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Whoosh is a hit

Deep Purple December 2019; Photo: Ben Wolf

Early indications of commercial success for Whoosh were right — the album has entered Top 10 in 13 European countries, climbed all the way to #1 in Germany, Belgium (Wallonia chart), Finland, Scotland, and Switzerland, and scored a respectable #4 in the UK (highest position since Deepest Purple). It is also band’s third straight number 1 album in the German market.

That’s an excellent present to Big Ian on his 75th birthday. Congratulations!

PS. we are tracking the album’s chart positions in a separate post.

28 Comments to “Whoosh is a hit”:

  1. 1
    Christopher Jones says:

    Not even a blip in the US. I haven’t been able to find it in any store and Amazon has it on back order until the middle of september

  2. 2
    Sergio Chiorino says:

    Greg Cummings is very happy……

  3. 3
    Manfred Junghans says:

    Does they need success? How about make a greqt album??? Such giffted guitarist and organist spend time to play Christmas songs..

  4. 4
    Chris Parsons says:

    They entered at #17, the last I saw was #89.

  5. 5
    Rudy Schoukens says:

    Whoosh is a very good record indeed. But to celebrate Ian Gillan’s birthday (he turns 75 today) I’m listening right now to a very fine album he recorded live in Warsaw( Poland) in november 2016 with the Don Airey Band and an orchestra. This double cd called ‘Contractual Obligations Part two’ contains some obscure songs he never does live with Purple, e.g. ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Demon’s Eye’. The highlight for me on this album is ‘No more cane on the brazos’ , a song he sings with the same passion as ‘When a blind man cries’ , also a favourite of mine. And then there is a song ‘You’re gonna ruin me baby’ with Grace Gillan on vocals. Father Ian must be very proud of his daughter !!!

  6. 6
    WillemPurplefan says:


    How is it possible that WHOOSH is # 8 at Bestsellers List Amazon.com, and not high in Bilboard 200 albums?

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Whoosh! is a wonderful album und deserves every success it can get.

    And that Warsaw gig with the Don Airey Band plus local orchestra is extremely pleasant listening, I agree. It should make Ian think whether a few backing vocalists for DP wouldn’t go amiss when they tour next year. I know that’s anathema to the Purple image, but Ian is so much more relaxed during that Warsaw gig when he doesn’t have to strain for every chorus because he is supported so well vocally. And, incidentally, Whoosh! has more backing vocal harmonies than any other Purple album featuring Ian on vocals. It is all the better for it, but it will be near impossible to recreate that sound live with just a single vocalist.

    Did anybody notice how some of the backing vocal harmonies on Whoosh! echo the work of Liza Strike, Doris Troy & Barry St, John, that female backing vox trio of the late 60ies und 70ies which could be heard on almost any British rock album from that time (inter alia Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Nazareth) especially if a certain “Roger Glover” was the producer? Yup, they were on Butterfly Ball und Elements too.

  8. 8
    Attila says:

    Also no.1. in Austria and in Switzerland.


  9. 9
    James Gemmell says:

    Christopher Jones: As Chris Parson states above, “Whoosh!” entered the Billboard Top-20 album charts at #17 in the United States. That is only the fifth time Purple has ever put an album in the Top 20 on the American charts. In 1973, the double-live ‘Made In Japan’ reached #6 in 1973; ‘Machine Head’ peaked at #7; and ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ made it to #15. In 1974, ‘Burn’ climbed to #9. In 1985, ‘Perfect Strangers’ – with a ton of hype for the reunion – peaked at #17, the same position as “Whoosh!”. [By the way, the iconic ‘In Rock’ album only peaked at #143 in 1970: U.S. disc jockeys were pretty much unaware of it. After Woodstock Music Festival, the Vietnam War and the first moon landing in 1969, media focus was elsewhere for a while. Purple was wise to do the track ‘Space Truckin’ ‘ in that era.

  10. 10
    stoffer says:

    @1 I know right?? Even with positive press from the Rolling Stone and interviews on Fox and CNN news, still nothing! I finally talked my wife into going to see them overseas (Germany or Italy) so we could see them with a packed and enthusiastic crowd, instead of a SOTW fanclub and then COVID strikes! Oh well …I think the LP is great and am very proud of the band! Hopefully get to see them live 1 more time!!!!!

  11. 11
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Great achievement well done to the guys in DP and well Done Mr Ezrin for the great sound produced.
    What is really refreshing is the fact that this album sounds like no other. It’s a new dimension to the band.
    They still have more to offer and they will work on another album for sure.
    The guys are unbreakable.

  12. 12
    Michael Edwards says:

    I wonder, Christopher Jones, if it’s performing better than expectations in the US and, thus, the supply problem. I’m still waiting for my physical copy.

  13. 13
    Buttockss says:

    @ 5………Gillan’s in is a fine album also, as is his solo albums of the 90’s.

  14. 14
    Noe Nunez says:

    I think the record label finally promoted a Deep Purple album the best way possible, ( at least in Europe) , Magazines,Social media, City busses and those special stands in record stores, people need to know the new album is out and they responded

  15. 15
    Nick Soveiko says:

    James Gemmell @9:

    > “Whoosh!” entered the Billboard Top-20 album charts at #17

    no it didn’t. there is no such thing as “Billboard Top-20”. it entered Billboard Top-200 at #161. the number 17 position was on iTunes daily chart.

  16. 16
    James Gemmell says:

    Check your facts, Nick. Billboard has a “Hot 100” chart, and Purple hit #17 the first week.

  17. 17
    Giorgi says:

    Whoosh! is #11 at Billboard Current Albums Sales – (which means a *real* album sales excluding the streaming services)

  18. 18
    Attila says:

    It is clear that Edel and all people involved in publicity/sales/marketing will have to do a taylor-made US strategy for the next album. Not easy but they have proved themselves with Whoosh in Europe already.

  19. 19
    James Gemmell says:

    “Whoosh!” has climbed to #11 on the Billboard album chart, as of August 22. For Nick Soveiko, here is the website link. Look for yourself. It’s an astounding accomplishment: https://www.billboard.com/music/Deep-Purple/chart-history/TSL/song/1217597

  20. 20
    Bob Worm says:

    I have to admit, the previews did not make me think this album would be any good, I thought I would be disappointed…… I was wrong. Spent all day yesterday listening to it and wow. I love it, not every track, but lots of them. Well done fellas. Once again proving you are the best band in the world….ever 🙂

  21. 21
    Nick Soveiko says:

    @16 James Gemmell says:

    > Check your facts, Nick.

    which part of what i said is not true? 😉

    > Billboard has a “Hot 100” chart

    …which is a singles chart, and the last time purple were on it was 1985 with KAYBD

  22. 22
    Nick Soveiko says:

    James Gemmell @19:
    bingo! wasn’t that difficult, was it?

  23. 23
    Micke says:

    @9 It’s actually sixth time, Stormbringer was at #20.

  24. 24
    James Gemmell says:

    #11 in the Billboard chart this week, Nick. That wasn’t that difficult, was it?

  25. 25
    Rodolfo Queiroz says:

    It’s absolutely a huge surprise Whoosh charted in Billboard at 11th. Almost a miracle if we think the american market. It’s even difficult to believe…

  26. 26
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Manfred Junghans Pop Charts i guess 😁

  27. 27
    Dr. Bob says:

    Wordwide aggregate held at #2 from Aug 8-12.

  28. 28
    Leon M Rodziewicz says:

    Great album from the guys, best in decades (at least since Purpendicular if not earlier).

    Nice to see it getting some chart success too!

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