubt.

  9. 9
    dave_wallis says:

    Oh, and the retro cover really sukcs, don;t you think?

  10. 10
    JohninNJ4you says:

    I looked for WhoCares at my local record store (FYE) in the Moorestown Mall, NJ. I couldn’t find it under Gillan’s or Iommi’s section. I would like to get this album at the same time that I buy Re-Machined (DP tribute) and the new Black Country Communion (Afterglow) album. It will be a good three records to buy at the same time.

  11. 11
    Paul Leask says:

    Ordered mine through HMV, had it within a week.
    Love It.

  12. 12
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    In other words, a fraction of the total of 700 copies sold is enough to get to #345 on the Amazon charts. Or in other words, it’s really, really bad out there.

  13. 13
    buttockss says:

    @ 10 Yea, you wont this type of release at the ( fye ) at the Moorestown Mall which i also shop at. Your best go order through ‘amazon.com’, i have ordered there thousands of times for the most obscure imports you cant get in most stores.

  14. 14
    purrfect stranger says:

    Unless U are in Van Halen nobody is gonna buy any record U make. Now that is a great record. No offense but Tony and Ian need to reform another version of Sabbath, pull out the old Stonehenge set, audition bass players and drummers and TOUR.

  15. 15
    NWO says:

    WHOCARES – EXACTLY!
    @4. Tottaly agree. “Album” sales will suck for the new DP release no matter what.
    AOR is DEAD. It started the day the first CD was made. What exactly is an “album” in today’s digital world? Artists release material on P2P sites just as an infomercial as well as selling it digitally. It’s all about touring and selling tickets and merchandise for as much as you can.
    Anyway I will buy a vinyl version if I ever see one. Bring back vinyl! I don’t know why but music always sounds better on the record player the few times a year I turn it on.

  16. 16
    John S says:

    Ummmm, can we discuss reality here? It’s 25 BUCKS for a double album of outtakes and demos for an Eastern European charity no one heard of 20 years ago when the earthquake occurred. Sorry, the new material came out 16 months ago as an overpriced single. Maybe that’s why no one is buying it.

  17. 17
    Bo says:

    What can save Purple is to get a real rock guitar player OR get Steve to play Rock.
    Why are they still play 80% Blackmore songs? Beacuse he was (and could still be) the best rock guitar player on the planet. Purple was and should still be a ROCK band. With Steve as it’s now they are a rock group when playing Blackmore tunes. For a strange reaon why dont they plat “House of Pain”? THAT is a rock song/tune.

    Look at Maiden, Metalica, Osbourne/Sabbath, Van Halen. They still play rock. And they sell. It’s VERY easy to understand.

    Dear Deep Purple.
    You can do it again if you want to., but you need to have the right players in team. And the attitude of “We still can do this!!!!!!

  18. 18
    George Hyland says:

    Wow, I was also at FYE a the Morrestown mall in NJ in the last few weeks. That makes three of us. I am surprised that the mall stores manage to stay open. The music that they have blasting on the sound system is enough to keep me away.

    Anyway, I would like to see some real new material from Iommi / Gillan.

  19. 19
    buttockss says:

    @17 Agree, the music they play at ( fye ) is terrible !… but they do however have a heavy metal section & a good section of deep purple albums, more variety then say ( best buy ) .

  20. 20
    Prem says:

    2 new songs, a couple of uninteresting unreleased/released material dont make a good album. Looks like each of them went into their vaults and drew them out.Furthermore price it at around $30 for the 2 CDs set (even for a good cause) and throw in an 80s cover. You think its Hear ‘n Aid….Tsk tsk… looks like the old guys are stuck in a time warp. And you expect to sell such stuff by the carttloads …. seriously!!!!!

  21. 21
    realfan says:

    With this modern day “inner net” thingy, I was actually able to “pre-flight” this CD (I know… amazing what we can do nowadays). I knew in advance exactly what I was buying! I must say that as a long time DP collector, this double disc fills the holes in my collection and allowed me to hear some things that until now were only titles on my wish list… Thanks for this collection boys, and thank you to Glenn Hughes for being a sport and allowing the inclusion of the two Japanese bonus tracks that he did with Toni…

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