This is the first of three posts on this topic. The final two posts are
Old Ideas Ranks High Among Amazon Best-selling CDs
While Leonard Cohen’s albums have traditionally done well in certain regions (Norway and Denmark, for example), the high rankings of Old Ideas among best-selling albums in Canada, across Europe, and especially in the US are unprecedented.
These screen captures from Amazon sites (US, Canada, Europe) and Empik (Poland) were taken February 2, 2012. (Note: Old Ideas will not be officially released until February 3, 2012 in Australia and some other countries.) Click on thumbnails to view.
Feb 2, 2012 iTunes Top 10 Albums By Country
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Old Ideas Market Performance: Incremental Sales Increase Vs Game-changing Shift
To put these accomplishments in context, consider the rankings achieved by Leonard Cohen’s two most recent studio albums prior to Old Ideas:1
- 2001 Cohen’s 10th studio album Ten New Songs reached #1 in Poland and Norway, #4 in Canada, and #143 in the US; #13 on Top Internet Albums chart
- 2004 Cohen’s 11th studio album Dear Heather reached #1 in Denmark and Poland, #2 in Norway, #5 in Canada, Ireland and Portugal, #8 in Sweden, #9 in Belgium, #13 in Austria and Switzerland
Heck, note Cohen’s own bewilderment when confronted with the notably limited success of his 1988 I’m Your Man album, which was
number one for seventeen weeks in Norway. “That was very strange,” Cohen says. “Every single household in Norway must have had a copy. It was indispensable for family life.”2
Turning Norwegian And Other Possibilities
So, why is Old Ideas – at least thus far – competing more successfully in the sales arena than its predecessors? Is it simply Cohen’s best album ever? Has the entire world become more Norwegian?
Well, maybe, but there is another possibility, to be explored in a followup post, the implications of which may render the Old Ideas sales phenomenon as significant as the album’s music.
Update: This is the first of three posts on this topic. The final two posts are
- Decoding Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Chart Ranking
- Leonard Cohen In Our Hearts – Old Ideas On The Charts