Help Benefit Album Tops UK Charts


Less than one week after it was recorded in just one day, the Help
album entered the British charts at #1. The album, which features recordings
by Blur, the Stone Roses, the KLF (as the K Foundation), Neneh Cherry, the
Chemical Brothers, Suede, Portishead, Massive Attack, a collaborative effort
by Paul Weller, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney and many more, was
released this past Saturday (Sept. 9). It sold an unprecedented 71,000 copies
in one day. (In America, sales of 71,000 copies over the course of a one week
period would have put the album in the Top 10.) The album has set a record as
the fastest-selling album of all time. It’s already raised the $1.5 million
target for the British charity War Child, the organization that is providing
relief for the young victims of the war in Bosnia. Help is the biggest
pop charity effort since Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert for African famine
relief in 1985. It will be released in the U.S. on October 17th; it will also
be out in Japan next month.