Bananarama

You can't compare the albums charts today with the charts back in the day. No-one buys or listens to full artist albums anymore; that's why it's easy for legacy acts like Bananarama to chart well.

Sure, it's nice to see them on the charts again, but it doesn't mean they're as popular as a #22 album was back in the 80s. They probably won't last a second week inside the top 100.
Nope and maybe not, but nothing wrong in being happy for them all the same.
 
Streaming is virtually the same as airplay and the UK was so dead against that in the good ole days. If they changed it back to a sales chart that would change record company behaviour and we’d have lovely physical items again. Hehe.
 
You can't compare the albums charts today with the charts back in the day. No-one buys or listens to full artist albums anymore; that's why it's easy for legacy acts like Bananarama to chart well.

Sure, it's nice to see them on the charts again, but it doesn't mean they're as popular as a #22 album was back in the 80s. They probably won't last a second week inside the top 100.

Nathan. We know the charts are immediately frontloaded, they are to all but a handful of current acts. You don't need to enforce the negative Nancy tranquillsers. Maybe the Bananarama gays would like a drink with the glass still half full.

I'm just glad they're still here. Could've been busy being TERFs in the Daily Mail, throwing anti-vax obscenities on Twitter, or narrating documentaries about the Monarchy on channel 5. But they're staying relevant, making their following happy, and that's only a good thing. If they get a top 40 album out of it, even better, because that means we might get another one.
 
Nathan. We know the charts are immediately frontloaded, they are to all but a handful of current acts. You don't need to enforce the negative Nancy tranquillsers. Maybe the Bananarama gays would like a drink with the glass still half full.

I'm just glad they're still here. Could've been busy being TERFs in the Daily Mail, throwing anti-vax obscenities on Twitter, or narrating documentaries about the Monarchy on channel 5. But they're staying relevant, making their following happy, and that's only a good thing. If they get a top 40 album out of it, even better, because that means we might get another one.

They have said for ages that they just enjoy the process of making music and chart positions are just a nice bonus.

An album that charts at #22 is great for them.

Sales may be down or have changed over the years but the chart rules apply to every act equally.

Yeah, a top 40 album is very respectable. There are plenty of legacy acts that don’t bother the charts with their new records.

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Nathan. We know the charts are immediately frontloaded, they are to all but a handful of current acts. You don't need to enforce the negative Nancy tranquillsers. Maybe the Bananarama gays would like a drink with the glass still half full.

There's nothing inherently wrong with flopping, though. I'm not saying this is a flop; it's just, fans of artists tend to be a tad... overly-defensive of their fave's career success/chart positions. It's great that this album has charted at all, let alone reached the top 25.

I'm just glad they're still here. Could've been busy being TERFs in the Daily Mail, throwing anti-vax obscenities on Twitter, or narrating documentaries about the Monarchy on channel 5.

That they haven't done this is probably an even greater success than the album's chart position ddd.
 
There's nothing inherently wrong with flopping, though. I'm not saying this is a flop; it's just, fans of artists tend to be a tad... overly-defensive of their fave's career success/chart positions. It's great that this album has charted at all, let alone reached the top 25.

I just judge their charts positions on what is good for them as a duo (which started out with two albums that didn't chart at all in the UK and didn't get distribution.) Then Drama having a dire chart position. I know the sales are low, but it looks good from a marketing perspective, #22 sounds a lot better than #169.

Plus they have never been a albums act apart from a couple of albums. Kind of like Kim Wilde.

The Official Charts site needs to correct the Deep Sea Skiving position, it has always been #7.
 
Still not bad considering that there was just a CD for most of the week on Amazon.

I agree! It was pretty hard to get hold of the vinyl at both HMV and Amazon all week (well and their store and Banquet too). If they'd been stocked they might have sneaked the top 20. But this is still a good result!

On another note, I am obsessing over "Preacher Man" again. I think it's my favourite ever Bananarama song. It's just SO good. I'd love to see them perform it live again. Can't wait for the album launch show tomorrow - intrigued to see/hear the setlist!
 
I though In Stereo was really good straight forward dance pop, but Masquerade is even better.

More electronic, better lyrics, a little darker and 'clubbier' in sound - and more experimental for them recently. All things I love.

I have to agree. I thought Masquerade was going to be In Stereo part 2 but for the most part they have upped everything in terms of lyrics and production. And it varies more. It seems they had more to say in this record. In Stereo felt like they were on auto pilot a bit in my opinion
 
I still haven’t received the blue vinyl from Banquet they refused to cancel because they apparently dispatched it on Friday. Thankfully got a red copy in store at HMV, but yeah it’s not been easy to obtain, my brother has been struggling too.
Maybe the demand was underestimated or not everything was ready on time, I’m pleased for their chart position, but I also think they probably could have got a top 20 if it weren’t for these issues.
 
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