‘1’ TO ANOTHER

The Irish group's cheaply-priced debut album looks likely to topple '1' from the top of the album charts...

THE BEATLES look likely to finally be removed from the top of the album chart this week, but bizarrely only by WESTLIFE’s eponymous debut record – which was released in 1999!

Since its release in November last year, The Beatles have remained at Number One with their greatest hits compilation ‘1’.

However, as part of a promotion, Westlife’s self-titled debut album has been reduced to #3.99 at Woolworths stores across the country. Because of the huge influence Woolworths has on the UK charts, ‘Westlife’ has gone straight to the top, having sold 18,118 copies nationwide. In comparison, ‘1’, had sold 14,947 up to the end of trading on Wednesday (January 10), while Westlife’s current album ‘Coast To Coast’ is at Number Eight, having sold 8,522.

A chart expert at HMV in London told NME.COM the relatively quiet time of year meant any marketing strategies could seriously affect sales. He commented: “This does boil down to price promotion, but because things are quiet you only need to shift a few thousand more records to push the album back into the Top Ten. Assuming the record doesn’t sell out, it has a really good chance of going to Number One.”

A spokesperson for Woolworths told NME.COM that the records would remain at #3.99 “until stocks last”, but was unable to give a firm indicator of how long that would be.