Steps

Steps are being let down by vinyl sales, and to a lesser extent cassette sales. It’s unfortunate that BMG didn’t consider it worthwhile to do variants of those formats on this occasion.

In Tuesday’s midweeks, this was the formats breakdown:

1. 19,962 - Manic Street Preachers
12,094 CDs
5,738 Vinyl
1,102 Cassettes
752 Downloads
276 Streaming

2. 18,864 - Steps
14,459 CDs
1,804 Downloads
1,441 Vinyl
795 Cassettes
365 Streaming (I’m pleasantly surprised that Steps are achieving higher streams!)

I think they made the right decision - if you're going to do individual member covers it's better to do them on CD than tape. Unless you think they should have done an extra 5 vinyls and 5 cassettes as well? Wouldn't that be taking the piss?
 
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If I’m honest, top 2 is great? I mean I don’t see why they desperately need to be number 1 when it’ll likely drop like a stone next week anyway?

Had they prepared an alternate blue CD cover, blue cassette and even a vinyl sleeve (they could have used the same clear vinyl and just alternated the artwork) maybe it would be a different story, but for what they’ve done and the fact it could have just been a deluxe edition, they’ve done well.
 
It'd be fascinating to know how many individuals bought at least 1 copy. It's sad that album sales have dwindled so much that artists are having to do this sort of thing to make them viable.

It's also surprising that OCC haven't stepped in and tweaked the rules yet. That's what they did with singles in the 80s. Wasn't there a Bros single released on about 20 different formats.
 
I think they made the right decision - if you're going to do individual member covers it's better to do them on CD than tape. Unless you think they should have done an extra 5 vinyls and 5 cassettes as well? Wouldn't that be taking the piss?
At the very least there should have been a standard black vinyl for HMV / Amazon, and maybe a picture disc. Just one vinyl in this market is quite unusual, particularly restricting it as an official store exclusive.

5x member CDs instead of cassettes was the right call, but even having two cassettes with different colour shells could have been slightly beneficial. Although I think a price cut for the existing cassette would be a wise move at this stage.
 
Seeing the extra oomph going to #1 gave Kylie last year (hitting #1 in 5 consecutive decades) then the extra bump going into next week with headlines and stuff would help keep them in the spotlight, sell a few more albums and tickets and extend their record of #1's in 4 consecutive decades by a UK mixed group (and matching Abba). Like the Manic Street Preachers chart battle, it writes itself.
 
At the very least there should have been a standard black vinyl for HMV / Amazon, and maybe a picture disc. Just one vinyl in this market is quite unusual, particularly restricting it as an official store exclusive.

5x member CDs instead of cassettes was the right call, but even having two cassettes with different colour shells could have been slightly beneficial. Although I think a price cut for the existing cassette would be a wise move at this stage.

Perhaps.. though maybe they found with the previous releases that people were more likely to buy only one vinyl because they were more expensive. Or the global issue with production delays made it difficult to offer more than one.
 
Seeing the extra oomph going to #1 gave Kylie last year (hitting #1 in 5 consecutive decades) then the extra bump going into next week with headlines and stuff would help keep them in the spotlight, sell a few more albums and tickets and extend their record of #1's in 4 consecutive decades by a UK mixed group (and matching Abba). Like the Manic Street Preachers chart battle, it writes itself.

I'm surprised the #1 album in 4 decades spin hasn't been pushed at a angle, Kylie's team sure used it
 
Is a greatest hits really that likely? I know it's possible to do - Sophie EB did it of course. But does the expense of licencing the old tracks from Sony make it unviable, especially as there's 5 of them and they didn't write the songs.
 
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