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Leona Lewis smashes sales records

Not only is Leona Lewis number one in the charts, she is also outselling other acts by up to 10 to 1 in all ways!

For example, in First Week sales of Albums:
375,872 _ Leona Lewis – Spirit
227,922 _ Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
151,000 _ Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly Angry Mob
135,685 _ Foo Fighters – Echoes Silence Patience & Grace
132,315 _ West Life – Back Home
117,966 _ James Blunt – All The Lost Souls
94,501 _ Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
73,517 _ Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
70,500 _ Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times
66,000 _ White Stripes – Icky Thump
60,500 _ Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing
58,756 _ Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
53,540 _ Sugababes – Change
49,012 _ Stereophonics – Pull The Pin
39,191 _ Enemy – We’ll Live And Die In These Towns
too low _ Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
too low _ Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion

The situation is the same in First Week sales of Singles:
218,805 _ Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
55,144 _ Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
51,500 _ Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way
37,500 _ Beyonce & Shakira – Beautiful Liar
36,804 _ Kanye West – Stronger
34,164 _ Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – Umbrella
34,068 _ Sugababes – About You Now
33,578 _ Timbaland – The Way I Are
30,693 _ McFly – Baby’s Coming Back / Transylvania
30,500 _ Mika – Grace Kelly
too low _ Robyn – With Every Heartbeat

The music press and radio and tv all fall into the same trap. They confuse posturing with talent. They give acres of space to Mika and Winehouse, pretending they understand style and interest, when all they pick up on is shouting and self-promotion.

Fortunately, the people who spend their own money make the most sense, choosing talent and skill and technique. The presenters spend other people’s money and get it wrong. Just look at the annual roundups that will be appearing this month and you will see so-called celebrities and other drunks or stoners being lauded as ‘the best’. Meanwhile Leona and other people with REAL talent will continue to sell.

For chart information, see: http://www.theofficialcharts.com/