Johnny Borrell‘s debut solo album sold 594 copies in its first week of release, NME has learned.
The former Razorlight frontman released ‘Borrell 1’ last week (July 22) to mostly favourable reviews. However, a poor week of sales meant the album failed to make it into the Top 100 of the UK Official Album Charts. X Factor] contestant Jahmene Douglas reached the Number One slot with his debut album of covers ‘Love Never Fails’, which sold 19,000 copies.
Speaking about the his new band Zazou, with whom he recorded the album, Borrell told NME previously: “Fred [Stitz, bassist] was in the last line-up of Razorlight. We were playing big shows, the every Monday night we’d play blues and tango at this underground club with a bunch of kids who were totally disenfranchised from the mainstream, just hanging out. The band grew out of that.”
Meanwhile in this week’s album charts, the latest ‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ compilation has become the fastest selling album of 2013. ”Now That’s What I Call Music! 85′ shifted 317,000 copies during its first week, beating its predecessor ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 84’ which was released in March, and sold 262,000 in its first week on sale. Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ is the fastest selling artist album of the year, racking up sales of 165,000 in its first week on sale in May.